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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (2-13-17 & 2-14-17)

Posted By: TruPride  on January 8, 2017   
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The country’s oldest, most prestigious canine competition is quickly approaching.  Set your DVRs to record the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!

Monday, 2/13 @ 8 pm – 11 pm.  Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding Groups

Tuesday, 2/14 @ 8 pm – 11 pm.  Sporting, Working, Terrier Groups and Best in Show

TV and Live Streaming Schedule: http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/plan-your-visit/tv-schedule/

The Labrador Retriever that wins the “Best of Breed” award will vie for the Sporting Group title against other sub-category winners. Seven Best of Group winners later will compete for the overall title of Best in Show. According to the American Kennel Club, competition events are intended to evaluate breeding stock. To be eligible, a canine must be registered with the club, be age six months or older, be a breed for which classes are offered at the given show, and meet other requirements specific to its breed.

Dogs compete for points toward their AKC championship. Judges award points after examining a dog’s teeth, muscle, bones, coat texture and profile for overall balance, according to the AKC. Contestants also are judged on their gait.

To become a recognized champion, each canine needs 15 points, including two from major wins worth 3-5 points and from at least three different judges. Points are awarded depending on the number of entries of the breed in a show.

Grand champions must have earned 25 points under four different judges. They also need three major wins and to have defeated another Champion of Record in three competitive shows.

 



Walter x Sadie Puppies

Posted By: TruPride  on November 19, 2016   
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 Walter x Sadie puppies 3 weeks old

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www.nikischmidtphotography.com

 



AKC National Championship (12-17-16)

Posted By: TruPride  on November 19, 2016   
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On Saturday, December 17, 2016 we will be going to Orlando to cheer on the other Florida Labrador breeders at the Eukanuba National Championship. It will be held at the Orange County Convention Center (9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819).  We will only be attending the show on Saturday because that is when the Sporting Group will be competing. There will also be some obedience and agility competitions that are always fun to watch!

Click the link below to buy tickets and access more information on the Eukanuba National Championship:



Copy x Roxy Puppies (9-29-16)

Posted By: TruPride  on September 29, 2016   
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Copy x Roxy

Copy and Roxy had 9 puppies!  4 females and 5 males.  Born 9/13/2016.  They are 2 weeks old and doing great!

 



Murphley x Penny Puppies (2-29-16)

Posted By: TruPride  on February 29, 2016   
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The puppies are two weeks old now.

 

Penny had 12 puppies on 2/15/2016! 6 males and 6 females

Male collar colors: blue, turquoise, black, tan, brown, grey

Female collar colors: green, yellow, purple, pink, red, orange

Sire: www.willcarelabradors.com/murph.html

Dam: www.trupridelabradors.com/penny/

Chocolate Labrador Puppies Tampa



Penny had 12 puppies! (2-15-16)

Posted By: TruPride  on February 15, 2016   
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Penny had 12 puppies on 2/15/2016! 6 males and 6 females

Male collar colors: blue, turquoise, black, tan, brown, grey

Female collar colors: green, yellow, purple, pink, red, orange

Sire: www.willcarelabradors.com/murph.html

Dam: www.trupridelabradors.com/penny/

Chocolate Lab Puppies Florida



Penny bred to Murphley (2-1-16)

Posted By: TruPride  on February 2, 2016   
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We are taking Penny for an x-ray on February 13th. This x-ray will confirm pregnancy and tell us how many puppies to expect on her delivery date, February 17. Fingers crossed!

We bred Penny on December 18th to this handsome stud, Murphley. Here is a photo of him winning Select Dog at Westminster this year!  Murphley was #9 Labrador in 2015! Congrats to Sue Willumsen and team!

http://www.willcarelabradors.com/murph.html

Westminster



Labrador Specialty in Orlando (12-11-15)

Posted By: TruPride  on October 12, 2015   
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There will be a Labrador Specialty Show in Orlando, FL on Friday, December 11, 2015.

A specialty show is a dog show which reviews a single breed, unlike other conformation dog shows, which are generally referred to as “all-breed” because they are open to all breeds recognized by the sponsoring kennel club.

A win at a national specialty show is tremendously prestigious, indicating that the winning dog or bitch triumphed at a contest which attracted entries from the most serious fanciers of that breed.  Some specialty shows even attract international entries.

Orange County Convention Center
North/South Building
9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL



Jolly x Etta (9-27-15)

Posted By: TruPride  on September 28, 2015   
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Etta welcomed 6 healthy puppies on Sunday, September 27, 2015.  1 female and 5 males!  The female was born first – ladies first!  5 males followed.  It was a quick, easy and smooth natural delivery.  Mom and babies are resting up and doing well.  They will have their dew claws removed on Thursday, October 1, 2015.  They will be ready to go home on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

 

Chocolate puppies



Pet CPR and First Aid Seminar

Posted By: TruPride  on October 26, 2014   
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Pet First Aid is the immediate care given to a pet who is injured or ill. Knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death for your pet. This class is perfect for pet owners and Pet Care Professionals. According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) 1-out-of-4 more pets would survive, if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care.

