The story behind K-Lane Kennels
It all started with Daisy.
We brought home our cute little puppy in April 2001.
She was our second dog.
Our first dog Gryphon.
We loved that dog, but since he was our first, we did a few things wrong with him.
We didn't socialize him very well, so he was only ever happy with us, at home. Which is both good, and bad.
We decided things would be different with Daisy.
We would socialize her. Let her meet lots of people. Take her to lots of places.
We let the neighbourhood kids play with her.
And, we would take her to a kennel.
Dan, who was a milk man, took our precious Daisy to a kennel for her first visit, and came home with a bright idea.
"Honey, you know how we've always talked about living on an acreage?" the boy said.
Looking up from her comfortable place on the couch in their comfortable home in Parkridge that they built in 1985, while reading a book, the girl attentively replied, "uh huh."
"You know the kennel. It's a great little place on 12.5 acres, with trees and a good well (we're both farm kids, so we know that's an important feature...).
"Um huh," she said while reading another page.
"You know how we've always talked about moving to an acreage? I'd like to run a kennel." said he.
Engrossed in her book, the girl truly didn't notice.
"Honey, I want to sell our house and buy the kennel." said he.
The boy had the girl's attention.
"It's a good kennel with a good reputation. They really loved the dogs and took care of them perfectly. There's just one little thing." He added sheepishly..... "
"We'll have to live in a trailer," the boy added quickly and quietly.
Not just any trailer, but a 30-year old trailer complete with 47 sled dogs on the front yard. They were beautiful athletes who raised funds for Telemiracle by running in Trekking for Miracles, but it wasn't your typical yard.
That man's got vision to see beyond the current reality!
After much convincing, and negotiating, and pleading, the boy and girl sold their comfortable home in Parkridge, and moved out to K-Lane. Family and friends thought we were nuts.
It's worthwhile to note that part of the negotiations involved the girl getting a pet Alpaca, which has yet to transpire (but we have bees now, so that's a good compromise... ), and half of those sled dogs stayed for about a month after move-in!
So there you go.
We had more dogs on our front yard than in the kennel!
It was slow to start.
One night, we had only one guest - Dan the dog. So we just brought him in and settled down for some quality couch time.
We got really busy.
We renovated and improved the yard to make things even more comfortable for the dogs. We did lots of things including changing over to in-floor heating
Spring came, then summer.
Living in the trailer was kind of like camping, in an odd, connected to nature in a you could feel the storm coming before it hit kind of way.
Then along came Buddy!
Within the year one of our customers needed to find a home for their cute, child-biting golden. We said sure, why not... we adopted Buddy!
The next summer Dan added 10 runs to the north end of the kennel.
We started hand-planting trees, lots of lots of trees - we lost count after 5000 - yes, that's the right amount of zeros.
We added play runs for guest fun.
We added a large security fence.
We built our new home. Yay! Yay! Yay!
We donated our trailer to the local fire department so they could use it for fire drills with the ultimate goal of torching it - how fun is that!
We took the plunge.
The girl noticed that the boy was having much more fun with the dogs than she was at her corporate day job. She quit. They expanded the south end of the kennel. Now both of them are working all day every day.
Dan had lots of help with construction.
We got green.
We converted the kennel to geothermal heating.
We added lots of safety and security features.
Driveway alarms, video monitoring, a standby emergency generator, monitored fire and intrusion alarms, and emergency back-up heating systems.
We began sponsoring in our community.
We became the presenting sponsor for the Regina Humane Society Dog Jog.
We're so happy to have helped so many animals
And Louise joined the Regina Humane Society board in 2002 and was President between 2004 and 2018.
The fruits of our labour evolved.
Our once barren kennel yard is now a gorgeous off-leash park.
Our home yard is now a beautiful prairie oasis.
Sadly, the inspiration behind our new life changed.
Our Daisy passed away suddenly. Our veterinarian believes it was a heart attack, stroke or aneurysm.
Buddy got a girlfriend.
Buddy and the girl went to the Regina Humane Society so he could pick out a new dog. He chose Tulip. She's a real looker, huh?
We became Saskatchewan's first net-zero business.
In 2015 we installed our solar farm. It, combined with our existing geothermal heating system, means our kennel is 100% renewable energy - earth and sun.
Leading the way...
As we quietly did what we thought was right, others noticed. We were featured on the cover of Regina Chamber of Commerce Chamber Link and we are SaskPower's poster kids for their net metering renewable energy program.
2018 Regina Chamber of Commerce Paragon Award
It’s pretty special to be recognized for doing what we think it right.
Louise also received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and an Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award.
Our marketing and web site have been recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill International Competition and the Regina Chapter ACE Award.
WE GOT BEES!
In 2016, we harnessed flower power! We got bees - plant pollinating, wax-wielding, pollen packing, honey-making bees.
Our Artisan Honey House
Because we like to do things right, we're CFIA registered and inspected, which means that our honey meets Canadian health and safety standards.
We're delighted to know that our customers have shipped our honey all the way to Spain and China! Bueno!
The once barren yard is now our prairie oasis for pets
Tulip had heart issues. Buddy had lymphoma. After they passed, five-year old Speck joined our family.
We couldn't have done all of this without our loyal customers.
Some have been with us since day one.
We have vivid memories of picking Montana up. His family was very sad that their new puppy was going away. They trusted us to care for him, and they have ever since.
It's truly remarkable to think back to when we first met them and their dog, and many, many more customers just like them, when our journey started back in 2002.
Thank you to each and every one of you!