I just realized that I never updated about the dog situation at hand. After some much consideration, Jordan and I agreed to not bring another dog into our home. As much as we would had LOVED to bring Kitara (that was her name) into our house, just the thought of another dog to feed, to pick up poop after, to retrain, gave me a head ache.
In all honestly, we're spoiled by Jade. She sits outside nicely with us in the front yard when we're working on it. I can't tell you how many times people have walked by with their dogs and were in shock that Jade wouldn't even get up or chase them. I love that we are able to do that. Jade is EXCELLENT with Autumn. I don't have to worry about her biting or knocking Autumn over. She's careful around Autumn. Doesn't bite her hand if Autumn is waving food in front of her face. Doesn't growl at Autumn if she thinks it's funny to jump on Jade's back over and over again (poor Jade, lol). Also, bringing a newborn into our home this fall does not make me nervous, what-so-ever. Not to mention that Jade's on a diet and is losing weight, so that's less dog food that I have to feed her (plus I started her on a different dog food which she actually eats less of than the Iams I was feeding her before). Also, Jade and I have been taking regular walks almost every night to help her lose weight and keep me from getting fat. Ha! Not to mention the walks are beyond, beyond excellent for my Restless Leg Syndrome.
So, in conclusion, even though we wanted Kitara, so so badly, this just isn't the time for us. We're happy with Jade and after going through 3 other dogs (that didn't end well), we're just not up for another disappointment. And Jade definitely hasn't disappointed us :)