OH MY GOD. SO FLUFFAYYY.
I am so torn on getting a pure bred dog from a breeder (like this cute lil toller) vs. a shelter dog as a second dog. I have had both in my life, and I like the idea of getting the specific breed I’m interested in, but I also know how wonderful shelter dogs can be and giving one a loving permanent home is such a good feeling. Before Ellie, I had a beagle mix that we got from some lady who didn’t want the puppies and was giving them away (pretty sure she must have been mixed with pit, she had some brindle, and those pit-like feet, and more the size of a pit, with a beagle-shaped face). But oh my god. I loved her so much. I actually named her after the Husky Jenna in the movie Balto, because I loved Huskies so very much. She was the sweetest girl ever. Probably won’t be getting another dog for at least another year or two at the earliest, but if I’m thinking of going with a breeder I should at least start looking around now. I’m sure I’ll end up with a shelter dog at some point, I just don’t know when. I suppose you never really know. When you see the right dog, you just have to have it, regardless of your plans.
(And yes, I know, there are specific breed rescue programs I can go through for most breeds, so don’t bombard me with messages saying that.)