Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
(the best method to reach me is via e-mail)
here for additional contact information.
Our premises are monitored via video
surveillance for your puppy's safety!
Fly to the Midwest to Pick Up Your Puppy.
You can fly to Omaha or Kansas City, and take
your puppy back home on the plane with you as carry on.
Depending upon our
schedule, we may or may not be able to meet you at the airport (it would
take 5+ hours round trip for us to meet you at the airport, which is not
always workable at our end). It is urgent that you not make a flight
reservation that requires us to meet you at the airport without our
Transportation to a Major Airport Near
2014 UPDATE: No longer and option. :-(
Please note that we will likely
not fly puppies (to
an airport near you for pick up) in 2014 because of a new 2013 law that prohibits state-licensed kennel
from selling puppies "sight unseen" to buyers.
We may switch from state to
federal licensing in the future. We have always used our own state's Department
of Agriculture to license
because we did not want to be affiliated with federal licensing. Prior to the
2013 law change, federal licensing was only required for people who sold to pet stores (mainly "puppy mills").
We do NOT sell to pet stores, and did not want to be associated with puppy mill business practices.
Therefore, we always licensed through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and
have annual inspections through that agency as well as inspections by AKC.
Alternative: We do often have people fly to
Omaha, Kansas City, or Des Moines and drive here (1.5-2 hours) to pick their
puppy up, and then fly back home with the puppy in the cabin with them. Some
families fly to one of those airports and then drive home in a rented car, which
is often cheaper than driving a personal vehicle both directions!
In case we change
licensing agencies in the future, I'm leaving his information online. For 2014,
please disregard it, however:
contact me before reserving a puppy if the puppy would have to fly to
During times of
extreme heat and cold weather, I will only be able to fly via Delta
Airlines, and there are some restrictions for these flight opportunities:
I would strongly discourage buying a puppy more than 10 days in advance if
your schedule is not flexible to accommodate delays for flight days/times. Delta cannot fly puppies if the temperatures outside at a
stop along the journey are below 10 degrees, and at some airports if the
temperature is above 85 degrees. We can't look at a long-range
forecast farther than 10 days out. If we have a long-term weather situation
where it is below 10 or above 85 degrees at departure, layover, or arrival for a week or two, would you
be able to accept a late arrival of your puppy?
I am not
fortunate to live close to an airport, so I can't make daily trips to
accommodate our puppies new homes' schedules. The average airport trip takes
5 to 6 hours with check-in and wait time. If weather is "iffy," it
takes 7 to 10 hours for me. Therefore, I can only make one trip every week or two,
so need flexibility on the part of the puppies' families to coordinate
Long-range forecast for MCI at Kansas City
Long-range forecast for Eppley Airfield at Omaha
b. The flight departure time must not require me to
drive to/from the airport at night, between 9 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
Driving alone during the winter at night is not safe. I've tried it many
times. I've hit deer, driven through blizzards, ice storms, pea-soup fog,
and even driven when I was very ill to try to make flight check-in times. It
is not worth risking my life to drive to the airport in the middle of the
c. If weather or illness causes a change in the
date/time of the flight, there will be no refunds. Please don't buy a puppy
if it has to be delivered on a specific date such as a birthday or Christmas
Eve! If you are buying a puppy for a birthday present or
Christmas present, but the transport has to be delayed, you will not receive a refund.
Presents are nice, but don't put a timing stipulation on the puppy's
delivery! Too many factors can cause delays, from weather to mechanical
problems to illnesses.
Some transport can cost more if arrival time is after the desk closes.
Puppies can alternatively fly with Continental much of the year
from Omaha or Kansas City to major airports throughout the US. But we need
to check departure times so I'm not driving at 3:30 a.m., for example.
here to read
information from Continental about their PetSafe program.
We will make
the shipping arrangements for you.
If you are in Canada,
click here for information specifically
about shipping across the border. We generally do not fly puppies into
Canada, but can consider it.
Day of Flight Info
How Does This Work?
First, we have to find your closest airport
that a puppy can fly into (requires a certain size of plane with climate
*Not all airports with Continental service can receive puppies.
Only those that receive the big planes can transport puppies.
*We will make the reservations, but we
can only reserve for the airports that accept the planes with
*Temperature extremes can limit this (heat and
cold) during some times of year with other airlines. Continental can ship despite temp extremes,
as they have temperature controlled transport to and from the plane. But, Continental doesn't fly into
some airports (like Boise), so we have to find that out for your location.
We will make the arrangements. You just pay for
the associated costs at least 2 weeks in advance.
Then, wait until your puppy is at least 8
weeks old to ship him/her. Shipping requires that a puppy be by itself for
several hours, and younger puppies can become overly stressed if this wait
is very long. So, we'll look for a good flight for him or her.
The cost to fly a puppy 8 weeks old to
any major city is generally around $335.
This price could fluctuate if the airlines raise their
prices or if I have to use an airline other than Continental, or if we have
to pay extra for special service such as when there are less than 2 hours at
a layover for Delta, after-hours arrivals, etc. For older puppies, we must call the
airline for a specific price to the the higher weight of the beagle.
If a puppy has a long layover somewhere (generally Houston), it might be about $75 higher for
the airport personnel to clean the carrier, feed/water, and walk the puppy
(this is rare, but occurs for Alaska and various airports depending upon
current available flights).
This not at profit to us
(in fact, the fee
doesn't always totally cover our costs), and just pays for:
the airline fee (usually
$230 to $310) including
shipping insurance, fuel surcharge, taxes, etc.
the pet travel carrier
bolts to reinforce the carrier strength, required by Delta
- attachable food/water dishes
- air-travel veterinary health certificate (a
special health certificate required for flights)
some (not always all)
of our travel/fuel costs
(210 miles round trip)
This fee also does not cover loss of income...I miss most
of a day of working, and have to make up that work later.
