Since I've already asked for advice from the (very helpful) members of this forum, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce myself and Sookie. Sookie is a year and a half old lab mix (what she's mixed with is anyone's guess, the vet says Aussie because of her stature) who we rescued with the help of a nearby organization when she was 6 months old. She came from a high kill shelter in Georgia where she was picked up as a stray - luckily, the Georgia Puppy Caravan was put together and the entire shelter was empty and all the dogs re-homed. She's a truly fantastic dog, with the sweetest, most loving temperament. She loves other dogs, adores our cat (Lilly is warming up to her), and is so gentle with children. As we live in a city, we love taking her to our local dog park as well as to a state park nearby to do a little hiking. We haven't been able to get her in the water just yet, she doesn't seem to like it, but there's some summer left, so we're hoping she'll go for a swim before 2010 is up!