FOR CHOOSING A PUPPY AT 5-6 WEEKS AND FOR PUPPY PICK-UPS!
Due to the potential risks of exposure to the coronavirus pandemic we are practising accountability and responsibility and are strictly adhering to the social distancing policy.
For any current and/or upcoming litters, we will NOT be allowing any visitors or customers coming into our home for the foreseeable future! It will be YOUR responsibility to find suitable restrooms to use PRIOR to visitation since we will not be allowing visitors in our home. We are implementing the following safety procedures until further notice:
Families will choose a puppy at the 5-6 week mark OUTSIDE of our home (rain or shine!) in a 10' wide x 20' long gazebo-style tent will allow for social distancing OR by SKYPE VIDEO CALL! When the weather is not condusive to choosing a puppy outside (ie. too cold / winter months) all puppies will be chosen via SKYPE VIDEO CALL.
We will, of course, continue with our usual procedures of posting puppy updates at birth, and at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age which will include photos with a detailed update of what the puppies have experienced for socialization and care, and periodic videos along the way. Choosing a puppy by SKYPE VIDEO CALL or OUTSIDE in the tent will be the two options available.
Shown below are photos of our tent set-up for choosing a puppy while maintaining a social distance:
ALL VISITORS MUST BRING THEIR OWN MASKS AND BE WEARING THEM WHEN THEY EXIT THEIR VEHICLE.
A hand sanitizing station will be outside of the tent for you to first clean your hands with HAND SANITIZER and then PUT ON GLOVES (we will supply the gloves) before touching the puppies.
A bag will also be at the hand sanitizing station for you to dispose of your gloves after your visitation.
Once you have sanitized your hands and put on gloves you can proceed to visiting with the puppies by sitting down on the sheet or blanket that will be already laid out on the ground:
The puppies will be in a pen in the CENTER of the tent and once you are seated on the ground we will take out the available puppies for interaction!
This will be YOUR side of the tent!
And this is OUR side of the tent!
All puppies MUST be paid in full via e-transfer a minimum of 24 hours in advance of your scheduled puppy pick up. We will not be accepting cash to avoid hand-to-hand transfers. We will not release a puppy to any family until we have received full payment by e-transfer.
Puppies will be picked up at outside in the tent at 8 weeks of age, and wearing a mask will also be required for pick ups!
We will still maintain our strict level of exceptional care for our dogs and puppies, and we will also still be available to answer any of your questions regarding the care and training of your puppy. It still remains your responsibility to read through our Online Taking Home Puppy Instructional (link given to those on a list for any current litters) to ensure that you are prepared for caring for and training a puppy.
We acknowledge that these procedures are totally opposite to our typical up-front and personal practices of friendliness and hospitality, and we do apologize for any projections of impersonalness and any inconvenience this may cause to our puppy families. Please realize that social distancing is being enforced in all situations to be fully accountable for our safety and that of our puppy families, as well as, our community, our province, our nation, and the world over!
This notification and its contents are in effect until further notice and removed from our website! Thank you in advance for your understanding and co-operation!
When we send you an e-mail to announce the birth of the litter on the waiting list where your name is placed -- we will include the dates when the puppies turn 5 weeks of age, and when they turn 8 weeks of age so that you will know the timeline for the litter and so that we can schedule a choosing-your-puppy date and the puppy-pick-up date. The deposit is due within 24 hours of the Birth Announcement of the puppies which secures your position for the opportunity to choose a puppy at 5-6 weeks of age. At birth we will schedule you for a visit in person or Skype Video Call in the order in which your name is on the waiting list and give you the puppy-pick-up-date(s) for when the puppies turn 8 weeks of age. If you personally decide to change the choosing-your-puppy-appointment date/time we will move your name to the bottom of the list as your decision to change the date/time will disrupt the other families on the list expecting to choose a puppy on their scheduled date/time. At the time of scheduling, please, mark your appointment date and time on your calendar! You will have anywhere from 5-6 weeks to clear your schedule for your appointment.
