She was the best dog. She was incredibly smart, intuitive, resilient, quick to learn, outgoing, sweet, affectionate, a wonderful guard and nanny for our infant and toddler, an alert watch dog, and an excellent companion and playmate for our other dog. She was an easy dog to have around. She did shed A LOT. We took her to the groomers only 2x a year when her coats would change, otherwise we just vacuumed and swept daily. When she was 6.5 she suddenly began to age visibly. She was still energetic, but she started to struggle with stairs a little and would run out of breath faster than usual. The dark fur on her face whitened noticeably within a year. Otherwise she seemed perfectly healthy and was given clean bills of health from our attentive vet. One day, at 7.5 years old, she passed away extremely suddenly while playing in the yard with her companion dog. We still have no idea what happened. Although the end was devastating, I'd absolutely have done it all over again because she was 100% worth it. She was and will always be the best dog ever.