A coworker recently asked if my cat Andy was dead already. She asked it in a rude, obnoxious manner. I hated her for asking that, and she thought my reaction was over reacting. Some people do not know how attached pet lovers are to their pets and vice versa. Some people do not understand that to us with pets, our pets - be it cat or dog or whatever - are better than most humans out there.
Your co-worker is an idiot and best ignored on a personal level IMHO..
Yeti had a rough friday. Had to get an EKG on his little heart due to a murmer (luckily its ok, and mild, may require medication in a few years) During this process he pee'd himself in the crate on the way to the vet, was held down and wire clips attached everywhere, then pricked with needles, then i had to give him a bath when we got home. What made it worse is he came up to me after a long blow-dryer session (additional trama) and rubbed on my knee as if to say "I know you didn't want to do it eather, you are forgiven." Heart = melted.