More Puppy Updates

2015 May 15
by Barb

IMG_20150508_092937426Hi Barb,

This is Annie’s favorite place to crash, as long as I am reading next to her.  She has been soooo good.  Hope the others are as happy as I am, with the puppy you selected.

She already goes to the door.  I am very impressed and the crate is dry every time.  I am sorta living in the family room/kitchen.  Protects the rest of the house from accidents, because I use the baby gate.

Hope all is going well.  I know you are very busy with Hazel’s puppies.  I really know how much work it must be, because one keeps me going, but in a good way.  Like you said one time, “Just love puppy kisses”.

I will continue keeping you updated.  We are heading to Woodridge today, to visit my mother.

Later, Debbie and Annie. (Jackson/Zoey)

Hey Barb and Russ….Writing to let you know how Finley’s first night at his new home went.  He was wonderfull!!!!  Only awoke twice during the night and cried for less than a minute both times before he went back to sleep.
We want to especially thank you for placing Finley with us.  We think he is a perfect match temperament wise for a couple of older clients such as ourselves, and, has such a bright ,loving and inquisitive nature.  We appreciate all the time and hard work you invest in these wonderful dogs that bring so much joy to the families that have them.  Again,…..Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!!
Anne and Tim




Where do I begin? Elsa is a dream!  I LOOOOOOOVE her! It hasn’t even been a week and each day I think she is more amazing.  She gets antsy and I take her to her spot, and she poops (it seems like on command). She loves to play with our kids and Norah is warming up to her more and more.  We are teaching Norah (our 3 year old) how to play with her.  Elsa rarely whines.  She goes to bed between 9-11 pm depending on what I am doing and doesn’t get up til 6:30 to 8; again depending on what I am doing. This morning I got her out of her crate at 8…she hadn’t even barked!!  She was really shaky in the mornings the first few days and now she knows I am coming and I am not going to leave her in the crate forever. Today is the first morning she ate better.  She likes to play in the mud and loves running around with the kids, even in the rain. she will always snuggle with me and especially loves to put her head on my belly. Her little face looks so much like Hazel’s.

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Status Updates of Puppies in New Homes

2015 May 15
by Barb

“Dear Mommy, (Zoey)I miss you but I’m liking my new digs, my big brother,
Wilson, and my new parents. I’ve learned a lot in a week, especially the
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Hi! Happy to report Chief had a good well-puppy checkup today; all tired out after visiting with all the staff. Everyone remarked on how content he is & such a sweet look in his eyes. He’s eating well, sleeping well- we’re only up / out once during the noct (I’m up anyway so it works out) no issues. He’s trying his best to be the cat’s best friend but Bogey is a little stubborn about that. Chief is happy, well loved & cared for; we are grateful he came to live with us! Thank you!

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Barb and Russ, we have named our pup Finnegan.  Or Finn for short. He had a great trip home yesterday,  and has already met lots of folks. He did pretty good on his first night, and slept till about 5am. I took him out at 5;30. He plays just fine, and listens to the sounds around him. More than anything,  he loves to nap, and snuggle. He ate real good yesterday,  and pooped plenty. He hasn’t been very hungry today though. I think he misses his siblings still?  Anyway,  we will update you as we can. Thanks again. We love our little Finnegan. Let me know if this picture doesn’t come through to you.

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Amy’s Prom

2015 April 27
by Barb

I was concerned Amy would not have the stamina to endure all the excitement of prom, but thanks to her amazing friends she had a wonderful time. She was able to go through the grand march, dinner and danced for an hour before she needed to come home. I wanted Amy to be a part of prom, not just for her but for her friends. They miss the Amy they have grown up. It was an emotional evening for me. Once she made it through the grand march I cried tears of joy. I never would have dreamed a year ago such a small accomplishment would be so significant. Amy has been on IV antibiotics for 3 ½ weeks now to treat Lyme disease. She is not getting worse. We see tiny glimpses of improvement. We are hanging on to hope. In the meantime life doesn’t stop. There are still puppies to take care of, chores to do, laundry to be done, grandkids who need their Grandma, kids who need their mom, a husband who needs his wife. God continues to equip me. I am so thankful for my life and that Amy is alive. I know she will win this battle and come back to be the Amy we all know and love. Thank you to so many of you who are supporting us with your thoughts and prayers.

