Pets aren’t children. We’re allowed to have favorites. Of my three cats, Simon, my foster failure, is my most adored animal. I thought I’d be fostering him briefly. He was eight years old and fat. I didn’t need or want three cats. But love often isn’t planned. I feel better when Simon is in the room with me. I love all my cats, but he’s my best buddy, all twenty pounds of him. I’m grateful every day that he’s mine.