sunlight labradors

Our dogs excel in the competitive obedience, conformation and rally rings, as well as being exceptional Delta Society Pet Partners, Search and Rescue dogs, members of the Narcotics and Drug Detection Team, and service/assistance dogs, in addition to being wonderful hunting companions, hiking partners, babysitters and beloved family members.


(photo above: Stella, Dharma, Iris, Phoenix and Pearlie with Christine ca.2006)

Etta had a litter of 6 yellow puppies (4 girls and 2 boys) on 04/14/17

Please see puppy page for more info.

"ETTA" Coldspring at Last, is our newest addition and we are SO very grateful Becky & Scott Dannaker of Nipntuck Labradors in Woodinville, WA have entrusted her to us!!!

We are SOOO excited to have puppies on the ground out of her by their beautiful yellow boy, "GAMBLE" Nipntuck All Aces. You can see him, his pedigree and all of his clearances at on the Boys page!

"ETTA" Coldspring at Last

DOB May 05/15/13

GCHB CH Nipntuck Stocking Stuffer x Coldspring Buckstone Delta Blues

Etta is OFA registered "good" on hips and "clear" for eyes and elbows.




Etta is pointed towards her breed championship and is a beautiful mover who is light on her feet and has a sparkle in her kind eye. Etta is the sweetest temperament and will make a wonderful therapy dog, as will her puppies I would predict! Etta is super easy to live with and settled into our household within moments of arrival, as any good Labrador should! We have high hopes for this sweet girl and her newest arrivals!


I'll be adding some puppy pics here and on the puppy page soon but if you are on Facebook, please check out our Sunlight Labradors page there as it's much easier to post there for me while I have my hands full with little puppies!! Thanks!!

"TALI" International CH. Sunlight's Sacred Talisman, CGC, TDI, CTL1

DOB 01-08-09

(Ch. Blackthorn's Float's My Boat x Sunlight's Premonition, CDX, RA, CGC,

Delta Society Pet Partner)

(photo above and tunnel by Marty Goodson Photography)

Tali is a busy bee and social butterfly like her mom, Pearlie. She's smart as a whip and is a quick learner. In October, 2010 she finished her International breed championship title in just one weekend of showing!! She has her Therapy Dog certificate from Therapy Dog's International. Tali and Christine have also begun the new venture of training in agility. Tali is always eager to please and wanting to learn. Her attitude says "let's DO something, Mom!!!" She's a GREAT little hiking and geocaching buddy too! At home Tali is Christine's shadow and would be very happy to be a "lap" dog, as she loves to snuggle. While Christine was recovering from injuries incurred from a serious car accident, Tali took it upon herself to act as a service dog of sorts for Christine, sensitively anticipating needs and being extremely willing to retrieve anything which was out of reach. Tali was a complete and unexpected blessing in this capacity, as she has no formal training for specific service dog skills. It is just in her nature to be empathic in this way.

Christine plans to show Tali in AKC Obedience and AKC, CPE and UKI Agility competitions.  Tali has CERF clearances for eyes and is Optigen clear for PRA. She is good/clear for OFA's on Hips and Elbows. Tali has also tested clear for CMN.  She has full dentition and is an International Breed Champion, as well as Therapy Dog International (TDI) recognized therapy dog and has her AKC Canine Good Citizenship.  Tali has begun competing in UKI and CPE agility trials and has been highly successful in her novice endeavors. We have a boy, Totem, from her first litter who is full of verve and enthusiasm. He has TONS of drive and is completely fearless. You can see him on our youngsters page. We are very much looking forward to Tali/Hail puppies soon!!


SUNLIGHT'S PREMONITION, CDX, RE, CGC, Delta Society Pet Partner,

RCLRC Versatile Labrador Award 2009

(BISS Ch. Valleywood's Blackthorn Brier x Shadow Hill's Iris, CGC, Delta PP)

(Please click here PEARLIE to see her pedigree and clearances)


"Pearlie" is out of Iris' last litter and this girl has exceled in rally obedience, therapy work and breeding. She completed her Delta Society Pet Partners test (and received a perfect score each time evaluated!) and has been working in the Dog Tales program in a local elementary school for two years now, where she is a huge hit with the kids! Pearlie was even asked specifically to be at an end of the year awards ceremony where one of Pearlie's readers had to give a speech. The child told her teacher she was scared to give the speech, but just knew she could do it if Pearlie was there by her side!! Of course Pearlie was there, and supported her reader to a standing ovation and applause! Pearlie excels in working with kids!! She has served as a therapy dog at Cascade Child Center working with challenged and at risk adolescents, as well as with individuals at Elk Meadows Elementary School. Pearlie LOVES kids and they love her just as much!

