I purchased Kona as my first pet on my own in college. I did extensive research on all types of different dog breeds and couldn't help but continue to be drawn to Golden Retrievers. I couldn't find one registered breeder in the state and couldn't find one elsewhere within my student budget. I ended up finding him on Craigslist from a backyard breeder for $300. He was 3 months old, not current on medical care and a wild puppy.