I will have Chihuahua puppies ready to go to their new home during the week of New Years. I live in Central Florida and there is a lady from MA that has contacted me about one of my females. She claims that she had purchased one from someone else at some point but the baby started having problems during flight. I'm just curious as to the pros and cons of shipping. I'm not feeling real strong about the idea. I'm not worried about her having a good home way up there. I'm just worried about her getting there.
I would never ship any puppies either. It would be like shipping one of my own children to someone I dont even know. I would be a nervous wreck plus I feel that people buying the puppies should come and see you and you should want to meet them.
I'm gonna agree with the previous posters. I can't understand how people can ship animals. How scary would that be to be stuck in a cage in the loud belly of a plane. And who knows what could happen. Could get lost, could get squished or stolen or worse!!! I personally would insist on her coming to see the pup so you could see her and make sure she's suitable for your baby. There are a lot of crazies out there....just b/c she says she's a good person and has adotpted before doesn't meen it's true.
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There are temp regulations, so if it is too cold they will not ship. They look at the departure temp for the high and low and any layovers and the arrival temp for highs and lows. I am not sure but I think it is anything below 27 degrees......would have to check on that though.
I feel differently about shipping puppies and dogs in general, as I have dogs all over the world. It would not be very practical for someone to come from Finland or Sweden to pick a pup and then have to stay in the states until all the required paperwork is done for them to tranport the dog to there home country.
But given the time of year and the breed, I would not consider shipping. I got a dog from a breeder in Florida in what is still winter here in Colorado. I just flew down and picked the pup up and brought him on as my carry on. You might suggest to this person that they get an inexpensive flight down to pick up the pup. But you will have to have your vet prepare the health certificate. Since the pup would fly in the cabin(in an approved carry on bag) you would not need a letter of acclimation. Another alternative that I have used to transport within the states, is going to a dog show, and finding a professional handler that will be traveling that direction. It will cost as much or more, but would not require flying. If you do decide to fly the pup, find only non stop flights and I would suggest Continental beause they do not have cold imbargos. The keep the dogs and pups in the heated cargo area, when they are almost ready to depart, the load them into a heated van, load them immediately into a heated presurized cabin, the door is shut and they begin to take off. They do the same in the summer with airconditioning. Other airlines will load pets onto a transport trolly and can sit out on the tarmack in cold temps for up to an hour. Not good for small breed dogs. Also when I ship in colder climates, I put in some of those heat shaker packs like you find at an outdoor store. They provide instant warmth. Or www.Petedge.com sells a thing that looks like a frisbe, that you can microwave and it stays hot for up to 12 hours. So there are ways to do it.
Another thing I wanted to point out, is I never ship puppies during the Thanksgiving travel days, Christmas travel days or New Years travel days or any other major holiday. Just too busy of time, and things including puppies could get lost.
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Shipping dogs/cats is sometimes necessary. I have not had to do it personally, but most of the breeders that I know that have shipped animals have had good experiences with it. As far as people saying that a good breeder wouldn't sell a dog to someone that they have never personally met - bull*. I know several VERY reputable breeders that sell dogs using a telephone and the internet. One of these breeders usually has a show dog in the top 10 each year! They are more than willing to screen a potential buyer using these methods. That doesn't make them irresponsible or a bad breeder - that makes them smart.
I spoke with my sugar glider breeder (the best I found through research) over the phone, and through emails (she happens to live in Florida), for quite some time before getting my joeys shipped to me.
They were shipped to me via Continental Airlines. I called and checked on them constantly and they did just fine. Slept the whole time and their shavings weren't even disturbed. My breeder had even attached a note that if there were a lay over, to please cut an apple into eights and place it in their carrier. http://www.continental.com/web/en-US/content/travel/animals/default.aspx
My sugar gliders will be 3 years old this spring, imagine that. I also still keep in touch with her and send her updated pictures, as well as receive Newsletters from her monthly.
Unless you've shipped your animals and have a negative or a positive experience to share, I don't understand the point of posting in this thread. I wouldn't discriminate against a wonderful home if I were a breeder, or the right pet for my family due to an unfortunate location and/or unsubstantiated paranoia.
All three of our French Bulldogs were shipped to us here in Washington state. One was shipped from the breeder in Moscow, Russia. All arrived healthy and in good spirits. Annie, our Russian import, was so excited to see people, that she sprung out of the crate as if she had been spring loaded in there. lol
I agree with Pope. People should not discriminate against potential owners on the basis of location. Hubby and i are both disabled. We could not travel to find our pups. There just was not any available Frenchies anywhere near our area and if breeders had not been willing to ship, we would not have our wonderful furkids.
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Thank you to everyone for your opinions and experiences. I have had to do that before so I wasn't sure if it would be ok or not. I have spoken with her so I'm sure the baby will get a good home. I'll just have to worry for a couple of hours until she gets there. Thanks again.
I would do the shipping via waybill. I have shipped puppies in the past when i bred huskies. They receiver always has to pay the bill at the other end. Unless you want to include shipping in with the price of the pup, but you never know what the price would be at the time of shipping. It changes just like airline tickets.
I don't think shipping puppies is bad at all. Good luck.