Cricket, 2, Miniature Australian Shepherd
Owner: Ginger Baker, 42, Salem, Ore.
A couple years ago, Ginger and her husband had moved to the city and Ginger was diagnosed with cancer. “With my family far away and my children grown, the house was so empty and dark,” she says. But bringing Cricket home lightened the mood. “We play and laugh a lot now,” says Ginger. “Life is so much better because she is here.” And, fortunately, Ginger is healthy again.