I love animals and have had many kinds of pets. Right now I have two dogs, both rescues of different types. Chloe was rehomed with us because of conflicts with another dog in the house. Minnie is a rescued stray, with evidence of a life of neglect and possibly abuse. We seem to be partial to pets with special needs...as all of our pets across time have been found strays, difficult to place animals or animals needing a new home because of a home situation that was not working.
If you are thinking about getting a pet, please consider adoption from a shelter. Rescue pets can make great companions. Many times dogs with "issues" in one household will be fine in a different setting. Often, it's the fault of the environment or the owner that has contributed to a dog's "problems". A rescue can have a new lease on life with the right home. Don't pass up older pets! They have lots of love to give! Our most recent adoption is about 8 years old. She's been here about 9 months and has become the most lovable companion.
Please take your time and do your homework when preparing to adopt. You may not find your forever friend immediately. It's important to invest some time and preparation when adopting so you will have a pet that is a good match for your home, lifestyle and personality. Think with your head and not your heart. Not every dog will be right for you.
Here are some links to help you prepare for a successful adoption.