Heya I used to post here a few years back, but haven't for a while now (still lurk though!) I thought folk might like to see our new addition. Zero is a German Shepherd x Staffy (that we know of, I wouldn't be surprised if something else is in there, too). I'd been looking for a pup as a companion for my Dobermann, Dresden. He's 5 now, so finally mature enough to be a somewhat decent role model, lol. I wasn't fussed too much on breed, more that I wanted a smaller dog this time around, but one robust enough to put up with Dobermann rough housing, and that didn't need lots of grooming or coat care. Zero came up as needing a new home, but all we were told was that it was a landlord issue, and that she was very friendly and used to lots of attention. Turned out the guy who owned her had mental health issues, particularly around leaving the house or going outside. He'd gotten the pup to try and force himself to get out and meet people, but it didn't work; he just ended up exactly where he was before, just with a stir crazy puppy to deal with. We were told that the 'breeder' he bought her off literally just pushed her through the door at him and took the money, wouldn't let him inside, told him nothing, just 'heres your puppy, gimme the money, bye' When we took her on, she was 6 months and she weighed 7.8kilos. The first pic below is the first day we got her. The owner claimed to be feeding her well, even that he'd taken her to the vet about how thin she was, and the vet had said she was just a hyper pup who was growing, so not to worry too much. She had no muscle as she'd barely left the house in her life, and never been for a walk. After a week with us on raw, she gained 4 kilos in a week, just through regular decent meals and being allowed outside to run around. She is now 10 months and weighs 23 kilos! When we got her, she was not house trained at all, other than to go on puppy pads. On top of this, she had quite bad separation anxiety, which we were not told about; we were just told she was good in the crate. She would immediately panic, wee herself and scream if you so much as walked out of the room for a second. The one time we tried to leave her home alone in her crate so we could quickly get some groceries, she broke out, pee'd and poo'd everywhere, and scraped all the paint off the door in a frantic attempt to get back to us. I spent the first few weeks treating her almost like a newborn, as in, I couldn't leave her alone. I couldn't even shower unless my husband was home because I couldn't be out of her sight. I slept downstairs on the sofa for several weeks with her. I've been working on her SA, and she is much improved now. She still is not able to be left home alone without noise, but she no longer toilets in her crate, rips anything up, or tries to break out, and if she has a good kong to work at, she is ok being left upstairs alone for about 20 minutes. Doesn't sound much, I know, but given how she was, it is progress. Dresden tolerates her with surprising patience, lol. He'll play with her at the beach, and they have some epic tug games, but I don't think he'd be emotionally distraught for long if he woke up one day and she was gone . Zero loves Dresden, however! Aside from her SA she is the perfect dog for me. She loves everyone, she'd run up to every stranger and shower them in kisses if allowed to do so which is refreshing after having a dobe who totally snubs anyone outside his family, she's good with other dogs and children, gets on with the the cat, walks like a dream on lead, is good off lead (she's a teen, so, always a work in progress however!) and so incredibly affectionate and loving. I can take her anywhere, do anything with her, and she's the perfect dog for taking to all those social events that Dresden, bless him, was just never suited for.