Any of us who have a Labrador Retriever (or any other playful, active dog,) in our lives know just how much they LOVE playing and having something in their mouths,…. at all times. Especially if it’s a challenge and they have to work at it! Whether you have an active, playful, curious puppy, a gnarly teenager, or an adult dog who could use a new play toy to keep them entertained, this is a fantastic tool to use. Toys with purpose are the best. The Tether Tug is good for their physical fitness, mental engagement, and focus as they enjoy playing and interacting in such a great activity.
With all the dog food options, it is so easy to get totally confused and lost in the mix. One thing is for sure though, you want the very best for your pup….. and that will not be found at your local Grocery, Target or WalMart store. I have tried several different foods over the years, and a few that I have as my favorites. However, I am always keeping my eye open for the very best quality food at the best price. Victor Dog Food is one that I have been seeing and hearing some great things about, so I’m giving it a try. The challenge is, it is only sold at select stores. But!!! You can order your dog food online and have it scheduled to show up at your doorstep! Easy as pie. Chewy.com has it for a great price with free delivery on their auto-ship program. Or, you can get the similar great deal here through Amazon. Here is a link with the formula I feel is best for our beloved Labs with a bit of Glucosamine and Chondroitin mixed in to help support for the ever so important joint health, if you want to give it a try.
We are so excited as we approach the due date of this lovely breeding. We absolutely cannot wait to see and welcome these very special, stunning Labrador Retriever puppies! Our lovely Aspen, Mtn. Meadow Diamond in the Rough, from Greenstone Labradors has been bred to the gorgeous stud, Branch, MBISS GCH Fairlane Hickory Branch at Paradocs. All puppies are spoken for (provided the right color and gender show up.) If you are interested in being on the waiting list in the event puppies come available from this litter or future Good Lab Outfitter litters, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The past week spent with these awesome people has been life changing in many ways…. Good ways. Sean O’shea of The Good Dog with the beautiful Laura Morgan, along with Jeff Gellmann of Solid K9 Training. Can’t wait to share more with you soon!
Hope you’re getting ready for a great weekend. One of the things we are doing around here is getting a bit more serious and focused on our manners and official training. Living on a ranch and being a bit of a mushy, ‘push-over,’ stay-at-home-mom type, my journey with these Labs has been chock full of life lessons, fun, development, and sometimes a little slower at getting serious and professional than we should…. but those days are behind us…. every day is a new beginning and great things are shining through!
Life with our beloved canines,… it’s all about the fun and companionship, right? But, sometimes too much fun and not enough healthy boundaries and guidelines has it’s drawbacks. We have unfortunately developed a few habits that need some…. ‘refining.’ Nothing earth shattering, but enough that I have come to the ‘A-ha!’ moment of decision that…. it’s time to kick it up a notch and be a tad more professional. All my crew are like my babies, and sometimes they can be a bit spoiled, or forget their manners a little. That being said, for a while now, their world is slowly transforming into a ‘work for your play and praise by good behavior and obedience’ kind of world. In all honesty, we aren’t finished yet, but they are doing fantastic and I’m getting really excited about the doors of opportunity that will open wide for them with their newfound better behavior and training. These Labs… they got skillz. 😉 We’re just chipping away the stuff those ‘skills’ are buried under. Then polishing them up so they can shine. Kind of like a hidden diamond that must be put through the fire, molded, cut, shaped into the beauty it beholds.
Kind of like what God does with us…. He created each of us with so much potential and purpose, but sometimes we get a little off base, discouraged, buried under the weight of our own little world, or maybe have never had certain opportunities, maybe we’ve never believed we could possibly do something really cool and great, and end up not even realizing our own potential. Yet with a little encouragement, with a little glimmer of hope, wisdom, knowledge, determination, and some good old-fashioned pruning of the old ways to accentuate and develop the good, new ways, we can grow, prosper, and discover a greater level of accomplishment, opportunities, and joy in life. Don’t stay stuck in a rut…. aim higher…. and start climbing.
Now, regarding our task at hand,… with a few on the roster, it is taking a bit of time to filter through ‘unlearning old ways and reconditioning new, better ways’ for everyone, but we’re getting there and I couldn’t be more proud of them. In tackling this new way of being, I have gleaned training expertise from a few fabulous trainers including Duke Ferguson and Bill Hillmann for starters. I’ll toss out little tidbits of wisdom I’ve learned from them over the days, weeks, and months ahead as well. Today however, I’m sharing a clip I just came across this morning simply because the concepts of what we are doing here now on a daily basis are pretty close to the same as he’s showing here, and….. he’s demonstrating with a Labrador. And since I’m all about that bass…. oops, I mean that Lab, I kind of took a quick liking to this video clip and thought I’d share. 🙂 Good stuff here. If you have a ‘full of him/herself’ Lab, don’t fret. Celebrate their uniqueness and happy-go-lucky way of seeing life. They have the most amazing abilities when trained and taught well. Their potential is truly overflowing. Enjoy their love and curiosity of the world around them, and simply learn to help them mature and channel it in a healthy direction. Deep breath, gain some wisdom and knowledge, know that you both have it in you to be fabulous, then work consistently and patiently, and watch the progress begin to blossom…. it is such a great feeling to see the progress! Kind of euphoric, actually. Ha. When you’re at your wits end, wisdom and knowledge along with gentle, respectful determination and action can be life savers for everyone involved. It is heartbreaking to know how many precious Labs are dropped off at shelters because their owners just didn’t know or take the time to learn how to help them. Hope…. hang on to it and help your beloved K9 be the best they were born to be.
