Mark and Traci Christensen
57088 - 832 Road
Stanton, Nebraska 68779
TLC Labradors - Letters
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purchased dogs from us. We feel that they have a lot to say! If you have purchased a TLC LABRADOR puppy, and would like to
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Mark and Tracy,
I wanted to take a few moments
to let you know how the puppy that we purchased from you
in 1998 has turned into an excellent companion at home and
in the fields/ sloughs. He is a very sociable and
enjoys being around people. We are very satisfied
with the puppy/ dog we selected. I have received
numerous complements about his looks and hunting
abilities. I have given your name to an acquaintance
that I occasionally hunt with. He is interested in
getting a Labrador and has always been impressed with our
dog, Gabe. I see you now offer guided hunting
expeditions. I do get out to Nebraska occasionally
to hunt. I hope to stop by sometime and see your new
facilities and dogs.
Have a Merry Christmas and God
Bless your family.
|January 8, 2001
Thought I'd shoot an
update to you. Turk is coming along really
well, We will be ready for the test game this
spring I think timing is great, age wise. He
weighed in at 50# today is thick and fluffy.
He is steady, 90%, we are
working on doubles now, long go bird short memory bird,
and he is doing about 80 yd "blinds" on the
football field, haven't taken this into real field work
Also, I was thinking of
trying a field trial some time just for the experience.
What can you tell me about running in a trial.
I am assuming Derby is for the new dogs. I
don't know anything. I have to tell you I was
nervous about shelling out $700 for a dog but
am very pleased with the investment and wouldn't trade
him for the world. Together we are learning a lot
and he catches on like wildfire.
Thanks for the great pup!
Ken Newcomb -
Newman Grove, Nebraska
Hit-M-Hard Hammerdown Turk
AFC Morgans Gunstock Jet Pilot & HR-Wonder
Labs Ropin' the Wind
About for years ago my wife surprised me
with a puppy (Max/Comet). Just thought you would
enjoy seeing how he turned out. Although we have not
trialed him (time/new house/babies) we hunt ducks and
geese on Maryland's eastern shore and pheasant/chucker
when the seasons closed.
Thank you so much for bringing Ruddy
into our lives.
Greg & Jennifer Blanche
Have a Pilot
puppy visiting us this week and took pictures of Willow
with two of her Pilot puppies. Thought you might
enjoy seeing them at 1 year.
Willow is on
left, Flame in the center, and Chase on the right. Flame
is a pheasant machine, he runs and quarters like a
pointer and can go all day long. I have never seen a lab
quarter with so much speed and style, and no cover is
too thick for him. We shoot our limit almost every time
out with him. Expect he will be running the Master this
spring with him.
about a litter bred the Fosters, sired by TLC's
TLC's Statesborro Blues, MH
(by FC-AFC Riparian Roughrider & Madcaps Janey Baker)
Owned by Pete Sanfillpo
MH at 2 years of age.
wanted to write you a short letter letting you know what
a great puppy you sold us. She (Hunter) is now 1
1/2 years old and I can't imagine our lives without her.
First of all, Hunter is very good with our daughter and
all of her games she plays with Hunter. Whether it
be a game of tag with her friends, or the days when
Hunter gets to play "Barbie" and gets dressed
up in girls clothes. Hunter is also a great
jogging mate for my wife and I. But most
importantly, Hunter has become a great upland and
waterfowl hunter for me. I thoroughly enjoy the
excitedness Hunter gets when she sees me get my hunting
boots and shotgun out the night before leaving on a
hunting trip. But the best part is watching
her do such a great job in the field, or watching
her retrieve ducks or geese. One last thing, the
last couple of times I have taken her out pheasant
hunting she has started to point for me. She is
just overall great dog.
& Tonna Heinemann
January 9, 2001
This picture was taken at our spring hunt test. Jessie was 17
months old and Buck was 19 months old. Both dogs have their
Hunting Retriever Champion titles and now we are working on our Master
Hunter titles. I'll probably run Buck in the Grand this spring.
I'm not sure about Jessie. She's a little too wired with so much
shooting and honoring at the line. Buck is more laid back until
you send him, then he is wide open (especially with
birds). I couldn't ask for a better pair of dogs. Keep
up the great work with your breeding program!
HRCH TLC's Lean Mac's Goin Jessie
HRCH at only 18 months of age (by 2x NAFC-FC-2xCNAFC Ebonstar Lean Mac & Rainwaters Harleys Comet) owned
by Mark Miles
HRCH TLC's Buckskin Rudy
HRCH at 21 months of age, MH passes (by FC-AFC
Blackwater Rudy & TLC's Riparian Goose Chase)
owned by Jimmy
Williams & Mark Miles
About for years ago my wife surprised me with a puppy
(Max/Comet). Just thought you would enjoy seeing how he
turned out. Although we have not trialed him (time/new
house/babies) we hunt ducks and geese on Maryland's
eastern shore and pheasant/chucker when the seasons
closed. Thank you so much for bringing Ruddy
into our lives.
