I just loved reading everyone's stories!!!!
shiba inu --we saw a Shiba on the web, and thought it was just about the cutest thing EVER!!!!! This was while we were still in a townhouse where we weren't allowed pets, but we were moving soon, and planning on getting a dog. We researched the breed, and found out that they are pretty hard to find (around here at least). We decided that we probably couldn't get one, so we were going to get a boxer. Last July, we went to a dog show, and met 2 Shiba's in person, and loved them. As it turned out, the handler had 2 for sale, because the previous owner had cancer and couldn't care for them anymore--one week later, we had Kito!!!!
beagle --I had a beagle named Spike growing up (he is puppy Spike's predecessor), and he was great--I missed him so much!!! When we decided to go for a second dog, I really wanted a beagle. We filled out an application at PAWS, a local adoption agency for pets, and got a call about a week later--from the man who ran the beagle rescue. He told us he had gotten our app from them, and he had a dog who he thought was perfect for us--we brought Abbey home that night.
lab --Many of you know the story with Riley. I went to the SPCA, just to visit. As I was leaving, a woman was getting out of her car with a little black furball in her arms. She asked if I wanted a pup, and I said not right now. I got closer, and saw the little guy's face, and I couldn't say no. She told me he was a big baby (he was only 12 weeks old), and that she didn't want him anymore. I couldn't bear the thought of driving away, knowing he would be stuck in a cage in that awful place, so I took him. I brought him to see my husband at work, and he fell in love with him, so he went home with me to meet the other dogs!!
Emily, Kito, Abbey, Riley, and Jada