RUSKIN, Fla. -- Like most dog owners, Pat Picavet thinks the world of her girl, Marley. "This is cliché, but she is like my best buddy," says Picavet during a game of fetch.
But to Picavet, the chocolate lab is much more than just a pet. The dog helps Picavet get through her toughest days. "She's very, very special to me," she says, then laughs when Marley burps in her face.