I would say that just about everyone has loved a pet of some kind. And, I would say that said pet was like one of the family. Also, I'm sure that there are a lot of people out there who have loved more than one pet in their lifetime. There are those out there who breed animals for profit and showing and for hunting. I have no problem with that.
I, myself, have had two wonderful dogs in my lifetime. My wife Kathi, has had at least three that I know of. We are dog people. Nothing against other types of pets, we just like dogs. My first wonderful dog was a little stray dog that was hanging around a college campus in Denver. When I got her home, and bathed her, and fed her, she slept for three days.
She was part Terrier and Cocker Spaniel. She went with me everywhere -- camping, fishing (she would jump in after the fish), and hiking. She once saved my grandmother from a attack by a German Shepard. She was hit by a car in 1980 on Halloween night. I buried her in our favorite spot up on the Gore.
You all know our dog Nugget. We have posted pictures of him more than once. On Thursday the 15th, our beloved Nugget had to be put down. I won't go into details, it is still too fresh on our minds. Just know that we were there with him when the end came. He was almost 13 years of age, and we had him since he was 6 weeks old.
You could look in his eyes and see that he seemed to have a very old soul. Plus you could see how bright he was. I swear that he could understand how we spelled certain words. Like truck, if you said truck, he would go bonkers and run to the back door with his leash in his mouth. He always went with us. If we spelled truck, same thing, bonkers, leash in his mouth, and right to the back door. He was loved and adored by family and friends.
Now, I'm going to say that I know there is a place in heaven for our pets. They will meet us when it is our turn to go. God gave us a soul and he gave animals a soul.
Ever since I can remember, I have been able to see what are called auras, the life force around all of us. Nay-sayers, say what you will. I feel that it is a God given gift. I've watched family pass and have seen how their auras fade away. I've also seen it with pets and other animals. I have had people witness this ability.
Nugget, you touched so many people and their lives. And we will see you again when the time comes, Little Man.