Mike was born and raised on a farm, so he always had one sort of dog or another. When we started dating in 2000, he mentioned that, when his old collie dog Heidi passed away, he wanted a chocolate lab- one that could ride with him wherever he was, whether it be in his pickup, the combine, or the tractor.
I was raised in the city and had a couple mutt puppies growing up. I, honestly, never cared for labradors because everyone in the neighborhood had one. However, when Heidi finally did pass away, I started looking for a chocolate lab for Mike. Although I honestly knew nothing about the breed, the health issues, or what was or wasn't an ethical breeder, I found our first girl, Saedee, in the newspaper and paid a mere $200.00 for her. Even though she's very intelligent, she does not have a good labby temperament and has hip dysplasia. However, she is responsible for Mike & I falling in love with the breed. Being from rural Minnesota, it seemed as though all the labradors being produced did not fit the "Lab Standard" in any form other than being retrievers. I have researched, studied, read, networked and visited with many breeders. I am dedicated to breeding and producing the most healthy, genetically sound, correct Labradors possible- correct in breed standard, working ability, and the loving temperament all labradors should have.
Our kennel name "Hayshaker Labradors" is a tribute to Mike being a farmer. He always calls himself a "hayshaker", and I felt it fitting as we are located on nine acres nestled in beautiful rural southwestern Minnesota.