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. Amanda Steines - smooth or longhair dapple female
7. Lisa Oates - smooth black and tan female
8. Afton Crabtree - smooth pup
9. Kristen Arndt - Black Tuxedo piebald
10. Emily Lang - black and tan female smooth
11. Lori Ruba (a second) smooth black female
12. Ruth Sacks - female from Bella
13. Katie Henry - Female pup from Diamond and Cass
and a piebald male
14. Nichole Varner - smooth red female
15. Jerry Stimmel - smooth dapple male
16. Alyssa Gillette- longhair cream
17. Jerry Koept - 2 smooth females
18.. Kim Staker - smooth pup black and tan preferred but other solid colors acceptable
19. Carrie Horton - smooth female from Pistol and Macy
20. Claire Hoisington - longhair black and silver dapple female
21. Debbie Mason - 1 female longhair
22. Aubry Haberer - Longhair black piebald female
23. Tammy Morris - Longhair female any color
24. Amy Schweers - Longhair female dapple, black or cream
25. Kristan Dahlstrom - Smooth female any color, dapple preferred
26. Hanna McCubbin - Long haired male or female any color, dapple preferred
27. Phil Harms - Smooth male red or chocolate
28. Mary Glick - Female longhair
29. Michael and Kathleen Shelton - Female red or chocolate
30. Sarah Van Pelt - smooth blue pup female or male
**Brittney Lane has first choice of any color longhair piebald female after she finishes nursing school.
Upcoming 2016 litters are:
Bella was with Cass during her cycle. I didn't see any "ties" with them so it wil be wait and see if she's pregnant. Her approximate due date would be around June 16th.
Fire will be bred to Pistol for the first time on her next heat cycle. She can come into heat anytime starting in late June.
Macy will be bred to Simon for her last litter before retiring.
Cally, Derry and Diamond will all be rebred this fall. I will determine before then who each will be bred to.
Not all breedings "take" and any who are not pregnant after posting the due date announcements will be taken down
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.
Mel and Simon's pups arrived April 14, 2016. This litter could have a longhair or two with Simon as sire. They have 1 red male, 1 red sable male and 1 red piebald female. All 3 pups doing great! Female pup is sold. Congratulations to the Embach's!