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WHAT IS THIS WEBSITE ABOUT? Some of this is a personal website containing REBUTTAL, REPLY, and COMMENT to (primarily) public statements and accusations made by various self proclaimed "internet dog training experts". The majority of the statements and accusations are FALSE, and refer to me, personally. The nucleus of this website is based on verbatim quotes of public messages, most of which are archived with their respective lists. Unless noted, nothing has been altered, other than formatting line length to screen width and changing the font style. Other parts of this site contain OPINIONS, HUMOR, PARODY, COMEDY, and SARCASM which reflect my own personal sense of humor and viewpoints. The First Amendment of the Constitution adequately, particularly, and specifically provides these rights. This site is for educational and entertainment purposes. This is emphatically not a "hate" site. There is no hate, and never was. Profanity is kept to a minimum, but it does exist. If this website seems offensive to you, in any way, please leave now. Please do not subject yourself to being offended.
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Steve Leigh's Kennels
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Rebecca and I were careful when we built our kennels. Decisions were based on a clean, healthy, safe environment for our dogs. Typically, our dogs spent much of their time in the house, office, or outside on our training field. They were never "cage dogs", by anyone's definition. The 4' x 12' kennels were a convenience, used primarily while I was conducting training classes. Especially during police training classes, our dogs were inside the house, which helped keep the noise down to an acceptable level. The kennels also served a valuable purpose when one or more of our bitches was ovulating. Fortunately, during 21+ years in the dog training business, we never had an unplanned breeding.
Rebecca and I believed in "plan ten times and build once". Every detail was considered, and we felt it was appropriate not to try to save money or cut corners.
"We can't afford that" was not part of my vocabulary. I believe in doing things the right way. If we couldn't afford it, then we waited and saved until we could afford it. We did without the luxuries, and saved enough to build our kennels right.
Setting up the forms for our kennels was a world-class nightmare. If you look at the pictures carefully, you can see we had multiple "sections": the sloping kennel floor, the walkway in front of the kennels, the drain area which didn't get any concrete (that was done later, with Ready-Mix), and the lower, flat floor from the back door of the house to the screen room door. The concrete slab is 18.5' x 42.5', just over 786 square feet.
The drain is actually not concrete - it's PVC pipe. We bought heavy PVC pipe, and cut it into the configuration you see in the pictures above. We created a "bed" for it, with the proper slope, then cemented it into the trough area. PVC, being smooth, washes out a LOT easier than concrete. The "half pipe" drain then connected to a trap, which was routed underground into the septic tank. Study picture 2 and you'll understand what I'm having difficulty describing.
As shown, thought and planning went into our kennels. Some examples would be:
(1) Fold down rest benches, built to our specifications by MASON Kennels. (Mason had never built hinged rest benches before. They were our invention.)
(2) Our ultra-simple "kennel washing system" - one hose, less than 12' long, with a spray wand, which was carried from kennel to kennel and easily plugged into quick-connect adapters in each run. The quick connect is the round, orange and grey device visible in the first picture, above.
(3) Commercial, two part epoxy floor covering (expensive!) which was the same as that used in veterinary clinics, automotive establishments, etc.
(4) 1.5" legs on all kennels, to allow dog waste to pass below, then into the outside drain, which had sufficient slope to dump the waste quickly. We had our septic tank emptied every 2 years, due to dog hair, and also bought a commercial (~$500.) RIGID/Kollman drain cleaner, which was rarely needed.
(5) One puppy kennel, with a low panel to block the puppies from walking out.
(6) A fully enclosed screen room with variable speed fans mounted on the ceiling, and full fluorescent lighting.
(7) A 1500 p.s.i. pressure washer, which also mixed in bleach, specifically for use in the kennels.
(8) Additional steel bars, bolted across the top of each run, allowed ~12 #500 airline crates (assembled) to be stored above. When we began "nesting" the crates, disassembled, we often stored more than 40 crates on the the steel frames and supports.
