Sending By Rail 







Railway freight charges for livestock are today quite expensive.Generally speaking,the railways do a good job,but very oftenthe senders themselves cause confusion by poor labelling, inadequate crating, and by being too casual in making arrangements with the consignee. Always try to send livestock away from a main line station allowing direct rail connection whit the new ower;s station.It is better to mark your labels  For Colection at...station by Mr...'than to consign the puppy to the buyer's private address. This brings to a minimum the puppy'time in transit,and no purchaser should mind collecting his new pal.














The best receptacle for freighting a puppy is an ordinary teachest.It is strong yet light enough to incur minimum rail charges. Further, unlike a conventional travel kennel, it costs so little that the recipient need not return it. Always travel these boxes open end up: if you can get the original lids too, these can be affixeddiagonally across the top to allow ventilation. Failing the lids, put battens across or staple-in small-mesh wire netting. You can drill a few large holes in the upper side of the box for added ventilation and put labels and livestock stickers on the top and all sides.Make it quite clear to the railway staff as to the live contents and that it is not just a box on top of which anything can be piled.















If you have not already mailed the puppy's pedigree to this new owner in advance of despatch day, this should be inserted with other relevant documents, feeding instructions, etc, in a strong envelope, marked `Documents`, and affixed to the box in a conspicuous position. Be at the railway parcels despatch office at least half an hour before the departure of the train that is to take your puppy. There you will have to complete a form and pay the freight.If you can persuade the porter to let you go round to the platformand see the valuable cargo loaded into the guard's van you will feel easier in your mind, no doubt.If the routing entails a transfer somewhere along the line, a word in the guard's ear is sometimes worth while, although not strictly necessary.













Be quite sure that your client knows the time of the desdespatch train, the time of arrival his end, and details of any trainchanges en route. If you are on the telephone get him to ring or cable you as to the youngster's safety on receipt, also to tell you whether he is satisfeid with his purchase. On this issue, it is a good plan to supplypuppies, bought unseen by distant customers, on an approval basis. This is a perfectly simple system, and fair to both sides. On the condition that you have full purchase price in hand before consigning, the puppy is send to the buyer"On Approval On Reciep"This puts the far-flung client in de same happy position as the local man who can call upon you and satisfy himself as to a puppy before paying. Your customer has then the opportunity to take his new puppy home, assure himself as to its value, and advise you accordingly immediately. 














In practice, a vendor should allow his customer about forty-eight hours to confirm, although most owners make up their mind in moments as soon as they see their new Stafford puppy. Never be persuaded to grant extended terms of approval,with a small puppy at least. However, if an adult is involved in changing its home, this is different, seven to ten days approval being normal in such instances.












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