The legend of Precious was born of tragedy. And since then, it seems that's all she's ever known.
Her family home in Maryland caught on fire earlier this month. Her owner was injured and still inside. Amidst an inferno that would eventually gut the entire house, she refused to leave him. For some reason, rescuers decided to direct a fire extinguisher at her until she got out of the way.
But even then, while her owner lay sprawled in the yard, Precious stood faithfully over him.
Precious made headlines around the world. Her loyalty, distilled in a single photograph, seemed to embody what we love most about dogs.