About Deron & Marna Kazmaier

otisrenamarna 2005-09-13.jpgDeron and I have had goats since early 2000. I wanted them for pulling and packing. The first two did that and they each did a couple of tricks too.

My first goat came from a friend of mine that knew that I wanted a goat. Someone had given her a doe with two doe kids, she gave me one of the doelings. Soon we had several goats and some Blackbellied Barbados Sheep. We hit a fianacially "hic-up" and something had to give. I sold all the goats but one. Little did we know at the time that she would kid and we would start all over again.

I love my goats. Mine free range here and hang out at out front door waiting for me to come out so that they can follow me around... and get treats.

My husband is really good about my love for animals. We met because we both are mushers and each had several dogs. When Deron and I hooked up he had more dogs then most people will own in a life time. The joke is I married the guy with the dogs and he married the Harness Maker. I am a sled dog harness maker by trade.

Deron has converted so many wagons and carts for the dogs, goats and llamas for me I have lost count. Last year he started making sawbucks for my goats for hiking. We also use soft packs on the goats and llamas for short or day trips.

DogStar Kennel www.dogstarkennel.com is/was Deron's kennel name when he and I got together. I always used Marna's Menagerie www.marnasmenagerie.com for my animals, rabbitry, aviary, cavery, kennel, Harness Shop, everything. We kept and we use both names. Dogstar Kennel is for our kennel, Marna's Menagerie is used mostly for our fun and functional animal items we have for sale as well as my Rabbirty name.

We have "dubbed" our place Grasshopper Ranch. We use the name Grasshopper Ranch more for the Horses, Goats and Llamas www.workingllamas.com that we also work here in WI.

menatwork 2005-09-10.jpgWe called the place Grasshopper Ranch because we would rather play then work... we both have made our livings out of what we love to do or "our play". Deron is a computer Programmer and has a desk top publishing program he has had and sold in many countries since 1985. www.pagestream.org I have been a sled dog harness maker since 1986 professionally but have made animals equipment most of my life. I make all kinds of items including but not limited to goat harnesses, goat packs, llama packs, rabbit harnesses, rabbit, guinea pig, rat, hamster and even mouse clothes, dog coats, llama tassles and much more.

Deron and I do all sorts of things with our animals. We have the sled dogs and we also backpack with them. Although it is not Deron's favorite sport, I enjoy weight pulling and have done well at competition. I have dogs that do frisbie www.upnorthdiscdogs.com and I used to compete. We have horses we horse pack with, as well as the goats and llamas that both pack and pull.

Deron breeds all sorts of snakes and reptiles, and I have small animals as well. I even do agility, but not just with dogs. I found out about Fancy Rat Agility www.theagilerat.com enjoy it and when I heard about rabbit agility and rabbit hopping, well, I had to give it a whirl www.rabbitagility.com. Deron, being the great guy that he is made my agility equipment. Rabbit Hopping is also known as rabbit jumping or showjumping or even rabbit show jumping.

At DogStar Kennel, as far as dogs, we mostly have AKC Siberian Huskies that we own, raise, train, race and backpack with. Deron and I are so proud of the lines of our dogs that we also have a website called www.seppalanews.com We also have Labrador Retrievers, English Shepherds, St. Bernards (only one now) and a few Cocker Spaniels... yes, they pull, pack, weight pull and many, including the Sibes, do a few tricks. I am learning to groom my Cockers (good thing we live in the woods).

I am learning to spin, so the llamas, sheep and angora rabbits are working in that capacity too. LOL

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