the property because it was perfect for our Newfoundland dogs.
In August 1998 Rhoda and I stopped
in Binghamton for lunch. On the table was a real estate booklet
which had a full page ad for the Billy Martin property,currently
configured with about 85 acres and a large pond.
I hired an electrician, a plumber
and a carpenter to start the work once we closed on the house. We
set up indoor/outdoor kennels in the basement, set up large paddocks
outside using chain link fencing. At the time we had 12 dogs.
The first summer was very hot. The
basement, where the dogs lived, did not have AC. So we set up dog
crates in the living room and dining room with the AC on and the
dogs stayed there for a while. Then, as quickly as we could, we
installed heat and AC in the basement.
The property was perfect for our
dogs. They needed to be exercised every day. There was plenty of
room to install large kennels which we called paddocks. So we set
up three of them so the dogs had plenty of room to run around, but
could be contained inside the chain link fence. We decided to set
up indoor/outdoor kennels in the basement where the dogs stayed
at night. We set up a small kennel inside, opened up a portion of
the wall to give the dogs access to the outside and set up a small
kennel outside so the dogs could move freely between the inside
and the outside and still be contained. Then we installed a sheet
of plywood that we could slide up or down so we could contain the
dogs on either side when we needed to. We referred to that piece
of plywood as the guillotine door. We had to be sure not to drop
down the guillotine while the dogs were going through.
There were two other characteristics
that made the property perfect for the dogs. There were plenty of
trails throughout the 85 acres. We would walk the dogs on those
trails off lead, which allowed them to run freely. We trained them
to return to us when we called them. Then there was the lake. Since
Newfoundlands are water dogs, they spent a lot of their time swimming.
Quite often we had to call them many times to get them to come out
of the water.
As you can tell from all of this
that we made sure we had several things as responsible breeders...safety,
containment and control...and love...lots of love, which made everything
else easy. After 20 years, we never regretted our decision. I have
often said it was the smartest move I ever made, except for marrying
Rhoda. I can tell you, it was perfect. The house really worked....Bob
3 large paddocks
in the yard and then two small kennels in the basement where the
dogs can go outside or stay inside through an opening in the wall
that gives them access to both sides of the wall.
In the basement - first the inside kennel,
and then the outdoor kennel
Some have only one access gate,
some have several gates.
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