We choose to share our lives with many types of animals.
Dogs and cats mostly. But some love birds or fish. There are fans of ferrets and rabbits. Others like hamsters and fancy rats. There are even those devoted to spiders, scorpions and snakes.
But only one -- the dog -- is called "man's best friend."
There are those who might argue -- particular cat lovers -- but dogs have a long history of devotion and service to humans.
Just ask Cam Laundry, a New Hampshire man who got into a truck accident Monday just over the border with Vermont.
New Hampshire State Police responded to a report of a loose dog about 10 pm that night. They found Tinsley, a 1-year-old Shiloh shepherd.
Officers say when they tried to capture Tinsley, she led them across the border where they found a rolled pickup, Laundry and another person, both of whom had been ejected from the vehicle and were injured and suffering from hypothermia.
"She's my little guardian angel," Laundry later told NBC News.
Vermont State Police took over the investigation, since the crash was on their side of the line. And things went downhill for Laundry. Seems he had a few drinks before getting behind the wheel and now faces charges.
But Tinsley is doing fine. And thanks to her, Laundry might be in legal difficulties, but at least he's alive to face them.
Man's best friend? We can think of one man in particular who would certainly agree.