We are small breeders located in Southern NH, committed to raising pups with the true Labrador temperament, that are ready to please in every situation. Our focus is on health, temperament and carrying on the breed standard.
Although my husband and I grew up with animals during our childhood, we purchased our first dog together in 1987. Cocoa (a very original name for a chocolate!) was our first Labrador and he got us hooked on the breed. To look at him he had a lot of flaws and would never have made a show dog, however, he had a true Labrador temperament and was a kind hearted soul. We had him for nearly 16 years and he was the dog that our children grew up with.
Then in 1990 my whole world changed. I answered an ad to be a puppy walker for The Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind and started puppy walking an adorable golden retriever pup named Sandy. This was something I just loved doing. It was great to take Sandy to work with me, to the diner, grocery shopping etc. Unfortunately, Sandy did not make it into the guide dog program as she had hip dysplasia and we wound up adopting her.
A couple of years after getting involved with The Guide Dog Foundation the position of Puppy Supervisor became available. I applied and got the job. I was on cloud nine! Also, during this time I started attending dog shows. I saw Dickendall Arnold at a specialty show down in Virginia (LRCP) and knew I had to have a puppy out of Arnold. My friend, Lisa Weiss (Lobuff Labradors) put me in touch with a breeder/AKC judge in Watertown, NY by the name of Tom Bradley III who had bred one of his bitches to Arnold. My husband and I took the long drive up to Watertown and picked out our puppy. We named her Luftnase Woodloch's Hawley. Hawley became our foundation bitch. Most of our dogs today are descendants of Hawley.
Susan Follansbee and I first met back in 2004 when she contacted me about getting a puppy. She has had some very nice Labradors in the past and was interested in possibly showing/breeding. At the time I had a litter on the ground and I was holding back the two pick females of which I was going to keep one. When she arrived to see the pups questions were bouncing back and forth between us. I am sure we were interviewing each other! Well, I immediately liked Susan. She asked the right questions, had the right answers and I could see she had a very good eye for structure and movement. …..not surprising as she has an extensive background in horses! Because the two girls were like bookends I truly couldn’t decide which girl to keep. I remember throwing up my hand and telling Susan, “You decide!” As it turned out, Susan chose Missy and I kept Laci Woodloch’s Anniversary Special. Missy was lame on and off so she was never shown or bred. Then about 2-3 yrs. later she adopted a young adult from me that was later diagnosed with PRA. Today she is completely blind but living a wonderful life with Susan and her husband, Peter. Now fast forward to 2009….I bred Laci to Robbie (Camelot’s Jelly Bean Bandit) and there was a beautiful boy in the litter that just stole my heart. Susan was interested in a yellow boy to add to her clan. I didn’t have a yellow boy but suggested she come see this black boy. She did and the rest is history. We named him Woodloch’s Heavy Artillery (call name “Sherman”). Susan started showing him and did a great job from the very first time she stepped into the ring. She finished him entirely owner/handled with three majors. I couldn’t be more proud of her and our boy, Sherman! We continue to breed and co-own dogs together and I am so happy to have Susan share the Woodloch Retrievers name with me.
We are located in southern New Hampshire on 51 acres in Nottingham and at the Seacoast in New Castle, where the dogs and puppies are raised in a loving, well socialized environments and enjoy walks in the woods, retrieving, swimming in the ocean, some do field training, or just lay by the fireplace.
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