Daily I read stories about how an animal saved someone's life by leading them out of a fire or barked for help until someone came. My girl has never done any of that. I adopted her from the pound 3 days before my husband deployed for Iraq. Not being from a military family, I had no idea what deployment would be like. For 7 months, all she did was love me and give me the companionship that I so dearly missed. The affection and joy she brings to everyone she meets has never stopped since. For that, and so much more, I am eternally grateful.