Puppy selections are at 6 weeks of age or the Saturday closest to 6 week. You will choose your puppy in the order of the waiting list. Once we know the birthdate we will choose a puppy selection date. It is usually the Saturday after they turn 6 weeks. Puppies can be picked up at 8 weeks of age. We will schedule puppy selection and puppy pick up times on an individual basis.
Beth has been in the veterinary industry for 20 years. She has seen it all which makes us very cautious with visitation. Due to outbreaks of diseases such as the Parvovirus, Coccidia, etc. we have a pretty strict visitation policy. Puppies are very fragile when so young, especially before they've had all their vaccinations. We only allow people that have already placed a deposit to come to view our puppies. Visitation is at 6 weeks of age. This way we're assured that no one has first been to someone else's breeding facility where they could potentially carry illnesses with them to our place. After a deposit is placed, we will set an appointment time in the order in which you are in line on the reservation list to choose your puppy. We just value our puppies and need to protect them from diseases and parasites, etc. People that have a puppy reserved with us are thankful for this policy, as they certainly do not want their new baby to get sick.
Safety of the Pups:
1. Puppies' immune systems are very immature. Many unsuspecting visitors have brought disease (parvovirus, distemper, etc) with them when visiting pups, the result of which is the death of the entire litter. I personally know several breeders that have lost entire litters to parvovirus brought in by visitors.
2. Stressed out Moms create stressed out pups. A new mother is emotionally charged and in hyper protective mode. When a stranger comes to visit, Mom becomes stressed causing her body creates cortisol, which goes into the milk. The puppies consume this cortisol rich milk and become stressed themselves.
3. Panicked Moms hurt pups. When a stranger comes to visit, Mom's state of mind changes rapidly. She feels threatened and moves quickly to assess the threat. Many Moms have unintentionally stepped on or crushed a pup in their urgency to get out of the whelping box to assess the threat.
4. We don't 'own' the pups. All the pups are sold to families. We are simply the guardian and have been entrusted with the care of these pups for the first critical weeks of their lives. As guardian of other people's' dogs, we must do everything we can to protect them.
Another reason we do not allow random visitors is for security reasons. This is our home. We live here with our family. So for our protection we do not allow people to come to our home that we do not know and know nothing about. When you place a deposit, we know you are serious about adopting one of our precious babies and not wanting to come for any "other" reason.... While we are professionals and take our breeding program seriously, we are not a store, this is our home. I'm sure you can understand us wanting to keep our family and home safe.
To place a deposit or schedule a visit if you already have a deposit with us, please give us a call 678-232-6990 or send us an EMAIL (firstname.lastname@example.org). We do try to be as accommodating as possible, but not at the risk of our puppies' health. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.