I just love this Throwback Thursday photo of Nina and Duke. Like many couples who try to have children and are not successful, they get a dog. Duke was our first canine baby. He was quite a handful when he was a puppy... really until he was about 2, but he was the best dog when it came to being a protector for Nina. She would pull on his lips, sit on him, roll over him, pull his tail... but he went with the flow. You can see the pride in his eyes in this photo. I got Nina's "Duke" sweater at the GAP... she was such a cutie. Golden's are such great dogs... but especially with children. This picture just always makes me smile... I hope it brings a smile to your face too?