I lost a very dear friend today, his name was Jonesy. My shop cat for over 15 years, always sitting to my side, in my lap, or on my desk whenever I was busy. He was a part of the pack, and the elder to my dogs, and my nephew's favorite critter pillow.
Not that anyone's said it to me, but if anyone ever says to you when you've lost a pet, that it's "just an animal" then you tell them go to Hell. Because once a living, breathing creature comes into your life and makes it a little bit brighter then its more than just an animal. It's a member of your family, one of the greatest friends you could ever ask for.
So I say, Cherish the living things in your life, be they on two legs or four.
See you next time Shop Cat.