You GSD looks a whole lot like mine. Good to meet you. My dog, Layla, keeps me going - she demands her walks and gets me out of bed whether I like it or not. She's good for my soul. 🙂
I'm sorry to hear that you've been a patient at Mayo for the better part of your life; but you're lucky to live in a state that has this type of facility.
God bless. @pattys