Greg & Jennifer Blanche
Hit-M-Hard Hammerdown Turk
9 months old
by AFC Pilot and
Ropin' the Wind
bother you with this since everybody else is tired of
hearing about my dogs. Saturday, snow
goose hunting we shot 9 geese from one flock. Turk
was not on the sneak but he was in the truck. So out
he came for 6 blind retrieves that ranged from 40 yd. to
125 yd. The first five were in water, running water and
marshy. The first three were very straight well run
retrieves. The next two were longer and a little
sloppy but not bad. Succumb to the temptation of old
falls, still not bad we picked them up in short order.
We finished with 125 yd land blind in a corn field,
dead straight perfect.
UKC/HRC season starts April 21/22 in North Platte.
I think we are ready.
GREAT DOG (DREAMING OF THE GRAND ONE DAY)
Newman Grove, Nebraska
|January 4, 2001
Just wanted to write a little note to tell you how the
puppy is doing. She went to the vet yesterday and
weighed in at 15 pounds. She is the picture of good
health and quite a handful. You guys did a wonderful job
with these dogs and I will give my highest
recommendation if I know of anyone looking for a
Thank you folks. It was a pleasure meeting with you, even though
the weather conditions were not the best. I was the most
popular guy at the airport that day.
Tony and Chrys Globelnik
Thought I would drop a
note on how my pup did last season. He is a little softer
than I've been used to, but a true joy to work with. He tries
very hard, whether in training or hunting to please. I don't
know how many ducks we got. I do remember one in particular
though, it was the first one down on a double, but only winged.
by the time Deek bought back the other this one had swam to the
far side of the pond and into some very thick cattails. Several
score acres of cattails. However as soon as I got him over to
them he picked up the drake's sent. I had it in hand only
moments latter. I also was lucky enough to draw a swan tag. I
dropped my swan probably 150 to 200 yards out into the lake. The
reeds were so thick that Deek couldn't see the swan go down, but
as soon as he cleared them he could se it in the lake. He went
straight to the swan and brought it straight back. When he
reached the shore though he left it laying there. I wanted it
brought to hand so I sent him back to get it. I was up a little
and behind the reeds. He went straight the bird picked it up
then laid it back down. I walked down to the shore line and sent
him to pick it up again. This time I saw the problem. The bird
was so big that even when he tried to back through the reeds he
couldn't pull it through, so I stepped out a little father and
took the bird there. I also took him when we went to Nebraska to
visit my mother over Christmas and hunted pheasants. I didn't
hit anything, but not for his lack of work. The gentleman who
took us is still talking about how well Deek handled and worked.
Any way I thought you might be interested in how one of your
pups is turning out. I was thrilled this season and expect he
will only get better as he gains experience.
TLC's King Ivan
(by King Choc Crown & Fudge Brownie Delight)
Brian and Chrystal McDonald
(by TLC's Kamikaze Crunch and HR Wonderlabs Ropin'
Steve and Laurie Abraham
TLC'S PRINCESS REBECCA SURPRISE
QAA (age 2) -
Mark and Traci
you will find a picture of "Husker Rio."
If you remember, we bought Rio last June from you.
His parents were Top Dog and Maggie. We wanted you
to know how pleased we are with the dog. In this
picture he is 7 months old and weighs 55 pounds.
He already has gone pheasant, as well as duck and goose
hunting. He loves it and is doing a nice job for
such a young pup. He is also my best friend in the
house as well as a "big lap dog". we
couldn't have asked for a better pet or
"friend." If you ever need recommendations
on your dogs please call. We would be glad to
a great holiday season.
TLC's Husker Rio
(by TLC's Top Gun & TLC's
|April 2, 2000
Thought I'd let you know Teal (whelped 12/99 - Get Em x
Foxy) passed her first Started UKC-HRC hunt test today
on her first try. Thanks for a great dog!
My name is Curt
Weisman, my dad and I bought a dog from you (named
Shasta) a few years ago. She has developed into a
great hunter and is also the best mannered dog I have
ever been around. I am looking to buy a dog for my
future wife. I would like to make it a Christmas
present for her. Plus this will be a great way for
me to justify buying a hunting dog. I know that
not only do your dogs make great hunters but they also
make great companions. I would prefer a yellow,
but I am interested in to know about what ever you have
upcoming for litters. If the Christmas time frame
doesn't work out that is O.K. I will not go
elsewhere. I want to buy the dog from you and am
willing to wait for quality.