(9) A full size bathtub with "traction strips", mounted 36" high on 2" x 2" aluminum framework, for washing the dogs. The tub had a "ramp" for the dogs to walk up - no lifting needed. It was also a flea dip system, with a special valve on the tub drain. The valve (expensive!) was actually designed for swimming pool filters. It had one inlet and two outlets. With this system, we mixed about 4 gallons of flea dip in a 5 gallon bucket, put the submersible recirculating pump in the bucket, switched the valve, and dipped 8 or more dogs, one after another. The tub also had a switched electrical outlet for the pump. This "invention" is now commonplace all over the Tampa area with vets and grooming establishments. Rebecca and I were inventive.
(10) Plans were drawn, but never implemented, for a completely automated washing system, which would blast water and bleach down all kennel floors simultaneously, with a second, much more powerful (4000 p.s.i.) pressure washer. Our second pressure washer, with an 18 horsepower Honda engine, could literally bore holes through concrete. It even had electric start. There were plenty more details, but you should be getting the idea.
There were no "kennel rules", regarding which dogs lived in kennels. Our dogs - one, two, some, or all of them, lived and slept in our house about as often as they slept in the kennels. We had no set "pattern" for kenneling, since all of our dogs were considered "our family". If I was busy, I preferred to feed the dogs in the kennels so I wouldn't be interrupted if somebody got in a "disagreement" over a food bowl. Much of the time, weather permitting, the kennel doors were left open, and the back door of our house was open. The dogs could wander in or out of the kennels anytime they wanted.
The exceptions would be with ovulating bitches, or a new dog, that had not yet become part of our pack. Needless to say, dog fighting was never tolerated within our family. On rare occasions, a new dog which showed aggression to other dogs might be kenneled until we could resolve that training issue. And you can best believe we resolved that training issue. Rebecca also trained, and could re-educate aggressive dogs to peacefully co-exist in our pack.
Our use of airline crates was mainly limited to situations of need. Our primary use of an airline crate was as a drying cage, following bathing of our dogs. We custom-built a special adapter, which connected a grooming dryer hose to the crate door, and the dog was dried in less than 30 minutes, usually while we bathed the next dog. There were always numerous crates in our house, some without doors, others with doors open, and our dogs "denned" in them whenever the mood struck. We didn't have very much furniture - we sure did have plenty of crates, though.
2 crates + 1 sheet of plywood + a tablecloth = movable dining room table. It's portable, too!
We used, and advocated to our clients, airline crates for housetraining purposes, a process normally lasting three to ten days. This is why we always had so many airline crates on hand for sale. And, of course, we used airline crates to ship dogs on commercial airlines, which is the law.
As you can see, we had only 8 kennels, simply because we had no use for more. If we had the need, we could have built another screen room, over 120' wide, at the rear of our property, which could have housed at least another 25 kennels with room to spare. Another kennel could have been built along the south side of our property, up to ~250' wide, which could have held ~55 more kennels. We could have built indoor/outdoor runs, with separate electric, water and septic systems. Because we never boarded dogs, our kennels were really for our own, personal use. Rarely did we allow anyone else's dogs in our kennels, there was just no need. Occasionally, we did board special friend's dogs during their vacations. That was uncommon. Normally, I recommended a nearby, quality boarding facility - they specialized in boarding, we didn't.
Another detail is the concrete kennel slab. It had both mesh and rebar for reinforcement. This was intentionally made with the proper pitch angle, and a super hard concrete mixture was chosen. This kind of concrete is used for commercial applications, rated at 4000 p.s.i. This is not "driveway" concrete, as a call to any concrete contractor will confirm. Even now, over 25 years later, there are very few cracks in the concrete.
Actually, there were many more details. The fact that these kennels were in constant use with 8-18 adult German Shepherds and Malinois from 1982 until 2002, plus puppies, plus numerous dogs imported for sale to clients, clearly proves that doing things right is a lot less expensive in the long run.
As stated elsewhere, I closed my training business in 2002. I gave away my kennels and related equipment to another dog trainer. Although the kennels certainly showed signs of wear and use, they were completely usable without any major repairs needed.
