About Us

Trusted Since 1951

 Family-owned and operated for two generations. 

Our History

Vern and Kiku Kennedy established New Mexican Kennels in 1951. The kennel, along with the family home sits on a hilltop at the end of Yale Blvd. NE, overlooking the entire valley, with views to the East and the West.

In 1970, the business was passed down to their daughter, Juxi, and son-in-law Dan Burr. The Burr’s continued to enhance the operation into one of Albuquerque’s Top-Rated Businesses, setting the standard for boarding kennels in the state of New Mexico. New Mexican Kennels remains today as the oldest and one of the most respected pet boarding facilities in New Mexico.


Juxi Burr is the CEO and President of New Mexican Kennels, Inc. while one of her three sons, Andrew Burr, serves as Chief Financial Officer. Together with Maryle Malloy, the Director of Marketing and Human Resources, they form the Management Team.


Juxi is a nationally recognized breeder and exhibitor of Labrador Retrievers. Her long and esteemed career working with dogs of all breeds began 64 years ago when her parents established New Mexican Kennels. Juxi is on the Board of Directors of the Rio Grande Kennel Club. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Labrador Club, Inc., the AKC parent club for the Labrador Retriever breed in America, as well as on their Judges Education Committee.

Andrew Burr is the founder of The Village Mercantile, Inc. one of the largest feed distributing companies in the Rio Grande Valley. Andrew is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a B.S. in Animal Nutrition. Prior to attending New Mexico State University, he completed his A.A. degree in Farm/Farm and Ranch Management at Texas Christian University.

Maryle Malloy is a branding and marketing consultant specializing in the pet industry. Her career included positions in veterinary hospital administration and marketing specialist for a veterinary corporation with 23 hospitals. Maryle is a former breeder/exhibitor of Quarter Horses and Golden Retrievers and the award-winning author of The Golden Retriever, An Owner’s Survival Guide.


The internal processes that drive New Mexican Kennels focus on a team approach. All members of the NMK staff are participants. We continually evaluate the systems (the way we do things) and our communication skills. We rely heavily on the expertise of our various team members to offer solutions and insights that allow us to provide better care and services for pets, customers, and staff.

Touring our Facility

Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, we have temporarily discontinued live tours of our facility. We invite you to view the short video on this page, or the 3-minute video tour on our homepage

Short Video Tour of NMK