My dogs, about one year apart in age, have been buddies from the beginning. Gentle Sophie, the border collie mix, came first…I found her at the Birmingham Humane Society and adopted her to keep my mom company just down the street from me. Coops, the Akita/Lab/?, found me as a tiny puppy in the alley behind our house during a storm, tornado sirens wailing, as I was heading over to check on Mom and Sophie. It was love at first sight, and they have been joined at the hip ever since-a wonderful addition to our family. It has been touching to watch their close connection and communication only deepen with time. Here are some photos of their relationship over the years.