In my personal estimation, MASON Kennels builds the finest kennels available. That's why we bought them. I helped dozens of my clients plan and order MASON Kennels for their personal use.
The most unique feature of MASON Kennels is the fact that the chain link is laced to the frame at every intersection with solid 11 gauge wire. Look carefully at the above pictures and you will see the lacing. There is no possibility that the dogs can tear the kennels apart. As long as I'm advertising for MASON Kennel Company, I should add that they can supply anything imaginable. They've been in business since 1892. If I remember correctly, they can build caging for nearly anything - this includes zoos. Can you imagine custom designed cages for gorillas? Don't be surprised - MASON has probably built them many, many times.
If you have the time, you might enjoythis video.
It illustrates what LEERKOPF™ Frawley will never, ever begin to understand in his lifetime.
We could have owned 10 dogs, or 25 dogs, or 70 dogs. Our pack understood.
You will understand, too, after watching this video.
You might notice the absence of any dog collars,
with the occasional exception of a fur saver on Corey.
Sound is intentionally missing for ~20 minutes in this video.
We bred German Shepherd Dogs carefully. From 1981 through 1996 we bred a total of 25 puppies. We kept 5 puppies for our family. 14 puppies were sold, and 6 were given to very, very special people whose dogs had died.
We probably sold well over 250 puppies to clients in our 21 years of business. Rather than constantly breeding puppies, we went to well known German breeders. We imported puppies which were bred to true German standards from Schutzhund titled, AD, and Koerklasse qualified breeding dogs.
(These pictures and links were recently mailed to me by two people who do not know each other or me. One person sent me complete page captures. I verified each picture and word on LEERKOPF'S™ website to check for complete accuracy before writing this rebuttal. You can download the zipfile if you'd like.)
|NOTICE: since I wrote this page, LEERKOPF™
Frawley has changed and edited MUCH of the text on his pages which I refer to.
He's now "correcting" numerous statements, and "re-describing" many
points. I love it when LEERKOPF™ Frawley gets CAUGHT and has
to face the issues. It's so boring to continually show how
much this man lies, I hardly waste time anymore. But I'm curious
If LEERKOPF™ Frawley was truthful the first time, why would he change so many "facts" and details?
The pictures below show the high quality and thoughtful planning of Ed LEERKOPF™ Frawley - self-designated designer of the world's finest cages.
Frawley claims to be the supreme, most knowledgeable, most experienced German Shepherd Dog breeder in the world. He states on his website he has bred over 350 litters, more litters than any other breeder on earth. There's no question - 350+ litters is a LOT of puppies. I don't know whether I'd be proud of that or ashamed.
Each picture has a meaningful description to be taken seriously by anyone who has, or is planning to build, housing for dogs of any breed.
NOTE: the pictures and text below are used for comparison and rebuttal purposes, and are publicly available on the internet. The pictures and text provide informative, educational information pertaining to the proper care and housing of dogs. I have always cared for dogs, and the purpose of this webpage should reflect that. I am knowledgeable in this subject, and justifiably concerned with the safe and healthy housing of all dogs.
When LEERKOPF™ Frawley loses all sanity, mobilizes the FBI, NASA, and the U.S. Marines, and again complains to everyone because I am rebutting his ridiculous "article" .....
Consider the purpose of this webpage and its use. I honestly feel that a few pictures and
quotes do not exceed the "Fair Use" regulations of the United States Copyright Office, Washington, D.C.
TAKE THE LEERKOPF™ TOUR - Go to the LEERKOPF™ link, see and read for yourself. Besides the pictures, the text is predictably loaded with misinformation, highly dangerous recommendations, and conflicts with the pictures you see with your own eyes.
The most amusing part of LEERKOPF'S™ pages concerning his kennels is his own statement:
"IF YOU ARE BUILDING A KENNEL - LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES!!!"
LEERKOPF™ Frawley's "KENNEL TOUR" surely does illustrate mistakes - dozens and dozens of mistakes.
Have those mistakes ever been fixed? That's highly doubtful, isn't it? I have no idea.
