"Last summer (2018) we picked up the best pup ever. You would know him as "Mindy + Hammy first pick male," but we just call him Loki.
Loki is an incredible dog. He was crate and house trained from day one, suuuuuper smart (ok, he's still a dog), warm and loving disposition, and has been an absolute joy to raise and train. Our son Aaron (7) got Loki through CGC and CGC "urban," awing crowds of onlookers watching the little guy and his impeccably mannered, obedient dog. It goes without saying that you've added a best friend for life to our pack. Great job Ann and Dove Hills -- thank you!!!
“Here’s a quick update on Susie Q. Wonderful puppy, great personality, not intimidated by her first and infrequent contact with larger (and fully vaccinated) dogs. Very few housetraining problems, sleeps through the night until daybreak and lets me know it’s time to go to her spot to take care of business and then get her breakfast. Has learned to sit and wait for me to give her a treat. Visit to the vet and next round of shots went well. “
“I have been trying to find a moment to sit down and write to you how happy our family is since Turnip came to live with us. He’s a joy and he is the perfect temperament for our lifestyle right now. We just can’t get over how laid back he is. Sleeps on his back often. Doesn’t mind being carried. Is curious, but easily entertained. And the best part is that Taylor is his person. The bond is made. This will be a summer to remember. Thank you”
“Just want u to know Grady is a great dog and the best ever
He is sweet smart and full of life
Most important he seems to be getting house training
He whines when he has to go out
Thank you so much for this very special little gift
Have a great summer “
Just a heads up. Grady is wonderful
He is my pal and follows me around and is usually near me.
He is so smart and pretty well house trained and responds to his name and sits
He is learning the come command which I think is so important.
Still working on leash walking and just got a harness for him.
Our family is a dove hill family with Christina getting a pup in late August
Take care and more updates will come.”
“Marty, one of your English labs was the smartest animal I have ever seen and he brought tremendous joy to our family. Our two boys grew up with him and he was truly one of our family members bringing great joy to all. An incredible animal who as you said to us when we picked him that he was the “pick of the litter” and I can assure you he lived up to that expectation.
Besides wanting to thank you for giving us a wonderful family member, I would like to find out about purchasing yet again another great English Lab from your breeding lot. Nearing retirement, I and my wife will have additional time to spend with the dog even as my two boys move on.
Again, thanks for making our lives so complete with such a wonderful animal.”
William Summer 2019
Just a note to let you know all is well. Kirby has not seemed to miss a beat - eating well ( I’d say with gusto), no potty accidents at all - has started whimpering at the door out, and slept well in his crate last night. He woke me up twice to go out but then went right back to sleep with a few soothing words. He is a super pup and we are smitten.
Just wanted to update you on our Kirby (Cookie/Finn's litter). He is thriving and every day I spend with him I think "Wow - this is what it's like when you start with a healthy, well bred, well socialized puppy." It is such a joy to see him greet every new experience and person with curiosity and confidence. He is interested in everything and each person he meets is his friend. I call him little Mr. Sunshine because people are just drawn to him everywhere we take him - I think, as long as I do my part in his training, he will be a star as a dog who visits nursing homes and hospitals. He is a favorite at our Post Office, hardware store, and antique mall in Scottsville and he has confidently been introduced to automatic doors, wheeled shopping carts, the train along with whistle that runs past the little Howardsville Store (while safely on my lap as the train can be pretty intimidating) and as many different ages and colors of people as I can get him to. He went to the airport and local brewery this weekend and loved it and was a real people pleaser. He has also had people come here to the house to visit - he gets his share of attention and then seems agreeable to have a little rest in his crate while the adults talk. In four weeks he'll get his final DHLPP and Rabies and then I will find some sort of puppy kindergarten class for him as the one thing that is lacking at our house is a suitable playmate (our old hound dog is not pleased about a puppy annoying him and is generally grumpy and no fun).
I cannot thank you enough for this beautiful boy and Bruce and I have agreed that everything you told us about your dogs and their temperaments has proved to be completely true for Kirby
Today Dove Hill Finn-Angus is 2 yrs old. This magnificent yellow lab is a wonderful friend, companion and would have surely been a field champion!
