1. 1.
    Baron, a miniature schnauzer who tolerated my toddler years
  2. 2.
    Prince, a standard schnauzer who endured my father's abusive years with me.
  3. 3.
    Buddy. My parents had me put him to sleep because they couldn't bear to see it. That was when I realized I had the backbone for the dark times.
  4. 4.
    Blaze. My wife's service dog. A genius of the species. Now he is retired and a grumpy old man who sits with me and growls at people and things we don't like: mailmen, hipsters, untrustworthy members of the SOCOM community, grooming, the Seahawks losing, and missionaries. The photo is of Blaze and one of his favorite people, a handyman.
  5. 5.
    Lana, my adopted pit bull. Abused. Skittish. She is a life in progress. I love her heart even if it is wrapped in fear and aggression.