These are six of my girlfriends. With one exception, we all went to high school together. We were friends when this photo was taken almost twenty years ago and we're friends today. The basis of our enduring friendships are probably more complicated than I can explain but I guess we just worked at it. Long term friendships are a combination of loyalty, love, caring, empathy and being there for the other person whenever possible. At least, those are the traits I most admire in a friend.
My husband can have his dogs, I'll take my girlfriends!