www.kennelupdogs.com - K9 Kennels is a Dog breeding/training Kennel located in Alberta, Canada. Breeders of Poodle Cross dogs - the Cockapoo, MaltiPoo, plus Morkies and Yorkshire Terriers. Breeder and trainer of WORKING Border Collies, Stock Dog Trainer for all working stock dogs. Dog training Lessons and Clinics available. Obedience Training. Located in Westerose, Alberta, Canada. We do ship our pups when needed. Livestock Guardian adults and pups for sale. Maremma livestock guardian dog.
Russ and Eve Finlay, Westerose, Alberta, Canada. Cell: Call or text- 780.898.3839
Russ & Eve Finlay   Westerose,   Alberta,   Canada     Ph: 780 - 898-3839 or 780-514-6145      
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We thank God for the Blessings He gives us each and every day. The ability to make a living doing something we love to do, for our family and friends, for our home. But most of all, for the forgiveness of our sins - For God so loved the world, He gave his one and only son, that whoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16. That says it all.
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About Us

Working K9 Kennels officially opened for business in September of 2003 with the birth of our first litter of Shih Tzu X Poodle pups.
As dog owners for over 40 years, we've seen our love of dogs go from owning man's best Heinz 57 pup as a child, to having a kennel of breeding females and stud dogs, own us. We live in one of the prettiest areas in rural Alberta, just West of Pigeon Lake, one hour south-west of Edmonton and three hours north of Calgary. Depending on our schedule, we sometimes can deliver pups to anyone in either city, and points in-between - there may be a cost for delivery.

All of our dogs are considered a part of the family. Though our working dogs work - our Border Collies are trained to work the sheep and livestock on our farm, and our Guardian dogs protect the livestock from predators, they are all also friendly loving pets.

Some Facts about K9Kennels

We make it our business to provide you with the best possible puppy for your family and our home is set up as such. All of our dogs whelp in the puppy room here in the house so that the pups are socialized and played with right up until they go to your home.
K9 Kennels - Breeding Quality K9's 'From Our Home to Yours!'

We breed loving pets and working companions for you and your loved ones. This is a business and our dogs do pay some of the bills around here. That's just a fact of life. That is not to say that we do not love our dogs or that they are not a part of our family; we live in the country and this is what we have chosen to do - to work with something we love.

We sometimes get asked - what is the difference between your breeding operation and a puppy mill. Trying not to take offense, that is a very good question.
A puppy mill is not a happy place. Adult dogs are kept in small cages, sometimes stacked one on top of the other, and never get a chance to run and play - their life is solely in a cage, breeding pups. Oftentimes they are not well cared for - well how can they be if their entire existance is in a cage?

Our dogs do not live in cages. They have large outside backyard areas for summertime play and just basking in the sun. They have picnic tables to climb up on and lay atop, they have their dog houses to go in for shelter, they get little swimming pools in summer to walk through and lay in if they choose... It's kind of just like the home you'd provide for your dog, only here our dogs have many doggie friends, and it's not the end of the world if the lawn is not perfect.
In the winter, they are all inside in individual pens with their blankets - the pens are divided so they have a washroom area with newspaper in case they need to relieve themselves when I am not there to let them outside. The get exercise time once a day when they all get to go outside and romp in the snow, bite it, dig in it and just work off some of their energy while I am inside cleaning out all their pens, doing dog bedding laundry, replacing any soiled blankets, changing newspaper, filling water bowls etc.

Along with those chores, I am taking care of any pups we might have - checking little bums to make sure they are clean, clipping nails and trimming hair around their faces as needed... and handling each one. The older pups - 5 weeks and up, get their play time where they go outside of their small pens, and go into the living room into a larger X-Pen where they can investigate new surroundings, and as they get comfortable there, start to run and play and build that much needed confidence.

We have an entire house set up for our dogs (the kennel) - it Really IS a dog house!

There are rooms specifically for whelping - with built in pens for the moms to feel secure during their birthing process and then stay with their pups until they are about 6 weeks of age.

I do NOT allow visitors into the dogs rooms. My Adult dogs as well as pups, know me. Their room is their safe place. It causes them stress when a stranger enters in, so I try to avoid it with visitors when at all possible.

Around that 6 week stage, the moms are weaning their babies. I help the process by removing momma to give her a much wanted/needed break from the kids, and this also helps the puppies learn to be away from momma. By the time they are 7 - 8 weeks, and your puppy goes to your home, they will have been totally away from their mom for a week or more depending on the individual litter.
This gives them one less adjustment they have to make when they get to your home. So, no need to have a blanket with mommas scent, or their littermates scent as you often read. When they go to you, YOU will be the provider of all that is safe and secure. YOU are all the comfort they need.
What I suggest to my buyers, is if you have an old T-shirt or sweat-shirt, wear it all day and then at night, put that scent - that top, into your pups bed. That's the security it will want, cause I KNOW you will have held and cuddled and played with the puppy all day!

