A few weeks ago I watched my neighbors Golden Retriever for a week and she was always so happy! She would walk around my house wagging her tail with her mouth open and it looked like she was smiling and it made me so happy to be around her for the week. I've been looking online for Golden Retrievers to rescue but I don't see any that are younger than 5 years old near me within a 500+ mile radius currently. So after seeing that I looked up breeders near me. They all have such good reviews near me, but the only issue is that on average they are asking $2500+ for AKC puppies. I know they say that you get what you pay for and that these dogs are going to be very healthy when they grow up, but that's just a little much for me. I've found some puppies on a website called puppyfind.com, it's just I'm questioning if I can trust any of them. I don't want to get a dog, become emotionally attached to it, and then have it have a hip issue and have me be sad that I didn't just put the extra money towards a well-bred dog. For anyone on this forum who has bought a dog from puppyfind.com or someone who can give some insight on my issue, any help would be great. I really want a Golden Retriever, and I want to get it now while I'm at home doing schooling due to COVID so I can be there more for it as a puppy. Thanks!