I got to thinking after I saw a member describe her new puppy as 'the dog fate bought to me'. Every dog we have had has had one of those moments where we may not have ended up with them, but thankfully we did. With Alfie, I looked at so many breeders and was put down for a puppy from another breeder, but I couldn't get these two blue bitches I had seen on another breeders website. They were stunning and had a quality about them I adored. I kept looking at their photos and admiring them, finally my Mother to me to just phone her. So I phoned her up and asked if she had any litters from these two planned as I really admired them as I would love a blue boy. She said no but the breeder they were from had a litter at the moment with two blue boys for sale and it was a repeat mating of the litter she got her two bitches from. So one of those boys was Alfie, who is so very very similar to his sister who I kept looking at. With Billy, we had lost our Ben and finally decided to get another rough puppy. This was in the time before online ads and we got an exchange and mart to look at the puppy ads. We called a few but they were all taken, I pointed out an ad and said phone them to my Mother, she said we had already phoned them and there was none, I was sure that we hadn't and kept on to phone, she did and the answer was they only had blue merles (we wanted a sable) so my Mum went to say no, but I said why not a blue this time? Everyone was unsure in the family but I said, no it would be good to have one. My Mum said he was most likely the runt as he was the only one left, well I have never seen a more stunning puppy walk out to us. The most gentle and loving boy ever and a great chunk of a puppy. When he walked out my Mum said, no that's not ours. he must be her one! As a side note, she was a lovely breeder, just that's where they advertised at that time! Then Ben was a dog not planned but returned to the breeder as he was a handful of a puppy. When they phoned for a dog to be put on a list she asked if they wouldn't mind a slightly older puppy as he was given back. Many happy years with him. There are more, but this is quite long enough! So what are your stories that bought your dogs into your life? Were there situations where you may not of got your dog had you gone down another path?