Generally, pups do NOT go outside before they go to your home. I find it just keeps them safer and healthier.

My day (Eve) consists of letting out the dogs in the maternity area, feeding them and any pups and then I start on the rest of the dogs.
Dog chores, clean-up, advertising, answering emails taking and sending buyers pictures of their pups etc. are done throughout the day.

During the spring and throughout summer and fall, Russ has an outside job working for a local ranch, checking their cattle for illness and problems. This involves him loading up his horse in the trailer every day, driving out to the fields where momma cows are having their babies, hopping on his horse and going for long rides throughout the fields and brush checking each and every cow and calf - he ropes them if one needs to be treated for a problem (pink eye or some such), has the drugs in his truck and in his saddlebags that are needed and is an actual working cowboy, sometimes 7 days a week during the busy times. There are a lot of cattle to check all in various sections of land in the area.

Russ also has the job of looking after all of the larger animals here on the farm - taking care of our horses and pigs, fixing things that break, butchering for the meat we have in our freezers (pork and beef) and of course, his work as an auctioneer and announcer is in there too! We are very busy people!

What we are doing here, is a full time job that requires a lot of commitment, love, patience and dedication.

Our Philosophy

Perhaps one of the first thing you might have noticed when you entered our site, is the fact that I have a cross on the left hand side.
We are Christians with a strong faith in our Lord. I (Eve) am on the board of our little church and both Russ and I are very involved.

No matter what happens in life - what curves are thrown our way, God is the one in control of it all and there's no sense in our fretting or worrying - all things happen for a reason and that sometimes, we don't see the reason. We strive to put our faith in Him. Honestly,it's not always easy. We're still human and as such we want to be in control. Faith is not about being perfect... Jesus doesn't expect perfection - it's a come as you are sort of thing, and He will help smooth over our rough patches and forgive us for our trespasses (sins).

We love our dogs - love what our dogs have done in our lives - they joy they've given us, the unquestionable love, (kinda like that Agape love of Jesus) the companionship...   We love the whole scenario of a family with children growing up with a dog. That's of course not to say that dogs aren't good for everyone, old and young - I can't say enough of the benifits of owning and loving a dog, but in particular, I feel they can give a child so much for really such little cost.
I think with all that is going on in society today - we have children killing children, children killing their parents because they don't like the restrictions put on them... that we've just gone too far from what is right. From any sense of family values and from having any responsibility to raising a productive member of society in our children.

Way back when, when I was a child, it was OK for churches to ring out their bells on a Sunday morning, calling people to worship.
Now, in many communities, it's against the bylaw for them to do so - you might just wake people up on a Sunday morning!
The 'family unit' has many faces and my use of it is in a broad sense. Your family is what you make it, (We are all God's children) but the values you hold true are what's important.

Way back when, the church pews were filled with rows of family members - mom, dad, and usually a minimum of three kids in tow. After the service, the day was a family day - usually ending up at grandmas for Sunday dinner. There was a sense of family values and family togetherness.
Goofy as it may seem, those 'Leave It to Beaver' episodes for the most part rang true across the nation.
Back then, we didn't have children toting guns to school. Back then, we didn't have children killing their parents because they didn't approve of a boyfriend at 13 years of age.
Back then, we didn't have families grieving over the suicide of their 13 year old child because of schoolyard bullying.

What we had was, families sitting down to dinner each night together and talking over the days activities; we had Sundays and Holidays at grandmas without question because it was what was done out of respect for our parents; we had children helping out elderly neighbours by shoveling their walks in the winter, helping with the groceries - respecting their properties, because that was normal and expected.
Does this sound like a Norman Rockwell painting - you bet it does - why is it they are so popular?
Of course, it was not a perfect world back then, yes there was crime, but it was a far cry from what we have today.
Today, I fear for my grandchildren growing up in the city.

So, when it comes down to it, I think the degeneration started when people - families, walked away from God, and away from their Sunday worship.
It started when we put laws against the reciting of the Lords prayer in schools, in removing the 'Christ' in Christmas, In taking away the true meaning of Easter - do you really think there would be a holiday for a bunny?
In even the singing of 'God Saves the Queen' - we are a Christian Nation, and I can't understand why we as Christians have had to remove our beliefs to appease other people.
Lets Joyously say 'Merry Christmas', and sing 'Silent Night', or 'We Three Kings', or Away In a Manger' loud with the true meaning of the season. Teach our children these songs in school again, and bring back the 'Christmas Concert'!
I don't have a problem with other cultures and religious beliefs - we can incorporate them into our lives and schools as well, but please allow us to continue to hold true our beliefs.
When it comes down to the crunch, how many people do you know that pray to God to not let something bad happen in their lives, or who blame God for when something bad does happen? Remember the free will aspect? Do you not think God weeps when man chooses to do some of the dispicable things he does to others? I do.

