I come from a long line of dog lovers, and for me, my home would just not be complete without a dog. I have had dogs all my life, and in my early twenties my parents gifted me a puppy for my birthday. Vinny was a chocolate lab and in all honesty, probably one of the best dogs ever. He was lazy and sweet and patient and just truly a good dog. When he passed away in November of 2012, I knew that we would get another dog, but I also knew that I really wanted a mutt this time around. My mom always said that mutts were the “best of everything,” and I knew that I really wanted to rescue a dog this time around as opposed to buy a dog. There are so many dogs in need of good homes.