On my website page, "Buying A Puppy From Poundlane" it tells you that, "Due to the time it consumes maintaining waiting lists and needing to keep more freedom in breeding litters, in 2016 we will be starting waiting lists when the bitch has been confirmed in pups at around 28 days in to their gestation."
Now for a question: If you were patiently waiting for me to open a waiting list for a litter and you then see a waiting list open on the website and after contacting me and I have told you the waiting list is already full, to then find out I was taking people on the waiting list before the time stated above and taking money up front for doing this. How would you feel about this ?
Now you have probably guessed, that yet again I have been propositioned to take someone on before a waiting list is opened and offered a deposit now, along with this request.
I live my life like this. If that happened to me would I be happy and if not, I don't do it. A sort of on the go empathy test. So my answer to the question above that I pose is, "I would be thoroughly pissed off with the dog breeder and think them morally bankrupt." So using my own empathy test, that means I would not take a person on a waiting list before it is opened and would never take money on a puppy until born and around four weeks old.
Now this person who made a request lately to get on the waiting list for our next litter, which is not until next year, spoke with me on the phone a few weeks back, maybe a month and although being told that we don't take people on yet, was persistent and asked if they could just send me an email, so I would know who they were. I said, "Okay", as we had been on the phone sometime, like I am with everyone who contacts me about dogs (one of my worst traits, I do yak on a bit). I already had this person on my peripheral vision as a potential queue jumper, so when the email arrived and asked about our dog, Toby. I decided to not answer (Toby has been featured in blogs and has a bit about him on, "The Boys" page, so enough information could be deemed from the website) because I felt this person was trying to set up dialogue (I've been here before, there like the Jehovah's) and this would lead them to feeling some sort of entitlement to go on the waiting list before the time I open them.
Well, let the righteous smite me, I was not wrong, because a couple days ago I received another email from this person and they did not hang around, straight in with the asking to go on the waiting list and would be happy to pay me a deposit now. So I email back telling her, "waiting lists are started as explained on the website and not a minute before that, as it would be unfair on those who wait for me to open the waiting list.
Frankly offering me a deposit up front I find slightly insulting and I'm afraid it is not the way I work."
So then I get a victims email back. Apparently we had, had "a productive conversation" on the phone. You guessed it from that, this person works in business and has probably attended to many boardroom meetings, if she thinks the rest of us would refer to a friendly chat on the phone as a, "productive conversation."
If she means a polite and friendly chat, like I have with most people who ring me, then yes that did happen. She tells me that she was prepared to wait nearly twelve months for a puppy from me and apparently the money offer was only to show me how serious she was. Now I don't tell people to wait for my litters, I tell people to keep looking around and if you have not found another breeder when I open a waiting list, then contact me again. If you want to wait, that is your prerogative, don't use it as some sort of emotional blackmail with me and come on you were not prepared to wait twelve months without trying to secure first place on the waiting list, were you? The funny thing is though, that in the email she does not brooch the subject of the fairness on others waiting for the waiting list to open, which is the crux of the whole matter.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.