A boy and his dog. He worked hard on this relationship and it has been amazing to watch the transformation. We had our dog before he was born, she was abandoned as a pup and we adopted her from a kill-shelter. She has always been reserved and timid, and when the boys came along she was often uncomfortable by their boisterous play. When he became old enough to realize that she was actually a separate creature with her own feelings, he started spending a lot of quiet time with her and taking care of her. She is getting older, and now instead of being hesitant, she trusts him and takes his lead. He always looks out for her and his empathy for her constantly surprises me.