Hi there... My name is Jade, and my picture is of my dog "Bailey". Bailey is a lab mix (commonly referred to as a Lurcher...a mixture of retriever and sight hound). She was purchased as a search and rescue dog, but failed out of the program because at 2 years of age, she was too nervous around other dogs. She is now a working family pet. She's still an excellent search dog, but we use her for things like, finding hidden Easter eggs, finding missing hamsters, or basically anything that turns up missing. Most recently, she found my grandson's missing shoe. She's got an incredible nose, and loves working! Unfortunately Bailey was recently diagnosed with Lupus and at nine, she's slowing down quite a bit. We don't expect her to be around much longer, and will be devastated when she's gone. I came to this site to learn more about training service dogs. I'll be purchasing a new dog soon from a reputable service dog breeder (Labradoodles). The mother of my prospective service dog is INCREDIBLE!!! She has the most calm, confident and loving personality and has produced several pups who are currently working as therapy dogs. I've been researching service dogs for two years now and think I've got a pretty good grasp of what I'll need to look for, but I'm not one to pass up an opportunity to learn more. Of special interest to me is how to better choose the perfect puppy for my particular need.