Desert Willow Sales Policies
Placing the puppies we raise in their new homes is a responsibility we take very seriously. All our puppies are sold on a Companion Contract. Companion puppies are sold on a sterilization agreement. Companion puppies from Desert Willow are NOT the undesirable pups from a litter. They are simply pups who will not be used for breeding. We occasionally sell to breeders, however we prefer all our dogs to live in a home with you. Our Companion dogs are quite often show quality, and are sold with the same Guarantee.
you are interested in one of our puppies, please take a minute
to fill out our online questionnaire & we will contact you
promptly. References will be required.
a "Desert Willow" puppy - The process starts here.
Please Read This.
puppy from us implies that you have read, understand and agree
to these terms.
The process for purchasing
a Desert Willow Australian Shepherd is as follows:
is the purchase process for a Desert Willow Australian Shepherd:
1) Read the Sales Policies
We have taken many hours of "thoughtful" time to provide you with a wealth of information to answer almost all your questions on this one page. So please, if you are interested in a puppy, please take the time to read this entire page, you'll find that most of your questions will be addressed right here. We love to talk about Aussie's and answer questions, however we ask that you read everything, and if you still have questions, we'd love the opportunity to clarify any questions or concerns!
2) Complete our Questionnaire.
We ask that every prospective home take the time to
complete our questionnaire to allow us to get to know
you better and to be sure our pups are being placed
in good homes. Our enjoyment comes from knowing you and what your expectations and desires are so that we can better serve you. We also want you to feel safe that you are working with upstanding and honest breeders, leading to our relationship with you becoming a part of our family. We believe that with every new litter are born new friends! Please do not just send us an e-mail asking "how
much for that pup?"... You will receive a
short response directing you back to this page.
3) Call us, or wait to hear
if you are Approved.
Please do not send a deposit for a puppy without speaking to
us first, or waiting to hear that you have been approved
as a potential puppy home. After completing the Questionnaire,
you are welcome to call and speak to us as well. We enjoy the opportunity to work together with you to find the best personality, color, and gender in a pup to suit your needs!
Choosing & Reserving your puppy.
If, after we review your application, you are approved
as good home for a "Desert Willow" puppy, we
will contact you accordingly. Once you are approved,
and you have decided on a puppy, let us know which pup
you have decided on. As soon as we are notified you
are sure about a puppy, we will consider it reserved
for you, and it will be marked on the site as "Reservation
Send your Deposit.
A puppy will be held for you "Reservation Pending"
for 5-7 days (normal mailing time) after you let us
know you want it. If your deposit is not
received within 10 days, the puppy will be made available
again - NO EXCEPTIONS. We hope you understand that many families are out there looking for a new member, and we want to be sure all the pups are placed into their new homes in a reasonable amount of time. Keep in mind when you put down a deposit before the puppy is born or on a current puppy that is found on our Available page, this means you have agreed to partner with us and allow us to work on your behalf to find the best fit for your family. If you are not 100% sure about working with Desert Willow Aussies as your breeder, please do not commit. Deposits are Non-Refundable. Your deposit will always be usable on a litter at a later date on the agreed pricing at the time of deposit. Details on sending
your deposit are provided further down on this Policies
Payment for your Puppy & Signed Contract.
If you are purchasing a pup that us over
8 weeks and ready to go home, balance will be due immediately
unless other arrangements are made.
you are purchasing a puppy that is under 8 weeks, the
balance of payment will be due when the pup reaches
6 weeks of age.
Your final payment must be sent with a printed
and signed copy of the purchase agreement / guarantee
provided on this page.
We Can Not ship the pups before Full Payment and Signed Agreement are received - for your protection, as well as ours.
Puppy Pickup up day.
Pups are available to go home at 8 weeks of age (unless
we make the decision that an individual pup may need
another week or two to mature before leaving).
Once your final payment and signed agreement are received, the excitement builds as we make reservations to have your new puppy shipped home to you, or arrangements to be picked up by you (which we really enjoy by the way).
If you purchase a dog/puppy but are are not ready to
have it sent home at its available date (unless the
delay is by our decision) your Aussie will be boarded here
unless other arrangements are made in advance. Our Boarding
terms are provided below.
