Hello All, This is my first post and I sincerely hope that you can help me. In reading through posts on this site I think it's obvious this is a very knowledgeable and caring group. We have recently lost our sweet Ellie at the age of 12. We would very much like to welcome a new Maltese into our hearts and home. We are in Massachusetts but are looking all over the New England area. We are at a loss. Ellie, a Maltese came to us via a friend and Katie before her (a maltese mix) turns out was a puppy mill dog, we had no idea at the time. We loved her for 14 years and she was a great dog but we really want to avoid the mistake of a puppy mill again. I really have no idea where to begin. I've read so may positive, then negative reviews of the same breeder online and I'm completely lost. We are looking for a sweet pet to love and spoil, not a show dog. Any help you could give with area breeders would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.