Welcome and thanks for visiting our site. My name is Julie Whitmer and I own and operate D and J Kennels.
I grew up here in Central Pennsylvania and have always loved animals. I began raising dogs and puppies as a way to pursue a career working with animals. It led to my husband and I opening D and J Kennels in 1989.
D and J Kennels is truly family owned and operated. Everyone in our immediate family gets involved in some way.
♦ - I operate the Kennels, taking care of our customers, their dogs, and our dogs as well.
♦ - My husband takes care of the building and maintenance around the kennel.
♦ - My oldest daughter handles the grooming.
♦ - My youngest daughter plays and socializes the dogs and puppies.
♦ - Lois (grandma), who is like family, does a little bit of everything, but most of all she offers a lot of love to the animals and takes care of the customers.
When we first opened, our only business was breeding. In 2002, we expanded D and J Kennels to include boarding and grooming. I had been running the boarding operation at a local veterinary office and felt that the area the animals were kept in was too small, especially for larger breeds.
I decided it was time to design a boarding kennel that would accommodate the needs of various sizes of dogs. As a result, our facilities have three separate sections for boarding dogs. Our main area features full-sized kennels perfect for large dogs or an entire family of pets. We have a quite room designed for small dogs and those that don't tolerate stress well. And out third room is sized for small and medium sized dogs.
We’ve now been in operation for 22 years and I still love working with dogs. Over that time we’ve had many repeat customers, some we've gotten to know well. One of my favorite parts of the business is hearing back from my happy customers who make my dream of working with these wonderful animals possible.
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