While struggling with the tragedy of the death of my 1st husband, Jeff in 1994, I was given a Black Lab puppy for my 2 year old son, Jeffrey. This puppy was quite a handful but he provided a source of unconditional love for us. He was a great little companion during a very difficult time in our lives; "Jesse" was the beginning of my journey with Retrievers.
A few years later we added "Jack" & "Lady" to our family. As a stay at home mom in 1998, I wanted to be able to work from home to help supplement our family’s income. I decided to raise a litter of puppies from our two dogs. Well........ The experience of raising our first litter of puppies was quite interesting. I quickly found out that I had a lot to learn about becoming a dog breeder.
Over the years, I began to do a good bit of research on breeding and raising puppies. I surrounded myself with people who knew the ins and outs of the dog business. Our veterinarian strongly encouraged us to breed high quality dogs that were free of the health defects that can occur in Labrador Retrievers. We later purchased a couple of well-bred puppies that would hopefully become our future foundation dogs. Along the way, we learned that the temperament and work-ability of the Labrador Retriever was extremely important as well. Our family became involved with a local Hunting Retriever Club. This club was made up of hunters and folks who challenged their dog’s ability to hunt by competing with them in mock duck hunting scenarios known as Hunt Tests. I was challenged to learn as much as I could about duck dogs and hunt test competitions. We began working with our dogs and in time we have had many dogs achieve AKC and UKC Hunt Test titles.
Through the years of learning I didn’t set out to become a dog trainer. I was content with breeding nice puppies and training my personal dogs. As our puppy sales increased we began to have new owners request for us to help them with their pups. We started out teaching obedience and it has advanced to retriever training over the past years. The kennel has survived a lot over the past years; we have been through many joys as well as many storms in life. I have been blessed to be able to raise my children on this farm. My oldest child was just a toddler when we got our first Lab pup and now my youngest child has only ever known this life we live. The one thing that has never changed is my passion and love for the dogs. When I have had a really stressful day I can often be found out at the kennel with my puppies. I am very humbled as I think back to where it all began and how the kennel has grown over the years.
I am Thankful to have a family that is supportive of my dreams!
Our daughter Madison Hope Welch passed away Nov. 21 2014 in a auto accident after a duck hunting trip. Maddie was the most talented and driven young woman that we have ever known. She loved to hunt, fish & be outdoors. Maddie was a talented writer and artist.
This page is dedicated to our dogs that we have lost, whether they had championship titles or not, it did not matter, each one has a place in our hearts.