Once you choose a breeder and puppy, you have lots of options for getting that puppy home. No need to stress, we can help you make the right decision for you and we want to make sure you choose the option for you.
If you are looking to hire a transporter, you have two basic options...Ground transport or air transport. Air transport is not the same as shipping. When your puppy is shipped, it travels as cargo in the belly of the plane. This is safe for your pet, and is lower in cost, but your pet is in a crate the entire time, stays in the cargo area until it boards the plane (usually just before take off) and is kept in holding if there are any lay-overs or until you can get to the cargo station to claim your "package". While the airlines do take care with live animals cargo shipments...the animals are not given any personal treatment throughout the trip.
Air Transport is when the pet is flown, by a flight nanny, in the cabin of the plane. The pet is taken in a soft-sided carrier through security, and then right into the cabin where it is safetly kept at the nanny's feet (or in the open seat next to them when available) for the duration of the flight. When our transporter, The Doggy Deliverer, is the flight nanny, the puppy is given attention the entire way. He or she is taken out at the potty stations in the airports to relieve itself and given opportunity to exercise during lay overs. When they arrive at your airport, the nanny meets you at a predetermined location, for The Doggy Deliverer it is baggage claim, and the puppy is handed directly to you within minutes of the planes arrival.
With ground transport there are also two options. The most common option, which is most transporters, is shared transport. This means that the trasnporter will be picking up and delivering many animals along the route to your home. While this option is usually the most cost effective, you are at the mercy fo the transporters schedule and need to be sure that the transporter takes extra precautions to ensure all pets in transport with yours have been cleared by a vet and are not carrying any bacteria, viruses, or diseases. You also need to be sure that the pets are actually given time outside the crates during the trip, find out how food and water breaks are given, and what happens to the pets at night (are they left in the van/truck).
The other option offered by some transporters is private ground transport. This is the only option that the Doggy Deliverer offers. This is when your pet is the only pet(s) traveling in the vehicle, the are picked up at your breeders and delivered directly to your door. The pet is given a potty/exercise break every few hours, and given time to eat, outside the vehicle, at least twice a day. If the trip is more than 10 hours and The Doggy Deliverer needs to stay overnight with your pet in transport, the pet stays in the hotel room with him and is able to move around freely and get a good nights rest.
As far as cost, you need to understand a few things. It's easy to look at the cost of transportationlook up a flight, and think 'They are making a killing!', but look again....The Doggy Deliverer charges a base price of $700 to fly a pet to you. First of all, most flights are now about $300 round trip, then it is an additional $125 to add the pet. Most of the time he flies out of Nashville, which is 2 hours from home, so 4 hours round trip to get to the airport (about $25 in gas) and back and then there is the cost of parking at the airport for an entire day (usually $25-30). So we are at $475 in costs to him, not counting any food or drinks. So let's just make it ann even $500 in expenses. So he makes $200, seems like a great deal for him. However....it is normally a 10-16 hour affair to get to the airport, get to the destination (many times there is a layover), get back and then drive home. And don't forget that he has to pay taxes out of that profit. They say to count 20% of your profits for taxes. So, take the $160 he gets to keep and divide that by 12, that's only about $13-14 per hour with no overtime pay. Yes, sometimes the flights are less, but sometimes they are more. It just depends and we have had situations where flights were cancelled and we ended up paying more in order to keep our committment.
With ground transport, you need to consider one hotel night for every 12 hours of travel, both ways. Then you have food and gas added on to that, and the upkeep for the transportation vehicle. And in personalized service, most of the time there is not an option to pick a pet up for transport going home (what would the odds ebe!), so you need to remember that the transporter has the same expenses getting home. Just like with air transport it adds up quickly and many times is actually more expensive, expecially for personal service. But again, you are basically hiring a driver and that is not cheap. If driving across the country were great....everyone would travel and get their own pets. And just like everything in life, you get what you pay for. You can find cheap ground transport, but how many pets are going to be in that confined area with yours and for how long will your pet be in transport? To think that someone can pick up your pet in Florida and drive it to Texas for $250 and give you personalized service is unrealistic. These people have to make money and the only way to do that in shared transport is to carry as many animals as they can. So....if you want your pet brought directly to you, without other animals in the vehicle, expect to pay a little more. But for that price, you pet gets the VIP service it deserves, and is not put in any danger of picking up any "cooties" along the way.
The Doggy Deliverer is our son, and he loves bringing pets to their forever homes. He has a FB page and a page on this site with his fees listed. There is a discount to families of our puppies and kittens, but he welcomes all inquiries.