Today Millie is 3 years old. Thankfully, she has settled down a lot and has truly become part of the family. It was touch-and-go for the first couple of years, as she has been a real challenge. At times we wondered if she'd make it to 3! Millie is what our vet calls an "oral" dog, meaning that she expresses every emotion and instinct through her mouth. And her mouth is full of HUGE teeth. Yes, she's a biter. But finally she has grasped the fact that biting is not acceptable behavior, and she has much more self control. We still have to keep a very close eye on her when she's with the little ones because she has no concept of her size (90 pounds) and power. But she loves the grandkids and they love her. It will be a happy day when the kids are large enough to deal with her on their own.
Millie really is a very sweet girl. She's just a little more high maintenance than some of our previous dogs. But she loves and trusts us, and we couldn't imagine life without her. The most helpful thing we can do for Millie is to wear her out. Visits to the dog park where she can run and play are crucial for this high-energy girl.
So happy birthday, Millie! We hope you have many, many more wonderful years ahead of you. We love you very much, sweet girl!!