Throughout my childhood my family had always been a dog family. We had 3 dogs and I was raised to love the canines for more than I had cared for the felines in the world. What I loved about my dogs was the unconditioned loyalty that I was shown by them throughout my entire existence. My dogs were my best friends growing up.
My first dog that I had was a brown, long haired retriever named Bodie This dog was actually a member of my family earlier than I was. My dad had gotten the dog while he was in college before he met my mom. As they grew together, fell in love, got married, and had their first child, which was me, Bodie did his part in raising me as a member of the family.