Ramblin Ridge Policies:
- When placing a deposit to pick a puppy from a current or upcoming litter, your name will be placed on our reservation list and you will then have the option to pick a puppy (in the order your deposit was received) as they arrive, or wait for a future litter. The reservation list is updated upon receipt of the deposit, and not when you tell us a deposit is on its way. If we have available puppies with no current reservations, you will be allowed to pick a puppy at any time.
- It is great to be at the top of the list of course, but it also means you will have to make a selection fairly early. Example: If you are #1 on the list, you will be required to make your selection by 4 weeks of age so we can allow the rest of the people with reservations to make their selections in a timely manner. When it is your turn to select your puppy, you will be notified by us and then are given 3 days to make a selection. When you make your selection, “SOLD” will appear next to your selected puppy’s picture and description along with your First name and Last initial. If it is your turn to select, and you are unable to make a selection in the 3 day period, your name will be bumped down to the next spot on the list, and you will again be allowed to make a selection when it becomes your turn.
- Deposits are refundable (minus any transaction fee charged to me) if we do not have the color or sex of puppy that is specified when the deposit is placed.
- Deposits can be rolled over to a future litter if desired (Deposit will be held up to 1 year from date deposit was placed).
- Deposits are not refunded if you simply change your mind about getting a puppy from us.
- We cannot hold a puppy without a deposit.
- Prices listed are for Pet with Limited Registration with Spay/Neuter Required. Please contact us for information on Show/Breeding Quality pups with Full Registration. Full registration will only be given on a limited basis to experienced and knowledgeable owners who have the desire to do at least the minimum health testing required. This is necessary in order to continue to promote the health, well-being, and quality of the Australian Shepherd breed. Minimum health testing would include OFA Hips and Elbows. Full breeding rights/Full registration is an additional $500 above any pet price listed.
- We reserve the right to keep any pup produced by us at any time and will refund a deposit if this occurs.
- Puppies will be allowed to go to their new homes after 7 weeks of age, but are welcome to stay up to 10 weeks if desired. Once a puppy is reserved, I require the puppy be picked up by 10 weeks of age or additional charges for boarding and any de-wormings/vaccinations given will be accrued. Boarding is $10/day.
- We do not ship our puppies, but we may be able to meet up to 2 hours one way. We may also be able to meet you at the Greensboro, NC (Piedmont Triad International) airport or Raleigh/Durham, NC International Airport if you wish to fly in to pick up your puppy to take back on the plane with you. Owner is responsible for making ALL arrangements and knowing airline policies for travelling with your puppy on the plane as well as all costs. Puppies must be 8 weeks of age to fly as carry-on to board the plane with you, and cannot weigh more than 20 pounds including their travel crate.
Right of First Refusal:
- If at any time you are unable to keep a pup/dog that was obtained from Ramblin Ridge, we are to be contacted first, prior to any attempt to rehome or sell the pup/dog. Under NO circumstances shall a pup/dog be released or surrendered to an Animal Shelter, Humane Society, or Rescue Group.
- Tri color pups (Black or Red) $1200
- Merle pups (Blue or Red) $1500
Forms of Payments Accepted: Cash (Preferred), Personal check, Credit Card (Add 3%)
Balance of puppy price is due when the puppy is picked up or delivered to you. We do not have payment plans, sorry!
Visiting Our Facility:
We welcome and enjoy visitors, and take pride in our facilities and the care we take of our dogs and puppies. We do however limit visits by appointment only, and only when puppies are at least 4 weeks old and we have “available” puppies to choose from. The health and well-being of our dogs and puppies are of utmost importance, and we must be very careful not to introduce outside germs that could potentially cause sickness and even death in some circumstances. We appreciate your respect of this policy, and of course we are glad to discuss this in detail if you would like more information.
- All Puppies will be up to date on age appropriate vaccinations and de-wormings prior to going to their new homes. You will be given information pertaining to when your puppy should receive its next vaccinations according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommendations.
- Please be aware that all puppies require regular dewormings under the advice of your Veterinarian. All puppies are susceptible to Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Whip-worms, and occasionally protozoal parasites called Coccidia or Giardia. It is recommended that stool checks be done regularly to confirm effectiveness of de-worming medications.
- Heartworm prevention medicaions should also be started usually about 8-10 weeks of age to prevent Heartworm infection as well as control of regular worms and to control the flea life cycle. Flea and Tick control is also recommended, and you should discuss options with your Veterinarian as there are many products available.
- Please be aware and remind your Veterinarian that some Aussies can have sensitivities to some medications including some Heartworm medications
- We do DNA testing on our adult breeding dogs for multiple genetic disorders to ensure you are receiving the healthiest puppy possible! This testing is done by Paw Print Genetics (www.pawprintgenetics.com) or Animal Genetics (www.animalgenetics.us) Please visit their websites if you are interested in learning more!
Tails and Dewclaws
While the AKC and ASCA breed standard dictates that The Australian Shepherd has a docked tail, we are occasionally willing to leave a tail on per request of a puppy buyer. This can only be done if you are at the top of the list with a deposit in place to pick a puppy; you are willing to pick your puppy before 5 days of age; and you are able to pay for your puppy in full at that time. We will only allow one tail left on a puppy per litter. Dewclaws are always removed from ALL puppies.
Pictures and Videos
We know it is important to new owners to have plenty of pictures of the puppies, and usually try to do them at least once a week. Videos will be done when the puppies are old enough to get around and start playing with toys etc. The first pictures are taken between 3-5 days of age, and then not until 2 weeks of age, or when eyes are fully open. After that, we try to get them weekly.