LEERKOPF™ Frawley claims: "I also use these large stainless steel buckets. They are fastened to the wall with clips. They are easy to disinfect and the dogs can not chew them up. They last forever vs. rubber or galvanized bucket. They are not cheap."
I do not see how this large stainless steel bucket is "fastened to the wall with clips". I don't see how it's fastened to anything. This look like a pail, sitting on the ground, that can be turned over in an instant by any dog that puts his paw in the bucket.
Why does LEERKOPF™ Frawley constantly change his stories?
Look below at the first LEERKOPF™ picture. Look at the stainless steel bucket "fastened to the wall with clips".
LEERKOPF™ page link
This picture illustrates the drain running inside the cages. This allows the dogs to frolic and play in the piss and shit which are present, even in small quantities, in all kennel drains. After all, that's what the drains are for.
LEERKOPF™ Frawley claims that these cages are 6' x 12'. Unless that's a pony in the cage, a careful look at the cage shows without any question that the cage is not 6' wide, and is certainly not 12' long. Use your eyes - check for yourself. The "diamond" on chain link fence is 3 inches wide. The kennel gate shown here is approximately 42 inches wide.
This illustrates a cheap chain link gate. Unlike professional kennels, (for example, MASON Kennels), this type of "stretcher bar/clip" construction can easily be wrecked by any dog the size of a German Shepherd. I personally know of this happening dozens of times, resulting in numerous physical injuries to the dogs.
It's obvious that someone refuses to scrub the floor and walls of the cage with bleach.
LEERKOPF™ Frawley uses water buckets. Unless I'm seeing things, this bucket doesn't look like it's "fastened to the wall with clips". What do you see?
Our own kennels - MASON Kennels,
naturally - had stainless lick waterers in each run. Several more were
outside. Drinking water
was never exposed to the air. We never had to scrub water bowls, clean
algae, or disinfect. There were no buckets or bowls which could be dumped
by the dogs, depriving them of water until someone noticed. The dogs
learned to drink from the waterers in minutes.
This is a stainless steel lick waterer from my kennels. It was constantly in use from 1982 until 2003, and still works perfectly. It will probably be working in 100 years, and costs less than $15. I shipped about 4 dozen to Germany and Holland for my friends to use in their own kennels.
Even our wild grey fox learned to use a lick waterer in less than two minutes. This can easily be seen in the SCAMP photographs, in the section of "week 18". Please click the link, and check the validity of this statement.
Before you think of it, freezing temperatures and broken water pipes are not a real problem. Moving water does not freeze. Even here in Tampa, FL, we've had sub-freezing weather on many occasions. We've never had a pipe burst, or water frozen in the pipes. The solution - incredibly simple - is to install a faucet at a location far from the water supply. Allow it to lightly trickle water at all times during below-freezing weather. Turn it off when temperatures are above freezing. Attach a hose, if needed, and trickle the water at a location suited to your situation. A little wasted water is far less expensive than broken water pipes. Millions of people living in cold climates have known this for over a century.
LEERKOPF™ page link
Shown here is a rather common, yet very clumsy attempt to copy many of the kennels in Germany. The "vertical bar" design is not only foolish, but all the cutting, welding, grinding, and finishing is far more expensive than ordering the appropriate size panels and gates from MASON Kennels.
Another point: the cinderblock "semi walls" are nothing more than a redundant waste of space, money, and work. They serve no purpose and provide no benefit at all. I could write pages about this.
A careful look illustrates several problems exist here. First, the dogs are wearing collars. With this type of kennel, it is NOT impossible for fence fighting dogs - or even dogs playing - to strangle each other if they hook the collar in their mouth. I personally know of this happening on more than one occasion, resulting in dead dogs, and broken lower jaws.
If you doubt my statement for even one instant, contact someone from the old DVG Schutzhund Club of Orlando, in Florida, and ask about a former member of their club - a nice, elderly woman named "Amy" from Indiatlantic, Florida.
