I lost one of my best buddies yesterday. Jodie, a black and tan Cocker Spaniel, had been one of our family members for 9 years. A blood disorder took her from us suddenly and unexpectedly.
Those of you who have pets, particularly dogs, know how they become members of the family - they are not just pets. We love them, perhaps because they love us back unconditionally. We love them too much - their relatively short life span means that we are setting ourselves up for pain when we lose them. I think the pain is worth it - although I am very sad now at her loss, I can't imagine having gone through the past 9 years without my Jo.