Shipping: SSK will provide airfare, safe transportation and delivery to the airport, health certificate, airline shipping kennel and flight scheduling for $400.00, inclusive.
SSK - will provide de-worming, micro-chipping, dew claw removal and first vaccination without additional charge.
Pricing: SSK offers all its Charcoal and Silver puppies, with Full AKC Registration, for $1,500.00. All other coat colors priced individually.
Deposits: $200.00 and is fully refundable (up until whelp) - less service charges by PayPal, if applicable (generally applies when a cancellation occurs after thirty days).
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WE'VE GOT NEWS !!
REBA'S pregnancy was CONFIRMED today!
We don't know how many pups that she may be carrying, but we do know that the March 19th 'TCI' (fiber optic cysto-urethoscope) insemination from Otis was successful. We expect Reba to whelp on or about May 21st.
We regret to say it, but we are unable at this time to accept any further deposits - Reba, Stella and Sasha are each fully reserved. Should reservations change, we will immediately announce such.
1. We received some disappointing news this week - Gypsy is not pregnant after all. She is expected to come back into heat between now and the end of June. She appears perfectly healthy and will be given another opportunity to 'step up to the plate' as soon as she is ready - we are looking at either Zeke or Otis being the batter on deck. We regret to advise that we are not accepting further deposits on this litter at this time.
2. Reba was successfully bred with Otis on the 19th via 'TCI' (fiber optic cysto-urethoscope) - - she simply won't let him near her (smart girl?). Should be a good-looking group of pups! We regret to advise that we are not accepting further deposits on this litter at this time.
SSK is reserving its option to select the first female for future breeding from this litter.
3. Stella is now expected to come into heat in April at which time she will again be bred with her long-time mate Otis - no reason to change what's perfect! We regret to advise that we are not accepting further deposits on this litter at this time.
4. Sasha is expected to be bred with Otis in late June; she will whelp silver and/or charcoal pups. We regret to advise that we are not accepting further deposits on this litter at this time.
Our beautiful charcoal female is anticipated to be bred in early June to Otis. As you can see from below, Sasha's last litter produced both spectacular silver and charcoal pups. We regret to advise that we are not accepting further deposits on this litter at this time.
So Long for Now . . .
Well - all 12 of us have found new, wonderful homes; so, it's time for Mom to take a well-deserved rest - she will see you again next year!
Some of Sasha's beautiful work:
7 Weeks of Age
We wanted to
share a wonderful picture with you - this young man's name is Colyn -
he saved his money and paid for this puppy himself - named him 'Crash' -
the joy and happiness in his face is unmistakable - as they say, priceless!
SSK intends to keep the spirit and beauty of Dee Dee a part of our kennel. We are proud to introduce a beautiful little girl with a very large name - Dee Dee's daughter - Silver Spoon's Dee Dee Darci Delight!
We look forward to Darci following in her Mom's footsteps and producing many gorgeous silver Lab pups!
Stella is Back!
Stella is being bred once again to Otis, we believe in April, although her cycle is somewhat unpredictable.
NOTE: It is our current plan to breed Stella one last time in 2015 prior to her retirement. She will at that time, if all remains the same, be bred once again with Otis. We are accepting deposits on this spectacular girl's last litter at this time.
SSK reserves its option to exercise first selection for a female pup from this litter for future kennel development.
Some of Stella's beautiful work from her second litter:
Reba will be bred with Otis tomorrow. Should be a good-looking group of pups! We regret to advise that we are not accepting further deposits on this litter at this time.
We are proud to introduce Gypsy, the off-spring of our full silver, Reba, and our 'white', AKC Yellow, Jack. Gypsy is one of nine black, silver-factored
pups [Genotype: EeBbDd], whelped to Reba on March 1, 2012, for the
exclusive purpose of creating 'an improvement line,' in an effort to
bring some of Jack's gorgeous, block conformation and wonderfully sweet
disposition into SSK's future silver Labs. We are very excited by what
we see in Gypsy and believe her mating with Otis or Zeke is a very good step in
reaching our intended goals.
Gypsy is expected to come back into heat sometime between now and June.
NOTE: SSK will exercise its option for the first two silver and/or charcoal females from this litter (all silvers and charcoal pups
will be offered for $1,500.00 and all other pups $650.00, with Full AKC registration). All warranties and guarantees apply to each pup.
We are not accepting deposits at this time on this litter.
