From WHL Forever Families

Bryce, Gina and Family;

Rufus wanted to wish you Happy Easter and to let you know he was neutered March 1st and is doing well.

Rufus loves our other male yellow lab Dillon very much, they are truly buddies.

Rufus is very smart, sneaky, strong and fast but most of all he loves Justin and is usually right by Justin’s side.

He loves riding in Justin’s truck and helping with yard work.

The three dogs have not been able to swim in the river all winter, so yesterday they wouldn’t take no for a command and all three took their first swim for 2013.

Forgot to add Rufus received the highest rating for his hips when x-rayed, the vet was very impressed.

Hope all is well at your home,

Rufus and Family
Rufus and Family

Dear Bryce, Gina, and Family,

I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know how much we love our puppy. Bruno is growing so quickly and learning so many new things. Our vet thinks that he is going to be a really big boy. She also thinks that he is very healthy, very sweet, and perfect in every way! She is a “lab person” herself, and has been thinking about getting another puppy. She was extremely interested in Welcome Home Labs because Bruno is such a wonderful puppy. Don’t be surprised to get an inquiry from Dr. Westgard!

Bruno has been going on all kinds of adventures in the Twin Cities. We take daily walks on the Rice Creek Trail, although, Bruno often tires in the middle of the trail and wants to be carried back home! That’s ok! We all take turns carrying him when he is too tired to walk. He plays with his buddy “Cooper”, an English Springer Spaniel several times each week. Bruno has been to several “Dog Friendly” restaurants, but especially likes the Wilde Roast in Minneapolis. I think that is because he gets to meet Lindsay and Chance there! He is a very good patron and everyone has to stop and pet him or give him treats! Going to Mark and Brock’s softball games is really a fun outing! Bruno gets to see Cooper, play with the kids, chase balls, and cheer for “Dad” when he bats! Last week, Grandma and Grandpa came from Illinois to visit. We were a little worried about a puppy with so much energy around Grandpa. He is 86 years old, but loves puppies. Bruno was awesome with him. He was gentle and paid more attention to Grandpa than anyone else! It made Grandpa’s visit extra special! Kendall will soon be moving into her own apartment and getting a kitten. We are excited for Bruno and the kitten to become friends.

Our family cannot thank you enough for making this relationship possible. From the day Kerry and Brock contacted you, you have demonstrated to us the true quality of your breeding facility, as well as your kindness and caring as people. Having lost a dog recently, we were not sure that we were ready to begin a new relationship. You understood that, and helped us make that decision in a kind and caring manner. We are so grateful that we decided to get a puppy and even more grateful that he came from you. It is so reassuring to know that you are available as a wonderful resource to us throughout the many stages that Bruno will go through, and also, that you just want to know how he is doing in his new home. I brag about Welcome Home Labs to everyone, and would highly recommend you as a breeder to anyone. Please feel free to use any part of this email in any way. Also, if anyone would ever like to contact me personally, I would be happy to speak with them about the wonderful experience we had and continue to have with Welcome Home Labs.


Mary, Mark, Kendall, Kerry,
Puppy "Bruno"

Hi Gina and Bryce,

I just wanted to check in with you to let you know how Waggs is doing. He has been with us for 6 weeks now and he is doing great. From 2 months to 3 months he has doubled his weight and is growing overnight. He is just over 30 lbs. now. He is such a good dog and we are truly blessed to have him. During this short time he has been crate trained, potty trained, can sit on a hand command and we are now in the process of leash training. He is a fast learner. We took him with us to see our son at college in Iowa and he was super good. No accidents in the hotel and he just hung out with us all day. The person he gets the most excited about is grandma; it is so funny to watch him light up when she comes over to see him. Needless to say, he does get spoiled with lots of toys. He is so handsome with his strong features and shining coat. He truly is a quality breed.

Thanks for all you have done for us; the entire process of first inquiring about a puppy to the pick-up day and the follow ups afterwards has been great. I will definitely send anyone looking for a top quality English lab from a professional breeder your way.

Mike and Tammy
Coon Rapids, MN

Hi and Happy Holidays,

I wanted to send you a note to share with you how much we love Deuce. He is a great dog with a lot of personality. He is a wateraholic. We have to make sure the bathroom door is latched otherwise he will be in the shower with you. When you fill up the bathtub for his bath he comes a running and voluntarily jumps in. I have a water garden in the back yard and I can’t keep him out of it. He has his own personal towel hanging by the back door. He gets to come to the office with me every now and again and he has received lots of praises. Everyone is always amazed at how well behaved he is as a puppy; and it wasn’t due to my training. It clearly is his breeding. One of his favorite activities at night is to join me on the lazyboy. He lays on his back and gets his belly rubbed. We just got a dumping of snow and attached are a few picture of him in the snow. I took them through the window; so not the clearest. 🙁

Enjoy the photos and thanks for having a great breeding program.

Carolyn Robb

Dear Bryce and Gina,

Thank you so much for our new little pup – he got a great start with the care from you and your wonderful children and we’re so excited to have him as part of our family. We’re so glad we found Welcome Home Labs – for the responsible breeding program that you have, the good temperaments of your pups, and your genuine concern for the pups and their new owners.

MUCH thanks and blessings!!!

