Royal is our sweet boy. He was adopted from the Pikes Peak Humane Society at one year old. When I first met him, I was convinced I wanted to adopt a German Shepherd. But I was impressed with his demeanor and the fact that he was calmly lying down instead of barking like the other dogs in the shelter. He was labeled as very timid and shy, but he warmed up to me quickly, laying his head on my lap as if to say he had chosen me. I took him home that day, introduced him to the cat (of whom he was terrified), and that was the start of a beautiful relationship. Royal is a calming presence and loyal friend in our house and we cannot imagine our family without him.