Well, typed a big reply that was eaten...so the short version....I've shown in conformation, agility, rally, obedience and herding. I've competed with various breeds (either mine or those of my family) including a staffie bull terrier, kerry blue terriers, lhasa apsos, papillons, a PON, and border collies. I currently own 3 border collies and a PON...and a first for me and my entire family...a mini wirehaired dachshund! He ended up in a shelter as a stray...and is just about the most charming guy you'd ever meet. I'd never considered the breed but having had him for only a month or so, know he won't be my last. I've already started looking around at different breeders. When we add another doxie I'll go with a breeder that does conformation and performance...but would NEVER give up our current little guy. Just because the next one will have a pedigree instead of an ILP number, they'll never be "better" than our wee rescue. He rocks! And we're off to our first ever earthdog trials next month!
Like others have said, there are reasons to rehome a dog but just because somebody went from rescue to something "better?" No way and that is so wrong! I know of several people that got into their current breed by getting a rescue...or a byb pup...or even a pet shop pup....but they kept that first dog for the rest of its life and it was most beloved as the "first one."