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Shipping Information

 

SHIPPING

OPTIONS

   There are two options for shipping.

 *The first way is using airline cargo shippingCurrently, this option can ONLY be used if the daytime temperatures are below 85 degrees or 45 degrees or higher AND the only airline that is currently doing this is American Airlines. 

 This is normally the most cost effective option.  We have done this many times without any issues so we are comfortable using this method as long as the puppy isn't too small and hasn't had any issues with blood sugar when they were weaned. We attempt to find the most direct flights with the shortest layover. Currently, the total costs for this option of shipping is $500 if we are able to find an acceptable flight from the Tulsa airport.  If we have to go to one of the further away airports (OKC or XNA) to find an acceptable flight, the cost will be $600. Tulsa has become very limited to the flights out especially to the smaller airports. We will let you know if the cost will be $500 or $600 before you put a deposit down on a puppy. 

     This total cost includes what the airline charges for the flight, and other things required by the airlines such as a health certificate from our vet, the crate, and crate accessories (such as food/water cups, metal screws/bolts, and various live animal stickers) and our charge for our gas and time.

 *The second option for shipping is using a flight pet nanny service.  This is a pet nanny who will pick up the puppy at our local airport (Tulsa, OK) and they will carry-on the puppy and fly them in cabin to your nearest airport. Then you will pick up the puppy from them. This is the least stressful option however, the costs are normally $900 on up (depending on the quotes from the Flight Pet Nanny services for your particular airport) as we will use confirmed flights only. The puppy will still need a health certificate from the vet and a Sherpa-type travel crate so those costs will be included with the pet nanny quote for the total cost. We will get quotes from some of the flight pet nanny services we have used and then we will give the customer the information to contact the flight pet nanny service and they will make all the arrangements for payment to the pet nanny service for the shipping. The customer will pay the pet nanny directly (normally a deposit to hold the flight and then the final payment when the puppy is delivered). Our expenses are $100 (for the health certificate, new Sherpa pet carrier and transport to the airport) and that is the only portion of the shipping that will need to be paid to us- the remainder of the shipping costs will be paid to the pet nanny service.  This shipping fee is due when the balance of the purchase price is paid.

    All shipping charges and the balance of the purchase price of the dog will need to be paid in full at least 5 days before the mutually agreed on date of shipping if shipping cargo and 3 days before if shipping pet nanny. If you have any other questions about shipping, please let us know. 

*We are always willing to meet you in Muskogee, OK or Checotah, OK for no additional charge. If you are wanting us to meet you with the puppy beyond those points, w may occasionally be able to deliver further away- email us for a cost. *

 

Another option is for you to book a round trip and fly into our local airport (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and we are willing to meet you there on a weekend day. Then you can take your puppy as your carry-on for the return flight.  Just check with the airline you decide to fly to make sure they allow it and if they have an extra charge for this. We have done this a few times so we can answer any questions you have as far as what kind of carrier you should bring, etc. 

A note about ground transport- We have had some ask about a ground transport shipping option for our puppies.  As far as ground transport, we will not use it for puppies.  There is just too much risk of disease transmission in group ground transports for a number of reasons.   We feel it is just too risky for a puppy that is not over 16 weeks with their full three sets of puppy shots to be exposed to unknown other dogs in such close quarters.  We have no control over how that puppy is handled as far as the transporter taking the proper safety precautions between handling dogs. We have no control over the health status of other dogs that might be on the same transport.   Our veterinarian has been telling us that they are seeing parvo cases in puppies that were transported via ground transport that has been definitely traced back to the transport and that concerns us.  With the current cases of parvo in Michigan that are occurring even in vaccinated dogs, it concerns us even more. Not only do we worry about the health of the puppy but we are concerned as far as the liability as what would happen with a puppy that does get parvo or something similar during transport.  We stand behind the health of my puppies but if one of our puppies was exposed to disease while enroute, we would be responsible for something out of our control.  We know everyone has their own comfort level as far as risk and that is ok but this is what we are comfortable with.   We also have concerns with the time frames with ground transporters- 2 or 3 days transport time for a younger puppy can increase the risk of a hypoglycemic episode especially if the transporter is not diligent about making sure that puppy is eating.   The trip to a new home is stressful no matter how it is done and the shorter time it takes, the better it is for the puppy. Both of the options we offer will have the puppy to its new owner normally within 8 hours or less.

We realize life has risks but we feel like we owe it to our puppies and their new owners to do what we can to minimize the risks from the transport process.    

Page last updated on 10/19/22

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