Hello from Chicago! I recently acquired my first dog, a German shepherd bullmastiff mix, Bubba Jay Blue. He was a rescue of sorts. Someone took him from his owner who was punishing him by starving him for pooping in her house. He was only 8 1/2 months old! I don't know what compelled me, as I've always had cats, but as soon as I heard about him from my friend who was fostering him and looking for a home for him, I had to have him. He was a mix of my two most admired dog breeds. Something just clicked. Maybe it was God's voice, because is truly a blessing! When we first met, I got down on my knees and looked into his big brown eyes, and the name Bubba just came out, and he Nuzzled my neck and rested his head on my shoulder and he has been my shadow ever since! He was so skinny when I got him, with skin and ear infections. He was prescribed special shampoo and cream and I had to clean out his ears daily. I still have to treat some skin issues, as he's chronically itchy in places, but he is very good at letting me handle him. Four and a half months later, he's gained 15 pounds, and is a healthy boy, running in the woods 5 days a week, eating well, and taking over my bed! I'm hoping to learn better handling skills, although he's very smart, I want to be a good alpha/trainer/handler and do him justice! Hoping this site will help!