Here are the lives of six extraordinary canines with whom I was blessed to share my life and that of my family. These dogs were not pets, but each contributed to our family’s life and growth in an unparalleled way. Their lives are celebrated daily by each of us. The first dog was purchased to protect our family from crime in Okinawa. He became a member of the family before serving as a scout dog in Vietnam. Second was a Viet dog who adopted me and saved my life more than once. The others were a half-wild malamute/wolf, a German shepherd, and two golden retrievers, gentle and kind where the others had been forceful. One still lives and serves.