From WHL Forever Families

Good morning Bryce and Gina,

I want to let you know how the chocolate chunk has been doing and send an updated picture! He hasn’t had an accident in the house for a week and is starting to walk great on his leash… He just tries to eat everything in sight! His crate training couldn’t have gone any better, he loves going in there to sleep. Moose is also excellent at sitting on command. Some of my favorite things about him is he loves belly rubs, sleeping right on anyone’s feet when we are sitting on the couch, and after we go on walks he likes to do hot laps around the house, it’s hilarious. We brought him to my sisters softball tournament and he was more of a fan favorite than any of the players… Everyone kept saying what a beautiful dog he is, I thought you’d like to know that! 🙂 His health is great and we see the vet again next week!

Hope all is well with you and your family!

Emily T.
Mulan X Leaguer puppy

Hi Bryce, Gina and Family,

We can’t tell you how blessed we feel that we came across WELCOME HOME LABS webpage when we did. From the start you all were very caring and informative. You have prepared us well for our long journey ahead with our baby boy Oakley (A.K.A Tucker). I want to thank you for always being there to answer all my questions and the pictures you would send our way, it always brought a smile to my face.

It has been 3 days since my children A.J, Joshua, Rachael and Ryan thought they were going 5 hours away to the airport to pick up there “cousins” when in reality they were going for there surprise package (Oakley). It was worth a million to see there reactions and smiles, Oakley greeted them all happy and with so much love. On our drive back we actually were afraid we left him in San Antonio lol not once did he make a sound. As soon as we got home he walked around like if he’d always lived here. He gives us so much love that its so easy to give it back. He only has had 2 accidents since arriving both our faults, and he has slept through out the whole night after the first day. The first day he just woke us up twice to go potty but went back to sleep.

At the vet he got checked and they said he was perfect and amazing. They were so in love with him. Its so easy because he’s just so loveable and all thanks to you all, for showing him so much love. The vet said he was so well taken care of and it showed, we did credit it all to welcome home labs. Today he started his obedience training lessons at home and the trainer was amazed to see such a well tempered labrador. She said that when people call her and tell her the breed she comes prepared especially when someone says “Labrador”. She was actually speechless as she saw how well he obeyed commands already. She said we had a “little genius”. Our trainer has no doubt that he is on his way to receiving the “canine good-citizen certificate” in no time, thanks to the start you all gave him and we couldn’t agree with her more. So thank you again for giving us our newest family addition and we only hope we can give him as much love as you have given him and that he deserves. We will keep in touch.

Thank you, 

Angel, Jolyn, A.J, Joshua, Rachael, Ryan
Puppy "Oakley"

Bryce, Gina and family,

I know I have said it many times overt the past few months but I have to say it again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! This is a dream come true.

I have always loved labs. Ever since I was little and would go play with my uncle’s dog Nugget. I have done my research on the breed and I knew what I wanted. Welcome Home Labs has fulfilled that and then some. From the first day, it has been a pleasure getting to know you. You took the time to match me with a puppy that would fit with what I was looking for. You didn’t force a puppy on me. You gave me an option.

I promise to take good care of Monroe. She is already loved. I know she will be an awesome addition to my family.

She will have a big fall with a few planned hunting trips for grouse at the shack, then Iowa for a pheasant hunt, and ending the fall with a duck hunt. I promise not to overwork/overt exercise her. These will be short trips, just to get her started.

Aside from hunting, she is going to join Karney in being a family pet. I have a feeling my bed is going to get very crowded this year. I will send pictures to update you on her progress.

I would recommend your kennel to anyone looking for a good experience and a beautiful Lab.

Please, enjoy these cookies. They aren’t much but they are the best I can do to try to show my gratitude. A big thank you to your kids for loving on my little girl.

I will let you know when we get back to International Falls.

Heidi V.
Brook X George puppy

Must be the fact that he’s from Minnesota!

Loves to hang out in Ryan’s hockey bag!

I suspect there are some special smells in there!

The Griffin family from Boston
Nina X Thunder puppy

These pictures are 2 weeks old but they are some of the best that I have on my computer. She loves to be out in the snow and playing with her big sister.

Being that Karney is a herding dog, when Monroe gets the zoomies and wants to run around the yard, it helps to create a fun activity for both the girls.

She has transitioned to her bigger crate well. Almost too well. She doesn’t not like to sleep in beds. However if I am sleeping on the couch, she is perfectly content to snuggle. Usually laying on my back with her head next to mine.

Over Easter she got lots of attention. We had a house full of little kids and she did great. My oldest 2 nephews are so in love with her that they keep asking if I will let them keep her and get a new one. My answer is a big NO. I love this little girl. Well not so little. I think we are pushing the 30 pound mark. But that is ok. She is just beautiful. When we go walking or visiting people always compliment her on her beautiful color. She is still mostly white with gold points. We did find one black hair in all the white when we were brushing her.

At the end of April we are thinking of taking her out to the woods for the first time if the snow goes away. Dad has a starter pistol to start her out on. I am looking forward to this fall. She is already showing that she has great potential. She follows any thing that we roll or throw. She has also picked up the commends we use for Karney. She is a very confident dog. Nothing scares her. She is cautious of new things without being fearful.

Looking at Brook and George, I see a lot of George in her. Especially her eyes. She has the same expressive eyebrows that he has. They made a beautiful puppy. I would love to have another one.

I will send some more pictures soon.

She is growing so fast.
Thank you again.

