Hey CW...sorry for your loss...I have lost 3 dogs in my time to various incidents etc...and I can say I miss them all very much. One in particular..was a Roman nose bull terrier I saved from a less than savoury owner...cost me $100 and was the best thing I did when I was your age..LOL a LONG time ago. I called him Bones...and he was my BEST mate for years...when I was upset..angry..cryiing..he would just come and sit next to me...put his face on my lap and just look at me with a "I understand your pain mate"...and dont think Im wierd...but I swear he understood what I was saying to him. He was my best friend..went everywhere with me...ate food, drank booze...had fun.
So in essence...life is about your experiences...good or bad..you endure them and reflect on them. I think priorities change with the tide..but one never does...family mate. I have a missus and 5 kids to worry about..they are my priority...educate them, feed them, hopefully be a good Dad to them (even though Im not home cos I work in the bush)...and be there for them.
Yes mate you are 100% correct...all the tech shit...you CAN live without. Take your dog...your mate! like me...I had a connection that NO computer or anything for that matter could beat man...nothing. Even 20 years after Bones died...I still think of him...and that can NEVER be taken away from you mate. Sorry for the rant but Im a dog lover and they have proven thus far to be the best mates I have ever had...no kidding.
Its funny...as humans are the only animals on Earth who readily accept other species as 'pets' though I prefer to call them mates and companions myself....Like my dog Bundy (Staffy full bred0....she is my mate...not my pet.
To end my rant....I believe YOU are the priority coldwave, for without you...there is nothing. You come first...as YOU provide the necessary function for memories etc and the gift of having animals who are you companions and friends...as for life...well we never will really know...its a gift I suppose...something that should be enjoyed not endured..though many of us do not get to enjoy it per se'.
Chin up mate...remember the good times...the LOL one way conversations you had (though you know the friend was listening!)....and really be thankful that you met and had this special time together man...its that simple
Bro hugs and beers mate
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