Jenny, I agree with you, I too understand why some people would prefer to deal directly with a breeder. Rescuing a dog is extremely rewarding but in some cases, it is a real hassle! There are so many emotions involved too. Does the rescue think I am a good fit? Is there someone else that wants the same dog? Once the dog gets here, will I be able to keep it? And also the part of hearing from the shelter leaves a person on pins and needles. Of course the people running the shelters, are extremely busy but at the same time, the individual that expresses interest in adopting a dog, is eager to get the process going.