Shaking things up!

Today we are saying good bye to a friend. Most of you know that when you decide to get a young pup, I send home weekly pictures and updates till baby is ready to go home. One thing I often use is a picture of a soda can for sizing. Everyone knows how big a soda can is, even if you don’t drink soda. “Baby is a can and a half big this week!”

Almost, anyway!
Awwww, not even a can long.

I have a couple shelves where I keep cloths, toys, and things for backdrops in the pictures. I keep that can (and a couple others) there too. Take the pictures, can goes back on the shelf. Anddddddd apparently I’ve been doing that for a long time. Someone told me this morning that the picture I sent yesterday, the can was from 2015….. and was the puppy real? She wasn’t saying I was a scammer, but something was off.

I’ll say something’s off. The woman just put me in a planter!

And my cheap camera apparently is set on a wonky date. I didn’t even know it dated pictures! I knew it had a date setting, but since I can’t figure out how it works, I never paid any attention to it. And we all know I am struggling hard with the new fancyphoneIHate. I need one of the grandma phones with the big numbers and the easy workings. Do I ever get one? noooooo……So I take pictures with the cheapo camera. That obviously has a date setting!

So, while there is not much I can do – or care to do, truthfully, about the date setting on my camera, today I am officially retiring my beloved can of Dr. Pepper. There has been at least one puppy named after it. “The kids want to call puppy Pepper, because there was a can of Dr. Pepper in the picture.” “Aren’t you glad it wasn’t a can of Bud Light?” “Our cat is named Miller…” I still love that!

But, the can has worked hard. Done its canly duty and is time for retirement. Plus the recycling is being picked up today. One more picture for posterity…

Rest well, old friend
KODAK Digital Still Camera

Unless someone cuter shows up on my radar, this is probably going to be the replacement. It expires in November. Someone remind me in a year or two, okay?

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Is it harvest time already?

Love these what my dad always called ‘free days’. Not running the air or the heater and the bank account gets a rest. Puppies get to play outside some and we all just enjoy summer. Well, but for me – I’m looking at all these tomatoes, green beans, cabbage, peppers, okra, corn and zucchini Someone grew and picked. Realizing how much work Someone has in the next few days to preserve them…anyway! Puppies! Oh, yeah, they will come watch me water and ‘help’ me weed. Don’t tell them, but they are really not much help. Just entertainment since my daughter hasn’t reloaded my Ipod lately and I have nothing in my ears. I’ll speak to her about that later. I mean, a mom has needs!

Timothy knows this. Poodle/Crested mix male $400 born June 14th

Then there are poodle pups! Dad is my infamous black poodle and mom is a tiny mini – she IS a mini – there are differences in body build – but is as small as my toy poodle. So these pups will be between 10 and 15 pounds probably. 2 apricot girls, one apricot boy and 3 black males. Born July 6th, they are not quite a month old and just learning their way in the world.

Kayla and Kylie – girls $750
Kaide, Kory and Kristoff
Kip – all males are $700 with a hundred to hold till time to home.

How is your summer going? It’s almost August – fall is fast approaching. Enjoy it while you can!

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Summer time and the living is easy…

That’s a song for those of you who don’t know ‘old’ songs. Or watch old movies. Or listen to classic radio – hey, I don’t judge, we all have our quirks!

But, life here is easy – the garden is doing great, almost done with my latest book, I hired a kid to mow most of my lawn so I can concentrate on my dogs, writing and gardens. Who would have thought that was a thing? I like it! I need to work more, so I can hire more stuff out – it’s like a magic wand!

Dogs love the weather till it gets too hot. They have sense and want to come back in the air conditioning after a few minutes out. I agree with them. I like warm, too – till it’s miserable. No one likes miserable when there is an option.

But while you are lounging in the air conditioning, during this heatwave, looking for your new best friend – I have a couple for you to think about! These guys are all looking forward to having their Christmas stocking hung at their forever home this year. Got a spare one and some love?

First of all, we have two little Poodle/Crested mixes, about 15-18 pounds fully grown, they are the best of all worlds, smart and funny like a poodle, loyal and loving and wanting to please like a Crested.

Timothy – $400 Born 6/14
Josiah $400 Born June 14

Going a totally other route, there are a couple mini dachshund males – yeah, I always have boys. Must be something in the water…

Matthew $500 born June 17th
Maverick $500 born June 17

Oh – did I mention a pure poodle litter? Yup – mom and dad are both black minis – mom is a tiny mini and dad goes rogue and spreads the love but we won’t mention that right now… 2 apricot females $750 each, 1 apricot male, $700 and 3 black males $700. Born 2 weeks ago – July 6th, ready to home early Sept.

poodles poodles poodles!
Different angle, still poodles!

Contact me with questions or more information – which is kind of the same thing, I think. Anyway – comment here, or preferred – or on FB message from my page KatesKennel.

