We often hear from people something to the effect of “I don’t see a lot of shots from inside the place where the dogs sleep.” This post is meant to explain and rectify this problem. Please read and watch the two videos at the end of this text.
In 2018, we remodeled the “new side” of the kennel. There we put in a cement floor, added a new furnace, insulation, whole house AC, running hot and cold water, bathroom, fridge, bathtub, woodstove, etc. It’s beautiful and we’re proud of it. Eight yards are connected to this side of the kennel so there are plenty of options to mix and match dogs. If one dog is not getting along with others, s/he could still have a yard all day (access to outside) and if we have a group who are doing great together and should stay together at night, we can let them have a yard as well.
Please note the cots in the video below. We have a design for washable beds that works well for us – we can spray them off, they are comfortable, and should a dog show up here with fleas, god forbid, they would have no place to lay eggs.
In 2019-20 we remodeled the “old side” of the 1904 post and beam barn. The foundation and roof are in excellent shape, we repainted the entire huge building, the fire alarms and sprinklers are up to snuff, and the heating and cooling systems are brand new. This brings us up to 6000 SF of insulated, interior space available to dogs. We like to let them out and explore the whole thing when many people are there to supervise – up the stairs, down… After exploring while we clean and maintain the space, then going out to the fields, they are usually quite ready to rest and relax by 11 AM in the morning.
1500 sf (new side) has AC and the rest (old side) has a sophisticated air circulation system to keep the warm air heading down in the winter when the heat is on and the hot air moving up and out of the building at night in the summer to cool the place off all day. Insulating a space this huge was a challenge and we did it. This “old” side includes the massive inside playground.
In addition to the five large fields (total of about 18 acres) for romping mornings and evenings, we have 16 yards around the barn. This means that no dog will be stuck inside if the weather is halfway decent. We have 64 spaces where we could put dogs – rooms of various sizes. We can feed every dog by him or herself if we need to, for example.
Inside photography is a bit trickier than outside videos and photos. However, we have plenty of interior shots sprinkled in the monthly photo albums linked on this site. The problem is to find the pictures.
Take a look at these video – about a minute each – and see if this helps.