Kassey, Grace and Maggie are part of our familiy, as was our dam Koko.
Koko was to be a bird dog. But at three months she was scared by fireworks going off at a beach party. Thereafter she was scared of loud sounds, especially explosions. Not too good in a hunting dog but taught us that you have to be very careful during those early months in conditioning your new pup. Koko could find balls, kongs, toys, and about anything else you would like her to find, and at one time had a volcabulary of over 50 words. As she aged her hearing faded, and there were not too many sounds anymore to scare her.
Kassey loves hunting for anything from balls to birds. She has a very keen nose, and has a knack of finding dead things--especially gophers and voles. She can dig up a dead rodent buried under a foot of snow and dirt. She loves to swim and when you see her going through snow it is like she is swimming on land. In 2015, as part of her 4H program, our daughter successfully ran Kassey through the CKC Canine Good Neighbour test.
We have ensured that all our adult girls were taken to training schools in their early years. Our girls have all the instincts for hunting and retrieving that make Labrador Retrievers such good sporting and detection dogs. They also have the intelligence and gentleness that make Labrador Retrievers good companion dogs for families and persons with special needs.
We continue to train with Maggie and Grace. Maggie has puppy and adult obedience and did flyball. Grace has introductory adult obedience. Both girls spent a year in Canine 4H. What else can we say about these two. They are intelligent. They are fast. They have the best tails ever for clearing off the coffee table. They love walks, water, snow, their family (canine and human). They are willing to play with other dogs. Maggie can retrieve but she is willing to drop things for her Mom to return. Grace is obsessed with catch and can spend hours watching a toy she has dropped in hopes that someone will toss it for her. They are beautiful to watch and easy to love.