Stubbs is the sweet old man of the house, the kindly uncle that makes all the other dogs feel welcome. Around strangers he wishes to be invisible and will run for cover but when it is family he is a clown. At nearly ten years old he is the biggest puppy; I watch him race through the house and play with toys more than any of the others. But, true to form, he doesn't have the confidence to play with the other dogs, he prefers to play by himself and with me. It has taken him years to find what little bravery he has but my patience has been rewarded and my frustration fleeting.