Since what you usually see with the puppy pictures are the indoor kennels where the pups are born, I thought I would show you where the dogs spend most of the year when the weather is warm. Brindi and Willow are happy to show you theirs. The outdoor kennels are 5 feet wide and 10 feet long. I don't like concrete so I use vinyl mats that are easily cleaned and comfortable for the dogs. The kennels sit inside a fenced yard where they can run play in the grass while their kennels are cleaned. All the kennels have metal roofing for weather protection. If you wonder how much they are allowed to just be dogs, check out my "Just Us" page of my Doxies doing what Doxies do.
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The indoor kennels are smaller than the outdoor ones, but still roomy for the dogs. The new ones have the same amount of space but are a little shorter and wider. The overall design is similar to my old ones but the improvements make them much easier to clean. The hinged gates have been replaced with gates that slide up and out for cleaning. All kennels are caulked all the way around the bottom to prevent anything leaking into a neighboring kennel. The dividers on these whelping kennels are 2 feet high for privacy of moms and pups. The rest of the kennels that are built but the dividers are only 12" high so the dogs can visit their neighbors. I've replaced the old kickboards along the bottom front from 3 narrow boards to one solid board. Boys will no longer be able to pee through slats into the alleyway :) The big window you can see part of below was a birthday present to me from my husband. (Isn't he great?) It lets in a lot more light than the 2 smaller windows I already had. One of the old windows still opens to let in a breeze on nice days (along with the screen door on the opposite wall) and the other smaller window holds the air conditioner for hot weather. In the winter the wood stove that heats our house also heats my kennels by way of a vent pipe on top of the stove. We got a new stove in 2014 with a double vent and blower so one vent heats the house and the other heats the kennel. My heat lights are raised and lowered by the blue ropes you see to adjust them to the height needed for pups and raised to the ceiling out of the way when not needed.
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Scroll down to see pictures of the indoor kennels (In the process of being rebuilt for easier cleaning and are all built now) and the outdoor kennels that I spent 2 years rebuilding for more height (for me) and changes made to the bases so fencing doesn't eat all the string from my weedeater. I finally was able to purchase metal roofing last year (2013) to replace the tarps on the outdoor kennels YAY!
If I haven't heard from folks on the reserve list in a long time I remove the names unless they have kept in touch to let me know they wish to remain on the list.
1. Lori Ruba - black and tan female
2. Melissa Michel has first choice of longhair dapples or cream females.
3. Amanda Kooi - smooth female (or male) cream
4. Tammy DeWitt - smooth dapple female of her color choice
5. Stacy Zach - smooth chocolate male puppy
6. Molly Kiuchi - smooth or longhair blue, fawn or cream female
7. Amanda Steines - smooth or longhair dapple female
8. Lisa Oates - smooth black and tan female
9. Afton Crabtree - smooth pup
10. Nicole Shuring - longhair pup
11. Kristen Arndt - Black Tuxedo piebald
12. Emily Lang - black and tan female smooth
13. Lori Ruba (a second) smooth black female
14. Ruth Sacks - female from Bella
15. Katie Henry - Female pup from Diamond and Cass
and a piebald male
16. Nichole Varner - smooth red female
17. Jerry Stimmel - smooth dapple male
18. Alyssa Gillette- longhair cream
19. Jerry Koept - 2 smooth females
20. Kim Staker - smooth pup black and tan preferred but other solid colors acceptable
21. Carrie Horton - smooth female from Pistol and Macy
22. Claire Hoisington - longhair black and silver dapple female
23. Debbie Mason - 1 female longhair
24. Aubry Haberer - Longhair black piebald female
**Brittney Lane has first choice of any color longhair piebald female after she finishes nursing school.
Upcoming 2016 litters are:
Mel will be bred to Simon shortly.
Derry will be bred to Cass when she comes in heat
Diamond will be bred to Cass when she comes in heat
Cally will be bred to Cass when she comes in heat
Bella will be bred to Cass when she comes in heat
Not all breedings "take" and any who are not pregnant after posting the due date announcements will be taken down
Annie and Simon's pup arrived December 24, 2015. Annie had 2 boys. 1 black and tan and 1 blue dapple and both are smooth. Dapple male (Maddux) sold to Jennifer Webbeking. The black male (Charlie) is sold to Cheri Larson.
Liska and Pistol's pups arrived January 7, 2016. She may have both smooth and longhairs if she takes after her dad and her grandmother and I'll know within 2-3 weeks after birth. They have 5 pups, 3 girls and 2 boys. Dapple female is sold to Shannon Welch.
Claire and Dante's pups arrived 5 days late on January 28, 2016. This litter will be all longhairs. The cream female is staying here. The 2 black and cream males are available. With much sadness no one will be able to meet the mother of these beautiful pups. Claire developed an infection when her cervix remained dilated after whelping. My vet was not able to save her and she passed away January 31st. After feeding the pups with a stomach tube every 2 hours until Annie's pups could be weaned, Annie is now raising Claire's pups. Cream male is sold to Debbie Mason.
I did some refurbishing on the indoor kennels before the dogs came in for the 2015 winter. A few of them had "fun" with tiles last winter so I replaced it with linoleum before sealing all around the edges with clear silicone. No tile corners to get hold of now! I made the dividers taller with a cut out in the middle and it works great for keeping papers where they should be. The blue spruce was too pretty to paint so I put 3 coats of polyurethane on them to waterproof them and can still enjoy the colors in the wood. I'm very happy with the way they turned out.
Pearl and Simon are expecting a litter to arrive approximately February 9, 2016. This litter may be smooth and longhairs with a good possibility of creams. She's black and cream and produced it before I got her. Simon carries for cream on his dad's side. I will be keeping a female from this litter so no females will be made available until I make my choice.
Macy is bred to Pistol and her due date will be approximately March 4, 2016. This litter will be smooth with most likely colors being red and black and tan. There should be some dapples in this litter.