Madison Palm, 23, is deputy assessor title clerk at her county's DMV in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. During a break one day, she heard a co-worker describe a corgi who was being given away because she killed her family's chickens. Palm left immediately to meet the dog, who had been kept outside for seven years and fed only scraps. Her name was Cora. Palm took Cora, and on the drive home, Cora crawled into Palm's lap. After years of total neglect, Cora's ears were infected, her teeth were rotted and the water turned black when she got her first bath. But her attitude never changed. Palm says, "Cora taught me the true meaning of unconditional love and forgiveness.


"She is very sympathetic and in tune with my needs, yet she is so incredibly independent." Here's an example. Cora was flying with Palm from Idaho to see Palm's mother in Alaska. During a layover in Seattle, Cora slipped away and sat in front of a strange man. "I asked him if she was bothering him, and with watery eyes he said, 'No, I just lost my dog last night.'" Cora stayed with the man for a while as he scratched her ears and petted her and whispered how cute she was. Palm believes Cora has a gift. "She knows who is hurting and who needs her."