Hey Chris!I met you today (3/18/10) in Alma and decided to check out your site. AWESOME looking labs!! My wife and I loved all the pictures. They brought back a lot of great memories of our lab, Sylvester. We can't wait to see the new litters. Keep up the good work and thanks again for your help today. Chris
Jessie, just wanted to drop a note re: Marly / Mandi...She is Lady and Max's daughter. You mentioned she would be darker like her mother Lady. She is but also looks a lot like Max. She actually lightened to a cream color but also has some light red from mom. She has a great temperment. High energy and smart , almost too smart..keeps us guessing. We have sometimes wondered if we should have changed her name from Marly. Just kidding she's doing great. I'll sent photos soon. Just wanted you to know///
I just wanted to say ~ Mackie Poo turned "1" today ~ Happy Happy Birthday Mack... YAY.. WE LOVE YOU BUNCHES...
MY WIFE BOUGHT ME A YELLOW FEMALE ON 12-19-2011 FROM YALL. SHE CAME HOME AND FIRST THING STARTED USING A PUPPY PAD. SHE ALSO NEW WHAT SIT WAS AND NOW KNOWS SHE MUST SIT FOR HER NUVET PILL/TREAT. WHAT A GREAT DOG. HER PARENTS ARE LEXI AND BO. IVE HAD LAB PUPPIES IN THE PAST AND IT WAS HORRIBLE TILL THEY TURNED 3 OR 4 YRS OLD. SHE IS A GREAT PUPPY AND LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING HER GROW UP.
Wanted to say Gunner is such a lover..we love him so much! He hasn't had many accidents in the house. Thank you so much for everything! He is growing so fast, we have only had him now a week and he's grown so much. : ) -Leah
We are so pleased to have had the opportunity to visit your awesome facility, and see you amazing Labs. We feel so blessed by you all allowing us to purchase one of your puppies. I don't know if we will be able to contain ourselves for the next 6 weeks awaiting the arrival of Nate's Brody Otis. Name depending on Kristy's approval. LOL Thanks again...
Really great site if I ever am looking for a labrador retriever I know exactly where to come.
Just trying to figure out where to post some of "MACKS" recent photos?? Thought I would share with you. He was 3 in October.. BADTAIL is his DAD!!!! :)
You can post them on our facebook page. Its Henderson Labs
I had a couple questions on the dogs. Do you do a hip, eye, and EIC screening on the puppies? I am interested in the dogs you have and am looking for a puppy this coming year. I really like the pedigree of belle and the black make you show named jax. Jax shares some same bloodlines of my old dog I had in the grandview lines. Do you expect and litters anytime soon?
I currently have a chocolate lab from you named Oakley. His mother is Maggie, and father was chocolate (I cannot remember the fathers name, if it is Badtail.. that's not good because it is Maggies father.. hopefully the father is not listed in the males now) I have mainly good things to say about him! great dog, great personality, great retrieving drive.. stubborn at times! He was a gift to me for my birthday. However, other than picking him up from your facility, I had no prior knowledge of even receiving the puppy until I arrived as a surprise! After further research, I had a hard time seeing where, if any, you had comments on hip grading by OFA for your dogs. Are their hips graded? If not, why? Furthermore, Oakley has a back right toe that never grew with the rest of his paw. There is a very expensive vet bill needed to get xrays and blood work to monitor his toe and the possibility of infection in his nailbed. I have another vet that plans to remove the toe if it causes him trouble during this hunting season. Oakley also has a distinct white ring around his tail. It is my understanding that these white patches are fairly common though.
I see mostly all good reviews and happy customers and am hopeful that Oakley is an outlier when it comes the overall aesthetic health of puppy coming from your kennel. I noticed the toe malformation about a week after receiving him. It is not something that happened in my possession because the pictures I have of him the day I got him, in your house, show the toe crooked and out of place. The white ring around his tail began to be very noticeable around 7 months old.
I would greatly appreciate a response to the hip grading of your breeding dogs! In the event that his hips do not grade excellent or good, this could save me and my dog a lot of pain in the future and allow me to monitor his hips and hopefully get a few more years of hunting out of him when he is 7 + years old. When he is 2 years old, I plan on grading his hips. I am not seeking money, but answers on the hip situation.
Brown labs are the result of double recessive genes for skin, nails, hair, and other ectodermal traits. Brown labs are more rare and have a higher probability of developing recessive linked disorders or malformations. This is why inbreeding causes problems, because recessive genes can cross and cause disease.. I am not claiming these dogs are inbred by any means! just giving a reference to the greater probability of problems arising in recessive gene crossing. If Oakley's toe is the result of genetic deformity, that is a red flag for inbreeding. I suspect it was broken and went unnoticed when he was a newborn pup.
Like I said, Oakley is a phenomenal dog, and will be a great hunting partner. His training is almost complete and I get him back at 1 year and 2 months old from the trainer on November 18th. I might even run him in a few hunt tests to get him a title. This is an honest review of my chocolate lab from Henderson Kennels. I wouldn't trade my dog for anything. I do, however, wish I would have inspected his paws more when I received him, and I wish this would have been noticed by the breeder. However, things happen. I would greatly appreciate an answer back on hip grades. If Oakley's hips grade poorly in a year, I will then be asking more serious questions to the breeder. Again, I would like to know if the breeding dogs' hips are graded, and if not, why they haven't been. This is a fairly inexpensive test that can reliably show the quality of breeding that is occurring and the quality of life these dogs will have. I just read a very negative review by Brittney Callahan on google that says her dog had severe hip dysplasia from one of your litters. It caused me worry and for me to look deeper into the matter after so much time from receiving my dog.
My last comment is on the vitamins that were provided and encouraged for the dogs life. These vitamins have ingredients in them that are redundant and have zero scientific evidence backing their benefits in a canines system. Cat Claws? Shark products? hopefully these aren't being given to and with the puppies anymore. I did not see anything about it on the site now.
Not trying to be negative! Just honest. I love my dog and I look forward to many years of companionship and fun hunts with him.. if his hips hold up. I also look forward to hearing back from you about the dogs' hips!