We do offer safe shipping via Air (PetSafe program), but encourage you to come visit and pick up your new baby puppy in person if you are able. In some cases I can also set up a meeting place/time when we are able to travel to meet you. Some folks opt for choosing to fly themselves, so they can hand-carry their baby back home. I am willing to meet at Springfield, MO (SGF) airport but need advance notice to schedule this 4 hour round trip. Please call for transportation options and we are happy to work with you.
If you opt to have your puppy flown to your nearest major airport, we make this hassle-free for you! We set up the best possible flight for your puppy and make all arrangements including Vet exam/health certificate, crate, delivery to departure airport. Most flights originate from St. Louis or Kansas City (on my end). Your puppy will be freshly groomed, have paperwork and puppy food & supplement put onto the crate, and will be in its own personal crate the whole way. It will have a food/water dish and be given food & water at departure. It will also be given an energy supplement to provide a little nutrient boost in addition to its regular food.
The puppy’s safety is of utmost importance
We will not transport a puppy until it has reached 8 weeks of age, and with many of the toy breeds it may be 9-14 weeks of age before they are ready for this journey. We will always take the puppy’s health and well-being into consideration above all else.
We recommend that you bring the following with you when picking up your new baby
An old towel, baby wipes or a moist washcloth in a baggie, bottled water and most importantly, warm and loving arms!
For our tiny toy-sized babies, we provide Nutri-cal (or equivalent hi-energy nutrient source) to give to the puppy when you arrive at home and for the first day or two. Keeping a tube on hand for any toy breed puppy is always recommended.
Please allow your new baby to rest, and limit exercise and going places or having too many visitors until it has settled in and feels comfortable. Even following you around for more than 5 or 10 minutes can cause exhaustion.
Also, playing with other pets or children for too long a period of time will use up the reserves in these tiny toy puppies. We can’t stress enough quiet time, and being allowed to eat frequently are musts for the first couple weeks in their new home! They are babies and have just had a big change in their life!
For all puppies, do not let them out or do not use public places where other puppies might have been allowed to use the bathroom, or any areas that can be accessed by loose pets or feral dogs. I cannot stress this enough! Coming into contact with feces (stool) from another dog could potentially transmit a disease to your puppy!
Also, when visiting the Vet, do not allow your new puppy to come into contact with the floor, chairs or any other spot that another dog or puppy could have been. Keep them in your arms or in their own crate to prevent transmittal of infectious disease or bacteria. Treat your new puppy as you would a baby — it’s immunity is not fully developed!