I'm amazed how far Stubbs has come in the past eight years. He was a painfully shy dog when he came home and I was willing to accept that he might never he comfortable with life outside of his crate where he felt safe. For weeks he lived inside even though the door was almost constantly open although I closed it when I left the house because so much of it was unfamiliar and I thought he might hurt himself. When, on occasion, I forgot to close the door I would come home to a warm spot in my bed but Stubbs back in his crate. Eventually, after a few months, he was a full participatory member of the family. Unfortunately he didn't like having his picture taken and he would turn away from the camera or retreat to his crate when I tried to sneak a picture. Now, eight short years later, he is much more tolerant of the camera and while he doesn't pose for me like the other dogs I am happy that I have a more willing subject because those last eight years went by really quickly.