Welcome Craig - I greatly admire that you 2 are jumping right in like that. Huge props to you both. I'm sure you'll piece it all back together in beautiful condition and have something to be proud of when you're done.
Keep that blog going too,....and keep us updated as you go.
I'm pretty blessed with that lady--she's just as passionate about this project as I am--even so far as to suggest that we turn our spare bedroom into a parts resto place during the winter months (Our garage isn't heated)--Of course I jumped all over that opportunity, and y'know, it's kinda nice to be able to sit on a couch and treat rust. It beats lying on a cold floor!
Sorry, I must have been posting at the same time as you and I didn't see your question--Here is your answer (Don't mind the hole in my pants! It was cold and I was wearing a second pair of pants underneath!):
GSD's are great--smarter then I am, I think, and great companions. After October though I didn't want her near the messes and fluids that might cause her harm so she hasn't been out to the garage since.