I'm sorry about
Zoe, truly I am. I have had animals and lost them, mostly to old age, but each time I grieve as they are like children to me.
I do have to say, though, I hope you may consider adopting another animal, as there are so many strays that need homes (you just brought several kittens to the human society so you know this). However, before you do that, please learn about
animals and in particular, the type of aniimal you want to have before you take it in. A dalmation is a very active dog. Plus, any animal will be nervous and protective (and that behavior may show itself in many ways, including Zoe's behavior) when another animal is brought into its territory. Add to that Zoe was probably even more protective because she had kittens. I'm sad she had to be put down, but I'm not here to make you feel any worse. Just to emphasize that animals are alive and have predictable behaviors if you learn a bit. I would also not have allowed the dalmation (or any dog that the cat wasn't familiar with) into the home.
And I'm sure others will chime in, but please, please have your animals neutered or spayed to prevent more animals who need homes. There are often low cost clinics in many areas to help with this. Our local humane society just built a new building and they have their own spay/neuter clinic, which is great.
i'd also add while this topic overall may not be direclty related to CP, a pet can certainly ease one's distress, especially a cat when they purr. Since you're empty nesters a pet may make a great addition to your home - just learn some things from those who know and work with animals, and you may well find a loving pet to add to your family.
Post Edited (PAlady) : 9/16/2008 1:26:51 PM (GMT-6)