We got our first Boykin Spaniel puppy in 2009. Her name was Annie and she was the very best dog.
That started us on this journey.
My retirement plan was to raise puppies. We got 6 female Boykin Spaniel puppies in 2019 to be ready to breed the first ones in 2021. Then I would retire in 2022.
God had other plans.
In January of 2020, just before the COVID Pandemic hit our area, I got laid off from my job. My husband, Wayne, had retired from raising Bob White Quail after about 30 years. For the first time we were both home and the adventure began.
I had picked up the sweetest male poodle, then we picked up another English Cocker. It was just us and 10 dogs. I get to hang out with my best friend all day and 10 dogs. With lots of room to play here on the farm and we don't get on each others nerves too bad.
I threw away my alarm clock and planted a berry patch with strawberries, black berries and blue berries. We planted apple and pear trees. We worked and are still working to improve our kennels.
All of our adult dogs are housebroke and grew up in the house. We rotate them so they all get time in the house now. We had to set a limit of 4 in the house at a time or else there would not be room for us. We strive to make the ones that are not currently staying in the house as comfortable as possible.
This is the best job ever! And as a bonus they let me play with their puppies!
All the dogs love Wayne best.
Waddell Kennels maternity and nursery ward. Everything is washed down and sanitized regularly. Building is heated and cooled. Photo from 2020
Always improving our girls place. Since there is not room for everyone in the house we want the ones in the kennel to be as comfortable as possible.
Our own private dog park. A 20 acre hay feild is between our house and the kennels. All the dogs love to chase birds here.