After making the decision to adopt a dog a couple of months before and visiting several shelters to start the search, we stopped once again at a local rescue on a whim one rainy afternoon. We walked through the shelter looking and interacting with a number of dogs at their kennels. My eyes turned to Sophie. Sophie was very thin, having recently been treated for intestinal parasites. We knew very little about her other than she was about one year of age. In the end it didn't matter because it was love at first sight. She came home with us that evening in the pouring rain and almost four years later I can't imagine life without her.