Availability, Part Two
The Human Factor
We cannot tell you how many times someone waits for months for a puppy, and then they say they are not ready. The reasons can be varied.
- People have health issues arise
- People have accidents–car, skiing, etc.
- People have a life changing situation–unexpectedly forced to become a caregiver.
- Their resident fur family member develops an issue.
- Their plans (getting a home or a job change) to sideways
All of these things have happened and more. Sometimes it means a delay and other times the person hops off the list for a season. Eventually, they will come back, but no one can say for sure, and if so, when.
The desire to get a puppy sometimes overshadows the reality. Some folks enthusiastically fill out the application, and it is nothing more than wishful thinking. They maybe cannot afford the puppy–the initial cost, the ongoing expenses, etc. Their lifestyle or schedule won’t allow for the addition of one. Adding a puppy requires you invest on several levels–cash expended, energy, and time. The commitment is not a flexible one. Therefore, sometimes it is a sobering moment when someone writes they cannot get their puppy.
Those desiring an OwyheeStar puppy must realize we are serving a broad-based and diverse group of applicants. Everyone comes with preferences and their timeline factor.
Those desiring an OwyheeStar puppy must realize we are serving a broad-based and diverse group of applicants. Everyone comes with preferences and their timeline factor. This creates an additional paradigm situation. We all come to any event or life circumstance with our viewpoint. We want everything to line up around what we have going on, and sometimes this is not possible.
- Coat Color
- Coat Length
- Temperament and/or aptitude
Listed above are the big ones, but some people are even more particular. OwyheeStar typically has a mixed litter–meaning most of our litters have blues, grays, and sometimes silver gray pups. On occasion (when both parents carry the marker for the Longhair) we also have the coat-length in the mix. Therefore, people come wanting to pick up their puppy in May or June 2017, and in their mind and heart that is easy for us to accomplish. For those folks who are the Wait List for six months or more, this is even more relevant.
It is not so easy for the breeder. Females come into season every six to eight months. Most breeders do not breed every heat cycle. When you have multiple females all come into season at the same time, you cannot breed them all. There are decisions to be made.
Some females are more regular than others–many are unpredictable, and it can be difficult to tell when they are able to conceive. They may accept the male, and it might end in nothing. Regardless, other factors make determining when pups will arrive hard to manage or predict. From the time of conception, it is about sixty-three days until the pups arrive. Isn’t it interesting that it is nine weeks and the human has the nine months in the womb?
It is another eight weeks after the pups arrival until they can join their Forever Family. The mating must occur in January to produce a litter whelped sometime in March. The exit date would be late April or sometime in May. However, what if no options (or females) are present in January? The breeder is forced to wait. Asking to get a pup in a particular timeframe is not always realistic. There are always factors beyond OwyheeStar’s control.
Part Three in this series will discuss other factors that affect availability–it is coming soon.
Posted on February 17, 2017, in Bringing home the Weimaraner, Companion Weimaraner, Getting an OwyheeStar Puppy, Information and Education and tagged OwyheeStar Weimaraner. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.