Like the cat 
who finds her way back home over a thousand miles, 
like the dog 
who waits for his master to arrive on the train that never comes, 
like the one 
who keeps a vigil at her master’s grave until she too can cross the bridge, 
some people and their pets 
are woven together by threads of life and they cannot, 
and will not, for long 
be separated. 
― Kate McGahan