I just joined, so here is the back story:
I'm British and grew up in England with an Alsatian (as we call them). After she passed away, I've moved around here and there, and ended up back in England, where I then had a Japanese Akita. She was great, a 'challenge', but unfortunately passed away at only 5 years old from Cancer. A year after she passed away, I moved to the USA and have been here since (in Illinois).
I've wanted another GSD, forever. I've been looking around for a breeder for months, and I've only really found one so far that doesn't make me feel uneasy in one way or another. It's a really tough process, and I really didn't know about all the problems there can be finding a good puppy, until I started that process.
I'm an immigrant, and it's taken a while for me to feel financially stable over here. First step after I felt that way, was to have a child 20 months ago (with my American wife), second was to buy a house, and we close on a house April 23rd. Once we have that house... I have to have a GSD back in my life.
I'm in a fairly nice situation in that I work from home (and have since 2005), so I feel quite comfortable about having the time required, and I am hoping to have an easier time than I had with my Akita (who constantly seemed to want to 'test' if I was still paying attention).
I'm going to do some reading around here, see if I can help with my breeder search....
Right now, if anyone is interested, this is the only one I like the look of:
(Wildhaus Kennels, Working German Shepherd Breeder in Michigan)
There's a few more local in Illinois that I really DON'T like the look of, but I guess that is against the rules to say which.