Kurt, We know your pain as we just had to put down our german shepard a few weeks ago. Jenn had prince for almost 9 years. He lived to be 10 1/2. He was one of the most well trained dogs I have ever seen in my life. We recenty (2 days ago) got another shepard puppy to attempt and fill the void left by Prince. Alysa(means princess) seems to be fitting in well with Chloe and Zul.