After living there for over a dozen years, my partner and I recently sold our home in San Francisco. The Lake Tahoe house that we'd purchased long before then as a retreat for our family and friends is now our permanent home.
The newest addition to the family is Melba. She came to us as an eight week old puppy just after Christmas 2013. She's a "golden doodle" -- the product of a Golden Retriever dad and a poodle mom -- so she's smarter than either of us. Melba has more hair than either of us, as well, and she's the only one of the three who never sheds a single hair. She's well trained and completely house broken. Melba celebrated her first birthday on October 31, 2014.
Things have changed dramatically over the past few years. No longer is our garage full of skis and other activity gear. These days, family and friends are way more important to us. I'm pretty confident that Melba feels exactly the same way.
Here's hoping that our path and yours will intersect in the near future.