I am blessed to have four amazing Labrador Retrievers.
Tommie, 2 years old, is the youngster on the retriever team. My dogs are named for people who have had an influence on my life. Tommie is named for my dear friend Tom Harpstreith. Tom passed away unexpectedly in 2010. Tom and I spent countless days in the field together in pursuit of waterfowl. Now I have the privilege of spending many days pursuing waterfowl with my friend's namesake.
Tommie just completed her first full year on the retriever staff. Her performance was outstanding. Her unbridled enthusiasm and explosive water entries are a joy to witness. She is very steady and handles like a seasoned veteran. She just completed her second snow goose season and my hunters are still talking about her. 75 retieves in one day in ice cold water? 500 yd blind retrieves? Remembering a mark for an hour and a half? Not a problem! The video below was from a December 8, 2014 hunt. Tommie retrieved 8 Canada geese and 10 mallards. This one of the mallards that fell on the ice.
Danielle, 11, is now in semi-retirement. Dani has been featured in several national publications, including several Ducks Unlimited issues. Her nickname is "The Exploder". She operates at the same high-level energy she had when she was a puppy. She will retrieve multiple downed birds faster than you can possibly imagine. She is my North Platte River specialist. Dani knows where the mallard or goose is going before they know. She will do 500 yard blind retrieves on birds that fall in the woods across the river or live birds racing downstream. I think her favorite bird to hunt is the snow goose. She loves the long sailing bird, whether it is a 1000 yards across a field or a 500 yard swim across a lake. Dani also loves to hunt Sage Grouse, Hungarian Partridge, Chukar and Ringneck Pheasants.
AZ, 10, my yellow Lab is also in semi-retirement. AZ is my Canada Goose specialist. She is built more like a linebacker than a ballet dancer. She picks up twelve pound Canada geese as if they were hummingbirds. She marks multiple birds and never forgets. If there is a live goose, she puts on her "pads" and runs over it like Dick Butkus going after a quarterback. Z also has a great nose. She can track downed birds in heavy cover better than most pointers. She has a very mellow demeanor and is a favorite of many of my hunters. Az is also great on Sage Grouse,Huns, Chukar and pheasants.
Molly is a three year old black Lab. She is very fast and hits the water with explosive entries. Molly may be my steadiest dog. She will sit outside all day and never make a sound. She loves Canadas and snow geese but is obsessed with mallards. Molly has the best nose of all my labs. It is a joy to watch her track downed birds in heavy cover. She is also the sweetest dog you can imagine.
If you love hunting with and watching well trained retrievers work, you will enjoy hunting with Dani, AZ, Molly and Tommie.
I am often asked about my dogs. I firmly believe breeding is the key factor when selecting a hunting partner. Do lots of research on a breeder. All of my Labs come from Labradors Unlimited Kennels in Valparaiso, IN, owned by Pat and Bill Cox. Bill not only has some of the finest bloodlines, he is one of the very best trainers in the country. Bill has qualified countless dogs for the Master National and has placed many in the Master National Retriever Hall of Fame. Bill's female black Lab, Sugar, has passed the MNH 9 consecutive years. The most ever by any dog in the history of the Master National Hunt Test. If you are looking for a quality hunting partner and great family friend look no further than Labradors Unlimited.
Labradors Unlimited, Valparaiso, IN
Bill Cox's cell phone: 219-508-4445