Melissa and Derek Stevens
Nina X Thunder puppy

The Duke of Sutherland, Carl William continues to grow and be a good boy. The toilet thing is pretty sure, the kennel is a comfortable place, meeting people making friends, retrieving, farming, traveling, all good. He is discovering some of his speed, throws balls into the air and even catches them sometimes. An independent game of catch! Likes wading in the Lake, boat rides. We enjoy him. Thank you for his awesome foundation!

The Duke continues to amuse us, charm us. For example, on Sunday he learned how to descend the stairs. He got to the bottom amid praise and excitement for his problem solving efforts. He had a flash go across his face and he raced back up the stairs so he could descend again and receive heaps of praise. Funny boy. Last evening he stalked his toy, creeping up until the last few feet when he bounded and pounced on the toy. Again and again. This morning I found him stalking me…. Bold eye, intent on his prey. Sure enough the last few steps he bounded and pounced. Of course all this in adorably clumsy puppy fashion. He is a good boy. He is good, after reminders, about chewing our hands. Good in the house. Playful, yet calm.

I don’t Let him on the furniture…..usually-

He is growing up to be a well behaved handsome boy.

Dave and Denise
Puppy "Duke

Hello to everyone!

I am writing to update you on my Grace! The children could not remember Cherish so we went with GRACE because it was the grace of God that I found WELCOME HOME LABS. We had our 12 week check up weighing 22lbs. we had our shots, worming, started heartworm. Dr Dobbins was so tickled with Grace all the techs. came to see her and told me I could not have found a more perfect Labrador. I told him of your honesty your other four legged kids and of course the two legged children who started these puppies just right. I told him of the card every body signed, puppy packet and the wonderful pictures. Grace is not only funny but so smart she is definitely a bird dog. Already she and I are so attached that when I work overnight Sat., Sun. ,and Monday she can’t wait for me to get home. So you are being recommended to everyone and again I can not thank you enough!!!!!!

Grace and Michele in Parker, Colorado.
Cali X Stanley puppy

Hi guys giving you a update of Mollie.  She continues to be a angel and continues to give . 8 months old now and does everything we ask of her and gives nothing but love back .  We are so ready for open water for boating and water retrieving with her. She still follows Maggie all the time as she loves her “ sister “ and all the activities. She’s is keeping her yellow character color which we were hoping for and less ivory . Thank you again for our angel  !! Jason Denise Maggie and Mollie !! Paw print !!

Jasinsky Family
Hi Bryce and Gina, thank you so much for your lovely card! Ama has settled in quite nicely and just had a vet appointment on Tuesday – all is good and she hit the #20 mark… she is growing so fast – every time she steps out of her kennel it looks like she is a bit bigger… she is such a joy and we’ll be forever thankful that you let her move in with us. She bonded with Loona and Icy beyond our expectations and it is such a joy to see them play and snuggle together. Icy is her favorite running and wrestling mate. Loona likes to offer her big fluff ball for some „tug and war“ fun.
Here are some of Ama’s milestones so far:
She sits reliably (knowing the word and the hand sign), is pretty good with „come“/„here“ inside and also outdoors, „down“ is still a bit of a hit and miss but she pretty much stopped biting us for good. AND we are totally proud to tell you that Ama is pretty much house trained: she just passed her 10 day anniversary of no accidents… she picked up on how to use the door bells just within a day and lets us know if she needs to go outside. 
~February 2018



Keiser Family
Hi Bryce and Gina. Here is a picture of Leo resting in our kitchen. We thought you might like an update on him. He is such a great puppy, almost through the teething stage and he has beautiful teeth!! He is very excited to see people and other dogs. He has been to the Bloomington dog park 4 times and runs and plays non stop. He has some friends there as well as 2 dogs on our block.
He goes for a walk every day and has gone 2 miles with Adrian.
He has a routine and is very easy going.He loves his crate and has slept in it at night for a long time. He practically trained himself! We had a positive reinforcement trainer come to our house and work with him. She also watches him when we are away.
We can’t say enough about how pleased we are with him, it was a good match!
Hope you are having a good winter and would love to hear from you. Sally and Adrian
January 2018

Almquist Family

Eisfeldt Family

Robbins Family

Maxwell Family

Quast Family

    Been awhile since we sent pictures or a message, Here are some over the past month or so. He now has all his shots and is enrolled in puppy school, which he loves. But most of the time he just wants to play with other puppies. Bringing him around to our families over thanksgiving and meet all of our friends everyone has told us how cute calm and intelligent he is. Still he has yet to go to the bathroom in the house and aside from finding any little thing on the floor he seems to understand he can’t eat them and will just bring what he finds to us, maybe he knows he’s cleaning or maybe he just wants to play with it lol. We go on long walks and runs everyday and he never shows a sign of fatigue till we get back to the house. There is a nice open path where we walk and we let him run free off a leash as we walk and he never gets too far from us. Eventually as he gets older and more aware we will get a longer lead lead so he can still run but not take off after a rabbit or pheasant ( Has tried until he realized how they fast they  were ) We shot a gun around him for the first time and didn’t really know what to think at first he was kind of scared and wouldn’t move but when he saw we were fine he started to get excited. Hope you guys a good thanksgiving and have a good christmas.  


Altman Family

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