For new puppy owners, it is not always easy to find a reputable breeder within a reasonable driving distance. Shipping provides a person a chance of acquiring the quality they are hoping to find.
Shipping a Puppy: Is it safe?
With my many years of shipping experience in both shipping and receiving pups, I know for a fact that all of the pups are well taken care of. I have only had a couple of incidences where the pups had a delayed flight or had an accident in there crate due to a long flight, but don't worry we put allot of shredded newspaper in the crate in case they do have an accident, so they do not sit in it. Shipping, if done properly, is no more stressful then if you were to come pick them up here. In fact shipping can be less stressful then driving across country with them. Even less so as shipping takes only a few short hours and they usually spend longer times in thier crate overnight.
What about shipping in the winter, isn't it too cold?
Shipping during this time of year is completely safe and is not a problem. Just like a person getting on a flight to go meet their relatives for the holidays, shipping a puppy is very similar-and probably even a little easier. All puppies ride in the belly of the plane where the temperature is kept at a comfortable 70 degrees. The same as for the passengers and they are the last on and first off the plane. The only thing different about this time of year is that the airlines can be strict on the minimum temperature at each location even though the plane is always kept at 70 degrees. I believe it is mainly for their liability and protection. Likewise, in the summertime they will not ship if temperatures are too hot along the way. If this is the case, we will just wait for the next best day to ship or ship earlier or later in the day to combat the hot/cold part of the day.
What is involved in the shipping process?
After all balances have been paid, I call the airlines and book the pup. I will need to know your nearest airport, who will pick up the pup and your address and phone number. The day and time will depend primarily on the flight availability and temperature as well as when we both can travel to the airport. Usually, I can only book a flight three days in advance so they are aware of the temperatures for shipping. After I have booked the pup, I will email and/or call you with the flight #, times, airway bill # and location where the pup is to be picked up. Then all you need to do is pick up the pup at your airport. You will need a form of identification ( driver's license) and the airway bill number that I give you. Then I ask individuals to contact me as soon as possible after they receive their puppy as I'm very anxious to hear about the puppy, if everything went ok, what you think and any other questions you might have.
It seems lengthy in explanation, but it actually goes very fast!
I tape their puppy food, collar, leash, toy and a puppy packet to the top of thier crate and put a frozen water dish in so it will gradually thaw out for the puppy. Puppies are also offered food and additional water if needed during the trip. The pup will arrive the same day as it is sent, within just a few hours. The average flight time is appoximatlly 4 - 6 hours and VIP trips are usually shorter.
What is the cost of Shipping?
At this time, I am only able to ship within the US, Canada and Alaska although I have had individuals to fly in from other countries to pick up a puppy. Major airports are often the best bet, but I would be glad to check out your local airport to see if shipping is possible. Shipping to Canada, Alaska and Hawaii are available but may cost slightly more.
We ship puppies by Delta Occasionally (During Winter) we can make exceptions and ship via Continental.
Delta Cargo costs $425
If temperatures reach above 85 degrees or below 10 degrees, We will need to make a trip to Minneapolis (4 hrs one way) to ship with Continental Airlines as they are the only ones with temperature controlled areas. The cost for shipping will then go up to $100*
Price includes: Airline Shipping, Crate, Supplies, Veterinary exam and Health Certificate.
1. Shipping cost subject to change at anytime.
2. Buyer is responsible for all costs related to shipping.
3. All costs must be prepaid 4-7 days before shippment of puppy.
4. These prices are for pups and smaller dogs, any pup or adult requiring a larger crate costs appoximatlly $125 more.
1. Shipping days are an estimate, It is very unlikely the day would be changed but even when booked they are subject to be re-scheduled due to weather, illness, dog emergencies etc. If this is a problem and you MUST have dog on a specific day let us know before purchasing a puppy or putting down a deposit.
2. Due to gas prices, we have to group shipping. So you may need to wait up to 2 weeks to get your pup. We do offer a Rush service for $100 extra, that means we drop everything we are doing to get your pup to you ASAP or on a specific day of your choice.