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. Emily Lang - smooth black and tan female
3. Amanda Kooi - smooth female (or male) cream
4. Stacy Zach - smooth chocolate male puppy
5. Lisa Oates - smooth black and tan female
6. Afton Crabtree - smooth pup
7. Lori Ruba (a second) smooth black female
8. Ruth Sacks - female from Bella
9. Katie Henry - Female pup from Diamond and Cass
and a piebald male
10. Nichole Varner - smooth red female
11. Jerry Stimmel - smooth dapple or piebald male
12. Alyssa Gillette- longhair cream
13. Kim Staker - smooth pup black and tan preferred but other solid colors acceptable
14. Carrie Horton - smooth female dapple from Pistol or Macy
15. Claire Hoisington - longhair black and silver, or cream dapple female (smooth considered)
16. Debbie Mason - 1 female longhair
17. Aubry Haberer - Longhair black piebald female
18. Tammy Morris - Longhair female any color
19. Amy Schweers - Longhair female dapple, black or cream
20. Hanna McCubbin - Long haired male or female any color, dapple preferred
21. Mary Glick - Female longhair
22. Michael and Kathleen Shelton - Female red or chocolate
23. Jorie Oaks - longhair cream, smooth blue dapple or red (either sex)
24. Jennifer and James Monroe - Any color or sex, long or smooth
25. Annette Ganoe - Female smooth dapple blue or black and tan
26. Kellie Guggemos - longhair female cream, dapple, black, or piebald
27. Justin Leow - smooth male any solid color
28. Josh Bruette - female longhair chocolate or chocolate dapple other colors considered
29. Jessica Frantum - female longhair dapple any color
30. Nikki Fondara - Male smooth black and tan or red
31. Noelle Cunningham - smooth male dapple or cream
32. Ashlee Nicoson - red or chocolate smooth female
33. Katie Wendt - longhair red female or dapple (other colors considered)
34. Betsy Heidt - Black and tan dapple or dapple piebald smooth female preferred (open to others)
35. Abegail Hale - smooth female any color or pattern
36. Tracy Mclain - Black and tan or black and cream female smooth or long
37. Anne Zook - female smooth red
38. Chelsey Oachs - smooth dapple either sex any color
39. Stacey Tighe - no preference on color, hair type or sex
**Brittney Lane has first choice of any color longhair piebald female after she finishes nursing school.
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.
Angel (chocolate based cream longhair) and Simon's (red piebald) pups are due around March 25th. I intended to breed her to Pistol but she came in heat earlier than expected and she and Simon had other ideas than mine. Her heat was silent to me but obviously not to Simon and Angel.
Fire (choclate based red) will be bred to Pistol (red dapple) when she comes in heat.
Sara (black and tan) will be bred to Pistol (red dapple) when she comes in heat.
Upcoming 2017 litters bred at home are:
Upcoming 2017 litters bred to outside males are:
Annie (minimal dapple fawn) will be bred to Oscar when she comes in heat (longhair chocolate piebald cream carrier and dilute carrier). I will be keeping a male pup from this litter and the stud owner may choose a pup or may have me sell her pick of litter pup for her. I won't know until the pups arrive.
Nikki (chocolate reverse dapple) will be bred to Nestle when she comes in heat. Longhair chocolate based cream who produces about everything except piebald. I will be keeping a female pup from this litter and the stud owner may choose a pup or may have me sell her pick of litter pup for her. I won't know until the pups arrive.
Mel will be bred to either Dante (longhaired chocolate and tan cream carrier)or Simon (red piebald) when she comes in heat. My first choice is Dante but if he doesn't breed her she'll be bred to Simon.
Cally will be bred to Jack when she comes in heat. Longhair cream brindle. I will be keeping a male pup from this litter and the stud owner may choose a pup or may have me sell her pick of litter pup for her. I won't know until the pups arrive.
Diamond (blue and tan carries piebald from both parents) will be bred to Apollo when she comes in heat. Longhair cream piebald producer. I will be keeping a female pup from this litter. Because the stud owner is in Wisconsin she will be whelping her out after breeding and she will be selling all the pups. If you want one from this litter you will have to buy it from her and I will bring it back to Iowa when I pick up Diamond and my pup after weaning.
Bella (red dapple longhair) will be bred to Apollo when she comes in heat. Longhair cream who produces piebald. I will be keeping a female pup from this litter. Because the stud owner is in Wisconsin she will be whelping her out after breeding and she will be selling all the pups. If you want one from this litter you will have to buy it from her and I will bring it back to Iowa when I pick up Bella and my pup after weaning.