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Here are a few comments received from our dog's forever homes.

Hi Jim,
We got one of your puppies in May and ended up naming her Annie. We wanted to let you know we just love her.
She’s been great and wanted to send you pictures so you can see what a pretty dog she is. I can’t thank you enough.
She has given us so much joy. You truly know your dogs.
One picture she is sitting on a big pile of mulch in our back yard. We have left it there for now as she loves to sit there.
Had a vet appointment today and she weighs 38 lbs.!!



Thank you,
Pat Beemer
Iowa City, Iowa


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Hey Jim,
Wanted to send you pictures of "Al". We actually named him Goose. He is such a good boy. He loves the water.
We have a little koi pond and we can't keep him out of there. He loves to cuddle, go for walks, watch TV, and dig everywhere in the yard.
He is now 42 pounds as of last Thursday. He is a big boy. Doug can't wait to take him out hunting.
We love him so much and so glad we got such a good boy. Our life wouldn't be the same without him!!
Thank you!!! Doug & Katie Akins Bondurant, Iowa


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Jim, I just got back from my Vet. I pulled Holly from her crate and people flocked around her.
Three people wanted her picture and your number to see if you had any more pups left.
My vet was really impressed with your paper work as well as your practices.
She also got your number as well. So just an FYI you might be getting some more calls. ;-)

At 14 weeks old she's already retrieving bumpers in deep water. I have never had a lab take to the water so quick.
Holly is training really really well. I thought her head strong attitude was going to be difficult but the puppy
is it in slowly dissipating and she is becoming quite a dog. I will start lining soon, As her baseball
training is wrapping up. I will begin testing her more and more with commotions and people and other dogs.
By the time dove season rolls around she should be ready to go.

Doug Swinton Cedar Falls, Iowa





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Hi Jim,
I thought you might like to see this. Here is a photo of my pup (Wingshot Marksman -- Shooter) with all of his AKC Jr ribbons. He earned his title in September and went 4x4 on all of his tests. He has not been forced fetched yet. He has always brought his retrieves back to me and delivered to hand. I've never had a dog do that without being forced fetched. I knew that running him would be a risk but because I was at the test anyway running my master dog I decided to run him -- at least he would get marks and shot flyers. I was completely surprised how good he did. This dog is marking amazingly well at his age. We run marks daily and he can do land retrieves at 200+ yards and water retrieves at 140+ with multiple re-entries. I run my big dog then throw Shooter the same marks as singles and he hammers them!! This pup has the makings of a great retriever. Someday you may see him on the SRS!
Mike Fisher Decatur, Texas

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JIM
I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO WRITE THIS FOR SOME TIME, BUT JUST GOT AROUND TO IT NOW.

I PURCHASED A FEMALE PUP FROM YOU, WHICH I CALL “STORM”. SHE IS FROM “CORI” AND “LUCKY” MATCH.

“STORM” IS THE SWEETEST MOST LOVING LAB I HAVE EVER OWNED.SHE WAS THE EASIEST TO LEARN OF ANY DOG I HAVE TRAINED. SHE HAS GREAT ENDURANCE AND IN THE FIELD AND IN THE WATER SHE IS A TIGER. OUR FAMILY LOVES HER. SHE IS A LUCKY DOG AS SHE GETS TO HUNT DUCKS,GEESE, PHEASANTS AND QUAIL 4 MONTHS/YR,ALONG WITH HER BEST BUDDY “RADER” MY OTHER YELLOW LAB (AN AKC FIELD CHAMPION). AT TIMES SHE OUTSHINES MY “TITLED DOG”.

I MUST ADMIT THAT INITIALY I WAS APPREHENSIVE ABOUT BUYING “STORM” AS “LUCKY” LACKED AKC TITLES, BUT IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS ITS WHAT THE DOG DOES THAT COUNTS.

I THANK YOU THAT I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GET TO OWN ANOTHER CHAMPION DOG.

AS A SIDE NOTE I JUST RECEIVED “STORMS” HIP X-RAY RESULTS.THEY WERE “EXCELLENT”. SHE IS THE FIRST DOG I HAVE OWNED THAT CHECKED THAT HIGH. KNEES WERE NORMAL.ALSO I HAVE OWNED AND TRAINED WELL OVER 50 LABS IN MY LIFE SO PLEASE DON’T TAKE MY COMMENTS ABOUT YOU BREEDING CHOICE LIGHTLY.

