I have always lived with animals. I grew up in a family who didn’t really draw a line between animal and human because well, there isn’t one. They are a significant part of my life and my spirituality. As a child, I grew up with a goat who snuggled with me on the couch, horses who occupied my days and my dreams, dogs and cats who understood me in a way that no human ever could. My mother showed me how to help those in need and when you needed to let go. We are stewards of the animals who come into our care. It is our honor and blessing to care for them and we do the best we can. When you have a lot of animals as we have, there is a lot of messes, a lot of love and sometimes, a lot of death. In the past two months we have lost three elderly dogs and today, one elderly kitty, the matriarch of our cat tribe. Padma, our dearest Padma left this earth in body but not in spirit. She is very special to us and we will all miss her. She took such good care of all of us. Once again I am so grateful for our wonderful vet, Dr. Linda Baxter at Lakeview Animal Hospital.