Meet the Owner Malka Nagel

Malka Nagel has owned dogs for over 45 years. She has extensive experience in dog training, breeding and showing. She has trained numerous dogs in obedience and schutzhund and used to compete.

Even with her small breeding program, she rose to become one of USA’s top 10 breeders for German Shepherd dogs.

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A Pet Villa
A Pet Villa

A Pet Villa Located in Santa Clara near the San Jose Airport.

The Story of Our Building Project

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History of A Pet Villa

A Pet Villa is currently standing on the former JeNeill Kennels site. JeNeill kennels was built over 50 years ago before Hwy #101 was in existence and before Santa Clara became the Silicon Valley hub.

The former kennel served many hundreds of families and their dogs and cats. The first owner, June O’Neill bred poodles and Boston Terriers and was a professional dog handler.

She then passed on the business to Mike and Karen Kurtzner. The Kurtzner’s were also professional dog handlers.

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Original kennel site circa 1950. Note the East Foothills in the background

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“The “old” kennel building circa 1970”

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Aerial view of the old kennel circa 1960

A Pet Villa Journal of our Remodel

A Pet Villa was built from the ground up, what follows is a description journal of our construction process.

A Pet Villa Remodel Begins with Demolition

After many months of waiting we are finally starting our new journey to rebuild the kennel facility. The first step is to demolish the existing structure. See the pictures.

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Framing is Complete

The framing is complete. The building looks very nice now and one can see or imagine what the finished kennel will be like.

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Dog Suites Installed

We Installed the high quality dog suites from the Mason Company. They are very beautiful with very nice FRP sides.

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Wiring and Stucco Complete

An updated shot of the building after the stucco was complete. The white coloring on the stucco makes the building look very bright.

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Paving and Painting the Parking Lot

Today the parking lot got striped. The parking lot now looks official, with its designated parking slots. I think I will be the first one to try out all the slots available. I haven't allowed anybody to drive on it, even though it has been over 24 hours!!.

On Feb. 12, 2007, we re-opened for business!

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