“STORM” HAS THE ABILITY TO BECOME A SENIOR HUNTER,OR FIELD CHAMPION BUT I DO NOT HAVE THE DESIRE TO SPEND THE TIME TO ACCOMPLISH THAT.SHE WILL BE LIKE HER MOM AND JUST BE A GREAT HUNTER AND COMPANION WITH NO LAURALS OTHER THAN THAT. IF I DON’T SEE YOU IN THE FIELD I HOPE THAT YOU ARE SUCESSFUL IN YOUR QUESTS.

BOB DIRK
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA


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Jim:

Her training is going very well. She is a very smart dog.
She has accomplished by the age of 6 months:
Basic commands
Hand signals
Triple retrieves land & water
100 yd blind retrieves
She has had shotgun shot over her
She has retrieved small live birds
She will start with a shock collar next week. She is very, very soft witch I like. The trainer she is going to doesn’t want to take her because he said he won’t keep her long and won’t make much money.. I took that as a compliment!!! I had a guy offer me $3k for her the other day after seeing her work in the park. I told him to get lost, you can’t put a price on a family member. The picture with the goldfish is a good story. I have a fountain in the back yard about 14 inches deep with 4 large goldfish. She runs around in there chasing them, she has done this for about 2 months. She finally succeeded! Never did I think she would catch one so I just let her keep doing it. One night to my surprise she brings me a goldfish. I about cried laughing so hard, she has a soft mouth so the fish is still alive and doing well. She was very proud of herself. I get so many compliments on her it’s amazing. Not only for her trainability but also her disposition. She will start hunt test in the spring. I think she could pass a Junior hunt test right now but I have to wait till spring for the next available hunt test.
Troy Presley
Dodge City, Kansas

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Hi Jim,
Just checking in and showing you how well Vinny is doing. Vinny has been a perfect fit into our family.
The girls can't get enough of him, and for me, he has become my little buddy and goes everywhere with I can take him.

Thank you so much for doing everything you do for this breed of dog.

Dave Furler Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Hi Jim,
The pup did great. We had three very young pups to work with and my dog showed the most savvy toward retrieving. He easily retrieves a small doken or a small canvas bumper but he prefers the doken. He even goes over to my training basket and drags out the big dokens sometimes. I took some pigeons to the training day and my pup pounced on the birds where the other dogs just stood around and sniffed. After much coaxing we finally got the other two pups to drag one by the wing. They wouldn't have anything to do with a live clipped-wing bird but my pup was tearing up the turf to get at it, pick it up, and bring it back to me! We were all very impressed with this pup's spunk. This week it has finally got up into the high 70's and low 80's and warmed the shallow ends of my two large ponds. I tested the water by hand and decided the young pup could handle it and I started dragging a small doken in the water to get him to try swimming and lean forward so his front feet wouldn't splash. He took to it like a pro. He is swimming pretty well for a first timer and the water hasn't scared him. He seems to like it so I'll get him in again a time or two this week. I'm busy introducing him to everything but at a controlled pace and he likes everything so far. Every day I bring him in the house, close all the hallway doors and toss 6 retrieves for him down the hallway. He brings them back without haste. Outside I put a rope on him and do 6 retrieves every day. The rope ensures the retrieve is successful and he doesn't learn bad run away habits. I really haven't needed to use the rope yet but it's there just in case. He is settling in very well. My vet checked him over and gave him his second series of shots. He gets his third round next month.
I'm glad Steve called but also a little surprised. He has a year-old chocolate lab that has just been FF by a professional trainer and been given early single marks. Steve ran him in four UKC hunt tests and got an SHR title. I think his wife also has two dogs so a new pup would make four. He said his son was wanting a dog so maybe four is not too many. He was impressed with my pup so hopefully he will buy one too. Again, everyone in the retriever club was impressed and I was too when I saw what he did with live pigeons. There's no question that this dog is birdy and will be a retrieving maniac. We have a fairly famous pro trainer in Texas (Danny Farmer) and I am in the process of contacting him about getting this dog in his program when the pup gets older. I would like to train him myself but this dog may be destined for bigger things than just hunt tests. Time will tell us more. I hope to get you some photos soon.
Mike Fisher
Decatur, Texas
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