Kennels @ Wayeh Alaskan Malamutes, Wayeh Alaskan Malamutes Today

Pictures of Wayeh Kennels through the years

page created on 12/12/2008

1995, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010

I first started with trolley runs -- a disaster because the dogs weren't protected against strays, thieves, or neighbor kids.  And when they got off the trolley they were FREE..

Then I fenced in with 4' wire -- an improvement, except for the dogs who went OVER the 4' wire, so then 6' wire.  But we were still on DIRT, and it was basically just a backyard.  There aren't a lot of pictures until 1995.

1995 Behind the house (East)
1999 Beside the house (South)
2002 Fire in the Kennels
2004 Front Side yard of the house (West)
2005 Isolation/Puppy Kennel 
2006+ Deconstruction and rebuild (East & South)
2010 Snowmagedan 

1995 East of the house

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I dumped gravel, wheel barrowed it to the sloping area behind the house, smoothed it very roughly, and laid the blocks on top of the gravel.  The kennels were 6'x6'x20'.  This got the dogs off dirt (mostly) provided shade, and separated them when the girls came into season.  But the block (and kennels) eased downhill towards the house over the years.  Also all the runoff water from kennel cleaning went straight for my basement and any mess in the kennels ended up in the walkway on the downhill side of the kennel.  I tore these down when I bulldozed the backyard in 2006.

1999 South of the house

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In 1999, I built 4 ea 5'x8'x40' kennels with permanent wire fences, gravel, and still on a slope.  I terraced each 10' with a crosstie or landscape timber to help hold gravel uphill.  Gates were still on the downhill side of each kennel run.  This really helped provide much needed space.  Put them under the pine trees to help with summer temperatures.  But the gravel needs to be replaced constantly so it was still muddy.  And each time we added gravel, the fences got shorter.

Then we added shade across the top of the kennel runs:
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2002 The Fire

When the brush fire hit straw and cedar shavings and 60 years of pine needles, the flames went 20' high.  Thanks to volunteer fire fighters the house was saved, but we had some major work to fix charred wire and kennels and tarps. 

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So we needed to remove the dirt and the absorbent materials that were also flammable.  We put block in the kennels... we had added a LOT of gravel over the years and the block was 4" thick and top of more gravel, so the fences (permanently in the ground) were now sometimes only 4' tall in places.

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Snow Feb 2003:
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2004 - West Side of House (Side yard)

So I needed to solve some problems we had in the Beside the house kennels:

Gates on downhill side of kennel runs, so mess was washed into the walkway
Permanent wire in ground left gaps in the block for hair and mess to collect
Permanent wire was not tall enough after gravel was added
Extreme slope of ground meant kennels were very slick when wet

Here is the side yard before we started:
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Then the bulldozers came:
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We build a retaining wall:
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The airlock/sally port we set up as the main entrance:
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And we almost immediately ran into problems with the chainlink gates....
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So after investigation, we found PLATINUM series (Malamutes shred everything else, we know!)
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Building the kennels with dogs already in residence is a problem, but we had it to do...
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The configuration of north-south runs 5'x40' was too narrow and caused fence-fighting and tension in the runs because the dogs could not get away from each other, so we rotated the whole thing to make 4ea 10x20 runs
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Snow Feb 2006 on the completed side-yard kennels:

2006+ East & South Side Rebuild

Meanwhile, we brought the dozers back and flattened the back yard and the existing gravel/permanent fence kennels and once graded smooth and sloping away from the house, we started building those kennels:

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Then the snows arrived -- a normal East Tennessee snow 1.5"

2010 - Snowmagedan 5" of snow and disaster

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Wayeh Alaskan Malamutes & Tennessee Alaskan Malamute Rescue 
Page updated 02/08/2012

Wayeh Working Housedogs is built/maintained by
Sidney Helen Sachs
Spring City, TN 37381