This type of class will prepare you for …

  • Senior Care
  • Priorities of Emergency Care
  • Muzzling
  • Primary Pet Assessment- ABC’s
  • Pet CPR and Rescue Breathing
  • Choking Management
  • Bleeding Protocols and Bandaging
  • Heat and Cold Injuries
  • ”Snout -To-Tail”
  • Injury & Wellness Assessment
  • 10 situations that require immediate veterinary care
  • How to put together your own Pet First Aid Kit
  • Dental Care for Pets
  • Much, Much More

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Check the Pawz Pet Services schedule here: http://www.mypawz.com/Pet_CPR_and_First_Aid.html

Check the Pet Tech schedule here:  http://www.pettech.net/schedule/index.php

 



Hooper (9-12-14)

Posted By: TruPride  on October 11, 2014   
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We love getting photos of our puppies! This is “Hooper” (Wellington x Aggie brown collar male).

Thank you to Lindsey Potter for taking this lovely photo!  http://lindseypotter.com/

Hooper

Otter Tail

Hooper Sunbathing

Surfing Lab

 



Sadie – Excellent Hip Prelims! (7-29-14)

Posted By: TruPride  on July 29, 2014   
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Good news!  We received Sadie’s OFA prelims and her hips are “excellent”!  Aggie, Penny and Sadie all have “excellent” hips.

 Sadie Hips



The puppies have arrived! Summer 2014

Posted By: TruPride  on July 26, 2014   
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Penny gave birth to 6 males and 2 females on 6/25/2014.  Penny was bred to “Copy” (GCH Venetian’s Copy That). http://skyfarmlabradors.com/Copy.html

Here is a video of “Copy” showing at the Westminster dog show. You can watch Copy’s son, “Dually”, at minute 7:30 (#56) and Copy at minute 53:10 (#57). http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/videos/Breed%20Judging/2013/Sporting/vid:2624915

Copy x Penny

 

Aggie gave birth to 6 males and 2 females on 6/29/2014.  Aggie was bred to “Wellington” (AKC CH Pointed Willcare’s Wellington at Legacy). http://www.willcarelabradors.com/wellington.html

Wellington x Aggie



The Countdown Begins! (6-22-14)

Posted By: TruPride  on June 22, 2014   
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If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve already seen the iPhone photo below of Penny’s x-ray. It is very hard to see the puppies, but there are plenty of them. There are at least 9 puppies, but there could have been some hidden.

We will take Aggie for her x-rays in the middle of the week. I am not sure what day exactly because it depends on what day Penny delivers. I won’t be leaving the house if Penny is in active labor.

Usually dogs wait until the middle of the night to deliver, so we have many sleepless nights ahead. Then we take turns watching the puppies ’round the clock to make sure that the moms don’t step on them while they are in a state of pure exhaustion.

We weigh the puppies as soon as they are born and assign them a collar color. Identification is important so we can monitor if they are getting enough milk and gaining weight. In addition to the different color collars, we also put a little nail polish on their coats to identify them in case the collars come off. For example, blue collar male will have a streak of blue nail polish as a marking.

Penny’s litter will have their dew claws removed when they are 3 days old and Aggie’s litter will keep their dew claws. This will allow us to make 100% certain that the litters don’t get mixed up. They will also be microchipped at 6 weeks old.

Facebook is the easiest way for me to post updates from my phone, so I recommend following our FB page for the play-by-play details. For example, first pup was a boy weighing 15 oz. born at 12 AM. Second was a girl. Etc.

Wish us luck!
Penny x Copy Litter



Upcoming Litters (6-20-14)

Posted By: TruPride  on June 20, 2014   
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Copy x Penny Litter Due 6/25/2014

Copy x Penny

You can watch a video of Copy by clicking the link below. Dually, Copy’s son, is at minute 7:30 (#56) and Copy is at minute 53:10 (#57) of the Westminster breed competition.

 http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/videos/Breed%20Judging/2013/Sporting/vid:2624915

 

Wellington x Aggie Litter Due 6/29/2014

 

Wellington x Aggie



Labs 101 (6-18-14)

Posted By: TruPride  on June 18, 2014   
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Below is a video that provides a good overview of the Labrador Retriever breed.  Remember a Labrador only comes in yellow, chocolate and black!  No silver Labs.  No champagne Labs.  You should question the ethics of any breeder producing any other color than yellow, chocolate or black.

The Labrador is a moderate dog, not extreme in any way. It is square or slightly longer than tall, of fairly large bone and substance. Its broad head and strong jaws should enable it to carry the largest game birds, such as Canada geese. Its heavy body set and strong legs enable it to swim and run powerfully. Its coat, which is short, straight and dense with a soft undercoat, is weatherproof and helps to protect it from icy waters. The Lab is a working retriever and should possess style without over refinement and substance without clumsiness.

