We adopted Bear in November 2009. The staff at the Dearborn Shelter did a wonderful job of matching our family with the perfect dog for us. I have a ten-year-old son and my mom is in a wheelchair, so we needed a dog who could be gentle with my mom yet handle some rough play with my son. Bear is just perfect. We were told he was found as a stray; today he lives in a home with a large (fenced) backyard, multiple dog beds, rawhide bones, squeaky toys, and lots and lots of love!