So, for some reason, perhaps because of Mat's instability as of late, I am feeling a bit sentimental and over attached to my dogs. Sometimes I think I project my need for a perfect child on my dogs, but none the less, I do believe Chester is almost perfect. :cool-dog: I have 3 dogs. Steele who is only 6 months old, Diesel who is a year, and Chester, whom we have had almost 9 years. He is a cocker spaniel mix, almost all cocker. All my dogs are rescue pups, but Chester was already well into teen doggie years when we adopted him. I remember when we first got him from the pound, and he was matted and flea ridden, I gave him a bath. The lil' pooch just put his head on the side of the tub and sighed.........what a keeper. Over the years, Chester has endured multiple difficult child rages, a stormy horrible divorce, the addition of a cat, and 2 new puppies, all with his usual calm and matter of fact demeanor. When difficult child is raging, Chester is right there, comforting him. He just seems to know, that deep inside, Mat needs comfort - despite the flying objects, obscenities, and insults - even when I am beside myself, and ready to strangle Mat - Chester is right by his side, licking him, calming him, or knowing enough to simply lie next to him. What a trooper. I don't know what my deal is tonight. I guess I am feeling just oh, so sad. I gave Chester a bath, and thought, this little guy has been through it all with me - the only one, to see all the despair and sorrow this house has endured - and yet - he has the tenacity and love to still crawl back up, every night, and lick difficult children face, and mine. WOW.