Welcome to Tynder Labradors owned by Travis & Sarah Fischer
and located in Renton, Washington. We are busy novice hobbyists
with day jobs who enjoy raising and training our Labradors to
participate in Conformation, Hunt Tests, and Obedience events.
We are also learning about Therapy work and would like to pursue
this avenue in the future.
Although we spend quite a bit of time at events and out training,
what matters most is having Labradors who are members of the family!
We will occasionally have a litter of our own or breed one of our boys, when we do, a
"LITTERS" link will be posted on our Labradors page.
All puppies headed for loving pet homes will be sold on AKC Limited
Registration contracts. If you wish to breed to one of our boys
please contact us
for stud information, clearances, and minimum requirements for
the bitch. We do have the ability to collect and ship semen.
A list of breeders in the Pacific Northwest Region and information
about Labradors can be found on the Puget Sound Labrador Retriever
Association web page, www.pslra.org.
We encourage learning about Labradors and their health clearances
before searching for a puppy or older dog. Anyone who has made
a well thought out decision to invite a dog into their home may
even consider finding an animal from a rescue or adoption program.
Travis, Sarah, Axle & Cosmo Christmas Photo 2006
I grew up in a household inhabited by pets.
The animals were members of the family and nearly all of them
were adopted from animal shelters. Each animal, dogs, cats, rabbits,
horses, lived out its days in our home, happy and healthy.
As an adult, when my husband Travis & I decided to search
for a dog. I already knew what I wanted. A purebred chocolate
Labrador. I had never lived with a Labrador before but they looked
like fun. I had seen them at dog shows and on television. I imagined
long summer jogs and winters in front of the fire with my dog
curled up under my feet. I managed to pass the vision on to my
husband and he readily agreed to a Labrador knowing absolutely
nothing about them.
Our story of finding our first Labrador Cosmo
is not flashy or wrought with wrong turns, and I am glad. From
my upbringing I took buying my first purebred dog very seriously.
If we were going to have a Labrador, I wanted one that was foremost
healthy, with parents of correct conformation, and from a good
breeder. I did not want to encourage backyard-breeding, puppy-milling,
or anything that would be contributing to the population of animals
in shelters I saw while growing up.
I did research through the internet and looked at AKC club websites.
Through word of mouth I met Anne Swindeman of WindyCanyon
Labradors. Anne had a litter and she was going through her
interview process. The process was wonderful and could not have
been more educational. Anne decided to let us have a pup but not
without a speech about how many different AKC activities can be
done with a Labrador, and how we could "do more" than
just enjoy him in our home. We picked up Cosmo at 8weeks old;
he was a little bundle of chocolate joy, happy, feisty, and cute
as only Labradors can be.
As Cosmo grew, he became a gateway to new and exciting things.
Spending time at obedience class created opportunities to meet
new people and try new activities. We met members of the Puget
Sound Labrador Retriever Association (PSLRA) and joined the
club. Today we enjoy training, attending dog shows, volunteering
for the PSLRA, and spending cold nights in front of the fire,
all because of Cosmo and Anne's encouragement to "do more."
I have found owning a Lab is similar to working for a delivery
service. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will stop a Labrador
from being a sidekick for the day's activities!