We are very proud of our puppies all grown up! Our customers give us never ending compliments about their pups from us. Many are repeated customers. We are happy to give out names and email info from our very satisfied owners upon request!
March 2017 - Hi Karen,It’s been a while since we spoke. This past January Catie turned 5 years old she has as much energy today as the day we took her home, she is so smart and attentive and was so easy to train to commands. She gets nothing but compliments from everyone whether on a walk or out in the fields. She is a real social buttery loves everyone. We just would like to thank you again for bringing this young lady into our lives. She came from great stock Ruger and Sky. You have the talent and care to produce such great dogs and also many become champions.
Lena/O'Reilly Pups - Hi Karen! I hope you are doing well! I wanted to share a few pictures and videos with you of Tucker (green collar) and Gunner (blue collar). I can't believe they are already 9 months old! I had Tuck at the vet last week and he weighed in at 75 lbs. He is just the sweetest boy and SO full of energy. I took him to a dog park with a lake this past weekend to swim. It was the first time since I moved from Georgia in April that he's been able to swim. He just loved it!! Take care! Courtney
It’s hard to believe our little guy is 6 months old already. Here are some updated pictures of Brody, who is getting close to 70 pounds. He’s definitely going to be a big dog, which I love! Our vets office make a major fuss over him, they refer to him as the precious boy! You picked a wonderful dog to breed with Lena. The pictures of Brody don’t even do him justice, he is sooo handsome (I am his mother, so I may be a bit biased haha). He is so sweet, extremely smart, and has a great personality. My husband and I don’t hunt, but my dad did and he was thrilled to see his instincts kick in when he started walking a field. Brody is my first male lab, after having three females growing up, I would get another male in a heartbeat, he is such a cuddler and excellent with other dogs and especially babies. The one picture is him laying with my parents dog (for Josie and Ruger’s litter) – she is very patient with her constant shadow. Thank you so much for providing us with an amazing addition to our family. I can’t get enough of him! Holly and Cole Weaver
Ruger/Jocie Litter Karen, Well it’s been an interesting year. Rosie started off just like I had hoped. She liked pheasant wings 2 weeks after she came home!! She was introduced to pigeons at 5 mo’s. Pheasants and chukars at 8 mo’s and her first duck at 9mo’s. This dog has impressed some of the most hard core hunters at my hunt club. Incredible willingness to learn, and calm and steady in the blind. Her highest complement was from a guy who said “I have hunted with a lot of dogs thru the years and I have never seen one as well behaved as Rosie”. Her last hunt of the season in Maryland is the picture I am sending you. She made her first water retrieve that day on a goose that was still alive. Needless to say I felt sorry for the goose. When Rosie is on game she is all “business”. Thanks for an incredible pup who is on her way to being my best bud!!! Still “loving her”! Stan
Ruger/Jocie Litter Hi Karen, We just wanted to send you a
note to thank you again for Hazel. She is growing so fast and she is so
beautiful! We get compliments all the time on how gorgeous her coat is and how
sweet she is, and we can't thank you enough. She is learning so fast, she knows
so many commands already and housebreaking her was easy because she already
knew to go right to the door. We took her out to a field yesterday just to get
used to being in a field and she is soooo good. She stays right with us and is
so eager to please and get the birds! We recommend you to everyone we know
looking for a great dog!
Good Morning Karen, We have named the pup...Blitz. He is such a joy and starting to come out of his shell. He just loves to be loved and wants anyone and everyone to pet him. Well here is a picture of us three in front of the tree. Thank you so much for such a joyful dog. His eyes are just so cool!! Will be keeping in touch with you,enjoy the holiday season.
Jackie and Gerry
Ruger/Jocie Litter Hi Karen, With the litter's second birthday in just a few weeks, I wanted to send you another update on Java. She is an absolute joy! She has incredible drive when you want her to, but is calm and relaxed when appropriate. Java has become the biggest snuggler in the house. She has to be touching you when she sleeps. She has also found her sport: frisbees. She will do anything for a frisbee. She took first place in the first frisbee competition she entered. I also took her and Mocha hunting this year for pheasants. She shows excellent natural instincts in the field. The comments I receive about her are endless. She gets compliments about her looks, temperament, and behavior. Java will be taking her therapy dog test in February so she can come to office with me. My dental practice is mainly special needs patients, and a therapy dog has a calming effect. Not to mention, it will be awesome to have her with me at work! Thank you again. I only wish you would have more chocolate puppies. I am a chocolate lover, and am looking to add a puppy to family sometime next year. I have attached a few recent pictures for you.Laura B. Holena, DDS
Jocie/Ruger Litter Karen: We named our female Penny, official will
be Pennsylvania's Dakota Hunter. Penny weighed 26 pounds today. We
were working with a gourd for retrieving today. Very intelligent and loving
Craig H. - South Dakota
Jocie/Ruger Litter Dear Karen, I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your
help in bringing little Major (Maximus Major Rebel Force) into my life!!
