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I have been raising Mini/Toy
Australian Shepherds since 2002. I have been self employed since I was 16.
First giving riding lessons, breaking and training horses and then to buying and
selling family horses. One day I traded a horse for a couple of Mini
Aussie females. That was one of the best things I ever did. I knew
nothing about aussies or breeding at all. I'd never even heard of a mini
aussie. You could say I took a crash course. I talked to anyone who
would talk to me and I found any website I could find with information about
aussies or breeding. I made some mistakes and I learned from them.
Fortunately I found a few people along the way that helped me out and taught me
a lot. The rest is history!
Would you like to know a little more about us? My facebook is not private
and anyone is welcome to look it. I understand how scary it can be to buy
a dog off of the internet not knowing who you're dealing with and wondering if
someone is really who they say they are. I've heard my share of horror stories.
Heck, I have my own share of horror stories! I'm very open and willing to chat and answer any questions you might have or
want to know to feel comfortable. I've had people tell me they feel like
they know me and that is one of the reasons they want to buy a puppy from me.
Well, if you are one of those people, feel free to check it out. It is not
my professional facebook but my personal facebook. Not to be
rude, but I only add people I know personally. Still want to know more?
I have a channel on YouTube.
Lindsey682 or type in
http://www.youtube.com/user/Lindsey682. I have well over 100 videos
added. A lot are puppy or business related videos, but some are personal
and are posted to share with friends. You'll see a lot of my dogs and
kennels in these videos.
People ask, what is a day like at your house?
Well, first thing in the morning I go in and check on all of the puppies.
Nothing starts a day off better than puppy love. I go through the whelping
house and give all of the mama's a pupperoni treat and make sure everything is
like it's supposed to be. We go through all of the pens, check
feeders and give out kisses and get our daily slobbers and licks. We have
automatic feeders so the dogs have free access to food all of the time. We
also have Lixit waterers everywhere so they have clean water all of the time.
There are ALWAYS chores to do. If we're not adding
something new or working on the kennels, we have plenty of dogs that could use
grooming or yards that need mowed and puppies that want to be played with.
Fence that needs checking or dogs that need training for the upcoming shows.
One of the things that takes up a lot of my time is taking puppy pictures and
videos. Most people don't realize that I spend anywhere from 5-8 hours or
more a day just taking pictures and videos for my website. This doesn't
even start to include editing, sorting and putting them on my website.
I have 3 people who work for me full time and help keep
kennels clean and puppies played with. Between us, we usually
spend about 30-35 hours a day at the kennel doing dog work.
I've had the question asked, 'How can you take care of so many dogs?' Well, that
pretty much answers a lot of that question. The rest of "how we do it" is
explained in the what are your kennels like section.
The day (at the kennel) usually ends around dark and the rest
of the day is spent on my website and writing emails. A normal night on
the website/emails is generally from 5-11 or midnight in the winter time and
closer to 8-11 or midnight in the summer. My website has so many pages
that there are literally pages that I have not seen in years. I have
hundreds of pages on this site. If you think you've seen it all, click
around a little more and you'll find something new. My website is updated
daily with new puppy pictures, new information and a lot of times, even videos.
I try to take 1 night off a week off to get me out from under the computer.
Hey, I've got to have some reason to dress up every once in a while! In
the summer, I spend a lot of weekends at the lake. Summer is usually
slower with the dogs anyway and it gives me a chance to slow down a little and
take some dogs out on the boat.
Another question I get is, what are you kennels like?
Our kennels are something that we have worked VERY hard on for the last 8 years.
We are very proud of our set up and are proud to show you around here on the
Our kennels are set up to use. What I mean by that is,
we went the extra mile. Spent the extra money and time to build our
kennels to work for us. Everything is set up to be easy and as simple as
possible. For example, the whelping house is all cement. Inside and
out. Everything slopes towards a drain that goes to a huge septic system
we put in just for the dogs. The cement is sealed so it does not hold
germs or smell. All we have to do is bring out the pressure washer and
spray everything down the drain. This makes the whelping house so easy to
clean and actually does not have a smell at all. The cement is
cleaned so well every single day that it looks like brand new cement. There are no 'doggy'
stains at all on the floor of the runs. (The building is old and could've
used a paint job, but hey, we've had other priorities) All of the pens in
the whelping house are inside/outside pens. The doggy doors are
strategically placed high enough that the adult dogs can get in and out, but
puppies that aren't old enough to be outside yet can not get out on accident.
Each individual pen is divided by 4ft tall solid concrete walls (custom built) so that the dogs have plenty of privacy inside. They all have 5lb
feeders and automatic lixit waters in their pens. The building is of
course heated, cooled and ventilated. Each whelping room has cameras that
are hooked up to the internet so we can check on the puppies anytime from
anywhere. This is especially nice when expecting puppies. Yes, we
took the time to run internet cable out there after we ran the electric,
water and everything else. It was a huge pain and a lot of work but very
worth it. Saving just one puppy because of the cameras was worth it. And
how interesting to watch the dogs doing their thing without disturbing them.
