Sorry for starting so many threads today...but my kids are actually behaving and I get a chance to play on the PC and ask questions... Why is it so hard for other people to understand the grief we go through when we lose an animal? Even for those of us that raise meat animals....it is hard to lose an animal that you have raised and nurtured. I cry when I butcher a rabbit....even though I know that i gave it the best life possible. It still hurts to do the deed. When a favorite dog (or cat, or chicken) passes on it hurts! Why must we go through the ridicule of mourning an animal as if there was something wrong with us?