We were lucky enough to be able to meet the parents of our new puppy. I always advised new owners to meet the parents as this will give you the best idea of what your puppy will be like when they grow up. Is the mother friendly? Can children pet her? Is she well kept? Are the puppies playful? Do they have clean coats? Do they enjoy being held?
Esme is a border collie. She was in a X-pen with her five other siblings. When we walked over to the pen she promptly jumped up on the gate and wanted to be petted as did her other litter mates. They all liked to be held and they smelled clean. We had the chance to watch her interact with her mother and litter mates. We also were able to play with the mother before we picked up our puppy.
This would be a long ride home 6+ hours, but we were prepared, we had blankets, a water bowl, some cooked chicken and plastic baggies if needed. The owner of the puppies did not feed Esme per our request so that her first car ride would be a pleasant experience.