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 can recognise human emotions, and they are able to alter their behaviour depending on the emotions that they perceive. One of the amazing attributes about pets is they’re good listeners. When they’re no longer here with us, it can feel strange not having them to talk to. A pet can be a great source of comfort and motivation. In many ways, pets can help us to live mentally healthier lives. Larry was a support during my depression, and he understood. 

Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, ease loneliness, and encourage playfulness. Larry was a member of our family, bringing companionship, fun, and joy to our lives. A pet can add structure to your day, keep you active and social, help you to overcome setbacks and challenges in life, and even provide a sense of meaning or purpose.  For a small creature, Larry filled the room, and this is why we have felt rock bottom by grief and loss. We now know what it’s like to grieve for a pet. 


Larry, we will miss your cuddles and kisses, you made us feel safe, calm and loved, but more importantly you were a comfort to me when I was feeling down. We miss it when you were mischievous, jumping on our bed or wanting food.  


We give thanks for Larry, and know that somewhere, over the rainbow, is one equal eternity with on equal light for all God's creation.


Larry, thank you for 11 years of wonderful memories.


We miss you




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