One of the most asked questions I get is “when you mix the American with the bench lab will they still hunt?” When I mix the American Fox Red with the English Fox Red Lab I’m finding in my opinion that half the pups take on that American look and the other half take after the English look. I am a true believer in “a lab is what you make it”, you mold the lab to fit your lifestyle. Our labs are capable in doing just about anything you want them to do, our pups have become wonderful family companions, weekend hunting warriors , dock diving labs, competed in hunt tests, been trained to become therapy labs ( we have one that is a certified blind guide dog), search and rescue, and just a child’s best friend.
Can’t say enough great things about our boy “Shotgun.” He’ll be ONE next Monday. He’s already a certified Therapy Dog, making folks feel better at TIRR. Starts this weekend at MDACC.
Angus earned his Rally Novice title today! I couldn’t be prouder of my boy! Thank you Michaela Wille , Adam Bush, for helping me find the best dog and friend. Thank you Christina Harris McCauley and all our BFF pack mates for making the process so much fun.
Abby from Issabella. Certified Therapy Dog.
Full Fox Red American ~Gracie & Brick Pup at 2 years old
We purchased a pup from the Gracie/Brick litter in February of 2009. I hunted her lightly in the fall of 09/winter of 10, but this last season we killed a ton of quail and pheasant from start to finish all over the Midwest. She has demonstrated great desire to hunt, has great “manners”, has a great nose and steadily held point, and her retrieval is spot on. As I have become more familiar with this breed and its capability, myself and another partner that hunts a lab have started doing some hunt test work. With no experience, I took Ruby to Northern Wisconsin for her first CPR test with the APLA organization. Her upland work was outstanding….her water retrieval was good, she cheated a little, but this is an area we have not worked on a whole lot. Her exceptional nose saved us…her cheating a direct retrieve is some work to be done. She titled, so we are 1 for 1.
We have not been real good about posting pictures and staying connected, so here is a couple of quick pictures of her 2-year update. We are enjoying the enhanced training and will be doing some akc, ukc hunt tests. I look further look forward to our work towards her GMPR…..time to come.
My parents and brother recently purchased a pup from your Izzy litter. I know they are very happy and continue to have high expectations of the role she will play in their life.
Take Care –
1/2 American 1/2 English Fox Red ~ Jozzy & Mack pup at 10 months old
Here are some pictures of Eleanor at a Super Singles competition. She was the youngest dog there and finished in the top third. One lady exclaimed as I was walking to the line for one of the retrieves “Now THAT’S a Fox Red”, then the person with her commented on how “gorgeous” she is. Of course I think she is stunning, but it is always nice when other people comment. Mary
Good morning Michaela,
Last weekend Eleanor passed two more tests and earned her Started Title with NAHRA. We have a couple of things to work on, then will be starting the AKC Hunt Tests in May. There are some pictures posted from the weekend on www.charlespravata.com
Scroll down to “Recently Updated” – then click on CCHRC/NAHRA Saturday Started. She is in pictures numbered 112 – 131. She was by far one of the best marking dogs there, got lots of comments on her ability and her looks. Have I mentioned that I love her?
Well, my baby turned one last week, and we made the most of it.
First, we graduated from advanced obediance class. Eventhough we graduated, we will continue for another year or so. We both need it.
Next, I entered her in two hunt tests over the weekend and she passed with flying colors both days. I saw the judges score card on the first day and on her 5 retrieves, she scored 3 tens and 2 nines. Ten is the highest score possible. She was fabulous, except she decided on the second day to be a puppy. On her return on one of the retrieves, with the duck in her mouth, she completely ignored me and proceeded to happily play and jump over all the goose decoys in the field and have a great ol time. It was funny to watch, I had to laugh while making a mental note about how to fix it. She definitely keeps me on my toes. Of course I got more compliments on how beautiful she is along with a judge telling me he hadn’t seen a dog her age dig so hard in the water to get a duck before. Loved it….
On a different note, we also received her Cerf clearance for her eyes.
She has tested clear for CNM
and last but not least, her EIC test came back …..drum roll………CLEAR !!I am so happy with my dog, Michaela, I cant thank you enough for giving me not only a dog that is perfect for me, but one that is completely healthy.
MaryAm attaching a couple of photos taken yesterday. She is now a big time swimmer! She loves to retrieve dummies in the water – just look at that drive and enthusiasm going into the water!! She is only just five months old – we think she is very advanced!!!!Write when you can.All the best.Ginnie