One dead dog in under 15 minutes - her dogs were just playing. The other dog's jaw was broken in so many places, Amy had no choice but to put the dog to sleep. Two dead dogs in one afternoon, because of one collar.
Another point to consider is that any dog, while unsupervised, could hook his collar on various locations, and die of strangulation. Our standard policy was to never, ever allow a dog to wear any collar while unsupervised.
Rusting metal is both obvious and extensive. Rust is poisonous. Finally, the space below the kennel door could allow a dog's skull or legs beneath, which could result in broken legs, or a broken neck. I know of this happening, on two occasions, years apart, in Germany, both resulting in broken hind legs.
LEERKOPF™ page link
This cage illustrates an idea which has been in use in Germany for over 100 years. Wind can enter the outside doorway, and is blocked somewhat by the wall between the compartments. While this idea is actually sensible, kennels I have observed in Germany effectively use correct insulation, for example, Celotex, and cover the insulation with additional wall covering. This type of "double insulated wall" construction retains warmth in the winter and cool in the summer.
Frawley apparent elected not to bother with the additional work or expense, although he claims his location often has weather of 30 degrees below freezing, and high winds. Whatever the pink material is, I truly hope it isn't fiberglass insulation, which the dogs could chew and ingest. Actually, regardless of what the pink material is - I feel it really doesn't belong inside a dog cage.
Obviously, the inside of the cage above is not waterproofed, making proper cleaning impossible. LEERKOPF™ Frawley apparently couldn't be bothered.
I appreciate the tasteful use of purple and green paint smears, though. They can be quite entertaining for the dog, especially when the cover is closed, in the dark.
LEERKOPF™ page link
Here is an example of "low cost, bargain basement" construction. In place of dependable chain link fencing, cheap wire roll fencing is used. It's not even properly installed, with upper and lower stretcher guide wire, and posts every 8 feet.
Puppies can easily wiggle their heads through this type of fencing and die of strangulation. If they don't die, they can break their own bones during frantic attempts to free themselves. I've seen the result of this.
A dog - actually any animal - not only puppies or dogs - can become frantic and terrified when trapped. They're unable to calmly figure out how to extricate themselves, and seem to go insane, struggling and fighting. Complete, absolute, total panic.
I've seen exactly this same berserk, frenzied behavior happen with several dogs on long chains. The chains became accidentally tangled around their legs. Unless there's someone present to help, an animal can really hurt itself - it can even die. Those old fashioned "coil cord" tie outs were the absolute worst for this. They were practically guaranteed to coil up around a hind leg.
Even if a person is nearby, the dog may be so frantic, the person can easily wind up in a hospital. It's happened to me. The dog couldn't think or calm down as I was helping to free him - he bit the living shit out of me. Did he intend to bite me? Absolutely not - I believe he was terrified, trapped, and frantic.
Grown dogs can tear wire fencing down in minutes, since it's only stapled to wooden posts. In my opinion, this type of construction is unjustifiable. At the very least, the fencing should be inside the posts.
LEERKOPF™ page link
Shown here are cages approximately 24" above ground height. This construction is preposterous in an area with freezing temperatures and high winds. The cages should be at approximately ground level, and properly insulated from below, so the winds cannot penetrate.
Freezing temperatures are known around the world by any veterinarian to inhibit or prevent sperm production in any dog. Dogs that appear to be "sterile" often need no more than a warmer environment for about a week.
I personally know of this happening, too, because it happened to me, in Boston, Massachusetts. I think it was 1987. My blood pressure is going up just thinking about this shit.
I brought one of my prized SchHIII imported bitches there for breeding to a known German producer, V Igor vom Hasenborn, recently imported to the US. This dog was specifically recommended to me by 4 different Breed Wardens in Germany as a perfect match for my bitch's bloodlines and structure.
The dog had no sperm whatsoever. This was verified on two consecutive days by a licensed veterinarian, with a microscope. I viewed the slides myself - not even one sperm cell. The dog had been kenneled outside for more than 3 days prior to our arrival.
