In 2017 we made a major decision - after nearly 40 years of working with livestock, we decided to retire and sell the farm and kennel business. The sheep were sold in 2017 and 2018. Nancy continued taking boarders until the closing on the farm/kennel took place on January 28, 2019. Nagimor Kennels LLC no longer operates at 165 Hite Road, Warnerville, NY.
The property at 165 Hite Road was sold. The kennel on the property now operated under the name of "Moonhaw Kennels" ( https://moonhawkennels.com ). The phone number for the kennel is 516-974-5645.
The personal experiences with the dogs living with us along with many years of operating dog boarding kennels has given Nancy an in-depth understanding of the personalities of the various breeds. She has developed a keen sense of how dogs act in different circumstances.
Our experiences with dogs began with a Rottweiler early in our married life. We bred, raised and trained Rottweilers for several years. As our flock of sheep grew, livestock guardian dogs became part of the picture. We raised several litters of Maremmas. We found shepherding to be less stressful with the help of Boarder Collies. When our daughter went off to college, Nancy took a liking to Papillons. She acquired a pair and has raised three litters. In 2015 we added a new member to our family - Sherlock - who is an Entlebucher Sennenhund or Entlebucher Mountain Dog. This is the smallest of the Swiss Mountain Dogs. In 2018 we brought Watson, a female Entlebucher, into the picture to complement Sherlock.
When we were married some 37 years ago, we received a rather unique wedding gift - two bred ewes. In addition to many other farm species, sheep have been a part of our lives for the duration. We transitioned from wool sheep to hair sheep - Katahdins. In 2017 our flock consisted of 100 breeding ewes and 4 breeding rams.
Gil grew up on a hill farm in Schoharie County, New York and maintained his interest in farming throughout his college years and his professional life. He took on a supporting role as Nancy pursued her interests in breeding and raising farm animals.
With Nancy's lifelong interest in animals, she sought a degree in Horse Husbandry from SUNY Cobleskill and went on to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut.
We both grew up in a rural settings having animals of one species or another. In our earlier years, our dogs were truly our best friends.
Nancy and Gil Chichester.