Odyssey Labrador Retrievers


 Available for stud for approved females:

Wayfield's Young Argos, UD, JH, RE, NA, NAJ, ThD, WCI, NAC, NJC, WV-N, TG-N, CL3-R, CL2-H, CL2-F, CL1-S, TDI, CGC


Labrador Retriever - yellow ("Fox Red")

AKC Registration SR24400301   AKC DNA # V530506
Microchip ID 460 459 654B

Whelped: March 3, 2005

Eyes CERF Cleared - CERF number LR44181/Jan. 15, 2010
OFA Elbows Normal; LR-EL35529M26-PI   View OFA records
      Hips Good; LR-174696G26M-PI
PennHip Distraction Index 0.44 right hip, 0.54 left hip;  
      No evidence of dysplastic joint disease
OptiGen status: OptiGen B
Weight: 90 lbs. (41 kg.)   Height at withers: 23.25 inches.   Dentition: full.
Wayfield's Young Argos
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Argos is a remarkable example of what a Labrador retriever should be. He is extremely friendly to dogs and people alike and is especially gentle with puppies and young children. Extremely calm and steady, Argos exudes a mellow confidence in everything he does, whether in work or play. Nothing spooks him and nothing angers him. His tail has only one story to tell -- that it's an absolute joy to be alive.

Argos comes from sound British lines with eight Champions among four generations in his pedigree. From them, he inherited his big bones, large blocky head, and sweet disposition. Despite his formidable size and powerful appearance, his calmness and kind expression even puts dog-fearers at ease.

happy birthday Argie
Buffalo News coverage of Weinberg birthday party
showing resident Marion June with Argos.

Argos has provided certified therapy dog service at the Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo, where he was most beloved by patients and families in the pediatrics clinic. He is now a member of the Erie County SPCA's "Paws for Love Program," making weekly visits to Weinberg Campus for the aging in Amherst, NY. On March 3, 2010, the Campus held a party to celebrate Argos' 5th birthday, at which he put on a show to demonstrate the many things he loves to do, including agility jumps, utility obedience exercises, tracking, retrieving, "drug sniffing," plus some playful tricks. The following year, Argie was awarded AKC's Therapy Dog title (ThD) for his services at hospitals, schools, and nursing homes.

Breaking News: On April 1, 2010, Weinberg Campus honored Argos (and his chauffeur) with this nomination for the Western New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging's "Volunteer of the Year Award."

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Wayfield's Young Argos & Duck
Argos earned his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title at only 7 months of age and completed his first obedience (CD) and rally (RN) titles while still a puppy of 14 months. Argos earned his "PhD" in obedience -- AKC's Utility Dog (UD) title -- in three straight trials in a 7 week period -- an unheard of feat. With his Junior Hunting (JH) and Working Intermediate Certificate titles completed, he has begun training for the Senior Hunting (SH) and Tracking Dog tests. His eagerness to please, great intelligence, and desire to work has allowed his owner/handler -- who had no experience training dogs for competition -- to look good in the show and trial rings. Those qualities have made training a pleasure for him and his grateful human partner.

Argos entered his first major agility event over the 2010 New Year weekend, at the 4-day Canine Performance Event (CPE), held at All Dawgs Academy, in North Tonawanda. He ran fast and clean in six of the seven trials, having only one 5-point fault. He took home his first agility title along with three 1st-place and four 2nd-place ribbons. Despite being a big show-Lab, his times for the courses are generally within 1 and 2 seconds of competing border collies. In less than a year of competing, Argos is 1/3 of his way to a CPE agility championship, having delivered almost perfect performance with 30 qualifications in 31 runs.

CPE Trials March 20, 2010
Argos Earning His Second Level Standard Agility Title
Canine Performance Event Trials, March 20, 2010
Monica Bruce Photography

Although Argos has collected ribbons from the confirmation ring, he still has not won any points toward AKC championship. Unfortunately, only three fox-red Labs in the U.S. have become AKC champions in the past three decades. Most AKC judges are still uncomfortable with this beautiful shade -- even though it was the yellow Lab's original color. This hopefully will change as fox-red Labs are seen more frequently in the show ring. (Read history of fox-reds)



Argos receives his AKC "Doctorate"
in Obedience after 3 straight
Utility Dog trial qualifications.


