CAMP'S CASINO BOXERS

THE KENNEL-   

 WE STRIVE TO GIVE OUR DOGS THE NICEST FACILITIES THAT WE CAN. MOST OF OUR TIME AND MONEY GOES RIGHT BACK TO OUR KENNEL. WE HAVE BEEN IN  OUR COUNTRY HOME FOR 9 YEARS NOW, AND GIVING OUR KENNEL AN UPGRADE HAS BEEN A MAJOR AND NEVER ENDING TASK. OUR GOAL WAS TO PROVIDE OUR DOGS WITH MORE ROOM TO LIVE AND PLAY. WE DON'T DISTINGUISH "KENNEL DOGS" AND "PETS"...ALL OF OUR DOGS ARE COMPANIONS. THEY ALL HAVE AMPLE AND EQUAL OPPOURTUNITY TO STROLLICK AND PLAY THEY ARE IN NO WAY LEFT TO LANGUISH AND EVERYONE IS HAPPILY INDOOR/OUTDOOR. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT SUNSHINE AND FRESH AIR FOR PUPPIES, LIKE CHILDREN, KEEP THEM PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY FIT. WE GO FOR RUNS (WELL THE DOGS LOL) WE PLAY IN THE POND, THE TALL GRASS, LONG WALKS WHERE THEY CAN DART AROUND ROLL AROUND AND JUST EXPRESS THEIR JOY IN LIFE.  BELOW ARE PICTURES OF OUR PROGRESS OVER THE YEARS !! WE HOPE TO ONE DAY SAVE ENOUGH TO CONCRETE THE WHOLE KENNEL AREA .   *******UPDATED PICTURES OF OUR WHOLE PLACE ARE LOCATED IN THE DOGS ALBUM MARKED "OUR PLACE!!"************** THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE OVER THE YEARS....

THE FIRST KENNEL

THIS WAS THE FIRST CASINO BOXERS. WE WERE WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF WELLSVILLE AND SO SPACE FOR THE DOGS WAS AT A PREMIUM. THEY HAD 6 X10 RUNS BUT WITH A FENCED IN YARD THEY DID HAVE LOTS OF  ROOM TO RUN AND PLAY DAILY, BEING IN THE CITY LIMITS DRASTICALLY LIMITED OUR ABILITY TO ESTABLISH A BREEDING PROGRAM BUT WE ALSO WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF RAISING A VERY LARGE FAMILY ON A PRETTY SMALL BUDGET. SO OUR EYES TURNED TOWARD WHAT MANY PEOPLE DREAM OF, A LITTLE PLACE IN THE COUNTRY!

IN THE HOUSE AND OH WHAT A MESS!!!

BEFORE , ALL LITTERS WERE WHELPED IN OUR HOUSE. WHILE THIS WAS A WONDERFUL WAY TO HAVE NEWBORNS, AFTER THE FIRST THREE WEEKS A LITTER OF GROWING PUPPIES BECAME QUITE THE CHALLENGE TO KEEP CLEAN AND HAPPY .WE ALSO DIDN'T LIKE THE IDEA OF A PUPPY BECOMING COMFORTABLE WITH GOING POTTY INSIDE SO........

