We try to make every possible arrangement besides shipping if it can at all be helped. I have been known to drive up to 12 hours to meet someone half way with a puppy, or even fly with a puppy and meet at the airport. We will ship at a last resort but prefer other methods. All shipping costs are at buyers expense. Driving for me is $.75 per mile  to cover gas and expenses, and if I fly a o puppy the cost is the plane ticket plus $200 if it is a one-day trip. Multiple days will require special arrangements and we can discuss that further.