....updating.... Just a note to let you all know Valentina is still doing well. She is still a very serious-minded canine who will actually stop eating her favorite foods to check out any disturbances; and she and Cujo have intimidated all predators around here so I never have to be concerned about any animal and/or fowl getting harmed. Most recent event was right after my son returned. He and Valentina have been getting acquainted … slowly … as he is taking it at "her" pace and she is cautious. It is going well. She and Cujo both did get thru a gate at the back of the property recently and, since it had been over a year since they were both outside the boundaries, they both thoroughly enjoyed their excursion. They were only gone a short time but when they returned Valentina was loaded down with "burs" all in her fur. It was difficult to get them all out, especially the ones between her toes. I learned my tiny scissors worked better than a brush for this. She was so sweet about it even though some of those burs were actually sticking her skin. (Cujo's short hair saved him from these as he only had a couple of burs and those he took off himself.) The adjustments being made at this time has to do with Valentina's learning David is here to stay. Even the ducks/geese changed their behaviors for awhile; but they are now feeding around his feet. Since David has always been good with wild animals I had no real worry about his getting along with Valentina...especially since it was David who actually picked her out of the litter to bring home. But Valentina didn't act as though she remembered him and has had to adjust to his presence all over again. She is doing so beautifully!