Reserving A Puppy

Please review our new guidelines as they have changed effective September 10, 2013


Before a reservation (**please see below when referring to a reservation) will be accepted on a puppy, we will want to discuss a potential placement of one of the babies with you and address specific issues such as:
(1) Is the puppy going to be a pet to be sterilized?
(2) Do you have hopes of breeding or showing the puppy?
(3) What kind of environment will be provided?
(4) What are your expectations concerning pet ownership?
(5) Awareness of the puppy's physical & emotional needs.
(6) Just a general conversation to make sure that you and the puppy are "a good fit" for one another.

Due to the new USDA/APHIS regulations, we can no longer ship our puppies/dogs to their new owners without becoming a victim of what we believe to be unfair and unnecessary federal infringement of our dog hobby.

As of September 10, 2013, we have implemented a strict policy of No Internet Sales. We accept a non-refundable deposit from qualified buyers who desire to purchase one of our puppies/adult dogs, which will hold a specific puppy for a limited period of time so that FIRST RIGHT OF REFUSAL shall be given to you. We will not finalize any sale until you come and examine the puppy in person and you will be given a period of 7 days following the date puppy is deemed by us ready to transfer homes to do so. (If you fail to do so, your deposit will be forfeit.) You will be asked at that point to either commit to or decline the purchase of the puppy on hold. If you choose to finalize the purchase, your deposit shall be applied towards the purchase price of the puppy. However, if you decide to decline the puppy, your non-refundable deposit will be applied toward the expenses of caring for the puppy during the time it was held for you and for any additional time it takes to find an alternative responsible home for it. Deposits are non-transferable as many times we will have multiple families wanting a particular puppy and when we turn them away due to your deposit holding the puppy for you, we have just forfeited a sale on your behalf.
YOU NEED TO BE SURE THAT THIS IS THE PUPPY THAT YOU REALLY DO WANT BEFORE ASKING US TO ACCEPT YOUR DEPOSIT!

 


USDA/APHIS FINALIZES RULE IMPACTING PET BREEDERS

adapted from The American Kennel Club's alert article dated September 10, 2013


The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) recently released a finalized version of new federal regulations that narrow the definition of a “retail pet store” with the purpose of bringing internet-based pet breeders and sellers under the regulation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The rule effectively expands USDA oversight of pet breeders to include people who maintain more than four “breeding females” of any species and sell even one pet “sight unseen”. The new regulation deems any “sight-unseen” sale a covered activity, making the seller subject to USDA licensure and regulation. Most hobby breeders and their registries believe that the rule will unreasonably require regulatory compliance of many more individuals than originally intended by treating those who sell a dog “sight unseen”—perhaps due to repeat buyers or other known purchasers—in the same manner as a commercial internet-based seller.

Standards that were originally designed for commercial-type facilities fail to account for circumstances appropriate for how hobby breeders who sell even one pet “site-unseen” will be permitted to keep their dogs.

The truth is that there are a wide range of circumstances and kinds of facilities in which dogs may be suitably raised and maintained. Performance standards, rather than strict engineering requirements makes better sense in the drafting and oversight of any governmental agency deciding how and where people may house their animals. This is because many breeds would fail to thrive in the required commercial kennel setting and, therefore, are better raised in residential settings. Under the new USDA requirements, one is no longer afforded the right to make a decision believed to be in the best interests of his/her animals.

It is unreasonable to expect small breeders who might want to make a choice to raise dogs in their homes, to be able to meet exacting USDA kennel engineering standards that are designed for large commercial wholesale or research kennels. We believe that to subject small home-based breeding operations to the same exacting standards required of purely commercial facilities is unreasonable and unnecessary.