Thursday, March 22, 2018


As much as I love the big animal, Polar Bear has been driving me nuts today.

He has about a dozen chew toys, but instead has emptied out most of the greenhouse to scatter around the yard and chew that stuff up.

Seriously--he chewed up a 5 gallon plastic bucket.  Like a home depot bucket!

Then he just goes back to being a lump on the porch, until he finds the next thing to get into.

The joys of an adolescent lab...

Polar Bear last august--when he was being behaved.

Friday, February 16, 2018

100 Vets Who give a Damn

I presented Hero Labradors to 100 Vets Who Give a Damn last night at the C.R. Smith Museum, and we raised $1500!

100 Vets Who Give a Damn is an affiliation of veterans and veteran supporters who meet quarterly, hear from three selected non-profits, and vote on their favorite.  The selected nonprofit receives a check from each voter, and many people in the group also contribute to the charities that don't get selected.  Although we didn't get selected, we did receive many donations regardless--enough to feed all of our adult dogs for a calendar year!

I would like to thank 100 Vets Who Give a Damn ( for their support and the opportunity to present to them.  Halia and Polar Bear were a big hit with the group, sharing pats and kisses with everyone who met them, and not getting into trouble.

I have attended four of these meetings over the last year as a group member, and contributed each time to the selected nonprofit.  It really is a great way to help small nonprofits get a huge boost, and to come together as a community. 

I would also like to thank the Airpower Foundation for hosting the event at the CR Smith museum and providing us with dinner.  It was a great time for meeting new friends and old, and veterans from WWII to GWOT.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

We need a van, man!

Hero Labradors NEEDS a van. Not because we need to eat a steady diet of government cheese while we live down by the river, but because we NEED a safe and reliable way to transport our adult dogs and puppies to the vet, to local events, and to deliver our pups to training organizations across the United States.

We will also be wrapping the van with our logo, and with the logo of any business that donates $1500 or more.  How about that!  Advertising across the country, and helping our Nation's Heroes!  And not a blah design either, we have some of the BEST graphic designers in the country working to make this really pop!

Would you like to do a fundraiser but are stuck on ideas?
  • A bake sale!  Always a favorite for me, because, well, cookies.
  • A dog walking event--great for kids!  Kids canvass neighborhoods and get people to pledge money for them to walk their dogs for a week.  (Or once, or whatever.)  The kid walks the dog, the dog gets exercise, money is raised!
  • Family or group garage sales
  • A special collection from your church, social, or fraternal organization
  • Car washes
  • Dog washes--Just like a car wash, but with dogs!  Ideally set up near your local vet, pet store, or muddy dog play area or park (similar, but not recommended:  cat washes)
Money from this fundraiser will go DIRECTLY into the getting a van for Hero Labradors.  Here's how to donate:
Just click here:  Hero Labradors gofundme for a van

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Morning Playtime

Hero Labradors romper room.

Willow and Grace being puppies, Halia feeding Ripley.

The Girls got WAY up in Halia's and Ripley's space, yet she just looks on... kids, amirite?

Halia would turn occasionally to protect the week-old Ripley, but otherwise was happy to let the girls romp.  Only once was a short, low growl heard, and the pups immediately backed off and resumed antics.

They are even starting to fetch!  Willow (the cuddler in the purple collar) is more likely to actually return the toy.  Grace (red collar) is more likely to play keep away, or steal it from Willow.

Be sure to follow Hero Labradors on Youtube and share our videos, and watch as many times as you like!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Platinum, Baby!

Great news!

Hero Labradors just earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing these metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress.  We chose to display quantitative metrics such as the number of dogs provided to trainers out of the total number of dogs produced to represent how hard Hero Labradors is working toward achieving our mission.

Since we have a pretty unique mission, we had to generate our own metrics, as the standard business and nonprofit metrics simply don't apply. We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; quantitative information about goals, strategies, and progress toward our mission. We encourage other nonprofits to take advantage of GuideStar Platinum to share key metrics with the world and highlight the changes you’re making. Updating is free. To learn more about GuideStar Platinum, click here, or go to To learn more about guidestar:

And as always, a pupper pic!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Halia's first litter (Aug 2016)

These little guys were always hungry!

Two have gone on to training programs, and one (Hero Labradors Polar Bear) was kept to build our breeding program.

A good breeding program takes time.  From birth to 2 years, the dogs are kept healthy and socialized, and tested for genetic defects through a DNA screening.

Once they turn two, then they get their hips and elbows screened for dysplasia, and eyes checked annually for canine retinal atrophy.

Polar Bear, being Halia's son, won't breed with her, but SHOULD be able to breed with Hero Labradors Nani.  Polar Bear is VERY calm and focused, like his mom (when she isn't playing.)  He is a BIG lab, currently about 70 lbs at 1 year, and still has to "fill out" his big feet and body.  Nani is more petite than Halia, but full of energy and Very cuddly.  She's the couch ninja who can slide right next to you and you don't even realize she'd gotten on the couch.

Nani is super playful and LOVES to run.  If all goes well, her first litter should be next summer, and between her and Polar Bear I expect happy, calm, sturdy puppies that are right in the target zone for what I am looking for in terms of size and temperament.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Different ways to keep cool

Nani and Polar bear live the fan to cool off.  Halia prefers to swim.  Tonto just pants.  He's... different.