Welcome to Asquam Labrador Retrievers. We are a small hobby kennel located in Rhode Island. Our name Asquam comes from the old Abenaki Indian name for Squam Lake in NH where spend much of our time in the summer.
Living with and enjoying animals has always been special to me. Growing up in NW Indiana provided plenty of opportunities to catch tadpoles, play with my cat and spend time on friends’ farms. As a teen, I joined 4-H and trained and showed our Quarter horse mare. I even rode a friend’s donkey in a costume class all dressed up with a sombrero and poncho!
My current dogs are my own breeding and come from Lobuff, Hollyridge and Chocorua lines. The dog of my life came from Lisa Weiss. Little did I know that the little black puppy boy from her would become MBISS GCH Lobuff Major Yeager at Asquam MH!
No litter is ever bred here unless we plan on keeping a puppy to continue on with. One that will hopefully be good enough to show in the breed ring, run in hunting retriever tests and curl up by our feet at night. Our puppies are raised in the house and see a constant stream of visitors for proper socialization. Care for my dogs include not only healthy, clean and comfortable living quarters, and proper nutrition and but also lots of play time, walks, hiking and swimming. We do not keep our dogs in a kennel environment. Our Labradors are family pets, hunting and performance companions and conformation competitors.
All Asquam puppies are sold on AKC limited registration and all parents have age appropriate health clearances. Temperament and health are most important to me. I am a member of the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston and the Pawcatuck River Labrador Retriever Club. I also am an AKC Hunting Retriever judge. I love to watch Retrievers learn and work!
My love for the breed began as a child when my uncle visited with his Labrador. I would wait on the front porch for my Uncle to arrive with his Lab and we were inseparable until the end of his visit.
Gunnar, our first Labrador, was from Diane Pilbin at Chucklebrook Labradors in 1995. He was my boys’ best pal, and quickly sparked my interest to do more. I would attend the LRCGB dog show and just watch for several years before I contacted Diane to inquire about a second Labrador. At that time, she was placing a lovely pointed 5yo girl, Chucklebrook Black Minnow, a Drifter daughter. We soon found out she loved to retrieve and I entered her in the LRCGB “Puppy” Retriever Training class as an 8-year-old! Minnow earned her JH when she was 9 1/2, and her test included jumping out of a boat to get her bird. She was special! Minnow introduced me to the show ring, only we did it backward, as we were in Veterans. Such fun we had!