Your first childhood pet is the best ever
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.”