We do expect that families arriving to choose their puppy or pick up their puppy to arrive on time. It is especially important for the choosing a puppy appointment that families arrive on time as we schedule families so that they are spaced a minimum of an hour apart to give our puppies the "down time" they need between visitors to either sleep, eat, or just relax! Puppies need up to 18 hours of sleep per day and if someone is late for their appointment it will interfere with how active the puppies are for the next family arriving to choose a puppy! If the puppies are too tired to interact, it will not allow families to see the puppies energy level and it's harmful to the puppies if they cannot get the required amount of sleep/down time.
When we schedule families for visitation, we will either schedule you for a single family visit or for a double family visit (two families at the same time) and the allotted visitation time is up to 1 hour maximum. Our puppies will be given a minimum of an hour break before the next family is scheduled to arrive. Our puppies MUST have that minimum of an hour between visitors. If you arrive late -- your visitation time will be shortened and will not exceed your original allotted hour appointment. If you are more than 30 minutes late (ie. 35 minutes, 40 minutes, 45 minutes late, etc....), you will be rescheduled either later that day after all other scheduled appointments have concluded and the puppies have had 1 hour at minimum to rest, or you will have to be scheduled for another day. This naturally bumps you out of your position on the waiting list to perhaps choose a puppy later down the list or maybe even last on the list -- but that's the consequence of not arriving on time!
We're not asking anything unreasonable -- if we were any other type of business, you would also be expected to arrive on time for your appointment or need to be re-scheduled for a later time or date! Leave on time, or early if you are concerned you might be late, and come for your appointment time! And this also includes not arriving early because that too will infringe on the puppies down time between visitors. There is a local Tim Hortons, as well as Woody Burger & Pizzeria, Station Restaurant, Havelock Garden Chinese & Canadian Food, and a Planet Pita. If you are going to be early, please treat yourself to a coffee, snack, or meal! We are considerate of unexpected traffic delays and/or weather delays, but please call or e-mail if you are going to be late! We cannot guarantee that we will be able to keep you in the same time slot depending on how late you will be, however, we ask that you at least respectfully let us know so that we can be prepared to shift around the day. Please also read our Courtesy & Common Sense page for more details.
All puppies must be picked up on the day that they turn 8 weeks of age OR the closest correlating weekend to be determined by Pleasant Meadows based on when the puppies will be ready to go! Puppy Pick Ups will be at 11:00 AM and/or 2:00 PM on the day that the puppies turn 8 weeks of age and/or the closest correlating weekend (to be determined by Pleasant Meadows).
To give our puppies the best possible start in their new homes, we offer an exclusive online "Taking Puppy Home Instructional" on our website that covers a wide range of puppy care and training tips that will help your puppy make a smooth transition into your home and give you a solid base for training your puppy. A link to the "Taking Puppy Home Instructional" will be given to you when the puppies are 2 weeks old which will allow families to review the instructional over the course of 6 full weeks in preparation for when the puppies turn 8 weeks of age and/or the closest correlating weekend (again, to be determined by Pleasant Meadows).
Feedback from previous puppy customers confirms that the "Taking Puppy Home Instructional" is beneficial in providing confidence for the new owners in the care and initial training of their puppy. And by having the instructional online it not only allows us to "go green" and send puppy owners home with less paper in their Puppy Starter Kits, but it allows new puppy owners to access the instructional from the comfort of their own homes prior to taking their puppy home (which permits them to prepare) and they can refer back to it whenever necessary!
A $15 per day boarding fee will be applied to your puppy's price if you do not come to pick up your puppy on the day that the litter turns 8 weeks OR the closest correlating weekend (determined by Pleasant Meadows). And if you do not pick up your puppy by 9 weeks of age, you forfeit all rights to the puppy and the said puppy will be offered to the next interested family. As outlined on the Puppy Purchase Agreement, Puppy Prices page, as well as, the Waiting List Procedures page, your initial $100 reservation fee and deposit of $700 placed at birth is non-refundable. Should your puppy NOT be picked up by 9 weeks of age you forfeit your puppy, and the holding fee and any additional payments made by the Buyer will not be refunded until after the said puppy has been purchased/paid in full by a new prospective family.