I wanted to post because I know you'd all understand. When I first got Vogue, I truly think the airplane/airport traumatized her. She is so sensitive to everything; noises, beeping; talking too loudly. And in my little 1 bedroom apartment, she'd hide out in the bedroom half the time. When I'd play with Koji, she didn't like me throwing his toy, unless I was scratching her belly. So, I'd be giving her scritches while tugging and playing fetch with Koji. Sometimes, she'd get super excited (usually for food) and jump up like Tigger and even bark at me (rarely). She's been like this, mostly since I've gotten her and I figured she's just too lady-like to get all excited. Well, my gawd, the tides have turned! We bought a house, two floors, and it has a backyard. Not huge, but enough to run around. With a somewhat low deck (about 1.5 feet high) that covers a portion of the area. Vogue has barked at a cat and chased it away. She chuff barks when she goes out to potty (let the neighbors know she's there?). She LOVES to roll in the grass (I say ugh to that, lol) and sunbathe. She hangs out with us in the living room if we're not too loud or moving things around (we're still settling in). She loves her new bedroom (she loves the bed in the spare room; so we just call it her bedroom). The bed is the level with the bottom of the window and the other morning, she was barking at someone. LOL. And again, ugh. And last but not least, I was playing with her one day outside. Like, chasing each other around. Usually, if I get close to her in a playful manner, she gives me her belly for rubs. She barked at me, we ran around. She loves jumping up and off the deck. It was great...until Koji chased her and barked at me, then it was over. Boo! But! I got a few great awesome minutes out of it. Seriously, I was about to cry. She's also WAY more animated. Of course, more during feeding time. But she does the Sheltie spin and I get lots of tail wags when I get home and paw stomping. MORE paw stomping again! She hasn't done that since I first got her (she loves my bf and is also scared of him when he gets irate, in general - which is often ). I think that took her awhile to get over too. I love that she's coming out of her shell. My bf used to say, "I'm always worried she'll try and run back to Minnesota". But I think with the house, she feels less things "on top of her" and is able to be more herself. She was used to lots of space, so I get it. I'm sad she was stuck with me in my apartment, but I'm glad she's got the house and her very own bedroom! Seriously, the dogs love that bed; I lay with sometimes and we just look outside, lol. It's been a long road and I was always worried that she might be better off with someone else. But with the house and quieter neighborhood, we can take walks (w/o being on a major 4 lane road), we can play leash-free, she can go potty leash free again, I can keep Koji away, more space. I wish I could have gotten a bigger yard, but I'm just grateful to see her being a dog again and enjoying life. Thanks for listening. I am just so happy she's happy(er).