Getting Your Puppy From Our Home to Yours
Listed below are several options for getting your puppy home.
1. You or a family member (or a friend) can drive to our home just outside of Birmingham, AL and pick up your puppy. We've had people to drive over a thousand miles one way to get a puppy from us, from as far away as Massachusetts and Nebraska.
2. You or a family member (or a friend) can fly to either the Birmingham airport (BHM) or the Atlanta airport (ATL) and then rent a car to drive to our home to pick up your puppy. If you fly, you can carry your puppy on board with you and your puppy can ride at your feet in a soft carrier. After puppies are born, we send out many documents including a document on traveling with puppies to help as you plan your trip.
We are about 25 miles from the Birmingham airport and about a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Atlanta airport. Many people choose to fly to Atlanta and rent a car to drive to Alabama because there are direct flights from most anywhere to Atlanta. However, those who've flown directly to Birmingham have had no trouble with making connections when there was no direct flight. Your puppy will stay with you and can be carried through the airport. An 8 week old puppy is still small enough to ride as carry on instead of being checked in the hold area which makes for a much easier ride for the puppy.
We love for families to meet the parents of their puppy and see where he/she has spent his/her first 8 weeks of life and we especially enjoy meeting the people who have usually been talking by phone and email with us for months. Your puppy can fly back with you as carry-on luggage for $50-$150 (depending on the airline) above the price of your ticket. People have flown to pick up puppies from as far away as California, Washington State, New York, and Pennsylvania. We are here to help with any questions as you book your flight.
We've had families fly most, if not all, the major airlines with no problems. However, starting in 2017, we no longer recommend flying with Delta. In 2016, they changed the minimum age requirement for puppies flying with them to 10 weeks. Then in late 2016, Delta also began requiring a health certificate stating the age of the puppy for in-cabin flights. All other airlines require health certificates only for dogs flying as cargo and age is not an issue for those flying in the cabin. If families wait until puppies are over 10 weeks of age, some will be too large to meet airline weight restrictions to fly in the cabin and would also be too large to fit in the size carrier allowed. Therefore, we recommend United, American, and Southwest Airline for those getting a 7 1/2 to 8 week old puppy.
3. Though we much prefer people to come all the way to our home, we will meet you at the Birmingham airport if you are short on time. However, by foregoing the 40 minute drive to our home, you will miss out on meeting the parents of your puppy as well as seeing where your puppy has spent the first 2 months of his life. If you choose this option, there will be an extra $100 charge for travel expenses and the extra time required by us during our very busy pick up days.
4. We might consider hand delivery. If that is important to you, please put that on your puppy questionnaire and we will consider it and give you the cost which will vary depending on where you live.