An email arrived with the subject line, “Is your pet prone to getting cancer?” I deleted the email and recalled an acquaintance years ago who had to put three pets down due to cancer. Unfortunately, they all died of lung cancer. She smoked 2-3 packs a day. Coincidence? I think not.

After she had retrieved the 3rd pet’s ashes from her Vet, Pat realized if she didn’t quit smoking, she would continue to have disposable playmates. She told me she wasn’t quite ready to stop the heaters yet, and living alone was too lonely. She put the ashes on the shelf with her other pets’ remains and then drove to the Humane Society to pick out another kitten.

Yikes. Cigarettes are a powerful drug. I know as I stopped years ago, after many attempts, only with the help of God. I never thought about it affecting one’s pets.