I just adopted 2 black cats from our local shelter. Lord Dio (from Last Exile) and Abigail. They are my latest two. Last year my 25 year old female cat "Carlisle" died, and her 16 year old granddaughter "Samantha". 2 years earlier her daughter "Ramabette" died, she was 23. All from natural causes. My 12 year old Dalmatian died last year too from liver failure. We adopted a Corgi mix from another shelter named Reese. We had a 2 month period with no pets. I thought that was what I wanted, no pets for a wile, but found that the house was too empty. It makes using out motorhome a little difficult as we must find babysitters when we want to go anywhere but it still is worth it. Their contribution to our household is immeasurable.