Barb Felt


2015 April 27
by Barb


I wanted to send a quick note to update you on Kessa (Cabela/Jackson born 9/30/14).  We forgot how difficult it was to raise a well behaved good dog.  We’ve grown a deeper appreciation for what you do giving a great beginning to life for so many puppies.
Kessa is doing well and is a very lovey and cuddly dog.  She is small but stealth (weight 53lbs).  She loves to go to the cabin and swim in the summer and run the lake in the winter.  She is acclimated well to other dogs and people going to puppy daycare 2 to 3 times a week.  She’s loved by everyone that meets her and we constantly get comments how beautiful she is.
Enclose are a couple pictures from the cabin and a picture to show puppy to dog progression.

We love our Kessa!



2015 April 27
by Barb

image (1)Just wanted to give you an update on Gibbs. (Lola/Champ).He is the best dog
a girl can ask for. We enjoy our long walks but his favorite is when we go
to a dog park in the mountains where he can be off leash:-) everyone remarks
about how handsome he is and my friends love how laid back he is and just
brings smiles to our faces. Thank you! Shannon

Ozzy (Hazel/Champ)

2015 April 10
by Barb

image1 (1)Thanks Barb!  We just love Ozzy. (Hazel/Champ)  He is the best companion and a good listener.  Training is key and we appreciate all of your knowledge.  His favorite times are running off leash in a secure area where he can explore woods and hills.  Then he sleeps in the sun for hours.  Below is his birthday collage. Kathy

Finley (Ezra/Jackson Puppy)

2015 April 10
by Barb
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It’s our Finley’s  birthday so I thought I’d just let you know
what a sweet cuddly puppy she is! We love her and couldn’t be more happy
with her!

Quincy 1 Year (Hazel/Champ puppy)

2015 April 10
by Barb

DSC_6943 (1024x677)DSC_6982 (1024x678)DSC_6961 (1024x678)Hi Barb!  Yup, not a puppy any more.  Quincy (Hazel/Champ puppy) has been such a good boy!  We could not love him any more!!!  He’s just precious.  Very, very sweet and lovable.  He does have a little sassy streak, but it’s very manageable and he is still young (and he is a dog).   I’ve attached a few photos from today.  Beautiful boy!  We will do HeartGuard with him for sure.  And he’s already wearing his Frontline and has had several ticks already.  I always stay with the old fashioned, until the new fangled is proven.

Hope you are well!!!


Next available puppies this fall/ Openings for training and boarding

2015 April 10
by Barb

We currently do not have any puppies available. We will be having litters born in the fall of 2015. If you are interested, please fill out a puppy application and we will call you for a phone interview. We do have openings for training & boarding over the summer months. Please email your inquiries.

Happy 20 Birthday Amy!

2015 April 6
by Barb

Today we celebrated Amy’s birthday. I could never have imagined 20 years ago how the tiny baby I held in my arms would impact my life and so many others. I was unsure of Down Syndrome, but terrified of Leukemia. When Amy was dying from the effect of chemo in 1997 I was frustrated and angry at God. Why wasn’t He healing her? I felt betrayed by the God who said He loved me. I finally surrendered and admitted that even if He didn’t heal Amy I would not stop loving or serving my King Jesus. Well, Amy was healed. Just not my way. And for the last 20 years she has taught me about life, unconditional love and the true meaning of success and happiness.

Anna administering antibiotics into Amy's PICC line

Anna administering antibiotics into Amy’s PICC line

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These last months I have watched her change from a vibrant, happy independent young woman to a person who needs help with the very basics of life. Amy became like an empty shell, not able to feed herself or express her feelings. After MRI’s and countless tests we discovered what was stealing Amy from us. Lyme disease. A very wicked bacteria that has been attacking her brain. She had a picc line placed on Thursday and we began IV antibiotics. The picture shows how Amy’s day starts, with infusion of medication to stop this ugly disease. The other photos depict the warrior she is. Anna took these pictures this afternoon. They capture the Amy we know. The Amy that is coming back to us. With the love and support of her amazing friends and family Amy will win this battle. I don’t believe for one minute God abandoned us. Instead I see His hand on Amy’s life and her recovery. He has directed us to the right doctors and shown us how to help Amy heal. On May 22 we will celebrate Amy’s graduation from High School.  I can’t wait to share that day with all the people who love her and to see what He has in store for this amazing young woman. How blessed we are to have been chosen for this gift. Happy Birthday Amy Felt​ and many more HEALTHY, happy years! I am a better person because of you.