At each stage of his [the Buddha's] yogic journey into the depths of his mind he deliberately evoked the emotion of love--"that huge, expansive and immeasurable feeling that knows no hatred"--and directed it to the four corners of the world, not omitting a single plant, animal, friend or foe from his radius of sympathy. (Armstrong, 332)
That somewhat epitomizes why we took in two foster cats this past holiday season. They're gone now, hopefully to better homes. We'll miss you Midnight and Little Fighter.