At times, I have to pay someone $100 to do the airport trip for
me due to overload of work that can't be missed (if I can't take the day off) or
if I have to stay in a hotel due to check-in times.
When this is the case, I just absorb the cost and don't charge extra.
Your puppy will be flown to the nearest major airport to
you, or to the airport you specify that accepts puppies via Continental.
Flight times will be determined by the
airlines, though we reserve the right to refuse to ship puppies if their
travel day is too long, as that would be a danger to the puppy.
We are not responsible for airline flight
changes, such as weather postponements, delays, mechanical problems,
etc. If your puppy can't fly on the scheduled day, a reschedule will be
arranged. It is an inconvenience for both of us, as you and I may both have
taken vacation days for the scheduled flight, but we don't offer refunds if
a flight is rescheduled. This could be a problem if you can't reschedule to
pick the puppy up, or if arrival is timed for an event such as a birthday
Reservations will be made upon receiving
payment for the shipping and associated costs, and full payment for the
puppy. Please give us at least 3 full weeks prior to shipping your puppy to
help ensure flight availability.
If you know you want to ship your puppy...
If you filled out the Puppy Info Request Form,
we should already have your information. If you haven't filled that out, you
can do that now by clicking the link.
Please give us any known
days that will NOT work for you during the week
following the 8-week old minimum age of your puppy.
"The Big Day"
Checking/Verifying Flight Status
flights for early/late departures on the day of the flight for Delta
Airlines, go to
http://www.delta.com/ and enter your flight info at the bottom left of
the page to check flight status. Their phone # is
What should I take to the airport with
Before you read this, please jot on your
e-mail or call me 2 days before the flight day
to confirm that you are still planning to pick the puppy up according to
schedule. I will try to contact you, but in case I can't reach you, it
helps if you are also contacting me.
for the person listed to receive the puppy (which is the buyer, unless you told
My cell phone number: 712-370-0851,
and home number: 712-523-3646
phone number for
Continental Airlines pet reservations line: 1.800.575.3335 or
281.553.5052, or Delta: 1-888-736-3738...or for whatever airline is being used.
Also, it is helpful to have your
confirmation number from
my e-mail that included the flight itinerary.
Water to offer the puppy at the airport or at
your vehicle. There will be a food and water dish attached to the
inside of the carrier, so you don't need a bowl. Bottled water might be best
to avoid extra smells that tap waters can have for the first day. Some
people suggest adding orange Gatorade to tap water...a tablespoon added to
water can disguise the chemical/mineral smell of differing water from your
tap and our tap.
A collar (9 to 12" generally fits) and leash to allow
the puppy to exercise a little before the drive home, and for potty stops.
Baby wipes or a couple wet wash cloths to
wipe off the puppy's feet, as they
might be soiled from the trip. Beagles don't normally potty in their
"homes," but sometimes the travel time is longer than they can hold it.
A plastic garbage bag or grocery bag to dump
the soiled bedding from the travel carrier into for disposal.
A clean towel or something soft and cuddly to
put into the carrier for your drive home from the airport.
A map to where you pick your puppy up. Do a search in Google
for the airport if needed, as most have online maps that you can look at to
help guide you to the terminal or Air Cargo (most puppies are either
delivered at Baggage Services for Continental or else their Air Cargo
Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate (optional, usually not
necessary), in case your puppy gets loose stools from the flight and
leaving littermates. Click
here to see a chart of common medications and dosages that puppies/dogs can have.
This one isn't for the airport, but be ready at home to give your puppy a
bath. I often choose to not bathe your puppy before the flight, because most
puppies need a bath after getting to your home (if they have a "potty accident"
in the carrier). Two baths in two days could result in dry, itchy skin. To avoid
dry skin, I'd rather fly a puppy to you that "smells like a puppy." :-)
Please be at the
airport immediately upon your puppy's arrival! It is best for
your puppy to be picked up immediately, and also the airline personnel get
very nervous if you are not waiting there.
Example of a travel carrier for the flight
(included in the cost for shipping)
After Picking Up Your Puppy
After your puppy arrives, please either text or call (712-370-0851) or
e-mail to let us know that you have your puppy. I try to not call because
many times, I catch people in the high-traffic areas around the airport while
they are driving. If you would just call or text me, it would give me comfort.
:-) Or, e-mail when you get home.
At home, check the envelopes taped to the top of the puppy's carrier for
paperwork that should be saved.
You will probably need to give your puppy a lukewarm bath using a gentle,
tearless shampoo. I often don't bathe puppies that are flying because they
typically will need another bath upon arrival. Two baths in a row would probably
result in dry skin. So, please plan to do a quick puppy bath with a gentle puppy
shampoo. We've also used a tearless childrens shampoo + conditioner combo, and
really like that as well as puppy shampoo...maybe the conditioner in the shampoo
moistens the skin?
Are there any options other than flying?
There are some over-land animal haulers, but
we will not sell a puppy to someone planning to use a land transport
service. This is due to several reasons:
The transport time is too
long and stressful for a young puppy
The chances for
contamination (viruses, bacteria) from previous dogs that have been in the
compartment is too high.
Scheduling with land
transporters is too difficult, and my work schedule
makes it difficult to accommodate their last-minute
We fly with Continental because they have less temperature
restrictions than other airlines due to their better facilities, which
affects winter and summer travel. But we
could explore other airlines if needed.