Starting at the bottom, I thought I was going to have to spend around $375, drive 40 miles, and pick up a puppy in a month.

It took almost ten months, paid $1600, and drove 400 miles.

Breeders are looking for good owners.

There are more buyers than puppies.

You want to show the breeder that you'll be a good owner. A good owner has little knowledge, a willingness to learn, and a sense of humor.

Read a couple of the books, check out some of the websites, go to an event.

Join the berner-l mailing list.

You can ask for a breeder referral on the berner-l.

The local clubs have breeder referral contacts.

Take your time, have fun, good luck!