THE WHELPING HOUSE

THE WHELPING HOUSE OUR CUSTOM MADE ANSWER TO MANY OF OUR CONCERNS...... WHEN WE PURCHASED OUR HOME IN THE COUNTRY WE IMMEDIATELY SET DOWN TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WOULD BE BEST TO DO A MAJOR UPGRADE TO OUR BREEDING PROGRAM.WE HAD DABBLED FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS, A LITTER HERE KEEPING A FEMALE THERE, BUT WE DIDN'T WANT A "BACK YARD BREEDER" LABEL , WE WANTED BETTER SO WE TOOK EVERY PENNY WE HAD SAVED AND STARTED A RENAVATION THAT FOR US WAS A VERY BIG DEAL. A LARGE AWNING FOR SHADE WAS FIRST ADDED. THIS IS GREAT PROTECTION FROM ALL WEATHER.THEN WE EXPANDED THE KENNELS DRASTICALLY- FROM 6 X 10S TO 10 X 24s . THOSE WERE THE FIRST TWO YEARS. THE THIRD YEAR HERE AND WE DESIGNED THE VERY LONG AWAITED ADDITION OF A COZY COMFORTABLE PLACE FOR OUR MAMAS TO HAVE PUPPIES. NOT ONLY IS IT TEMPERATURE AND CLIMATE CONTROLLED , IT WAS BUILT WITH CLEANLINESS AND SANITATION IN MIND.WE PURCHASED JUST A REGULAR SHED, WE HAVE SEEN OTHER FACILITIES THAT HAVE WHELPING UNITS BUT THEY WERN'T WHAT WE HAD IN MIND AND A BROWN SHED IS CERTAINLY NOT HOMEY, WHILE WE WANTED CLEAN, WE DIDN'T WANT "STERILE" WE WANTED A MINI "HOME".... BUT THEN BILL TOOK OVER AND AFTER MUCH INTERNET SURFING, VISITS TO HOME DEPOT ,PLOTTING,PLANNING CUTTING ,FIGURING ,PAINTING HAMMERING, TEARING APART AND RE DOING AND MAYBE A FEW BAD WORDS HERE AND THERE.....VOLIA THE "PUPPY HOUSE" WAS BORN .IT HAS THREE WHELPING CAGES WITH INSIDE/OUTSIDE RUNS.THREE WHELPING RUNS WE FEEL ARE PERFECT FOR OUR SMALL BREEDING PROGRAM AS IT IS VERY HARD TO KEEP UP WITH SEVERAL LITTERS. WE RARELY HAVE MORE THAN THREE LITTERS A YEAR BUT OUR GALS SEEM TO CYCLE AT THE SAME TIME . WE USUALLY KEEP THREE BREEDING LADIES SO AGAIN THREE RUNS ARE PERFECT :)  iT'S ALSO GREAT FOR ELDERLY BONES TO LIE AROUND IN COMFORT , FOR CROPPED EARS TO HEAL AND RECENT SURGERIES TO RECOVER IN.

INSIDE....

 

WE KEEP THE DOG SUPPLIES, FOOD, MEDICINES AND ALL MANNER OF DOGGIE PARAPHERNALIA IN OUR WHELPING HOUSE.

WHELPING CAGES

 

THE CAGES ARE MADE OF HEAVY PLASTIC SHEETING WHICH WE HAD CUSTOM BUILT. IT CAN BE CLEANED COMPLETELY, INSIDE AND OUT . EVERYTHING YOU SEE CAN BE TORN APART HAULED OUTSIDE AND SCRUBBED WHICH WE DO AFTER EVERY LITTER.WHITE CANNOT HIDE DIRT, PERIOD SO WHITE IS WHAT I CHOSE.I LIKE A CLEAN PLACE FOR MY PUPPIES AND YOU CAN HIDE VERY LITTLE WITH A GLARING WHITE SURFACE AND IT TAKE WORK AND ELBOW GREASE TO KEEP IT WHITE.MY HUSBAND SAYS MY WHELPING FACILITIES ARE CLEANER THAN OUR OWN HOUSE...HE'S JOKING...I HOPE! ... TRAYS ON THE BOTTOM SLIDE OUT TO BE CLEANED EVERY EVENING AND WE LINE THEM WITH PUPPY PADS TO CATCH ANY MESS DURING THE BIRTH PROCESS AND FROM THE PUPPIES UNTIL THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO TODDLE OUTSIDE.

 

THE INSIDE HAS A HEAVY PLASTIC COATED BOTTOM THAT CAN BE SCRUBBED. IT IS VERY EASY ON MAMA DOG'S FEET AND THE HOLES ARE SMALL ENOUGH THAT TINY FEET AND LEGS DON'T FALL THRU. THE MESS , HOWEVER, DOES FALL THRU TO THE TRAY BELOW TO KEEP THE PUPPIES CLEAN AND DRY. THERE IS A RAILING AROUND THE EDGES TO KEEP THE MOTHER FROM ACCIDENTALLY SQUISHING A YOUNG PUPPY BETWEEN HER BODY AND THE WALL.  IT IS REMOVED AS THE PUPS GROW AND NEED THE EXTRA ROOM. A HEAT LAMP IS SAFELY UP OUT OF CHEWING RANGE TO HELP MAINTAIN THE WARMTH FOR THE PUPS AS THEY CANNOT CONTROL THEIR OWN BODY HEAT FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS IF NEEDED A CHEW PROOF HEATING PAD ALSO PROVIDES ADDED WARMTH. I HAVE HEARD A FEW NEGATIVE COMMENTS REGARDING "WIRE FLOORS" HOWEVER I HAVE FOUND THIS TO BE PERFECT FOR GROWING PUPPIES, I HATE THEM WALKING IN THEIR OWN MESS, OR THE IDEA OF CHEWED PAPER OR PUPPY PADS, THINGS WILL HAPPEN, EVEN ON A QUICK RUN TO THE STORE. FOR ME THE PEACE OF MIND IS VERY WORTHWHILE AND IT HAS WORKED FOR US, PERFECTLY THRU THE YEARS TO QUICKLY HELP TO HOUSE BREAK THOSE BABIES FOR THEIR NEW OWNERS....

