Adventures of Ranger

When Range was born, he was one of only three in his litter. His mom, Tula, was very attentive to almost a fault. These three boys grew pretty fast and before we knew it Ranger was really a tank. We put special bumpers in the whelping box to keep him on his side to keep him from being a swimmer puppy. We knew Ranger was destined for special work and as he grew he proved to be an ideal student.

This also has so much to do with Ranger's parents and family. It takes a lot of dedication, patience and great care to achieve what Ranger has in this short period of time. Congratulations to Ranger and his family! Great job!!

 

Ranger earns AKC CGC and S.T.A.R. Puppy!

Ranger earns AKC CGC and S.T.A.R. Puppy!

   

Hi Penny & Joel,

Just wanted to check in & fill you in on all of our adventures with Ranger lately!

As you know, Ranger was enrolled in the K-9 Good Citizen Obedience class.  Today he earned the following certificates:  the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, the AKC Canine Good Citizen, the AKC Advanced Canine Good Citizen, and the Urban Canine Good Citizen!  He was the class favorite.


We are so proud of him!  We will keep him in training until we feel like he is ready for the Therapy Test.  He is still quite a baby, but has done a terrific job.  

He just turned 10 months old and is weighing in at 87.5 pounds (with one foot off of the scale 😂)!  He has been a big boy from the start.

Ranger is such a smart and funny dog.  He opens doors (so we must keep certain ones locked from a lock at the top), follows Adam around the yard when he mows, thinks he's a lap dog, loves to ride in the car (will sleep all 3 hours to the lake house), has to have a fan on him while in his cage since he's hot 24/7,& loves storms and wants to go outside in the rain (even with the tornado siren going off).  He makes us laugh and is a constant source of entertainment.  😍

We love this guy and are so thankful we found CaveInn!  He is the best combination of Tula and Robin.  💙

Take Care,
Stacy

Miss Remy Boo

Enjoy these pictures of a Moon baby, Miss Remy, aka Miss Boo. She is growing up to be a fine young lady:

Hi Penny and Joel!
Here are a few recent pics of Remy,5 mo old tomorrow! She is about 34#. Doing awesome at puppy training, excellent walking with loose leash, knows her sit,down,stay, come and drop. She is a snuggle girl😊 Loves to play fetch. We are so impressed with how well behaved she is already at a young age. She gets complements all the time. We couldn't love her more!

Thank you, Patty & Kris!

Pidge girl Cinder

Nearly 5 years ago, our charcoal girl Pidge gave birth to this stunning charcoal girl. We named her Fawn and her family named her Cinder. Today, all grown up, her mom sent a few updated photos. These are snippets of our puppies that we cherish. 

We see a young Pidge in the sweet eyes of this beautiful Cinder. Pidge will retire this year and we are hoping to keep one of her puppies to carry her sweet smile and temperament. Below is the update from Cinder's mom:

Hey Penny,
 
It’s been a long time since I’ve emailed you. I thought of you this weekend, and thought maybe you’d like to see some current pictures of Cinder. She’s such a sweet girl and we love having her as part of our family! As you can see, she gets along great with the cat.  They really are BFF’s. :)
 
Thanks,
Kari

Moonshadow 10 months old

This silver beauty is a daughter of Tula and Robin. She is also a sister to our Cave. The pictures below are stunning and her Momma certainly takes great care of her silver star. Here is a short update from Megan and Moonshadow:

Moon is doing great! She loves going to the dog park, chasing tennis balls and swimming!! The yellow lab in the back of the last photo was my sweet girl, Stella! Love that photo of both of them. Hope that all is well in Iowa! - Megan

 

Ranger's First Days

These are snippets from a few of Ranger's first day with his family. We are thrilled to see his happy face at home. When I post an update on ourFacebook page it is followed by more updates from other parents. This is a great feeling to know they all love to share their puppy progress with other parents.

Penny & Joel,

Ranger is doing great here!  Can you believe he has not yet pottied in the house??? He actually GOES TO THE DOOR when he has to go out!  This started the morning after we got him here. He goes right down the stairs and walks right into the grass.  He potties within 10 seconds every time! When he's ready to come in (he's always so hot!) he walks right back up the stairs and SCRATCHES on the back door!  When I tell him "let's go outside", he starts going to the door.  We are absolutely amazed. 