Pedigree, Titles & Awards


Argie and his latest trophies     Mighty Nimrod     Argie's haul from Syracuse


Titles
March 28, 2010   NADAC Novice Regular Agility (NAC)
March 28, 2010   NADAC Novice Jumpers Agility (NJC)
March 20, 2010   CPE Agility Fun Class Level 1 (CL1-F)
March 20, 2010   CPE Agility Standard Level 2 (CL2-R)
March 19, 2010   CPE Agility Handler Class Level 1 (CL1-H)
Dec. 31, 2009   CPE Agility Standard Class Level 1 (CL1-R)
Nov. 13, 2009   AKC Obedience Open (CDX)
Oct. 17, 2009   AKC Rally Excellence (RE)
July 19, 2009   AKC Junior Hunter (JH)
June 17, 2007   Working Companion (WC)
June 16, 2006   AKC Rally Advanced (RA)
May 27, 2006   Therapy Dog International (TDI)
May 7, 2006   AKC Obedience Novice - Companion Dog (CD)
April 1, 2006   AKC Rally Novice (RN)
Oct. 15, 2005   AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

Argie's JH Title Ribbons

Awards

Sept. 30, 2005 4th PlaceAKC Confirmation Puppy 6-9 monthsIroquois Labrador Retriever ClubRomulus, NY
March 30, 20063rd PlaceAKC Rally NoviceOnondaga Kennel AssociationSyracuse, NY
April 1, 20064th PlaceAKC Rally NoviceNorth Country Kennel Club, Inc.Syracuse, NY
May 6, 20063rd PlaceAKC Obedience NoviceHamburg All-Breed Obedience Club, Inc.Hamburg, NY
May 7, 20063rd PlaceAKC Obedience NoviceHamburg All-Breed Obedience. Club, Inc.Hamburg, NY
Sept. 28, 20061st PlaceAKC Confirmation NoviceElmira Kennel Club, Inc.Romulus, NY
Sept. 29, 20061st PlaceAKC Confirmation NoviceOnondaga Kennel AssociationRomulus, NY
Sept. 29, 20061st PlaceAKC Confirmation NoviceIroquois Labrador Retriever ClubRomulus, NY
June 16, 2007QualificationAKC Junior HuntingIroquois Labrador Retriever ClubBaldwinsville, NY
June 17, 2007TitleWorking CompanionIroquois Labrador Retriever ClubBaldwinsville, NY
July 29, 2007QualificationAKC Junior HuntingEmpire Retriever Club Hunt TestAlabama, NY
Jan. 9, 2009QualificationAKC Rally ExcellentKennel Club of BuffaloHamburg, NY
July 18, 2009QualificationAKC Junior HuntingWestern New York Retriever ClubWolscottvile, NY
July 19, 2009TitleAKC Junior HuntingWestern New York Retriever ClubWolscottvile, NY
Aug. 29, 2009Qualification and 1st PlaceNADAC Agility Jumpers Novice ClassFour Seasons AgilityAkron, NY
Aug. 30, 2009Qualification and 1st PlaceNADAC Agility Regular Novice ClassFour Seasons AgilityAkron, NY
Sept. 5, 20091st QualificationAKC Obedience OpenWestern Lakes Training Club of BuffaloEast Amherst, NY
Sept. 5, 20092nd QualificationAKC Obedience OpenWestern Lakes Training Club of BuffaloEast Amherst, NY
Oct. 17, 20093rd Place/TitleAKC Rally ExcellentHamburg All Breed Obedience Club Blasdell, NY
Nov. 13, 2009Title AKC Obedience OpenNorth Country Kennel Club Syracuse, NY
Dec. 31, 2009Qualification, Clean Run, and 1st Place,CPE Agility Standard Class Level 1, All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
Dec. 31, 2009Qualification, Clean Run, 1st Place, and Title,CPE Agility Standard Class Level 1 (CL1-R), All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
Jan 1, 2010Qualification, Clean Run, and 2nd PlaceCPE Agility Jumpers Class Level 1, All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
Jan 1, 2010Qualification and 2nd PlaceCPE Agility Colors Class Level 1, All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
Jan 2, 2010Qualification, Clean Run, and 2nd PlaceCPE Agility Standard Class Level 2, All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
Jan 2, 2010Qualification, Clean Run, and 1st Place CPE Agility Standard Class Level 2, All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
Jan 3, 2010Qualification, Clean Run, and 2nd PlaceCPE Agility Jumpers Class Level 2, All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
Jan 15, 2010First PlaceAKC Confirmation, Amateur Owner-HandlerKennel Club Of Buffalo (Nickel City Cluster)Hamburg, NY
Jan 16, 2010First PlaceAKC Confirmation, Amateur Owner-HandlerKennel Club Of Buffalo (Nickel City Cluster)Hamburg, NY
March 19, 2010Qualification, 1st Place, and TitleCPE Agility Wildcard Class Level 1 All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
March 19, 2010Qualification, 3rd PlaceCPE Agility Standard Class Level 2 All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
March 20, 2010Qualification, Clean Run, 1st Place, and TitleCPE Agility Standard Class Level 2 All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
March 20, 2010Qualification, Clean Run, and 2nd PlaceCPE Agility Jumpers Class Level 2All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
March 20, 2010Qualification, Clean Run, 2nd Place, and TitleCPE Agility Full House Class Level 1 All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
March 21, 2010Qualification, Clean Run, and 2nd PlaceCPE Agility Standard Class Level 3 All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
March 21, 2010Qualification, Clean Run, and 1st PlaceCPE Agility Wildcard Class Level 2 All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
March 21, 2010Qualification, Clean Run, and 3rd PlaceCPE Agility Colors Class Level 2 All Dawgs Academy North Tonawanda, NY
March 27, 2010Qualification and 1st PlaceNADAC Agility Jumpers Novice ClassFour Seasons AgilityNorth Amherst, NY
March 27, 2010Qualification and 1st PlaceNADAC Agility Regular Novice ClassFour Seasons AgilityNorth Amherst, NY
March 27, 2010Qualification and 4th PlaceNADAC Touch N' Go Novice ClassFour Seasons AgilityNorth Amherst, NY
March 28, 2010Qualification, 2nd Place, and TitleNADAC Agility Jumpers Novice ClassFour Seasons AgilityNorth Amherst, NY
March 28, 2010Qualification, 2nd Place, and TitleNADAC Agility Regular Novice ClassFour Seasons AgilityNorth Amherst, NY


