Our dog Jobe with son Jackson (at age 2)
Photo Credit: Angie McMonigal Photography

Ask any dog owner and they will tell you that dogs are high maintenance pets. They bark loudly and often, a chorus of yips and yaps and howls. They shed, leaving massive amounts of fur and hair throughout the house that is no match for even the strongest Dyson vacuum. They incur astronomical vet bills for check-ups, shots, medication, special food, and surgery. They need to be fed, walked, and trained.

In short, dogs are a lot of work. Ask any dog owner and they will tell you as much. But they will also tell you – emphatically tell you – that dogs make the very best friends.

And now there is more than just anecdotal evidence to support the proposition that canines make exceptional companions…[Read more from “Lessons in Empathy…from Dogs” in my post at Urban Times.]


Our dog Maeby, after successful completion of her chemo treatments


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