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 yet to be built will be the same size but the dividers will only be 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 large funnel on top of the stove to collect heat that goes into a 10" insulated piped with an inline fan. (Another invention by my husband ) My heat lights are raised and lowered by the blue rope 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 smooth black female
2. Melissa Michel has first choice of longhair dapples or cream females.
3. Amanda Kooi - smooth female (or male) cream
4. Aubry Haberer - first choice longhair dapple male.
5. Jennifer De Smet - 1st choice of smooth dapple female
6. Lisa Oates - longhair black female
7. Lauren Anderson - smooth dapple female
8. Tammy DeWitt - smooth dapple female of her color choice in spring 2015.
9. Stacy Zach - smooth male 2015 puppy
10. Molly Kiuchi - smooth blue male
11. Amanda Steines - smooth or longhair dapple female
**Brittney Lane has first choice of any color longhair piebald female after she finishes nursing school.
** Jackie Lang - fall 2015 pup smooth, any color.
Beginning November 16, 2013 I will be joining a very large number of other breeders across the U.S. in no longer shipping puppies. Due to a change that was made in federal regulations that was supposedly intended to only affect breeders who are unlicensed and uninspected, anyone who ships even ONE puppy will have to be licensed through USDA as a dealer. State licensed and inspected breeders like myself were not exempted from this ruling. All sales must take place at the breeder's premises.
While we do understand the need to punish those who operate illegally, don't properly care for their breeding dogs and sell sick puppies, we already have state and federal laws that address those things. If you would like to help us fight this bad choice of regulation policy, please contact me or your breeder of choice to see what you can do to help. It is YOUR right to be able to buy a puppy from whoever you choose and to pick up personally or have your puppy shipped to you or to meet your breeder at a mutually agreed upon place to save you travel time and it SHOULD remain OUR right to offer you those choices without government interference!
Upcoming litters planned for 2015
Derry is bred to Simon and due approximately 1/9/2015
Nikki is bred to Dante and due approximately 1/15/2015
Cally is bred to Simon and due approximately 1/17/2015
Mel and Simon's pups arrived 5 days early on October 1st. This is her first litter will be smooth pups. She has 2 fawns one longhair male and one female and 2 piebalds, one smooth red male and one blue based red female. This litter will be ready to go December 3. The red piebald female is sold. Congratulations to Katie Henry! The Isabella female is not for sale. The Isabella male is sold to Sadie Smith. The piebald female is sold to the Kallsens. All pups are sold in this litter. I don't have Mel's pedigree up yet but her parents are Pistol and Brindi. Click their names to see their pedigrees.
Amber and Cass's pups arrived October 17th. This litter will be longhair pups. 3 girls and 1 boy. All are chocolate. These pups will be ready to go December 12. The darkest chocolate female is sold to the Richters. The male puppy is sold to the Whiteman family. The lightest female is sold to Nick Bosiljevac. The smallest girl is sold to the Hendriks Family. All pups are sold in this litter.
Sammi and Simon had two little red girls, 1 ee red girl and 1 black piebald girl born November 30, 2014. Her girls will be ready to go in late January.
Mel's pups at 7 weeks old. They will be old enough to go the 26th.
They're pretty ornery but sweet as can be at the same time! Finally after several tries to find the problem the video is uploaded!
I'm going to have to contact Homestead before I can upload anymore videos of the pups. For whatever reason it took several tries to get the full video of Mel's pups to publish and I couldn't get the one of Amber's pups to publish more than just a couple of seconds of the 2 minute video. I can email the video to anyone interested in the pups.