Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
(the best method to reach me is via e-mail)
Bedford, Iowa Click
here for additional contact information.
Our premises are monitored via video
surveillance for your puppy's safety!
Cedar Ridge Beagles is a family-owned, small kennel that
raises dogs with the whole family participating. The
"Dog Chores" are a fun time for the whole family, although
Todd particularly hates building fences and houses.
:-) But hey, you have to do some work in order to
enjoy the puppies, right?
How CR Beagles Began
After teaching in Missouri for about 10 years, a job
opening occurred at the high school in the town near which
we live. An excellent school system and the opportunity to
be more involved in my own community lead me to apply for
and accept the teaching position. Unfortunately, 2 years
later, the school had to cut two teaching positions. They
cut the other teacher in my department, who had seniority
over me. He accepted my job, so I found myself without
employment and with a lot of time on my hands. I started a
couple home-based businesses, and thought it was a gift to
be able to stay at home with my kids for a year or two while
waiting for another teaching position in my field to open
I believe that God only gives three answers to prayers:
2. Not yet
3. I have something better in mind. :-)
I knew a couple that had raised beagles for years, and
asked them what another breed was that was as nice as
beagles. I didn't want to compete with them, but thought we
might raise a couple litters of puppies each year for a
family activity and to help fill my time while my home-based
businesses (computer work and raising
organic garlic) built.
Margaret called me and said, "How about beagles?"
"No, I don't want to compete with you. Is there another
good family breed?" I asked?
"How about beagles?" she replied.
Margaret told me she and Don were ready to retire, and
asked if we would like to buy all their beagles. They wanted
them to go to a good home, where they would be loved and
where the owners were very good with animal husbandry and
animal health care. And, they HAD to go to someone that
would keep them all together, which meant they had to go to
a farm where space was available to build a large fenced-in
area. We were perfect...I have been raising
horses for years, and am well versed in animal husbandry,
selective breeding for quality, and health care knowledge.
We had room, and the kids were excited!
In the years since those fateful events, CR Beagles (i.e.
our family) has become the origin for beautiful, well-bred,
loving, and healthy beagles for many families. The joys and
sorrows are many, but we feel blessed to have received an
answer to our prayers. Through our beagles, we have grown
closer as a family and have developed a network of new
friends through our puppies' new homes.
I keep busy these days doing computer work for
farmers/ranchers/horse breeders, raising organic garlic (shameless
plug here!), and spending time with the horses and
beagles. Periodically, we get to a few shows with our horses
and beagles, which just adds to the fun.
We extend an invitation to you to become one of our new
friends, and one of our puppies' new best friends!
Where Are We?
Cedar Ridge is located near the intersections of Iowa,
Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. We are about 2 hours each from Des
Moines (Iowa), Kansas City (Missouri), and Omaha (Nebraska).
Most of the people who contact us and buy
beagle puppies are looking for a beagle because they have
had one before. That tells you something about the breed.
There is no other testimonial better than the fact that
people who have had beagles want to continue having beagles.
Our Beagles have been purchased from programs that have
been breeding for many years, and were selected for
disposition, health, and conformation as well as their
Our dogs have "playpens" to romp in, and play with
children daily. We used to have our puppies in the house,
but found that our carpet was showing the wear from so much
traffic from mothers with post-birthing discharge.
We then built a puppy house that is heated and air
conditioned that we can keep more sanitary for the sake of
the puppies and my husband's sanity. :-)
Puppies are loved daily and closely monitored for health
status. By weaning, they will have had all expected
veterinary procedures, including removal of dew claws,
vaccinations, deworming, etc. Puppies will have veterinary
health certificates just prior to weaning.
Most importantly, they will have been
played with for many hours, and love people! They
will definitely have been well socialized and ready to join
Our beagles tend to be the shorter variety, which makes
them ideal for those seeking house pets or family friends. Although we don't hunt with our beagles,
remember that beagles have been bred for centuries for hunting. If you
are looking for a hunting dog, we feel that the instinct is in all beagles.
Ours won't win the field trials, but they will know how to scare up some
Please don't be offended if we ask you questions
about your experience with puppies and the facilities you have for
your puppy. We want to make sure our puppies will remain with
you for many years. We won't require you to guarantee us anything (for
example, we don't require spay/neuter promises), but
we do want to feel happy, knowing that you will be a great family for
our puppy to join.
We ONLY raise beagles (well, beagles and
organic garlic). Our litters are raised in people-immersed
environments. We are just normal people that have and enjoy beagles. We are not
a puppy mill.
Please stop by to see our dogs and puppies, and save time
for a cup of coffee and a tour of
horses as well!