We got Verdi just a couple of weeks before we were engaged, so technically, he was my dog, but Stephen loved him just as much as me, if not more. We picked him out of a litter in Ruston and of the puppies, he was the shyest.
He loved to have a ball thrown. He also would play by himself by batting it against a wall and catching it. Once we had a pool, he adored swimming, but it didn't bode well for his ears. He taught me a good deal about parenting--discipline, responsibility, sleeping in bed with me, etc. Cavett and Kendrick loved playing with him and taking him on walks.
We love you, Verdi. See you in heaven.