I just graduated from my master's program after years of hard work! Now that I've graduated, my family and I decided that it was finally time that I could get a golden retriever puppy. I've been wanting one forever but finally it is the right time for us. I've been looking online and it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to tell a good breeder from those dreaded "backyard" breeders that I've read so much about. I realize that the reputable breeder's do not come cheap and I'm willing to pay to get a healthy pup!Does anyone know of reputable breeders in the Maryland area? I've seen some old posts about breeder's in the Maryland area but they are at least a few years old. I am also willing to branch out of Maryland into the surrounding states, such as PA, VA, etc. I am even willing to go anywhere across the east coast to find the right pup for my family. I will be spending the next few months studying for my nurse practitioner exam so I wanted to get our puppy soon as I will have unlimited time for training and lovin! Now I see that might not be an option as many breeder's I've seen either don't have litters available or are all spoken for. I really need help from Golden Retriever enthusiasts! I am ready for a lifelong (a dog's life anyway!) commitment and my family is ready for our new addition! I really hope someone out there can help us!