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Steps to Adoption




Before you apply, I want you to have a good feel for what we do and the types of dogs we offer.  Please read through our FAQ's, about our Intentional, Ethical Breeding Program, and our Developmental Puppy Nursery, You could also check out our Instagram, where I document our daily lives with the puppies. You may also want to join the notification list for Possible Quick Puppy Adoption opportunities. 



This gives me information about you as a potential puppy owner, and also gives you an opportunity to tell me what you are looking for in a puppy.

I open the online APPLICATION  link 4 times a year.  The next opening is

Sept 1, 2022.  The link will open at 12AM midnight EST.  I close the application link when I have as many applications as I can accommodate.  I really try to keep the waitlist to 6-12 months. 

You can also join our email notification list for 

 Possible Quick Puppy Adoption opportunities.



If your application is approved, I will send you a welcome email and a purchase agreement contract for you to complete.



Complete Purchase Agreement. When I receive your contract, I will give you payment information for your initial deposit of $500. This deposit reserves your spot on the waitlist, and is not refundable. It will go toward the total purchase price of your Poppins Puppy.  The contract will allow you to specify your preferences for size, gender, color, breed etc.




After you have completed a signed contract and paid the $500 deposit, you will be added to the waitlist. The current waitlist is approximately a year out.  Not everyone on the waitlist is looking for the same thing.  Genders, colors, sizes will vary. Your wait may be longer or shorter, depending on how specific you are about gender and coloring. 



I will contact you when you are toward the top of the waitlist and likely to be offered a puppy from one of the next successful pregnancies.  At this time you will confirm that you will be ready and able to take a puppy in the next 2-4 months, and you will have the opportunity to confirm or update your preferences. I will make any updates to your original preferences at this time. 


If you are not ready you will be left on the waitlist right where you are.  The purpose of the priority docket is for you to know you are in a priority position, and for me to know your final preferences.  After confirmation of preferences and timing, a deposit of an additional $500 is paid and you will be placed on the puppy priority docket.

Anything can happen with litters at this point, as far as successful pregnancies, size, coloring, genders, etc. Due to mother nature you may be on the docket shorter or longer than the estimate of 2-4 months.



You are at the top of the Puppy Priority Docket, and a puppy is born that matches your preferences! 


I will email you an offer to join the litter. This email will give you details about the litter, and will inform you of your pick order. For example, two puppies were born that match your preferences.  Based on your original deposit date you will have first or second pick of the two options.  (ie: you are 2nd pick of the red females.) Sometimes, when there are large variations in color or size, this selection process is unnecessary, as the spots are offered at birth according to specifications.

If you choose to join the litter, you will pay an additional $500 toward the total cost of the puppy, and your deposit becomes non-transferable.

In the rare event that, although there is a puppy that matches your preferences, you decide not to join a litter,  you can choose to go back to the puppy priority docket and wait for the next puppy match.  You can pass one time but please do not pass again, unless there is a significant, compelling reason!  Although passing on an offer to join a litter is unusual, I will say that those who have passed have almost always said they are kicking themselves for passing.



This is the fun part! I share frequent videos of the puppies via instagram, so you can watch them grow and learn as we interact. The first 8 weeks are amazing in a puppy's life - the development is HUGE, and influences their responses to things their entire life. It's really bonding to get to see these formative steps in your new baby's life. 



The Puppies are preparing for you:

  • At 6-7 weeks of age, puppies visit the vet for a certified health report and vaccinations. I will disclose results of this exam to you..

  • They continue with our developmental puppy nursery program, crate training, and potty training to the litter box. 

You are preparing for your puppy:

  • Confirm flight nanny or travel arrangements to SLC Airport.

  • Purchase Supplies. For my supply suggestions click HERE.

  • Set up your puppy area.

  • Sign up for BAXTER&Bella training program using my discount code. Please start watching the videos now to prepare for bringing home puppy. This will make your experience with a new puppy much more enjoyable!

  • Send final payment. My accountant will email invoices approximately two weeks before the puppy goes home. 


You will be emailed an invoice with your final balance approximately two weeks before your puppy goes home.  You can Venmo or mail a check to avoid the 2% business Venmo fee. 




It's Gotcha Day! Puppies go home during their 8th week of life. You can drive or fly in to SLC International Airport to pick up your puppy, or I can recommend some flight nannies, who fly in the cabin with your puppy to your local airport. 


Your puppy will come to you with a goody bag that includes: their shot record, a signed examination report from my vet, their blankie, toy, a small baggie of the food they are eating, their current schedule, and some training tips.  The bag will also include a microchip with pre-paid lifetime registration, which your vet can insert at their first appointment. (I no longer insert their microchip before they leave us, as the puppies don't have enough "meat" to hold them in securely.) Please remember to register the microchip at 

You will need to continue with 3 more rounds of vaccinations every 3 weeks, and regular de-wormings as recommended by your vet. Please remember to keep all 4 paws off the floor when your puppy goes to public places, (including the park), until their vaccinations are complete.

It's really important that you keep up with early socialization and training! The first 16 weeks of a puppies life is the most formative. I have 8 weeks - you have 8 weeks, plus a lifetime to enjoy the benefits of all the rich early experiences your puppy has had.