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For a long time, people have assumed that dogs are "Man's Best Friend". I grew up with dogs, and like them a lot. But I prefer cats.

The internet is full of cats. Some people say that the internet is controlled by cats. But what they expect of cats is a human construction and, in the words of my late husband, even a slanderous construct.

Over the fold, my tale of my cat--my best friend--and myself.

Our vet misspelled "Jeoffry" as "Geoffry" and so it has stuck. However, let's start with why he has that name at all:

When my husband died, nearly a year ago, my cat Geoffrey became very concerned about my mental health. Now, he's a very interesting little critter, because he used to hike with us. Indeed, he would follow Terun and I down the deer paths on the Rock and other places like most people's dogs might. But when Terun died, and since then, Geoffy-Cat has not left my side, not for a minute. He has internalized the hurt that I am trying to work through, and every morning, he's there. Right at my side, and thinking of me before his own needs. So I let him out to do his business, make sure there is food and water, and then, in the end, he just wants to come back in and make sure that I am OK.

The very best friend of Humankind.

Geoffy, at rest. .

Originally posted to commonmass on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 01:41 PM PST.

Also republished by PWB Peeps.

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