Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between the Scotties and the Sealys?

They are both true Terriers originally bred to kill vermin but be loyal to their owner.  

We recommend the following link to learn more:

Back to Basics: A Comparison of the Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier

 

How are the puppies raised?

The puppies are whelped in our family home with their mother and receive constant attention from us.  We make a point to hold and play with them to give them the necessary socialization for placement with you.

 

What is included when we get a puppy from Afterglow Kennels, LLC?

  • The puppy will go to the vet a few days before meeting you for a final wellness visit with our local veterinarian
  • When you take your puppy home, he or she will have had “5-way” vaccinations; canine distemper, adenovirus, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus.
  • AKC registration fee for the puppy. We will take care of the registration with AKC to have you as the owner and the papers will be mailed directly to you.
  • PLL genetic testing (if needed)
  • Pre-pickup professional grooming by Lisa 
  • A bag of food to be mixed 50/50 with the food you will be feeding them going forward.
  • A Travel Health Certificate and a Certificate of Acclimation by our local veterinarian for dogs traveling by air (if required by airline)
  • Post-placement guidance and consultation by Lisa to help with the transition

Are there additional costs?

Additional costs as applicable are, but not limited to:

  • Transportation/shipping costs to you. We ship out of Port Columbus International Airport (CMH).
  • Kennel for shipping

Do I have to pick up my dog?

We love when the new parents come to pick up their puppy from us, but we can always work with you to make arrangements to have them brought to you for an additional cost.  We have arranged for a special discounted rate at a historic inn in beautiful Granville for our puppy buyers if you would like to stay nearby. Just mention "Afterglow Kennels" when making your reservation by phone (not available online).  Columbus is about 30 minutes away and Ohio's Amish country is an hour away.

 

I live outside of the United States.  Can I still get a puppy from you?

Yes!  We have several Afterglow puppies worldwide.  Every country has very different requirements for importing a dog.  We ask that you look into this and have a clear understanding of your situation and location of the needed steps and cost.  Since there are so many variables involved, it is best for us to discuss your situation via email or phone.

 

Is it safe to have a dog shipped via the airlines?

In our opinion, yes.  We have never had an issue with any of the dogs we have sent or received via the airlines.  They make sure that only properly equipped aircraft are used.  They look at the weather forecasts for all of the airports involved during the trip and everything is handled very professionally.  To mishandle someone’s beloved pet would be a PR nightmare for an airline.

 

Can I come visit the kennel?

You may come by prior appointment to meet our available puppies inside and weather permitting outside too. We are not able to have you meet all of the dogs in our family at once however as they will not be accustomed to you and it creates a stressful situation for the puppies you are meeting.  Also, as weather allows, we will take our dogs to Main Street in Granville on Saturday afternoons for socialization and informal "Meet-the-Breed" opportunites for passers by.  You are welcome to join us while we visit and enjoy some wonderful ice cream.

 

Do you do boarding or grooming at the kennel?

Please call us to discuss either.

 

For those who have purchased our dogs, you can make an appointment with Lisa for specialized show grooming including hand-stripping of your dog. This is a very skilled and labor-intensive effort that can take a few hours.  We can offer suggestions of places to visit in our hometown of Granville or nearby Columbus during your wait. We are about 30 minutes east of Columbus, Ohio.

 

Do you provide stud services?

Please contact us directly for any breeding questions.  

 

What does it mean to be a “Breeder of Merit”?

In 2010, the American Kennel Club® established the AKC Breeder of Merit Program. It marked the first time since the AKC® was established over 125 years ago that a special designation of breeders was to be recognized. The purpose of the AKC Breeder of Merit Program is to identify and honor those breeders who consistently meet the high standards of the AKC and who actively promote the sport of purebred dogs. AKC Breeder of Merit Participants must demonstrate a commitment to the AKC community, dedication to improving their breed, along with breeding dogs who are title winners
 

Requirements:

  • Has a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events.
  • Earned at least 4 Conformation, Performance or Companion event titles on dogs bred/co-bred.
  • Member of an AKC club.
  • Certifies that applicable health screens are performed on our breeding stock as recommended by the Parent Club.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies produced are AKC registered.

Do you only have puppies?  I would prefer a dog more than a few weeks old.