Australian Shepherds are boarded at the rate of $10.00/day.
Board will include feed, socialization, play-time, bathing,
vaccinations, nail trims, routine vet visits,
general care, and more as needed. Buyer will be responsible
for major veterinary expenses incurred while dog is
being boarded. Specific additional training (leash training, basic obedience,
etc) is available on request for an additional fee, and we're more than happy to get your pup started for you!
This section simply provides you with the steps in the
process of purchasing a Desert Willow Australian Shepherd.
Please see the remainder of the Sales Policies page
where we have provided much additional information and
details. Feel free to contact us with any additional
NO BREEDING RIGHTS WILL BE OFFERED
is Everything to us. The quality and health
of the dogs we breed speaks louder than anything we could ever
say. When it comes to breeding a sound and healthy Australian Shepherd,
we make no compromises. Many "breeders" produce pups for one reason
- Profit. Sadly, when this is the case, quite often dogs that
should not be are bred; dogs that have health or genetic problems,
but can still produce another couple litters.
If you're looking for a cheap pup, look elsewhere. Just keep in mind the difference between "Price" and
"Cost". You can find an Australian Shepherd pup for
a cheap price. The question to ask yourself NOW, is if saving
a couple hundred dollars on the Price is worth the Cost. Is
it worth the Cost of thousands of dollars in vet bills when
your Aussie develops medical problems? Is it worth the Cost of watching
your family's companion suffer because he was carelessly bred
by someone out to "make a buck"? Is it worth the Cost
of your children's tears when their beloved pet has to be put
down at a young age because he can't walk or has severe seizures?
PLEASE, before you compromise and purchase that cheaper pup
for a lesser Price, ask yourself if it will really be worth
the Cost in the end.
you are looking for a healthy affordable quality dog, you're
in the right place. Our Australian Shepherd pups
are sold on a Contract, with a Full Health Guarantee.* Our contract is designed with the dog in mind, also to protect
both buyer and seller. There is a lot of important information
in our contract, please review it carefully. Our primary concern
is the care of our pups. In the event of a health problem with
your Desert Willow Australian Shepherd, our contract DOES NOT require
you to return your loved pet to receive a refund/replacement.
(Beware of any contracts that do require the dog's return,
as a number of breeders will use this as a detriment to keep
from actually having to replace the dog / refund your money.)
Standards produce Quality Australian Shepherds. We have been asked why our prices are high. We would rather
explain to you now why our price is high, than explain to you
later why our quality was poor. We would rather explain to you
now why we breed so selectively, than explain to you later why
your loved family companion is sick. Quite often, you do "get
what you pay for". We care about providing you with the
Best Quality possible.
A Deposit of $150 is required
to Reserve a Desert Willow Australian Shepherd puppy. The deposit
will be applied toward the total purchase price.
Reservations are accepted on a limited basis
for each litter. Pups may be chosen at 3 weeks of age in the
order reservation deposits were placed. Remaining pups will
be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis to approved
Transport is available after your pup reaches 8 weeks of age. While you are welcome
to come visit in person, we realize a trip to New Mexico is
not feasible for everyone and will work with you to make the face to face connection. We strongly encourage out of state Puppy Parents to fly in and meet us at the airport in Albuquerque. This is done in one day without you ever leaving the airport. We share a meal, take pictures and play with your puppy in the Pet Relief area and then you fly back home with your Puppy in tow. The airline charges a fee to carry your puppy on-board with you in a special soft carrier that is provided by Southwest Airlines for a small fee and tucks comfortably under the seat in front of you. We have other options available, please contact me direct for more details.
Home for Life. Every Desert Willow Australian Shepherd
that we breed is guaranteed a home for life with us if needed.
We believe that if we bring a dog into this world, we have the
responsibility to make sure that dog always has a loving home
and does not end up unwanted, abandoned, and spending its last
days alone in a shelter run. The biggest and most important
commitment a breeder can make is to take responsibility for
the lives they produce. We do everything possible to ensure continued household placements for our puppies for life and have an agreement with every Desert Willow puppy parent. If an unforseen situation were to arrise in your life, we will assist in finding a new home for your Desert Willow Puppy. It's our promise to them!
You for considering a Desert Willow Aussie!