I was brought up with Labradors as working gundogs in England - this instilled in me a passion for the steady partnership that is the essence of the authentic Labrador Retriever. In fact to me the family of 3 children we had here in Australia felt incomplete without our own Labrador. At that time we were living in New South Wales, near Anna Spanswick (Cambewarra Labradors). I bought Cambewarra Tranquil (who we called Eliza) from Anna. Eliza was a classic kind and beautiful Labrador, and Anna Spanswick was generous with breeding advice in those early days and subsequently I benefited enormously from the English lines through her breeding stock. I remember with great fondness her wonderful stud dog Aust. Ch. Poolstead Public Speaker (Imp. U.K): he reminded me so much of the dogs from my past and I bred from him several times. We have been breeding Labradors on a modest scale in Australia for over two decades.
Our prefix name ALBANEL, comes from the French-speaking Quebec LAC ALBANEL, not far from the Labrador border. Early memories for me are of wet dogs emerging from English lakes and rivers, carefully holding a ball, a stick, and sometimes when they were working, a limp and dripping duck. Personally I hate game-shooting as a sport, but there are many in U.K. who long for the Glorious Twelfth (of August) when the shooting season officially starts. And of course the dogs don't mind what they are required to retrieve, they just love the action.