Tuesday, March 3, 2020

More Waiting List Questions and Answers

Spring is almost here, warm weather is on the way, people see Summer break in their future, and all of this means that my Waiting List for Cockapoo Puppies is growing by the day! On top of the Waiting List growing I have some beautiful bellies getting bigger by the day and I can't wait to see the new beautiful puppies that are coming our way soon. I love this time of year, I love the anticipation of the new litters coming, and of course I love to see the little beauties being born as each litter is a beautiful surprise as we never know the colors and gender that we are going to get.

With the Waiting List comes a huge list of emails coming my way asking me tons of questions about the upcoming litters: How many people are on your waiting list? How many people want females? How many people want Males? What colors do people want? What colors are they going to be? When will they be ready? How much are they? What number am I on the list? When will you contact me? Am I going to get a puppy from the newest litter? Etc, Etc, Etc.....

I have written a few blogs before explaining how our Waiting List works, not everyone reads it, but for those that do it seems to be helpful. I wanted to write this to further elaborate on a few things that I get asked about over and over again: Parents, Timing, Placement on the List.

It's very common for females to come into heat together so it's very common to have more than one litter born around the same time. I personally like to have a few litters close in age because I love having the puppies grow, learn. and play together. When I start accepting deposits for our Waiting List it's very common for people to ask me who the parents of the litter are and this question is hard to answer for many reasons 1.) If I have a waiting list started and more than one litter coming I don't know what litter I will be contacting you about, especially if you have color or timing preferences.
2.) Sometimes people will submit a deposit in January but not want a puppy until October so I don't even have the mother of their puppy bred yet.
3.) False pregnancies or medical issues, although not common, can happen which is why I don't like to announce litters until they are here and healthy.
A few years ago a lady got on our list and she was pretty far back, like #14 or 15 and she had asked about the parents. I had three litters coming within the next few months so I told her who was expecting, one of which was a female named Molly. A few months passed and when litter #3 arrived I contacted this lady with pictures of the puppies to choose from. Imagine my surprise when the phone rang and this lady was on the other end screaming at me because she didn't get contacted about a litter from Molly and she had told her kids about Molly and everyone had their hearts set on a puppy from Molly! I had no idea that she was set on a puppy from Molly and all of the puppies from that litter had been chosen by people ahead of her on our list.
After that experience I have decided that it's better that I don't get ahead of myself and I wait to announce parents and litters until they are born and available. I don't like to disappoint people and I don't want someone to get their hearts set on a litter they might not be able to get.

Timing can sometimes be a big deal to people, especially with those that have kids with Summers off or careers like Teachers. It's very common for teachers and parents to start submitting deposits for Summer puppies months in advance to get as close to the top of the waiting list as possible. If you are someone that wants a puppy in June it is a very good idea to contact me in January to submit a deposit because Summer puppies sell fast and I don't always have a lot of them. Some people don't understand that I can't control when a female comes into heat and that means that I can't control when I will have puppies available. We do rotational breeding meaning that I don't over breed or treat my females like breeding machines so they don't have litters over and over and over again. One year I may have several litters that will be ready in June and July and the next year I may only have one or two because I am not breeding the same females again or the heat cycles of the others that I am breeding don't line up with June or July ready puppies.
If you are on my Waiting List and want a puppy at a specific time (like June) I will try as hard as I can to get you a puppy when you want it but understand that the longer you wait to get on the list, and the more preferences you have (like color,) can limit your chances at a certain litter so you may end up waiting a bit longer than you had wanted and get a puppy in July instead of June.

Placement on the List:
What number am I on your list? How many people are on your list? These are two of the most common questions I get asked and people need to understand that the Waiting list is fluid and your position on the list can change over and over again all depending on your preferences and what I have available. For a better explanation of this please read one of my other blog articles titled "How Does the Waiting List Work" https://cutecockapoosinwisconsin.blogspot.com/2014/03/how-our-waiting-list-for-cockapoo.html

What if I Don't See a Puppy That I Want: When I contact you about an available litter if you don't see one that you want, let me know, and I will simply contact you about a future litter and continue to do so until you find the one that is right for you. I don't get offended if you pass on a litter, I want to make sure you are happy with the puppy that you choose. Deposits are good for one year so you just need to choose one within that timeline.

If you're looking for a Cockapoo Puppy please take some time to read over my website and contact me if interested: https://www.cutecockapoos.com/