I read "Dog alerts family to blaze that gutted Greeley home" by Kieran Nicholson in The Denver Post this afternoon. The article is about a dog that helps rescue a mom and her two children from a fire in their home this morning. If it weren't for the actions of the family dog they may have not all gotten out. This matters to me because I also have a dog. Not only do dogs provide us with companionship, compassion and just plain fun, they also protect us. Dogs are important to the world because we have fire dogs that help people get out of dangerous situations, police dogs/bomb dogs help with smelling out bombs and drugs, and dogs that help the blind/disabled. Dogs truly are man's best friend!