Dear all, Firstly, I wanted to say a thank you to anyone that’s ever posted on this forum. I’ve been reading for about a year and have found the advice on here invaluable. I’m also generally against posting stuff online due to the negativity so it’s been pleasing to read how supportive people are on here. I’d like to contribute on here if I manage the time into our experiences from the start. We are due to pick up Lulu tomorrow (named after my eldest daughters favourite childhood character) we have two kids,8 year old and a 13 month old. We had been looking for around 1.5 years and she was born before the lockdown began (She will be 1 day shy of 8 weeks tomorrow). I have to say looking for a breeder was not a pleasant experience. I found that most breeders that I came across were not forthcoming, could not answer the questions that we had, would sell their litter without any due diligence on us. We had to turn down a number of opportunities and be guided by our heads instead of hearts. It’s also really disheartening how the puppy trade is despite Lucy’s law coming into affect recently, it has not stopped people. We’ve got a 3 hour drive up tomorrow, the plan is to leave with the kids at 6am and hopefully be back by around 1pm. We’ve contacted the kennel club in regards to whether we could collect despite the circumstances and as of 15th April, they changed their advice regarding collection. Lulu has so far been socialised on a farm with her litter, farm animals and young children. She ranks around the middle of the litter and we’ve been kept updated through the past 7-8 weeks. We let the breeder choose as she knows the litter the best, we don’t intend to work or breed from her. The parents are from working lines. We’ve done all our prep and this site has helped more than you can imagine. We will be crate training. We have all the supplies needed and again the articles on this site helped. She will be sleeping in the kitchen ideally and as we are all most likely home until September, we will ensure she gets at least some alone time in the coming months although one of us will always be home barring school runs and an hour or so during the days once our routines return to normal. We fully understand the need to be flexible and open minded on this beautiful journey we are due to embark upon. My thoughts are that we don’t expect this to be a cake walk but with time, effort, love , positivity we can integrate Lulu into our family. Thank you all and I hope that I’m able to keep you updated as I’d like to give something back on here.