We picked Albus up from the RSPCA yesterday and I am happy to report that so far, so good!
Choosing a rescue dog was the right decision for us. I have absolutely nothing against people who use breeders but for me, seeing all of the beautiful animals at the shelter really made the decision quite simple. There is quite a misconception about shelter animals and the reasons why they are given up. One of the most common reasons is that the owners simply underestimated the enormity of the task of owning a dog. It's almost as much work as a child - you are completely responsible for the wellbeing and safety of this creature living with you. That is a big job and not everyone is able to do it, and do it well.
We decided on the name Albus because, of course, Albus Dumbledore is an admirable character. Plus, it's a fun name. Albi for short! Originally his name is Texas but the people at the RSPCA didn't think he came in with that name as he wasn't overly responsive to it, so changing his name wasn't a big deal. He's cottoned on pretty quick to it, which is a good sign. We've bonded pretty well and are working out a couple of little kinks but overall, he is a real blessing.
I'll just say, as I was writing this, he was lying next to me, having a little nap. I love you already Albus - welcome to the family!