1: Birdie the well trained labrador – Andy & Katy, Brainerd, MN
“My wife and I had been contemplating getting another labrador for a long time, but we were worried about how our 12 year old lab would react to having to share the attention. We had been mulling the decision for a long time, until we ended up crossing paths with John. We went to meet Birdie and we fell in love instantly. The true test was to have our older dog (Bella) meet Birdie and see how things went. Upon letting Bella out of the truck, Birdie promptly ran over to an apple tree in the yard and grabbed an apple and dropped it at Bella’s feet (Bella’s favourite thing to eat in the entire world is Apples). They became immediate friends. We were hooked.
Birdie has been a wonderful addition to our family. She integrated quickly and learns very quickly. John worked with me on training techniques and worked with me as often as I wanted, to help me understand how to work with Birdie. The true test came when pheasant season opened. We made several trips to Iowa, South Dakota, and some game farms locally. Birdie’s natural instinct, combined with the training she had received from both John and I, quickly made it apparent that she was something special. I will never forget the feeling of shooting my first pheasant over her and having her bring it back to me. Her natural instinct surpassed what I could have even hoped for in a hunting partner.” — Andy & Katie Brainerd, MN.
2: Jimmy the excellent hunting lab – Bruce, St. Cloud, MN
“Just a short note to let you know that Jimmy is working out great! He is already a good hunter and an outstanding, very aggressive, labrador retriever. He gets out a little far sometimes, but is now starting to respond well to coming back on a trill whistle. He is starting to deliver to hand now also. All-in-all, I am very happy with him. He has delivered four limits of roosters to me so far, and we are having lots of fun training taking a dead bird and hiding it out in the woods buried under the leaves. His average time to find is under a minute.” —Bruce K. St. Cloud, MN