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It isn’t easy to think about our pets dying, let alone live through it. This Huffpo article by Mark Liebenow explains why.

Our pets start out as children. They end up our elders. Then we have to watch them die.

There are differences from our biological children, of course. Some of our pets will never grow to be smarter than a fifth grader. The rest don’t think we need to know that they know what we want them to do. Our pets will never go to college or move out of the house.

I don’t think it’s a matter of being dependent on us as much as they choose to stay with us. They become companions and friends. They love us no matter what is happening or what we do, which is no small feat for some of us. And they encourage us to do better.

Read the whole article on HuffPo.

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