Eileen - 195811 Onalaska, WA 4/18/2013 1:58:34 AM My husband knew I was missing my white German Shepards after they were gone from our lives. I had had them 12 and 14 years, Mother and daughter. We went to our local animal shelter one day just to love the animals as we do a lot. It was almost my birthday and he got me this really neat black dog there that day for my birthday. The shelter called her a retriever cross. I ran into a breeder of flat coats by accident one day and discovered my cross baby looked just like them and had all the same qualities that her babies had. She told me that my girl was probably a Flat Coat too. Looks just like all the pics of Flat Coats here too. Wonderful breed to take me away from my shepards. Would not trade her for anything else. Wonderful breed for around everyone, children, adults and even strangers. Very protective, but will mind when you say they are okay.We had only had her 2 weeks when he came home from second shift at the mill and she did not hear his truck come in the driveway. When he started in the house she was about to take him down when she recognized his voice. He said "Honey, I don't ever have to worry about you being alone at home anymore. Zoe will protect you." Love him, love my Baby Dog.