How To Read A Puppy Warranty/Guarantee
Advice From A Lawyer, continued


Giving a deposit to someone you don’t know, particularly one out-of-state, is ASKING for trouble. If they don’t send you a puppy, and they don’t refund your money, you are stuck. How are you going to get your money back?

There is no valid reason for a seller to ask for a deposit before they have a puppy available for you. What are they doing for you? Just putting your name on a list to call if and when they get a puppy. Why should you pay them for doing that? Furthermore, if their puppies are in great demand, as they usually claim, they’ll just sell the puppy to someone else if you don’t take it, so they will not be out any money. Why should they have the windfall of a deposit? Suppose you give a deposit, wait a long time, and find another puppy before the seller has a puppy for you. Tough. If you want to buy the puppy you’ve found, you lose your deposit. What if you find out after paying the deposit, but before getting a puppy, that the seller had been selling sick puppies? Tough. You would lose your deposit.

The only legitimate reason for a seller demanding a deposit is if you ask the seller to hold a puppy that is ready for sale. Even then, the seller should be willing to refund some or all of your deposit if they are able to sell the puppy to someone else for near or at the same price as you agreed to pay.

There are sellers from whom you can buy without risking a deposit. Don’t be stupid unless you have so much money you don’t care if you lose some.

I recently bought a Nikon lens that is in great demand. I had to wait two months until the store was able to get one for me. However, (a) I was buying from a store I knew to be reliable, (b) the store did not charge me until it shipped the lens, and (c) I was able to cancel the order without penalty at any time before the lens was shipped. That’s the way reasonable people do business.

If I had been buying a puppy, I would not have bought it without seeing the puppy first unless I already knew the seller, knew I could trust his judgment and honesty, and had seen a video of the puppy. I earn a living helping corporations with their legal problems. I do not want to waste my time dealing with legal problems of my own that I can avoid by not entering into deals stupidly.

Over the past two years, The Wrong Puppy has received about a hundred emails from people who have encountered problems buying imported puppies and saw our warnings only after it was too late. We have received only one email that I can recall from someone who said that reading our warnings had helped her AVOID such problems. It would sure be nice if we could reverse those statistics!