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I remember Helen bringing home a young cat called Larry. For the next 11 years Larry would bring us so much comfort and joy. Helen and I had to make the tough decision of having Larry put to sleep.  I feared when this day would come. I have never felt so much pain and heartbreak in all my life.  Helen and I have been married for 12 years, and 11 of those we’ve had Larry. The house feels empty, and I am learning to deal with it.    Having a much-loved pet is many things and a gift in a variety of ways.  An experience that defies the human flaw of relationship being a complex set of belongings.  Loving a pet invokes an unconditional love in return, leading to golden memories that reveal the special nature of animals who trust and watch over we humans. Francis of Assisi spent much of his time preaching about animals, exhorting that all creatures are brothers and sisters under God. This is why I believe humanity has much to learn from all God’s creatures.     Studies have shown that cats c