thanks for all the nice comments. she really loves pretty much everyone. it is amazing how much your shasta and my ava look alike. it really seems like every morning when ava wakes me up she is bigger. it is hard to believe that she is the same little fur ball. i feel lucky to have her as a member of my family. she seems to know when i am not feeling good and having her there seems to help. she is a truely special animal. have been looking into maybe having her trained as a service dog.