We take this opportunity to thank you for all your years of work in breeding the most wonderful labs. Finn-Angus makes our third from you. He is grand in all ways and of course he’s sure of it!
If you happen to have room on your waiting list for a puppy, it may be time for our Finn to have a friend of the same family to come keep him company in the not too distant future.
All our thanks to you for all you do …… our lives have been enhanced day after day by the beautiful dogs you have provided for us and who we love so very much.
Bayou is amazing. He has had such a fun couple of days here! He met his new dog sisters, and is already curling up with our Mastiff mix, Quinn, for naps. He met the cat, the guinea pigs and a couple of the chickens. He did fantastic his first night in the crate, only waking up once, and after a trip outside, went back to sleep and didn’t wake up till after 7a. He had his first clicker training session, which I didn’t think would go anywhere this tiny, just thought I’d give a quick shot. He caught on to it right away, and now sits and makes eye contact with me for a treat. I’m super impressed. He also had a bath today and loved it! Wagged his little tail the entire time in the bath, and loved being dried off and rubbed down with the towel. It was adorable!
And, of course, he makes us swoon with adorable, squishy cuteness! He is absolutely precious!
Thank you again for our new friend! We are thrilled with him!
Just returned from our first vet visit. Mazy checked out perfectly! No worms and incredibly healthy from head to toe. She is doing great. Very social and confident little girl!
No accidents, sleeping well, playing well, robust appetite. Crate training has been very smooth...we are so pleased!
We cannot begin to thank you for the blessing of Bear in our lives. We have only had him 4 days and we are all head over heals in love with him. He has officially made us his pack, he is sleeping well and he is enjoying our back yard.
I have never seen such a sweet, gentle, tactile dog! She is all goodness, and everyone that meets her falls totally in love with her! We are so happy to have her to hug and love during this scary time-pets, especially dogs, bring such comfort.
Stay safe and healthy, Ann. And know this sweet dog you let us have is thriving!
Leslie April 2020
The girls are doing great! Luna gets her last round of shots next week. Song has been an amazing aunt. They are best friends and completely inseparable.
Thank you again for your great work with such awesome dogs.
Rob Jan 2020
Here’s a very long and overdue email giving you an update on Brody. He has filled our home with love. He is so attentive, smart, loving and affectionate. Especially during these uncertain days, he has given us structure, stability and lots of smiles.
Thank you again for entrusting us with one of your babies. You were right, we are thrilled with him.
Two weeks with Betsey and all’s well. She did not like her second round of vaccines, but the next day was back to her usual, sweet self. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on how sweet and well-socialized she is—characteristics that we owe to you. Some recent photos are attached.
NYC June 2020
Hi again - Just wanted to share one more picture of him out on the front porch with us during his first major thunderstorm. It didn’t bother him in the least ! Rich and I have both had a number of labs between us over the years and neither of us has ever had one that is as smart as Finn is. He is calm, intelligent and just a joy ! We love him so much ! Thank you again - we are so grateful for him !!
By the way, the life jacket didn't faze him at all either. He is so easygoing. We're slowly introducing him to the water before we try the boat. He is also the star of his puppy kindergarten class. He is the youngest in the class and he knows more than any of the others do. Last week she put out an agility tunnel for them to go through and none of the other puppies would go near it - not Finn - he trotted right through over and over again - with no fear !
Thatcher continues to be the love of our lives and the center of our days and hearts. During this time of isolation especially, we are grateful every day for our loyal pup who is always up for an outdoor adventure! And he has never been so happy to have us at his service all day long!!
Mazy is doing great! She knows all of her basic commands -sit, stay, come, down, wait, roll over, shake, heel and off. She loves everyone! She shows strong signs of being an outstanding therapy dog, even at six months old.
Hi Ann! Mazy is doing great at 17 weeks. She weighs 28 pounds, is very very healthy and just a joy and delight. Easiest training experience I've ever had with a puppy...She loves learning new commands and meeting new people. Has all the makings of a fine therapy dog, without question.
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