Dogs truly are man's (or woman's) best friend.
The companionship a loyal dog provides is worth every exhausted, early-morning walk and each "stop what you're doing and play with me!" stare.
Bringing any new dog home is a huge commitment, but shelter dogs, in particular, present many unique challenges. They've often suffered through traumatic pasts and require your love and patience to thrive.
The reward? A deep bond with an animal who knows you gave them a second chance.