Losing a pet is painful. But I think never having a pet in our lives is even worse. We love them and we grieve the loss of them with equal intensity. Here is my dog, Chester. I rescued him from the Humane Society. He was an abused dog and it took a lot of time and patience to get him to accept kindness because his fear was bigger than his ability to trust, but we got there & he was loyal beyond words. I miss him.