With nearly all of the puppies off to their new homes now, I’ve been asked by several people on my waiting list what their status is…
- Do I need to reapply in the fall?
- Where am I ranked on the list?
I currently have approximately 30 families on my waiting list. Some are ready as soon as a puppy is available, some are hoping for a puppy next year, others have specific needs. With a litter planned for this fall and another in early 2021…and many good homes waiting…I am not going to ask for additional applications unless I need them. If you applied in 2020, you remain on my list and I’ll let you know when there’s news about future litters.
Applicants are listed in four groups: breeders/exhibitors, existing Talbot Hill and Bayou Oaks families, families that meet all of my criteria, and those families that meet most of my criteria. Priority is always given to existing Talbot Hill families who have proven themselves to be a good home for a beagle.
With each puppy, I carefully consider it’s potential for show/performance and if a puppy falls short, it is offered as a pet. Sometimes I can make this determination within a few weeks, in some cases, as with Lt Dan just yesterday, the determination is not made until the puppy is 12 weeks old, or more…
When I’ve made a decision whether the puppy is to be placed as a pet or kept for show/breeding, I carefully consider each of the families on the list and the puppy that I have available, matching the family and the puppy to the home that is most suitable. So when the question is asked “where am I ranked on your list?”, the answer is that no one is ranked numerically. Puppies are matched to the families on my list, either to the show/performance list, the existing Talbot Hill/Bayou Oaks list, or the short list of families that meet all of my criteria.
I now have just one puppy, “Matti”, available to an established show/performance home on co-ownership terms and we wait for Olive to come in season. Another litter is likely in early 2021.
If you are on my waiting list and things have changed, I’d appreciate hearing from you. If you want to make changes to your application or if you want to be removed from my waiting list, please let me know.
If you’re interested in Talbot Hill Beagles but not yet on my waiting list, please follow this blog or join the Talbot Hill Beagles Facebook group. I’m not adding to my waiting list at this time, however, show/performance inquiries are always welcome.