Kudos fro the therapy dog Skippy Jon Jones!!! Maybe you need a pet. But they are a lot of responsiblility. Borrow Skippy from time to time if you can't have a pet of your own. I want to volunteer at the local shelter, but until I can do enough with my dogs, I wont. But pets can lower our blood pressure among other things. They give unconditional love.
I am sorry that you made that three hour drive for nothing. That must have been devastating. We can't choose our biological family, but we can choose to stay away from them. And maybe you should. That must of really hurt sweetie. And I am sorry. Keep your chin up and know that we all love you here.
I remember when I was younger, my half sister came to visit, and our bio mom told her to leave. It was so sad, our mother had schitzophrenia and was bipolar. It was so sad, I cried so hard.