HOW IT WORKS

I would like to apologize in advance for the lack of brevity with this page...I have encountered enough misunderstandings over the many years I have been breeding Queensland Heelers to feel that it is warranted.  Please email if you have any questions after reading this page.

First of all, when you reserve, you are paying for a pup that may not be born yet.  We will get you a pup as quickly as we can, but when you reserve a pup you are
stating that you have read and understand How It Works, which is our version of Terms and Conditions.
You are agreeing to wait patiently for the arrival of your pup, in order of reservation, which could take a few litters, depending upon your preferences/restrictions.  

I currently have 8 females with 2 possible litters (each) per year.
You may specify gender, color, markings (i.e., mask, patch, spot, or no markings), tail (left in tact, born stumpy, docked, or Natural-which indicates you simply want the pup the way it was born), or if you want a pup from a particular female or male, or mating combo (though specification could cause additional delay).

Please be advised that wait time can be zero (if you happen to reserve and we have a pup that is available immediately) or it may take awhile to get you the pup you have requested (color, markings, gender, parents, etc.), especially if I have people in front of you asking for same type of pup, and nature doesn't cooperate.

...Some things cannot be controlled
Dogs only come into heat every 6 months, and gestation is about 62 days.  I cannot allow anyone to cut in front of anyone else so please don't ask to pay extra to cut in front (believe me it happens).  Queensland Heelers are tough to find, I gather, and I am doing my best to accommodate those who have contacted me because they want a pup from my lines.  I began taking reservations because someone asked if they could pay in advance and get the next pup born that fit what they wanted.  I allowed this and the rest is history.  I raise them because I love the breed, and enjoy it.  It is a lot of work to coordinate all of this (the calls/emails, reservations, notify lists, who has what pup, etc.) in addition to caring for the dogs and the puppies after they are born (often more than one litter at a time).  Anyone who has ever had a female dog in heat and tried to keep her from breeding every dog in the neighborhood should have a sense of what I go through each time a female comes into heat (or 3 at once).  

Between personalities, hormones, and natural instinct to breed (remember I have 2 males and 8 females that live at my ranch), it is never an easy job.  I am sure that no one but me enjoys the lag-time between heats and litters (ha ha).  I love the puppies, but I also love spending time with my dogs (without the worry of keeping puppies safe and females being in heat).   It is often pretty chaotic when females are in heat as both males want to breed, and they know someone is in heat on the property, and females are a bit cranky with the other dogs, understandably, when they are in heat.  Keeping everyone safe and happy is the main goal (pups are secondary). 

Please remember that I don't make these pups in my garage and I cannot refund your money if you change your mind, find a pup elsewhere after you reserve, or it takes more than a litter or two to get the pup you want.  I understand your excitement and the urgency, but I am doing all I can.  The rest is up to the dogs and nature. 

Please.  Just be sure you are willing to wait for one if that becomes necessary (usually it is). 

I can fly a pup to you or you can come and pick it up.  My husband does travel across California and on occasion I have been able to arrange for him to meet someone with their pup.  I just cannot guarantee this will happen.  I can also check the other pup owners to see if there are any who live close to you or pass you on the way home.  We can sometimes coordinate pup pickups so that 3 people are not driving from the same area to pick up their pup (unless you want to).  None of this, of course, can be guaranteed ahead of time.  I can only try.  You should be prepared to come here to pick up your pup if you buy one.

What the hold-up could be...

In order to accommodate your preferences, it may take a couple of litters to get you a pup, especially if you are particular about color/gender/tail/markings/personality/size...or want a pup from a particular male or female (which is understandable).

In order to accommodate getting you a pup from a particular female's litter, it could take a bit longer as each of my females have only 2 heats/litters per year (62 days gestation each).  Now that we have stumpy tails in the mix...this complicates things a bit more since some pups are now born without tails.  I can dock tails, but I cannot put them on (duck tape has its limitations) so this sometimes means less opportunity for those who want a tail.  My stumpy tail heelers 
(pups from Monroe, Midler, Lambert) throw some pups in each litter (not all) with stumpy tails.

