None of the people I know with pets, regard them as anything less than children. I know there are people out there who feel pets are just animals, and can retain a "lack" of feeling towards them ... but Wife and I aren't like that.
We lost one of our babies today. We went to my Brother-in-Law's and had his memorial at 3:00pm. When we got back, our Calico was almost unresponsive. We took her to the pet hospital and they tried to save her, but it wasn't to be.
I am not really looking for sympathy ... just letting you all know why I probably won't be online for the next few days.
Take care of your children, hug them and tell them you love them ... whether they have 2 legs or 4. You never know if this will be the last time you can do so.