Sixteen dogs and their roles in 50 years of the author's life are described. This is a book about the love of dogs, the pain of losing them, the joy of traveling and living with them, and the effects they have on our lives. It also details the author's growing up in Alaska, relationships, moves to various states, and struggles to survive life's tragedies, all with the help of her dogs. Additionally, this book details her work as a humane society director and volunteer in various states. The powerful bond between humans and dogs and what the love and companionship of a dog can mean are key themes.