We've had my sisters ancient springer spaniel Lady here (she's like 16 or 17 years old) for another week while they went on vacation. Watching Gandalf interact with her has really made me realize how much he loves other dogs. Old lady still has some spunk in her and Gandalf will play bow and entice her to chase him around the yard, it's adorable. Yet he is gentle enough that he doesn't bump in to her at all, he seems to realize how fragile she is and watches over her. In the morning when we wake up the first thing he can't wait to do is rush out our bedroom door to go see his Lady lol! Lady is so old that she really isn't much work anymore, I enjoy that about old dogs. She's a great companion for Gandalf without too much extra effort on my part. I feel like it would be a win win situation to adopt an older shepherd from the shelter in the future perhaps? We are no where near right now being financially ready to take on another dog so we would have to wait at least a year or two because of Gandalfs medical issues. I'd like to see him 100% healthy first, and it would be fantastic if we could find a cheaper food that still works for him. It's a work in progress. Because of this I worry about taking on an older shelter dog naturally of course for the medical problems and costs... do rescues help you with those costs at all? Would it be better to just get another puppy in a few years? I really don't like going through the crazy landsharking and the adolescence lol! What kind of dog would you expect to get from a rescue? Are any of them normal without OCD type behaviors, and house trained? I've never adopted a shelter dog before so I'm not sure what to expect. I'd love to hear your stories!