thanks everyone shes just a joy to have around. we went on our first walk today (cause its BEAUTIFUL outside!) and she is so easy to walk. she just trotted along side of me like she had been doing it her whole life. she loves the snow and mud and muddy water so every time she saw some she had to go roll around in it needless to say she had to have a bath when we got home. but if being able to have a walking buddy as fun and eager as she is isnt motivation to continue walking so i can lose more weight then i dont know what is. i had gotten to where i dreaded my walks everyday even though i have lost about 30 lbs in the past year. now im as eager to go for my walk as she is just cause i want to see what she will do lol. i am so glad i told my sister we would take her and Charlie just loves her and is even letting her sleep in the bed with us. he is allergic to the cats so they cant sleep with us but hes not allergic to the dog.