Here he is, our newest member of the family. Tootie calls him New Dog or Big Dog. I wanted to name him Jeff Vader -- taken from this Eddie Izzard bit.
He looks like a Jeff Vader. He's very deer-like and fine featured and not at all ferocious. He is large, however, and it appears he is going to get much larger. Jeff is 11 months old now and is eye-level with the kitchen counter. He's built like a freight train -- his body seems to go on forever and there is a lack of communication between what his hind end is doing with the rest of his body.
He was terrified of the stairs at first so the past couple days we've been practicing very slowly, one paw at a time how to navigate them properly. His biggest problem was getting his hind end in control. He kept wanting to kick. As of today he is doing them solo but he still goes realllllly slow, as we showed him, one step at a time.
So now when I mention Jeff Vader (not really his name in RL) you'll know who I'm talking about.