He loves to play and he loves to explore.  He tries to climb everything! We are all very good spotters. I call him Ranger Danger. 😁

He has done so well with his crate, too.  Only one night he yelled for awhile but he has gotten the hang of it!  Last night he only went out once!  

I mentioned Ranger is always hot.  He finds where the air comes out and lays right under it.  He also needs a fan on him in his crate because otherwise he pants in there! Lol!  We say he's hot because he has the fur of a Polar Bear!  He also drinks a lot of water! 

He is such a precious gift.  Thank you so much for all you did for him. We will continue to follow all your posts and look forward to Moon & Mossy's litters!

Take care,
Stacy

Mossy Puppies Turn 1 Year Old

Mossy and Robin's 2015 puppies turned 1 year old this week. We were flooded with photos and updates from parents all week. Enjoy these beauties pictured below celebrating this milestone. The message from Miss Bella aka Sloane's family was the first we had received for a while and we were stunned by how much she favors her Momma Mossy:

Penny and Joel,

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I thought I would give you an update on Bella (formerly Sloane), since she turned one years old last weekend.  I have attached a recent photo.  Bella is such a sweet and happy dog.  Friends and family often remark on her calm temperament around all people.  She will lounge all day or blaze a trail in our local state parks with equal passion.  We have been asked by several people including our Vets office, where we got such a beautiful well mannered dog.  Bella quickly mastered the sit, shake, and lay down commands among others.  She quickly learned potty training and rings a bell when it is time to go outside.  She quickly graduated from crate training and has had the run of the house for several months now with no problems.  Bella and our two cats (Buc and Bronco) have also learned to happily coexist in the house.  

We were so fortunate that we found your website, and we were able to bring Bella into our lives.  Thank you for breeding and raising a great dog that has become such an important part of our family.

Sincerely, Stacey and Darcie

Mr Nox at Home

Those first few weeks with a new puppy can be challenging. Housebreaking and getting to know your puppy and him getting to know you and his new home. This update from John and Michelle was so wonderful. Nox is a Tula and Robin puppy born December 2015.

Hi, Penny!
John and I just wanted to touch base with you and tell you how awesome Nox is! He's adjusted very well to his new home and family. We started crate training him late this week, and will continue working with him to nail down this whole potty training thing. He's also starting puppy socialization class next week!
I also wanted to let you know that I took him to the vet on Tuesday, and Dr. Anderson was very impressed with you and Joel as breeders. She had great things to say about the obviously great medical care and love he received before leaving you guys. Nox has a clean bill of health!
We love Nox so much! We honestly could not have asked for a better dog! Its hard to think of him as an adult dog, because we're enjoying the puppy stage so much!
Hope all is well with both of you!
-John and Michelle
P.S. Isn't he handsome?!

He is very handsome! From the moment this guy was born we thought he was a spitting image of his sire, Robin. Good job John and Michelle. They were very prepared for the puppy experience! This time does go by fast and they out grow this initial stage so quickly!

 

Slate aka George

This handsome silver boy is a Pidge and Robin puppy now 6 months old. We are fortunate to get frequent updates from his parents. They say he is a very gentle soul. Recently, they brought a new kitten into the family and as you can see below Slate now has a new best friend.

This kind a true friendship takes more than a gentle nature. Slate's parents take their role as puppy parents to heart. They have built a bond with him that takes consistency, time and discipline. We applaud their commitment to their fur kids to make a home that is full of unconditional love.

The latest update from Slate's family celebrates his graduation from puppy/beginner class. Bravo!! His parents sent this message along with his picture:

"Look how cute he is!! We love his looks and so does EVERYONE else. He's famoous at all the places we go. He's such a good boy. We joke and call him a LabriCAT...because he is such a lover and always wants to sit ON my lap."

These are heartwarming stories to read. We appreciate all our puppy parents do to make the lives of CaveInn puppies all they can be!

Mossy's Nino Update

Once again a heartwarming update from puppy parents. We never get tired of hearing from our parents near and far no matter how much time passes. Love seeing our puppies thrive!

