Katie Edmonds Peters
My family and I decided to get a dog. I grew up having a black English Labrador, so naturally, that's what I wanted.
I went on Google looking for the best breeder, with the most quality English labs. I stumbled upon Smoky Mountain Labradors. Long story short, we purchased a puppy from Smoky Mtn. Not having purchased a puppy before, I wasn't educated on the process at all. To say the least, the process was stressful and less than ideal. But, we got our puppy, and we loved him. He was very full of energy and a bit on the wild side. He was also pretty small for an English lab. At 10 months old, he unexpectedly had a heart attack and died. Our family was beyond devastated. I called and let the breeder know what had happened, and the lack of sympathy was disheartening. He offered to sell me another puppy for $4,500. After our conversation, I felt the need to start doing more research and going elsewhere.
The male that Smoky Mountain Labradors breeds all of their puppies out of is named Santy Smoky Mtn Moose. I started looking and realized Santy Labradors actually bred Santy Smoky Mtn Moose.
I reached out to Pedro at Santy Labradors, and God blessed me that day! I was finally in the hands of a breeder that cared about the quality of his dogs. What I had found out about Smoky Mountain Labradors is that they have satellite kennels with so many females that they are breeding, they do not care about the quality of the puppy, they are just trying to make a dollar. In fact, the owner never even lays eyes on the puppies.
Pedro, at Santy Labradors, is literally in the whelping box when his puppies are born. All of his dogs live at his beautiful home in South Carolina.
My family and I drove to South Carolina and met Pedro and his wife, Mercedes, and went to their home. We were able to see all of his dogs and spend time with them.
We took home a male black puppy and a chocolate female puppy that day. They are SPECTACULAR! I can't say enough about them. Immediately, I saw SUCH a difference in the quality, as opposed to our beloved Gus, that we had gotten from Smoky Mountain. These dogs were already potty trained, at 9 weeks and 13 weeks, and beyond calm. I was nervous about getting two at once, but they are so well behaved, it has been such a joy! Also, their build is true English. Our boy, Buck, is 5 months old and well over 50 lb.
Pedro is very particular about his blood line and which dogs he chooses to breed, and IT SHOWS. He is so incredibly responsive. I talked to him on the phone so many times prior to buying our puppies, and also several times since.
If you are purchasing a puppy, I cannot stress to you enough how important it is to chose the right breeder. Santy Labradors is top notch. Their dogs, their customer service are unmatched. They care about their dogs and they care about their customers.
Thank you, Santy Labradors, for making our family complete! We look forward to several years with our top quality labs. Who knows, maybe we will get a yellow to complete our tribe 😉