Happy birthday, Sonia Dog!
Yes, baby dog is four years old today--twenty-eight in human years--and she's settled down into a lovely young lady. Chasing after the deer doesn't interest her as much these days, and she can be trusted outside the house without a leash. In fact, if we leave the back gate open, she just circles around to the front porch and lies down on the welcome mat until someone lets her in.
But she's still wary of visitors until Husband and I indicate all is well. We take care of her and she takes care of us.