Maggie had a great Christmas…lots of new experiences. She got a new ball and loves chasing it and bringing it back. Sometimes you have to “trade” a stick for the ball, but she is pretty good about giving it up for another turn at running after it. She also had the great experience of meeting a bunch of new people and new dogs! My brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Steve and Laura, have two VERY BIG English Sheep dogs to whom Maggie was introduced. At first, she paused and sized up these giant dogs, but soon was wanting to play with both Rascal and Caspar, and she showed no fear! This was another big step in socialization…getting comfortable around other dogs is important for her. On one of her walks, she met another dog, but this time we just looked. One little surprise she had on another walk was seeing her reflection on a shiny truck door parked along the street. I am sure she never did figure out who the cute little puppy was in the door…she was quite surprised at first, then she looked for a while, cocked her head and decided to move on. I got a good chuckle out of that. She attended our big family gathering on Christmas day and was a BIG hit…she loved meeting all of the extended family (about 60 individuals) and did very well…and boy, was she tired after that. As far as her basic training is going, she is doing very well on her loose lease walking, waits for her “OK” verbal command before diving into her food, and really seems to be housebroken already! After her first two “accidents” in our house, there has not been another incident, so I would call “housebreaking” a real success so far. Last night she slept ALL night, and when she awoke this morning, she just started chewing her bone…no whining or crying. This is a remarkable little puppy. Last night she fell asleep on my lap during an hour and a half movie…very content and calm. The morning always brings a re-energized puppy ready to greet everyone enthusiastically..it’s hard for her not to jump up on everyone, but she is learning that she gets much more attention with “4 on the floor”! She seems to be a quick learner, and I think she is heading to be a great Service Dog.