www.kennelupdogs.com - K9 Kennels is a Dog breeding/training Kennel located in Alberta, Canada. Breeders of Poodle Cross dogs - the Schnoodle, Cockapoo, Papipoo, MaltiPoo, plus on occasion we have Miniature Poodle, Cocker Spaniels, Miniature Schnauzers for sale. Breeder and trainer of WORKING Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and Kelpies. 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, and travel to do stock dog demonstrations and clinics. Dorper sheep and rams for sale on occasion. Livestock Guardian adults and pups for sale. Akbash, Maremma livestock guardian dog.
Russ and Eve Finlay, Westerose, Alberta, Canada. 780.514.6145 or 780.898.3839
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Russ & Eve Finlay   Westerose,   Alberta,   Canada     Ph: 780-514-6145 or 780 - 898-3839      
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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 individual large outside pens - 6'X 8', and their fenced play yard is larger than most people's yards (70' deep by 110'). It has apple trees, evergreens, grass and even a swimming pool for them to splash in in the summer.
The studs all come into the dog house in the winter, and go out to play on a rotational basis along with the other dogs.

We have an entire house set up for our dogs - 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 3 weeks of age.

The bedrooms are converted into baby rooms where moms can then live with their puppies until they are ready to go to your home.
The space there is larger which gives each litter room to start to explore their new surroundings and help develop the confidence they need to become healthy happy puppies.

Moms tend to stay with their babies all day long, until the pups are about 4 weeks of age when the weaning process naturally starts and moms want to spend more time outside or just away from their pups. Just like human moms, it's healthy and much needed for the moms to have some time away from their babies.

The dogs are all inside at night and have a huge yard to run and play and investigate in when the weather is nice. There are shade trees to lay under in the summer, their dog houses for shelter and a picnic table which they love to lay on top of and soak up the winter sun on a mild winters day.

My day (Eve) begins with 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 etc. are done throughout the day, and my day ends with letting all the dogs out one last time, and kennelling them up for the night.

Russ has the job of looking after all of the other things here on the farm - training his working dogs, giving clinics, taking care of our horses and sheep, fixing things that break, butchering for dog food, 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 the first thing you might have noticed when you entered our site, is the fact that I have a cross with the text "In all things, we put our faith in Him".
That is at the top and centermost of our life philosophy. 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.

We love our dogs - love what our dogs have done in our lives - they joy they've given us, the unquestionable love, 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, 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 each other? 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.
All of our females whelp inside the house so that we have constant contact with them throughout the birthing process and as the puppies grow.
We'll take pictures of the puppies from birth and mail 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.

THERE WILL BE NO REFUND OF ANY MONEY FOR A DOG BROUGHT BACK TO US.
It will cost us time and money 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 almost 15 years, and improvements are an ongoing process, but please feel free to give us a call and come by to see the dogs.
Any time during the week is fine, and Saturdays. I am reserving Sundays as my day off - we attend church in the morning and then would like to spend the rest of the day with our family.

We do have a working farm - we have several horses, a few pigs, on average about 50 sheep and a few steers both of which are used for stock dog training. 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.
It is a relaxed way of life, with our priorities for the most part


Maremma Guardian with her sheep
Gem one of our Maremma Guardian dogs sitting with some of her sheep
South African Dorper Sheep
These are a few of our flock of 70 sheep. We have mostly South African Dorpers
(the black heads with white bodies) and Katahdins (browns and blonde colored)


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.

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 their dog house. They are let out a few times a day just to run and get some air.


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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".

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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.