I realize that my connection with animals at a deep level began at birth with my soul-mate dog named Tang. I believe he was a large Water/English Spaniel, mixed with an unknown, and he became my constant companion sharing ice cream cones and other delicacies. I am told that I used to lay out my little table cloth and dishes on him as he lay on his side creating my table. I have also been told that I used him as a stepping stool in order to see out a window. We moved several times before he met his demise by choking on dried chicken bones he discovered in a neighbour’s shed. This was also my first traumatic experience with loss of a beloved pet companion.