From Dec. '04 - May '06, we did a complete change in our kennels. We had a few with genetic problems & a few that simply would not care for there wee ones from the time they began to whelp. This also gave us a chance to redo our kennels. All of our kennels are about 1 ft off the ground,we do have a bigger pen,that's on the ground like an exercise pen . Since we lost our vehicles & our home we had to move,to our current location on Jun 30,08. I have placed pictures,for you to see our set-up. Every summer it seems that we remodeling our kenneling system. Hopefully summer 2010, we will be adding more kenneling and pens in our shed. I only hope that some day we can afford to give them extra heat during the winter and A/C during the summer. Being that the labs are a hunting type of a dog, we thought it would be harder on them for not have a lot of heat, they are also more of a harder dog then the rat terriers.We do have 2 buildings that have heating lamps available during the winter time. All the kenneling are surrounded with sheds & plenty of trees, this also helps for wind breakage during the winter. I have found it easier on everyone this past winter'08/'09, then in the previous years.( where we used to live ) Every morning ( temps permitted ), I'm outside hosing down kennels & feeding everyone, water buckets are scrubbed as needed, do to algie/lime coming from the water. The pens are scrubbed down as needed as well.. I would love to have a better set-up then we have,but this will have to do for now. All the puppies are fed Purina & the adults Retriever...
NOTE: Summer of 2010 we sold out our shetland sheepdogs & as well as found homes for some of our adults labs, that were unable to pass hip/OFA & CERF/eye exams... The kennels you see are in the same position,but not the same & also we have fewer dogs as well.. Once we start our new set-up,we will be taking new pics along the way. This is a goal we have set to be started for spring/summer 2011... It will look awesome after it's completed.. We have plans on creating a nice size run for our labs and ratties, throughout, the summer 2010 we have been purchasing fencing as well as kenneling for this project & yes, this was a goal we have been planning since spring 2010..
11/18/12 - Oh boy I'm behind in taking pictures of our new run and pics,well once the grass is green,instead of brown with leaves and our buildings remodeled,it would look so much better.
Date(s): October 8, 2006. Album by Green Acres Angels. 1 - 11 of 11 Total. 675 Visits.
1 Another rat terrier lean-to, not the biggest pen,but great for 2 terriers in each pen - yes only 2 pens here. On the side are extra kennel pieces that are used as replacements..
2 On the right of this small shed is the front of our run,where it goes toward the rear in a very large area...
Small shed for all dog equipment & food ...
3 Lab whelping pens on the inside of the barn are 2 4x4 box stalls,equiped with heating lamps for during the winter time for newborn lab puppies or smaller rat terriers.
NOTE: Only lab puppies are born during late fall - early spring. Typical months are Nov - March...
4 Entire main set-up.. Not pictured is the lab whelping shed/pen..
During the summer time the East side & tops of each kennel,have mesh canvas to help shield heat from the sunlight & also used as a wind break.
5 Rat Terrier nursery pen: Metal is put up for the harshness that comes with the winter. There are 3 pens of 4 ft wide by 10 ft long each , plus the building,which has self feeders & there sleeping nests !!
6 On this platform it's about 2 ft off the ground,with an overhang. There's 2 pens and they are 5x4x12,with and extra 2 ft in front of the pens. 5 ft wide & 4 ft tall & 12 ft long... Depending on the size of the dog, it can house up to 3 mini terriers per pen..
Males on one side and female on other side..
7 On this platform, there's 8 pens = 7 labs and 1 bigger sheltie.. Each pen is 6 x 6 x 12 .. 6 ft high & 6 ft wide by 12 ft long...
8 Another part of the lab platform.. 6 x 6 x 12
9 On this platform it has 4 pens.. 2 pens 5x6x10 are for the male shelties..= 2 males 2 pens 5x6x10 are 2 rat terrier pens. Can house up to 3 in each pen..
5 ft wide, 6 ft tall & 10 ft long
10 On this platform it has 3 pens,which can house a total 9 adult mini/toy rat terriers,with each pen being 5x4x10.. This also depends on the size of the dog... Each pen has a doggie door as well. This is mostly usde also for the rat terrier & whelping. They have heat lamps and either straw or shaving for the winter. There's also a rubber mat on the inside as well. This building is insillated as well.
5 ft wide x 4 ft tall & 10 ft long..
11 On this platform it is 12 x 12 total,with it divided in half. So we have 2 pens that are 4x6x12... 4 ft high & 6 ft wide & 12 ft long.. They have a doggie door opening that is 12"x 12". On the inside of this building there's pen that's 4x4. It can house several small dogs, or 2 adult labs per pen. This is mostly our whelping boxes for our labs during the summer time. ( 1st pen 2 sheltie female & 1 rat terrier fem & 2nd pen mother& daughter shelties ) Also a rubber mat on the inside of the building..