Thanks to Vick Mickunas for this wonderful story! About 5 years ago we were pulling out of our driveway to go to Sunday brunch. We live on a country road in rural Ohio. We were astonished to see a black lab appear just to the right of our driveway alongside the road. She was soaking wet. There's a creek nearby. We took her into our home. We advertised in the local newspapers to see if we could return her to her family. There was no response. It became apparent that someone had just dumped this sweet girl along our lane. We took her to the vet. She had a lot of health issues and she was old. We named her Maisie. We have taken care of her ever since. She is the sweetest dog. She has the most soulful eyes. She has some trouble climbing the stairs but we help her out when she needs it. Maisie still likes going for a swim (see photo) and her appetite remains consistent with her breed; she lives for her meals and her treats. We assume that whoever discarded her had used her as a hunting dog. She gets really excited about gunfire in the distance. She derives tremendous pleasure from her sense of smell. And she has a soft mouth. I have recovered unharmed field mice from inside her mouth. They scampered away without any clue as to how lucky they were to have been unearthed by our wonderful, gentle Maisie. We rescued her that day that she crossed our path. We love this old girl so much.