(by TLC's Top Gun and Buckskin Marigolds
owned by Steve Weismann
Mark and Traci
Here are the pictures I promised you of Shasta. I
think you will agree that she is a good looking 11 month
old yellow lab! We have really grown to appreciate her,
and unfortunately, she is a spoiled baby who has become
a pretty good member of the household. She has a
calm disposition, yet a lot of spunk. She is wary
of strangers, which I feel is good. she will bark
at strangers who approach the house, but is not a barker
or a howler.
retrieved 75 ducks from our pond in 6 days of hunting
and is beginning to mark relatively well for a first
year dog. Last week-end, she retrieved 14
pheasants and got better at trailing as the two days
progressed. I think she will be a good one when she
matures. Thanks for the great dog!!!
I don't know if you will remember us, but we got CJ from you
just about a year ago, and now that some of the puppy is
out of her we thought we would send a picture so you can
see what a fine dog she turned out to be.
neighbor also got a dog Shelby from you, so here is a
picture of the two of them. Hope you enjoy!
Mary Ellen & Doug Tucker
(by King Choco Crown & Shelby Nestle
Quick Coaco) (chocolate)
TLC'c "Shelby" & CJ
(by Hunters Marsh Go-Get-Em MH & Hook Lakes
"First Live Retrieve" opening season fall 2000
owned by John Hatfield
Mark and Tracy
Thought I would give you a quick first year update.
We went out for a last hunt two weeks ago. Snow
on the ground and cool. We were able to bag 16
pheasants, 5 quail and 1 P. Chicken. Tam did
fantastic. The first retrieve of the morning was a
long shot over a winter wheat field, Tam was on it
immediately. She retrieved well all day long.
I need to work on her manners somewhat, if her dad
did not shoot the bird, she made sure that he got it
anyway. Can not fault the desire. The Duck
hunting was a little slow; however, she retrieved her
first duck on opening weekend, through the decoys,
Tam has turned out to be a great all around dog. She
is great around the house, on walks and in the field.
Her desire is unstoppable and she will retrieve
about anything I ask her to. On our recent hunt, I
thought she had a pheasant trapped in the snow under
some grass and upon the request to "fetch it
up" she brought me a possum! Tam is
attentive, willing to learn, gentle but yet aggressive
to retrieve and does not know what "quit"
Tracy - great dog pick!!! I have been recommending
TLC to a lot of people and I know that my next dog will
come from you. I hope all is well and you are
having a great 2000.
|March 13, 2000
Mark & Traci,
We just wanted to tell you that the pup we got from you
out of the May 19th litter has worked out really well.
She probably retrieved 35 ducks, 2 geese, and a
few pheasants. Her name is Beth and we are so
pleased with her. She seems to be indestructible.
She is great at the hunting, but lacks some common
sense. That is just part of her character though.
We just thought that we would let you know that we are
really pleased and we hope this finds you all well.
The Campbells -
Scott, Bobbi, Nichole, & Wacey -
I wanted to drop you a note to let you know this dog is
awesome. I have never seen a pup pick up commands so
quick. He sits, stays & comes on voice & whistle.
I can sit him out at 50 yds. call him to me & stop him
again at 25 yds. Very impressive for a 14 week old puppy.
He is very eager to retrieve & brings to hand every
Cory "Shoot em in the Lips" Lynch
I just wanted
to shoot you an email and let you know how that little
yellow pup we got from you last November is doing.
Jake (TLC's Last Chance Jake) is now a little over seven
months old and doing great! We ran him in two UKC
stated hunt test last week end and he passed both
easily. I don't know if you are familiar with UKC
test but started is comparable to AKC Junior (two single
retrieves on water and two single retrieves on land)
UKC doesn't award a title at the started level--he will
have to pass three more test at the Seasoned level
(requirement are almost identical to AKC Senior) to
get a title. However, Jakes line manners are not
up to competing at that level -- he is fine at the line
but controlling him on the way there is a little
aggravating. So we are thinking of running him in
some AKC Junior tests to give him a little more
experience with the excitement of guns, and all the
wonderful smells (birds and decoys), and all the people.
Anyway, I just
wanted to say Thanks for a wonderful dog. Jake is
incredibly birdy, has tremendous drive and great
temperament, and catches onto new training pretty
quick. One last thing, Jake marks extremely well.
At six months, he was doing doubles on land and water.
His memory is very good. I'm sure this has something to
do with the amount of training we've done on marking,
but I think quite bit of it is genetic.
Being a novice
at this whole dog training thing, I can only imagine how
much better Jake could be with a pro trainer. If
someone wants a reference for a "Cosmo" puppy
please feel free to give them our number!
I just wanted
to send you a quick note to tell you how thrilled we are
with Sydney. He has made such a wonderful
difference in our lives and is absolutely everything we
had hoped for. Sydney is developing beautifully.
I have enclosed some recent pictures. he is very
smart and well behaved. We are exceptionally proud
Sydney is robust as we had hoped and has thoroughly enjoyed his trips to Austria, France, and Holland with
us! now that it's summer his favorite activity is
So, Traci, we
just wanted to say Thank-you again. Sydney has
been amazing and we look forward to another 10 years of
him in our family. I hope you are well and happy!
Elizabeth Steinhauser & Christopher Bray
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