All arrangements - airline tickets, car rental reservation, hotel reservation, Boston veterinarian appointment (to certify the tattoo numbers, witness, sign, and document the breeding), etc. were made weeks before my bitch went into heat. All dates and appointments were flexible - I only had to monitor my bitch and time things correctly. At the first sign of blood and swelling, all dates were confirmed for 12 days later.
My wife dropped us off at Tampa Airport - airline crate, my bitch, a warm coat, and a suitcase. Checking in, we discovered the flight was cancelled due to over 20" of snow at Logan Airport in Boston. All flights were cancelled indefinitely, including everything to New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. There were no options available - no alternate flights anywhere near the northeast U.S.
I was forced to drive from Tampa to Boston - NON-STOP - in a Goddamn blizzard, on ice and snow covered Interstates. My bitch was ready to breed, and there was no time to play games. It took over 38 hours to drive ~1200 miles to Boston. I went off the highway dozens of times, sliding around on the ice. I nearly wrecked the van at least 6 different times.
I ended up driving over 2400 miles for this disaster. I spent about $1000.00 for travel, hotel, food, and wasted veterinarian charges for this stupidity. I should have beaten the shit out of the dog's asshole owner. Instead, I drove him back to his kennels, and threw him and his dog out of my van. We were headed south within 45 minutes.
LEERKOPF™ page link
This picture just plain makes me nervous. The doors appear to have windows made of glass or plexiglass. I'm not sure if this is accurate, but if it is, the dogs inside could be oxygen deprived, from the appearance of this cage.
LEERKOPF™ page link
Here is a picture of a puppy cage. Apparently somebody believed that purple and green paint were a good choice for puppies, and even went so far as to paint the "floor". Obviously, colorful paint is far more important than quality construction. This is quite a fashionable statement. This cage appears to be pretty close to level - now check the one below.
LEERKOPF™ page link
Another view of a puppy cage, illustrating collapse of the cage supports. Look at the hanging balls - gravity makes them hang perfectly vertical - gravity doesn't lie. Compare vertical to the cage framing. In my opinion, this illustrates total neglect on the part of the owner.
It sounds critical, and my opinion is critical. I criticize anything if it's obvious trash. I think the design of these "puppy kennels" came from a madman. LEERKOPF™ Frawley has the "construction skills" of a 5 year old girl. I've never seen such deplorable "construction". I've seen shit, and I've seen shit - this place looks worse than a garbage dump to me. LEERKOPF™ Frawley ought to go play with his computer, and stay far, far away from any type of building or construction work.
Go back and look through the pictures - LEERKOPF™ Frawley obviously doesn't even own a bubble level or can't figure out how to use one. Too lazy to set posts vertical - that might take an extra five minutes. Too cheap to build things the right way - he just cuts all the corners and saves a lousy $200. or $300. Too stupid to make sensible plans for quality housing - instead, just slap that shit together real quick - and hope for the best.
Is it any surprise his nickname is "Empty Head"? That's the world's greatest breeder: Ed LEERKOPF™ Frawley.
LEERKOPF™ page link
Not much needs to be said about this picture. I feel compassion for the dogs who may have been confined in these cages. They appear to be no larger than an airline crate, this very point stated by LEERKOPF'S™ own writing describing them. If this is intended to be "beginning crate training", I see no reason not to bring out some airline crates.
LEERKOPF'S™ "FROZEN DRAINS"
Located somewhere in Frawley's "Kennel Drain" nonsense, this predictably illogical statement was mailed to me. I verified the accuracy personally, prior to writing this rebuttal. This is an exact quote.
"In the winter we can not use the pits when it gets below zero because they freeze up. When that happened we are forced to keep the waste in a wheel barrow and empty it on the field next to the kennel when full (the trees in that field love us)."
As mentioned above, drains will not freeze if moving water is present. I have personally been to dozens of kennels in northern Germany, and witnessed this. My own dog club in Germany, S.V. O.G. Recklinghausen Hochlarmark, which has no drains or septic tank/sewer system facilities for the kennels, has water faucets in every kennel. I have never seen or heard of frozen water, regarding the dog kennels, since I first joined the club in 1986. I have slipped on ice from the pooled water nearby the kennels. The water faucets in all the kennels always worked just fine, even after weeks of non-stop freezing temperatures.