He is a JEWEL! When I picked him up, I was amazed at how clean everything
was! I've raised puppies before and know how spectacular a clean
environment is for those little babies, and how much work that involves!
Major is so socialized! He loves to be held and really responds to
praise! What is truly unbelievable is how you had him practically HOUSE
TRAINED when I brought him home on his little 49th day! Soon as he
discovered where the door and his back yard are (his first day home!) he knew
that was the deal! I took him to the Vet for his little check up (thanks
for reminding me!) and the girls in the office wanted to keep him! He was
so calm and good! He just held up his little paws for his nail clipping,
didn't fuss when he got his shot, gave kisses freely, WHAT A SWEETIE!!! The Vet
assured me Major will grow into his feet and ears! His check up was
PERFECT! Also impressive, was the immaculate, complete set of records
your sent us home with! I scanned them all and gave the Vet a copy...his
office couldn't believe it! I've bought precious little babies from some
wonderful breeders in the past, but I must say, you take the cake in every
department!!! It is obvious how much you love and care for these little
rascals! I saw you give little Major a kiss good bye when we left your
house. You even made sure his little green collar was on him just
right. You helped me arrange his little travel kennel in my car to be
sure he could see me when we were driving, you gave me a couple of days of his
food, and you even tossed in a couple of little knotted toys with his litter's
scent to keep him calm. HOW KIND AND THOUGHTFUL!!! I've never seen a more
caring, loving breeder! I will keep you updated on Major's
progress. He loves the beach and is getting pretty good on his leash (he
is a genius, you know)! He knows his name and already "sits"
and is pretty fearless (unless a vacuum is involved)! Thank you so very
much! You have provided me with my new best friend!
Warm Regards, Pamela, Atlantic Beach, NC
Sky/Ruger litter - Karen, A few pictures of Wrigley
at 10 weeks. Wrigley is coming along nicely, very intelligent with a great deal
of energy. Now weighs 20lbs. Great dog, really coming along quickly. Seems to love the snow in Maine. Thanks, Mike
Update: Wrigs is a great dog, maturing all the time and becoming more responsive and disciplined. Wrigley loves hiking in the Maine woods and swimming in the lakes. We love his energy, attitude and character.
Best Regards, Michael H. Cox, Ph.D., FACSM
Hi Karen! I wanted to send you an update on our Scout, our chocolate lab we adopted from you! He is doing wonderfully and we are just in love with him! He has adjusted well being in our home. He is one happy playful lab! His vet checks have gone well, he's as healthy as can be, he's up to 18.5lbs now, and eats like a champ! He is a smart little guy-knows his name, has learned "sit", here", "let's go" and has learned how to sit politely when waiting to be fed. He also responds well to "No." He gets along great with Koda, our shepherd. They play and rest together! Housebreaking is coming along. He absolutely loves attention from people, loves meeting new people. We would like to thank you for giving us such a wonderful pup!! He has quickly become a loved member of our family! Thanks Karen! Dan and Colleen
Hi Karen, Attached are a few pictures of Bear. He is so cute and we are all loving him so, so much. He is so smart and seems to be adjusting to our schedules really well. He sleeps all night already!! He went to the vet last week for a full check up and they took pictures of him for their website because they thought he was so cute. Had his second round of shots today and he is already 15 lbs. Thanks so much for such a wonderful puppy. We will send more pictures soon now that the weather is a little better. Rachel
- Hello Karen, I want to let you know that Gunner is doing great. I am impressed with both how quick he learns and his good temperament. While these are both qualities I expect in a Lab, Gunner is demonstrating he is exceptional in both regards. I was worried about housebreaking after moving him to a new home. This proved to be almost entirely a non-event. He has had a few small accidents but these were on the way out. He is now very good at letting me know when he needs to go (who is training who?) I have had to leave him for extended periods of time and these have been without incident. Thank you for the consideration in getting Gunner. He is going to turn out to be a great hunter and great family dog (he already accomplishes the latter.) Joe
Cooper is also on our homepage!!
