Hello from Oregon! I'm really not new but have been an avid reader for some time now. I was registered some time ago but my computer crashed and I couldn't remember my username and password:shot:. A great lesson learned. So I re-registered and now i'm back. :whoo: I chose the username velcro because my Bella is like velcro....always sticking to my side, what a great companion. I have a great dog! Bella as we call him, it's really short for kabella will be 2 on Halloween. He comes from the Rogur River Valley in southern oregon. Bella had been a god send to me. As I tell my Boys (ages 22 & 24 and constantly complain that Bella is spoiled) who have finally flown the coup "You left your father and I and left a big hole in our hearts to fill, Bella filled it!" Bella is not my first SP. I had another, Snow, rest in peace who also was the love of my life. He was white and a rescue. I do my own grooming, afraid i'm not too good at it but I try. I have never found a groomer who will do exactly what I want, or they are in too big of a hurray to collect their money, so I do the best I can myself. I look forward to contributing more in the future.