Just thought I'd throw out a note about dogs. I had a email from my cousin today, her sweet Boxer Roxi passed away over the weekend and her heart is breaking over the loss. It made me wonder "Why do we form such strong attachments to our pets?"
I must admit to an adoration with my own dog George. Having an animal in your life is so special. I don't know what the connection is exactly, but even after our George eats his third hose in about a month, digs holes in the lawn, and chews the teak patio set, we can't help but laugh it off (we also started putting the hose in the garage, no one can call us slow on the up take). Still he wakes us in the morning with a big wet kiss and snuggles up on the couch and all is forgiven. He is our perennial child and an indisputable member of the family. I couldn't recommend the experience enough and with rescues all over town it couldn't be easier to find the right animal for you.