I'm about a month ahead of you, having taken our 12 year old for her final visit last November. sucked.http://www.flickr.com/photos/surratta/8542690464/
I started trolling petfinder.com
a couple months ago, and holy ^!$% do they have a lot of dogs listed there. I put in what I thought were some pretty narrow criteria, and there were still like 80 dogs that matched within 100 miles of here.
I wound up adopting Tux about a month ago:https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/u ... 2KKnnKi1m0
he was rescued by an organization based in Livonia: http://www.lastdaydogrescue.org
I was pretty impressed with their screening (both of the dogs and their prospective adopters) and process.
it's certainly a different route than going to a breeder (which I'm not dissing), but maybe something to consider if you haven't already.