:wave: Hi I am new to this list. I live in Missouri, USA. I lost my pet of 13 years last Aug (not a chi) & now need a new baby in my life. I want a chi so bad. I am having a lot of trouble finding one near me. I want to see & interact with my new puppy before I buy. I don't want to ship. I have been doing a LOT of research. I have found 1 breeder that I think I would like her puppies but she will not have one (that I can afford) until June or July. I don't think I can wait that long. Can anyone help me find my baby? I definitely want a "cuddle bug", a pet, one that is content to site in my lap & go everywhere with me. I do prefer a female & would like a short coat. I have no intention of breeding or showing so I don't want to pay a lot. I have shown dogs in the past. (Dobes) We are in our 60's & don't have any young children, ours or grandkids. I have looked at so many sites yet have not found "the one" for me. I have also looked & keep looking at rescue sites. I don't have a problem with that. If any one can give me any other sites to look at or suggestions I would so much appreciate it. Thank you
Butterfly, I got my Lily through www.petfinder.com. She was rescued from a puppy mill in MO, somehow ending up with a foster mom quite near me in MA. She was healthy and I don't think she was abused like some (just the thought of it makes me physically ill). I do think she was neglected and she certainly wasn't well socialized. But I took a chance and she has blossomed into the sweetest, most loving and playful girl you can imagine. I'm not a religious person but I truly believe God gave her to me... and me to her. We're a perfect match and we are completely devoted to each other. I wish you the best in finding just the right dog for you.