With many apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson,
"I have three "little" shadows that go in and out with me.
And what can be the use of them is more than I can see."
Becker is the eldest...and the largest. We got him shortly after Katrina, after my dear old girl Annie passed away. The 7 week old pup that fit on my lap coming home grew up a little bit! Ummmm, perhaps MORE than a little bit, topping out at close to 150 pounds "back in the day." He's 11 1/2 now and beginning to slow down, but he's still as bright-eyed as ever.
I hope you have gardening companions every bit as loving and loyal as mine - and perhaps even a little less likely to break off or otherwise destroy a plant when they inadvertently step on it. I try to keep an open mind, though, and think of the "pruning" that is occurring. At any rate, I consider the occasional, accidental loss of a plant well worth the companionship.