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Vanessa, a 1-year-old kitten from Rockland, was adopted by a family after they tragically lost their son, a dog and a kitten in a short period of time. The family was devastated.

"Vanessa was just what the family needed, she was vibrant, full of spunk and her terrible kitten antics kept the Benson family laughing, lessening their sadness," says Vanessa's veterinarian Dr. Debbie Padilla Kruk or Morganside Veterinary Clinic.Pam Benson, decided to adopt Vanessa, a tiny kitten, at their local shelter. Immediately, Vanessa brightened the Benson families lives.

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Bettie, a 3-year-old Boston Terrier from Madison has an incredibly strong bond with her owner, Jessica Eisenmenger.

The pair has been inseparable since the day Jess brought Bettie home. Everyday, Bettie sits on Jessica's lap while she completes cystic fibrosis treatment. In return, Jessica did everything she could to help Bettie battle intestinal lymphoma.

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Miller Tushaus is a perfect representation of how extraordinary the human-animal bond can be. Recently, Miller passed his Canine Good Citizen Test and is now a registered therapy dog.

"Miller is the most gentle and patient 3-year-old Labrador that I know," says Miller's veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Schultz of Burleigh Road Animal Hospital in Brookfield.

Miller works with Pets Helping People, an organization that provides handler/pet teams with various groups such as hospitals, senior residences, libraries, women's shelters, schools and hospice settings.

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More than a companion, Roscoe, a Yorkshire Terrier, never let his small stature and health conditions slow his dedication to the Dybevik family. The Dybeviks never thought their little two pound package would have such an impact on their lives.

Despite having been born with a liver dysfunction resulting in numerous trips to the Truesdell Animal Care Hospital, Roscoe's companionship grew into more. One of the Dybeviks two sons, Mark, has a seizure disorder. Roscoe never leaves Mark's side when they are home and makes a distinctive bark if Mark starts to have a seizure.

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The companion inductee is more than that to Harry Bublitz, Lake Geneva. His Golden Retriever, Mac, has been instrumental in making his life a little easier and more joyful. Harry was struck by a drunk driver over 20 years ago leaving him paralyzed, with minimal use of one arm. Confined to a motorized wheelchair and well known in the Lake Geneva community, Harry and his two dogs - Mac, his trained assistant, and Sage, his companion, can be found strolling the sidewalks all year long.

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