Dear Tait Family-
Just want to send
you a greeting from one of your girls. And who
is now our favorite girl!! Izzo is just a
peach. Very calm, sweet and very smart! She is
just a delight to our entire family, and those
that meet her comment on her beautiful
temperament and how sweet she is (and calm for
being 4 1/2 months old!). Thank you all so much
for the great start that she received. Enjoy the
picture of our girl up north at the lake
(definitely a water dog...just loves it!).
Andrew, Max and Sam Rennaker
Thought I would send you a picture of Cooper. He got to
carry around his
first duck today and now I can barely keep him inside. All he wants to do
is carry around the wings we saved for him. He is a great pup. My son
absolutely adores him and he has fit right into the household.
Regards, Jim and Chris Ruder
If you're looking to add a Lab puppy to your family then
there is absolutely, positively no one else to call but Andrea and Kevin
Tait - PERIOD.
I only make this statement with such bold confidence
because my husband Jim and I have had the great pleasure of raising 6
children and 7 dogs. Yes, that's right, 30 years of raising kids and
dogs!!!!! In that time, believe it or not, we HAVE learned a thing or
two. Whenever you have 2 or 3 dogs at a time along with 6 kids, you
either sink or swim!!! Our youngest daughter Julie is in love with Labs. Last
winter Jim and I agreed that Julie could have her beloved Chocolate Lab.
I spotted Kevin and Andrea's ad in the South Haven Trib. Chocolate Labs
were available for Christmas. The problem for us was that it was the
middle of Winter and we thought training a new puppy would be far easier
in the spring. I called Andrea and was delighted to learn that, indeed,
they were planning to have puppies come spring. What followed can only
be described as good old fashioned kindness and great character from
Andrea and Kevin. As soon as they were positive that the puppies were on
the way, Julie received a call from Andrea. We had many conversations in
which, little by little, each and every one of my questions about Labs
in general were answered completely and in terms that both Julie and I
Julie's puppy was due in April. By that time we knew all
there was to know about Precious, the mother and Steamer, the father to
be. Imagine my surprise when the phone rang in the afternoon on April
20th and it was Andrea with the good news. The puppies had come into the
world!!! Andrea asked for Julie and told her that she had something for
her to listen to------Julie's eyes were like saucers and twinkled with
joy as she heard some of the very first cries and whines and squeaks
coming from the new born puppies------and one of them was destined to be
her loving companion!! We went to Michigan to pick up Achilles 6 weeks later. By
that time we already knew a bit about the personality of our new
addition, thanks, again to the Taits. I was very impressed with the love and care that Kevin,
Andrea and their family give to their dogs and puppies. They interact
with each and every one of their charges. The dogs and their litters are
an extension of their family. When they call to the puppies, each comes
running, bouncing and wobbling---so full of love and excitement. There
is pure joy on the faces of both the puppies and the Taits!!!
Achilles is the love of our life! He was so easy to
train, with plenty of chew toys he has not tried to chew anything in our
home. Achilles has a loving and kind temperament that is constantly
tested by our teacup Yorkie, Sasha. Sasha is probably 4 pounds soaking
wet----just the tiniest little dog, she's 6 years old and thinks she
rules the roost. She nips Achilles nose, takes his food and treats and
steals every one of his toys from him. Achilles is always so gentle and
kind to her. He even sits back like a gentleman and waits for her to
finish eating HIS food, then and only then does he step forward and
eat. (wouldn't Sasha be surprised if she ever realized that SHE could be
Achilles dinner if he was so inclined!) It's the sweetest thing to see
how he cares for this little stinker. In fact since Achilles has been
with Sasha from the time he was just 6 weeks old, we're convinced that
he must think he's a Yorkie too. At 94 pounds and not quite a year old,
I don't think so!!!
Achilles is in perfect health and the vet always
complements us on his beautiful, glossy coat and stature. He is
so loving, kind and totally devoted to each of us just as we are to him.
He is extremely bright and intelligent, learning and mastering a
dozen or so commands. While in Michigan for the Holidays, we made it a point to
bring Achilles to see the Taits. Needless to say, they were thrilled to
see him 81 pounds and 7 months later. Judging from his reaction, I think
it's safe to say that Achilles felt the same way. Never, in all the years we have been raising kids and
dogs, have we had a more positive experience than in our contact with
the Taits. Our oldest son and his wife are getting ready to pick up a
new lab puppy from the Taits. And, of course, our daughter Julie now
wants a Lab in each color!! I encourage you to give them a call, you won't find this
level of commitment to quality and love for their dogs and
puppies anywhere else----PERIOD!!!!!
Thanks Kevin, Andrea, Spencer, Genesis and
Vaughn-----from our heart to yours.
Jim, Debbie, Jena and Julie Latuszek
awfully nice of you to give us the best dog in the world! He's awesome!
Besides being an excellent retriever he and our son are best friends. He's
also a fantastic guardian. The air-conditioning guy came to our house
recently and Charlie parked himself right in between him and Nathan and I.
He wasn't aggressive but he made it clear why he had put himself there. Our
neighbors have told Matt that they have never seen such an obedient dog.
He's also enormous! We weighed him last weekend and he was 56 lbs! He weighs
twice as much as Nathan and still has another year or so to grow! He found
an old gardening glove in our backyard and that is his "security blanket."
He certainly has a "wuss" side to him :o) but that's what we love. He's just
the best. Thanks again. The VanDyken's
(Matt, Becki, and Nathan)
Hi Andrea and
This is Kristen and Bryan Pitsch...we bought Cayenne (now Avery) from you in
late March. We are so happy with her! She loves attention, going
for walks and runs, playing with the neighbor dogs, playing fetch with
Bryan, going swimming...the list goes on and on! She loves being
outside in the grass, but has also become accustomed to a few favorite spots
in the house to nap. She still has a little puppy spunk in her, but
overall is a fairly calm dog. She is exactly what we wanted in a lab
and can't remember what life was like without her!!! We have attached
some recent pictures. Anyway, as she is getting closer to her 1st birthday,
we remember that you had requested that we do a preliminary OFA exam at age
1. Was this for hips and elbows, or just hips? Also, after this
is done through our vet, do we just send the results to your vet? Our
vet's office will only send the x-rays with a signed consent form, but the
x-rays have to be sent back since they are hospital property. We still
have about 2
months, but as I was thinking about it, I thought that I would ask ahead of
time. Summer goes so quickly! Well, if you could get back to us
regarding those questions, that would be great! Thanks a lot!-Kristen,
Bryan, and Avery:)
We love our new pup from Andrea and
Kevin, and they even came to visit when we got paranoid over a little bit of
whining. They have been awesome to work with and our puppy is in perfect
health... just got checked out two days ago.
Sincerely, Brent, Emily, Noah,
and Zion Bittenbender
I thought you would like to see how
Jasmine is doing. She is 100% healthy and seems to think Velvet is her mom.
Sometimes I believe Velvet thinks it's her puppy too! But either way they are
extremely happy when they get time together and I couldn't possibly be happier
myself. Thanks for a perfect puppy!
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