My dog is a 6-year-old Maltese. I inherited him through my sister who passed away. The story is kind of sad. In 2008 she purchased him and he was always by himself. She was addicted to painkillers. She had him for about 6 months and decided to take her own life. He was on the bed with her and survived to be alone with her. She had been dead 3-4 days by the time they were discovered. He never left her side and was stuck on the bed(it was too high for him to get off). I am not sure how he survived that long without food or water. He was taken to the pound and a few days later I took him back to my house. He has been with me and my 17-year-old daughter ever since. He is a really good dog but he is in constant need of attention. You could have him next to you and be petting him. As soon as you leave the room he gets upset and whines. When I get up in the morning he is ALWAYS at my door waiting. My daughter does not give him much attention but she is not mean to him. I feel guilty not paying more attention to him, but if I gave him 23 hours of attention he would be looking for that 24th hour.