All our labs are house dogs enjoying being under foot, with a chew toy or ball or just napping in a cozy spot.
We're involved in Obedience, Rally and Breed competition. Our girls have OFA hips and elbows, Cardiologist Echo heart exams, annual CERF exams, Optigen and EIC statuses.
The one thing about labs is that they love to both work and smooze! Take a few minutes to visit with our girls and don't forget the dog biscuits!
John Keeler Jr. and Gretchen Pinkel
Puppy News! Chewie's puppies arrived on 9/15/13 and into the morning hours of 9/16/13! We have 8 puppies contently grunting away! In addition Suzie's pups arrived on 9/20/13 and into the morning hours of 9/21/13! She has 3 lovely pups! We will be tracking their first 8 weeks on the puppy page! Check back as we try to update it on a weekly basis! It will be a busy fall!
We've been out and about at shows this spring! Starting at the Milton, NY cluster of shows in March - Chewie picked up 2 legs toward her Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) Title and Suzie picked up 2 legs toward her Companion Dog (CD) obedience title! It was the first time either had competed in a sports dome so I was pleased with how they did! Then in April we passed on the Potomac LRC specialty and headed north east to Maine! At the Casco Bay Dog Training Club shows Chewie picked up 2 more RAE legs and Suzie earned her CD!!! In May Suzie and Chewie were again traveling - this time off to the Pioneer Valley Labrador Retriever Club shows in Massachusetts! Chewie came home with one RAE leg and earned a "high combined score" RAE ribbon! She now has a total of 7 legs out of the needed 10 legs for her RAE title! And Suzie came home with 2 Rally Advanced legs! Kate continues on her quest for an RAE title, this summer she picked up leg # 7 at one of the Schenectady Dog Training Club shows! She keeps me on my toes and we will celebrate when get that title!
Now for as much success as we've had we've also had some "not so pretty" runs too! One thing for sure is that they keep you humble and on your toes. I've learned over the years and realize that most important thing is the relationship you have with your dogs! This spring I've asked them to perform in a sports dome to a school gym to an outside grassy fairgrounds! It's continuous learning and chances are when those 'not pretty' runs happen - it's me that needs to reevaluate what and how we are training! One thing with working the girls it truly is a work in progress! Learning, keeping positive and importantly having a good time!
Here are some show scenes with our girls from previous years!