Those who go back aways in this thread may remember the introduction of Flex. He's Flud's replacement as my best buddy and has great big shoes to fill. He's doing it. He's much different than his aussie predicesor.
He's 1 year old now as of 7-23-12. He was taken for his first camping trip on that occasion. I found he again gained new heights in his knowledge/behavior as the result of a 4 day outing in the woods.
Still, he can not be trusted to keep from eating any type of crap. He's fanatical about sourcing discusting things to eat. Thus, we keep a close eye on him.
You choose a puppy and you team up with him for good or for bad. The resulting pet is a reflection on the owner's determination and patience.