[Content Note: Pet loss.]
I love this piece by Kat Kinsman about loving and losing her dog so much. Everything about the way it is written is so lovely, so heartbreakingly joyful and sad.
And I am very fond of, and very much in agreement with, her notion that pets are part of a family, and don't have to be viewed as surrogate children to hold that place.
After all, my friends with children consider their pets part of their families, too. Crucially, so do their children.
I've always found it rather terrible that people who fiercely love their pets are considered a little strange or sad or pitiable in some way. With few exceptions, the people I've known who are profoundly kind to animals are also those most profoundly kind to other people.