I am very blessed and very fortunate. I have had many wonderful animal companions over the years, going all the way back to when I was extremely young and had no sense of what it takes to care for an animal. Dogs have always been my first choice, but I have had cats, birds, turtles, and more. I remember the early times they broke my heart by running away. Soon I learned it took more than an occasional pat on the head or walk around the block to care to be a true friend to them.