Hi Penny and Joel,

I had a little extra time this morning so I thought I would send you a little update on Nino.

A couple weeks ago Kelsey and I were talking about how house training was going so well and he wasn't having any accidents but he wasn't letting us know when he needed to go outside. We talked about training options on how we were going to teach him how to communicate that too us. A couple hours after our discussion he wandered to the door and waited there for us to take him outside. And he has been going to the door ever since. It amazes us how smart he is. He catches on to everything so quick and seems to remember everything.

He has now started hiding bones around the house. We will think a bone we gave him is gone and it will show back up a couple days or a week later. He is growing like crazy overnight and was 21 lbs at his last vet visit for some shots.

He loves going on his nightly walks. On our walks he loves to smell everything, be very observant, and makes sure to walk through any puddle of water he can find.

Everyone comments on how handsome of a puppy is he. We couldn't agree more. He is so sweet to anyone that approaches him to give him some attention and he loves it.

We can't thank you both enough for everything you did. Not just breeding amazing puppies but what you do even after they are born before they go to their forever home.

Josh

 

The more we see our charcoal puppies grow, the more we love the color. I've often said that we are color blind as we truly love all colors of purebred Labradors, but the charcoal is so very unique each time we get an update.

The photo on the right looks like it could be a painting....hmmm not a bad idea!

Mossy's Jax

Mossy and Robin have the most laid back, obedient puppies. As Miss Mossy relaxes and enjoys the pack until next year, we will enjoy every update we receive from parents.

 

 

Happy Wednesday!

As I type this Jax is sleeping on my lap. 🐾

We took him to the vet for his 12 week check up and he weighs a healthy 25 pounds! People just gush about how handsome he is and we can't get over how big his heart is and how fast he catches on.

He knows how to sit, shake, and lay down on command. We are working on stay and come, and he gets better every day. We hung some bells by our door and he lets us know every time he needs to go outside by ringing the bells with his little nose. He is very observant and loves to be right at our feet. At night, he walks right into his crate and goes to sleep. He has been sleeping through the night for a while now, and we love waking up to his happy, smiley face.

We can't get over how perfect he is! You both have done a wonderful job breeding smart, healthy pups and we are so grateful to have Jax. Thank you! I have included some pictures, he is growing like a weed.

Erik and Lindsey

Mossy's Boji aka Sam

So great to hear from new parents and know our puppies are settling in so nicely! Thank you Kayla!

 

Hi Joel & Penny!

We just wanted to tell you guys how happy we are with choosing Cave Inn as our breeder! The entire experience with you guys from filling out the puppy reservation form, to keeping us updated on social media and finally, picking up Boji was nothing short of perfect. Zach and I talk about all the time how you can totally tell our dog came from a quality place. Before I got a puppy people warned me "you won't sleep for weeks" "having a lab puppy was worse than any of my kids when they were babies" "labs are extremely hyperactive until about age 4 then they calm down"...but Boji has proved everyone wrong. He has the best temperament, follows commands, can walk on a leash, is fully potty trained and crate trained and is only 10 weeks! We could go on and on forever about how perfect we think he is but I'll just stop there ;) Again, we just wanted to thank you for such an awesome experience and such an awesome lab. 


Ps- we have already been talking about purchasing another lab from you guys!


Merry Christmas from Junebug

This was a special greeting from a Pidge puppy. June was the only silver female in the litter and also was the largest. When we talk about our extended fur family, we truly mean they are extended family. To hear from our parents at this busy time of year is such a blessing. All we ever hope for!

(Check out our Facebook page for the video!)

 

Hi Penny and Joel!

We wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and tell you  June is doing great!  She is a very happy dog.  She spends many of her days running and playing with her friends outside at Doggie Daycare.  They tell us she is the most friendly, well behaved dog and is often their chosen "training" dog for new pups that are just learning to socialize.

She still loves chasing bugs and stealing slippers.  June has also developed a funny quirk that we have never really figured out.....she always, always walks backwards into the bedroom.  We attached the video and some other Christmas pictures for you.  

Thanks for giving us such a wonderful family member, she's just the best.

