Sunday, March 31, 2019

Very rarely in life, you meet special people.  These people are the ones that not only befriend you, but *get* you.  They aren't simply friends, they are the kind of people whose opinions you treasure, whose company you crave, and who, for me, are in a select group of friends who I will drop everything if they needed something.

I can probably count them out on my remaining fingers.

Carrie Costantini was one of those people.  Snark and sarcasm was her outward face, but her inner heart shined through to the people she was close with.  She cared.  Above all else, she cared. 

I met Carrie in 2007 like this:

Hi Chuck and Carren,
You don't know me but I do know of you through Beth.
I also don't know your schedule for the day after the milblogger conference but I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to my home for dinner on Sunday, May 6th.
I would like to open up my home for those out-of-towners still here after the conference on that day.
I don't live too far away from DC and when I was compiling my dinner guest list, I thought of you two.
Hope you can come.  Feel free to ask me any questions.
I am not a felon...just ask Beth...:)  Heh.
Carrie Costantini

Although we didn't make the dinner, Carren and I came to know the Costantini's through other avenues... Carren through Spousebuzz, and I through my blog.  Over the years, Carrie became very active with Soldier's Angels Project: Valor-IT, heading up not only the Marine Corps fundraising team, but also working with me on the overall fundraisers for the project.

Much like Carren, Carrie was one of the few voices who could reign in my smart assitude, my sarcasm, and my temper.  It's a very rare thing, for me to give that level of trust to someone. When I founded Hero Labradors, Carrie was the absolute FIRST person I called about being on my board of directors.  I will miss her posts on Facebook, her love of art and old houses, pictures of Thatcher and her headbutting idiots in the the milspouse community.  One thing I came to know about Carrie from those--if you were in disagreement with her, the problem was probably with you.

I will miss her so.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Puppycam live stream

I am banned from FaceBook for a week...for reasons.  

I *had* a backup account, but someone reported it as someone pretending to be me, and facebook deleted it.

So, somehow my Tuesday became a Monday.

Fortunately, I can livestream the #HeroLabradorsPuppycam on Youtube.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Hero Labradors Breeds with H.E.A.R.T.

  • HEALTH: Hero Labradors certifies that our breeding stock is health tested in accordance with the recommendations of Labrador Retriever AKC Breed Parent Club
    • Labrador Retriever
      • Hip Evaluation
      • Elbow Evaluation
      • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
      • EIC DNA Test
  • EDUCATION: Hero Labradors Promises that we will pursue AKC-provided or AKC-approved continuing breeder education so that we stay educated on the best breeding practices, including advances in canine health.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: We agree to comply with the AKC Care and Conditions Policy, including inspections by the AKC, and promising to share health testing and continuing education documentation with AKC.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: Accepting responsibility for the health and well-being of the puppies we produce and for complying with all laws regarding the ownership and maintenance of dogs.
  • TRADITION: Upholding the AKC’s tradition of breeding purebred dogs that are happy and healthy.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Need gift ideas? Stocking Stuffers? Just want to support Hero Labradors AND show your pride?

New shirts and towels ARE HERE!

Just in time for the holidays:

Shirts:  "Prairie Dust"  (Looks like a brownish olive drab to me) in both 100% cotton or  moisture wicking.  Supposedly the same color as the undershirt for the multicam/OCP uniform undershirt.

Spirit Towels:  Great for waving at Steelers, Green Bay, or other football games, look great on a golf bag or bowling bag, also great for burping babies, wiping a bar, bearing down on while someone removes a bullet in a back alley, you know, stuff we all generally use hand towels for.

Cotton  $20.00  
Moisture Wicking  $24.00  
Sizes range from XL to 3XL (I only have 2 each of 2 XL and 3XL)
Towels: $10

Message on Facebook me with your order: (example)

You:  "Hey Chuck!  I want 3 XL moisture wicking shirts and a towel!"
Me:  "Super!  That comes to $82.  Where do you want them sent?"
You:  Send them to: 

Your Name
Your mailing Address

Me:  Awesome.  As soon as I see your donation hit at, I'm stuffing these in a mailer and driving to the post office!

