You may have noticed the cat on the front page the last couple days. His name is Blaze and he's lived with James's parents for over a decade. Blaze was a stray cat that James's father found in their back yard in Mendham, New Jersey, and who joined their family shortly thereafter. He was a big, strong cat, but was also affectionate. Yesterday, he was diagnosed with terminal kidney failure, and James's parents had to make the painful decision to put Blaze to sleep.
All three of us have our pets, and to us, they are a part of our families. The loss hurts.
If you have a pet at home, you'll understand. Please show him or her some extra affection this weekend, and cherish the time you have together.