Okay, for the outside kennels...I hate scooping dog poop just
as much as everyone else, I'm not gonna lie. And I didn't want my dogs to
be in cages or pens their whole life. So, I found a place that was private
enough and where I had enough room. Each dog yard is 75x100 feet or 70x70
along the back. My dogs have it made better than a lot of pets out there.
These yards are so large that I hardly ever even have to scoop dog poop. No really.
Most people don't believe it until they see it. Ok, I'll admit, the
wonderful dog food that I feed has a lot to do with it. But seriously, in
that much room the dogs do not poop enough for it to even start piling up or
smelling. When you walk out into my kennels you will not see or smell any
'dog smells'. People who have been to my kennel are still surprised when I
tell them how often I have to clean those outside yards. But if you
imagine you have a huge back yard with 3 or 4 small dogs in it. If you're
feeding good dog food, you wouldn't have to pick up your yard either.
These yards are basically like living in someone's huge back yard.
Each yard has a shed (built just for the dogs) and
inside each shed are dog houses with a shelf that makes each one two stories.
It gives them more room and something to play on. In the winter time we
put straw in the houses and we can completely shut them up. In the summer
time the backs of some of the sheds slide down and out. This helps in the
yards that don't have as much 'natural' shade from trees. When the back
portion of the shed slides out it actually pulls air through like a fan; even
when it isn't windy. It also gives them more shaded area. Remember, these are cow dogs. They aren't foo-foo house dogs and are most happy outside. Each
yard has a 55 gallon barrel cut in half that is used for a water trough.
They always have plenty of water and a big place to jump in and cool off.
All of the yards have swimming pools in the summer time.
Other than that, my property is completely fenced in with 2 x
4 inch horse fence. The 'back yard' is what I call the huge hard in the
middle of all of the individual yards. It goes around the whelping house
and into all of the individual yards. For example, if a gate is left open
the dogs would just be loose in the back yard. The back yard opens up to
the rest of the property where the house, pool and barns are. The dogs
have several acres to run on and explore. Usually you'll see them under a
tree watching a squirrel or chasing each other around the house. Most of them
are very good about coming back into the 'back yard' when I call them so its
easy to just let them run while we're out there doing chores.
I almost forgot to mention the bathtub, set at just my height so I can give dogs
warm baths without killing my back. We set it up where it works
perfectly. Warm water, the tub at just the right height with enough slope
that the dogs aren't standing in water. I also have a nice area to groom
dogs and if necessary doctor dogs. My dryers make everything complete and
easy to use. This has gotten so many hours of use you wouldn't even
How socialized are our puppies?
I am lucky to have
good help that allows me to spend more time playing with puppies. If I
didn't have them I probably wouldn't get to spend as much time with them as I
would like to. I spend an average of 8-10 hours in the kennel each day
anyway but everyone has puppy duty. Every puppy is picked up every day by
everyone who is working out here. This is the most fun and most important
thing we do. People ask if my puppies are socialized with kids. No.
I don't have kids. BUT I do have a monkey, Mali, who absolutely adores the
puppies. You might be thinking, well, that isn't a kid. This is
true. But she does a lot of the things that kids do to puppies. She
pokes on their noses, pulls on their feet and looks in their mouths. The
hugs and kisses and even tries to carry around the little ones. So they
are used to all of the silly little things that a kid might do to them. They all love people,
have been around horses and cats. They will be happy and friendly when they get to
their new home with you!
If you have any questions please
feel free to ask! We'd love to hear from you! I've always got
time to talk dogs! :)
building, we started working on it January 2011 and had it mostly done by May.
This building is working out very well for us. It is very well insulated
and is easy to keep clean and cool. (or warm of course!) It's
approximately 55 ft long It has 8 pens on one side, with large whelping boxes on
the inside and 12 on the other side that is used for bitches in heat. This
makes it easier for me to know exactly when the dog is bred and it also prevents
unnecessary fights in the yards. I'm sure you can imagine how these girls
are when they're in heat. :)
Dennis installed lixit waters in every pen so everyone has cool, clean, fresh
water all of the time. No knocking over water buckets! This building
also connects to the septic system so there is no smell. It, like the
other building, is cleaned every day with a pressure washer. To keep
the air circulating, along with a couple of large fans, a ventilation system has
also been installed. You might be surprised though at how cool
this building stays even with just the doors open at both ends.
There are always a few pens left open and gates left ajar so my loose dogs
running in the yard can
go in and nap if they please. However, I find even if they have the opportunity
to go take a nap in a 70 degree building, they'll opt for the shade tree.
Another nice feature is that when we built the divider panels, we made them
removable. So if we're only using a few pens on one side, with just a
couple of screws removed, the pen
size is doubled....or tripled! Works great for weaning age litters in the heat of the
summer and can be easily sanitized and cleaned.