Pedigree for Wayfield's Young Argos

Sire:
Jaquin's Ruddy Duck of Eire WC, TDI, CGC
Yellow whelped 11/02/96
SN41436001
OFA hips good LR99528G32M-T
Sire:
Kelleygreens Kardinal
Yellow whelped 07/08/1995
SN26694301    AKC DNA #V38858
Photo
Sire:
Balrion Red Alert
Yellow whelped 11/91 United Kingdom
SM87605901   AKC DNA #V40027
OFA hips good LR46021G24M
More info and photo
Sire:
CH Wynfaul Tobasco
KCSB 0371BY (United Kingdom) Yellow whelped 6/1986
More info
Dam:
Lady Bountiful At Balrion
Yellow
Whelped before 1986
KCR J4307205K04 (United Kingdom)
More info
Dam:
Hennings Mill Kelleygreen Henna
Yellow whelped 2/1995
SN03643802
OFA hips good LR63463G28F
More info
Sire:
CH Scartho Frost
Black whelped 4/1/91
SM97998301
AKC DNA #V346423
OFA hips good LR53023G30M-T
More info

Dam:
CH Rocheby Rippling Corn
Yellow whelped 9/1989
More info

Dam:
Goose Valleys Remington
Yellow whelped 5/1996
SN16095204
Sire:
Onyahsa's Sandman
Yellow whelped 7/1994
SN03408105
OFA hips good LR60869G24M
Sire:
CH Kerrymark Kelleygreen Cobb
Black whelped 5/27/89
SG037904
OFA hips excellent LR42122E27M
Dam:
Onyahsas Hope
Yellow whelped 12/13/90
SM83306702
Dam:
Princess Grace of Onyahsa
Black whelped 8/1994
SM93693702
Sire:
Chief Warpath Onyasha
Dam:
Boradors Brook of Onyahsa
Dam:
Wayfield's Calendar Girl, CD
Yellow whelped 1/12/2000
SN72584715
OFA hips fair LR123330F26F-PI
OFA elbows normal LR-EL15789F26-PI
Sire:
Nipntuck Stormtrooper
Yellow whelped 5/6/98
SN54211704
GDC elbows good–
  GDC14814E13N
GDC hips good–
  GDC14814H13N
Sire:
CH Raintree Slippery When Wet JH, CGC
Black whelped 3/31/93
SN05595708
OFA hips good
OFA elbows normal
DNA #V34628
More information and photo
Sire:
Rocheby Yorkshireman
Black whelped 3/92?
SN02451301
GDC hips affected?
Dam:
Rickways Braemar Black Ice
Black whelped 3/4/90
SM86300701
OFA hips good LR45111G25F
Dam:
Nipntuck Felicia
Black whelped 3/1996
SN10037606
Sire:
CH Tabitha's Drifter At Dickendall JH
SM93634004
Black whelped 10/5/91
OFA hips good LR55503G28M
More info
Dam:
Nipntuck Almost Ivy League
SF914973
Black whelped 2/14/90
OFA hips good LR44174G24F
More info
Dam:
Keepsake's Foxy Lady
Yellow whelped
1/1997
SN06259204
OfA elbows normal LR-EL2244F25
OFA hips good LR70415G37F
Sire:
CH Charway Maverick
Black
whelped 10/1988
SF174101
More info
Sire:
CH Kupros Master Mariner
Black
whelped 8/1983
Black
More info
Dam:
Charway Sally Brown
Chocolate
whelped 12/80
More info
Dam:
Kelleygreens Lady in Red
Yellow whelped 8/1993
SM88134501 Memorial photo
Sire:
Balrion Red Alert (see above)
Dam:
Kelleygreens Fashion Design CD
Yellow

The foundations for this pedigree table was built for free at SitStay.com



Argie's first pups born June 11, 2009
with dam Donora's Black Gold (Dinah) AKC# SR15245805

To discuss stud services contact:
Andrew Skolnick  -  (716) 200-0694 - aaskolnick@verizon.net
We are located near Buffalo, New York

Because of Argos' OptiGen B status, stud service is available
only to females with proof of OptiGen A (clear) status.
For information on OptiGen status and testing,
visit
  http://www.optigen.com.




