DAMASK ROSE ALASKAN KLEE KAI KENNELETTE

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My name is Laurie Kriegh.  I am the owner and manager (along with my husband, Rich) of Damask Rose Kennelette.  I served 23 years in the United States Coast Guard (from 1988 until retirement in 2011).  While in the U.S.C.G., I adopted two wonderful cats, Rosco and Augustus (Gussy).  Rosco will be 12 soon, and Gussy will be 5 soon.  After retiring from the military, I spent some time in Colorado working for the National Park Service.  I really enjoyed my time in Colorado, however, I was longing to return to the beautiful state of Wyoming, where I am originally from.  In late 2011, I finally had the opportunity to move to Green River, Wyoming (even though, I am originally from the Cody area).  I decided that I would pack up (with Rosco and Gussy) and move back to my home state.
From the age of about 5 years old, I knew I had a passion for animals and wanted to work in a field that consisted of animal care.  In October of 2012, about 2 weeks after purchasing my permanent home, I started Autumn Valley Animal Caregiving (a pet sitting business).  It was very competitive, with two other well established pet sitters in a town of 12,000.  I was doing well in the field and was very happy to be taking care of many dogs, cats and even chickens!
In November of 2012, I finally decided that I was settled down enough to get a dog of my own.  I had always admired the beauty of the Siberian Husky and other Nordic breeds.  About a year before joining the U.S.C.G., I had found a pup that was approximately 4 months old following a pack of dogs.  I picked him up and took him home, to my parents.  Smokey lived with my parents for quite a while after I left home.  My parents finally decided to rehome him (due to his habit of jumping fences) with a couple that lived in the country.  He resided with the couple for the remainder of his life.  Smokey was part Alaskan Malamute and part German Shepard.  
While I was deciding on what breed would fit my lifestyle, I was searching the internet on my downtime from pet sitting.  I decided against a Siberian Husky, due to having Rosco and Gussy.  Gussy did not like big dogs and would hiss at them (even when they would come up to the front door).  One day, I found the most beautiful dogs while surfing the internet and learned that the breed was called an Alaskan Klee Kai!  I read everything I could about this breed, and talked to a few people who had them.  I determined that this was the breed for me.  A huge plus was that I had a huge yard, and it was fenced in!
I decided to check on breeders that were located within my area, and found Utah's Own Alaskan Klee Kai.  They were approximately 3 hours away from me.  I asked how this breed does with cats.  She said that she had a cat, and that the dogs really did not pay attention to him.  I decided to submit an application (it came back approved, and I was so excited!).  I told the breeder that I was looking for a black and white female.  On March 27th, she notified me.  She stated that she had some good news and some bad news.  She said that Peyton had her puppy (yes, puppy, as in single puppy).  She said he was a gray and white male, and asked me if I would be interested in him.  It really is interesting how the Lord works in mysterious ways!  I had been praying for the right puppy for a few months.  I knew that this was the one!  'PR' Alatah's Juneau came home in May 2013.  Ironically, Juneau came home three days before I met Rich (in person for the first time), who is now my husband.  He would always ask, if I had heard about how Juneau was doing and how he was growing.  We had met on a online Christian dating service in early April of 2013.  We married September 29th, 2013 in a cute country church in Arvada, Wyoming (population was maybe 10 at the most). 
I did close the doors of Autumn Valley Animal Caregiving in July of 2013, to devote time to my new husband and our new puppy.  In October 2014, Juneau passed all of his breeding quality exams (along with his blood work).  Utah's Own Alaskan Klee Kai rendered him, breeding quality!  We were so excited, since Juneau also has the most sweet personality!
In late 2014, we were blessed with a 3 year old black and white female, 'PR' Itzy Bitzy Miley, from Itzy Bitzy Huskies.  Upon finding out that she was very fond of Juneau (and becoming pregnant on Psalm Sunday 2015), Damask Rose Kennelette was founded.
Damask Rose Kenneltte is named after the damask rose (one of the oldest roses in the world). And yes, my favorite flower is the rose.