We love Cooper so much! He's so smart and seems to be making good progress. He loves the snow, he shovels the driveway with me every day (lately.) He gives good puppy kisses. We take the dogs to PetSmart with us. People totally love Cooper. People have stopped me in the store to take pictures of him and want to ask where I got him. Commands he's got down: Sit, Here, Kennel, Outside, Drop, Down. I'm so proud of my little buddy. He's healthy, happy and adjusted to his new home very well. He's my new best friend. Can't wait for spring. Thanks, Jeff
Karen, I cannot thank you enough for Riley, she is amazing! She is very smart and has definitely become "Daddy's Girl"; we are enjoying every minute of it. I've attached a photo of her from about two weeks ago but she has grown a lot, she is over 20lbs already! She's doing well in her crate although we had to move it several places around the house before she was finally happy. Our other dog is doing pretty well with her, they play together and romp around the house. We can't wait until summer when we can take her to the beach and are even thinking about DockDogs. Again, we couldn't be happier and wanted to thank you again for our beautiful girl! Melissa and Bill
- Hi Karen, I have had a few Labs but so far none as smart and quick learning as this pup. He just wants to please. Crate trained first night, lots of crying but he is over it. Not afraid of anything so far, loves wings, chasing my chickens, running and exploring everything. My son named him Duke. Thank you very much, you have great dogs. John Picone
Hi, Just wanted to drop a line to say hello. I hope that you are doing
I wanted to take a minute today to pass along some pictures and comments. Ruger & Sky sure do know how to make a G R E A T puppy!
Thank you very much for providing such a beautifully bred, wonderfully tempered and extremely intelligent little girl. Tola has been an absolute joy. She is so intelligent it is scary!! She picks up on commands (both verbal and visual) very quickly and she has integrated into our household very well. Following are some photographs starting with the car ride home to Pittsburgh up to about one week ago. She slept a lot . . . in the beginning. She’s a lot more active now and weighs 49lbs. She’s an absolute joy. She’s become such a big part of our lives so very quickly. She gets many compliments from all of our visitors. You’re name is spreading around here in Western PA!
I’ll pass along more as she grows. We’re very pleased. Thanks again. Michael
Karen, well Otis is 5 months old now and has
been an absolute joy. He is extremely easy to train and listens
well. He looks forward to retrieving the paper for me each
morning. We take him swimming each weekend and will retrieve until he
can't stand up anymore. Although his mom makes him wear his life jacket
when he is in the water.
I hope all his brothers and sisters are doing well. Say hi to Ruger and Sky for him.
Duff is also on our homepage!
Karen, Duff is doing GREAT. Retrieving on land and in water, housebroken, and is socializing well with kids and other dogs. He's been retrieving birds, has been exposed to 12 gauge, knows his basic obedience. I started casting with hand signals. Hope all is well with you, thank you and Sky and Ruger for a great pup! Harry
Karen, here's Duff with his first birds (real retrieves). He retrieved these on water, not bad for 6.5 months. He's been taking hand casts since about 4.5 months, and should have been named "Drive". He's got a great temperament, loves people and other dogs. As you can see he's all legs and can run with my neighbor's English Pointer and Brittany (for a while at least). Forced fetching is next. I'm looking at hunt tests, but they are few and far between. We'll keep working and see how it goes. Thank you to you, Ruger, and Sky for a great pup! Harry
Miles is doing Great!! He is so handsome:) I can not believe that he is 4 months already. His training is going very well. I hope all of his brother and sisters are doing just as well. I will continue to update you. Emily
Hello Karen, I wanted to send you a picture of Miles I had done this weekend for the fall. He is great and as you can see by the picture VERY handsome:) Thanks again, Emily
Hi Karen: Here are a few pictures of Bailey on graduation day from puppy preschool. She is getting so big. The kids are having a blast with her. She is the cutest little dog in the world and soooo smart. I still get compliments from people on her color. She is sooo precious and getting so big. The kids are absolutely loving her. She is going to training classes and is ahead of the class. She is sooo smart but we learned very quickly she will do anything for a treat. Thank you again. I thought you would be interested in seeing "Sky's baby". Can't thank you enough for her. Mary
Dear Karen: Coal continues to be doing very well. He was at the Vet yesterday, and the Vet commented that he was very healthy and was very well maintained. He is sitting on command, most of the time, and he is working very well on the leash. He goes to work with me every day, and my staff really enjoy his company. Again, he is everything we could have hoped for and more. Now you can see why at times his nickname is "handsome". I know, when I look at his picture, it warms my heart too! Karen, I have had dogs all my life, but this one is pretty cool!
