I used to dislike dogs - I was a cat person. Then my daughter got a Newfoundland dog named Lizzie.
Of course once you see a Newfoundland puppy you will fall in love (unless your heart is made of stone). But it wasn't until I babysat Lizzie for a week that I became obsessed with the breed.
It took three years but I finally found Sam, pictured here on his seventh birthday. He's ten years old now, and I can't imagine life without him. He is a member of our family, my buddy, and the sweetest soul in the world. He makes me laugh every single day, and brings joy and turns heads wherever we go. I can honestly say Sam has made me a better person. I love him with all my heart. He inspires my work and he inspires my heart.