Well, my Puppy Matching “Day” didn’t go as I’d hoped, but we’ll get the kinks worked out and try again for the next litter/s. Or we may do something completely off the wall like open the wait list up with available puppies and whoever contacts me first gets their choice no matter where you are on the list! 😀 But that is just a future idea and I’ll let you know if we change the process up.
For now, we are plugging along with the usual procedure of emailing and/or calling to get in contact with everyone individually to see if they’re interested in one our current puppies. So far we have four puppies matched! And so happy for their excited families!
And can I just give a big shout out and THANK YOU all the people that have checked in with me and let me know they’re ready, they’re excited and some even have some favorite puppies picked out! You guys don’t know how much I appreciate this. Even people farther down the list than fifty have reached out, and I am grateful to each one of you! You make this process (and my life) easier!
Most everyone asks when they first get on the list “How long will I have to wait for a puppy?” Which is a great question! I try to give an estimate, but there are so many variables it’s really hard, even with past puppy matching experiences to go by. But I try. And some of the time it ends up being sooner than expected, but not always.
Here’s an example of what I’m dealing with now just to give you an idea. Of the top thirty-eight people (that’s where I’m at currently)
- four families have been matched with their puppy ❤️
- twenty-one people have “passed” (which means they didn’t respond so I passed them, had already told me they wanted a puppy in the “spring/summer”, weren’t ready right now, etc.
- seven people have dropped off the list because they got a puppy elsewhere or had life changes and could no longer get a pup.
I know that doesn’t add up to thirty-eight, but the rest I’m waiting to hear back from or they’re discussing with their family which pup they want.
It’s a good thing I have an assistant today to help me 😉
*P.S. Just a helpful hint; if you get on more than one breeder’s waiting list (we breeders understand that a lot of people do this) PLEASE contact the “other” breeder when you get a puppy so they can remove you from their list and someone else can be bumped up into your spot! It’s really frustrating for a breeder to be working through their list matching puppies, waiting to hear back from people only for someone to tell them they “already got a puppy in April from another breeder”. 😩