It's good that you could do this for your father. The only time I ever saw my dad tear up was when talking about his last dog that died.
Labs are awesome friends.
I actually took my cat to the vet. And spent money to get her well. Most money I have ever spent on an animal, $110. I must be getting soft. Chloe is an awesome cat though. Sometimes the only thing on Earth that gives a crap that I exist. Sympathy and empathy from a cat is rare. I return the love.
It does suck when she catches a roach and proudly puts it on my chest when I'm asleep.