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Hi Julie!

I have been meaning to send you an update on Sophie for, yes, the last year!!! It seems like just yesterday that we picked up our little girl, but a whole year has gone by and now I can't imagine our family without her.

She is the sweetest girl, very outgoing and energetic. She is so loving, follows me everywhere, and loves to sit in my lap. She's up to about 60 pounds now and has been holding steady there for about the last 3-4 months, and is still a beautiful cream color like her dad. I had her housebroken within two days of bringing her home, and Sam definitely helped get her accustomed to our routine. She took to her crate right away and goes right in when it's time for us to go out or go to bed. There wasn't even any whining the first night! I did take her out at regular intervals (even setting my alarm to continue during the night) which I think was the key to getting both Sam and Sophie house trained very quickly. She bounced back after a day from being spayed - it was all we could do to keep her quiet for the first few days, and by the time she was supposed to have her stitches out, there was only one left. Our vet did such a good job that you really have to look to find the scar. She can sit and down as well as shake, and she walks well on a leash. I can walk both of them by myself without any problems.

She really loves Sam and seems to realize that he is the senior dog in the house. She keeps his ears and eyes very clean, scratches his back just where he likes it, and would even give him pedicures if he would let her. She bites her own nails instead of letting us trim them which did worry me at first, but our vet said some dogs do that and just make sure she isn't chewing her paws and that she doesn't "clip" her nails too short. So far, so good on both fronts. She isn't as food-driven as Sam, and they can eat in the same room at the same time without any problems. She has been so good for him too. Sam has lost about 15 pounds in the past year and become much more active. He was starting to approach the 100 pound mark and our vet wanted him to lose some weight, so Sophie has been good for his health. They compliment each other very well personality-wise too. And while they do make "ugly dog faces" (as we call it) at each other and pretend to fight, they never actually bite each other or snarl or growl at each other. They share toys well, and Sam even lets her sleep in his bed with him.

We have gotten so many compliments on both of them. I don't know what your magic is, but you breed the most beautiful, sweet-tempered, healthy labs. I hope you continue because, while it won't be any time soon, when we are ready for another pup, I wouldn't consider any other breeder. I hope you, your family, and all the dogs had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are staying warm!!

Sharon, Paul, Zachary, Bailey, Sam & Sophie







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"Baby Sophie"
"Sophie"
"Sam" and "Sophie"
Hi Julie
I was checking your website and thought you would like to see one of your babies. Not sure if you will remember her but I bet you will. She is going to be 6 in May and I adore her as much today as I did 6 years ago. She is the smartest I hate to say dog that I have ever seen. How many dogs would let there mom brush there teeth with an Oral b electric tooth brush. My baby has been very healthy and is extremely spoiled. I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I enjoy my girly!
Carol
Rosie
"Houston"