Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lake Gaston, N.C.
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Pam doesn't have any fixed schedule about when to contact people on the list. She intends to the morning after they are born, but whelping often involves a night, or two, without sleep, so sometimes it takes several days for things to calm down enough to get around to it.
Everyone is always anxious to know, but we really don't start to get an idea of the individual personalities until past 6 weeks, so definite placements don't come until after 8 weeks.
Someone might want a light colored, high drive male to do agility with, and someone else might want a dark female that is low energy, and wants to be a lap dog. One family might have busy children with no dog experience, and need the right one for their home. There are many, many possibilities, and then put on top of that if we are planning to keep one, it slows the whole process up.
Then, once people are contacted, one or more might have gotten tired of waiting, found a puppy somewhere else, and not told us. There are also many possibilities of bumps in the road. One might have a Husband on a trip that can't be contacted for several days, and so that puts the whole list on wait.
It's quite much more to the process of matching the best puppy for any given home than it might seem like. I think only once, or twice, did Pam go right down the list, and the first people were ready when we had the right puppy for them.
The list always changes, and sometimes even after the 8 weeks has passed, a family might have something come up that makes it not a good time for a puppy. After that, it might take a week or two for Pam to go down the list for people to decide if they are ready for one, with short notice, or might have given up waiting, and found one somewhere else, until she finds another good home.
So, short answer is that there is no fixed schedule, but it should be fine for you to contact your breeder.