I was just appreciating my dogs today. I don't know if any of you guys do that. Just sit around and think about the qualities in each of your dogs that make you love him/her. I don't do that everyday. I'm mostly irritated with them, which probably isn't the greatest, but "it is what it is". Today I was proud of each of my dogs. Penny (my 11 year old female dachshund) is so smart, so used to our routine, and she is the one dog I never really have to worry about. She's independent while being lovable, and never really does anything wrong. She's brave and fearless and devoted. Baloo (my 8 month old pit/lab mix) may be a bratty and stubborn handful...but he is such a firecracker with such a happy-go-lucky personality that I'm never able to stay mad at him for very long. I may fuss at him and then he just gives me his dopey grin...and I melt. I think that once he matures he will turn into an awesome dog. Malyk...(my 2 1/2 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback) is so goofy, yet graceful. He isn't Velcro, but he spends the most time with me. Always cuddled next to me in bed. He is so protective of me...and he has saved me from some scary situations. Who needs a gun or a man to feel safe when you have an 87 lb protective dog guardian? I am so glad to have him, even with his quirks, I wouldn't change him. And last, but not least...Chevelle. (My 17 month old APBT). She is my heart dog. She has never let me down. She does what I ask without question or fail, and she does it well. She awes me almost every day. She is great with strangers, other dogs, kids, babies, random animals.... She loves a lot and she loves all the time. She is cuddly, bubbly, energetic, and calm and composed when asked to be. I'm very rarely displeased with her. She has been obedient and mature ever since she was a puppy. She's beautiful, too. She deserves way more credit than I give her. But, thanks for reading. Just thought I would share. What are some things you appreciate about your dogs?