Kallie and Andy

Oliver Retrieving Machine

We love to hear about the success that our puppies and parents enjoy working in the field. Oliver is a puppy from our Chocolate girl Rayne. He was born in July of 2013 and has grown into a beautiful Lab! Although we like to hear that our puppies have turned out great, we only do the first part of the work. Good breeding is the beginning, what parents do with training and working with their puppy is the rest of the story. Great job to Tyler and Steph!

Hey, it was opening weekend of pheasant season this weekend so we took Steph out with Oliver to get her some shots. Oliver is a retrieving machine! I guide for Safari Iowa so he has had plenty of practice this year already but it was nice for him to be able to do some work (play to him) for us.

He has really turned into a great dog!

Tyler

Payton aka Maple

Every time puppies go home we find ourselves thinking about the parents and puppies very much. The first few weeks with a new puppy is a challenge. It is heartwarming to receive messages like the onw from Dylan below. Dylan is a first time puppy parent and is up for the challenge and ready to take on each day with his little girl. Thank you Dylan for you words!

Penny and Joel,

I want to thank you guys both so much. Being my first puppy I had a lot of unknowns going into the process and even though I did a lot of reading and research nothing compared to all the help you guys provided. Most important, I couldn't have asked or expected a better home for Payton to be raised in during the first couple weeks. It was clear to me, and very early on, that you guys were doing this for the right reasons and you thoroughly care about the dogs, you're not just breeding to breed. I just thought you should know that, I tried to give you a great review on Facebook but I didn't see where I could do that. I do want you to know you definitely have my recommendation and I have already had a few people ask about Payton and her whereabouts and I have sent them your information! Thanks again!

Dylan

Carrot Treats for Stella

When I read this update from Nic & Abby I had to go back and check Stella's birth date because I couldn't believe this Pidge and Myles baby girl will be 2 this August! I was very interested in what they are giving her for treats - carrots! I think this is a great idea and plan to visit with Dr. Keller this week about adding the fresh treat for our Labs.

A side note regarding food and allergies:  not all foods are right for all dogs. We choose Life's Abundance to give our Labs and puppies the best possible fresh ingredients and nutrition. There are many good foods and we realize not all dogs are good with one food.

 Hi Penny,

I have been meaning to send you an update on Stella (which is long overdue) but I finally remembered today. I have included some pictures of her for you.

Abby and I love Stella, we could not be any happier. She is a funny dog, I can tell you that – but we love her quirky personality. She loves being around other dogs and goes to a doggy day camp twice a week. She also spends a lot of time with my parents lab Maggie. We got her an antler chew this winter than she never puts down. 

We did figure out last fall that Stella seems to have some kind of food allergy. We changed her over to limited ingredient/grain free salmon & potato dog food. Since then, all of her skin problems and ear infections have gone away and her coat is beautiful…she seems a lot happier as well. As you will see in one of the pictures included, the vet recommended we give her carrots as treats due to her allergy – she goes crazy every time she hears that bag open now. 

As I said, we couldn’t be any happier with Stella, she is awesome. We have talked a little bit recently about possibly adding another dog to the family, we aren’t ready just yet but we will definitely come to you when we are. Thanks Penny!

-Nic & Abby

I am Kimber!

Some weeks the more we post updates from our parents the more updates we receive! We love that our parents continue to connect with us and share their family with us and our followers. Kimber is almost 9 months old and favors her mom Pidge tremendously. Kimber has a beautiful Weimaraner big sister named Charlee that has been trying to teach her the way of the world. Here is the update from Kimber's parents:


Hi Penny,

I wanted to send you a few pics of Kimber.  She still is a very independent,  strong willed dog (which we love).  She doesnt look like she has grown (height wise) since she was 4-5 months old, so we call her our little mini.  When you look at her face, she has an old set of eyes and when you mix that with her spunk....you cant help but laugh!!

She still loves to chase Charlee around outside, even though she cant catch her.  Kimber has learned to gauge Charlee movements and attack her when she comes back around.  Since we moved, Kimber is all about her tummy being rubbed!  She still doesnt like to be man handled but she loves to lay on the Ottoman and get her tummy rubbed.

