Although it's nice to have a great many reservations for pups, it will be difficult when the time comes to place them because there won't be a puppy for everyone. Because there is no way of knowing how many (if any) show potential pups we have here, I have enough reservations to place them all (except the patch) in show homes, as well as enough to place them all in pet homes . . Probably MORE of each than there are puppies, but as I have learned over time, not everyone who expresses interest will actually be ready for a puppy when the pups are ready to go. Sometimes life gets in the way and adding a puppy has to be delayed or even cancelled.
And sometime the available puppies aren't right for the individual situations. Several of the people with reservations for pets will only consider a black spotted female, so a male pup or the liver spotted girl won't work for them. One or more of the pups may have unilateral hearing which is relatively common in Dalmatians, and although hearing in only one ear does NOT affect a Dal's ability to be a wonderful companion (or even a show dog, for that matter), not everyone will want a uni puppy.
Patches are normally popular, but not everyone will want a patched puppy either.
NO show puppies are flawless - they all come with a few holes, however minor, or a few things we are not quite sure about. For instance, a tiny bit of nose trim will most likely fill in - but it might not! A high tail will probably come down (at least from this litter), but there is no way I can guarantee that. Some people have spotting preferences, and a pup might be too lightly or heavily spotted for them, and although we can show blue eyed dogs in the U.S., not everyone finds them acceptable, and blues are faulted in Canada. Several people on my list would prefer a liver girl, while others only want a black one. First pick belongs to me, should I decide to keep a puppy, but after that we'll see how it all plays out.
I received the good news that Argus's liver daughter GCh. Cassie is pregnant by a top quality black-spotted boy (A GCh., Top Ten, National Specialty BoB winner). Both Cassie and Gabe are wonderful dogs with lovely temperaments and all their health testing, and I know Cassie's family will do a good job with the puppies. Star Chart Dalmatians or contact John directly at Dalkeeper@mindspring.com
The pups have names now - Maxwell, Folgers, Britt, Melitta, Vittoria, Gevalia, and Sanka!