Whelping House...in the works...
is it ever really
With the roof done!
Before the roof was done all of the way around.
The old dairy barn that we have cleaned up and turned into
our dog kennel/whelping house. It has two rooms, a big room and a smaller one. The
smaller room is where the puppies are born. Its smaller it is easier to
keep even warmer. It stays at about 70-75 at the lowest. (The
top picture shows the pens coming out of the whelping room.) The bigger room has
bigger pens, about 4x4 inside. We keep rubber mats down in the winter time
to keep them of the cool floors. There are propane heaters in both rooms
and a heat lamp here and there for a brand new litter.
In the summer time this solid cement building is a perfect place to keep cool.
I have a huge fan that ventilates, 2 ventilation fans in the ceiling and they
pull quite a bit of air in. Of course there are air conditioners in both
rooms for the days that get really hot. The outside pens are going to be
covered all of the way around. When the windows are open and the fans
blow, it will pull the cool air in from the shaded areas. The dogs get
sunlight in their pens in the morning and evening, but not during the hottest
part of the day.
Another one of my favorite things about my kennel (and one of our bigger
projects) is that it all washes into a huge septic system. Yes, EVERYTHING
washes into the septic. Inside and out! No yucky run off making a
huge mud/poop puddle. Ever.
Pressure washing everyday, getting every little thing off the concrete makes a
huge difference. This keeps everything cleaner and it is
much easier to sanitize.
We have 9 internet cameras in our kennels so we can watch everything that is
going on at anytime. There are cameras in the puppy house, both the
whelping houses and 3 cameras that show all of the outside yards. Yes, of
course they have night vision. :) That is when we use them most.
They're not used much during the day since we're out there usually 10 hours a
For those of you just a little curious...here are a few quick pictures of this
50 year old dairy barn before we started working on it just over a year and a
remember, we converted a 60 year old dairy barn into a kennel. There were
doors we had to turn into walls and walls we had to turn into doors! It
doesn't look as pretty on the outside as it would've if we would've started from
scratch. But it isn't the outside we're worried about, its the inside,
where the dogs stay. It was painted the worst color of green you've ever
seen. I suppose I could repaint it...but there are a million more projects
that are ahead so for now, squint and pretend that the green is....tan, or
something a little easier on the eyes! lol
Outside pens, where the
dogs spend most of their time.
view in the summer.
(before the sheds were built)
A colder view
on one of our few snowy days.
A few pictures of my dog yards....
A different view of the latest yards.
The two pictures below are taken from the
same spot 15 months apart. We hauled off a huge junk pile the last
owners left, cleaned everything up and tore down all of the old, hanging
fences. We put up no climb horse fence. Works great for the
The outside pens are 50x100, 75 x 100 or
The outside yards all have their own sheds.
They're similar to a loafing shed. The dogs LOVE the upside down
dog houses. Don't ask me why, but you'll always find more dogs
inside and on top of it than the other dog house. They dig a 'fox
hole' under it and have their own den. They also love the shelf in
the back of the shed. It gives them more space to lay and makes
for good entertainment when they're playing tag. I think they use it as
base. The shed is taken apart in the summer time to give shade,
but pull the wind through. I also have a few A frame houses.
You can see them in some of the other pictures.
Would you like a virtual tour of my
kennel? Since most of my customers are too far away to come pick
their puppy up and visit, I wanted to took a quick
video for you to see even more of my kennel set up.
Bill has worked here
full time since early spring 2014. He helps with
absolutely EVERYTHING. From taking puppies to the vet for
their health certificates to keeping everything running
smoothly. And believe me, keeping everything running
smoothly is a full time job! He's the one who's feet you
always see in my puppy pictures. ;)
Shannan has worked
here since early 2015. She helps me with computer stuff,
paperwork, puppy playtime, pictures and organizing what all
needs to be done. She forces me to take a few minutes and
relax sometimes. Kind of a nice change!
Kristen has worked here with me since 2012. She makes sure
every puppy is hugged and kissed to it's hearts desire!
She's good at noticing if one just isn't feeling 100% or which
ones need extra attention. She loves the puppies and has
been around to watch a few generations be born and raised here.
Knowing every single dog, their personalities, likes/dislikes,
wants and needs is a very important part of how she helps out
Marie is very experienced with animals.
She has worked for years at the local vet clinic. She
works side by side with the vet and has tons of knowledge about
dogs. She is great to have around. Marie helps
with everything from cleaning to shots and bathing. She's
nice to have around! Marie has been around here since
Me and my yorkie,
Dennis at the drop zone ready to skydive! Of course we
had puppies with us!
around at the barn!
I had to have a picture of me and my
constant help and puppy socializer! Mali!
Still want more? Would you like
to see more videos of my other puppies, Mali Monkey or anything else
that's been uploaded on my youtube.
Feel free to look around, there are well over 150 videos! CLICK HERE!
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