My dog is truly one of my children. Whoever thinks animals don't have souls has never owned a dog. Linus has lived with us for 3 years now. We got him from rescue agency. The humane society would not take him because they said he was "not good with humans". While he was very very skittish and scared when we first got him, he has never hurt any of us and is super obedient. He follows us around and wants to please us. One time we accidently left him outside after we'd taken him out and he was just sitting outside on the porch staring at the door waiting for us to come back. While he has not been the perfect dog by any means (he likes to chew apart dirty diapers), I couldn't imagine not having him.