Even if I had known at the beginning that Thunder would only be with me for such a short time I would've still adopted him. Having any pet just makes your life so much better; someone who likes you no matter what. Thunder showed me just how valuable a pet can be, and also convinced me of the benefits of adopting a dog that needs a good home rather than buy a puppy (although honestly I don't know that I would be up for the amount of work a puppy entails:).
I don't want to end this on a sad note as Thunder was such an awesome dog, so I'll end with a story. Thunder was accompanying me and the boyfriend on some errands one day. First we picked up some subs for dinner, than popped into the movie store. While looking for a non-crappy movie (virtually impossible these days) we commented that it was so great that we could leave our super-awesome good dog in the car with our dinner and not worry about it (I bet you can see where this is headed). When we got to the car our subs were, of course, long gone, all except for the pickles, which were laid out perfectly flat on the front seat. Hey, at least he knew what he liked. Not the world's most interesting or funny story, nut it still makes me happy to remember it