I purchased Grimm from Van Den Heuvel K9. Their dogs are what I was looking for, but mainly, the breeder, Dari, is uniquely gifted in precisely matching pups to owners. I asked for very large, calm, cuddly, easygoing.. and I got that exactly.
In the past, I rescued my first dog from a shelter, and my second was donated when his owners situation made it a good move for him.
Both my Boys, Buck and Lewie came from kill shelters.
I couldnt get any better behaved boys. I just love them so very much. I remember my husband for the first 3 months he would look at Buck and say I just cant believe he came from the shelter. LOL
We purchased Rocky from a BYB. (Of course at the time, did not know much about breeding, rescues, etc.) So I guess we rescued him. He wasn't living in the best conditions and at least now he is happy, taken care of, and well behaved. Next dog will be a rescue.
Onyx came from Mom's Pick GSD's as a Christmas Surprize(DH set it up w/care) and Kacie was a rescue, found abandoned in a trailer w/ a cat after the tenant moved out. We were lucky to get two beautiful dogs!
Kaiser - purchased from breeder
Nara - purchased from breeder
Ira - purchased from an owner who purchased her as a puppy from an importer who purchased her from a breeder
Kali - imported through a broker who purchased her from her breeder/owner
Wulf, Raven and Della - bred ourselves
Kaiser, Dutch, and Max were all bred from my father's pedigree line of GSDs while he was still in the business. Of course my father never charged me for them. Heck, I was still a child for the first two. Karl, Sieg, Willie, and Odin were all decended from that line but bred at another breeder's kennels. This breeder was also the person who my father had often matched his dogs with in the past. I paid a reduced cost from her for all but Odin. She was going to charge me a reduced cost as well but decided to just give him to me since he had been a re-home and had behavior issues (serious separation anxiety) when I got him. She felt my rehabilitation of him was fee enough since she felt she had made a mistake in allowing his first owners to have him at all. Frigga also cost me nothing and was a re-home. A member of this site knew that I was looking to rescue a young female and since she lived within driving distance of me at the time brought her to me. She does have her papers though.