HOMESTEAD LABRADORS

1141 Kyle Ranch Road Bandera, Texas 78003 (830)796-8667 or (410) 259-7159

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SUZIE RATHBONE & SHIRLEY ALMOND

On December 1, 2018, Shirley Almond joined Suzie Rathbone at Homestead Labradors.  Shirley hails from the town of Cold Kirby in North Yorkshire, England and came to the USA 33 years ago.  She has worked as a veterinary assistant for the past 29 years here in Texas.

Suzie, having served as Iven Rathbone’s “right hand man” brings her 39 years of experience to the new partnership.  Both Shirley and Suzie will honor Iven’s legacy by continuing to raise exceptional, all -purpose English Labradors that  possess excellent dispositions, genetic soundness and superb conformation.  They will continue to perform OFA Certified Clearances (OFA) of the hips and elbows and conduct DNA screening for PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) ; CNM (Centronuclear Myopathy); EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse; NARC (Narcolepsy) and HNPK (Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis).  Both Suzie and Shirley will continue to provide pups in the three basic colors of this exceptional breed – black, yellow and chocolate Labradors.

REMEBERING IVEN J. RATHBONE

February 23, 1927 – January 25, 2018

Iven J. Rathbone, age 90, passed away on January 25, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.  Iven was best known for raising English Labradors over a period of 39 years.  While living in Maryland, Iven served, for a 10 year period, as the consumer member of the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Board and held the Board position of vice president.  When not serving, Iven enjoyed hunting his labs on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and on his Carroll County farm.
While residing for the past 12 years in Bandera, Texas Iven continued to breed and train Labradors.  He was a strong proponent of training his labs, using the “Richard Wolters” method and often recommended the author’s books – Gun Dog, Water Dog and Family Dog for training techniques.

Iven will long be remembered by his numerous lifelong friends, many of whom were initially his Labrador clientele.

 

Iven Rathbone