First off, please realize, we are very busy here. We raise miniature labs, miniature golden retrievers, gypsy ponies, miniature cows, (much feeding and fence building and repairing) a garden, and let's not forget the kids and a family life that is more important to us than ANY business deal. Having said that, emailing and calling me to ask questions that are clearly answered on my site already, really provokes frustration when my time is already limited and I have already taken the time to address it. I have no problem just chatting and getting to know you. I just like you to already have at least some direction on which way you are leaning. I hope you can understand this and we can do our best to work together. ;o)
CALL OR EMAIL ME AFTER READING THIS PAGE:
1) Do you have puppies available?
Look @ our puppy page for availability.
(a) When is your next litter coming? Please see our expecting page. Do you have plans for a litter around this time or that time? Do you have plans to do a mating between this pair or that pair? Please see our "Planned litters" page.
(b) Do your dogs hunt?
1) Miniature golden retrievers are considered hunting dogs by classification. We can not guarantee that your dog will hunt but most do possess the instincts required if you are a good trainer.
2) How much is this puppy or that puppy?
a) Please see the individual price list next to each litter on our puppy pages or our expecting page.
3) How big will this or that puppy get?
a) Please see typical weight estimates next to each litter write up on our puppy pages.
4) When do I get to choose my puppy?
a) We typically begin choosing at 5 weeks of age but if the person who is first in line would like to choose sooner, the process can begin sooner. No one is "required" to choose before 5 weeks though.
5) How does choosing my puppy work?
a) Puppies are chosen by the order in which the deposits are received. 1st dep = 1st choice, 2nd dep = 2nd choice and so on.
b) You choose your own puppy based on pictures that are sent out every 7-14 days. At about 5 weeks, you will be given brand new pictures to choose from and notified by email it is your turn to choose. You will have 36 hours to choose your puppy. Failure to choose in that time frame will bump you to the bottom of the list.
c) Even by 5 weeks, puppies do not show a lot of personality so please do not ask me to pick the perfect puppy for your specific needs at this young age. "I" am only human and mostly go by the parental dispositions (seen here: http://www.miniaturegoldenretriever.net/contact_7.html) and not the actual puppy dispositions at such a young age.
6) What happens next?
a) After placing a deposit on a litter, we wait for the puppies to arrive if they are not already here. I will notify you via email if you are on the reservation list typically within 24 hours of delivery.
b) After your puppy is chosen, you wait again until about 10-14 days prior to your puppies 8 week birthdate. At that time, I will send out a "Shipping Notice". This notice will tell you what you will need to do next. Such as what food exactly to order, what exact date we "project" to ship and other information needed from you as well as payment due date reminder.
7) How exactly is shipping done? How much does it cost?
a) Both of those questions and most others are answered right here:
b) Your puppy will ship typically within 3 days of its 8 week birthdate. If your puppy has not been born, you will want to give yourself about a 3 week window for planing his arrival. Do not book any vacations ect during that time.
c) After puppy arrives, it is typically within 3 days of his 8 week birthdate that he will be shipped.
d) If you miss your shipping date, you will be charged an extra $100 trip fee plus boarding fees to keep your puppy.
8) How do I make payment or place a deposit? What is a floating deposit?
a) Right here: http://www.miniaturegoldenretriever.net/custom.html
b) Are deposits refundable?
9) Are deposits transferrable to other people and other litters?
10) Does price of deposit come off of total puppy price?
11) Do you allow visitors?
a) Since we had someone bring parvo to our place several years back, we no longer allow people to stroll along our dog pens or puppy areas. Short answer "no".
b) We are working on a plan to accomadate puppy visitors and still keep our puppies safe but this will require a new building. Since 98% of our puppies are shipped, it has not been at the top of our priority list but it is climbing the ladder gradually.
c) What do we do to Prevent Parvo?
1) #1, we bathe mother dogs with soap and water when they come in to have puppies. #2, we have raised dog runs with doggie doors to keep mother dogs from ever touching the ground until puppies are weaned. #3, our family ALWAYS takes off our shoes before entering the house, then we disinfect our shoes via parvo solution. #4, several times a week, we wash our floors with parvo solution. #5, we wash any clothing that gets near a contaminated area or outside dog (even if there is a small possibility of contamination) with special parvo solution. #6, We only use Neo Par vaccine on our mother dogs (every 6 mos) and on our puppies starting at 4 weeks per the neo tech representatives advice. #7, By Gods Grace, we pray....we are only human and certainly can not control everything that comes our way.
12) Do you have a runt?
a) Likely not. These are a mixed breed of dog still with both large and small dog genes. Small puppies are in every litter as they are genetically small but not considered a runt.
13) Can I have the Runt? Or "smaller" puppy?
a) That depends on if it is available when it is your turn to choose.
14) Are females smaller or calmer than males?
a) No, both females and males can be bigger or smaller in the litter. Both male and female dogs have their own energy levels and personalities that can not be stereotyped with ANY degree of accuracy.
15) Are the puppies trained at all?
16) What food is my puppy eating?
a) Please see question #6) b) again
17) What shots has my puppy had?
a) look here: http://www.miniaturegoldenretriever.net/custom3.html
18) Is my puppy guaranteed?
a) Yes your puppy is guaranteed against life threatening genetic defects. The guarantee will provide a "replacement" puppy at a later date when you are ready. You may still keep your defective puppy and make any vet decisions you see fit without my interference. You may also transfer your replacement puppy to a friend or relative. Please understand that we will not send you a cash refund as we do not have any say in ANY of the food you feed, vaccinations you give, environment in which you keep your dog, cleaners or other known carcinogens you use around your dog.....or on any stress or strain you may expose your puppy or adult dog. Therefore, we will not be financially responsible for any unforeseen issues that arise. However, in all fairness, we will replace your puppy and allow you to keep the original. We have had very good luck health wise with our breeding program and do not expect any issues. The guarantee is just in case something does go wrong. We DO require you to sign up for a 30 day free trial of pet health insurance to validate your guarantee. We do NOT require you to continue coverage after the 30 day free trial.