 A PIECE OF HEAVY CARPET IS ADDED TO HELP THE PUPPIES GET A GOOD GRIP ON THE FLOOR WITH THEIR HIND FEET TO HELP THEM EAT , BEGIN WALKING AND LATER , TO HELP THEM BECOME USED TO SLEEPING ON CARPET BUT NOT GOING TO THE BATHROOM ON IT

IN AND OUT.....

AS THE PUPPIES GET OLDER MOM NEEDS A BIT OF A BREAK. THE DOORWAY PROVIDES ACCESS TO THE OUTSIDE RUNS, AS ABSOLUTLY THEY NEED ACCESS TO OUTSIDE!!!. SOON THE PUPS LEARN FROM SEEING THEIR MOTHER GO OUTSIDE AND THEY TOO START NOSING THEIR WAY OUT TO PLAY AND POTTY. BY THE TIME THEY GO TO THEIR NEW HOMES MOST PUPPIES ARE GOING OUTSIDE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM PRETTY REGULAR. DOGS, IF GIVEN A CHOICE, ARE CLEAN ANIMALS AND DON'T LIKE TO GO WHERE THEY SLEEP AND EAT. WITH FREE ACCESS TO THE LARGER RUN THEY BECOME ACCLIMATED TO GOING OUTSIDE TO DO THEIR BUSINESS .  THIS HELPS THEM TO BE HOUSE BROKEN MUCH QUICKER THAN A PUPPY WHO HAS HAD TO SLEEP IN THE SAME AREA THEY POOP IN. IT ALSO HELPS IN CRATE TRAINING. WE PUT ALOT OF THOUGHT INTO THE OUTSIDE OF THE PUPPY HOUSE ALSO, THERE IS A LARGE DECK FOR PLAYING AND SUNNING WITH THREE PUPPY SIZED STEPS TO HELP ACLIMATE THE BABIES TO GOING UP AND DOWN STEPS, YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED HOW QUICKLY THEY FIGURE OUT POO IS FOR THE GROUND , NOT THE HOUSE OR THE DECK AND BY 8 WEEKS MOST OF THE TIME MAKE IT NOT ONLY OUT THE DOOR BUT DOWN AND TO THE GRAVEL AREA.

FOO FOO STUFF

 EVERYONE WONDERS WHY I PLANT FLOWERS FOR DOGS WHO ONLY PEE ON THEM OR LAY IN THEM...WELL BESIDES BEING PRETTY TO LOOK AT THE LATTICE AND FLOWERS AND GRASSES HELP GIVE THEM SHADE AND KEEP THEM COOL IN SUMMER AND BLOCK WIND AND SNOW IN WINTER!! 

AND STILL MODIFYING...A NEVER ENDING PROCESS..

 IF YOU LOOK VERY VERY CLOSE YOU CAN SEE THE DECK RAILING ADDED ON IN THE BACK. WE ARE PLANNING TO BRING IT AROUND  AND ADD CONCRETE AND MUCH BIGGER RUNS.SOUNDS SILLY TO HAVE A DECK I KNOW BUT I WANT PUPPIES TO BE ACCLIMATED TO MANY OF THE THINGS THEY WILL RUN INTO AT THEIR FOREVER HOMES AND DECKS WITH STEPS ARE ONE THEM.FUTURE UPGRADES TO THE PUPPY HOUSE WILL BE A "PUPPY PLAYGROUND"...IVE SEEN ONE OF THESE ON THE INTERNET AND AM DYING TO GET ONE BUILT!!