A Little About Our Family
Thanks for visiting our website! My name is Claudia, I'm a veterinarian, farm wife, and mom to Russell. My husband Wes is a 7th generation farmer. Together we enjoy raising crops, cattle, and quality Labrador Retrievers.
I came upon the opportunity to own my first show-quality Labrador, Flare, about a year after I graduated high school. Throughout my undergraduate studies, Flare and I did everything together, including obedience, therapy work, and conformation shows. Shortly after graduating college, Wes and I got married and found out I got accepted into veterinary school at Iowa State.
Flare and Bean followed me to vet school and were the best 'practice patients', anatomy models, and study buddies throughout those years. We also managed to begin our breeding program during that time.
Wes and I have grown to love every aspect of puppy raising, from the countless hours of research that goes into selecting a breeding, to waking up every hour of the night to check on newborn puppies, to cleaning up after them, introducing them to the world, and most of all, seeing the joy they bring to their humans! It is a whole lot of work, but totally a labor of love.
I want to express my gratitude to Dr. Pam Doubek of Penara Labs for her mentorship. She is a wealth of knowledge in both veterinary medicine and Labrador Retrievers and I am forever grateful that she shared a few of her incredible Labradors with me. I would also like to thank Wes's family for helping us get started in raising Labradors.