|"We adopted Milo (originally Dart) just before last Christmas, about two weeks after he and three of his five siblings visited Sunnyvale for a mobile "puppy socialization" event.
At the time the little goofball was about 20 pounds and was clearly the most obnoxious one in his litter (which is why we chose him); he wanted to play all day, every day, and absolutely nothing's changed in that regard! Despite 12 weeks of beginner and intermediate puppy training, he still gets hyper-excited when he meets new people and dogs, and he's introduced us to nearly a dozen neighborhood dogs out on walks, as they pass him in his yard. (See the "gopher mode" picture.) At least half a dozen have stopped in for play dates in his personal "dog park," and he's happily wrestled with dozens more at the real dog park a few miles away. (He almost invariably gets unsolicited compliments, too! He's super-shiny, like a harbor seal, and actually tri-colored, though it's hard to see that in photos--the "black" on his sides has a subtle golden tinge to it.)
Recently a family member brought home a wee puglet (12 weeks old, 5.4 pounds) for Thanksgiving week, and Milo and the pug had a ball. They wrestled nearly non-stop despite the 15x size differential (Milo was originally estimated at 30-60 pounds and recently passed 81), and he was incredibly gentle the whole time.
Behaviorally Milo's like no other dog we've ever had: he never, ever whines and almost never barks; he's a big-time starer (possibly his one Border Collie trait?); he snores even when he's awake (we think it's his version of purring); he goes nuts when a broom is being used; and his all-time favorite indoor activity is pulling the stuffing out of toys and reducing tennis balls to tiny bits of rubber and fuzz. (Outside he loves to shred palm fronds and pick apart pine cones.) He's a big lovebug--kisses on noses, chins, and ears are given at every opportunity--and will sleep in a people-bed whenever he's given the chance, frequently upside-down. And despite his size, he's still a lap dog...though occasionally he tips one of the chairs as he's climbing onto a lap.
In short: he's as awesome as he looks! We are very, very grateful he's come into our lives, and we're even considering getting him a playmate since our other dog is much older and not at all interested in wrestling. Thank you for bringing us together!