From my perspective, the only two Goldens I purchased, I purchased sight unseen. Both were chosen by me based on pedigree, clearances, and potential. In both cases, it was not A golden, it was THE golden. And it was not A breeder, it was THE breeder. With both dogs, I didn't have to have that magic Disney moment where our eyes locked and we fell in love.... As I mentioned earlier, the one golden was purchased when my kids were very young. And stupidly on my part, she came from dual purpose lines with a strong emphasis on working ability... Ultimately, all worked out...
I appreciate persistence from potential owners. As many have said, most of us have other lives and can get distracted. Part of the reason I liked Lucky Penny's
owner is she didn't just call me once and leave it at that. She showed a lot of interest. Using her as a good example, she also trained with my friend, so that was a good recommendation. And I had seen her at matches and Show n Go's, so I knew she had a high interest and involvement level.
The worst first question out of anyone's mouth is "how much do you get for your dogs."
I also don't want to feel like I have to compete with the other breeders on your list...again am I THE breeder, is it THE litter? Years ago, I had someone interested in my litter. They were talking to other breeders which is fine and I welcome. But here's the story, mine have at least all four clearances on the parents, they in turn, have generations of clearances behind them. The sire is usually at least an AM Ch, often a Can Ch, and often with working titles..the dam usually has some kind of title. Mine are not raised in a kennel, basement, or garage..they are raised in my kitchen. That means they are exposed to many things and noises that are common to a household. When they are old enough they go outside in x pens multiple times during the day. Which means they are picked and handled multiple times during the day. In fact they are picked up and handled many more times than that. Think about it, if you have a kennel, those pups don't get the same amount of handling.
Other negatives for me: a couple who lived in Boston, who couldn't be bothered to come see the pups, as I was going to chose anyway... Turns out they were just "too busy". Too busy to drive 1.5 hours to Maine? Then you are too busy for a pup. Or the lady in the last litter who out of the box, wanted full registration on a bitch! Cold day in you know what!! And, my pups do not see their new prospective owners until they are five weeks old. So, this couple comes in with their energetic son, causing all kinds of a commotion. Instantly dad takes a pup out of the box. Remember, this is the pups' first time with visitors. So dad puts the pup on the hardwood floor. Pup has never been on the hardwood floor. Pup is scared... Dad says oh this pup is shy. Puts pup back in his familiar surrounding, the whelping box. Pup jumps up clamoring for attention. Dad says which pup is that. I tell him it's the one he thought was shy! Hopefully lesson learned for dad. Dogs are not born being familiar with everything, they need to have life experiences to get confidence.
Also, I tend to be lenient about visitation. However, it creates stress for me. Most prospective owners don't understand that if there are 9-10 pups going to new homes and all people visit at least two to three times, it is very stressful for me and the pups, as well as the adult dogs in the house.... Some visit more than that...
Janice and The Celebration Gang -
"Samantha, George, Tiki, Emily, Mick and Basil" Gone but not forgotten, Sally(Windjammer's Ima Country Girl CDX CGC), Laney(Mandell Marlenes Celebration UD RA CGC), and Cookie(Starseeker's Kissmas Cookie CDX RE CGC).