© Sigrid Herr 2014
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Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us,
these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so
many years of our own lives.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
I am sorry for your loss -
I would look at a dog and when our eyes met, I realized that the dog and all creatures are my family. They're like you and me.
It may be a cat, a bird, a ferret, or a guinea pig, but the chances are high that
when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour
the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibility, a reason for getting up in
the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the
grief, make us laugh, and take full advantage of our weakness by exploiting our furniture,
our beds, and our refrigerator. We wouldn't have it any other way. Pets are our seat
belts on the emotional roller coaster of life-