Hello All, This is my first post and I hope that you can help me. This seems like a caring group. We have recently lost our Bichon at the age of 14. We would very much like our next dog to be a Maltese. We live in Massachusetts but are looking all over the New England area. I really have no idea where to begin. I've read so many positive, then negative reviews of different breeders online and I'm completely lost. We are looking for a healthy, affectionate dog to love, not to show. Any help you could give with area breeders would be greatly appreciated. This is such a crazy time and I realize from speaking with Dina Hunter in CT that if I were to get one of her puppies, I would not get to meet Dina or the puppy's Sire or Dam in person. I would not be able to go in the house. Dina said she would leave the puppy in a playpen outside the house for me to pick-up and I would leave her payment. This is a very nerve-wracking way to get a new puppy.