Our dogs at Shannon Down are house dogs, we have no kennel at the moment, but we do have a 'dog room' in the house where we keep most of our crates, the dog food, medication, jackets, grooming supplies and all the other dog stuff and a 'puppy room' which is basically just one of the bedrooms where the puppies are born. Our dogs are house dogs, pets and family members before show or performance dogs and live in the house and sleep in our beds. 


As said above, we have a dog room.  Due to the number of dogs we have, they can't all sleep in bed with us every night, there are a few that always sleep with my mother and my boy Tsu'tey sleeps in my room.  A few of the others take turns in bed at night but otherwise sleep in crates at night.  All of our dogs are crated trained since most of them take turns sleeping in crates at night (except for a select few that are always loose at night, sleeping in separate rooms with different people) and they all eat separately in crates as well. 


We have a big back yard that the dogs play in for their main source of exercise, but they also all get out to race meets and lure coursing trials to really stretch their legs and they all take turns going on free runs with us either down by the creek by our house or in Brattonsville, SC (a 500+ acre Wildlife Preserve).  Though pretty much any reputable Whippet breeder will tell you to never let your Whippet off leash in an unfenced area, including ourselves.  But we do take our dogs on free runs, we are selective of who we take and who we take together and we are selective of the areas we let them off leash in.  In Brattonsville, were we do most of our free running, it consists mainly of very large open fields and you can usually see for a very, very long distance so you can't loose sight of one of them if they run off a ways.  It's also very far away from any roads, the main problem with a loose Sighthound is that if they spot something they will generally take off and not pay attention to you calling them.  With the areas we pick, anything they spot they are likely to loose sight of before we loose sight of them because of the length of the grass and so on.  We take these chances with our dogs because they love it so much and it's a great source of exercise for them and bonding time with us.  They also always were neon colored hunting collars whenever they are off leash that have metals plates attached to the collars with our contact information in case one should ever get away from us.


As of right now our dogs are mainly on a kibble diet of Diamond dog food, but we do occasionally feed raw.  Our dogs eat twice a day, separated in crates.  Our dogs also get fish oil capsules every day and they take them just like treats.  Other than that we don't supplement with anything, our dogs love to eat and don't require anything to make them eat better. 

We have dog toys all over the house and even when we pick them up several times a day the toy basket is quickly emptied, apparently the dogs think the toys are happier being freed from their basket.  We often make trips to Goodwill to pick up several quilts that end up in dog crates or on the couches or floor for the dogs to lay on, they prefer them over dog beds since they like to sleep under the quilts, though there are several dog beds all over the house as well.  When we leave the house and no one is home (though that rarely ever happens except for one or two holidays a year, and then we are only 15 minutes away and drive home to check on dogs often) they are all mostly crated for their own safety though a few will remain loose either separated in bedrooms or in the living room.  We give our dogs Ivermectin every month for heart worm and they are given Frontline/Advantix or some other flea/tick product (we rotate using them so they don't become immune to one product) during the hot months of the year for fleas and ticks.  We also do regular de-wormings with Panacur to keep them parasite free.

Our dogs are companions and family members first and will always be raised in our home with us, in order to live in our home with this many dogs they all have to get along.  They have to fit into the 'pack' somewhere and not disrupt the peace, otherwise they can not live in our home.  Therefore, all our dogs have excellent temperaments, though there are a lot of rules for them in our house (house manners such as not counter surfing and listening to us when we say 'stop' or 'no' when they are playing to rough or need to settle down, etc.) they love life and enjoy just lounging around the house or waiting for a scrap of food to fall to the kitchen floor (or be given to them by the several gullible guys in the Lyons' family).  They live for their free runs in Brattonsville and their weekend trips, whether it be to a show, coursing trial or race meet and just being loved on at home.


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