Smoky is just the coolest. Also, as Henry Chappell and friends might say, "He's got a mouth on 'im."
My next-door neighbor D was in his backyard one recent evening, talking on his Bluetooth thingy to a friend who lives maybe three-quarters of a mile away. And Smoke fires up at something or other out by the back fence and the friend says to D, "Man, that's a loud bark" and D says, "You can hear him over the phone?" and the friend says, "I can hear him from here."
Good thing Smoke sleeps inside and is 1) often inside with me and 2) always inside when I'm not home.
He's keen and smart and friendly as ever. 50+ lb now. Doing well in his obedience class. At ease with my other dogs. Runs and roughhouses for hours with the landshark, who loves him.
Yep, I still think he's pretty much perfect.