No shame on you AT ALL, i was same way as you, i sure was, that is just what i thought, too!! At least we are figuring it out as we go along, right? We all do the best we can, with what we understand at the time. (paraphrased quote from Maya Angelou). I also used to think, "There must be something wrong with the dog if it is in a dog pound." I used to think, "Purebreds are healthier" I used to think, "With purebreds, you know what you are getting, if you see the parents, you can get idea what the baby dog wil be like when he grows up." (which is NOT always true, at all, dogs can have babies much unlike themselves, and all dogs, even with in a breed, are individuals.) I used to think "if i get a rescue dog, i will get a dog who has problems or issues, he will not be 'normal' loving dog." I once thought, "If i don't raise the dog myself, he won't love me or attach on me as much." I used to think, "There is no way to get a normal, loving dog, from a dog pound, all THOSE dogs have problems and behave badly." I used to be completely COMPLETELY unaware of the dog overpopulation crisis in USA, and most other countries as well. I had no idea what a profiteering racket the AKC is. I once thought an AKC registration indicates a healthier dog, or one that is not from a puppy mill. I once believed a dog who had Ch. in front of his name was a healthier superior dog. I had no idea how inbreeding is damaging the breeds. I just never thought about WHY so many purebreds have so many rampant, sometimes quirky health issues, i just never thought about it. i once thought ALL those things!! Many many people still do! and i am too lazy to have puppies, and i like to see how energetic, how hyper, the grown dog will be. I don't care to spend half of a year potty training a baby dog. (adult dogs understand very quickly about potty training). I don't care to ruin my floors or carpetting, car upholstery, furniture or bedding, nor clean them daily. I don't care for the nipping stage, the chewing destructive stage, the property damage stage, the can't be home alone for long stage, the up all night stage, i'm just too lazy. But, I ADMIRE those ppl who ARE willing to put in that first year raising an infant dog, but me, i prefer adult dogs. I know, i know, i am LAZY, let someone else do all the hard work, and just take home adult dog, i know i know, slap me!! ADULT DOGS LOVE YOU JUST AS IF YOU WERE THE ONLY HUMAN HE'S EVER MET. some of us, think even MORE, cuz these dogs HAVE lived without love before. but, for those who are brave enough to take home a mysterious puppy, there ARE puppies in rescue, too. Especially in USA, billions of brand new baby dogs to take home. In USA, we kill our leftover dogs that no one wants.