Your first child­hood pet is the best ever

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and tell us they’re sick but that doesn’t mean they’re not suf­fer­ing.

“In the end Sammy pulled through, so it was all good. But I think the whole process teaches them a valu­able life les­son, that life isn’t al­ways per­fect and some­times we have to o ex­pe­ri­ence sad things. At the end of the day I think the un­con­di­tional love and com­pan­ion­ship that comes with own­ing a pet t far out­weighs los­ing them.” Stephanie Dileo has suf­fered through the death of a few beloved cats. But she still wants daugh­ters, Gabriella, 6, and Inez, 9, to ex­pe­ri­ence lov­ing a pet. She says: “IT had been three years since our beloved cat Josie died but we thought it was time for the girls to have an­other pet, and they had been hound­ing us for one. So, we got a kit­ten, Sasha, for them as a sur­prise at Christ­mas; they were so ex­cited. “Be­fore Josie died, she had been sick for a while with di­a­betes. My hus­band Richard had to give her nee­dles twice a day and we did ev­ery­thing we could to keep her with us. “I think she cost us a cou­ple of trips to Fiji in the end. We ex­plained to the girls, who were only three and six at the time, that Josie wasn’t hav­ing a good life any more and we needed to put her down. They seemed to un­der­stand. We still talk about Josie to­day, she was my and Richard’s baby be­fore the girls were born, we loved her so much and the girls knew that. Even though it’s been three years, I some­times catch Gabriella star­ing off into space and she’ll say: ‘I miss Josie.’ “Sasha is dif­fer­ent be­cause she’s their cat and they have to look af­ter her and feed her. I think it’s re­ally nic nice for chil­dren to have a pet, you your first child­hood pet is the be best ever and you never for for­get them. “I re re­mem­ber I got a cat when I was about eight and it died when I was 21. I was so sad. I tell th the girls Sasha d doesn’t care if you’re big, small, fat, skinny or have a pim­ple on your nose. A pet loves y you u un­con­di­tion­ally. “I hope they have Sas Sasha around for a re­all re­ally long time but, when she does pass, I know th the love they had for her will ha have been worth it.”

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