I've had a canine companion my whole life, with a small gap after my dog Cody died. Each of my 4-legged friends brought much love and acceptance to my day to day doings, and all were rescue dogs. I also have a life long friend who is a veteran and who gave to this country in ways I was unable. I am grateful she had the courage to step up so we could have a better life here in the US. Every day I'm blessed, and strive to give back to those who gave to me.