Ok, ok as many of you know I live in Woodinville Washington not Seattle. But let’s face it “Sleepless In Woodinville” doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Sleepless In Seattle”. Now you might be wondering just why am I so sleepless these days. Hopefully the picture gave you a clue! We were blessed with a beautiful litter of six black Labrador puppies from our girl, Prada, on March 11th and they are now almost three weeks old. Three boys and three girls. If you want to catch them “up close and personal” check out our webcam. Then on March 27th our girl, Misty, brought nine yellow Labradors to the world. Three boys and six girls. These puppies are targeted for the Summit Assistance Dog program. You can check out the Summit puppies on their webcam. We are so glad Misty is able to do her part to help this important organization. Raising a litter of puppies is a lot of work and responsibility but it is something that Lorraine (my wife) and I love to do. So for the time being, we spend our time watching these little miracles grow before our eyes.
Like our puppies, Retriever Life is just in its infancy. We are still figuring out what is working and what is not working for you, our readers. As we continue to develop this magazine I hope you will take the opportunity to provide us feedback and suggestions to make it better. If you have any feedback or suggestions please drop us a line. Our first and primary mission is to continue to find and write about interesting topics that will bring our retriever community together. To help us do that, we have big plans over the coming months for new functionality on the website, including a member forum where we can build a community of retriever lovers that can interact with each other and share their passion for their retrievers and all of the fun stuff we do with them!
Our cover story took me to an area of Retriever Life that I have limited experience with – Competitive Obedience. That is not to say that I have never done obedience work with my Labs but it is like the difference between playing golf with your buddies on a Sunday afternoon versus playing against Tiger Woods at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia (although the way he is playing lately I might have a shot!). This level of obedience work requires dedication to perfection while maintaining an high degree of fun for the dogs. Without that combination, it would be tough to participate at the level that Kathleen Rasinowich-Platt and her Golden Retriever “Buoy” compete. Kathleen has definitely inspired me to dip my toes in the water of this exciting arena for retrievers. I hope that my story about Kathleen and Buoy can inspire you as well.
Category : From The Editor