SRL- I just wanted to let you know that your pet buddy idea has been helping both of my girls a lot! difficult child 2 actually loves her little "Smoothy" a tiny kitty, we all have different animals that form a family even g'ma and g'pa. When husband leaves for a trip, he will send little video clips on his phone to the girls of "Bart" the bear... they love it!!! I have "Cocoa" the chocolate lab and difficult child 1 has "Emi" the hummingbird. They are tiny little finger puppets that are very soft also. Fit in the pocket. They all sleep by the bed or in the bed... Thanks for the idea. It has helped a bit with some anxiety.