This is a response to Mike Burkett of Fruita who wrote a letter published in the Free Press Aug. 17.
Dear Mike: I send my deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. I, too, have many nonhuman family members and they are and always have been my closest friends and brought me joy and comfort every day.
A few years ago I lost my dear Arabian stallion; he was my brother, my teacher and my protector, and when he went we had spent almost 29 years together. This loss was very hard for me, but I took comfort in knowing he lived a full and good life. Surprising as it might be to some, I had an even closer relationship with one of my guinea pigs who passed on last fall. We had almost five years together and I cherished every minute of it; she was my sun-and-stars and I will forever be grateful that we had that time together.
Every nonhuman animal on the planet has an intrinsic value of their own, their own personalities and viewpoints, and much wisdom to share with us. We are blessed that they share so much of their "animalness" with us, and become part of our families. Please know you are not alone, and those who don't understand are missing out big time.