No matter where I go, I can count on my constant companion, Sophie, to watch over me. She follows me everywhere, her eyes focused on me with such complete love and devotion. We call her our ‘Little Old Lady’ as age brings a sheen of white to the black of her face. She is nine and a half years old, a Border Collie mix that I adopted from the Birmingham Humane Society at seven months of age to be a companion for my elderly mother. Her sweet and gentle nature made her a wonderful pet for my dog-loving and lonely mom, and I walked her daily and cared for her. I promised Sophie that I would always love her and give her a good life- just as she did for my mother. A fair trade to be the recipient of that look of love.