Hi, I am new to the forum and am hoping to add a mini poodle to our family in 2021. 🤞 As I have been doing research and generally educating myself about the breed and the reputable breeders, I have been rather astonished by the online buying process. I had a conversation with a breeder who ”vetted” me in 5 minutes on the phone and was ready to take my non-refundable deposit. I really want to meet the breeder of my dog, meet the sire and dam, and see where they live. Is this just outdated thinking on my part? Are breeders willing to meet during the pandemic (with safety protocols in place)? I know that mpoos are in shorter supply but I am wondering if this kind of online buying and selling predated the pandemic—I know lots of people are seeking comfort from a new pet right now. This forum has already been so helpful—thank you all! And if you can steer me to any mini breeders In lower NE, Mid Atlantic, or NC area, I welcome your recommendations!