Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lake Gaston, N.C.
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One reason our list is so long, is that we don't ask for any deposit until we know we have a puppy for you, after the puppies are born. Then Pam goes down the list, starting with the date the inquiry was received, unless they have had one of our puppies before.
We have people that bought puppies from us, maybe even 20 years ago, and are old friends. We know they will be great homes, and will be little trouble for us.
A lot of times, people will have already found a puppy somewhere else, or had something come up in their lives that makes it a bad time to start raising a puppy. Sometimes there are none of these (very rarely), and most of the time they drop off in numbers.
It's very rare for someone who has been on our list, and is not now a prospect to get one from us, that will notify us. This can take a lot of time, and someone that was 10, or 12 on the list may get moved to the top because of people that have dropped off.
With the numbers on the list now, it's hard to see where it will go.
Pam tries to contact people on the list as soon as things calm down after the puppies are born. Even so, giving people a couple of days to make a decision, if six people have dropped off the list, you can see where that puts us a week or so behind. Some people have dropped off because they weren't notified soon enough to suit them after the puppies are born.
There is a lot of ebb, and flow to it, and not as simple as it may seem on the surface.
Once we know we will have a puppy for you, even not knowing which one because we don't know who they are until six, or eight weeks, we ask for a deposit. We used to not even ask for a deposit, but you would probably be surprised at how many people played the part until it was time to come get the puppy, and then we would have to scramble around, and find a new home for it.
I'm not even sure how many states allow any kind of non-refundable deposit. I know in a lot of states, it's not legal on anything.