So, on our philosophy, that's where we stand. It's not something we push on people, it's a standard we strive to live by - with honesty, with integrity, with a sense of moral values.
But I hope that if you're reading this and can see the relevence of what I am saying, that you'll start today as the first day in your life to improve things in your family. To give hope for a future with hope for a future.

Let's Call Canada Back to God.
There will be some of you who this turns off - who will move on to the next link for a puppy, but you know if you've read this far perhaps at some point in your future you will remember what I've had to say and be willing or ready to really consider it. Then all is not lost at all.

Our pups

When we sell a puppy, we strive to find the best homes possible for them. We try to accommodate each prospective buyer in finding them the pup that best fits their needs and personality.
We'll take pictures of the puppies from birth and email them out to you, so that if you cannot get here in person you can view your puppy and even pick your puppy from a series of photos.

When you make the decision to buy your puppy and puppy pick up or delivery day has come - that is YOUR pup.

We do not hold any rights back for breeding or veterinary care, (though we do strongly recommend that you spay or neuter your pup) or type of food they eat, or if they can go to aunt Martha's for the weekend, even though she gets a little tipsy from time to time. Unless specifically laid out before hand re: breeding, the dog is YOURS.

We provide you with a little information booklet with tips on what you'll need for your new pup, and suggestions on what to do in certain situations. We are available around the clock for any questions concerning the new member of your family.

If for some unforseen reason you cannot keep the new member of your family.... and think very hard on this, because remember, this is suppose to be a lifetime commitment, call us.

We recommend that everyone take their (non working) dog in for obedience training - and understand that it isn't necessarily a one time thing - sometimes a refresher when the dog is older is a really good thing! Plus, it reinforces the fact that you and your dog are a team.

If you find yourself in the position of having to find him or her a new home, please let us know. We always have people calling or emailing us to see if we have any older dogs of our breeding.

It will cost us time and money and training to find him or her another home.
We do ask that please, worst case scenario - an animal shelter.. please don't.

We welcome people to come out to our little farm - it seems it's always under construction - we've lived here for just over 18 years and improvements are an ongoing process.
December 2017 we started work on the roof, and added a gas furnace to the kennel - some duct work still ongoing.There's always something!
That being said - we are busy. It takes a lot out of my day to prepare for your visit. It's kinda like when you have company over - you do a bit more to tidy up. There is no crew here, it's just me, and the dogs don't mind if there are bits of dead toys on the floor with stuffing all over, or if they had a newspaper shredding party. (yes it does happen!) Not to mention the wait time. Due to time constraints, I have had to restrict visits to buyers who want to come see/choose their puppy. I get frequent requests and it just is not possible to say yes to everyone.
For my buyers, Sunday is my day off - both Russ and myself are an integral part of the day to day operations of our small church, and so Sunday is the culmination of a weeks work for me there. I then have to do dog chores and after that - I am done! So please, no visit/pick up requests on a Sunday.

During the spring if you are coming out I recommend you do not wear your best shoes! It does get rather muddy and our driveway can get a bit slick, so say the least.

Maremma Guardian with her sheep
Gem one of our Maremma Guardian dogs sitting with some of her sheep

Our Kennel

I find that the dogs stay much healthier and fit than if they were kenneled inside, (though they do at times get dirtier) and get more adult socialization with each other and with us in a natural environment, therefore removing that 'kennel dog' syndrome. Yes, we take the chance of our dogs eating something they shouldn't - too much grass nibbling, or over abundance of apples when they start dropping from the trees, but hey, that's all a part of dog ownership. They aren't meant to be in a sterile environment. Dogs like to sniff, to investigate, to discover, to play hide and seek with each other. Our dogs get to do all of that especially in the warmer weather. In the winter, they are inside the kennel in their individual pens, and get let out once or twice a day for exercise.

As soon as the sun warms up the day, they are outside playing in the substancial sized yard we have, which is divided up to seperate the different breeds we are breeding for, but each dog has a good amount of outside play space each and every day. Each run has a few dog houses they can go into for shelter if they so choose.
Once the weather turns nasty and those cold winter winds start to blow, the dogs spend most of their days inside in the warmth of the kennel.


Two Horses ~ Author Unknown

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it.
From a distance, each looks like every other horse.
But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.
Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind.
His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.
This alone is amazing.
If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.
Attached to her halter is a small bell.
It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.
As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray.
When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owner of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges.
He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.
Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.
Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.
Good friends are like this. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours. "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle".


And Lastly, Some Things I have learned from my dogs:

If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout . Run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
And, when someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.