Information you must know prior to contacting me

Please take the time to fill out my questionnaire, click the button above.  This
will help me learn more about you and how my puppy will live with you in
your home.

Once you have reviewed this page, then click on the above link to the
Planned Litters
This will have some of my upcoming plans.
We are currently interviewing perspective puppy homes.  Please feel free to email
with your phone number and the best time for me to call you, or give me a call.  I
will be happy to call and get acquainted with you, which must be done prior to
you reserving a puppy.  I reply to all email's!!!  If you do not get a reply, perhaps
your email didn't arrive (our Internet connection in ND isn't so hot!, I have also
found, some email's go to my spam box no matter who sends it.), either try again,
or call, 701-646-7565.
 
Please respect that we are not a retail store, this is our home, please do not call
prior to 9am or later than 7:00pm Central time M-F.  If I'm not available, please
leave a message so I can call you back.  On the weekend, I like to start the days a
bit slower in regards to being on the phone chatting about dogs, please don't call
prior to 10am.

I personally don't like disappointing people, so I do NOT keep a long list.  My
reservation list is reasonable as to what is possible within a litter or even less.  
Please keep in mind, this is nature, I can not guarantee the size of the litter or
how many of each sex is born in a litter, which is why I keep each reservation list
reasonable.

Please be aware, I keep a reservation list, not a wait list.  A reservation list is a list
made up by those who have secured their reservation with a deposit, sign and
returned a purchase agreement.  For those potential future families who want to
wait to see (perhaps if the pregnancy is confirmed, perhaps how many pups are
born...etc), this is fine, however please be advised, I only keep in touch with
people who are on my reservation list or those who I am currently getting
acquainted with.  Once we have gotten acquainted and I offer to send a purchase
agreement to you, if you choose to wait and see, that is fine, but it is your
responsibility to stay in touch with me.

I do accept deposits to secure a reservation from approved homes on litters prior
to whelping.  An approved home is someone who has taken the time to fill out my
questionnaire, get acquainted with me on the phone and who has been invited to
place a reservation.  When you place a down payment to secure your reservation
and it has arrived safely, that is when you are put on my reservation list,
not
prior
.  The down payment is NON-REFUNDABLE prior to the birth of the pups
and if what you have reserved is born.  If what you have reserved is not available,
you will have the option to request a refund or to move your reservation to the
next available litter, retaining your reservation date.  If you choose to wait for the
next available litter, your down payment will become completely non-refundable
and you will have the option to continue to move it until you have received a
puppy.      

I keep a reservation list for each litter.  Once a reservation list for a litter is close,
it is closed until puppies are born, at which time I can determine if I have
additional puppies available.  Additional puppies are made available to those
with reservation on other litters based on reservation order prior to being made
available on the web site.  If you need to move your reservation from a litter, you
can move your reservation to a litter with an open reservation list.  If the list is
closed, you can request if there are additional pups available that you be moved
to the litter after the pups are born.  If personal reasons require you to withdraw
your reservation for a time being, your initial down payment will still apply to the
puppy when you return to an open reservation list.  When you return, you will be
given a new reservation date, if there are any terms of the purchase that have
changed during your withdrawal period, they will be discussed and a new
purchase agreement must be signed.

Once pups are born, I will send photo's and email's to each family who is getting a
puppy.  I will send out newborn photo's, then photo's at 3 weeks, 5 weeks and 7
weeks.  I try to keep everyone involved in the litter so you feel that you are a part
of watching your puppy grow.  I do not allow visitor to visit the puppies at a
young age.  If you schedule a visit and it is prior to having shots, you will have to
follow my rules of visitation to the letter.  This is for the puppies health and
safety.

Puppy selections are made at 8 weeks of age.  I gather information about each
families house hold dynamics, desires, interests as well as other things, this help
me in the selection process, striving to match each puppy with the right home.  
The Breeder's decision is final as to the puppy the Buyer will receive.

Puppies go to their new homes after their hearts have been cleared, sometime
around 9 weeks of age.  

For those interested in a companion animal and you live outside of the United
States - buyer must travel to the US to pick up their puppy.  I will not do or be
responsible for any international paperwork for the pup to travel.  

All pups placed as family companions will be placed on an AKC limited
registration.  A limited registration means you can not breed the dog, nor
compete in the conformation show ring.  You are able to compete in all working
aspects, which include and are not limited to; obedience, agility and rally.  If
your children are interested in Junior Handling, they can do this with a limited
registered dog.  There are many forms of competition you can enjoy with your dog
on a limited registration.  

All open registered pups are placed ONLY to
KNOWN experienced breeders or show exhibitors.  
If you are interested in a show prospect or a breeding prospect puppy with
no
experience
, then the pup will be placed on a limited registration with the breeder
controlling the option of the registration being opened in to a co-ownership
contract after all health testing is completed to breeders satisfaction at 2 years of
age and after an evaluation to determine if the dog is a show or breeding
candidate.  While you wait for the dog to be of age for health testing, you can go to
conformation classes and enjoy earning titles with your dog in other area's of
competition.  
If this is your interest, please advise me when we become acquainted.  My
Co-ownership Contract/Guarantee for a Show or Breeding potential puppy is
available upon request.

No puppies will be placed Internationally in to show or breeding homes unless
you are a KNOWN show exhibitor or breeder, who has the credentials or
references to support this.

Newfoundlands are not the easiest dog to breed.  Newfoundlands can have a more
challenging time conceiving a litter than other breeds of dogs.  It is very common
once placing a reservation with a reputable breeder to have to wait for your
puppy any where from 6 months to a year.  One way to think of it is like waiting
for a baby to be born who will join your family.  There is a benefit to working with
an active breeder.  When nature doesn't cooperate, plans are being updated and
changed so you won't have to wait too long for your pup.


In our day and age of the Internet, many people can put up a front on the web and
make things look as if they are great breeder, but in reality it might be a false
front, puppy mill or back yard breeder.  The Newfoundland Club of America has
put together 2 great web pages that are designed to help you evaluate a web site,
to see the red flags and to educate the potential puppy family so they know the
breeder's claims of health testing and accomplishments are true.  If you are
interested in viewing these pages, here is the link.

Newfoundland Club of America
Evaluating A Breeders Website

Be very wary of a breeder who claims to breed "rare" colors.  It is a breeders
choice to make color or not.
If a breeders dogs do not carry a particular gene that makes a certain color, all
they have to do is introduce that gene to their dogs through breeding and the next
generation will have the ability to make the color.  There is nothing complex or
"rare" about this.
Be extremely wary of the breeder who charges more for these not so "rare" colors.  
With any breeder who charges differently for color, ask why?  Does it take more
time to produce and raise a dog of color?  No.  So why the huge difference in price?
Just a few things for you to consider.