Thanks everyone for their kind words. Some unpleasantness on LiveJournal exacerbated my pre-existing depression over the election results and I felt the need to vent. Even rats are allowed to angst on LiveJournal, aren't they?
Now onto an election where your vote really does count! I've been trying for some years to introduce the word "roophilia" into the English language and I have it in a few furry dictionaries. It is etymologically sound (if bastardised) and it harks back to an older more innocent time when zoophilia had a different meaning to the one it has today. You can vote for my nascent definition on UrbanDictionary here. Thank you.