Before Stonegate Labradoodles, we had Calgery Labrador Retrievers. We started in 1996 and continued for almost 10 years. I was only 16 years old when I started getting into AKC Show Labrador Retrievers.
I put Canadian and American Show AKC Championship titles on Can/Am Ch. Surry's Wish You Were Here, JH. I also was able to put a Junior Hunting title on him. I also put a hunting title on another Champion Labrador Retriever, Ch. Mar-Moye's Sir William Cody , JH who ended up to be a great stud for another kennel.
I also raised my beautiful Eve, Castlewood's Evening Star, to be my foundation bitch. She never was comfortable in the show ring, so instead I let her become a mom. She was a fantastic mom to four litters which found their homes.
After a lot of work in raising those beautiful babies and placing them in homes all over Long Island, New York, I decided to retire from this breed. I instead took many years traveling and enjoying my show dogs as pets only. I traveled from New York to California. I earned many incredible experiences during those years. Also during those years, I lost all of my babies to old age and cancer, which is unfortunately incredibly common in Labrador Retrievers. It left me broken hearted. With every passing, each one took a piece of my heart. I was left with a cat and an elderly chihuahua in the end.
After my travels, I got tired of the Long Island life. I missed the country. I always felt that my soul thrived best in the woods, by the mountains, walking along a lake and breathing in the fresh air.
With my decision made, I packed up and sold my house and moved to Highland, New York. It was the single best thing I've ever done for myself. When I bought my house, I decided that I wanted big dogs again. I missed cuddling with their big bodies, I missed being able to go hiking with them and everything you could do with a big breed.
So I started my research. I loved my Labradors, but I was wondering if I really should get one again. After all, they do shed like mad. I'm getting older and I really don't want to keep vacuuming during the shedding season. But during my research, I discovered a new breed that I was incredibly interested in. Labradoodles. Part Lab and part Poodle, and they don't shed or at least shed just a bit? I was sold.
I bought my two puppies from two separate breeders, Coco from Ohio and Teddy from a local breeder. And they were two different generational Labradoodles which I found fascinating. I wanted to raise them and see how different they both were, personality and coat wise. It was pretty enlightening and educational.
I came to find out that they both are amazing, loving dogs. They are also great alert dogs which is great for me being in the country. They can hear what I can't and let me know what's out there in the woods. They are great hiking partners. They don't shed like a Labrador Retriever! They are all what I've wanted in a dog.
So with that, I decided to breed Labradoodles and restart my breeding career again.
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