LEERKOPF™ Frawley claims "the trees in that field love us."
Anyone, anywhere, can research DOG waste, and discover it is not tree fertilizer, unlike waste which come from horses or cows. Dogs are not vegetarians - their waste naturally contains residual meat, bone meal, protein, and meat byproducts. Dog waste contains residue from a dog's diet - dogs are carnivores. This can, and will, kill plant growth.
I borrowed the Q and A below from a search on "dog waste +fertilizer".
Q. Doesn't dog poop make good fertilizer?
A. Dog poop contains bacteria from your dog's digestive system that can be passed along to plants. A person can become ill by eating fruits or vegetables from a plant "fertilized" with dog poop. Don't use your dog's poop as fertilizer!
Q. What about the manure I buy at the hardware store? Doesn't this come from farm animals?
A. Yes, the garden fertilizer manure does come from other animals. However, these animals have a vegetarian diet and so do not have the harmful bacteria and worms in their digestive system that carnivorous animals, such as dogs, can have. Additionally, most store bought manure has been composted or processed in some other way to make it safer and easier to use as a fertilizer.
Note the word "compost". Turning horse and cow waste into usable fertilizer requires composting.
Composting produces and requires heat. "Heat" for composting is defined all over the internet as 130 to 170 degrees F. Heat is not present in LEERKOPF'S™ wheelbarrow at temperatures of 30 below freezing - that's why composting cannot take place. If LEERKOPF™ Frawley's claims and statements are honest, then his wheelbarrow contains frozen dog shit and dog piss.
If you happen to be observant, you might notice locations on grass where a dog has shit. Within a day or two, the grass has yellowed and died. It has not flourished and grown greener. Dog shit is not fertilizer. If it were, large fertilizer corporations - and billions of people - would have been utilizing it in vast quantities for centuries.
Possibly LEERKOPF™ Frawley has trees which thrive on dog shit and piss. I don't know. I guess only LEERKOPF'S™ trees know.
LEERKOPF'S™ "BIG CONCRETE ERROR"
Another ridiculous contradiction concerns LEERKOPF™ Frawley's whining about his "concrete mistake". I honestly believe this was no mistake - this was intentional. These are Frawley's exact, verbatim quotes:
"This picture demonstrates one of the biggest errors I made in building my kennel facility. I did not pour concrete puppy runs. I though it would be nicer to keep them on grass. Well this was a very bad idea. As you can see the grass does not grow next to the fence where they run."
Frawley then states:
"My puppy runs are on the hill behind the kennel building. I would have to let concrete trucks drive through 3 different mature hedges to get concrete back to this area and I am just not sure I want to do this."
And then LEERKOPF™ Frawley states:
"In the summer of 1998 I solved the problem by using patio blocks that were laid on a bed of sand. These blocks were 16" by 18 " and only cost about 40 cents each."
Only 40 cents each! Talk about SAVING MONEY! Talk about taking the easy way out! Talk about being CHEAP?
Frawley claims a cement truck can't get to locations where cement should have been used in his dog cages, due to hedges in the way.
B U L L S H I T
This is positively ridiculous, and anyone who actually believes it is even more ridiculous.
Every cement company has pumpers. These are machines that deliver the concrete through a large hose, as the cement truck dumps the concrete into the pumper. I borrowed the paragraph below from the very first search for "cement pump".
It is common to pump cement at various job sites because the cement truck cannot directly access the location where the cement is to be poured. It is common to use a trailerable pump to convey the cement where desired. A trailerable pump includes an engine that drives a pump. Cement is deposited by the cement truck through a large (primary) grate into a hopper and the pump urges the cement through a hose that is routed to where the cement is needed. The trailerable pump is attached to a trailer (bed) and is towed to and from each job site as needed. This type of equipment is commonly referred to as a "trailerable cement line-pump" or more simply as a "trailerable line-pump".
