Updated: Dec 23, 2022
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Konrad and I have experience with traveling to pick up a puppy over the holidays. When we went to pick up Heidi, we woke up at 3 am and drove all the way to Newport Arkansas the day after Thanksgiving. I found Heidi through a Facebook page and chose her based on the breeder's recommendation. We were very nervous to be driving all that way and spending alot of money on a dog that we had never seen or met in person. Of course, as soon as we met the little butterball, all our fears melted away and we were ready to take Heidi to her new home. The breeders almost convinced us to take two puppies home, but we decided to pass on this offer and find a cheaper pup from a different litter. We didn't think it was a good idea to drop that much cash in one day. After we got Heidi, we drove all the way back to Texas to make it in time for my husband's family Thanksgiving dinner.
Looking back, we know we made a mistake because of how amazing Heidi turned out AND because our cheaper pup, Birdie, has had medical bills that cost over two times what we would have paid for Heidi and her sister. If you find a dog with a price tag that is less than the average price for that breed, you can bet you will end up spending alot more on vet bills and other complications compared to a pup from a quality breeder. Good bloodline really does matter!