A Little About Us...
Just as we desire to get to know our dogs’ new families, you may be interested in who we are, as well.
First and most importantly,
we are believers ~ born again Christians.
We make mistakes (sin) every day of our lives but know we are forgiven and love the Lord for what He has done for us in Jesus Christ.
"I am the way and the truth and the life;
no one comes to the Father but through Me."
Secondly, we LOVE dogs!
Dogs have always been a part of our lives.
Robert graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation. He began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1983 for the Agricultural Research Service at an experiment station in west central Arkansas.
While employed by the ARS, Robert took a leave of absence and worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service on the North Slope Bird Habitat Study in northern Alaska.
He then took a position with the USDA Forest Service as a wildlife biologist in Wrangell, Alaska, where he met his wife, Kiply.
He left government service in 1993 and began working toward establishing Tallgrass Kennels British Labradors, our family business we own and operate.
~ artwork courtesy of our dogs
Cuzi, Bun & Molly
Kiply graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science and began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service on the Wrangell District of the Tongass National Forest.
She worked in the Wildlife Department as wildlife technician, then transferred to the recreation department where, among other duties, she served as an interpreter for tourists who were visiting Anan, a developed bear observatory on the Wrangell District.
Since then, Kiply has enjoyed working in various other environments (i.e., hospital, vet clinic, restaurants & elementary schools). She is now full time at our British lab kennel.
Shamus & Posey's son, Buddy, in VA, wrote an article for a magazine... (well, his owner would have typed it... we all know dogs can't type!)
Story time before our walkabout.
~ photo courtesy of Kirsten Stasney
Our two sons, Noah & Caleb, grew up with British labs and helped tremendously in socializing and caring for them.
Having our small kennel of British labradors has been such a gift in so many ways...
the dogs we get to live and work with, the people we get to meet and know, and the endless things
we learn on a daily basis are all more than we could have hoped for.
We do enjoy living with, training, and shooting over our British labs.
They enrich our lives at home and in the fields and marshes.
We hope they do the same for you.
Remind yourselves to train with patience, fairness, consistency & kindness
and treasure the time you have with them.
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world." ~ Jesus