Are always under construction, LOL.
In 2017, I (Amey Gage) started helping Lois more significantly (though as her daughter, I have been there since the beginning) with not only the breeding, but the kennel upkeep, as well as the overall help around the kennel. Though the help was initially done with manual labor (those of you who know how often Lois moves the kennels, will understand the manual labor comment a lot more!), starting officially in 2022, aside from the few "Dire Wolf Dogs" of Lois's that are on my page at Kingsley Kennels, the breeding program of the American Alsatian under Lois at Schwarz Kennels, has been moved to my home next door, as well as the new kennel runs behind the office at Lois's location.
Lois still and will ALWAYS have not only input, but major say in the breeding done as she retires more fully and works on her Vulpes Fox Project; I will be moving forward to continue to uphold the highest of standards toward health and longevity in our American Alsatians. Lois will always be in the ear of not only myself, but Jennifer at www.direwolfdogs.com in Washington as we continue her dream of the creation of and continuance of her beloved companion breed, the American Alsatian.
I look forward to speaking to any and all of those interested in learning more about the American Alsatian, and to updating all on the progress as the years move forward.
When you drive up into the back driveway of 4175 Winnetka Rd. where the office is, you will see this in the springtime.
Our Kennels are not really kennels like you would see in the city or at a dog shelter. Our kennels are not small cages/runs. Our dogs live in a "PACK" situation and all the doors are mostly left open. The entire Kennels are about 1 acre of land that is mowed and cared for. There is a stream running through the property and what runs we do have are there for our pregnant bitches or dogs who have a problem with another dog. Since our dogs run together they live in that 'Pack mentality' and they have a hierarchy situation going on.
Because we have two (or more) grown males that we are going to keep, I have just divided the pack into two packs and I will not be allowing the two mature males to be together unless I am around. This is for the health and protection of all concerned.
All water buckets have mint growing around them and straw is used in the kennels during the winter. This photo was taken back in 2016 when i only had about 8 dogs. This is where we kept them for the most part.
In the summer we string hoses over the tops of the kennels and leave the spray on. We have lilac bushes, apple trees, nut trees and shade trees throughout the kennels. As we grow I will continue to plant more
trees along the perimeter of the kennels.
We had the 'shed guys' of Medford, Oregon put together these whelping units. Four of them which are about 12 x 6 feet inside. Inside is a pull down bed, electric heat and air conditioning. We repaint the insides after each litter. We also have observation video cameras all over the place so i can monitor the property and dogs. Crushed granite on the ground with wood shavings on top.
Further away view from the round about driveway 2018.
Breeding and Big Dog Area
The back Kennels Summer, 2015 are 80 feet long x 10 feet wide. In this photo there were about 9 kennel runs. I had to put my dogs into these kennels so i could take down the hog wire fencing and open up more land as i put down more crushed granite. Now i am in the process of re-fencing about 2 acres. This is where the breeding takes place. All our kennels are now monitored in the office on computers.
This is the south east side of the property (summertime) and on the side of the barn.
If you are thinking of putting up kennel runs, the best thing to do is to dig down about 2 feet and put about one foot of pea gravel and sand down and then use sawdust mixed with top soil or granite.
We are on a sloping, rolling pasture land so the water does run off naturally. We are in the process of fencing the entire 2 acres and we still need to take down some fences and expand, meanwhile, the dogs have been housed in 80 x 10 and 80 x 20 runs with shade cloth and extra large dog houses. We spread tons of granite back here so that we could keep the dogs out of the mud and water.
During the summer the temperature rises into the three digits! 105 is blazing and sometimes it gets up to 112. We have sprinklers and misters on constantly and have planted a couple dozen trees, grape vines and
tomato plants near the runs.
In April 2015 we began a new layout to our kennels. 10 x 90 ft. Some of our new baby trees on the south side of the kennels. You can see the shadow of the trees. When they get tall they will shade the entire kennel area.
This photo was taken back in 2017. We had the 'shed guys' of Medford build this duplicate building for our Grooming; Training; Vet/health and supply building.
You can see a bit of the barn on the left there.
The back yard is where our young pups are kept. The puppy kennels behind the Elm tree are now a solid crushed granite which keeps everyone from getting so muddy. This enclosure is 20 x 30 and has an over
hang and den as well as straw bales.
Eastern side of our Five acres looking towards the garden shed. 2018. Future expansion over that way.