Below you will find a sampling of some of the letters, e-mails, cards
and pictures we've received. If you would like to contact some of
our previous puppy owners for a reference, please contact me and I
would be happy to provide that information.
Lucy is doing great! We love her a lot!
10/19/07 Hi Dana,
Patrick Dennehy here, we got one of Trulys little boys a couple
I must say, you made the right call telling me to take the blue one.
He is very playful with the kids, you might remember my oldest
He was so easy to house train, only 4 accidents. His first night was
He started puppy school at nine weeks, he can sit, come, leave it,
He is the star wherever we go. He is just so darn cute, people can`t
Some exciting news regarding Shadow, he lost his first two puppy
Now that I am through bragging about my dog, If I may take the
As you know, I had dogs as a kid. This was my first experience with
Once again, I can`t thank you enough for our dog, who I call, my teeny
I've been meaning to send you a note, but I've been
Let me start by saying that your pup is more than I ever expected.
Tucker is my shadow; following me everywhere. During the day
As Tucker can show, you're a great caretaker of the breed.
(Current weight 55 lbs; excellent physique.)
Hope that all is well. We are all doing fine and all of us love Rosie!
She is such a sweet puppy -- has her feisty little puppy moments
Rosie is doing so well with her training! Clicker training really
Well, all for now. Thanks again for the great pup!
All the best,
I thought I would give you a little update on the "boys," Tango and Max. Wow! What an entertainment duo! I cannot believe how well Tango has received Max. In fact, sometimes Tango runs into his pen to get away from lil' Max. As much as Tango appears to be the clumsy big "marmaduke," he is wonderful around Max. Max seems to want to rough house with Tango all the time. Little does he know that Tango has eased back his play to Max's level and ih he wanted to, could throw Max across the room. Tang has never reacted with agression to Max, or anyone...
He allows Max to actually take a treat out of his mouth. Imagine our reaction to see little Max pry open Tango's mouth, put his entire head inside Tango's mouth, and "take" the small rawhide chew that Tango was gnawing on. Tango gives it up willingly, knowing Max will drop it in a few minutes. Tango will play "Tug-o-War" with Max, skillfully providing just enough resistance to Max such that Max thinks he is a force to be reckoned with. Max tries to act tough with Tango, with little growls and barks. Tango loves it and really tempers his play so as not to overpower Max.
Both boys respond very well to their names, although Max comes only when he wants to. Tango now sleeps on a dog bed in the bedroon, and Max sleeps in his crate. Both will go to their respective crates with a simple command of "Kennel" if we go out and cannot take them.
Max is pretty much housetrained, and "goes" as soon as he is ever let out. Tango, on the other hand, is extremely particular with his relief station, searching far and wide for just the perfect place for him to "go." We have thankfully had very few "accidents" with Max as he seems to take to "going" outside.
Both are healthy... Tango is a very solid 90 lbs and Max, at 10 weeks is an even 20 lbs. They go everywhere with us, drawing a crowd when they are on a leash.
Our back yard is being fenced the first week in Nov. although both will respond to voice command. They loved their bath and seemed reluctant to get out. Overall, I would have to say that both have been a joy, with no problems with health, temperment, or interaction with each other. We look forward to when the "boys' older sister" is living across the street.
Thanks for providing this joy in our lives...
I am finally sending you an update on the puppy I got from you in Febuary 2004 from Salem and Jared's litter. I named the puppy Jinkles, but everyone knows her as Jinx. She has been unbelievably awesome from day one! Even on the car trip home I knew I had made the right choice.
Jinx is probably about 60 to 65lbs and very healthy. Whenever we would take her to the vets office for her checkups she was always a big hit with everyone. Actually the second time Jinx walked so confindently into the vets office she was greeted by a full grown great dane....Jinx just took a few steps back and then sat down to stare at this huge animal about a foot in front of her! Everyone at the vet office thought it was quite funny!
