frequently asked questions

How do I get on the waitlist?

  • Submit an Application (which can be found here) via email. It will be reviewed, and I will get back to you as quickly as possible 

What is the fee? Is there a deposit?

  • Short answer: The fee is $3,000. Yes, there is a deposit.

  • Long answer: The fee is $3,000. Yes, I require a non-refundable deposit of $500 due when you are placed on the litter waitlist. There are 4 (2 of each gender) reservations per litter. The deposit is non-refundable however it is transferrable to another litter. The deposit is applied to the total fee, with the balance due when the pups are six weeks old.

Can I visit LMR dogs and puppies?

  • Please go to Visiting LMR for more information.

I’m on the wait list, now what?

  • Congratulations! Now all there is to do is wait! I encourage you to accomplish several things during this time: find a veterinarian; trainer; groomer and doggy day care (if you need one), join the Golden Retriever Club of America.

Brace yourselves, updates are coming!

  • Around four weeks after the breeding, the vet will perform an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy. Once it’s confirmed, I will send out an email or text letting you know the date the puppies are expected! A week before the due date an x-ray will be performed to check for puppy count. And then it is just patiently (haha) waiting for labor!

Whelping Day!

  • When the pups arrive, an update will be sent out. At this point, I’d expect confirmation of interest from you, hopefully within 24-48 hours. Once I receive confirmation, the Puppy Contract will be emailed to you. I encourage you to read it thoroughly.

Puppies!

  • Puppies will see the vet within the first 48 hours and will be monitored closely along with Mom. They will be raised using AviDog, Puppy Culture, and common sense, temperament tested by our trainer, and exposed to other dogs, toddlers, children, adults, new experiences!

  • Currently, I am happy to FaceTime, Facebook video chat, Zoom chat, whichever program you prefer, so that you can see the puppies and Mom.

Veterinary care.

  • Mom will see the vet at Stone Ridge (our personal vet) in Conroe and at Brittmoore in Houston frequently.

  • Mom will see the vet frequently during pregnancy to ensure everything is going well. Puppies will see the vet within 48 hours to ensure everyone is healthy and doing well.

  • Puppies will be weighed daily, along with being monitored closely to ensure everyone is growing as they should be. Having a very hands-on approach will also allow for quick intervention if it is needed.

  • Puppies will have all appropriate vaccinations, deworming, and will be microchipped.

Six weeks

  • At the six-week mark, the balance of the fee is due. Payment through via GoodDog, Venmo, cash, or PayPal. Payment made via PayPal will incur a 3% fee. Personal check is allowed, though funds must clear my bank before puppies can leave. Arrangements can be made to make the final payment on the day you collect your pup, but only cash will be accepted.

Get ready!

  • Take these two weeks to get everything ready for your new MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) to come home! Set up the first appointment with your vet, your pup must be seen within 72 hours of you taking them home. Purchase toys, crate, beds, collars, leash, food bowls, all the necessary items! If you have another pet in the home, be sure to research the best ways to introduce everyone.

It’s time!

  • When puppies are at least 8 weeks of age, they will be ready to go home with you!

  • When you pick up your MVP, you will receive a Puppy Pack: a blanket or toy that smells like Mom, vet records, AKC registration, plus educational resources to help with your transition.

  • Puppies may stay up to a week past the pick-up date, after which a boarding fee of $30 per day will be charged.

Health guarantee.

  • The nitty gritty. You will have 72 hours to take your MVP to the vet of your choice. The vet will do a thorough examination to determine the health status of your pup and suitability as a pet. If your vet determines that the puppy is not pet worthy, a letter of explanation is to be returned with the puppy to me, and you will be given another puppy. Every effort has been made to breed healthy dogs to produce healthy offspring. Unfortunately, not everything can be controlled even in the best of circumstances. A thorough explanation of the health guarantee is in your contract, and I am happy to share a copy.

Delivery/Flight Nanny/Pick-up.

  • Flying: If you live outside the State of Texas, we can meet you at George Bush Intercontinental or Hobby in Houston, TX. If you choose to have your puppy flown to you, start researching Flight Nanny services now. If you choose to have me fly the puppy to you, I charge a $600 nonrefundable transport fee, plus the cost of the airfare to and from the airport closest to you and is subject to our schedule.  

  • Driving: If you live in the State of Texas, you may opt to drive to our home and collect the puppy. If you choose to have me drive the puppy to you, it is free within 50 miles of my home, $200 within the State of Texas. Outside of Texas, it is $200 plus 50 cents per loaded mile.

Return policy.

  • If within the first 72 hours, you decided for any reason that you no longer want the puppy, you may return the puppy and be refunded $2000.

  • Outside of this condition, the purchase is considered final.

What now?

  • Welcome to the Lakemist family! Now you have our support for life! I encourage you to reach out to me for any questions you have, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll help find out!

 

Refusal

I reserve the right to refuse the purchase of any puppy, to any person or family, for any reason I deem legitimate, up until and including the day the puppy is due to go home. If this situation happens, any fees less deposit will be refunded.