KissMe Kennels Miniature American Shepherds

Here is where we raise our puppies...

The first three weeks are spent in a whelping pool in my living room.

We are hungry, again...

Sometimes a Mom just needs a break...

 

At three weeks, the puppies are regularly climbing out of the whelping pool. It is time to give them more freedom and room to explore. They move to the indoor/outdoor kennel, located in my shop. They will spend their free time (when we are not busy snuggling them, carrying them around, showing them off) in this environment with their Mom and a few of her friends.

The puppy bed & pillow...

The indoor kennel...

Outside the doggie door...

When the puppies are about five weeks old, they will have thoroughly explored the indoor/outdoor kennel and it will be time for some group outings to the yard. Here they meet all the big dogs, engage in quite a bit of roughhousing, and learn to respect their elders. At this point they generally spend their days in the yard surrounding my house, so they can easily come in and out of the sliding glass door. They meet lots of people as many visitors come to see them. They will sleep in a variety of places - sometimes outside, sometimes in the indoor kennel, sometimes in the house in an X-pen.

I want to grow up to be just like you...

When in doubt, roll over...

OK, give me the chew toy...

The front yard...

The back yard...

The babysitter...

There are many walks around the property too, both as a group and individually.

What the heck is that...

Just how do you open this thing anyway...

Lots of room to roam...

Finally, they make several road trips. They take a trip to the vet for shots and a general checkup. They take a 90 mile drive to the veterinary ophthalmologist, and they take typically about a 7 hour drive and an overnight to get a structural evaluation.