State Flower: Purple Violet
State Tree: White oak
State Bird: Cardinal
State Motto: Known unofficially as the “Prairie State”, a fitting nickname for a state that sets aside the third full week in September each year as Illinois Prairie Week to demonstrate the value of preserving and reestablishing native Illinois prairies.

Did you know… Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery. 1865


Hunting geese with Labrador retrieversFor the 21st consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America, according to 2011 registration statistics released by the American Kennel Club® (AKC). More than twice as many Labs were registered last year than any other breed making it a likely leader for many years to come.

Labrador retrievers are watchdogs, not guard dogs, although some have been known to guard. The Labrador is highly trainable and is not only popular as a family dog, but also excels in hunting, tracking, retrieving, watchdog, police work, narcotics detection, guide for the blind, service dog for the disabled, search and rescue, sledding, carting, agility, field trial competition and competitive obedience.

The smooth, short-haired, double coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush regularly with a firm, bristle brush, paying attention to the undercoat. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. These dogs are average shedders.

If you need more reasons to consider owning a Labrador Retriever, be sure to read Ten Reasons to Own a Dog, a seven part article written by a counseling psychologist. She shows how owning a dog can help produce healthier, happier, more well adjusted children.

Woody and Judi Thurman have been breeding and training world class Labrador retrievers for more than thirty-five years. Their Labs can be found across the states from Alaska to Maine, from Montana to Texas. Visit our Puppy Page or call Woody or Judi for more information at 910.462.3246.

Call Woody and Judi Thurman at (910) 462-3246 for more information.