Well I've done it! I have committed myself to a dog. I never thought I'd want a dog with 3 kids in the house, but now I can't wait. We are getting a german shepherd from a very reputable breeder here in Michigan. Have any of you ever been through this process? I thought we were going to interview her and see if we wanted to purchase one of her puppies, but instead we were the ones being interviewed! Apparantly this lady has turned many people away without selling them a dog...whew, I was sweating buckets, hoping I passed her inspection! LOL...Anyway, we put the deposit down and the puppies should arrive late summer, I am so excited...but at the same time, I am damning all the work involved....kennel, privacy fence,...and all that poop, ewwww. I'm not sure if we are getting a boy or girl, most of the family is leaning toward a boy, but I want a girl. Does anyone have any ideas for names???