Located in the Midwest with a large pack of rescue dogs. My favorite breed is a rare breed and almost impossible to get as a rescue. We've had Leonbergers for 21 years. I've been fostering dogs for 20 years. I worked for 8 years in high school, undergrad, and part of medical school for some vets, but switched to human medicine when I was admitted early. After retiring from medicine, I was asked to help our Leonberger club with a difficult rescue of 20 dogs from a puppy mill. We accomplished it and all dogs were rehomed. Later I was called when another group that had taken several dogs, abandoned one terrified dog. I went and got her. She was my journey into becoming a MUCH better dog person than I ever knew possible LOL And for 12 years she helped me rehabilitate almost 1000 dogs total. I could have never accomplished it without her and will always be grateful to "Baby" the wonder Leonberger. Other notable dogs were a Border Collie "Abby" who is laying by the bed right now. She was the first dog I thought would actually kill herself trying to escape but is my buddy who completely trusts me, and goes everywhere with me. Thanks to my wonderful vet, also a patient of mine, who tolerates my "gut feelings", and managed to convince me that "Abby" needed Prozac. He didn't flinch when I laughed at him, and he was right, she progressed much more quickly and with less emotional pain. And to my wonderful friends, 8 children, and most of all poor hubby, I'm very grateful for their support. For awhile they never knew how many dogs we'd be quarantining from animal controls for rescues, and all my children became wonderful at dog training and dog body language. Because we had a farm and facilities to keep dogs away from our other dogs, we had as many as 30 at a time. I'm not currently fostering, but will resume when we finish our farm renovation. In the meantime, waiting for a puppy Leonberger from Europe, and very excited that she might be my first to show. Hope to learn more here!