|CAC/CACIB Harbortop Thumper O'Snoline CD, Am/Can JH|
Thumper was our shining star. He qualified for the
Puget Sound Labrador Retriever
Association All-Around Award at the age of 28 months.
An exceptional marker, he was very silly boy and really made
us hold our breath a few times as he tried to embarrass
Mom at the hunting trials, but he pulled it through in the end.
Unfortunately, about the same time, Thumper was diagnosed with CHD,
though his preliminary x-rays at 12 months had been
exceptionally good. He was neutered and his upper level training
was severely curtailed .
Surgery was not deemed necessary, but for his health I decided
that pursuing upper level titles was not the best plan for him.
He continued to train through out his life and was
asymptomatic to the end (NO symptoms though diagnosed
moderate dysplastic, another example of the necessity
of testing. Orthapaedic issues can ONLY be diagnosed
In conjunction with their breeder, I arranged with VetGen for Thumper and Kyzyl to be part of their research study into canine CHD...hopefully our heartbreak will aid some other dogs down the line.
Thumper spent his life here with us, we lost him unexpectedly at the age of 8 on June 9, 2002 to suspected bladder/prostate cancer.