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Old 11-02-2013, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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After our 3 old dogs went to Rainbow Bridge bout 6 years ago the house seemed like a tomb, quiet, without life... nothing moving but the two of us. Sad. A strange void. Nothing but each other. Lonely or something...neither of us could put a finger on what was wrong. Then a stray came along, but she was sick and despite the vet trying to save her, she had to be PTS. We were devastated. She had put something in our life that had been missing after the dogs were gone - life! Something to think about and talk about other than what we'd make for dinner that night or the weather or some awful accident we saw on TV.... we went to the local high-kill so-called shelter and came came home with 2 kitties, added another 2 over the next 2 years and love them. They're like our children. The are ALIVE and respond. They make noise and make us laugh. The house is "happy" again and the void is gone. It's so hard to put in words.... we can't imagine life without them. We are both 68 yrs old.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Petersburg, WV
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I have 2 cats right now, both 13 years old. I am 70. I know that when my cats are being cuddly and purring I feel less stressed. They help me go to sleep at night. One sleeps on top of me and the other curls up with her head on my pillow or my arm. I am pretty sure I will outlive both of them and when they die, that's it. My son has a dog which I probably will end up taking care of, and she's a puppy. Still not sure how I feel about that. She's big, and has no manners. lol
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Maine
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Last summer, at age 65, I had shoulder replacement surgery and was laid up at home for about 10 days. I had to keep ice/ice water flowing over the shoulder most of the time to ease the pain. It seemed that the worse I felt, the more my big fur ball cat would curl up on my lap and purr. He knew I was hurting and he was trying to help. In six months, I'll be retired and relocated from Texas to Maine. Once settled, I'm heading to a shelter and pick out a couple of dogs to keep me and the cats company. The cats for inhouse companionship and the dogs for outdoor exercise. Plus they are so much more fun to be around than people.
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