I’ve lived up to my name wholeheartedly—weighing about 80 pounds on arrival here and having been a good buddy, protective and devoted, to the single woman at home. But she’s moving and can’t take me along, so sadly gave me up. She says I’ve been a great and gentle companion; leash, crate and house trained, and I like to play. (Hide-and-seek with treats is a favorite.) I’ve not met many other dogs, but do protect my toys and food from other animals and children. Since puppyhood—I’m a 3-year-old Lab mix male—I’ve lived with one woman, and she says a gentle voice and patience work best with me. And we both say you can call me whatever name you choose, as long as you’re my buddy and let me be yours.