Do you wonder why we ask for an application?
There is a myriad of reasons. None is insignificant. Here is a partial list of reasons we need you to complete the application process.
- To find out more about you.
- To get all your contact information; details about how to communicate with you.
- To learn about your experience with the breed.
- To learn about your expectations, preferences, and plans.
- To look for a red flag–something that would give us a clue that you might not be right for the Weimaraner. You might not be right for OwyheeStar.
- To learn about your timeline and in turn, evaluate if we can potentially meet it.
- To discover if we are the right breeder, that the Weimaraner is the right choice, and see if we both agree we want to move forward.
Who Gets the Invite
To be honest, there is a limit to the number of applications we can answer. We spend at least an hour on every application. We take this process seriously. We get more requests than it would be possible to process. Somehow, we must sort through these very quickly and decide who gets the offer to complete the application.
Some of this will sort itself out. People who are in a hurry and hoping we have a puppy on the shelf needing a home are for the most part disappointed. On rare occasions, a pup doesn’t fit anyone’s criteria (timeline or preferences on sex, coat color, etc.) on the Waiting List. Two times this has occurred recently are 1. We have unpromised Longhair pups. 2. Someone has an unexpected crisis and at the eleventh hour, they cannot get their puppy. Therefore, the folks putting out feelers and checking the water everywhere are usually not willing to commit to jumping through the hoops. If they complete the application, they fail to give us a Waiting List Deposit once approved. We prefer they look elsewhere if we are going to put the effort into their request only to have them still searching for a pup everywhere else. Those in a hurry are encouraged to look elsewhere.
Why is the Application a Must
We have the online application to facilitate the process. Some folks want to write us a mini novel, and we love them. Nevertheless, that leaves us to pick and sort through the note. It is tricky; whereas, the application asks targeted questions. The prospective Weim client replies can, in turn, be pasted into our ready-made template. Each area that requires a comment gets one. We take the time to try to educate folks as to some of the pitfalls. There is a wealth of information on the Weimaraner; however, so many people equate all dogs to understanding this breed. We all know where this leads. Too many Weims end up castoff or rehomed. A few fortunate find the ultimate second chance home.
A Large percentage of our puppies are placed with returning clients. Another group comes from our fabulous referrals. Thank you for that too! Even our returning customers fill out a fresh application. This fresh application brings us up to date with their contact information as well as other changes.