So last March our German Shepard of 13 years passed. He was our first baby, and my daughters best friend. I didn't want to get a puppy as a knee jerk reaction to his loss. I told her that "maybe in a year" we would start thinking about it. Two days ago I came across a litter advertised on an online yard sale page. I was very open and honest with the owner- if we got him, he had to be able to integrate with our other dogs and be a good fit for our family. We agreed on a two week trial period. We told our kids we are fostering him and that he is not ours. Just in case it does not work out. Told my oldest (9 almost 10) that this was a good chance to show us how responsible she could be if we decided to get her a dog in the future. It's day two, and I ordered the little bugger tags, and scheduled his shots for this afternoon! He is such a good puppy and my two other dogs LIKE him. We often have our friends bring their dogs over, and they play well with others. Trigger, our old lab was so excited to play with the puppy that he was jumping around and he is so fat, it's quite a feat to see. Lol. They even laid in the kennel together for awhile. My daughter's birthday is the 23rd and we are planning on having her party on the 21st. We are going to give her his collar and tags on her actual birthday. I'm not a huge advocate of giving animals a gifts, they are a lot of responsibility. This was a eyes-wide-open venture and one I know I will have primary responsibility for. Anyway, I'm just super happy that it is working out. We are not telling people until after the two weeks, but even my husband, who was not really on board with this, likes him.