Hi @Whispering_Truth. Thanks for the advice. I told him about all of it, and he responded with immense kindness and understanding. Still, I am a big believer in animal friendships as well, and think investing emotional energy in animals is a really good idea. I'm glad you found such an unconditional source of love. "Their actions always speak louder than their words" - one of the most important things I've learned in my life. Love is an action and "I love you" often doesn't mean sh**.