I try to be as flexible and available for puppy pick-ups here at the house as possible [read more about that here], however I am well aware that we are in the middle of nowhere and I am still willing to meet for free if requested:
Halfways - up to about 100 miles one way.
I do have to put the limit at the 100 mile marker though - I simply do
not have the time to go further without being paid for both gas and time
on the road.
A 200 mile round trip eats up an entire afternoon in the car - and due to our country location instead of making this 3-4 hrs - it often turns into 5 or 6 hrs on the road, while I work my way through rural small towns and 45 m/h stretches, especially if you are late on your end.
Please also keep in mind - I can't just up and go and drop everything I have planned for the day. I need a few hours in the morning to care for the dogs, and I have 2 part time jobs, so the best times for me to meet are around 4 or later in the day. I can do earlier if necessary - but only on those days where I have an open schedule and no other appointments [work related or personal] pencilled in.
If you still owe me the balance of the purchase price, please bring the correct amount in cash [I usually do not carry change] or make arrangements to pay it via Paypal a day or two before.
Don't wait to find an ATM on location - I do not know where any are, and in many cases you have daily withdrawal limits, that may cause a problem. Get the funds together ahead of time, don't wait until the last minute.
Don't plan to pay me via Paypal while I am on the road. I will not check my balance via my smartphone. Got hacked before - not doing that again. Make arrangements well in advance.
Bring a puppy carseat, crate or a carrier that you can close up, especially if you are driving alone. You want to keep the pup safely restricted, and drive free of distraction.
Bring a towel or two, in case the baby gets carsick!!!
Bring a harness and leash, especially if you plan to use a puppy carseat!
If you have a long trip, bring some peepads for it to go potty. Don't stop at gas stations and welcome centers on the interstate - these are major exposure locations for picking up parvo, distemper, and other dog diseases for a young pup.
Occasionally I have several puppies that are going into the same general direction on the same day. If you want your pup included in that run, that means I need you to be flexible and willing to juggle your schedule to work with my schedule and the other party's schedule too. That also means I need you to be punctual and on time, as I may otherwise have to leave to meet the next pup elsewhere on my route, if I want to be on time. Good communication and staying in touch is crucial when I travel with puppies - after all it is for your convenience that I do that!
To see when, where or if I have any trips scheduled going into your general direction ask me! I will gladly add on a puppy to come along for you.