I live in the foothills of the Sierra in California-I have always had dogs and just got a new puppy-a 7 week old ShihTzu named Lucca. The best part of owning a dog is getting to know each other and learning to understand the special language of man/dog. With every dog its the same and also different. I love the discovery of how to communicate! This puppy has stolen my heart, she is happy and super people oriented-the big surprise, having had big dogs all my life until now, I never knew small dogs could be so smart- Like a sponge she is soaking in the stuff we do together, what fun!