Although I have eight purebred dogs and have bred dogs in the past, I also believe strongly in rescue. Rob and I have rescued several dogs in the 25 years we've been married.
First was Pylon. She had been abused and abandoned.
Next was Porsche. She was adopted from a shelter where she had been exposed to Parvo and she only lived a few days after we adopted her. She was only four months old.
Bentley was our next. He had been neglected and abandoned. He was only four weeks old when we rescued him. He was our first Portie.
Lucy joined us and was best friends with Bentley. They did everything together.
Next was Monty. He was the worst case we'd had. He had been severely beaten and never outgrew the damage.
Tsar was an abandoned dog and suffered extreme separation anxiety as a result.
Now we have Sebastian. It appears that he was abandoned and also has a mild case of separation anxiety.
Rescued dogs can prove challenging. We don't know what horrors may be hidden in their background and we need to have lots of patience as we bring them into our families, BUT the rewards can be enormous. These dogs are grateful for love and security and they repay us over and over.
Even if you're devoted to a certain breed as I am, think about rescuing a dog in need. We have a blended family and it's working beautifully. And don't forget, lot's of purebred dogs wind up in shelters or rescues.
Added afterwards: I almost forgot Winston, our rescue foster. He was abandoned and in poor condition. He lived with us for three months then went to his forever family.