Hurley’s Stud Career is officially underway. With health clearances done and beautifully cleared, training and competition career gearing up once again, He is officially on the market for approved girls. First breeding just confirmed!… He did well. 😉 Redmark Labradors will be welcoming a beautiful yellow litter by Hurley (Chambray Outfitters Thundering Surf, WC) and their beautiful girl, Kaymie (Highvoltage Klassic Kaymie, JH) around May 7. I can’t wait to see these little cuties packed with potential!
Other upcoming breedings happening soon with Hurley to our yellow girl, Mia for an all yellow litter, and possibly a breeding to our chocolate girl, Miley for an all black litter. Miley has only had one litter, which produced our girl Brighton, who looks very much like her daddy, Chaps. This would be her final breeding before retirement. If we decide to do that breeding, I look forward to some beautiful little black bundles to love on as both Hurley and Miley are super special Labs. Miley and Mia both are all business at work, and all mush in the house. They both LOVE to retrieve, and they LOVE to cuddle. Perfect balance. 🙂 Lord willing, we’ll have a successful breeding for both. The pups from all three litters, will not only be beautiful, but packed with potential, producing gorgeous Lab pups with great temperaments, loving personalities, as well having as much drive as you need, to do whatever you desire. Happy hunters, players, competitors, and loungers alike! More information regarding these litter will be forthcoming as breeding time approaches.
Puppy News! I’m so, so, soooo excited and anxious. Breeding time has finally arrived once again! 🙂
I dropped Miley (our chocolate girl) off for a few days to ‘rendezvous’ with a handsome guy named Jett. Also knows as CH Klassic’s Highvoltage F-18, MH. Jett is on the elite list of Labradors to receive the coveted Master Hunter Title. I am very drawn to this boy not only due to his intelligence, athletic ability, and proven performance record, but also because he portrays the personality and beauty I love to see in the Labrador Retriever. His head and coat are just gorgeous. Beauty, form, & function…. it is possible to have it all. <3
After a little researching, Miley has a chocolate brother (HRCH Riptides Hydrophilic Hammertime MH (Hydro), who has set records in HR points earned and apparently now has 2 Master National Passes, needing only 1 more to be in the Hall of Fame. :)) I’ve also read that as a stud, he is producing Grand Champions, Master Hunters, Hunter Retriever Champions, SRS finalists and some tremendous waterfowl dogs. Great work, bro! 😉 Miley has a strong, proven performance pedigree and great health clearances behind her.
Miley, although very driven and ready to go at the hint of anything that looks like a gun or doing something fun and exciting, is a pile of cuddly mush in the house. One of our ‘privied’ ones that hangs inside much of the time. Based on the color genetics chart, this ‘should’ be a 50/50 litter of blacks and chocolates. Praying for a super blessed breeding. <3 I am sooooooo excited about this litter!! 🙂 These pups will be bred with the best potential to do anything and everything their owners would want to do. (Except protection dogs…. not too keen on Labs going that route. ha. That’s for the Shepherds to handle.)
You can see some of Jett’s new babies just whelped yesterday and another litter just a few days ago over at RedMark Labrador Retrievers (FBpage), as well as some pics and info about him on their website at www.redmarklabradors.com. If you’re wanting a performance Lab that is beautiful and can go from ‘game on’ to ‘let’s cuddle’ all in the same day….. THIS is the litter.
If you’ve asked me about a black or chocolate pup, provided all goes well in the breeding, (which, I am believing for an amazing litter!) the time draweth near. <3 Puppies would be born in Jan., go home in March.
My yellow baby boy is growing up into a lovely young man. At 10 months of age, Hurley has been so much fun and is doing so well. He is growing up to be quite a handsome lad with tremendous potential in every area. Earlier this month, the Austin Kennel Club hosted an AKC All Breed Show in Austin, Texas, held at the Travis County Expo Center. At this show, Hurley (Chambray Outfitters Thundering Surf) took 1st place in the 9-12 month Puppy Class and Reserve Winners Dog on both Saturday and Sunday. Each trip out, he gets better and better, and I am so excited to make this journey into the show world together with him. He is truly a love in every way.
Up next… my black boy Eli’s debut (Outfitters Divine Double Portion). His last scheduled show was rained out in quite a comical way and just did not happen for us as planned. Hence, his day is still forth coming. I can’t wait to share how his outing goes.