#1: a dog
we had our dog, rocky, for some 15 plus years. best dog ever. he was a mix of who knows what and he was great. we picked him up from the animal shelter and he immediately became a part of our family. it really worked out perfectly because for some reason he never liked guys and he ended up coming to a house of girls. lots of girls. i was too little to remember, but my mom always said that she had a good feeling about him when she first saw him. so when you're at the animal shelter, trust your instincts. if the dog looks super ferocious, think twice. i've had a few run-ins with ferocious dogs recently and i don't recommend going down that road (i'll elaborate in a future post).
the dog in this photo was actually purchased from a pet store. i know. not cool. but i already gave the owner a recent lecture about the importance of supporting animal shelters. he knows better now. :)
go here to check out bios (pics included) of local homeless dogs.