2014 October 16
by Barb

photo(41)Age 1 (Zoey/Jackson Pup)

Happy with our training

2014 October 12
by Barb


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Hi Barb: I thought I would send you an update on Lewey (Copper/Jackson) – who is 5 months old today!  As you can see, he is a very handsome boy and I receive compliments on him constantly.  He is so strong, healthy, fun, intelligent – and already 46 lbs!!  Lewey enjoys coming to work with me every day, where he has mastered his job duty skills in napping.  He is very mellow and laid back, kind with anyone or animal he encounters.  We had Daniel stop over for one training session with Lewey and since, he has not needed any other formal training (thank you Daniel).  He has brought much joy into my home, thank you for providing me with such a wonderful and gorgeous puppy.

Hope all is well. Until the next update……


After training Zoey

2014 October 12
by Barb

Dear Barb & Russ,
Our 2 weeks with Zoey since we picked her up have been wonderful. You have indeed taken her to the next level. She heels on leash extremely well, does sit and stay beautifully and in general is a much more trainable girl( an unanticipated bonus). The DVD is great. The first time we watched it Zoey was with us and would sit when Russ told her to and ran out in our hallway to chase a tennis ball that sailed off the side of the TV. When it was over she went behind the TV I`m sure to find you or Russ…..Thank you both so much, Steve, Lee & Zoey

Amy is Homecoming Queen

2014 September 26
by Barb


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Amy was crowned the Homecoming Queen for Litchfield High School Monday
night. I have to say I am pretty emotional as I write this. 19 years ago
when Amy was born and I read all the negative things about Down Syndrome, I
remember wondering if Amy would have any friends. I wish I could send the
photos on Amy’s Facebook page to all the authors and professionals who made
us feel like Amy would never fit in, never be a success. Thanks to her
amazing family and friends and community, she has proven them wrong. It
isn’t the “queen” thing that makes us so happy. It is the fact that all
those students opened their hearts and got to know who Amy is and nominated
her as their queen. That is what makes us so proud of them and our
community. The class that Amy is in has made this possible. The way they
have accepted her and helped her through the years. Amy has an amazing group
of friends and teachers and mentors that allow her to be a part of their
Feeling overwhelmed with joy today. God Bless the students and faculty of


Heatley & Crosby

2014 September 26
by Barb

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I know the dust is probably just settling for you after the State Fair but I wanted to send you this photo as it was taken just a day before Heatley (Hazel/Champ) turned the big “1” :) Crosby (age 6 1/2, Captain/Ruby) and Heatley adore each other equally and we cannot imagine life without them together!  They continue to be head-turners on the street for their classic Golden beauty, and their well-mannered but fun-loving and kind behavior is just a blessing! Thank you, as always, for sharing your gift with our family.   I hope this finds you well!


Much Love,


Two special birthdays

2014 September 3
by Barb

If you have submitted a puppy application and I have not contacted you yet, DON’T DESPAIR!! I will call you this week for a phone interview. I honestly don’t know where the time goes everyday but between the State Fair, the litter we have, canning all the produce from the garden and trying to drink in every minute of summer with my grandkids before they go back to school, I have not had time to call you! I am very sorry and hope you do not feel rejected!! I will be emailing you tomorrow to set up a time for a phone interview. We should have puppies available late fall and early spring!!!!

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Today is a very special day. It is our daughter Kelly’s 32 birthday and our granddaughter Norah’s 3 birthday. I remember when Kelly was born like it was yesterday. She was such a fun, happy little girl. She was always doing cartwheels or handstands! She has grown into the most amazing wife and mother. She has 4 small children but you would never know it! She manages her home so well. I feel like the luckiest mom in the world to have such an amazing daughter & friend.

Little Norah has her own unique personality. It is so fun getting to know who she is. Norah loves to hold the puppies when they are small. She likes to be Grandma’s helper.

I love celebrating birthdays. Taking time out of everyday life to let someone know how very special they are. Happy Birthday to my sweet Kelly & Norah Pie!!

Come see us at the Minnesota State Fair!

2014 August 30
by Barb

state-fairCome and see us at the Minnesota State Fair! We will be in the Pet Center, which is located on the north side of the fair grounds on Murphy (between Cooper & Underwood). It is conveniently located next to the northern end of the SkyGlider chair lift. We will be there both weekends, all day (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) on August 23rd/24th and August 30th/ 31st. 


2014 August 25
by Barb
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Hi Barb,
Thought you would like to see some pictures of Kenzie (Zoey, Jackson) now
that she has turned 1. She is a very happy girl that loves to play fetch
inside or outside. She is energetic, sweet and learns very quickly. She
loves to stay close to Russ and I.

Some of her earlier puppy behaviors have resolved, and others have improved
greatly. I have been working with 2 dog trainers, one who has been
instructed by Cesar Millan, and the other who trained Shephards for the
local police department. The are very familiar with the book “The Monks of
New Skete.” I have told them about you as Kenzie’s breeder. They think
that you are “right on” with everything you are doing. Thank you for being
such a fantastic breeder!

Kenzie is so very special. We love her so much, and are so glad she is part
of our family. Thank you for such a gorgeous dog!

P.S. I still love checking your website every so often. It is fun to see
all those adorable puppies!


2014 August 25
by Barb

Hogan boating, 9 monthsHi Barb,

Just wanted to update you on Hogan (Nali/Champ) as he has reached the 9 month threshold. His obedience training has been progressing well as he has graduated from puppy kindergarten, puppy obedience, beginner obedience and has now entered the novice level. His last instructor kept commenting on what an incredibly good looking dog he is and finally said “in 6 month you are going to have such a great dog! He is so smart (but at times so naughty) and lovable.

Hogan is enjoying his home away from home, Meadowbrook Golf Club, as he is allowed to go to work with me each day. The attached photo was taken as we were surveying the flood damage (over 100 acres and 8′ deep in spots) at Meadowbrook.




2014 August 15
by Barb
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Hi Barb, Just a quick note to let you know Lacey (Zoey/Jackson) is doing wonderful! Growing incredibly fast. Vet check for distemper booster had her at 22 lbs. already! She is a wonderful girl and gets along with Milo as you can see from the attached photos. Hope you’re having a good week. We are certainly enjoying the nice weather

-Patrick & Judy