"My 'niece' Missy captured my heart from the moment she was rescued from a Mississippi shelter and adopted by my youngest sister's family. She arrived with a truckload of other adopted doggies one cold December day in Connecticut. Being crazy about Missy (and all other animals—including cows and chickens and pigs and fishes), I decided to give her mom a subscription to . . . (drum roll) . . . V-dog!"