The truly tragic event which had the misfortune of falling upon the head of one of our most esteemed members has instilled some ideas into my thought process.
What type of pet do you have, did have, will have, want?
I used to have a Golden Retriever named Max. He was the best and only dog I ever had. He was loyal, got the newspaper in the morning. Friendly, would curl up on your lap. And he was smart. He was into old age when I was born and lost hearing. but he still kept his same old chearful attitude. He died in 2000 at the ripe old age of 17. By Max.
I know have a female cat named Boris. Don't ask. She's black and very furry. She's lazy but also very friendly. A bit neurotic but cool. She likes to relax and loves music. If you happen to be playing guitar around her. You'll soon find a new friend.