GSDLVR- This is exactly why I still have two pups from my last litter, now 4.5 months old, when I only intended to keep one. Sooner or later the "right" home comes along, and I am comfortable placing my top sport prospects, if only after I have put in the time to civilize them and allow them to grow out of the renegade puppy stages myself. I call that the "My Fair Lady" process.
Although I AM a professional, no mistake there, I don't think for a second that God gave me whatever talent I may have just to make the almighty dollar. One scan of Petfinder should be enough to break any true lover of the breed's heart into a million pieces within minutes. Fortunately, rescue organizations are very strong in this area, so most are rescued and fostered well before the Dr. shows up with the big red syringe, and the org's have an excellent placement rate. I do expect to get some oppostion from rescue groups because I will not be promising my own to be the permanent home for the dogs, but hope that they will trust me to do the best thing for any dog I adopt after the first few successful placements. I just wish I had more money to donate to the fine rescue org's NOW.