From commentor Tabor:
I found Ozy(mandias) in a shelter after a few months of looking for a dog. He stood on his hind legs and walked to me, and I knew he was the one. He had been dropped off by his previous owners because he was “too expensive” for them.
His presence alone is worth much more than any cost to take care of him. He’s at the door waiting for me when I come home from work (or anywhere else) ready to lavish me with attention. When I read in my recliner he stretches out and sleeps between my legs, with his head over one of my calves. When I am on the treadmill, he sits at the door and watches me tread away. He even joins me on the sofa to read the paper. As I type this, he is a foot away, chewing on a bone on the floor. I have gained a companion, a friend, and unquestioning love.
Adopting Ozy was a great decision. I am much better for it.