I have always been an animal lover. I worked on my uncle’s farm every summer and worked at a horse stable also. I’d take in strays or whatever seemed to follow me home.
My love for Labradors really came to be when I was 14 years old. I started working at our local veterinarian clinic. One of the veterinarians I worked for was also a Labrador breeder. He would bring his Labs into work with him most days. He taught me what to look for for produce a quality Labrador— as well as the standards and integrity of what a good breeder should be. I also learned the difference between and English Labrador and an American Labrador.
That’s when I fell in love with the English style Labrador. I had the opportunity to adopt a female black Labrador, Nikki, from a client at the veterinarian’s office. Nikki wasn’t the best bred Lab, but she was mine. This is when I knew Labradors were the breed for me.
When my husband and I got married, we decided to get an AKC English Labrador, a black female. That’s when we found Cassie, our foundation dog. She was my constant companion and grew up with our two sons, the perfect family dog, as she loved being around and helping to raise our kids. She was a great companion and protector, and loved to go out and hunt birds on the weekends. Cassie was everything we hoped for. We decided to breed her, and that’s what started our breeding program.
— Cheryl Goodwin