Despite our allergies, etc, my wife and I have been wanting a dog to share our small place with. Here is a really bad flash-shot of Duke. He's a 2 year old boxer/chocolate Lab mix. We just took him to visit Max the Wonder Dog (pit bull/German shepherd cross) who lives down the road, and there was tail-wagging and butt-sniffing all around. Well, the two dogs anyway. ;-) Duke is friendly and strong as an ox. We took him out on the back deck and gave him a nice warm bath with my fragrance-free liquid soap/shampoo, and he was very patient. He liked getting toweled off after, and when I gave him a rawhide bone as an after-bath treat, he flipped. He kept leaning on my legs, making little whining sounds while chomping the bone and looking up at me. He's crashed out on his new dog-bed with his bone and his favorite toy from the shelter - a cloth mouse in a Santa suit. We took him for a couple of week trial period, and paid the shelter $150 for his adoption. As long as our allergies remain tolerable, he's a keeper. If we have to take him back (my wife would have to be half-dead before she'd complain about her allergies), we let the shelter keep the $150 and hopefully they will let him stay a bit longer for another shot at adoption. The shelter was full and he was the longest-residence dog at the shelter, so he would have been the next one to go to the short-term shelter that euthanizes dogs after a week or two if they are not adopted. We couldn't let that happen.