I just realized that I have had Trooper for a year now. I can't believe it's been that long. Time sure does fly. He's completely become part of the family. We've been on trips to the beach 5 times, went to N. Ga for Octoberfest, he was included in my sons' birthday party, numerous weekend outings to the lake for bar-b-ques. He really is great. We're starting to leave him out of his crate when we are not home and he has been doing really well. He is 20 months old now. He's great with my kids, and they have a blast together. When I can, I take him with me to get the boys from school. He gets so excited when they come into the car and the boys think it's a treat when he comes along to get them.