Misty Slideshow

Misty’s Pedigree

What’s in a name – Our wonderfully brave champion Bica survived an evening of labor through 4th of July fireworks and the next day whelped 11 cuddly black and yellow puppies. The first puppy born was one of the largest pups weighing in at 18 ounces. In the whelping box, she’d use her size to get the best spot; with 10 other pups, that wasn’t a small feat! As she grew, she continued to exert her confidence and was named “alpha” by our puppy visitors. We decided to have an Independence Day theme with the puppies being born so close to the 4th of July. With her independent personality, her AKC name came easily, “Miss Independence”. Her call name became Misty as she was the first born puppy, the inaugural puppy of Misty Mountain Labradors. And that’s how Misty Mtn Miss Independence – Misty – was born.

Life with Misty

Misty is our favorite dog. She is the “entertainer” of the pack. When things get too quiet, she has to start something – whether it’s grabbing a toy, throwing it around and chasing it or pushing it towards another dog to get them to play – Misty loves to play. She uses her good nose to track squirrels, birds, rabbits around the property. Her nose also tells her that dinner is being prepared so she makes sure she’s in position to catch anything that might fall off the counter. Quite the opportunist!

Misty loves to snuggle or place her head on your lap or rollover on her back for some pets. Misty, a true retriever, always has to have something in her mouth to show you; usually it’s one of our shoes! We have so many pairless shoes around the house because of her. Misty is a wonderful companion who loves to be near you and very willing to please.


Misty started her show career by going Reserve Winner’s Bitch to her mother, Bica, in Pullayup; Bica won Winner’s Bitch, taking the major and finishing her championship that day! Afterwards, Misty quickly won 8 points before she was16 months old being professionally handled by Ellen Cottingham. She was bred to Zeus and blessed us with a large (13!) and wonderfully consistent litter. We are looking forward to watching the show pups out of this litter, especially the little angel we kept, Sugar Kane.

Misty was a member of the Summit Assistance Dogs helping them in a number of ways: helping train pups, performing demonstrations, and especially producing wonderful pups to be part of their program. In 2011, she went to help out one of her daughters (Olive) who is part of a service organization at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD, called the Warrior Canine Connection. They have veterans that are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) train service dogs for other veterans with disabilities. They are doing lots of cutting edge research on the dog-human bond and how it can help heal the psychological wounds these great men and women have suffered. We are so proud that Misty and her pups, grandpups, and great grandpups and … will be part of the program. Misty and Olive – thank you for your service.

Road To A Championship

Misty has 8 points towards her AKC Championship.

  • 08/17/2008 – Olympic Kennel Club – WB (1 Point)
  • 09/06/2008 – Eugene Kennel Club – WB/BOS (1 Point)
  • 09/20/2008 – Gig Harbor Kennel Club – WB (1 Point)
  • 09/28/2008 – Bonanza Kennel Club – WB/BOW/BOS (1 Point)
  • 10/09/2008 – Idaho Capital City Kennel Club – WB/BOS (1 Point)
  • 10/12/2008 – Lizard Butte Kennel Club – WB/BOS (1 Point)
  • 11/08/2008 – Willamette Valley Kennel Club – WB (1 Point)
  • 11/09/2008 – Willamette Valley Kennel Club – WB (1 Point)