Rover was the name he came with, and we never found a reason to change it. We adopted him from A Forever Home in March 2013 when he was three. Our first adventure together was a walk around the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms. Rover made us a family, united in our love and care for him, and turned our house into a forever home. Despite a heart murmur, he made many trips to Maine with us to hike in the autumn woods; closer to home, he was the neighborhood “dog ambassador,” tail wagging cheerfully as he welcomed new families to our Del Ray neighborhood. When he grew too sick and frail to take joy in his life we sadly let him go, but he will always be with us in our hearts.