How to Reserve a Puppy

How Can I Be Considered for a Worrywort Puppy?  If you would like to be considered for a puppy feel free to contact us with questions.  We will send you out our puppy questionnaire for you to fill out.  The purpose of the questionnaire is to get a feel for what you want and your home situation...and to also educate you. Once you are approved for a Worrywort puppy we can accept your deposit.

 

Deposits:  A $300.00 deposit will be accepted from approved homes to hold a puppy. The deposit is non-refundable. Send your deposit only if you are committed to add a Worrywort puppy to your household, it will not be refunded if you back out.  If however, I cannot provide you with the puppy agreed upon (i.e. you want a white female and only white males are born) then I will refund your deposit.

PLEASE  NOTE: If I have not received a questionnaire and your deposit, you do not have a puppy reserved.

Since I am not a commercial kennel, I am not concerned with selling every puppy as quickly as possible and am perfectly capable of caring for the puppies I decide to "hold back" for further evaluations and testing. It is not uncommon for me to offer/place an older puppy that has additional health and/or genetic testing in a pet spay/neuter home as I can not keep everything from my breedings.     

Health:    As the breeder of your puppy I have done everything I can to assure that the health of your puppy is excellent! All breeding stock has appropriate health certifications. Please see each of my dog's OFA link listed with each dog - the health testing on my own breeding stock goes above and beyond most breeders.  Please compare!! 

I only breed dogs that have no known detrimental genetic health condition! We stack the deck in your favor by breeding away from lines and dogs known to carry detrimental genetic health conditions.  Undesirable traits do occur out of healthy parents and problems can crop up in any litter (purebred or mixed breed).  Please understand that with the genetics of breeding dogs, nothing is 100% guaranteed.

Do you sell Breeding Dogs?

I get asked this question by a lot of people looking for pets that they might possibly want to breed and also from other breeders. 

What I want from a person that I entrust a breeding dog to is for the dog to live in the house as a member of the family.  I don't have a 'kennel" per-say....all my dogs are in the house and in houses across the nation as companion dogs first and foremost.  With my own three dogs that live with me, I could not imagine adding another dog, as I don't know how I would have the time to properly raise, socialize and train the puppy.  My puppies are companions and not commodities.  I have on more than one occasion placed a top dog in a wonderful pet home when I could not find a suitable show home. 

A person I entrust a breeding dog to would be on a show/trial contract.  All my own dogs and any stock used for breeding are shown and trialed and have multiple titles to prove it.  I would expect similar from a person I entrust a breeding dog to.  How else would you know how good that dog is if it is not examined and trialed? One does not go to a brain surgeon without checking out his credentials or relying on the fact that his father was a brain surgeon.  One should not use a breeding dog without that dog having some credentials or relying on the credentials of its parents or grandparents - yet many breeders do. Even though the average person who gets a dog may not be buying it for showing, they still deserve a puppy that has the potential to be one from a carefully planned litter.

A person I entrust a breeding dog to would have to have "above the average breeder" health testing done on the dog before breeding it.  I have gone above and beyond what 99% or breeders do on their own stock.  Most shepherd owners only do OFA hip and OFA elbows...and most basenji owners do OFA hip and OFA fanconi and CERF the eyes.  I would expect more health testing than the average breeder does for its breed.  How else do you know that the dog is worthwhile to breed and will pass on more good traits than bad?

As a result, if you are looking for a show/breed dog - we have a lot to discuss as I don't often place a puppy with a breeder.  The pup must first and foremost be a family member irregardless of its breeding status.

 

DOMESTIC Shipping:

There are currently changes in laws regarding breeders and shipping of puppies.  As a result, at the moment, I am not be able to ship a puppy alone as "cargo" from my airport to your airport until I understand how the laws impact hobby breeders like me.  It currently looks like to be in compliance, that the seller, the buyer and the puppy must be in the same place when the transaction is made. 

To get your puppy, you can drive to my house, meet me and the crew :)  Or you can fly to the Detroit Metro Airport and pickup your puppy and take home with you in a sherpa bag (if 8 weeks old) or check in as part of your luggage while you fly back home (if older). Please again consider a layover for the day and/or night to meet me and my crew. I love to talk dogs! 

I may also consider if there are a couple puppies in a similar area, doing a roadtrip for the price of normal cargo/my expenses per puppy.  Labor Day weekend 2013 - I was able to take an adult white shepherd to Georgia and another young adult white shepherd to Alabama. Considering the price to fly just one adult shepherd in a VARI 500 kennel, this was a better option to do a roadtrip to get two shepherds to their new homes.

If you are interested in a puppy, we can somehow work out the details of you driving or flying to Michigan to pick up your puppy...or me driving or flying to your hometown with your puppy for the total expense involved.

I HAVE HAD PEOPLE DRIVE IN FROM THE EAST COAST (1 DAY DRIVE EACH WAY) AND THE DESERT PLAINS (2 DAY DRIVE EACH WAY) TO PICK UP A PUPPY.  ROADTRIPS ARE VALID OPTIONS.

 

INTERNATIONAL Shipping:

There are currently changes in laws regarding breeders and shipping of puppies.  As a result, at the moment, I am not be able to ship a puppy cargo from my airport to your airport until I understand how the laws impact hobby breeders like me.  It currently looks like to be in compliance, that the seller, the buyer and the puppy must be in the same place when the transaction is made

To get your puppy, you can drive to my house (if in Canada or similar), meet me and the crew :)  Or you can fly to the Detroit Metro Airport and pickup your puppy and take home with you in a sherpa bag (if 10 weeks old and small) or check in as part of your luggage while you fly back home (if older). Please again consider a layover for the day and/or night to meet me and my crew. I love to talk dogs and would love to show you the sites in my area since you are coming from a long ways...please make it a mini-vacation! 

I may also consider if there are a couple puppies in a similar area, doing a roadtrip (Canada or similar) for the price of normal cargo/my expenses per puppy.  Labor Day weekend 2013 - I was able to take an adult white shepherd to Georgia and another young adult white shepherd to Alabama. Considering the price to fly just one adult shepherd in a VARI 500 kennel, this was a better option to do a roadtrip to get two shepherds to their new homes.

If you are interested in a puppy, we can somehow work out the details of you driving or flying to Michigan to pick up your puppy...or me driving or flying to your hometown with your puppy for the total expense involved.

I have shipped two puppies to Europe, each time the puppy was accompanied with a person and checked in as part of their (oversized) luggage ($200 fee).  This is a better option as the dog is therefore "personal property" and not "cargo" as when a puppy flies unaccompanied and therefore less likely to be "detained" in customs.   As a result of what I have seen in my own dealing with importing and exporting puppies, and what has happened to other breeders puppies that have been imported and exported, a puppy flying overseas MUST be accompanied by a person.