We had originally planned on adopting one, but it was a bit difficult for numerous reasons. A lot of the GSD rescues did not allow first-time GSD owners to adopt, and/or they required fully fenced yards (ours isn't, we cannot afford to fence such large property, and frankly, fencing isn't even needed since we're so cut-off anyways), and we started looking around Halloween so many of the shelters were too busy to actually get back to us.
There was one really nice rescue, but the only GSD they had did not get along with cats, so that ruled them out. At that point I decided to try looking into breeders despite my distaste for most of 'em, and eventually we found one across the mountain and ended up buying Butters.
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Butters - 10/11/14