Pearlie is retired from the conformation ring and breeding, so Christine has finished Pearlie through a C.D.X. title in the competitive obedience ring, and continues to show her in Rally, as well as continuing with her therapy work. Pearlie received the RCLRC Versatile Labrador award for 2009.  Pearlie is our little comedian and always keeps us laughing. This girl loves to WORK to and is a complete joy to train and live with!

NOTE: Not to be outdone by her "sister," Pearlie went Reserve Winner's Bitch (RWB) both days behind Dharma at the Mt. Bachelor Kennel Club show with "dad" Paul handling her. It was Paul's first time ever in the ring! Way to go Pearlie for breaking "dad" into this showing thing with a bang!


In Memoriam:


SUNLIGHT'S MYSTIC PHOENIX, UD, VER, RN, CGC, Delta Society Pet Partner, RCLRC Versatile Labrador Award 2008, 2009

(BISS Ch. Beechcroft's Formal Attire x Shadow Hill's Iris, CGC, Delta PP)

(please click here PHOENIX to see her pedigree and clearances)

Well, when Phoenix finished her Utility title in August, 2009, I told her she was officially "retired," but that lasted only two months and I entered her in the optional titling classes in October at the Boise cluster where she finished a Versatility title, also making her eligible to receive the Rose City Labrador Retriever Club's "All Around Labrador/Versatility" Annual Award for the second year in a row. NOW she is officially retired from obedience and focusing on her therapy dog work, being my service dog and acting as official couch potato and geocaching partner!

Phoenix works as a Delta Society Pet Partner therapy dog visiting Alzheimer's residents, their families and the staff who care for them. This more than anything seems to be Phoenix's true calling! She is a true empath and miracle worker and is literally Christine's soulmate with four legs. The connection these two share is uncanny (right down to both dog and human having an abcess in the SAME tooth within 10 days of each other! ouch!) Phoenix is also a reading partner with the Dog Tales Program at Elk Meadows Elementary School.

Phoenix (along with her "sisters" Dharma and Pearlie) were the "Top Doggie" Team for the 2008 Memory Walk in Bend, Oregon, raising the most funds for the cause than any other team!!

Phoenix finishes her Utility Title in style with 3 for 3 first place finishes and High Scoring Labrador at the Gold Country Show in Grass Valley, CA!!




(BISS Ch. Dickendall Daveron Gable x Devonshire's Front Paige at S.C.)

(please click here STELLA for her pedigree and clearances)

stella head shotstella head

"Stella" had a back injury requiring emergency neuro-surgery on three discs in her spine as a youngster.  She miraculously completely recovered and you would never have known she had an injury.  While she continued to hike, swim and play with the same gusto as some of the other dogs many years her junior, we completely retired Stel just to be safe and not stress her spine with any competitive pursuits. Stella was always the "smarty pants " of the bunch and always kept us on our toes! Even though we didn't show or train competitively, Stella taught Christine much in terms of being a good trainer and how to work with an incredibly smart and creative dog. We are grateful to Barb Gilcrist/Blackthorn Labradors with trusting us with her as a puppy. Stella was always most interested in her role as "Daddy's girl" and loved to accompany Paul into the desert on his rockhounding adventures. Her larger than life presence is greatly missed in our pack.


Shadow Hills Iris, CGC, Delta Society Partner (retired)

(BISS Am, Can, Int'l Ch. Shadow Hill's Smart Remarque X Shadow Hill's Stonecreek Sofie)

"Iris" went to the Rainbow Bridge at 13 years old.  Her love, spirit and playfulness will live on in our hearts, as well as in the eyes and souls of her offspring here at Sunlight Labradors. After her show, therapy and breeding career, Iris enjoyed a long and full retirement, relishing in her status as gentle Matriarch of the Sunlight Labrador brood. She has contributed her gentle and loving disposition, strong spirit, biddability and her physical and mental soundness to our breeding stock. She took on every creature smaller than her or younger in years as someone to be under her attentive and loving, gentle maternal care.  She loved to retrieve and go for long walks out in the BLM and always enjoyed sunbathing in the "sunspot," no matter what the temperature was outside. Iris adored the occasional puppies and was the most tolerant grandma ever! A gentle and fun loving soul! We love you girl and will see you one day at the Bridge! God speed.