I have 4 females that throw both reds and blues (Monroe, Hawn, Jillian, Lambert), and some of their blues may not get tan markings, so if pups are born with no markings (all white with no patches, mask, spot) I can't tell if the pup will be red or blue, or if obviously blue (due to patches/spots), if it will have tan markings. All heelers are born white (except for patches/spots) and it takes 14-21 days for me to see if they are blue or red in the absence of those markings (brown patch/spot/mask is usually a red pup, and black markings are blue pups...I have been fooled, but rarely).  If you pick a pup and it changes color, or doesn't get the tan, for instance, in a blue pup, you can back out and wait for the next litter, and won't lose your position in the reservation folder.  When the next litter is born, I will start again at the front of the folder to match up pups to those reserved.

Bonnie is the only standard female I have that will throw only blue with tan as she, and both of my sires, are blue with tan.  My miniature line usually only comes in blue with tan, though Midler sometimes throws one with just black and tan and some blue ticking, and Ballerini recently threw 2 reds in her litter (which comes from Shelton Blues line-she is his daughter).   


Occasionally a female doesn't take
 when I breed her.  This is normal and I don't begrudge any female a well-deserved rest (nature sometimes reminds us of this needed break).  I try to take this in stride...hopefully you will too.  

Rest assured that I am diligent about marking the calendar for each female, tracking her cycle, watching for signs of heat, and then watching for her standing heat; kenneling her with the male and watching for the end of her standing heat so that I have an idea of her due date and can let her out of the secure kennel without worry of her breeding a neighbor's dog, or my other male.  This process can take a couple of weeks sometimes (from first sign of heat to no sign of heat).  When I am certain a female is no longer in standing heat, I wait another day and then let her out, assuming she is bred.  The male goes in and out of the kennel each day to give her a break from him.  She will ovulate near the end of her heat cycle, which gives me a due date. 

I update this site when a female is in heat, again when she is breeding (in standing heat), when she is done (bred), and again when she is about a month along and I am sure she is showing.  There is a "last updated" date near the beginning of the Queensland Heeler page that shows when I last updated the page.  If it hasn't been updated very recently then there simply has been nothing new to update. ;)

Occasionally, a litter is low (or void) of particular markings, gender, color, or tail (or the combo of these you may have reserved for).  I don't control this either...please try to understand.  We cross our fingers and hope each and every reservation can be filled ASAP...not always the case, but I will always go in order of reservation, skipping people only when what is born doesn't fit what you specifically ordered.  If you are flexible, and tell me that you are, on your reservation, then you will not be skipped.  For example, you can put: "I may/will consider either gender" or "I may/will consider any color" or "I may/will take a tail or lack of one that he or she is born with" or may/will consider a pup that has come available regardless of the tail situation (this happens, as people often back out for various reasons after I dock the tail for them).  Simply state what you prefer, what you may consider, and what you must have (deal breakers).  Being flexible will naturally get you offered a pup sooner.  Please know that you can decline any pup that you do not want, or are not quite ready for (e.g., vacation, illness, moving, new baby, etc.).  You may simply opt to be skipped for that litter and hold your spot until I offer you a pup that fits exactly what you want and your situation at the time.  If the timing is off for you when I contact you, you may simply ask to be skipped and not lose your spot.  I want you to be ready for your pup and 100% happy with its markings and look.

How it Works

When a litter is born I assess what is born as far as color, gender, tail, markings, and parents (some people want a pup from a particular dam or sire).  I then go in order of reservation.  Always.  If you reserved, then you are in my folder.  If, when you reserve, you reserve for a blue female, for example, and an all red litter is born or no females are born in the litter (or when I get to you in the folder there are no blue females left), you will not be contacted.  Only the people who reserved (and match) what has been born (those whose reservation fits the litter/pups available when I get to them) will be contacted, and I always go through the folder in order of reservation (oldest reservations are at the front of the folder).  

So if only blue pups are born, and only males are born (or when I get to you in the folder, there are no more blues or females), you will not be contacted if you specified blue female.  Only those who reserved for blue males would be contacted at that point and only if the markings match as well (i.e., if you specified mask or patch, and none are born, or none are left when I get to you, you wouldn't be contacted).  If a blue female is born, and you are next in the folder for a blue female, you will be contacted.  If there are 6 blue female pups born and you are 7th in the folder for a female, you will not be contacted unless someone declines or backs out later and the color/markings fit.

