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 (Link currently down)

 

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.
  • CMO, PLL and Von Willebrands 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.
  • 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).
  • A Travel Health Certificate and a Certificate of Acclimation by our local veterinarian for dogs traveling by air (if required by airline)
  • 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. 

 

Do you have any lodging recommendations when we come?

We have partnered with three outstanding places here in Granville that provide our visiting Afterglow Families special pricing (subject to availability):

  1. Welsh Hills Inn - TripAdvisor's No. 1 Bed and Breakfast in the US and one of the world’s top-rated inns and retreats nestled amidst a vista view hilltop on 15-wooded acres in the beautiful, rolling equestrian Welsh Hills of Granville. Beautiful wood floors, oriental rugs and extensive collection of original artwork fill this relaxing retreat with five spacious guest rooms with plenty of private areas that will make pickup weekend even more special. Use promo code "Afterglow" when booking. $$$
  2. Granville Inn - a beautiful historic inn on Main Street in downtown Granville with impeccable service and fine dining and bed linens. They have a wonderful Sunday Brunch that is very popular, please be sure to make reservations. Just mention "Afterglow Kennels" when making your room reservation by phone (not available online). $
  3. Cherry Valley Hotel - with lush botanical gardens and arboretum in the center of the hotel, a large lodge-type lobby with a large fireplace, an indoor pool, and comfortable rooms, many with patio doors to the outside, make for a pleasant stay and relaxing experience.  The only one of the three that is pet-friendly.  Ask for the "Afterglow" rate when booking your room. $

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 which is 30 minutes away or visit Ohio's Amish country which is an hour away.  Then you can get your puppy the next day for the trip home.

 

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 for your location and 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.

 

Can I come to visit the kennel?

NOTE: Due to COVID concerns, we are temporarilty suspending visits to our home. We are following the [PDF] COVID recommendations from AKC for Breeders. Puppy pickups are similarly affected and we will work out arrangements with each new owner to be safe.
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" opportunities 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 on 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 of 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.
  • The Advanced Level of Bronze requires a minimum of 10 dogs AKC earning titles. proof that all health testing recommended by the breed's parent club is done, and a commitment that all puppies are registered with AKC. 
    Afterglow was the first to earn this for Sealyham Terriers.
  • The Advanced Level of Silver increases the requirement to a minimum of 25 dogs AKC earning titles. 
    Afterglow was the first to earn this for Scottish Terriers.

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.

 

What is the difference between a "Show" and a "Companion" dog, is there a price difference? Does getting a "Show" dog mean it is better?

We charge the same price either way as the costs in time and resources are the same for both. Our primary focus is breeding healthy dogs with great temperaments.  We are also breeding with the goal to have dogs that match the breed standard so that they can continue the breed into the future.  When we have a puppy that looks to be a prospect for the show ring, we generally keep them or make them available to those interested in showing and continuing the breed. Both Scotties and Sealyhams are rare and the gene pool is more like a puddle.  We need to do whatever we can to help the breed.  Companion dogs may be slightly off the standard, perhaps a bit smaller or bigger, or the position of the tail, etc.  However, we have placed many show prospects with companion homes because there are so few interested in breeding anymore.  Some of these families have actually given dog shows a try and ended up with an AKC champion. For example "Bogart" was sold to his owner as a companion and we shared he was an excellent example of the breed. She decided to have him shown and ended up as the #2 Sealyham in the US for 2019 and earned an Award of Merit at Westminster in 2020.  We ask that you respect the efforts to further the breed and if you are truly looking for a companion, please do not tell us that you want a show dog.  It is possible that the personality of the show dog might not be the best match for your family, we want to do what's best for all involved.

 

How do I get matched up with the right puppy?

We have found that trying to choose a puppy based on pictures alone is not the best way to get a good match for your family. The more we get to know about you and your home, your plans for the puppy, and your previous experience with dogs; the better we can make sure that you get the right puppy.  We observe the puppies as they grow and look for characteristics that make each one unique. Lisa has been matching puppies with families for 25+ years, so you can trust her to find a good match for you. Often the decision happens in the final two weeks before you pick up your puppy as that is when their personalities really present themselves. 

 

What should I feed my puppy?

Afterglow Kennels recommends dry food to help keep teeth clean.  We are feeding Purina Pro Plan Puppy Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Formula to the puppies and Purina Pro Plan Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Small Breed Salmon & Rice Formula when they reach one about one-year-old. They are used to eating about one half to one full cup of food two or times a day around 6:30 am 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). You may also want to consider providing them additional probiotics in gel form such as Bene-Bac for the first few days with you as the stress of the changes in their life can upset their tummy. 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?

Before you come to get your puppy, please schedule a visit to your veterinarian for your puppy that will be within 72 hours of your puppy coming to your new home.  We want your vet to confirm the puppy is healthy per the contract. We recommend calling them as soon as you have sent your deposit and we have worked out your pickup day/time with you.

 

Puppies can be scheduled to be picked up on either Saturday or Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm 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. 

 

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 1/4 inch flat slip lead, which is what we recommend.

 

If you are flying to get your puppy and if you are able to find a combination of flights that could get you in and out of Columbus the same day; we do offer to meet you at the John Glenn Columbus airport during your layover. You will be introduced to your new puppy, take care of the paperwork, take some pictures, and say our goodbyes.  We do not charge extra for this service, but we do need to coordinate the plans with you.

 

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 on 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

AKC Breeder of Merit

Advanced Level "Silver" for Scottish Terriers

and Advanced Level "Bronze" for Sealyham Terriers

Proud particpant in the

AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. Program

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