This year I am deeply thankful for the earthly lives of my cats Eddie (l) and Felix (r) (nb., short “e” sound on Felix; he was named by Brazilians). We "lost" these two family members earlier this year, but that’s not how it really works. Eddie was in many ways the best and closest friend I ever had. Felix was Jane’s best friend and guardian. You couldn’t ask for finer companions with nobler characters.
Andy, pictured below/right with Edie, is doing well a year after his last back surgery. He is coming back all the way, I think, slowly but steadily and surely. With everything he’s been through, he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself or overdo things. It’s a smart decision.
The rationality and good character of our so-called pets – our cats, dogs, birds and fish – astounds me. They are a round-and-round-never-ending drama-comedy event rivaling all the news, science, pseudo-science, art & literature, and mysterioso conspiracy theory websites combined. Everything good in and for our family resides in this all-of-us-together place, and as far as the bad & the sad go, we need perforce to take the bitter along with the better. Things once seemed easier, I think I recall, but I’m pretty certain they’ve also been more difficult.
Take it away, Morrissey (Link)