In the last few years that I have had this blog/website I have never gone on a rant, I guess there is a first time for everything.
Without going into a ton of detail, let me explain why I expect a deposit to hold a pup (or in this case 2 pups).
After a month of phone calls regarding an upcoming litter of schnauzers, a young man assures me that he wants two pups. Last week he comes to visit, spends about 45 minutes playing and holding, fills out the contract for two of the pups. I ask him what type of deposit he is going to leave and he tells me that he can't leave anything that day, but promises to come back over the weekend with payment in full. He asks if they will have a haircut, and I agree that I will give them a haircut prior to him picking them up. I do not hear from him again and when I call him, he hangs up on me. Really! I always like to think the best of people and be trusting and then this sort of thing happens. (and shame on me, it hasn't been the first time)
When you ask me to hold a pup, it is a leap of faith for me to do so without getting a deposit. You might have the best of intentions, but then something changes and you change your mind. Where does that leave me? It leaves me with missed opportunities to place that pup in another home, which is not fair to me or the puppy.
The moral of this story is that I will NOT hold a pup without a 50% non-refundeable deposit.
The only part of me that is ok with the way things worked out is that if he behaved that way towards me, then I am glad he doesn't have one of my pups and I have already been able to place one of th pups in the best home ever! Thank you to the wonderful couple that came to visit today.