No Facebook?  No problem!  Text your message to our order department at 502-724-6043

Monday, December 3, 2018

In Memoriam: Nancy Jane “Janie” Bostic

Nancy Jane “Janie” Bostic, 80, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.  She was born June 23, 1938 in Wabash, Indiana to the late Jules Haslett and Marie Kaess-Haslett.  She was a  ten-year Longaberger employee where she started as a basket weaver and then worked as a quality assurance technician. She was a member of both the Zane Gray and Guernsey Valley Antique Car Clubs, and the Ohio Child Conservation League (“Mother’s Club”).
She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Wil Bostic, her favorite children, Scott (Jenness) Bostic of Washington, DC, Ree Simpson (Troy Gussler) of Westerville, OH, and Amy (Todd) Rinder of Beaverton, OR; her precious grandchildren Scottie and Loudon Bostic, Isabella Geist and Max Simpson, and Kaess and Sydney Rinder; her brother Gene Haslett, nieces and nephews, step brothers/sisters-in law, several loving friends, and her devoted Springer Spaniel, Winston.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Butch Haslett, and mother and father-in-law Bud and Mabel Forester-Kramer.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the Chief and staff of the Buckeye Lake and Hebron Fire Departments, and the doctors and nurses of the Licking Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.  
Janie didn’t know a stranger and would always greet friends, old and new, with a hug. Her infectious smile, laughter, and ornery sense of humor was cherished by everyone with whom she came in contact.  She was the most unassuming, non-judgemental, accepting-of-everyone person on the planet and would immediately make acquaintances feel like family.  She was generous and kind, sweet and hilarious.  She liked to tell stories and make people laugh.  She would never show up empty handed, and would even show up to her dentist appointments with cakes, cookies, and sweets, for the office staff.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 28, 2018 at THE SNOUFFER FUNERAL HOME, 1150 WEST MILITARY ROAD, ZANESVILLE, OHIO, with Chief Clifford Mason officiating.  Friends may call one hour before service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: 
Hero Labradors, 
495 Private Road 4011, 
Decatur, TX, 76834.  
Hero Labradors is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that breeds and selects Labrador Retrievers with the aptitude for service dog training, and provides them free to training programs who agree to train them and donate them to veterans, first responders, and their families.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Army/Navy Challenge!

For all of my friends who are dog lovers and who can find it in their hearts to donate to either Team Army or Team Navy, please click on the link.
Here's the deal...
Army/Navy Game time!

Saturday, December 8th!
Hero Labradors ( is rooting for Team Army.

Darkhorse Lodge ( is rooting for Team Navy.

K9sForWarriors is rooting for all of us!
The real "Winners" are the Veterans and the dogs! All donations are eventually pooled and split with all three charities, so it's a win/win/win/win!
The "winning" charity gets bragging rights if their team wins! All three charities get much needed funding! The puppies get raised, fed, and trained! Heroes get a retreat for combat veterans from all branches to relax, fish on Kentucky Lake, enjoy area activities and communicate with others who have walked in their boots.
And apparently, someone wins a football game!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Just a bunch of pups to brighten your day

Where have all the puppies gone?

Here at Hero Labradors, we are constantly busy:  we have a kennel to run, property to maintain, dogs and puppies to breed, raise, and deliver, and a multitude of other things to keep us busy.  In the military, we call that mission creep--the things which must be done to function, but tend to sap strength away from the objective.

One of those things has been keeping track of our pups, once they have gone on to other things.  I'm going to rectify that as best I can, by making a simple list of the organizations we've donated pups to, and if they have a page for our pup, sharing that as well.

The pups will be listed by their Hero Labradors name, with their recipient organization name in parenthesis, to keep the confusion to a minimum.  (FYI, many recipients name their pups based on sponsorship, and so a pup we deliver may very well have it's call name changed, but it's Hero Labradors name will be forever on its pedigree, and THAT is unchangeable.)

So, here we go, in chronological order by litter:

  • Hero Labradors Polar Bear--remains with Hero Labradors as our stud and sire. 
  • Hero Labradors Wrinkles (Pete)--became a demonstration dog of Service tasks and capabilities for Dogs Helping Heroes in Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Hero Labradors Fuzzy Butt (Ramsey) is finishing up his training at Patriot PAWS in Rockwall, TX and will graduate soon!

  • Hero Labradors Ranger is in his forever home with a military family, where he is already learning tasks and will be a tremendous service and emotional support dog!
  • Hero Labradors Lord (Wilson) is in his forever home with a veteran, who was a Military Working Dog handler and will train him to meet his service needs.
  • Hero Labradors Brisket (Jasper) is with his puppy raiser art Smoky Mountain Labradors in Lenoir, Tennessee, and already stealing hearts (and treats, probably).
  • Hero Labradors Bowie is with K9sForWarriors in Ponte Vedra Florida, with his puppy raiser family.  He is the 4th pup they have raised!
Hero Labradors Belle is soon to be united with her forever home.

As I get more info or updates on these pups, I will try to maintain this page.