I have been an animal lover as long as I have had a memory. We had a cat... or feline friend... as you cat -lovers would call them for about 6 years, a lovely seal point Siamese cat.
After a period of being pet-free ...but not child-free, we decided to get a dog..... a six month old Golden Retriever... that became part of our family for 10 years, and later, another Golden that lived with us for an additional 8 years.
The feeling of loss that we experienced with the last pet was the deciding factor in our resolve not to have another pet..... in our home. But like "grand" children, "grand" pets can visit, romp and play, give and receive lots of love..... then return to their respective homes. This is the case with "Zoe" (rhymes with Joey), an 8 week old Golden Retriever that belongs to our daughter and son-in-law.