@duke Had a staff, Harry. 14 years, best friend ever, inconsolable when he was put to sleep, the vet had to usher me out the back door, he kept popping his head in the room to see if I was ok and I clearly wasn't so out the back I went. Could have gone and have hypno and have all my memories of him taken away, Would I, no way !!!
“There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to outcarol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain… Or so says the legend.”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds