The loss of a pet can be tough for many people. I cried more when we lost Owl in 2009 and Alley in 2012 than I did when I lost my parents in 1986 and 1996.
Hearing you loud and clear on that one - my current cat is so good* I tell myself (now at least) that I'll not have another. No doubt another little furry bugger will make me fall in love again though.
Raises a wine glass: To MA's Auggie and all our mogs past and present [glug]
*hmm if being a little bossy swine can be called good