Contact us and let us know what you are looking for.  Occasionally we have a dog that has completed its showing career and is ready to be placed as a companion.  Admittedly, this is a difficult transition for us as we get very attached.  If we place one with you, that says much about how we feel about you as a forever home.

 

What is needed to get on a waiting list?

We will need your name, email, phone number, and location.  We will also need to know the breed, sex, and color you want to have for the puppy.  Once we have a puppy available, we will contact you to confirm you are still interested.  If we have not heard back after a short time, we will move to the next person on the list.

 

My turn came up on the waiting list, what is next?

A deposit will be required to hold the puppy for you until it is ready to be picked up.  When you come to pick up your puppy, the balance will be due in full to be paid in cash, money order, or cashier's check.  We will work with you to schedule your pickup day and time, assist in travel advice and answer questions you have about your puppy coming to your home.  We realize that having to wait to pick up your puppy will be tough, but it will be worth it.

 

What should I feed my puppy?

Afterglow Kennels recommends grain-free dry food (rice is okay) to avoid possible allergies and provide the maximum nutrition.  Many Afterglow forever homes choose Blue Buffalo or Taste of the Wild brands which would be good choices to consider. They are used to eating about one cup of food three times a day around 6:30 am, noon and 4:00 pm Eastern.  Yes, they do eat quite a bit as puppies, remember they are going to increase their weight two-fold their first year with you. We also sprinkle Dogzymes Probiotic Max and Cran-Tri-C vitamins on their mother's food and their kibble when they begin weaning off of the mother's milk.  Feel free to use our discount by clicking on the links above (discount applied at checkout). Also, we give them as much reverse-osmosis filtered water as they want during the day.

 

How old does the puppy have to be before I can take him or her home?

10-12 weeks.  We find that the puppies are better adjusted if they stay with their mother this long.

 

What can I expect when I pick up my puppy and what should I bring?

Puppies can be scheduled to be picked up on either Saturday or Sunday from 11:00am to 2:00pm Eastern.  You will need to coordinate the pickup time with us as we occasionally have more than one family picking up their puppy on the same day. 

 

If you are staying overnight as part of your visit, you could come on Saturday to meet your puppy, discuss any questions and get tips from Lisa and take care of the paperwork and then leave the puppy with us for one more night, enjoy Granville or neighboring Columbus and then you can get your puppy the next day for the trip home. 

 

You will want to bring a carrier or a sherpa bag designed for carrying dogs.  Your puppy will usually weigh between 6 1/2 and 8 1/2 pounds and most find a small size carrier to be ideal and will fit under the seat of a plane.  If you drive to pick up your puppy, we still recommend a carrier for the drive home.  Also bring an older, clean towel that is not frayed, to line the bottom of the carrier to keep them comfortable and an extra towel or two just in case.  A small package of wet wipes will prove to be handy too. You will also want to bring a leash and collar or a slip lead, which is what we recommend.

 

What can we expect once the puppy gets home?

You may both be a bit tired and nervous.  Your puppy will likely want to eat a little and have water.  They will want to be held and talked to and reassured and get to know you. If you intend to have your puppy sleep in a crate at night, start with that approach the very first night.  Make sure that they have been fed, watered and pottied and then kiss them goodnight and place them in their carrier and cover them with a breathable light towel or sheet.  They may cry a bit, but will soon settle down for the night.  Here is the key, if you give in just one time and take them out because they cry, then they will cry every time until you bring them out and will likely never sleep in their cage at night. They are used to this routine with bedtime being around 9:00 pm Eastern.  You can expect them to be an early riser around 6:00 am initially, but they will adjust.  They will want to go potty right away and to eat and have a drink.

 

What if things just don’t work out and I cannot keep the dog?

It is not uncommon for the first night or two to be a little tough for the puppy in a new environment.  We will provide insight how to make things go smoothly and be a phone call away if you have questions.  However, if it is just not going to work, we will gladly accept the dog back and place them with another owner.  If you have further questions about this, please contact us.

Afterglow Kennels, LLC is

located in beautiful
Granville, Ohio, U.S.A.

Phone: 760-774-0081

 

E-mail: contact@afterglowkennels.com

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