We as pet lovers become very attached to our pets, and why not. They are by the front door when you get home ( you can leave for five minutes and get the same reaction from them as if you have been away FOREVER!) They do not judge, or disappoint, they just accept. When you experience the loss of a pet it hurts. The best way for me to heal after the loss of my beloved pet is too go down to the local animal shelter and (not replace my pet) but too give a good home to a pet that needs one. I hope this helps.