Gibson Pedigree

What’s in a name – With the Zeus Prada repeat breeding the theme was “The Blues”. Smokestack Lightning, is a 1956 Howlin’ Wolf classic blues song. Wolf said the song was inspired by watching trains in the night: “We used to sit out in the country and see the trains go by, watch the sparks come out of the smokestack.” This just fit our little yellow boy when he became a part of the family. He was always keeping busy with something to do. We loved his drive and determination which fits his call name. Also following the music theme, his name also is the name of a guitar company which is an American bred institution that produces some of the world’s greatest instruments, including acoustic, electric, and bass guitars played by guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry. And that’s how Misty Mountain Smokestack Lightning – Gibson– was born.

Life with Gibson

Gibson is our favorite dog. He is owned, loved and lives with Jennifer Snyder and James Coletti. Gibson loves to retrieve and play with his French Bulldog and Rottweiler housemates (Jennifer is an accomplished breeder herself, Morgenstern Rottweilers). His siblings (Memphis, Parker, and Spring) join him struttin’ their stuff in the show ring and in the fields retrieving – though we believe he’d rather be with birds. High hopes for all the siblings.


Gibson has been a very busy boy working towards all his hunting accomplishments. Along with being an amazing partner during hunting season, he has received his Working Certificate title at the young age of 4 months ( Gibson then continued on to his AKC Junior Hunt Title, Canine Good Citizen, and Working Dog Excellence title all at the age of 2. We feel he is truly a wonderful example of the Labrador with great working temperament along with strong drives and always a willingness to work.

Gibson has also been busy in the AKC ring as well. One of his happiest moments was winning Reserve Winners Dog with his breeder, Toni Leitao at the Sierra Vista Labrador Retriever Specialty show in Placerville, CA. We feel he has been blessed with his daddy Zeus’ good looks along with his beautiful mother Prada. He continues to be shown on occasion at AKC events on the West Coast along with training towards his Senior Hunt title.

Road to a Championship

  • 08/29/14 – Sierra Vista Labrador Retriever Specialty [Barb Gilchrist] RWD
  • 08/28/15 – Sierra Vista Labrador Retriever Specialty [Greg Lynch] RWD
  • 01/30/16 – Golden Gate Kennel Club [Judy Chambers] WD (2 pts)

Gibson has all his health clearances. Please contact Jennifer at for stud inquiries.