Almost two years ago now my son Erik and his wife Kaitlyn (who live in the basement apartment of our home) got a boxer puppy named Milo (see photo above.) Milo quickly made his way into the heart and soul of this family and now NONE of us can imagine how we lived without him. This was a revelation to me because even though I had a dog growing up, ever since I left home for college and beyond, I have been petless. I guess I felt overwhelmed with the job of being a parent, let alone a dog owner. Milo, however, definitely opened my eyes to the benefits of having a pet in the house.