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Maggie and Chic Certification

Posted on December 2, 2020 at 10:40 PM

OFA has a special certificate for dogs who meet the parent standards of their breed. It is called CHIC certification. I decided to get Maggie May CHIC certified.

Last week was her eye exam and she passed! The other genetic testing and xrays were done months ago and she passed those tests as well. So Maggie has been set to a higher standard, which means her pups will be going for $800 each when I have her bred in the spring of 2021. 

This is all so exciting...


Coco out of Retirement

Posted on December 2, 2020 at 10:35 PM

I did it. It wasn't planned from the beginning but Coco went into her estrus cycle and she seemed so eager for another round of pups that I had to oblige her.

So Coco and Dash are at it again! They tied twice for 20 minutes each time and now the date is set for January 21, 2021....

Imagine that! I was concerned that Coco would bring Maggie into her heat cycle as well and I am most certainly not ready for 2 litters at the same time this soon. But Maggie decided to wait for better weather and I am oh so glad of it.

So there you have it! I am already getting asked about her little chocolate pups and have a couple on the list. I am also thinking of keeping a little girl to take her place onced she retires and STAYS retired!! I had a few people asking for puppies in October and November that I turned away, so I will be re-contacting those people to let them know they can be on the call list if they so choose to.

And I thought I was gonna have a quiet winter....

2020 Empty Nest

Posted on October 6, 2020 at 11:30 AM

The puppies have all gone to their new homes! The nest is empty!

Pepper and Coco are officially retired now. They are both 8 years old and have given us wonderful, beautiful, and healthy puppies and now it is time for them to enjoy their golden years (though I know they loved having their little puppies and were good mamas!)

Maggie is 2 years old and in 2021 she will be bred for her first time. I have gone the extra mile with her and got her CHIC certified through OFA...which simply means, she has had all the health clearances that the Labrador Retriever Parent club has set forth in their guidelines. 

So, next year, in 2021, LaBelle Labradors will be back down to one litter for the year, Lord willing. Even though I have set the rate for her pups at $800 limited registration, I haven't decided for sure if I will be willing to travel to deliver a puppy to a family outside of the tri-state area. If I do, those puppies will have travel expenses added to their rate. And there you have it! Happy Autumn and holiday festivities!

Count Down has Begun!

Posted on August 18, 2020 at 10:50 PM

Wow. The Coco Puffs are nearing their 7 week birth age...in 3 days! and they will be going home in 4days! Funny...I'm gonna miss those little darlings. But! Their new lives will just be beginning and they will be very very happy. I am sure of it!

Pepper's Ronies just turned 4 weeks old today. They have come a long way. Their mother had an emergency hysterectomy when they were just shy of 1 week old and Coco was called in to be the wet-nurse until Pepper arrived the next day to claim her little ones again. Pepper and babes recovered and are doing tremendously well. 

Pepper and Coco will be retiring after their litters this year and I have started a new call list for my Maggie May's first litter in the spring/summer of 2021. I already have 6 people on the list, though I suspect a few may fall off due to my decision to breed Maggie with another Yellow, therefore I am certain she will only have yellows in her litter. I'm excited for her to be a new mother! I am also thinking of moving the whole business in the basement so I can rreclaim my garge for the truck! It's been years since I parked my truck or any vehicle for that matter, in a shelter.

At last!

Breeding Rights

Posted on August 1, 2020 at 6:10 PM

Hey all...

I have made a major change in my pricing...

Normally I have had our puppies priced at one price and then the breeding rights as a separate price, but at the same cost as the price of a puppy. Well, due to a conversation with my Breeder Mentor, Kathy, I decided to lower the price for breeding rights down to $300.

That's it for now! Ta ta!

Pepper and Jett's Brood

Posted on July 23, 2020 at 10:55 PM

Pepper finally whelped her litter of seven pups...down from last year and the year before and I think this will be her last litter!

She gave us four boys...3 black and 1 yellow

She gave us 3 girls...2 black and 1 yellow

I am proud of Pepper. She is a very attentive mother loving on those little darlin's!

Precious

Coco Out did Herself!

Posted on July 4, 2020 at 11:20 AM

10 puppies!

This is Coco's largest litter yet! Imagine 10 puppies! Oh. My. GOSH! Coco does so well with the birthing process. I was just praying to God for her! I also told him how nice it would be if we, women, could give birth that easily. I find it nearly impossible to imagine birth without pain...honestly...and I have a fairly good imagination!

Well, we are also very blessed to have all the puppies spoken for. Just had a visit this morning by a young newly married man who wanted to meet me and give me his deposit in person. And he lives a stones throw away at that! 

All of Coco's pups, or should I call them "Puffs" like I did last year...are doing well. Dew claws will be removed here in 2 days time. I do like for them to be established with their mama before wisking them away to go under the knife. Such tragedy! But necessary! 

Please visit our Facebook page to follow the updates on the little darlin's! Blessings!

It Happens Every Year!

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 5:05 PM

What do I mean by that title? I mean...every year when one of our females has her puppies...the days and hours up until they appear...I'm a nervous wreck!

Coco is due by tomorrow and she has never been later than 63 days but why does this try my faith? Maybe because I am a whirr of emotions! 

Next time I write, the wee ones will all be here! Blessings to all!

Coco due next week

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 6:25 PM

Hey y'all! Coco is a little round these days. And next week will soon bear her young. I've been making preparations and am a little nervous about it! I am very excited too! Such sweet little darlings...we go through this year after year and the newness is still the same!

Stay tuned!!

Patiently Waiting...

Posted on June 7, 2020 at 9:40 PM

Hey y'all! We are back to let you know that we believe the Lord has blessed us with 2 litters of pups coming soon! We are waiting with bated breath! Well, to tell you the truth, I am just fine to wait the alloted time for those little darlin's to be born because I still have much work to do in preparation!

I'm just now getting our garden in for the growing season and I'm having a little trouble feeling enough energy to do it all and be done with it, so I'm doing two rows of planting each evening...three evenings down and perhaps I more evening to go! So after that is all done I will be working in the basement to set up the whelping boxes. I think I'll post a photo of them as I get them ready.

I have been noticing that my Coco and Pepper or one of them anyways, is digging around under the deck outdoors doing her own preparing...and that spells trouble for ME! Gads! I've been working on plugging up her "nests" and I suppose I should let those two girls sleep in the basement near where the indoor "nests" are gonna be made so they finally get it.

So that is it for now...be in prayer for me as I get my duties done. Lord knows I could use all the prayer I can get!


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