Anyone who has ever been rescued by a shelter dog (or cat, or rabbit, or ferret, or rat . . .) knows that these animals help us maintain our sense of humanity. When I am bent out of shape by the events of the day, I am brought back to earth by the uncomplicated love given without reservation by my rescued Martha the Dog (and Miss Emily the Cat, who wonders when there will be a cats in the park event, although she doesn't wonder much because it would take too much effort). I am particularly proud to join the Upstate Underdog Rescue team; UUR Undedogs are Mohawk Hudson alums recommended you shelter staff for rescue because they are especially stressed and challenged by the shelter environment.