A Tribute to My Parents – Ralph and Lolita Manring

This tribute is way over due and I would be remiss if I did not give my parents the credit they deserve for all they have done over the years to make my kennel successful.

We always had a dog in our family when I was growing up and I can remember being interested in dog training at a very young age. When I graduated college and moved to North Dakota I got into owning and training hunting dogs.

My search for the ultimate hunting dog initially lead me to labs and Brittneys until I discovered the Deutsch drahthaar. Once I got Inga vom Hirschhafen, my first drahthaar, completely trained I knew she was the one I wanted to use as my foundation bitch when I established my kennel. At the time my job with the Bureau of Reclamation required that I moved around a lot and that delayed me from producing my “A” litter vom Wildflugel. I wanted to find the perfect property and location for my first litter.

When I located my dream property, my Dad and I started developing the plans for my kennel. Once we agreed on the design, the construction process got underway. I contracted with a local company for the concrete work and putting up the building, but we decided that the two of us could finish the outside kennel runs and the inside of the kennel building. My Dad came over and spent a month with me working 10 hours a day seven days a week getting the kennel completed. He worked on every aspect of the building from applying the concrete sealer to help fabricate the gates and dividers and putting the roofing on the outside kennel runs and building dog boxes. Of course we had plenty of time to goof off and have fun while still getting things done. Every time my folks came to visit some sort of kennel repair was needed. Without me asking, Dad was always ready to pick up a hammer or saw and get things done.

While my Mom was never involved in the construction of the kennel, her talent and skills were utilized in other ways. She has always been ready and very willing to come over when ever I needed help with the dogs. This included cleaning kennel runs and feeding my adult dogs when I had various knee surgeries to whelping my “M” litter by herself while I was out of town on a business trip. Mom loves my dogs and puppies and is always ready to roll up her sleeves and help out. She never complained and to this day is always Johnny-on-the-spot when I call to ask if she can help out. I have lost count of the number of times Mom has come over to take care of my dogs. She knows just about as much as I do regarding the care of newborn puppies. We have frequently taken turns getting up in the middle of the night to bottle feed pups. In the spring of 2011, I produced my 53rd litter and Mom was here helping out where ever she could. I think she has been present for more than half of my litters, delivering and caring for the puppies.

My folks passed on a tremendous work ethic and a love of animals to me and my two sisters. This has carried over to my training philosophy and how I run my kennel. My Dad has since passed, but my Mom still visits almost every time I have a new litter of puppies. I remember the first time they came over to help me out just like it was yesterday. I never missed an opportunity to tell them both just how much I love and appreciated them. It was their help and guidance that has made my kennel the success it is today.

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Kennel Owner

Jill Manring


47305 375th Road
Ravenna, Nebraska 68869


(308) 380-8419


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