About Us And Our Home Bred Puppies....
We have been blessed with great results, as a result of our experience, dedication and hard work... but especially because we genuinely love the labrador breed!
We work hard and are determined to produce HEALTHY, HAPPY, INTELLIGENT PUPS!!
We have been dog lovers for years and years. Our family is dedicated to raising each and every puppy with the utmost care and attention to good development. EVERY puppy we offer is raised to serve their new owner well... the rest is up to you! Your pup will provide you with loyal companionship, whether trained to hunt, compete or fill that important role as the family pet. We want them to surpass everyone's expectations!
We are Friendly, honest and reliable Home Breeders, carefully raising and socializing healthy, quality pups in a family environment. Our love for this breed increases our desire to breed GREAT dogs. Our goal is to work hard and continue to do our best work to produce "Phenomenal Pups!"
Although we appreciate the importance of a pup's bloodline, our greatest focus is the good HEALTH of our Dam and all her puppies. In order to have healthy pups, we MUST have healthy parents! Our dam is on a special raw diet throughout her pregnancy and up to the birth of pups. Pups will also be on a ground raw diet... please do what you can to learn about raw feeding in the meantime, so you can continue this healthy natural diet for your little one!! I will help in any way I can...
The vet is notified when mom is in labor, and we remain in close communication in the event we have a complication, which can happen even to the healthiest dam! The pups receive the same careful attention...
We would like to have pups established in their new homes no earlier than 8 wks. (This is best for pup. They benefit most in their litter environment during that last week, since it begins their first "fear period"). We will be more than happy to work with each family to address any specific timing needs. You can learn more about pup's first "fear period" by searching on-line - or by asking us for information on the several similar periods during pup's life. The first of these usually ends by the end of their 8th week (56 days), but could last up to 11 weeks. Instructions will be sent home with you for your reference, enabling you to help your pup through this critical period. All of this contributes to a more self-confident, happy pup for you to enjoy for pup's entire life.
With our close attention to details when bringing up our pups, you will be getting a loving and loyal companion, who is respectful, eager to learn and work for you with enthusiasm and intelligence for many years to come.
As mentioned above, health is extremely important to us... for our adult dogs as well as for our pups. Even though we now believe that a balanced raw diet is best for dogs and cats, we know that a lot of people either can't afford to buy it or don't have time to prepare their own cooked or raw dog food.
We've been working hard to find a healthy solution, and I have to confess, I've been all over the map during this process. You wouldn't believe how many times this page has been edited in the past year and a half! The main thing to know is that there is a lot of information for you out there, so please educate yourselves regarding the dangers of kibble alone AND the dangers of over vaccinating (studies show that if your dog has been vaccinated once, most likely they are vaccinated for life!)
Also, educate yourself about the dangers of using the common flea, tick and heart worm poisons. These can destroy or confuse your dog's immune system, causing allergies and disease! There are safe alternatives, and for the sake of our dogs' health and longevity, we have taken a different path.
So... after much reading and learning, we no longer consider even the best kibble, alone, to be a healthy food choice for our dogs. The dry form of pet food is the least healthy of dog food forms, mainly because of it's over processing, use of chemicals, and is made primarily by using huge amounts of starch, which then converts to more sugar than is healthy for our pets. (Wysong Epigen 90 is at least starch-free, but VERY expensive)
Food forms in order of best to worst are: balanced raw, canned, dry... (Dr. Becker has a good article on this, also DogfoodAdvisor) When our poor pets' immune systems are compromised... it makes sense that the result is many more dogs and cats at younger and younger ages suffering with allergies, cancers, thyroid and joint issues, and all kinds of diseases that our pets shouldn't have, if they have normal functioning, healthy immune systems, supported by a nutritious diet. (more topics to read about).
We now take a more natural approach to rearing our dogs, and are incorporating a lot of this into feeding our new pups! We have chosen raw! We evolved from trying to find the most healthy dry, canned, then complete raw... All were more expensive than we wanted (or could) pay, so we are making our own now! SO much more affordable! And Fresh! You should see those smiles on our dogs' faces when they see their food coming! :))
It doesn't have to be an 'all or nothing' approach. Any real meat addition to a kibble diet is at least an improvement, along with variety. There are many additives available on the market for topping a kibble diet to offer better nutrition, while learning about how you want to manage your dog's raw diet. If you would like to gradually start your dog on a balanced raw food diet, either as a topper, part or full time, I like Steve's Real Food, Wysong, or Barf. But companies like Trudog offer freeze-dried toppers for kibble, also.
A really good immune booster that we use... due to the many toxins in our environment... is 4Life Canine Complete Transfer Factor, which ours get daily.
I am sharing these things, because I would want to know!! For years, I have fed a raw chicken leg quarter to each about once per week as a supplement to my dogs on kibble... knowing the kibble wasn't enough, no matter what the label stated. I would also add fresh veggies, fruit and egg (be sure to google which foods NOT to feed your pets-some are toxic)
Our dogs have always been healthy, maybe largely because we have done this... but from the time we had started reducing the amount of kibble, feeding more raw, and now on 100% raw, we have noticed the gradual decrease of allergic symptoms, after many years of having a few... to the point that they are gone... which was the main reason we ever needed to see a vet! [Some great sources you can find for how to raise your dog naturally: search for Dr. Will Falconer-Natural Rearing ... a wealth of information on a healthy approach for your pet. Also, check out Dr. Becker on Mercola Healthy Pets. Dogs Naturally is another one].
We truly "are what we eat!" And this is also true for our pets!
There is no substitute for a very healthy beginning, mixed with the very important socialization and training periods for each pup. We introduce them to duck and pheasant for scent only - no mouthing. Again, it is the individual attention to each and every pup that makes us stand out from many of the others!
Our dam is very intelligent and beautiful, and from a wonderful bloodline. She has a great "nose" on her, and has natural pointer tendencies--her great-great-great grandsire is Sir Hershey of Surrey, GMPR (Grand Master Pointer). You can read more about him and others on the "Past Champions" page.
Our choice of male to sire each litter is carefully determined, finding only the best partner for our dam. Information on sire for current litter can be found on the 'Current Sire' page. We want to do our part to improve the breed that we love so much, which is why we search for just the right male.
NOTE: Because the health of our dogs and their offspring are of such great importance to us, should anyone decide they would like to have their own litter 'down the road,' we just ask that they give the same close attention to the health and wellbeing of the parents and the litter, by choosing mates with the same basic health clearances that were acquired for the parents of their pup. We are happy to offer counsel to anyone interested in raising a healthy, well socialized litter.
Note the list of great dogs in both parents' bloodlines (found by researching "Dam & Sire / Pedigrees") ---These will make up the bloodlines of your NEW PUP! And that's great news! BOTH parents have great ancestors!
If you are you looking for a HEALTHY, WELL SOCIALIZED pup
with prominent National Field Champions, GMPR, Master and
Senior Hunters in their Pedigree,
then you should be very pleased with our puppies.
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It's A Family Affair! :)
The whole family loves to get involved with our pups. We work hard to get them ready for you...happy, happy, smart little pups-that's what they are! Saying "good-bye" to them is very hard to do...
They warm your heart in a hurry, but it helps to hear stories about them after they are in their new homes. : )