Okay, there are alot of threads about getting a dog/cat from the pound/rescue/ and some of us have gone to breeders, or (gasp) a pet store. Lets share our stories and why! I think it would be nice to hear. I was not looking for a dog as such when I found my Violet. I went in the pet store to get cat food. My father had just passed away a few weeks before and as it was so unexpected my heart was in a million pieces and I was more than a mess. Self absorbed, and grieving in a way I did not know how to deal with in any way. So there I am paying for the cat food and a little 8 week old minpin is at my feet, looking at me with these eyes. I picked her up and I KNEW that it was love. I called my husband(then boyfriend) and he came right over. As soon as he saw MY eyes he knew. This was to be our girl. She came into our lives at time I did not know it was possible to feel anything but pain, and she made us laugh, and play and love again. She has turned out to be a wonderful dog. Fast forward 2 years. We are married, all settled in a new home and our cat had passed away of feline aids...heartbreaking(that is another story, we adopted her and she was AWESOME). Violet had been on her own for quite some time and she really missed having a pal. So the search began. We really wanted a fawn and tan min pin and I began the search. It took me months. I talked to so many people, I wanted a warm breeder, I wanted references, I wanted information. It was a long process. I finally came across the breeder I was hoping for all along. She was amazing. We are in Key west, and she is in Lousiana. She invited us to meet her puppies. This was not possible at all at the time for so many reasons. So we talked for days and she sent lots of pics of the mom, dad and the different pups. After lots of talk I decided on Lilly. When she arrived it was another gift we never could have expected.After a few weeks the girls fell into a beautiful friendship. Now they TOTALLY love each other. I would love to adopt a Min pin rescue ...and Im working on it. My husband is not ready for 3!!! They are a handful and the happiness and joy they have brought us I can not begin to put into words. OK!!! That was long!!! Share your stories!! I think we will all enjoy reading them.