The quest goes on, and I appreciate the comments I've received on this subject. Thanks "gracehoper" for the comments about the Bradshaw shelter. I watch their website every day, and receive info almost daily of new dogs to the shelter.
I also met a man with a shepherd puppy at Liam's soccer game and got to talking with him about the puppy. He has a contact who called him about his puppy, and he offered to let this contact know of my search. I told him I was looking for a male black lab or german shepherd puppy, so I hope putting the word out will help. I know puppies chew and have certain behavior issues until they grow a bit and get used to the routine. However, I think I would like to be a part of shaping the behavior and training rather than maybe finding an older dog with issues that I might not like or be able to handle. We'll see - I'm not as obsessed about this as I was, so whatever develops is going to be ok with me.
I finally got the pilot light fixed on my heater, but I haven't heard it click on as yet. I was sure the heat would come on in early morning but I didn't hear it. I'm warm enough wearing my long underwear, sweater, etc. I took some laundry across the street to the Park's laundry room this morning. It was so nice in the sun I decided to come back home and get my clothespins, so a lot of the wash was line dried.
It has been a beautiful day. We'll have to wait until Sunday for a little more rain, but in the meantime let the sun shine!