Thanks again for doing such a wonderful job! Pat, Pam and Coal
Dear Karen: This email is two-fold. First, Coal is doing great! He sits, stays, and goes down on command. He is staying for 45 seconds, and I increase stay longer each day. He is everything we could have dreamed for, and we are so happy we waited for him. He started swimming at 10 weeks and really enjoys his visits to the water. Housebreaking was very easy thanks to the good start he had. He has been going to work with me, and every one at work loves him.
The second reason I am emailing you is to let you know that my sister Val will be looking for a Lab. My sister lost her lab last Saturday. She was 11 years old, and had major surgery two years ago. I thought maybe a pup from Sky would be something for her to consider. I really want her to get a lab from good breeding, and I know you do everything right. Don't be afraid to send photos of Sky and Ruger to her, she would really enjoy it. Karen, any time you need a reference or if anyone wants to see Coal, Pam and I would be happy to show him to anyone. I get it all the time, everyone who first meets Coal first comments how calm he is, and without prompting, they immediately say something about his coat.
Thanks again for everything. Pat D.
My name is Patty O’Brien. We spoke over the summer when you referred me to Sharon Valentino, owner of Lady. We visited Lady and Ruger’s puppies and fell in love with a black female who we call “Winter.” I wanted to tell you what an amazing puppy she is! We have had 5 labs over the past 20 years and she is the smartest, most obedient, most pleasant puppy we have ever had!
She is 4 months old and weight 40 lbs. She was the largest pup in the litter. Our vet is Dr. Frank Abel who owns Willow Run Vet Clinic in Willow Street. He is very impressed with Winter and has assured us that we have an amazing dog!
Winter accepted the crate immediately and learned about the invisible fence in one day. We have a 7-year-old yellow lab who is teaching Winter how to be a well-mannered lab.
Besides being a smart dog, she is beautiful! Her coat is like velvet and she has the most amazing face.
We would love for you to see her some time. We live in Quarryville so it would be easy for us to drop by.
Thanks again for this most amazing animal!
References sent to potential customers from happy puppy owners!!
We are very pleased with our beautiful yellow lab puppy "Suki" and our experience with Karen at Lamborn's Labs. Jocie, Ruger and Sky, are in large dog pens on a nice wooded lot. The dogs are all well taken care of, and very athletic and attractive labs. Karen is a very nice honest breeder who takes wonderful care of the puppies and is great about sending updates, pictures and inviting visits during the pups' early weeks.
Suki is healthy and has a wonderful temperament. She sits on command and comes when called and did so right from the start. She was house trained after about 2 weeks and hasn't had an accident since (3 more weeks). She is great in her crate and never messes in her crate. Suki also learned to retrieve the newspaper from the end of a long driveway on the first day home - amazing! At 13 weeks Suki weighs just under 30 pounds and is active, fun and adorable! Good luck with your future puppy, Barbara
We picked up Coal from Karen on June 26th. I took him to the Vet, and without prompting the Vet without knowing the pup's background, stated to me that the pup was very well maintained. We have Coal now for five weeks. He is now 30 lbs. He learned to sit and stay his first week, and it took him a week to learn down. He is doing well on his leash. Karen moved the pups to a back Kennel at 5 or 6 weeks and this was extremely helpful. Coal has only made about a handful of mistakes in the house, and he has been the easiest dog so far to housebreak. I work for a municipal water company, and Coal immediately started to go to work with me. Everyone comments on his temperment and coat.
Coal is not high strung. So far, his conformation is excellent. I plan on starting formal training next month with him.
Coal will be our third Lab. If you are looking for an excellent all around dog that can be used for hunting or just a good companion, stop looking. Make time to go see Jocie and Ruger, you won't be sorry. We had to wait six months, and I am so happy we waited.
Any questions, please feel free to email me.