Miles got sick again this week. It wasn’t anything like how sick he got back in September when the vet suggested we consider putting him down, but it was still pretty scary. As I write this, he’s not quite out of the woods, but tests show his diabetes is very well-managed, so it seems it’s just a little bug that is (hopefully) on its way out. Seeing him so vulnerable again made us stop and take stock of how lucky we are to still have him around and how we need to make sure he knows every day how much we love him. I’ve been pretty good about carving time for just the cats — usually when Jackson is sleeping — but this was a reminder to keep that up and not just assume the cats “understand” that I’m a busy mom now. Pets are like people — they need continual love, affection and companionship. They need to know they matter.
So, in honor of our pets, let’s devote this open thread to them. Who are the animals in your life you love? Who are the animals you miss?