How to Adopt

Follow these steps

Be sure to secure your spot on our waitlist.

1. Apply Online

Start by filling out our Program Application. This is a short online form that will let us know a little about you, your lifestyle, your timeline, and what you’re looking for in a puppy. Remember, completion of our application does not guarantee that you will be approved or commit you to anything just yet. It’s only the first step to initiate a conversation with us! We want to make sure our program is a good fit for your family and that we can do a great job getting you the right dog. Our application helps us make sure we are both a good fit.

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2. Wait for Approval

Wait to hear back from us via email about your application status. We typically respond within 48 hours. We’ll respond with either your approval or refusal. We reserve the right to deny anyone at any time if we feel that they’re not the right fit for one of our puppies.

3. Submit Reservation Fee

If you have been approved, congratulations! You’re one step closer to bringing home your very own aussome companion! Your next step is to officially reserve your spot on our Master Wait List by submitting a $500 reservation fee. Your reservation fee will be deducted from the final price of the puppy.

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4. VIP Access

Once you have filled out and submitted the Reservation Agreement
and payment you will gain access to:

  • Private VIP Facebook group that consists of other families such as yourself that are on the wait list to get a puppy, and those who already have a puppy. We encourage you to be active and feel free to reach out to anyone in the group. We are all here to support you and your future pup!
  • The password to access the VIP section on the website. There you will find a plethora of info that we do not make public including litters that are not yet posted on the website.
  • PUPDATES!!! Your email address will be added to our BCC list and you will be included in all of our weekly pupdate emails. It’s fun to follow along the journey of each litter and puppy!
  • Once you pick your puppy, we want to set you and your puppy up for success right away! That is why everyone who adopts a puppy from us get a FREE Lifetime Membership to BAXTER & Bella’s Online Puppy School.
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5. Wait

This is the hardest part of the whole process but we promise our pups are worth it!  We often get asked, “How long is the wait?” Because we are at Mother Nature’s mercy, we cannot control things like heat cycles, pregnancies, numbers of pups born, coat and eye colors. These factors all play a part in which families will be interested in any given litter. Keep in mind that each family has an idea of what they’re looking for in their future companion, just as you do. For that reason, our wait list is ever changing. We offer each family the flexibility to remain on the wait list for as long a they need to find their perfect puppy. Nobody is locked into a specific litter. Families that are ahead of you on rank may pass on a current litter and choose to wait for a future litter. If enough families do this, you may unexpectedly have the chance to choose a puppy from that current litter.

In the event that we don't have what you're looking for with that current litter, you can remain on the wait list in the order of your reservation fee submittal date.

Typically, families who are more flexible when it comes to their preferences for their future puppy's gender, coat/eye color, size, preferred take home timing, etc. will often find their match and bring a puppy home much sooner than someone with a longer list of criteria. If you are a person with specific preferences when it comes to these things, that is great too, just know that you may experience a longer wait time to find your perfect puppy! Every family is different, and that's okay!

As you can imagine it's pretty hard to give an accurate estimate on when you could take home a puppy. Our best GUESS would be 0-3 months for a TRI, and 4-6 months for a MERLE.

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Just about any question you can think of can be answered on our FAQ page.  Please read it in it's entirety before contacting me.  It covers more about the breed, pricing, delivery options, how puppy picking works, etc.  If you find you still have questions please email me at and allow up to 48 hours for a reply.

Here's a photo of a previous litter that I took on the morning they turned 9 weeks old.  See how well behaved they are in their crates.  I am so proud of these babies!!!  You can see more videos of us and and our pups on our YouTube Channel.  Don't forget to subscribe to be notified when new videos are uploaded.