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“Missy” Covey Flush Misfit Missy’s pedigree
Our puppies are usually all sold before they’re born, so you’ll want to be sure to get on the waiting list. We require a nonrefundable $200 deposit that is deducted from the price of your puppy. Give Christopher a call and he’ll tell you how to get on the waiting list.
Something Christopher always tells people is that color and gender do not hunt: The pedigree hunts. In other words, our breeders have pedigrees with multiple field trial champions in their background. That’s your assurance you’re going to get a puppy that will be a great field dog. That same pedigree lets you know that these dogs are smart and disciplined. For people that are only looking for a pet, that’s what you want, a puppy that is super smart and easy to train.
After the puppies are a few days old, Christopher will call you and tell you what the mama had. If the color or sex of puppy you want isn’t available, then your name will roll over to the top of the list for the next litter. When the puppy you want has been born, Christopher will tell you the dates of the weekend it will be ready to be picked up if it’s not being shipped. If you have a vacation or something planned at that pick-up or shipping time, then you may want to wait for the next litter. It’s no fun for the puppy after all its litter mates are gone. If we have to hold the puppy more than 3 days beyond the ship or pick-up date, there will be a $25 per day fee for boarding unless arrangements are made with Christopher in advance.
Timing is critical for their development. We’re often asked why we let the puppies go at six weeks instead of eight weeks. Large breed dogs develop more slowly and need to stay with their mothers and litter mates longer. It’s not unusual for a breeder to hold them until they’re twelve weeks old. We’ve found with English Cockers by the time the puppy is six weeks old, it has been eating dry food out of its mom’s bowl since it was three weeks old; it has been weaned for more than a week; and it’s had two weeks to play rough and tumble with their litter mates without mom’s supervision. By six weeks they are at a perfect age for bonding with their new owners. It also puts them in a new environment with new stimuli. Owners miss out on that extra-special bonding time if they wait until the puppy is older. At six weeks they’re very sweet and cuddly. If you wait until they’re eight weeks old, they’ll be getting into the biting, chewing, super active stage and will be starting to act like … well, a puppy!
Puppies are born around 63 days from when the dogs are bred. Add six weeks to the due date if you’re going to pick your puppy up, or eight weeks if it will be shipped. For planning purposes, this will give you a pretty good idea when you’re going to be able to get your puppy.
The airlines have become so difficult to ship with that we’ve been recommending using a delivery service. They pick the dog up from us and deliver to your door. They try to stay competitive with the airline fees. It takes a number of days, depending on where else their deliveries are but they take excellent care of the dogs. They stop every three hours and let each dog out and play with them. They stop early every evening to feed the dogs and allow them time out of the cage to play. The driver sleeps in the van with the dogs so they’re not left alone overnight. We’ve heard nothing but good things from the customers who have used them. It’s another delivery option to consider. We also have customers that fly in to Atlanta (2.5 hour drive) or Albany (20 minute drive) and then rent a car to drive here, they pick their puppy up and then fly home with the puppy in a soft crate under their seat.
Now that it’s getting toward the holidays, we ask that if you have a family vacation planned, either pick your puppy up or make arrangements for your puppy to be picked up and taken care of while you’re on vacation or wait until a later litter to get a puppy. It’s not fair for a puppy to have to stay here all by itself week after week while you’re on vacation. We’re not set up, nor do we have time to care for individual puppies. Our first concern is the welfare of the puppy. We want you to have a great experience with your puppy. We want it to be the best dog you’ve ever had.