Visiting Babies that are Nursing on Momma...
note - for health and safety reasons I do not accept visitors for
puppies that are too young or have not yet had their first shot.
I also will not show puppies that have been reserved by someone else.
is difficult to understand for many of the folks that are wanting to see
the puppy first prior to committing to a purchase, and I totally get that and have no problem with it.
the other hand, I need you to understand my point of view as well.
Young babies that are still nursing on moms, are not protected [other
by maternal antibodies] from exposure to parvo, distemper and other
communicable puppy diseases. If you by accident introduce such into my
nursery, I stand to loose not just one or two puppies, but more likely
the entire litter and possibly even all of my babies - causing me extreme
financial loss, gigantic vet expenses and enormous heartache, devastating loss of reputation and this
also causes emotional
pain to my other committed puppy buyers, that trust me to keep their reserved
puppies healthy and safe from exposure.
And no matter how be-boppy and uncomplicated poodles are as a breed, some moms can be very protective of their babies while they are young. Having your scent on the puppies, may cause refusal to nurse that specific or all of her pups, and will certainly cause them to very thoroughly investigate and wash all of their babies to remove your scent.
Where would that leave us if she refuses to nurse not only your puppy but the others as well??? With hand-fed bottle babies [will you reimburse me for the added expense of milk replacer, special foods, and the countless extra hours I will need to put in]? Dead babies? Babies that are not the best they could be if they had continued to remain with their mother? Milk replacer is just that - never as good as real mothers milk!
Strangers in the baby nursery cause an uproar, get
all moms excited whether you are there to see them specifically or not,
and often causes babies to get stepped on, bounced around all over the
place, sometimes trampled. Moms with young puppies need quiet, privacy
and a relaxed atmosphere. My nursery is off limits to visitors.
Around certain times of the year [winter and spring], that means that you might be waiting for a while, because many, if not most, of my pups are usually reserved by the time they are weaning or ready to go home. I'm sorry for the inconvenience - but it is what is is.