Someday when I have much more time, I want to try doing some figures by hand. Right now I get them anywhere I can find them. I'm reluctant to put much money into the nice ones at this point. My five year old daughter loves them and they tend to move around a lot. Several of them stay on the top shelves.
I did find a good source for dogs. There's a bubble gum machine at the grocery store with just dog figures. If I have quarters, I pick up a couple whenever I stop for groceries.