Again we cant thank you enough for her, as she was the perfect addition to our family!!!  Hope all is well

Traci

Truman Update

Truman is a Pidge x Myles puppy that has a very defining look. The way his fur formed almost a colic up his nose was so cool. We received an update from his family this week and look at how he has grown! He still has avery distinct and handsome look about him.

Hi,
 
I thought I'd send you an update on Truman at 5 months of age.  He is doing great.  He's so easy to work with... it's amazing.
 
He's been fishing and sleeps in the boat.  He learned every command so easily (Sit, stay, down, come, fetch, heal).  He's gone to softball and soccer with the kids and is so good.  He lets everyone pet him, even little kids with no issues.  He has never been afraid of noises.  We've done gun training and he doesn't mind at all.  When retrieving in the water, he holds it until we ask him to drop.  He never drops it to shake getting out of the water.   He is super soft mouthed too.
 
At the kids events, we've been asked (jokingly) if we drug him, since he's so calm and behaved.
 
From what we saw when we picked him up, he is a perfect mix of mom and dad.
 
Hope all is well.  I love seeing the pics on Facebook of the new puppies.  Too cute. 
 
Scott, Barb, Julia and Matt

Tug's Great Prize Find

We are avid shed hunters and take many of our Labs to the woods and fields at this time of year to begin the search for the prize shed antlers. This update from a puppy family was heartwarming to say the least as one of Sage's pups has proved himself in the field this season:

 

Check out what Tuggy found yesterday!!!!! I know I have said this many, many times to you, but wow what a great dog he is and always has been! We absolutely love him and couldn't imagine our family without him. Roger takes him everywhere-today he spent the afternoon with him and his dad and uncles--Roger's dad turned 90 today. My in-laws are not house dog people, but Tuggy does great--such good manners and laid back personality. Thank you for all you do to raise such good "children"!! It is appreciated.

Timi

Ike's Busy Winter

Ike is one of Rayne x Myles 2012 litter. He was with us when Moon and Mossy first arrived. It was particularly sad to see him fly home...but what a wonderful adventure life is for Ike and his family. Here's an update with some great photos. Thank you Dave!

 

Penny:  Hope you're doing well!!!

We are so happy to have Ike as a member of our family.  He has been busy the past couple ofmonths.  Christmas was a fantastic time,with lots of new people to meet and many new toys and treats to enjoy. 

Snow was also very new. Kind of scary at first, but then LOT’s of fun.

Ike is very social, and we take him with us wherever we go.  He really likes to go to the gym with me and interact with all of my friends.  My son, Gus, also enjoys introducing Ike to his friends from school.

We had a short respite from the winter weather recently, and had the opportunity to try swimming for the first time.  No coaxing was needed - he didn’t hesitate at all; and just ran right in.  Of course,chasing the nearby geese was also fun…

Ike is growing like a weed, and is now almost 60lbs.  He’s getting really big.

I need to buy stock in the company that sells antlers.  They are, by far, his favorite treat and pastime.  He just loves them.

We enjoy reading about the escapades of his littermates.  So much fun.     

-Dave

Stella aka Mandy (Pidge's puppies)

Hi Penny,

Abby and I wanted to give you an update on Stella.  It has been almost 2 weeks since we picked her up (but seems like longer).  She is doing great!  She is a very sweet puppy, but she does have an attitude when she wants to.  She is already house trained and using bells on the door to go out as she needs, and she has learned to “sit”…we are continuing to work with her on additional commands, but she is picking things up very quickly.  She is also very curious when we are outside and when she comes across new things or places in our house.

We haven’t weighed her since her initial vet visit a few days after we picked her up, but she appears to be growing pretty quickly…everyone comments on the size of her paws.  She has been eating very well and loves the Life’s Abundance food and training treats. 

 

Her “adult” coat is starting to come in mainly along her back.  Her eyes have started to change color and are now more of a silver or steel color…we are not sure if they will stay that color but she is very beautiful!  We are so happy to have her…you guys did a great job!  I have attached a few pictures as well.  We will continue to send updates as she grows up.

Be well,

Nic, Abby and Stella