I've seen concrete pumped 2 stories up - directly up in the air - at Tampa Airport's parking garage.
Our kennels, and both of our recording studios required the use of a pumper. It was absolutely impossible for the cement truck to get anywhere near the locations without demolishing some buildings.
When our kennel slab was poured, the cement truck was parked in the street, at least 100 feet away from the kennel.
Frawley's fairy tales are not only ludicrous, they're also pure LEERKOPF™ falsified bullshit. Without concrete pumps, how could high rise buildings be constructed? How could New York City have been built? How could people have swimming pools installed in their back yards? Click the pictures below. I think you'll agree - concrete can be pumped almost anywhere. Concrete pumpers have been around just about as long as cement trucks have.
LEERKOPF'S™ "VETERINARY PROCEDURE"
This claim was mailed to me, and was also verified as Frawley's exact words on LEERKOPF'S™ webpage. I couldn't believe my eyes.
"When it rains the dirt turns to mud. Not only do all pups have worms. Worm eggs live in dirt. So even though we worm pups every Monday from the time they are 2 weeks old they reinfect again - a real pain."
LEERKOPF™ Frawley is publicly stating he worms puppies at TWO WEEKS of age, and repeats this EVERY MONDAY.
MEDICAL ALERT - PLEASE PAY ATTENTION: I highly recommend you consult a licensed veterinarian, and EDUCATE yourself. Learn the ramifications of this type of reckless treatment of puppies.
LEERKOPF'S™ "TONS OF FUN"
Referring again to Frawley's claim:
"In the summer of 1998 I solved the problem by using patio blocks that were laid on a bed of sand. These blocks were 16" by 18 " and only cost about 40 cents each."
Apparently, we're expected to believe that worm eggs DON'T live in a "bed of sand".
I'll just take a wild guess, and assume that if a cement truck can't access the location, then a dumptruck full of sand can't either. So how did the sand and patio blocks get to a location where all those hedges were blocking access?
Maybe LEERKOPF™ Frawley carried them in by hand, or used the wheelbarrow (if it wasn't full of defrosted dog shit).
Let's think this over and see what the calculator says.
On LEERKOPF™ Frawley's newly "modified and corrected" pages he claims:
■ 8 puppy pens.
■ Each pen is 32' x 20'.
■ 640 square feet per puppy pen x 8 pens = 5,120 square feet.
■ Each patio block is 16" x 18" = 2 square feet.
■ 320 blocks per puppy pen x 8 = 2,560 patio blocks for 8 pens.
■ Frawley's patio blocks appear to be plain concrete patio blocks.
■ Plain concrete weighs 148 pounds per cubic foot.
■ A 16" x 18" patio block weighs about 74 pounds per block.
■ 2,560 blocks x 74 pounds = 189,440 pounds of patio blocks, or 94.72 tons of patio blocks.
A "bed of sand" suggests sand at least 5" to 6" deep - let's just say 3", and be cheap.
We wouldn't want LEERKOPF™ Frawley to spend too much on his "bed of sand", and the puppies won't ever know anyway.
■ 32' x 20' x 3" = 160 cubic feet per puppy pen x 8 pens = 1,280 cubic feet of sand.
■ Sand weighs 105 pounds per cubic foot.
■ 537,600 pounds of sand, or 268.8 tons of sand.
Don't forget Frawley's hedges. Maybe LEERKOPF™ Frawley just bought bags of sand, because the dumptruck couldn't get past those hedges. Sand is sold in 60 pound bags. (Check for yourself.) That's 8,960 bags of sand.
■ Currently, cement patio blocks are $3.68 each x 2,560 = $9,420.80, plus tax. Frawley got a real bargain at 40 cents each!
■ Currently, plain sand is $4.50 per 60 pound bag. 8,960 bags x $4.50 = $40,320.00, plus tax.
Of course, prices were much lower in 1998, when LEERKOPF™ Frawley claims he "solved his puppy run problem".
Better wake up, LEERKOPF™. The calculator is quicker than you are.