I remember when we got Shelli. She was six at the time. Her previous owners' kids had gone off to college, and they wanted to give her to a family with young kids. I was 11 at the time. I wasn't used to dogs, especially as one as big as Shelli, but she was such a sweetheart. She became part of the family, in the way that only a special pet can. I will miss her more that I can say.