There are many ways to handle the deposit process for puppies. No way is perfect, but I have developed my method with careful thought and consideration.
To be placed on the "WAITING LIST" requires you fill out the questionnaire HERE and once approved a $100.00 refundable COMMITMENT FEE must be submitted. The commitment fee will be applied towards the total purchase price of your puppy. Families are placed on the waiting list in the order of the date commitment fees are received and the list kept as public knowledge on this page.
The commitment fee is fully refundable if you decide you no longer want a Belle Vista Schnauzer (allow 30 days for return). If you give a timeline of when you will be ready to bring a puppy home, I will make note of that and you will not be offered an available puppy before that time. So if your timeline changes, let me know or risk being passed over.
Understand that I am a small, in-home, hobby breeder and cannot guarantee specific availability of upcoming litters or available puppies. Families have waited 12 months or longer for one of my puppies so if you need a puppy now, the Waiting list is not for you.
To be placed on the "NOTIFICATION LIST" requires nothing more than filling out the questionnaire HERE. You will be placed on a list to be notified about puppies when they are born. You will only be contacted about available puppies after everyone on the “Waiting List” has been given a chance to lock in their spot. I will notify those that have requested to be placed on the "Notification List" through a group E-mail only. Make sure that is on your whitelist so that notifications do not go to spam.
Puppies must pass their eye exam and first vet check around 6 weeks of age before I begin checking with families on the waiting list and assigning the order of choosing in a particular litter. At this time, the family must choose from the male list or the female list. If someone is on the Waiting List as "No Preference" and I have a shortage of a desirable gender/color, they will automatically be offered what I have the most of so I can take care of as many people as possible.
I always start with the Waiting List first and go by the date that the Commitment Fees were received. Once notified, Waiting List families have approximately 24 hours to respond with verbal/written acceptance. When a family refuses a selection or does not respond within 24 hours, the next family on the list will be offered the opportunity to take that spot. This will continue until all spots for the litter are taken.
It is your responsibility to keep me updated with changes in your contact information. Once you pass on a litter, you will have to wait for the next litter unless puppies are still available after I’ve gone through everyone else on the Waiting list. If any puppies are not placed with families on the Waiting list, those puppies will be offered starting with a group email to families on the Notification list and deposits will be taken "first come, first served". Then if puppies are still available they will be posted on the website as well as on the Facebook page.
Once the puppies turn 9 weeks old and have received their 2nd series of puppy shots and the "go ahead" from the Veterinarian, I begin letting my puppies leave for their new homes. Families will be scheduled in the order that they are choosing so that they will only see puppies that are available for them to choose from. I sometimes schedule two families at the same time with one family choosing from the males and one family choosing from the females.
If you are not satisfied with the choices of the puppies in the litter or something comes up that the timing is bad, you may choose to go back onto the Waiting List and the deposit can go toward a future litter. Submitting the Holding Deposit and then not taking a puppy does NOT automatically put you at the top of the list for first choice from the next litter. You will go back onto the Waiting List by the order of your Commitment fee delivery date.
The balance due at pickup MUST BE PAID IN CASH. No other payment will be accepted and coming unprepared could cause you to be bumped to another litter.
I typically do not allow puppies to be chosen only from pictures. You simply cannot make a "forever-decision" based on a photograph. While weekly updated photos and videos will give you an idea of the puppies’ looks and temperament, you really do need to meet them in order to choose. I understand that some people just won’t be happy if they don’t have a certain color and gender combination and I try to work with those people but sometimes that means waiting for the next litter.
Please make sure you are ready to commit to a new puppy and that you are 100% sure you want a Belle Vista puppy before sending in your Commitment fee. As the breeder of these puppies I reserve the right to void any contract prior to completion of the sale if at any time I feel that the puppy is not going to a good home. If I void a contract, full refund of all money paid will be returned within 30 days.
I prefer to be contacted via email with any questions you may have. I am happy to talk with you over the phone, especially when we first begin our relationship so that we can get a good feel for each other. After that, I prefer email because it lets me answer questions at midnight or 5 a.m. if that is when I have time. What can take me 5 minutes to answer in an email routinely turns into an hour long phone conversation when I'm trying to get other stuff done and I am not good at multi-tasking. If it is not vitaly important to have the answer asap, please send an email and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
The list below shows those who've already committed to a Belle Vista Schnauzer and placed a $100 fee to reserve a spot from a future litter.
Listed in order of Deposit Date
The following people have expressed an interest in a Belle Vista Schnauzer and asked to be notified if puppies are still available after I've been through the Waiting List. They have not placed a commitment deposit.
Listed in alphabetical order of first name