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BUSINESS OF THE WEEK:
Umpqua Valley Kennels LLC  
By Desiree Gaoiran, Staff Writer 

Mary and Vic Kasser, owners of Umpqua Valley Kennels LLC, met on an online dating site. When the pair began corresponding, Vic was living in Medford and Mary was living in Douglas county. Not only did they have a lot in common but they also shared the love of dogs and decided to go into business together. “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince,” Mary chuckled. “I am the creative hippy and Vic is the ex-military, scheduling type,” she laughs.

The couple invested in property together and in 2007 they started their kennel business then 4 years ago they began breeding dogs. “Vic takes care of the grounds and handles medication administration to the dogs. I take care of the marketing and advertising side of things,” Mary explains.


Umpqua Valley Kennels LLC, located in Drain, Oregon,  breeds French Bulldogs, FrenchBo, and Chihuahuas.
At Umpqua Valley Kennels, they raise family friendly Chihuahuas, French Bulldogs, and FrenchBo puppies and offer puppy/dog ownership education and lifestyle assistance to families. They are permitted for 50 breeding adult dogs.Their Chihuahua, French Bulldogs and FrenchBo puppies are given a wonderful start in life that provides them with the love, socialization, and training they need to become ideal pets. The Kassers also believe that nutrition is an essential component of raising healthy, well mannered dogs. For this reason, all of their dogs are fed foods that are free of wheat, corn, and glutens and are optimized for canine nutrition. All of the dogs under their care receive regular exercise, play, and affection. 

They have recently added two 24/7 live puppy cams! When you place a deposit on a new puppy, you can now log in and see how they are being cared for in real time! “We want potential  buyers to understand that this is not a puppy mill.There is no mystery about how we do things here. We are heavy into education and strive for longevity and success for the puppies,” Mary says.The couple are more than happy to provide references to potenial buyers, in fact they insist. Their references include not only people that have purchased puppies from them but also their Veterinary and County Licensing information. “Checking references is a key element whenever someone is considering making a purchase from a breeder,” says Mary.

They have a wonderful website where you will find a virtual tour of their clean, spacious and well-kept kennel and state of the art nursery. “The economy has been hard on us. This business is similar to farming and the market isn’t always the same. This isn’t just a hobby, we put everything we have into this, we are professionals and we truly love what we do,” Mary says. Mary and Vic welcome visitors 7 days a week, by appointment, from 10am to 3pm. They are available by phone 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm. They are located at 139 Umpqua Valley Ln. in Drain. You can reach them by calling (541) 459-5951 and you can also visit their easily navigated website at www.uvk1.com

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