I came this close to getting a Newf puppy today. One came available in Minnesota, through a trusted breeder, just by chance. I charged off to get info on importing a dog into Canada and by the time I called her back, he was sold.
It's been four months of visiting breeders, asking questions and lining things up only to have them fall through. My soul dies a little each time. But it makes me more determined than ever.
And yeah, we're simultaneously casting around to foster a rescue. But I have my heart set on a puppy. I know it will come. I am patient.