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


2014 August 15
by Barb

IMG_5627Hi Barb,
I hope you all are enjoying your summer! Just wanted to update you on Charlie. He is growing fast! He is probably close to 30lbs. I have him set up next week to get his last booster shot and his rabies. Hard to believe he’s almost 4 months old already!

Everyone has commented on “what a great dog he is, well-behaved, squishy, good-looking, holy cow-he’s huge! etc….” I make sure to tell everyone that we got him from you at Rolling Oaks.. He got to meet Pat’s parents dog this past weekend! He had so much fun playing with him. Charlie did very well staying in his crate at their house too. He rings the bell every time he needs to eliminate, and there’s barely been times where he just rings it, to play outside. We’ve had Charlie stay at the Vet Tech’s house when we went home for a funeral, and he was so great for her, no accidents, listening to her, sleeping in his crate, napping in the crate during the day, etc…Makes me a proud puppy parent! We are so thankful for your socializing and suggestions before we got him. He loves all of the neighborhood kids, people, construction workers, etc, that he sees! He also went on the boat the other day for a few hours and loved it! We got a life jacket and some fun toys to throw and retrieve. He is going out again this weekend. He sleeps through the night still from about 10:30 to 7am. We will be starting a puppy kindergarten soon, as he is old enough now:)

Thanks Barb!

Izzi (Hazel/Champ)

2014 July 31
by Barb
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Hi Barb,

Just an update on Izzi (Hazel/Champ). I can’t believe she’s almost 1!
She’s everything we hoped for in a dog. Beautiful, smart and so loving.
She makes us smile everyday. I have enjoyed seeing the pictures of her
siblings. They looked so different as puppies and now they look alike! All
so beautiful.
Izzi is small. About 50 pounds – just the size we wanted. She has adjusted
to us -as you said she would. She’s always ready to play, but is also
content just to be in the room with us relaxing. I laugh when she tugs on
her pull toys and growls, because the tail is wagging at the same time! I
make sure to tell her how ferocious she is. She’s very well behaved and is a
good listener. Your Daniel was so helpful in teaching us how to talk to her
in training.. She took quickly to the training collar he brought us. She
stays with us when walking and sits when we stop.
We are so happy she is part of our family!
You’ve chosen the perfect dog for us ! Thankyou again for everything you’ve
done. We are so in love!!

Patti and family


2014 July 31
by Barb
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Hi Barb!
I hope you and your family are doing well. Rusty (ZOEY/JACKSON) is now 3 months old! He is growing so fast it is unbelievable.

He loves to check the mail with us and his job is very important…he carries the junk mail to the door. He does it with such pride! His little teeth are getting so sharp we call him our little land shark.

We wanted to write to you and tell you that we are still so thankful (and will always be) for the care and work that you put into Rusty before we got him. He is such a blessing in many ways. His sweetness and love of people has even broken through the barrier of our little 6 year old neighbor who is scared of dogs. He is not scared anymore! In fact, today he was doing Rusty’s tricks with him. Yay God!

Anyways, just a little update for you about our little Rusty and a big THANK YOU to all of the work you do with your dogs.

-Anna, Ryan and Rusty

Gibbs (Hazel/Champ)

2014 July 31
by Barb

image(10)Hi Barb,
Just wanted to say hi and thank you for the best dog. People always remark
how handsome he is and how will mannered he is. Especially since he is only
1 year. He is the joy of my life! Thanks!


2014 July 25
by Barb
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Hi Barb,  I know you’re busy with things, but I just wanted to give you an update on the boys.  Heatley (Hazel/Champ) and Crosby (Captain/Ruby) are doing awesome. My sanity is being tested with the combination of 8 paws, melting snow and a very muddy yard but nothing a little hose and towel on the deck can’t help. I just wish it weren’t *every* time they go outside!!  Heaters is growing strong – last vet appt a few weeks ago he was 65 lbs and declared all muscle. Our vet said, “just keep doing what you’re doing, he’s one heck of a specimen.” read more…