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 - 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. Lauren Anderson - smooth female any color
5. Tammy DeWitt - smooth dapple female of her color choice in spring 2015.
6. Stacy Zach - smooth male 2015 puppy
7. Molly Kiuchi - smooth blue female
8. Amanda Steines - smooth or longhair dapple female
9. Lisa Oates - smooth black and tan female
10. Stacey Keck - Dapple, choclate, or red male
11. Afton Crabtree - smooth pup
12. Nicole Shuring - longhair pup
13. Sadie Smith - female pup
14. Kristen Arndt - Black Tuxedo piebald
15. Emily Lang - black and tan female smooth
16. Cheri Larson - dark red or chocolate smooth male
17. Chad and Ashley Asberry - any sex, color, pattern or hair length
18. Lori Ruba (a second) smooth black female
19. Katie Henry - Female pup from Diamond and Cass
20. Nichole Varner - smooth red female
**Brittney Lane has first choice of any color longhair piebald female after she finishes nursing school.
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 2015 fall litters are:
Derry and Cally are not pregnant. Maybe next spring.
Nikki is bred to Dante and due approximately September 28. Waiting to confirm her pregnancy
Pictures of the parents will be posted above as each pregnancy is confirmed.
A new version of canine flu has been carried into the United States from Asian countries through importing of shelter/rescue animals according to initial CDC reports. This is not a form of flu that we have a vaccination for.
This flu has already affected over 1300 dogs in Chicago. It has spread to Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and most recently spread into Iowa. Last report I read, 6 dogs had died from it in Chicago and 1 so far in Iowa. Puppies, older adults and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to die from this. According to those specialists researching this flu, it WILL pass from dogs to cats. Short snouted dogs have more trouble with the symptons.
Vets are advising that you don't take your dogs to dog parks, doggy day care, pet stores or other places that large numbers of dogs congregate to control the spread of this virus. They also advise not to let your dog socialize with other dogs while on walks or at the vet clinics.
Diamond and Cass's pups are expected around September 20, 2015. This is a first litter for Diamond and I expect some really nice pups in this cross. She may have both smooth and longhairs.