Of course I love all my dogs, and I won't play favorites, but . . . I feel a special bond with Jasper. I just 'connect' with him. I understand him and always feel like defending him when somebody makes a comment about how he has too much energy/jumps/etc. He's such a sweet dog, and so full of personality. The perfect size to be able to really play with, but not too big to pick up if you need to weigh him or have on your lap. He's about the size of a border collie, just a bit smaller. He's a beautiful golden color, and a mutt from a shelter. We got him last year, and he's estimated to be about three years old right now. He's super sweet, always willing for hugs and attention, and he's not a licker so when he does lick you it's an extra special treat that means he loves you very, very much. He hates it when we aren't home and jumps up on us as soon as we are, and loves to be where the action is. We originally wanted to stay in a few designated rooms, but he just has to be where all the people are. Once in a while he'll get so energetic he just runs around, jumps on things and people, barking and he just can't stop, but when he does we take him outside for a walk. He loves playing tug of war with his cloth Frisbee, his purple squeaky thing, and his rubber thing. If he can't find those, he'll play with a sock, a shoe, a shirt, a paper towel -- whatever's around. He doesn't need a dog bed -- he'll sleep wherever he's allowed, especially a bedroom floor or a couch. We don't mind his hair, even though he does shed a considerable amount. He's really just the best dog!