The Home at
Is located on a few acres in the center of farming country. We have lots of
space with fruit trees and a grape arbor. Above all it is peaceful here with kids in swings and shelties
running to their hearts content, what more can you ask for?
We are a small hobby kennel established in 1986. We limit our numbers to about 25 adults, so that
we may spend plenty of time with each one. we have an ample kennel building 35'
x 20' in which our dogs are housed. They are crated at night and have free
access to a large 50' x 75' grassy exercise yard. We also have 13
indoor/outdoor runs, please see our Kennels Page for
more details. These runs come
into our insulated, heated building on concrete, for easy cleaning. We also have
a large yard the length of the building; 50' x 50' in the front where the dogs
run and play. This yard also has kennels that come out from the building where
they can all be separated if need be. This yard also boarders our driveway on
the rear side so they have plenty of opportunity to meet and greet. It also has
shade trees and a swimming pool in the summer for play and relaxation. On the
side there is a 20 x 20 area that opens up to the rear door of the
kennel building. Both entrance sides have awnings installed for shade in the summer. The whole kennel is fenced at every entrance and all the runs open to
the inside of another chain linked area. The whole kennel on the outside is on
gravel, except for the play yards that have grass.
A lot of time and thought has gone into designing and putting together our
home and kennel.
What you can't see here is the chain link fence that we installed after this
photo was taken. It encloses the whole property. All of our pens (except for the
play yards) are double or triple gated with 6' high
chain link kennels for maximum security. I am a stay at home mom, so I am able to spend lots of time with the dogs. They also take turns
in the house as space and time allows. We usually have up to 10
(excluding puppies) in at a time for socializing and playtime.
This photo of the kennel
building was taken in 2004
Now this front yard you see is enclosed in a large play yard for the dogs.
The yard comes out from the kennel to past where the tree stands, it is about 50'
wide x 50' long.
In the house we also have two puppy/grooming rooms where our puppies are
raised and dogs are kept indoors. We spend a lot of time here grooming and having fun with the
babies. The front room is converted from our den, and the back room is attached to
the garage. Both go out to the same wooden fenced area pictured below.
I make sure that the dogs have their shots up to date, that they get Frontline
Plus or Advantage as flea preventative and Interceptor or Iverhart Plus
(we routinely rotate these for better strength) as heartworm
prevention, monthly. All dogs are micro-chipped and every dog gets home
Click here to see more views of our kennel facilities.
are whelped in our living room, in an extra large airline crate, where they remain for close
until 2 1/2 weeks of age, when they are transferred to our puppy room in a
4' x4' enamel coated wire playpen that is off the ground and lined with a thick
layer of newspaper and lots of shredded papers on top to keep the puppies
clean, dry and comfortable; here they get more socializing from
kids and visitors. We have three 3' high 13' x 4' chain link indoor/outdoor kennels on gravel outside our
back puppy room where the older puppies go while not in the house and before
entering our grape yard harbor pen pictured on our Kennels
page. Also this side entrance, (shown above) is fully enclosed with a 6 foot high
privancy fence all around (the chain link portion shown has been replaced), and measures 50' x 50'.
This is a great shady area with trees and serves as a nice sized play yard for
our house dogs.
Here are pictures of our puppy room
As the puppies grow, they get used to every day household noises, sights and sounds,
different experiences, lots of room to play and run and
plenty of kids to play with. At this time mom takes longer
breaks from the pups. Our puppies are allowed to explore
their surroundings quite a bit and allowed monitored play
periods with the kids. This ensures well adjusted, self
confident companion puppies as well as future show dogs.
Our home's back yard
with fruit trees
show puppies will be shown a handful of times by a year of age to get them
accustomed to the ring and then brought home to grow up and mature.
When ready, they
are sent out with a handler. We do show ourselves as well but prefer to send
them out with the pros, they can do a better job. And
our time is better spent taking care of the ones at home. Our
main objective here at Belmark is to enjoy our dogs. My husband and I
have four young boys: Toban is 16 years old, Deven is 14, Aaron 11 and Justin is
8 and our new addition Kristen is just over ayear. The older
boys help with the daily chores and are true animal lovers,
specially Toby who has such a sweet loving touch with all the
dogs. The kids are animal lovers and take an active role
The children are the best puppy socializers, as well. They ensure that
the puppies being raised are exposed to every possible noise! I have seen a
drastic change in the boldness and fearlessness of our dogs after the kids
arrived. I have
been told by many puppy buyers that their puppies
arrived at their new homes with impressive self confidence which lasted well
Shelties est. 1986 has bred or owned Specialty Best of Breed winners and All breed
Best In Show
winning Champions as well as many that are active in agility, obedience and
other activities. I would like to thank all of
those who have shown their Belmark puppies and made us proud. We were blessed
with some beautiful puppies this year and hope to get them out with handlers
when fully mature.
We know that
with the room we have in our home and kennel as well as all the room we have to
expand we could keep many more dogs, but that would take the joy out of what we
enjoy so much. I love doing this and hope that I will be able to continue to do
so for many years to come happiness each and everyday, I see it in me my husband
and kids. I suppose if it ever became a chore we would quit but I don't see that
happening. People ask how "long have you been doing this", and all I can say
is......well as long as I can remember I have been in dogs since my mother bred
dogs before I was born. I have been very
much blessed and hope to continue to service the breed and the people that I
deal with now and in the future.
Now that I have rattled on
so, I hope you'll still have time to visit with us and see our shelties. Please
come regularly as we will be updating these pages all the time. Your comments
and questions are gladly welcome!
Me above, thanks for visiting
We strive to have happy healthy dogs that live full joyful
WHAT AM I TO YOU?
As a pup I dreamed and wondered
What life would hold in store:
For ME, I thought, there's something GREAT
Beyond that kennel door.
Out there are needy people
And I have much to give:
Love, and wit, and gentleness,
To help them learn to live.
I'd be someone's protector,
Keep little ones from harm,
Or guide an old man's weary steps,
Or help to run a farm.
I'd run and bark and jump and play
With friends along a sandy shore.
I'd roll in meadows thick and green
That lie beyond that kennel door.
I lay here waiting-longing,
As the days and years went by;
My owner kept me fed and brushed,
But inside, let me die.
I do not think of greatness now,
I'm old and filled with pain.
My owner has some ribbons,
But I have lived in vain.
I cannot think what could have been,
My dreams are filled with hope no more,
Just floor and walls and broken heart
For me behind this kennel door
by M. Kummer
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