Most of you have never had an animal flown to you, but not to worry.. It's easy peasy and I am here to guide you. You will need 2 things when receiving your new friend. First you will need your ID so the airline can be sure they're releasing your pup to the correct person, and you will also need the "air waybill" number. This number is sometimes referred to as the AWB number, and I provide that to you once the flight has been confirmed. Confirmation usually takes place 3-5 days in advance of your flight.
Like I always say, the flight is the easy part!
Airlines take flying live animal cargo very seriously. So seriously, that they refuse to fly a puppy if the temperatures will be outside of 20°-85°F. In the summer months they will just stop all live animal cargo flights to certain areas of the United States because it is just too hot. Places like Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California will be embargoed. The point of this isn't necessarily that a puppy cannot thrive above 85°, it is an acclimation issue. Although it can feel inconvenient when the temperature at the airport will be just barely over 85°, but it is always for the safety of the puppy. You can visit www.aacargo.com to find out more.
The most common concern I hear is "will my puppy be safe if I decide to use the flight option?". While this is a justified fear for many, the answer is yes it is perfectly safe. The live animal location of the plane is temperature controlled and monitored by the airline staff. Not all flights accommodate to live animal cargo, but most of the time we are able to find a flight as long as we are flying to an international airport. There are many rules and regulations that apply to live animal cargo. Some of those include the temperatures at time and location of departure and arrival. Temps have to stay within 20°-85° or they will not fly your puppy, we will have to find another flight or another day to fly if this happens. Other rules and regulations include the TSA approved crate (that is yours to keep) and required paperwork from my vet confirming the breed, a health certificate confirming the puppy is healthy and free of any parasites/worms/health concerns, and an acclimation letter confirming the puppy is safe to travel to temperatures between 20°-85°. I am always happy to discuss the process of flying your puppy, feel free to call or text me anytime!
The short answer is no. Pocket Beagles are the smallest variety of the beagle breed, just like the toy poodle is the smallest variety of their breed. AKC recognizes the 13" and 15" beagle as standards, but the pockets haven't been on the scene quite long enough to make it to AKC. Eventually I am sure they will, but it's going to take more time. Other registries recognize a pocket beagle as being 100% pure bred beagle and the standard measurement is 11" at the withers. We can't really take weight into accountability here due to differences in diet, but on average I would venture to say the full grown Pocket is usually around 15-16lbs, of course that would suggest the dog is healthy, active and not being overfed or underfed.
Spring is in the air here at Perfect Pocket Beagles! I'm not sure who's happier about the warm weather... the kids, the dogs, or me! While the sun and green grass are welcome, the fleas and ticks didn't get them memo to stay away. So, don't forget to treat your pup for that. We use Advantage Multi, which is also a heart worm preventative and will de-worm your doggo at the same time.
These two months are tough for me. I apologize that I haven't posted. I will be so glad when I see things start greening up next month, minus tornado season though! I guess we just have to take the good with the bad. All is well here at Perfect Pocket Beagles. We had quite the winter weather in the last few weeks, so glad thats over! Maybe we can get to spring without another one of those storms.
Christmas this year was SO COLD! Winter storm Elliott came in with a force and left most of the US shivering. I am so glad to see the sun shining and ice melting! We have a lot of work to catch up on here at Perfect Pocket Beagles. I hope your family stayed warm and dry during this weather event and you all had a wonderful Christmas!
A health certificate is provided with every single puppy that leaves here. My vet acquires these from USDA and issues them after a thorough physical exam and fecal analysis. This ensures your puppy is healthy when they leave my hands. A health certificate is only valid for 10 days as we cannot control the environment once they leave.
When we have a new litter of pups I usually wont post them for sale until they are 10-14 days old. Mom doesn't like for me to handle them much before that, and the last thing I want to do is stress her out. Also, I can't tell enough about the pup to be able to accurately price them when they are newborns. Once they are old enough to be photographed I like to update their pictures on my website weekly, as they change so much in such a short period of time! I keep the pictures up until the pup has completed its journey home. This provides the new owner opportunity to save the pictures to their phone or computer.
In the pocket beagle world there are two breeds, the Olde English Pocket Beagle and the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle. The difference being Olde English are 100% pure bred beagles, while the Queen Elizabeths are mixed with dachshund. At Perfect Pocket Beagles we raise exclusively Olde English, they are the smallest variety of beagles that are pure bred. I always say that ALL dogs are precious, but we are partial to the Olde English.
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