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updated: Dec 07, 2013, 1:00 PM

By David Powdrell

The thing about pets is that they die too young.

If you're like me, you wrap your emotions around your pet, like a warm blanket. You cuddle up with them when you're feeling down or if it's raining outside. You give them goofy names like The Little Man, or Brown Dog.

A dog will lick your face gently and love you unconditionally, even when they've only got weeks to live.

Barnaby got diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer yesterday. At 7 years old, that just doesn't seem possible. But it's true and we have to saddle up to that fact.

This adventure called life ain't always pretty.

The vet recommended that we spoil Barnaby rotten so on the drive home we stopped at McDonald's. He ordered a burger (hold the pickles).

Give all your loved ones, including your pets, a big hug this holiday season. Tell them that you love them. They are all gifts, however long we have them in our lives.

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