I'm in Florida, US now. My avatar pic was taken at a campground in Pennsylvania. Right now my only dog is a 9-year-old poodle-mix (17 inches at the shoulder, 25 pounds). We found him at an SPCA when he was two years old. We've spent a lot of time on training, including classes and professional work. I grew up with dogs, mostly German Shepherds and shepherd mixes. My last dog before the current one was a mid-content wolf-dog that I got when I was 14 and kept into adulthood. Unfortunately, she needed to be put down about four years ago. I'm enjoying the lack of shedding I get with a doodle but the grooming is pretty time consuming (and expensive!). Still, my home is a lot cleaner with him than when I had a dog who blew coat twice a year.