one can find the most incredible critters in rescue shelters. I will never forget the very regal chocolate cocker spaniel up for adoption complete with his ribbons and stuff from a show career. He was an awesome dog - just too big for me. Hope he got a great home! My own "best find" is a little chocolate parti. Originally sold for $1k - I got him for $200 at not quite two years old. Drop dead gorgeous and soooooo sweet but a bit of a handful.
He would have made a grrreat show dog (all flipping LOOK AT ME ATTITUDE) but he's all neutered and a couch potato now. Mine mine mine!
I adore watching him run like the wind in the yard. He knows he's gorgeous and it shows.