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Our Papillons at Home.

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Our Papillons have their own heated and air conditioned room in our house with sleeping crates and their private doggy-door out to the yard. The large crates on top are for young puppies still using the litter pans.

We don't have as many dogs as we have crates, but we're prepared . . .

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This is the other side of the room where we have storage and a grooming sink.

The doggy-door to outside is to the left of this picture.

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This pictures below show our back yard in Oklahoma. The shot on the left is looking toward our barn and shop where we store our RV and sometimes have handling practice. The shot on the right is looking the other direction.

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We call this picture "Not Lap Dogs." "Dog Fancy" magazine had an issue about the Papillon breed and one of the captions stated that these are not lap dogs. HUH??? That's what they were bred to do for the last 650 years! This is an unposed shot during one of our dog show trips in an earlier 5th wheel trailer.

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When we have puppies, they live in our kitchen for the first two or three months to get them used to people. We made a play tower out of scrap wood and they love it.

We use vinyl "shower pan" material that we buy at Home Depot to protect the floor. It is heavy and cleans easily.

When traveling to dog shows, we have generally used a motorhome but tried a 5th wheel "Toy Hauler" trailer for a while. We didn't't't like towing a trailer so we've returned to a motorhome. Earlier shots are below but this is what we're using now:

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We're trying a somewhat smaller motorhome, 33 feet. The Covid Virus has prevented much show travel but so far, it's working out just fine. I removed a sofa and built in a "kennel". We can overflow to the dinette if needed. They still have their X-Pen "yard" outside.

This is the 5th wheel "Toy Hauler" that we tried, with air conditioning, powered by a generator. It had it's own fuel supply to run the generator while traveling.

We had a video camera with temperature readout mounted in the toy hauler that read out in the truck, so we could keep tabs on the dogs.

Here are some pictures of it when we still had it.

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This is a straight-back shot of the crates we have mounted. Same concept as in the house, with puppy crates above.

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The trailer had an entrance door into the toy hauler garage. You can see that in the shot on the left.

On the right, is the door, opened. We had a telescoping ramp designed specifically for dogs. They LOVED it! We replaced the screen in the door with plexiglass to help maintain temperature in the trailer.

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This is the crate setup we had in an earlier motorhome. We removed a large sofa and installed a stack of crates. There is an "Ex-Pen" play area for puppies. We put a small litter pan there and they go into the brown crates to sleep at night.There is a door cut into the crates on the sides.

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Looking back, this is a picture of our Arkansas yard, where we used to live.

This picture had some other show Papillons visiting.