I also met Serena today. What a lovely little lady. I think she has some Newfoundland in her, as well as Labrador, and she's beautiful. She's recovering from heart worm treatment, though, so I had to be careful not to get her overheated or too tired. She was simply lovely and gracious.
Then I met the little chihuahua, Princess, who was dignified nearly the entire time holding the perfect pose, until she relaxed her guard and lowered her head to her paws, letting me stroke her forehead. That's when I saw the real soul inside.
And then there was Mila, who's still a youngster. She was lovely, too, and she did the head tilt for me--I just love that pose. What a good girl. :-)
I've been re-reading a book I read some time ago--DOMINION, by Matthew Scully. It's about how God gave us dominion over the earth, but ours is to be a benevolent dominion. A person who is cruel to animals lacks compassion in his soul, and a person who is kind to animals is showing benevolent stewardship and honors his or her creator. I wish you'd read this book--I think it will open your eyes to many things you may not have considered.