Heidi Monroe and Karney

Bryce and Gina,

We can’t thank you enough for bringing Ryder into our lives. There are so many reasons why he is such a special puppy and it all comes from Welcome Home Labs. From the very start with your interview process to the updates, the pick-up and all the love, Welcome Home Labs is incredible. Not only did your family give Ryder loads of love and early socialization, but you also helped us learn! We have had the joy of living with Ryder for almost 7 weeks, now. Even though Patrick and I both grew up with labs, Ryder still amazes us. As I write you this update he is snuggling in my lap, but if we go outside he will just as easily run and explore. We could not have asked for a better temperament: loving, calm, adventurous and soooo smart. I am continuously amazed at how quickly he responds to training and new commands. Our vet and the trainers at the puppy school have commented on it, too. Our vet, a lab lover, has even talked to us about getting a puppy from Welcome Home Labs. Ryder is constantly getting compliments from other lab owners about how well-behaved and HANDSOME he is. His shiny coat and his boxy English features will speak for themselves in the pictures. We will never know how to thank you, but I can tell you that we will be sending our families your way and can’t wait to see more litters grow.

Thanks and love to you and your family,

Patrick and Patti
Brook X George puppy

Happy Easter!! Just wanted to say hello and send some pictures of Koda. He is still doing amazing! Loves his daily hikes. Now has found the pool! Ha ha ha and loves it. Hope all is well in Minnesota. I will call you soon to set something up for late summer see what you have available. Have a blessed Easter!

The Andersons

Maggie is the love of our lives. Best dog ever. Thanks to welcome home labs!

Monique A.

We are so happy with our sweet boy, Gus (Cia and Lightning).

He is such a fast learner and absolutely loves his girls. We couldn’t be more pleased with him.

Thank you so much!

Jessica V

We (Lara, Chad, Blake and Max Petersen) just had to write to update you on our precious Lucy. We are so in love with her. She has a wonderful, fun loving and patient personality. She loves stuffed animals and especially playing with Max’s unattended toys. We have received numerous compliments on her and always provided your business as a recommendation.

Thanks again! Here are a few pictures, I swear she looks just like her mama Oona!

The Petersens

Hi Bryce and Gina,

I am SO sorry I have not emailed until now. I feel a little like a new Mom with a baby – just happy that you get a shower each day. 🙂

Winston (you called him Hodsgi…which by the way, what is the origin of that name, we had never heard it before) is doing GREAT. Our Vet (who has always had Labs) said you guys gave him the BEST start and said he would say Winston was “confident but mellow”…which pretty much sounds like what you observed wtih him.

He is doing great. He is So SMART. He has already learned so many things…he comes when called-EVERYTIME…he SITS on command and is learning WAIT…since we make he and Lola do that before they can eat. He also is getting the outside potty thing down pretty well (meaning we are really good at guessing when he needs to go “) but he is learning. He also goes all night long sleeping in his crate in our room and only ever got up 2 nights.

He and his “big” sister Lola love to play together and are starting to learn appropriate play and not all-star wrestling.

I have attached a couple of photos and also have a really cute video of the 2 of them and have sent it in a separate email as it was SO large. I can’t imagine him not in our lives…he is the sweetest pup and we love him so much.

We are so thankful for raising such wonderful dogs and SO IMPRESSED with everything you all did for them You are the BEST…and we tell everyone that.

I will write and send more photos soon!

Patty Carlson and Gregg Lovell

Bryce and Gina, thank you so much for taking our questions seriously and for the time and effort you spent addressing them.

I feel so much better prepared for puppy day a couple weeks from now after talking with you yesterday.

Your friendliness, concern and professionalism are outstanding.
We couldn’t be more impressed or happier with Welcome Home Labs!

Thank you so much.
It won’t matter which of the three girls we get.
They are all perfectly lovely!

It was very impressive the way Pumpkin and Nellie each searched for and found their potty spot at only 4-5 weeks of age!
The time and care you put into getting them ready for us to welcome into our family is going to translate into a very smooth transition.

Thanks for always going above and beyond, whether in careful breeding, having your own labs as part of your own family to jump in the pond or run through the snow, having the puppies intermingling with your children for excellent socialization from the very first moments, or in responding to our questions and concerns as we prepare to bring our puppy home.

Our best to you always,
We would always be happy to be a contact for anyone wanting to know our experiences with Welcome Home Labs!

Jan and Hunter Olsen
Mulan X Leaguer pups

Thank-you again for providing such a wonderful little puppy!

Pete has been amazing, he learns things as fast as I can teach him. Sit, stay, shake, crawl, roll-over are all in the rear-view mirror. He is happy and loving to everybody he meets.

He is growing like a weed, and has never defecated once in the house. He is mostly house trained already.

I get many compliments on how cute he is, and the long-time tech at my Vet’s office wanted to know where we got him.

He has exceeded our expectations!

Jim and Kathy S.
Therese X Lightning puppy

He’s easy to train and very calm.  

Potty training is going very well.  Already  knows sit, lay down, wait for food,  come,  he’s beginning roll over and heel.  

He gets lots of love and is playing very well with our neighbors English Lab. 

Kyle and Elisha Bahr
Puppy "Tank"

Hi Bryce and Gina!

It’s hard to believe we have already have Luna as part of our family for 6 weeks! She has grown SO much! Her first weigh in at our vet was 9.4 lbs (the Monday after we picked her up) and just weighed her in for her vet appt today and she is already 18.5 lbs! We love and adore her, she is lovely and friendly. We start puppy school with her tomorrow! I’ve attached pictures in order from the last several weeks so you can see her grow and see her progress. Thank you for such a beautiful, loyal and fun companion!

Best wishes and hope the family is well,

Ali, Justin Zegar
Puppy "Luna"

Call 319-214-0776 or email [email protected] for details.