long distance personal adoptions are difficult and take a huge amount of coordination and the potential adoptor is taking a huge chance on a dog they are personally not able to meet before they become totally responsible for him/her. how do you know if the dog will get along with your current dog(s). dogs can be in shelter shock and not show their true personalities until in a stable situation for a period of time. shelters can be less than honest in their assessment of temperment. can you board the dog in your area to quarantine and detox from the shelter so you don't expose your current dog(s) to any shelter crud. there are a number of horror stories on this board from long distance personal adoptions. there are also a number of great successes here. and ignore this part if i've got you mixed up with another thread...it's been a long day for me...but if your husband isn't 100% fully on board with this, you should not pursue it further because THE DOG WILL PAY. soooo, my advice...okay, truthfully, my advice would be to go to a local rescue in texas or a local shelter and help a dog local to you, chances for a successful match to your situation are so much higher. although i know the desire to help these dogs in the urgent section of the board is overwhelming, i have seen some very good intentions backfire totally. and unless you can fly to georgia and bring the dog home (no, i'm not joking, that's what richard (flyinghayden) does), i cannot imagine how you could do it long distance without the help of someone who understood how all this works. you should expect anyone who works with you to require references and ask lots of questions, and you should too. please be very careful.