OTIS - is our 'stud in residence' - a powerfully built, extremely fast retriever with a wonderful, muscular conformation. He loves to retrieve as much underwater as upon land. He has developed into an exceptionally reliable stud that produces large litters and 'drop-dead' gorgeous pups.
double click to enlarge:
ZEKE - This big guy has fence posts for front legs and paws
to match - he is going to go 90 lbs or better at maturity - what a
sweetie pie! Zeke will one day soon, charm the kennel - starting with Dee Dee!
Why choose Silver Spoon Kennel?
Silver Spoon Kennel is built on one simple concept: spoil 'em rotten. We believe that we have the best dogs and they thereby deserve the best. We treat our dogs to the best diet available (insert shameless plug here) and treat them better than ourselves!!
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A Nice Letter
Once in awhile, someone takes a moment from their very important day to say thank you - here is such a someone and their moment:
"To Silver Spoon Kennel (SSK)
writing this letter in support of SSK and their wonderful, beautiful dogs. My
name is Nancy and I live in Baltimore, MD. When you visit SSK’s website and
they state “best of the best” they are not exaggerating. I have owned labradors
for the past 30 years. My children (Alex, 24 and Annie 23) have grown up with a
black lab by their side. We ventured into chocolate labs about 10 years ago and
have also breed our field trial champion twice.
When I discovered SSK and silver labs, I was hooked.
My daughter was getting ready to graduate from
college and wanted a pup for graduation, to move with her to start the next
chapter of her life. And of course it had to be lab. I sent her a photo of the silver pups from
the SSK website and she fell in love. I
called Earl and from our first conversation I knew he was a breeder that I
would like to deal with. The litter we
wanted had been sold out and we had to wait about 6 months for the next
litter. It was worth the wait.
Earl is nothing short of amazing. He is
always available by email and is able to address all concerns. Earl made us feel prepared for our new
arrival. Earl is so fun to talk to and always in a great mood. SKK organized
the flight, vaccinations and micro chipping.
We are now on our 4th month with our
little bundle of joy and not a day goes by that someone doesn’t stop us to
remark on what a gorgeous, healthy, and intelligent dog we have. I highly
recommend Silver Spoon Kennels and cannot stress enough how pleased we are with
You get what you pay for and SSK gives
you your money’s worth. We will be returning to SSK for our second silver
Labrador puppy in the near future!
If you have any questions I urge you to
reach out to Earl. If you are interested
in a puppy get your deposit in early, SSK litters sells out fast.
I think I might start an Earl/SSK
We try to continue Earl’s motto
and spoil ‘em rotten.
"To all Silver Spoon Kennel Prospective Buyers:
I am writing this letter in support to all those interested
in purchasing a stunning Labrador Retriever from SSK. My name is Andrew, and I
live on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia Canada. I first stumbled
upon SSK’s website while researching the ‘best of the best’ in terms of silver
Labs. We initially were interested in a chocolate puppy, but once we discovered
the silvers we were hooked. I spent many an hour researching who had the finest
reputation, and although there were breeders far closer and cheaper, we decided
to go with the best – SSK. We originally put a deposit down based on falling in
love with the pictures of the parent dogs but to our dismay the planned
breeding was postponed almost a full year after we had decided on getting a
puppy (mommy didn’t go into heat). Are we glad we waited!
The breeder (Earl) was nothing short of amazing in his
ability to address our concerns and make us feel prepared for our new arrival.
SKK organized the flight(s), vaccinations, and micro chipping with the level of
proficiency expected of a kennel with such a glowing reputation.
We are now into our 3rd month with our little bundle of joy
and not a day goes by that someone doesn’t stop us to remark on what a gorgeous,
healthy, and intelligent dog we have. I cannot stress enough how pleased we are
with our experience with Silver Spoon Kennel, and I highly recommend them as
the perfect place to usher in your new family member.
In this world you get what you pay for. You may find cheaper
puppies out there, but I guarantee the quality you receive will not rival SSK’s
Labradors. The breeding stock coupled with the insights of their very
knowledgeable breeders makes for an easy and reassuring purchasing process. I
will 100% be returning to SSK to help welcome in our second silver Labrador
puppy in the near future!
If you have any questions I urge you to reach out to Earl
and ask – my interactions with him were not only informative but also highly
enjoyable. I am also available as a resource (however biased I now am) and Earl
can pass on my contact details if so requested.
