That is so true, Catherine. Since I was a very young child, I have loved my animals nearly as much as I have my family. I used to think I was strange to put animals on an equal plane with humans. In fact, I was told many times by grownups that I was foolish for such thoughts. But now it has been confirmed that our pets display all of the same emotions, and many of the thoughts, as do we humans. These days, many people are discovering this phenomena, and I now feel that my initial instinct about animals was correct.
This is my favorite cat, Mikey. He is the most intelligent cat I've ever seen. Here he is playing table vulture. Me and Mikey are best buddies.