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Potty Training 110

Yeah, I’m not doing 101 – I’m talking just a little bit different here. I’ve trained dogs many years and I’ve always told people, if you wanted a dog you could house break in 48 hours, you should have gotten a lab. Instead you got This – insert dramatic point to any small dog. Now, if you ask a lot of people, they will tell you their small dog had maybe one accident, perhaps two but were then perfect forever! One, they have selective memory and two, so you will you in ten years.

Back in the day when someone was home all the time and dogs were allowed to run wild in the neighborhoods, it was easy to train them. Toss their butts out the door in the morning and don’t let them in for hours. Easy peasy! We don’t do that now. Leash laws and often someone isn’t home all day. So – what do do, what to do?

WELL, any good dog book will tell you – put the dog in a crate all the time, because dogs don’t pee where they sleep. When you take them out, run them to where they should go and instant training! Yay! Except…. if you are gone to work all day and your puppy is a couple months old, he simply can’t hold it that long. Not an opinion, a fact. Once they start peeing in the crate, then you get to wake up, come home to, anytime, a urine and poop soaked puppy because that is where they think they go. Not the goal, right? Their answer- go home for lunch. Ummm, then there is the real world where people often don’t have that option.

So, here is what I do, and how your baby will come home with the idea that this works. First of all, I don’t crate all day, for the littles I use an exercise pen, like this one : I put an open crate in there, and that way they have a safe place to go sleep and get away, but can go out to pee.

x pen, open crate and potty pad

Here, when they are little and move out of my bedroom where they are usually born, they come down to live with the family. They go in a pen, with the open crate, and I put a potty pad right outside the crate door. Since puppies/dogs try not to pee where they sleep, they crawl out of it when they are about 3-4 weeks old and pee on the puppy pad, then go back to bed, ’cause man, that is tiring. Then as they get a little older and stronger, I move it away from the crate. When they find it and go, that is the start of housebreaking. We don’t pee in the crate, we pee elsewhere. But only if we are allowed to get out of the crate in time.

another view

I have half a dozen crates and kennels sitting around and only a couple have a door I can lock. Like kids, sometimes dogs need a time out, but mostly they go in and out of them freely to sleep or hang out or whatever. Dogs like a den, so since I spoil them, I supply them one.

I’ll talk more about housebreaking in the future, but am very often asked ‘what do you do?’ This is what I do. But yes, I’m here to hold your hand and help you through it if you need it. No problem!

Josiah, looking for a home!
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Six little boys!

Is that anything like six little kittens who lost their mittens? Or am I mixing metaphors or similes or something? Does it matter? Nah. You just want to see the puppies! And perhaps consider giving one a forever home? Who knows?

So first of all there are the poodle Crested mixes. Three males, two more black who look like dad, one more white who resembles mom, but acts like his (poodle non related) Aunt Hannah. He is the first to run to me, the first to give kisses. The other two are a little more laid back, which is also good!

Timothy, Josiah and Benjamin

Born June 14th, they will be ready to go home in less than a month! Start planning now – $100 hold with weekly pictures and updates, then $300 cash on delivery.

We also have 3 little mini dachshund baby boys. Born June 17th, they will be ready to go home mid August. $100 holds, with $400 cash on delivery. Aren’t they adorable? That wasn’t a question – they are!

Matthew, Maverick, Max

Then there is the poodle litter, however I won’t be taking deposits on them until Saturday – get them over the week old mark. They all seem fine and healthy, but last thing I want to do is break someone’s heart. So we will wait – just so you know, mom is a very small mini, dad is a regular mini. I have 2 apricot girls at $750 each, 1 apricot boy and 3 black boys. $700 each. They all seem now to be on the smaller side but will see as they get older.

I need names….so many names……

As always – contact me for more information/pictures on any one. or FB message me on that page – or leave me a message on here! Looking forward to hearing from you! Kate

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Happy Summer!

Happy Summer! I’ve been working on books all summer – more on that later, but for now, we want to talk puppy. We know you really want to talk puppy, right? Well, so – lets talk about puppy! There are a few looking for their forever homes. Getting a puppy is about an 18 year commitment. You up to that? Me too!

I did have a surprise litter because I’m all not paying attention when I’m writing and my poodle boy is very sneaky and very determined to get his own way. He and one of my Chinese Cresteds were out after curfew apparently and as our moms always told us – nothing good happens after midnight!

Three little boys!


They are $400, and a hundred holds till they are ready to go home in August. First shots, de wormed, pre spoiled already….I’m so bad.

Then we have a dachshund litter – yeah, I knew about this one. Born June 17th, they are just starting to go from the ‘awww so cute, what is it’ stage to ‘awww, dachshund baby!’ stage. 4 boys and one girl left – one just found a home.

The four boys
The two girls

The girls are $550, the boys are $500 – and again $100 holds till they go home.

And – shhhhhh – don’t tell anyone. But we have a two day old poodle litter…..

Mini poodle babies!

Contact me for more information and pictures on anyone! Leave a message on here – or email me – text 217 454 2730 or check me out on FB

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The End Game?