Few breeds so richly deserve their popularity as the Labrador retriever. Devoted, obedient and amiable, the Lab is good with children, other dogs and other pets. It will be a calm house dog, playful yard dog and intense field dog, all on the same day. It is eager to please, enjoys learning and excels in obedience. It is a powerful breed that loves to swim and retrieve. It needs daily physical and mental challenges to keep it occupied, however; a bored Lab can get into trouble.

AKC RANKING: 1

FAMILY: gundog, retriever

AREA OF ORIGIN: Canada

DATE OF ORIGIN: 1800s

ORIGINAL FUNCTION: water retrieving

TODAY’S FUNCTION: water retrieving, assistance, obedience competition, retriever field trials

AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE: Height: 22.5-24.5″ at the withers, Weight: 65-80 lbs

AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE: Height: 21.5-23.5″ at the withers, Weight: 55-70 lbs

OTHER NAME: none

Energy level: Medium

Exercise needs: Medium

Playfulness: Very playful

Affection level: Very affectionate, but it depends on the dog

Friendliness toward other dogs: Very friendly

Friendliness toward other pets: Very friendly

Friendliness toward strangers: Very friendly

Ease of training: Easy to train

Watchdog ability: Low, Depends on the dog and the environment in which it is raised

Protection ability: Not very protective

Grooming needs: Low maintenance but sheds a lot

Cold tolerance: High tolerance

Heat tolerance: Medium tolerance

CARE & HEALTH:  Labradors are active and sociable dogs. They need daily exercise, preferably in the form of retrieving and swimming. Owners with swimming pools either must fence them out or be prepared to share the pool with dog. The Lab coat sheds water easily. It needs weekly brushing to remove dead hair. Although Labs can live outdoors in temperate climates, they are much happier indoors with their family.

Major concerns: canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion/bloat, retinal dysplasia
Minor concerns: cataract, osteochondritis dissecans, CPRA, pyotraumatic dermatitis
Occasionally seen: diabetes, entropion, distichiasis
Suggested tests: hip, elbow, eye
Life span: 10 – 15 years

HISTORY: The original Labradors were all-purpose water dogs originating in Newfoundland, not Labrador. Not only did the breed not originate in Labrador, but it also was not originally called the Labrador retriever. The Newfoundland of the early 1800s came in different sizes, one of which was the “Lesser” or “St. John’s” Newfoundland — the earliest incarnation of the Labrador. These dogs — medium-sized black dogs with close hair — not only retrieved game but also retrieved fish, pulled small fishing boats through icy water and helped the fisherman in any task involving swimming. Eventually the breed died out in Newfoundland in large part because of a heavy dog tax. However, a core of Labradors had been taken to England in the early 1800s, and it is from these dogs, along with crosses to other retrievers, that the breed continued. It was also in England that the breed earned its reputation as an extraordinary retriever of upland game. Initially breeders favored black Labs, and culled yellow or chocolate colors. By the early 1900s, the other colors had become acceptable, although still not as widely favored as the blacks. The breed was recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1903 and by the AKC in 1917. The popularity of this breed has grown steadily; it became the most popular breed in America in 1991 and remains so today.

 



Litter Updates (5-29-14)

Posted By: TruPride  on May 29, 2014   
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Good news! Aggie and Penny are showing all the normal pregnancy signs, including very large and firm bellies. So we won’t be doing ultrasounds this week. There is no need to put them through a stressful vet visit to confirm what looks fairly obvious.

The updates aren’t too exciting right now. They are super hungry so they get a little extra food. We’ve also transitioned them to a higher calorie food. They drink a ton of water and sleep a lot. They are starting to nest, which means they dig the carpet as if they are creating a burrow for their future puppies.

They will be growing much more in the next couple weeks. During the last week or so, we will be able to see and feel the movements of the puppies.

We will be doing x-rays a few days before they are due – this is where we will be able to count the number of puppies.

 



What Is A Labrador Retriever? (5-3-14)

Posted By: TruPride  on May 3, 2014   
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Dr. Frances O. Smith, DVM, PhD talks about Labrador Retrievers at the 2012 Labrador Retriever Club National Specialty at Purina Farms outside of St. Louis, MO.  In this video Dr. Smith talks about what a Labrador Retriever is and the differences in breed type that exist today like Field vs. Show and English vs. American. Enjoy the show!



Meet the Breed – Labrador (5-2-14)

Posted By: TruPride  on May 2, 2014   
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Loving, lovable and very patient. Highly intelligent and good-natured. The Labrador Retriever is one of the friendliest breeds in the world.

This comprehensive video, courtesy of Eukanuba, is a great way to gain an understanding of the history, characteristics and care for this amazing breed.



A Little Labrador Breed History… (4-18-14)

Posted By: TruPride  on April 18, 2014   
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This is a good speech from 1986 by the famous Labrador breeder and judge, Mary Roslin Williams. Whether you are interested in hunt tests, field trials, conformation or other, we can all learn from her words of wisdom.

http://youtu.be/kFlng4i8_R4



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