Our names are Grant and Shari Hatch and we want to say, "thanks for taking a look at our website". We still can't believe how one little yellow dog changed our lives!
Not long after returning to live "The Good Life" in Nebraska my son Garrett said ... "Dad, why don't you get yourself a dog to hunt with?" ……..and so our story begins.
Honestly, I didn't really do much research and Shari and I bought a puppy out of the second litter we looked at. When we went to pick her up the people were over joyed as we were there to take "the naughty one" home. I can't believe how lucky I am sometimes!
I worked with her every day that spring and summer and she absolutely loved training. Hunting season arrived and I couldn't have been more proud of this little pup! Her drive, stamina and nose where incredible! At six months of age I had the best hunting dog I could have ever imagined and she keeps getting better. I had never really hunted with a dog much and I truly was enjoying my new pup and with less than an 10 minutes remaining in Sugars first pheasant season I watched my puppy chase a bird down and grab it out of the air. That bird I now proudly displayed on my wall.
Unfortunately the season came to an end and as I watched T.V. one afternoon , the show I was enjoying (BDC) kept talking about a certain dog who's name sounded familiar. As it turned out it was her Great Grandfather GMPR-MHR Rik's Risky Raider 2001 U.S. Open Pheasant Champion and APLA Hall of famer. See, I told you I was lucky!
Fast forward three years and we had our first litter of Labradors as a result of my Brother and I wanting puppies out of his dog Cuss and my dog Sugar. It was a huge learning experience and very rewarding. So much so, that we sold our house in town and moved to the country where we have plenty of room to raise the puppies that bring joy to so many people and families. We still have full-time jobs and we still consider ourselves just a small time hobby breeder. Shari and I stumbled into a darn good female and fell in love and now just want to better the breed.
Our pups are raised in a home environment as part of the family. We are firm believers this helps develop a more well rounded dog. Before they leave for their new homes they will be up to date with vaccinations, wormed, and have dewclaws removed and are nearly potty trained. We provide a 26 month health guarantee on hips, elbows and eyes. They will be well socialized and introduced to children, water, gunfire and birds.
We love hearing about our puppies and their accomplishments so please keep in touch after you become part of
the Big Cottonwood Family.