Hello from Dallas, Texas First let me say that this is a wonderful resource - congrats to all of you for providing such a useful, informative forum for dog owners. A few weeks ago I adopted a dog from the Glen Rose City Shelter. I had been working with a trainer to find a breed that would be a good fit for my family - I have a 5-yr old boy and a 3-yr old girl. We decided upon an Australian Shepherd but I was very adamant that we not pay a breeder for a dog. I don't plan on showing or breeding myself and there sre so many homeless pups out there. I wanted to rescue a young dog in the 1-yr to 2-yr age range. This proved to be much more difficult than I expected. Many of the rescue groups and shalters were reluctant (if not absolutely opposed) to adopt an Aussie to a family with young kids. After filling out half a dozen applications and being turned down every time I was getting a bit discouraged. Maybe a breeder wasn't so bad after all.... Then a few weeks ago the trainer emailed me a photo of four littermates at a shelter in Glen Rose, TX, a few hours drive from here. The shelter told us that the breeder had sold some of the litter's pups and couldn't keep the rest. I spied Blue in the photo and instantly knew he was our dog. There was something about the way he was in the back but looking directly, calmly at the camera that spoke to me. The ladies at the city shelter were good enough to hold him for me until I could drive down to pick him up. He's such a great dog. He is about four months old now and we have had him almost a month. He is smart and eager to please. Blue is definitely a puppy though so we're working on the nipping and chewing. Clever dog that he is though he doesn't chew things that aren't his unless he thinks we're not giving him enough attention. I try to keep him exercised and occupied. I've learned that a tired puppy is a good puppy. Also, I've learned that when I need computer time I can put a treat on the floor and tell him to leave it. He'll either stay and stare at the treat or go find one of his toys instead of grabbing my socks and running in to the other room. Good boy. I'm looking forward to training him. He is very smart and very intuitive. What a wonderful addition to our family!