I contact people starting from the front of the reservation folder (oldest reservation), according to what is born, skipping all those who specified only red, for instance, if I have an all blue litter (or no reds left when I get to them), or those who specified female only, if I have all males (or only males left when I get to them), or those who specified they must have a tail, if there are no tails in the litter (or no tails left when I get to them), and also skipping anyone specifying a particular dam or sire, if this litter isn't out of that dam, or by that sire, etc.  I contact the person who first fits what is born in that litter (or left in the litter when I get to them), flipping through the reservations in order, skipping only those who don't match the pups available when I get to them.  If I have only one blue female with a mask in the litter, the first person who reserved for a blue female with a mask will be contacted (or the first person who requested a blue female but didn't specify markings).  If there is a blue female with a mask and one with no mask, the first in the folder who specified blue female w/mask will be offered the mask, and the first who specified blue female (no specifications on markings) will be offered the one without the mask, so I can accommodate as many of the first to reserve as possible.

If there is more than one choice of pup when I come to you I will contact you and anyone else who is up for a pup that also fits those pups.  For instance, if I have three blue females with a tail I pull the three people next in the folder who want a blue female (either docked, or with a tail), the pups will be numbered and pictured and all three people will be emailed together and asked to choose first and second choice, and whoever replies first tells me (from the pictures I send of the pups) which pup would be their first choice and which would work for a second choice.  I open emails in the order I get them (from oldest to newest).  I can then dock a tail on any of those pups to accommodate someone who wanted a docked tail.  If it is a stumpy litter and there are some with tails and some without, I will offer someone the stumpy if they wanted a stumpy or docked tail, and offer the tail to the first who must have a tail so that I am not docking a tail and causing the next in line to have to wait simply because of a missing tail on the other pup (the stumpy) and having to dock a perfectly good tail that someone wanted on their pup...as long as the pups fit both reservations other than the tail.  If I cannot reach you right away, but you are up, and a pup is born that matches your specifications, I will hold a pup for you that matches what you want, docking or leaving a tail according to your specifications.  If you cannot be reached at all (or have not responded in the past few attempts), then, of course, I can only wait a few days (trying your email and phone number a few times), and then I will have to offer this pup to the next person it fits in the reservation folder, and you can wait for the next litter... you will not lose your position in the folder.

I do it this way to keep this process from dragging on for weeks (some people are on vacation or don't check messages right away, etc.), and to accommodate those who want a tail docked (this must be done at 3 days old).  I only dock if requested.  In the absence of a timely response from you, when it is your turn, I will assign a pup to you according to your specifications and hold it for a few days (if you haven't been unresponsive in the past).  You never have to take the one I save for you...once you are reached, you can decline and wait for the next litter.  I cannot hold it long though, as others are waiting.  This is why I ask for best email and cell to reach you, and details about what you want in a pup, so I can email pics and information, and then send a text to alert you to the email regarding the pups.  You can also be as flexible as you like, stating you will take any pup, or any female pup, any color, or any markings, etc.  You can specify what is important, and be flexible on what isn't as important.

Please contact me if you still have questions about the process (thelewisranch@aol.com).


Payment Details:

1.  You can use a credit card/ATM to reserve (or secure a currently available pup)- by clicking on the paypal link on the
Queensland Heeler page, or going directly to www.paypal.me/tinalewis...and then email me that you paid and give specifics on what you want in a pup.  You can use the "comments to seller" section on paypal for reserving ahead to specify preferences as well.

No paypal account is necessary as I have a paypal account set up 

to accept your payment with CC/ATM.  You can use the paypal buttons or go to www.paypal.me/tinalewis and put in the amount you are paying.

        
2.  You can also mail a check to reserve ahead (with a note about your preferences) to: 

Tina Lewis, 19802 Avenue 376, Woodlake, CA  93286 and email to alert me that it is in the mail.  I will email you to let you know when it arrives and that your reservation is set.  Please include a note with your phone number and an email address as well as tail docking/color/markings/gender preferences with the check.  I copy the check and attach this note to it in the folder and use the email/phone # to contact you when your pup is born. 

3.  You can make payments (see main page of site), but keep in mind that if you haven't paid in full when a pup is offered to you, you will need to pay any balance owed immediately or I will have to move on to the next in the folder who is paid in full (or willing to pay their balance immediately).   No pup will be yours unless/until you are paid in full.  Use this link: paypal.me/TinaLewis to make a payment of any amount, at any time.  I will keep track, but so should you.  If a pup is born and offered to you, you can pay the balance in full using credit card/ATM (I cannot wait for a check in the mail), or wait for the next litter if you are unable to pay in full at that time.  

Thank you so much for taking the time to read "How It Works" as no one wants to have a misunderstanding. ;)
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