I don't know who said this, but friendship isn't about who has known you the longest, but rather who has never left your side. Sometimes I think my dogs have been better friends to me than I have been to them. Early morning blue mountain sip for me and a special treat and pat for them.
Its been noted here that newbies sometimes get a rough treatment. Here is one response, written by Old Dog, that might help those thinking of making their first post understand a little bit about this place. After you read this take a moment (or two or three) and look around and get a sense of this place. If you're still interested make your intro and join the fray. —Jed