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Puppies and Upcoming Litters

Puppies Born on May 24, 2013:  3 Yellow Males, 3 Black Females, and 1 Yellow Female

Sire: 4xGMPR HRCH HRK’s Rooster Smasher of TGK MH, QAA

Dam: HR Orion’s Bold Huntress

I am extremely excited about this breeding! Both sire and dam exemplify my image of a proper Orion Labrador retriever. Physically they are solidly built well balanced dogs of moderate size who possess classic Labrador heads, good coats, and nice otter tails. Tess weighs about 65 lbs. and is 22 ½ inches tall at the withers, while Rooster weighs 72 lbs. and is about 23 inches tall. Their size and build is very similar and ideal for a working Labrador, in my opinion.

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Rooster is a strikingly handsome dog. He is a rich hue of dark yellow that is often referred to as “Fox Red”. He is solidly built without being bulky. He stands squarely and has good angulation. His head is classic Labrador, not overdone like many show bred Labs and not snipey or houndy like some field Labs. I believe Rooster exemplifies the proper size and structure of a Labrador retriever. You can find additional information about Rooster and view pictures of him at www.torgslabs.com. Click on their “Stud Dog” tab and again on “Rooster” to see his page.

Tess is also a very good looking Lab with an exceptionally handsome head and stocky body for a bitch. She is very soundly built and has great stamina in the field. For more information and pictures of Tess go to www.orionlabradors.com, click on “Orion Females” and again on “Tess”. If physical conformation and good looks are important to you, these two should produce some of the best looking field-bred Labs around!

Rooster has demonstrated his talent by earning advanced titles in AKC, HRC, and APLA hunt tests; he won the only Qualifying stake he ever ran in AKC field trials, and he also passed the HRC 2012 Fall Grand Hunt test. Tess has earned an HR title in HRC hunt tests and is a great pheasant hunting dog. Their offspring should inherit all of the talent needed to excel in the field.

If you want to insure that your pup comes from parents who have passed their health clearances you might want to examine the health certifications of these two exceptional Labs.

HR Orion’s Bold Huntress
AKC Reg. No.: SR55817903
D.O.B.: April 17, 2009
Penn Hip: 80th Percentile (.34/.36 DI)
OFA Elbows: LR-EL58109F46-VPI
OFA Eyes: LR-EYE550/45F-VPI
EIC: LR-EIC1904/34F-VPI: Clear
CNM: LR-CNM427/34F-VPI: Clear
prcd-PRA: Clear by Parentage

GMPR HRCH Rooster Smasher MH, QAA
AKC Reg. No.: SR42867101
D.O.B.: June 9, 2007
OFA Hips: LR-182016G24M-VPI; Good
OFA Elbows: LR-EL43710M24-VPI; Normal
Cerf: : LR-54718/2011-49; Normal
EIC: LR-EIC1726/16M-VPI; Clear
CNM: LR-CNM381/30M-VPI; Clear
prcd-PRA: Clear by Parentage
RD/OSD: Clear by Parentage

What more could you want? Both parents are healthy, physically sound, beautiful, talented, Labrador retrievers. Well, that only begins to describe this duo! The icing on the cake is their temperaments. Both are mellow reserved dogs who display a common sense attitude that isn’t so common these days. Tess is a gentle affectionate dog who likes to sit calmly on my lap and snuggle with me. Rooster spends his evenings lying on the couch with his mistress watching TV. Rooster’s original owner, Dale Swiderski of Hunter’s Rose Kennel, says Rooster “is a deceiving animal, exceptionally mild mannered in the house and when in the field 100%. Easily the best off switch we have seen to date, with exceptional line manners and steadiness.” Rooster’s current owners, Steve and Linda Torgerson describe Rooster as “a gentle personality in the house; 72 lbs. of Hunting Machine in the field.”

The puppies will enjoy the best care available. They will receive Early Neurological Stimulation, be de-wormed, have their first vaccinations, and will be weaned onto Orijen Large Breed Puppy food. They will have exposure to a variety of auditory stimuli, including the Master’s Voice Gundog Conditioning System. They will be introduced to water and pheasant wings and their eyes will be examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist to insure that they have no congenital eye defects before they go to their new homes.

The price for a puppy is $1,000. A $200 deposit will hold your puppy. They will be chosen in the order deposits are received. If you are interested in a Labrador puppy nurtured in an enriching environment from parents with the rare combination of physical soundness, ability in the field, health, beauty, and temperament please contact me. They won’t last long!

Orion Puppy Care

Superior nutrition for the dam and her pups is essential to insure that they are able to express their full genetic potential, so our mothers and puppies are nourished with Orijen dog food. I believe it is the best quality commercial dry dog food available. It is expensive, but your puppy only grows up once! I believe he deserves an opportunity to be all he can be.

Proper socialization and environmental enrichment is important in raising puppies. When young puppies are exposed to a variety of people and new stimuli they more readily adapt to new experiences they encounter when they are grown. One tool I use expose the puppies to new sounds is a CD entitled “Puppy Socialization Sounds”. Another is “Master’s Voice Gundog Conditioning System” which gradually conditions puppies to the sound of gunfire. I also spend a great deal of time interacting with my puppies on a daily basis and I recruit children and adults of all ages, shapes, and sizes to visit my kennel when the pups are ready for socializing. I provide a variety of toys for them to play with and we allow the pups to frolic in the yard. My flower beds may look weedy to most people, but to a puppy they are a wilderness that’s just his size; a place to explore where discovery and adventure waits behind every leaf! The great amount of time spent with each puppy and the variety of stimuli they receive helps them to become confident, well adjusted dogs when they mature.

Orion pups are treated for intestinal parasites at three, five, and seven weeks of age. The pups will also have their eyes examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist before they are sent home to ensure that they are free of congenital eye defects. When you purchase an Orion puppy you will receive a written thirty-month guarantee against hip dysplasia and hereditary eye disease. They receive their first vaccinations at seven to eight weeks of age. I recommend and follow the vaccination guidelines outlined at the following website:

www.aahanet.org/PublicDocuments/VaccineGuidelines06Revised.pdf

In addition to providing quality nutrition, socialization, medical care, and environmental enrichment I provide our pups with “early neurological stimulation” (ENS). This series of stimuli was developed by the U.S. military for their “Bio Sensor” program which is used to produce guard dogs, bomb detection dogs, and other canines used in the military. ENS is designed to stimulate the nervous systems of neonatal pups with mild stressors. Dogs who received ENS as puppies show improved cardiovascular performance, stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, a greater tolerance to stress, and greater disease resistance. Studies have also shown that dogs who received ENS performed better at certain problem solving tests than their non-stimulated mates. This is just another example of the measures I take to provide our pups with the ultimate in care, so that you can have the ultimate Labrador puppy!

Orion puppies aren’t allowed to leave their littermates until they are 8 weeks old. They learn numerous canine social lessons when interacting with their siblings which are impossible to replicate at a later time. Pups need to be with their littermates longer than seven weeks in order to acquire all of the needed canine social graces.