  References for more information on Labs, dog breeding, and fox-red history:
  1. About Fox Red Labradors: http://www.littleriverlabs.com/foxred3.htm
  2. History of Fox Red Labradors: http://www.littleriverlabs.com/foxred.htm
  3. Labrador Retriever - Did You Know? http://www.akc.org/breeds/labrador_retriever/did_you_know.cfm
  4. Canine's Corner description, origin, and history of the Labrador retriever (also known as St. John's Lesser Dog and the Lesser Newfoundland): http://www.caninescorner.org/breeds/l/labradorretriever.htm
  5. About Dog Registries and Kennel Clubs: http://www.wonderpuppy.net/kc.htm
  6. Dog Registries: http://www.dfwdachshund.com/rescue/registries.shtml
  7. A Detailed Examination of Coat Color Genetics in the Labrador Retriever: http://www.labbies.com/genetics2.htm#FoxReds
  8. Coat Color Inheritance in the Labrador Retriever: http://www.labbies.com/genetics.htm
  9. Coat Color Inheritance in the Labrador Retriever: http://www.blueknightlabs.com/color/coatcolor.html
  10. Keepsake Labrador's Story of Fox Reds: http://www.keepsakelabs.com/foxredinfo.htm
  11. History of Lab Sub-types:http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Dog-Breed-Center/Sporting-Group/Labrador-Retriever/Overview-and-History/History-and-Origin/History-of-Labrador-SubTypes.aspx
  12. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: (OFA)
  13. Genetic Lottery: http://www.littleriverlabs.com/ofa.htm
  14. Canine Eye Registration Foundation: CERF
  15. Dog Titles: http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/lists/acronym-list.html
  16. The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.: http://www.thelabradorclub.com
  17. Famous Labradors of the Past & Present: http://www.labradornet.com/halloffame.html

Argos
Click for Argie's puppy photos

What's In a Name?

 Argos was one of the first dogs ever named in literature. Nearly 3000 years ago, the Greek poet Homer represented unending loyalty and faithfullness in describing the reunion of Odysseus, the Greek hero of the Trojan War, with his once-mighty hunting dog, which stubbonly refused to let go of life until his master's return.


Argos Recognises Odysseus
17th century etching
Theodor van Thulden (1606 - 1669)


Argos Recognizes Odysseus
Disguised as Beggar


Then a dog lying there raised its head and pricked up its ears. This was Argos, Odysseus' patient-hearted hunting dog, whom he himself had raised many years ago. But before he could enjoy being with his dog, he left for sacred Troy. In earlier days, young men would take the dog to hunt wild goats, deer, and rabbits, but now, with his master gone, he lay neglected in the piles of dung left there by mules and cattle, heaped up before the doors until Odysseus' servants took it as manure for some large field. Argos lay there, covered in fleas. Then, when he saw Odysseus, who was coming closer, Argos wagged his tail and dropped his ears. But he no longer had the strength to approach his master. Odysseus looked away and brushed aside a tear -- he did so casually to hide it from Eumaeus.

Then he questioned him: "Eumaeus, it's strange this dog is lying here, in the dung. He has a handsome body. I'm not sure if his speed once matched his looks or if he's like those table dogs men have, ones their masters raise and keep for show. Then, swineherd Eumaeus, you answered him and said "Yes, this dog belongs to a man who died somewhere far away. If he had the form and acted as he did when Odysseus left him and went to Troy, you'd quickly see his speed and strength, and then you'd be amazed. No wild animal he chased escaped him in deep thick woods, and he could track a scent. He's in a bad way now. His master's dead in some foreign land, and careless women don't look after him. For when their masters no longer exercise their power, then slaves have no desire to do their proper work. Far-seeing Zeus takes half the value of a man the day he's taken and becomes a slave." This said, Eumaeus went inside the stately palace, going straight into the hall to join the noble suitors. But once he'd seen Odysseus after nineteen years, the dark finality of death at once seized Argos.
-- Homer's Odyssey, Book 17

After more than 20 years of wanderings without a canine companion, I finally found my own way home the day I met the puppy I named Wayfield's Young Argos. For that, I forever will be grateful to his breeder, Pauline and Larry Nehring, and to Linda Quinn, who owns Argie's handsome, sweet-hearted dad, Jacquin's Ruddy Duck of Eire.
-- Andrew Skolnick        



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