Hello, I am Marianne Rousseau, Esq. of Weare, New Hampshire. I am proud to show off my lovable labradors, and hope that you will enjoy your visit to my webpage.
I first fell in love with Labrador Retrievers in 1992 when I visited a wonderful breeder named Bonnie McCarthy of Allendale, New Jersey. I had decided to purchase a chocolate labrador puppy, and wanted to go to a reputable breeder. Although there was only one puppy left at the time, my little "Hershey" captured my heart and came home to New Hampshire with me.
I showed Hershey in obedience and soon we had earned our CD (Companion Dog) and CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) titles in the American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club and United Kennel Club Registries. Hershey got a little bored with obedience at this time, so we began hunt training. This turned out to truly be what Hershey loves to do, and soon he earned his WC (Working Certificate) and JH (Junior Hunter) titles. Hershey now has two qualifications toward his Utility obedience title. I am very proud to say, both qualifications were First and Second Place. Now onto Senior Hunt!!!
Hershey's breeder, Bonnie McCarthy, and I became close friends. When Hershey's littermate "Perry" had pups, I went to visit and returned home with "Snickers". Snickers was shown in obedience, hunt tests and conformation. She has earned her CD (Companion Dog) title in the American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club and United Kennel Club Registries and her CDX (Companion Dog Excellent). She is pointed in the conformation ring as well. Snickers also adores hunt training. Her drive and determination are outstanding and she passes this onto her pups. She too has earned her WC (Working Certificate) and JH (Junior Hunter) titles. Snickers took some time off for maternity leave, but she is back and should come out in Utility and Senior this summer.
Moussie and Truffles came to me through breeding Snickers. Moussie's sire is Ch. Marlin's Man in the Brown Suit, "Arthur", owned by my dear friends and mentors, Linda and Martin Morasse. Truffles' sire is Ch. Saltmeadow Smoke, WC, "Smoke", owned by my good friend, Carla Hyndman. Snickers produces outstanding temperaments and sound structure. My Chocolate Labradors are dark in color, well balanced, and very sweet. Mousse and Truffles are highly intelligent and they are a joy to live with, as are all my labradors.
My youngest Labrador, Saltmeadow Dickens at Cedarbay, a.k.a. "Dickens", came to me this January, from Carla Hyndman. Yes, Dickens is black and not chocolate !!!! I adore this little guy, and as you can tell, he is quite full of himself. Dickens is a (b/c) and if all goes well, someday he will be bred to Truffles. In the meantime, he just enjoys being cute and playing with the rest of the Cedarbay gang.
My dogs are not kennel dogs, but rather live in my home. All my dogs are cleared for hip, elbow and heart disorders and have clearances from the Orthapedic Foundation of America (O.F.A.) In addition, I clear the eyes on all my dogs annually and I have clearances from Canine Eye Registry Foundation (C.E.R.F.).
If you are considering the purchase of labrador, I encourage you to contact reputable breeders. Do not hesitate to ask questions and insist on seeing pedigrees and clearances for the parents of a puppy you are considering. Although many breeders do not own both parents, you should at least visit the home of the dam's owner to see their dogs and to see where and how the dogs are kept.
Remember, Labrador Retrievers do not take a lot of grooming, but they need a lot of exercise, training, and love. If you purchase a puppy fully knowing what challenges you are taking on, you can look forward to having a lifetime companion and sharing many years of love and joy with your Labrador Retriever.