There is just no thing like a good dog.
Our Ellie was our first baby. And she has loved our subsequent babies so well. The oldest monkey's first words were, "ellieellieellie". She has been tugged on, sat on, pushed around, yelled at (no, not me!) and still loves us without hesitation or condition.
I'm not sure how many Minnesota winters this old girl has left in her. She has slowed visibly over the last couple of years. So we are counting our days with her as blessed and enjoying our snuggles like there is no tomorrow. She may stink and shed, but they just don't make 'em much sweeter!