Teddy is not my dog, but he WAS my dog at one time. I gave him to Al when we parted since I felt he would get better attention and treatment in a safer environment. The two of them are very happy together, and Teddy is way better off than he would have been had I taken him with me. That's how I sleep at night.
Maybe someday when I get out of my folks house I will be able to get another dog. Then I will have "something to show for all of my hard work"! Ha!