Jinx is a true water dog we have found. Whenever there is water around, she will end up in it. My girlfriend (Tracy) and I brought Jinx to the beach for the first time in March and watched as she tried to chase the foam in the waves. No swimming this first trip, which was ok, since it was big waves and a little puppy. When we brought her to my girlfriends family lake house in upstate NY in the summer we were excited to see what she would do with the lake. We thought we might have to coax her into the water and help her swim. She litterallly ran in and started swimming the minute she was off the lease and we couldn't get her out! She LOVES retreiving in the water! She would fetch a stick again and again until we were ready to quit...she never got tired of it.
She also was in her glory when we spent a weekend in VT at a house in the middle of the woods. Again there was a pond and again we couldn't keep her out! Whenever my girlfriend and I bring her to the dog park we get tons of compliments about how cute she is and how great her coat looks. Many people have asked us what we feed her since they always notice her shiny coat.
Jinx spends her time between my house and my girlfriends apartment. We work oposite schedules so JInx is lucky that someone is almost always home. I currently still live at home and my father has a 2 year old german short haired pointer. We were concerened about how they would get along the day we brought JInx home and honestly we couldn't have asked for a better interaction. They met in a neutral spot for the first time and within minutes seemed like they had been friends for life. They love to play together and steal each others toys all the time!
Jinx has been registered with the AKC and really is better than I could have imagined. Her training is going well, she is extremely smart and eager to please. Thanks for everything and sorry I didn't write sooner. I am also going to try to send some photos from the VT and NY trip along with this email. I hope it works!
TOBY IS A GREAT DOG! We are so in love with this little guy. He's beautiful and friendly and smart, too. He's getting all the commands very quickly.
We can't walk a block with Toby without getting approached by tons of people, and even smiled at by grouches. He has become the toast of the neighborhood and everyone asks about him all the time. Today he had an hour of play with a friend's poodle, and he was a real little gentleman.
He's feisty, and has a mind of his own. Which is something we like. But he's also sweet and happy and healthy.
Thank you a million times for breeding such quality dogs.
Matthew and Tom (pics below)
This is Wendy & Joe ******. We picked Louie up from you at the beginning of March. I just wanted to send along a couple of pictures of him so you could see what a handsome boy he's turning out to be! He's a wonderful dog, we couldn't have asked for a better puppy! He's been through his basic obedience training and we even did a beginner agility class. He had alot of fun. We get alot of compliments about how good looking he is. I always mention where we got him and if anyone is ever looking for a lab, you are the place to go to.
I wanted to let you know that Ann and I met Poacher yesterday at the Working Dog foundation demo at Pease. Both of us were very impressed with him. You have done a great job producing a good looking performance dog.
1/3/05 Dear Dana,
A belated thank you for providing us with a perfect match for our family. Magoo won our hearts over on the 2 hour ride home. He was as easy a passenger as we have ever had!
We absolutely adore this baby, he had very big paws to fill but has done so seamlessly. He is the most loving, laid back and delightful pup we have ever met. He has joined in our morning walking group and has endeared himself to all the other dog owners. I think we have given your name out no les than a half-dozen times. People stop us to tell us how beautiful he is.
He is sitting on my feet at the end end the coach right now. He is such a love!!! No jumping, just a little teething. He's the best.
We, especially John, are totally smitten. This has been a great experience for the kids too, they're so protective of him.
Thanks again and please keep us in mind for a late spring litter. We feel the need for a black female coming on!!!
Here's a shot of Magoo at Halloween. He is, of course, even bigger and more handsome now!
Happy New Year to you all, please keep in touch.
John, Mary-Anne, Amanda and Conor
Here's a new picture of Magoo taken 11/2005!!
1/13/05 Hi Dana,
The "boys" are doing very well! Two year old, Tango is turning out to be a collection of extremes... He is very, very sensitive, acting like a caring father to little Max (now 5 months old). This sensitivity extends to his discipline also. If he is scolded for doing something wrong, he acts like his heart has been broken. He combines this sensitivity with a lot of power! His legs are incredibly strong and loves to run and romp with Max in the back yard... which is now fenced in.
Tango now weighs a slim 95 lbs. The vet says he is a very well-proportioned lab and just loves his temperment. Tango is scheduled for his neutering on 27 January. The only "flaw", if I can call it that, is one of his upper canines (the upper right fang) has a purple tint to it at the very tip. (maybe 1/8 inch at the end). It doesn't bother him but we will have it checked out just the same. We intend to bring this to the vet's attention when Tango goes in on the 27th.