Apparently there is a movie out that is causing some talk. Something about.. I don’t know. Last movie I saw at the theater, I think was Godzilla. The one with Matthew Brodrick? I don’t movie often, I guess.

But my son, who does movie often told me that these two pups looked just like Thor and Loki. Now I know who they are, ’cause I was sort of a mythology buff when I was younger. So!

Thor is a Poodle/Crested mix. He had a home but it fell through. Hey, stuff, happens, I know, and he is happy here – but would be happier with his very own family. Born Feb 4th, he is ready to go home now. He looks just like poodle dad except his hair isn’t as curly as dad’s. I think that is a good thing – that curly hair is challenging to keep brushed!


Sweet boy!

He is $350 – contact me soon!

Then there is Loki who is a Chinese Crested. Mom is about 15 pounds, dad is about 8 – he is smaller, but don’t tell him! He’s adorable, sweet, playful, fun and hypoallergenic. Born 3/24 he will be ready to home mid/late month. $400.



You know you need a baby for not only summer fun, but to be your best friend as long as they live.

Contact me – FB – or email.

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One of those weeks….

So, we all have Those Weeks, or days when everything breaks and nothing works and the dogs poop on the floor, track in mud, mud, and more mud, and the car doesn’t start and the phone won’t work and there is nothing in the house worth eating….well! Yes. I’m whining. However, I’m luckier than many because I am never without comfort. Dogs on my lap, in my chair, in my bed, kissing me all over. I swear, no one can make you feel better than a dog loving on you.

We’ll be glad to cuddle after we finish shredding the paper towels. First things first!

Having a bad day? Week? A great one and wanting to share it? Hey, we like good days too!

Here is who are looking for forever homes! Ready to home mid/late May, there are four little dachshund babies wanting to share their love, sleep in your bed, eat your popcorn, chew your shoes and dig holes in your yard. What’s a sprained ankle between friends, right?

Dimitri was born 3/21 and looks to be a long haired like dad.


Then there is Deacon.


Born 3/24 here is Garrett.


Last but not least – Gretchen is a squishy little bundle of love…


Boys are $450, she is $500, and $100 holds with weekly pictures and updates till they are ready to go home! Could they be any cuter? I might be just a tad prejudiced, but that’s because I get cuddles and loves. Yeah, I’ll share – contact me soon! or for the fastest response! (like I said, my phone is being wonky….sigh – week is over soon!)

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Who is Looking for a Forever Home? I’m Glad You Asked!

Time for an update – it has been crazy around here – how is your house? All sane and quiet and wonderful? You know what? I can change that – just add a puppy and shake! Or is that an olive and a martini? I don’t care for olives, and don’t drink martinis so it must be a puppy! Nothing will fill your house with love and laughter and annoyance and energy like a puppy will. Are they worth it? Yeah. No doubt.

I have several babies looking for forever homes! One came available just last night when his home fell through. We understand that and we are glad she knew now and not when puppy had been there 8 months and was doing his version of a puppy’s terrible twos!

His name is Hans and he’s a hairless male Chinese Crested – perfect for people who value the unusual, who might have allergies or cold hands (mine are my organic hand warmers) and a big warm heart. Born Jan 17th, he is ready to go home now. $450.

Hans – hairless male Crested

Then we also have a few Mini poodle/Chinese Crested mix pups. My poodle boy can be very sneaky. But I love him. These were born Feb 8th and are ready to go home end of the month. Mom has mostly weaned them already, they are eating well, and doing great.

Boys are $350 and they all look just like dad – the mini poodle. I don’t think their hair will be as curly, but other than that – daddy’s genes are strong.

Poodle mix – Simon

Poodle mix – Silas and Sebastian.

They have two sisters, too.

Samantha and Sabrina! $350

Too cute!

Also seeking a home, a litter of poodles – mom is a toy apricot, dad is my naughty mini. Born only March 9th, they will be ready to go home early May. Just in time for summer fun! One apricot girl, one black girl and one black boy. $500, $100 holds with weekly pictures and updates till they are ready to home. If you are interested, let me know soon, my last pure poodle litter homed before there eyes were open.

No names yet – have any ideas?

As always – email me,, or message me on Facebook, I update FB more than here, by the way. Leave me a message on here, or you can text or call, but really, I talk better with two hands than one finger….looking forward to meeting you!

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What’s going on in your life? I’ve had a rough couple days, personally. Professionally – yeah, life is good. I have a few little Crested Poodle mixes looking for homes – CrestiPoos! Dad is my infamous bad poodle boy, mom is my gorgeous Loralie who hates it when I want to go to the bathroom alone. Do you want to never pee alone again? I have a puppy for you! Samantha and Sabrina – Simon, Silas and Sebastian. $400 and a $100 holds till they re ready to go to their forever home! Contact me for information! Born Feb 8, they will be ready to go home with you early April!

Simon, Silas and Sebastian
Sabrina and Samantha

OH and a new book cover – coming out in April and yes, my teenager can tell his friends because it isn’t a (Ahem) okay – it’s a sweet romance. We will just go with that.

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