So, we've been talking about adopting a dog for a while now, but lots of things kept delaying our ability to actually do it. Well last week we finally cleared the last hurdles, so Saturday we went to the animal shelter to see what animals were available. There were quite a few dogs, but we had several requirements and weren't expecting to find a match that day. The list was good with kids, even tempered, not a puppy, and medium sized. We got back to the kennels and it was crazy. The dogs were barking and my kids wanted to pet ALL the animals. Much to my surprise, we found not one but TWO dogs that fit what we were looking for. My husband wanted the first we came across but got outvoted when we saw the second. Arizona - the name that was on her information sheet - was in her kennel calm as could be and didn't bark like most of the others when we came up to her. We asked the control officer if we could interact with her out of the kennel, so he put her on a lead and brought her to the lobby where he took the lead off and just let her loose. She never barked, didn't try to chew on anything but was curious at the same time and didn't get freaked when my kids got really close. Want to know the best part? My 11 year old autistic son - who doesn't like dogs - pet her and didn't cringe in fright when she went near him! She had to be left at the shelter until she could be spayed which is scheduled for tomorrow, then we get to pick her up from the animal hospital and bring her home. No idea if she's had any training, but I'm thinking she's had a little at least 'cause she didn't try to pee or poo and she wasn't afraid of the collar/leash. Plus her info card said she'd been surrendered and not picked up off the streets. Either way we'll be working with her daily!