Max is so sweet. He will not go outside unless Tango leads the way. If Tango barks at something out in the woods, Max comes running back up to the house. Max has lost all his "baby" teeth except for one "fang" on the upper. While Tango really loves to cuddle, Max does not. Max will come, allow for a pat, and then say that's enough of people. If I call Max, Tango will race over to me to beat him to me. If I call Tango, Max could not care less... unless of course I have food... Then I have their undivided attention.
Tango will not over-eat. He eats until full and that's it. Max will eat his own food and then try to finish Tango's food... if we let him. But we don't. Max is a very strong 55 lbs. I actually think he will outgrow Tango. On weekends, it is a little game... They seem to know I am not going to work and whoever lets them out of the crates had better get out of the way because they run upstairs to join us on the bed. They are truly family members.
We take them both to the puppy park in Nashua on Sundays. It is a fenced-in baseball field where all the dogs are allowed to socialize with others. We have been there with over 200 dogs. Both Tango and Max love it and really tire themselves out. Max has developed a close friendship with a full-grown Great Dane... Go figure...
Lacy, who lives right across the street, is also a gem and will romp with the boys if let. She ensures they know she is the "Grande Dam" and they respect her. That's about it for now. As you can see, I get very long winded when talking about my guys...
We will mail you the paperwork after the "deed" is done on 27 Jan... I am enclosing a collage of pictures to show you the boys, taken right befor Christmas. Please see attached. We will update again when we take a new set of pictures. I hope the new year finds you well and wish you the best.
05/18/05 The Vet loved him! Diesel sacked out in the exam room on the floor and she looked me square in the eye and said, "you are lucky, this pup has got a great temperament and that is the way labs used to be, but it is hard to find them like that any more..."!!
05/18/05 Hi Dana,
So far Misty is turning out to be the best dog we've ever had..... she is just amazing!
Very cute, soulful eyes, playful etc....
We think she will be the smallest of the bunch, which would be fantastic!!! She's about 2/3 the size of Bailey..... A few more weeks and Bailey will have recovered fully from double TPLO surgery - whew! Poor thing wants to play with Misty.
05/19/05 Hi Dana,
It's been quite awhile since we've been in touch. Thought I'd give you an update. Am just getting back on my feet after being diagnosed with a brain tumor last Oct.
Rosie is entered in 2 shows this weekend........she remains an awesome worker. She passed her CGC/TDI test last week. I'm so proud of her! It's amazing that she has retained so much of what we worked on prior to my diagnosis. Hopefully by this summer, we can add a CD to her name. Will let you know how we do. Last year, she was trained through open and working on utility. She seems to thrive on the challenges each new level brings. Will keep you posted .
Best, Isabel & Rosie( Mirabelle's Watch Hill Rose CGC/TDI)
05/20/05 Lacy in the shade. She is doing well. We absolutely love her!
take care amy
05/23/05 Here is Diesel with my Aunties Ruby- ON THE COUCH hanging out on Sunday afternoon..... I am so strict! NOT
Just wanted to show you how well Lily is getting along in my family. She is wonderful and oh so smart......She has already mastered "sit" to my surprise and she is answering to come about 80% of the time. We are working on No Bite which is progressing well and "No" which is also going well. What a promising pooch.
Tucker is one year old now and continues to impress us with his intelligence and character. In this past year, we've been in 8 months of training classes. In May, Tucker passes the AKC Canine Good Citizen test on his first try. He's now in an off-leash control class.
Louie (Sire: Jarrett Dam: Lacy) says Merry Christmas!!!
From the Smiths! December 2005
We are so glad we have Abby (A Truly daughter) in our family! Abby is a smart, lovable, beautiful lab. At 8 months she weighs about 60 lbs. We refer to her as our *mini Lab*. I have just taken her to puppy kindergarten and puppy graduate. She will start agility/obedience in January. Early this past summer we ran into one of Abby's litter mates, Maisy. Unfortunatly we haven't seen Maisy since then. What a small world!
Thank you so much for giving us one of your puppies! If we are ever looking for a second Lab, we will contact you.
Happy New Year! The Abel Family!
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