Animals are such a joy and a tonic. To have something or someone else to look after in the midst of a personal crisis can be really empowering and can eclipse anything that’s going on mentally.

I was so lucky to have a wonderful companion, Olive, a little brown cat, for eighteen years. She was my best friend and blimey, we had some adventures. It’s my intention to write some children’s books based on her sometime, so watch this space.

Olive was such a powerful presence and was so comforting, so gentle and always listened! I loved looking after her and I know this is the case for many of us; having a four legged, or feathery, fluffy friend to look after can make a massive difference to our headspaces.