Obviously, Sorcha, you and Annie were in my thoughts as I was reading some of the poetry for Jean. I was so praying that you and your husband would not need to deal with this hard situation so soon. I'm so sorry.
This week I've held my cat, Rosie, extra close. I know that each day is precious. Sometimes you have a pet companion that is more special than all the rest. Rosie is that for me and I'm so grateful I decided to adopt her as she was considered in the "hard to adopt" category because she was 6 1/2 when I found her. I knew within seconds that she was THE ONE after 6 years of looking after my other elderly cat passed away.
I may never have children although I know what its like to love a furchild. It may be hard for some people to understand that sort of connection but for those that do, we are blessed by our connections with our animals and times like these, when we lose them, is just the same as losing a human in our lives.