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Pick of the Litter
or Reserving a Puppy Before its Birth

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Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
crbeagles@gmail.com
(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!

 

 
In the past, we did not allow pre-reservation of puppies because it's fairly difficult here to manage the communications when it's time to pick puppies (volume of emails is high). But, because we know it's comforting for you to know that you are in line for a puppy in advance, we will now work with you if you are sure you want a puppy from a certain mother/father beagle, or if you want to reserve a puppy from a future litter in general, such as due to the time of year.
 
Please understand that it's often a bit of a bumpy process, especially if more than one person is waiting on a litter. If we all work together, it can go pretty smoothly (although it's a bit challenging in the spring or a Christmas time, when the list can become long!).
 
If you would like to reserve a puppy before it is born, or to get the pick of the litter, please understand the following before you commit.
 
  • First Come, First Served...We allow people to pick puppies in the order that deposits are received. The exception to this would be that if we are keeping a puppy from a litter, we will chose before offering other puppies up for choosing. We don't force anyone to stick to a certain litter, gender, color, etc. We go strictly by date of deposit placed, and anyone wanting to wait can skip to allow the next person in line to choose.
  • Before Birth Deposits...To get the pick of the litter, your deposit will probably have to be received before the births or immediately after the births. Spring and early summer are particularly difficult, as the greatest number of people want a puppy to come home in May or June. In recent years, our spring puppies have all been reserved before birth, leaving no puppies available for people that wanted to reserve a puppy AFTER they were born. Puppies leaving around Christmas time are also sometimes all reserved before birth, depending upon how many we have arrive in October.
  • Time Limit to Choose...A time limit for choosing must be followed, especially if others are behind you wanting to choose their puppies. In other words, we can't hold puppies very long, because other people are behind you in line waiting to get to choose their puppies.
  • "The Timeline..."  We "normally" take the puppies' first pictures around 3 to 5 days of age, and about every two weeks after that (approximately). In the past, we allowed people to pick puppies beginning when they were about a week old. Beginning in 2017, we may postpone that a bit, depending upon the mother of the litter and puppy sizes.
    From the time we share photos and announce that we are ready for people to pick puppies, we most often need you to pick your puppy within 3 or 4 days. This is so the next people in line can pick theirs, and the ones behind them can pick theirs, if applicable. We also have people waiting to place deposits, so can't hold back puppy pictures for very long. We'd like to have ALL of the pre-reserved puppies picked within about 4 days of the time we share their pictures with you. If someone holds the process up too long, we may have to skip you and/or refund your deposit. We don't want this to happen, and hope everyone continues to work together to make the process go nicely for all involved. :-)
  • No competition? If nobody is in line behind you, we may give you a few more days to choose. But when other people inquire whether we have puppies available, we need to be able to answer their questions, which usually include "Is Puppy #X available? She/He is our favorite."
  • Guarantees...Our normal guarantees apply for puppies. If we find that a puppy has a fault before it leaves our home, which is rare, we will offer you a refund, an exchange for another similar puppy, or a partial refund if you choose to keep your puppy with the fault.
  • Pricing...Each puppy is individually priced, with the amounts set according to gender, color, markings, pedigree, and size. Our Recently-Sold Puppies page "might" give you an idea, although if the upcoming litter is unique/different than recent litters (again, size or bloodlines, seasonal demand, number of puppies born, or special colors), then that page may not be very representative.
    Prices include sales tax. We consider 93% of the price to be the puppy and fees, and the other 7% is sales tax.

Issues to Consider

  1. If you do not feel comfortable picking your puppy as an infant based upon the parents, the colors, markings, and gender, you should NOT place a deposit before birth.
    Puppies don't show their dispositions until they are almost ready to leave us (and even at that time, their personalities still change a great deal due to normal stages of cognitive development all breeds of puppies progress through). So, pre-reserving is only an option if you are comfortable with the beagle breed as a whole, and you can choose a puppy while it is still an infant.
  2. What if you are not first in line? Will you be able to accept a different puppy if someone ahead of you chooses the puppy you liked the best?

    Click here to see the list of reservations, to see where you would be (or are) on that list (may open in a new window).

  3. Also, note that if you reserve a pick of the litter, and later a puppy from the same litter is offered at a reduced price, please know that your puppy's price is not changed.  Your puppy's price was possibly set according to desirability, and therefore may not be equal to a price for a different puppy. We sometimes raise or lower unreserved puppies' prices as they mature with many factors possibly affecting this decision.
  4. Can you get a refund? When it's your time to pick, if you decide that you no longer want a puppy from the litter, you can either wait until the next litter or we will refund your deposit to you. Refunds are available to those that pre-reserved a puppy, but never reserved a particular puppy. If you find a puppy elsewhere, or just decide you don't want to pick one of ours, please feel free to request a refund. We don't mind! ;-)

    If you paid via PayPal, we may refund whatever our net proceeds are (after their small fee, usually less than $3) if too much time has elapsed since your payment to do an automatic full refund (90 or 180 days, I believe).

  5. How many people are in line in front of me?  Click here to see the list of reservations, to see where you would be on that list.

You've come this far...
If you are sure you are ready to reserve a puppy before birth:

If you'd still like to reserve a pick of the litter or to pre-reserve a puppy before birth, the steps on the Buying Procedures page still apply (the information form and a deposit referenced on that page are required to reserve a puppy). 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. :-)

Thanks,

Toni

 

 

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Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
crbeagles@gmail.com
(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!

 

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