Friendly Survival

A world-renowned surgeon once said to me: “Here’s how surgeons build their practices – Affability, Availability, and Ability – in that order.” My daughter went to an animal rescue shelter to get a cat. There were lots and lots of cats.  A small black cat looked into her eyes, reached out his paw, and touched her hand. He went home with her. One night I was in bed with a bad back, painful enough to make me moan at times. I retreated to our loveseat recliner. Our old cat, Marble, normally quite aloof, came and spent the night with me. She couldn’t take the pain away, but her presence comforted me. She won my heart that night 60 Minutes recently did a story on dogs: “Survival of the Friendliest.” Dogs descended from wolves.  Tough animals, not to be trifled with. Not the friendliest, by any stretch of the imagination! In…