Gumbo was truly man's best friend. He was the best birthday present that I have ever received in my life. I had no idea how much I could love a dog, and how much a dog could give back so much love: He protected me from a few house robberies while I was at home, protected me and kept me safe while I was in a domestic violence relationship, during my most depressive and darkest days he would come to me and lick me and love on me to let me know that I still had purpose in life.
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