Yours in puppy love,
In behalf of Silver Spoon Kennel and myself, thank you, Andrew.
What about dog food?
It's an important question. You can learn a great deal
by taking just a moment to look at and understand the ingredients
packaging label on your bag of dry dog food.
Start with this - the higher up the ingredient appears on the label, the
more of that ingredient is contained in the food - most of your dog's
food will be composed of the first few ingredients on the list - so it
is important to know - what are they?
Natural ingredients, with no preservatives or by-products - fruits
such as apples, blueberries, carrots and cranberries all have benefits
for your dog - in addition to adding a more natural flavor and sweetness
than other additives. Even certain vegetable and tubers get the
'good nod' - sweet potato, yucca and spinach. DHA - an Omega-3 fatty
acid that boosts development of brain cells; Flaxseed - which promotes a
healthy digestive system; Kelp - provides fiber and iodine; and,
Probiotics - strengthens the digestive system and provides natural
antibiotics to boost your dog's immune system. All Good!
Avoid at all costs anything, where possible, that is labeled as "by-products" -
these are ingredients that are created from waste parts in the
butchering process. These parts contain no muscle tissue, and are
classified as unfit for human consumption. Meat by-products are things such as lungs, liver, stomach and even bone.
If an ingredient label lists any kind of 'by-product' as one of its first three ingredients - avoid it!
It is best to avoid any product listed as 'artificial' whether it is coloring or flavoring. Also avoid fillers
- parts with little to no nutritional value - these are generally added
to foods to increase packaging weight or volume. Common fillers
include soybean, flour, wheat middlings,wheat gluten and corn meal
Try to purchase dry dog food with as little to no sweeteners or sugar as
possible - these sugars might appear on the ingredients list as 'cane
sugar, high-fructose corn syrup - they might taste good, but they can
greatly compromise the health and longevity of your dog.
Most of the 'holistic' dog foods today, meet the necessary ingredient requirements that we recommend - they start with actual meat - duck, lamb, fish, chicken and beef - all good! (chicken meal is fine - chicken by-product is NOT).
We Have Changes to Recommend
We have found through trial and error that many holistic brand 'puppy' foods are too rich for the digestive systems of young pups, and oftentimes causes diarrhea. This continues to be a challenge, as we no longer recommend Purina Puppy Chow because it has added 'color' to their kiblets - an unnecessary dye product. We are returning to Fromm Gold Formula for Large Breed Puppy, a holistic brand, but this is simply personal preference, and has proven to be too rich in the past - so, we will be doing some experimenting ourselves.
At present, we do not have a single recommendation that will work for every pup - it is going to require some experimentation to see what brand provides the healthiest diet, the least diarrhea and at an affordable budget for each owner. When possible, we continue to recommend holistic brands with 'large breed puppy' formulas, for the first 3-5 months, and to then transition into the 'large breed' adult formulas.
We continue to support and recommend holistic brands for adults - our current preference is Fromm Gold Formula for Large Breed. Three and one-half to four cups a day is appropriate (if using 3 servings - 1.5 cups in the morning, 1 cup at noon and 1.5 cups in the evening). The pup will normally wean itself from the noon feeding (use 3.5 to 4 cups as a general measure for total intake volume, raising or lowering caloric intake depending on level of activity and whether weight is staying stable). If weight is increasing too rapidly, reduce the quantity of food by one-half cup - this is going to be a variable amount depending upon the activity level and metabolism of your individual pup.
Just a reminder - there are plenty of lethal dangers to your new puppy and even adults in and around just about every garden and yard in the country. While this is not an all inclusive list, you should be aware that ingestion of these plants are toxic and can kill or make your pup critically ill (this is not an exhaustive list):
Can cause death:
Azalea / Rhododendrum Nightshade Oleander
English Ivy Pokewee, Inkberry Castor Bean
Hemlock English and Japanese Yew Cyclamen
Jaimson Weed Sago Palm Passion Fruit
Cestrum Diurnum, day blooming jasmine
Please Google for additional information. If your pet becomes acutely ill, absent a clear explanation, always consider toxic ingestion, whether chemical or plant.
We have found a product that we can recommend - KOE (Kennel Odor Eliminator) manufactured by Thornell Corporation. Our kennel floors are comprised of porous concrete and asphalt and have been a real challenge to effectively remove the bacteria that causes odor. We have tried a number of products, including bleach, and to date, none have worked as effectively as KOE - hope you find it helpful if you are having similar challenges.