Our oldest cat Trout, who has had some health issues this year, is still alive, thank you very much.
And any day that involves a stack of pillows and a sunbeam is a good one.
Also, I was reminded of a sage piece of advice that was given to me by one Robert Faires, shortly after I'd received my first piece of hate mail. Get a big binder, he said, and put all of your clips in it. When the nasty bits of the profession get you down, sit and look through the binder. This will help.
I no longer use a binder, mostly as a result of the growing internet and having children. But when the industry gives me a shot to the teeth, which it has been doing with alarming frquency lately, I have a special folder called "egoboost" that makes it sting less.
Is this incredibly self-centered? Yes. Does it help? Undoubtedly, especially if there is a sunbeam and stack of pillows nearby.