What a lovely thread!
I've loved reading about your babies.
I got my black lab as a package deal.... she came with my husband going on 9 years ago. He got me, 3 kids & a dog. I got him & a a dog. She was just a pup then, just over a year old and when he left for Iraq for over a year, she became mine. He says I stole her, because her devotion to me is obvious. She slept on my head (yes, all 100 pounds of her!) the whole time he was gone. I'm not sure if she was trying to keep me safe or keep me from abandoning her.
When my hubby came home she was soooo excited, she nearly burst! She jumped into his arms, wiggle, wiggle, wag, wag... then came the cold shoulder! She was very hurt and angry he had left her and would not "speak" to him for probably 6 weeks. They've patched things up, but she is now clearly mine. I dread the thought of something happening to her. She's a doll. In fact, I opened this thread because I was wondering if it was about the orthopedic dog bed we just bought her because it cost right about $35 and it definitely seems to be helping her get moving in the morning.