"Raising Jack Russell Terrier puppies is our greatest pleasure ~ Breeding the Irish Connemara remains our greatest responsibility”

Welcome To Our Home: 8/16 - Connemara has moved (Scroll to bottom of page for the latest news and updates)
When we began looking for a new home for us and our band of terriers, we looked for months for the perfect place... I think I covered 7-8 towns and walked through 40+ houses. I am certain I viewed 400+ houses on local Real Estates sites. My Real Estate agent and I spent more time together than we spent with anyone else during these weeks. In the end, he helped me find the right home. ...The only clear issue was that there was no fencing on the property and we needed a wing for the dogs…So my realtor helped me find a builder. Our newly hired contractor took on the “KENNEL WING PROJECT” and we were off like, well, a herd of turtles as winter had now set in. Here you can follow the project and see where we are with it today:
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November 2008
This photo was taken before the kennel wing project started - And before we actually moved in.
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February 2009
We didn’t get settled into the new place until January 2009 - By then, the snow was already upon us.

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April 2009
It is finally starting to look like an addition. The bottom portion (garage bay) is 12’ x 27’ of new living space for the terriers. The concrete floor is pitched towards the front to allow for it to be power washed and drained. There are windows for ventilation and two doors. The upstairs will be the new master bath that connects to the area above original garage - the new master bedroom. A set of stairs will eventually connect the “dog space” to the master bedroom.

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This side view shows the covered patio area below for the dogs. At this point, we were still waiting for the interior to be finished. At the right time in the project, a few dog doors will be installed on the patio, so the dogs can come and go freely.



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Here is what it looks like finished.
The area outside will actually be a fenced in covered patio with dog doors leading out to it. Beyond that, the yard will be entirely fenced - allowing the dogs to run free and enjoy the good weather ...or snow in the winter. Our contractor is trying to design some type of screening system so the garage door can be lifted when weather permits and they will have a large screened front to look out as well.

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May 2009
Here are the three new puppy playpens going up. When finished, it will be three, separated 10’ x 10’ private areas for mother and pups to play outside too. When pups are at least 5-6 weeks old, they will play in here during the day, when the weather is nice. By having their own fenced in areas, they can play, nap and eat undisturbed by the bigger dogs... They won’t start playing with other adult dogs until they are seven weeks old.




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Once the dogs exit the inside sleeping area, there is another area where they can get outside to relieve themselves but stay dry if it is raining out. Beyond this area, we are installing a fenced yard for them.




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The bottom half of the walls are covered with “cutting board” material and PVC stock. This will serve us well as it can be sprayed down and sanitized.
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July 2009
Finally - an inside view of the “dog space” - half finished at this point. Radiant floor heat, air-conditioning, clean air exchange system, lights and three cameras are now in. We will be moving the dogs in later today! And will finish the upper walls with a water proof shower board material at a later date.
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Literally the night before the annual DDQ-WOOFSTOCK-2009 picnic for all our families, we worked fast and furious to get the dogs settled into their new space.

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Every morning, the dogs are let out and then we power wash and disinfect this inside area. We rotate two different types of disinfectants and during summer months, we use a solution that is meant to kill any types of mange or other parasites that might have been tracked in - Just to make sure we never have issues. A good, routine system is important to maintaining health.



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This is a view from inside when we have the garage door up. Sometimes the dogs just like to hang out and nap in here and look out and down the driveway. When it’s raining out this is where they can always be found.



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And this is the view from the area of the yard that will soon be fenced in for them. Whew - It sure was a long summer. We have come a long way since January. We will take a needed break this winter and then start the project up again in the Spring of 2010.

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INSIDE:
Inside the house, you can see where the “puppy room” is located in relation to other rooms. This room is the best place for the pups to be raised because they are not isolated from our daily activities.

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Closer View:
A closer look at the puppy room, just off of our kitchen/living areas. The puppies have plenty of windows for sunlight and ventilation, a gas stove for those extra cold, Maine days and a little patio area to enjoy outside (when weather permits). In addition, they have a CD player that plays/loops constant music and cable TV. Sound socialization can make a positive impact on the quality of life for a puppy. Our pups learn to accept and be perfectly at ease with environmental sounds in general. 

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At the end of many Summer-Fall days, this is where we may be found. A nice fire, good conversation and a dog in the lap is a perfect way to end the day.
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For those that live too far and are unable to visit, this is the only way I know how to show you the way we live with our terriers. Nothing can ever compare to visiting in person... so you can SEE how the dogs are cared for and react to people. Stephanie, our only daughter moved back home from Japan after also serving in the US Air Force and is now raising our Jack Russell pups along side me and committed to continuing the Connemara way. Sheila and Stephanie are responsible for different litters; If there are say two (2) litters around the same time, we will each raise one litter. This allows for the puppies to be held and socialized properly and families will know their pup received individual attention. If a litter is being raised at Steph's, families will have full access to her home to see their pups during the eight weeks they pups are with us. ...She lives just a few minutes from our home pictured here... And her home is open to families as well.


Some make claims on the internet to make you feel “warm & fuzzy” about where your pup comes from, yet the truth is far from the reality their dogs live. If at all possible, it is a good idea to visit any place you are considering when looking for a pup.



SPRING 2010:
The next phase of our project: FENCING.
By mid June, we had four (4) separate areas fenced in to the sides and back of our home as well as some wooded areas for the dogs to romp, hunt and play in. We also have plans for a fully fenced in agility course complete with a Lure Coursing machine we had custom made by “Wicked Coursing”. Here are pictures when we started the fencing:

June 6, 2010 - And here are a few shots of the finished product: We installed 800+ linear feet of fencing. There are four separate areas in all.

The side yard backyard is fenced in as well as a portion of the wooded area behind it.


FALL 2013: The original outdoor kennel runs were no match for Maine winters.
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We recently ordered and installed new, custom, stainless steel kennels from Mason Co. This is what the kennel area looks like now:
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Back To Our Roots:
The above is Sheila's home. There were more updates to what you see above that we never got around to posting. As soon as everything was exactly as she wanted it, she made the move to pass everything on to Stephanie. Today, Only two kennels remain here and everything is in the process of being moved over to Stephanie's home (below) where she and her family will continue the tradition of raising the Connemara. A bit of trivia: Stephanie and her husband purchased their home from Sheila back in 2008. So Connemara is moving back to "Frog Hollow"…a place they called home for many years and have now returned to. Here are a few photos below. More photos to come over the next few months as we try to get the dogs settled again:

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Below: The red building to the right is the area where some of the dogs will sleep at night It is a fully climate controlled building with heat and air conditioning. The puppies are always kept in our home, not here. It is difficult to see in these photos, but there are six kennel runs on the back side of this building. As well, we have a large, fenced back yard behind the house for the dogs to run and play all day.

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Below: This is the front of the kennel. We are in the process of adding a couple of kennel runs to the front. Once this building is complete, we will post more photos of the runs, front and back.

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Below: Side view of the kennel. When the runs and fencing are complete, we will post additional photos. The other red building seen to the right behind it, is an old horse barn now used for storage.

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Mason kennels will be used here too going forward.
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