My pup and I are settled. I was concerned about getting a puppy at my Senior (60) age but, now that the dust has settled (she's 1 1/2 yrs now) - I can see how perfect she is for me.
We are on the same team, in the same boat rowing - however you want to describe it - we are in harmony from Sunrise to Sunset
She's content and happy and so am I. We laugh and do crazy several times a day and we nap with paw or arm flung over each other and snooze. We "talk" like crazy, we complain, we do happy talk - it's all there.
Her time is her time and she holds me to it every day. Ball, walk, explore new things, training - hang in the shop - if I deviate my normal healthy routine - she parks her but in my line of vision and stares me down until I do what I should be doing
She and I are having some major disagreement about getting up in the morning and the time change, but we're compromising and meeting halfway (6:00am)
My weird life has been anything but normal BUT - I've always managed to get stupid lucky with my dogs...... I will just thank the powers that be for that.
For me, the GSD has proven to be the dog for me. From 5 years old, till the day I die - they have been by my side and kept me happy, responsible and healthy
Anyway, just wanted to try to say, what an amazing walk it has been for me with this breed.