I found my way here because I was looking for a young companion to my ancient Great Dane, Lena. We decided to get a miniature Australian Shepherd. Unfortunately, Lena's health took a turn for the worse, and within 5 days we had to make the worst decision possible for any dog owner. She went to the Rainbow Bridge on May 15, 2011. She was nearly 11 years old. My heart broke that day. On to the mini-aussie puppy that we were thinking about getting.....we decided to get him anyhow. To keep his mind occupied and to train him in a completely different way, I found this site. I don't have him yet. I will get him on Memorial Day weekend. I can't wait to start training!!! I love to train dogs and I am excited to learn from the fun people on this site.