(Kudos and a MyBestYears.com Coffee Mug go out to David S., Buffalo, New
York, for relating this true story!)

    Shana, rescued as a puppy by Norman and Eve
    Fertig (both in their eighties), is now a 160-pound
    German Shepherd and Timberwolf mix.

    The Fertigs were attending injured birds in a wildlife
    sanctuary on their property when a surprise
    snowstorm hit. The storm quickly intensified,
    trapping the couple away from their home by falling
    trees and heavy snow.

Shana helped save the elderly couple from freezing to death by digging a foot-wide
tunnel under the trees and through the snow back to their home.

When the dog returned, she simply wouldn't give up until Eve and Norman followed her
through the tunnel.

"It was quite a distance," Eve later related to news reporters. "We get out and she pulls us
out. We got on the back deck, got the back door open and we fell inside. And we laid
there all night."

For her heroism, Shana received a reward for bravery from Citizens for Humane Animal
Treatment and an honorary fire helmet from area firefighters.

And she receives a round of hearty applause from both BestFriends and MyBestYears.

    You often hear about pets saving lives—dogs protecting
    from harm, cats waking up families to warn of fire or gas
    fumes—the list could go on and on.

    The truth is, pets save lives in so many other, less
    dramatic ways. Studies have shown, for example, that a
    person who has suffered a heart attack has a whopping
    500% better chance of survival if he or she returns home
    to a pet.

    Other studies continue to bolster the idea that pets help
    encourage us to exercise more regularly, they lower
    blood pressure, they reduce stress and anxiety, they help
    us recover from disease or surgery faster, and they help
    provide a better quality of life by giving love and
    companionship unconditionally.

    Best of all, they give a reason for living longer!

    God gave pets for many reasons, and they are one of His
    kindest gifts.

    Find a good pet. Welcome him or her into your heart and
    life. Expect much in return—faithfulness, companionship
    and an eagerness to please (unless it is a cat, but that is
    a entirely different subject!).

    Take your pet to heart, and watch your life improve in so
    many ways!

BestFriend QUOTES
"It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?"
    Eleanor H. Porter
    Author of Pollyanna

"Animals are such agreeable friends: they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."
    George Eliot

Novelist Anatole France once said, "Until one has loved an animal,  a part of
one's soul remains unawakened."

For centuries, dogs have been called "man's best friend." The same could be
said for virtually every sort of pet, for they give companionship and affection
unselfishly. They help you feel more secure. They make you laugh. Studies
even show that they help yo relax better, lower your blood pressure, promote
better health, and can even prolong your life.

For this reason, MyBestYears.com salutes the bond between Seasoned Seniors
and their best friends with snippets of pet-related information and inspirational
stories that honor these furry, feathered and finned friends.
Tell us about your BestFriend. Share a story of heroism or unselfish
companionship. Keep it short, less than 100 words, and include a photo,
if possible of you and your pet. If your story is used, you will receive a
MyBestYears.com Coffee Mug, just like the one Sterling Graham uses!
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