"We recently adopted a one year old dog from the ACCT shelter in Philadelphia. While she was living at the shelter she was my Pen Pal. She was the sweetest, calmest, most quiet dog there. Both inside and outside of her kennel. I had the pleasure of being her Pen Pal for a month until I received the news, she was just too sick to stay there. So, we took her home to foster her until she recovered from a bad cough and some skin issues. We failed as fosters...we decided to adopt:) As time went on we could see our girl Cocoa changing before our eyes. She was coming out of her shell. What a great girl she is! Well, until she encounters a skateboarder, bikes, or other dogs on a walk! Her reactions to these was quite the show. Lots of pulling, jumping, spinning in mid air and barking! No matter what we did we could not break this behavior. We contacted Rich and Christina and after an hour or so Cocoa was sitting on the sidewalk while kids on skateboards were all around her! She was relaxed and just observed. We continued on our walk and encountered several dogs and with Rich and Christina's help she had no ""incidents"" she was walking like a true lady on the leash! I cannot begin to tell you how empowering it is to walk her now, to have such a well behaved dog, who can now be an ambassador for her breed. They taught us so much in the short time they were here, and we are forever grateful for that."