Lesson learned – don’t let the waitlist fool you! I cannot believe that I had a list of 26 families with deposits paid and 20 of those families said the Christmas timing was not right for them. I try to prepare my families for the worst, telling people it could be a year out so if I get to their name early it is a nice surprise instead of setting people up to be disappointed. I just can’t control how many puppies are in a litter or if my girls will even get pregnant but I also don’t know what might be going on with my families. For this litter I made my way through the list and even had a day where I updated my site to say 1 available puppy. There were lots of vacations planned, a remodel, a new baby, a recent pregnancy announced, I have a few families with a senior dog that aren’t ready to add a puppy to their home, etc. Here’s a visual of how far I went down the list:
It’s funny to think back to the day of JLo’s x-ray in October and that I cried that she was only having one puppy. I was so worried about disappointing people on the waitlist. But honestly this has really worked out perfectly because JLo has been producing milk and able to assist Fergie with her puppies. This first litter of 6 was a lot on tiny, 13 pound Fergie and she ended up dehydrated and needing some IV fluids and meds and after that she really lost interest in nursing. I think JLo will continue to let puppies nurse a little each day until they leave.
What I’m trying to say is, and this advice is for me too, trust this process because everything seems to fall in to place each time. My deposits are 100% refundable. I often hear from people that say they will just wait and contact me next year but I continue to take deposits so the longer you wait the further down you will be on the waitlist. If you have been checking out my site and thinking of reaching out give me a call!