I've been getting a lot of pressure the last couple weeks from friends in Germany to just get online, answer an ad (think eBay) and pick up the puppy of my choice. Easy peasy. Part of this stems from me having gone totally ga ga over a Lab/Rottweiler mix rescue I met recently (already adopted) and a most it comes from the fact that week before last was the year anniversary of Brogan's passing and pretty much everyone I know thinks I need to go out an get my next dog...well, pretty much yesterday. I've learned to not bring up the dreaded dog topic with anyone anymore except here on the Forum - and thank goodness for the Forum where I can get my dog fix in peace! When I get asked about it here in Germany and reply that it's not that easy to find either an appropriate rescue or puppy from an excellent responsible breeder, invariably out come the mobiles and a simple "Labrador mix" or "Rottweiler mix" search brings up dozens of online ads for suitably adorable puppies who are all available either NOW or in a few short weeks. Hey, problem solved! However, I'm American and my background is doing a lot of rescue volunteering. To me, anyone who advertises puppies in the same place that you can also buy a used car is not someone you want to deal with. It just ratchets up my ick factor by about 1000%. I would love to find a rescue - a dog who genuinely needs a home and is adoptable from a legitimate rescue group. Or a puppy from a breeder who breeds to further the health and temperament of the breed, does all health checks and has a sterling reputation. Someone who thinks it would be (1) cool to see their dog give birth before she's spayed or (2) hey, we needed to make the rent so we could just sell some puppies for EUR700 a pop...this really doesn't fit the bill. But I also understand that Germany doesn't have the massive dog overpopulation problem that the US does and that for my friends, this whole "just find a dog in a newspaper" strategy seems logical and I seem like a total idiot for digging in my heels. These are people who care about me and are trying to help and I simply can't seem to bridge the cultural divide to explain why the idea of BYB (back yard breeders) makes me want to punch the world in the face. Or maybe the situation here Germany is very different and it's me who can't see beyond my cultural bias. Either way, I simply can't seem to make this work for me and REALLY wish I could cut off my friends' mobile service so they'd stop showing me pictures of adorable puppies. They mean well, but it's depressing the heck out me. I guess I've answered my own question in writing this all out (once again a novel from me!), but I guess I just needed to do a sanity check here. So please feel free to weigh in and check my sanity: any opinions?