East Harbor Gundogs LLC
Located in east Grays Harbor County near the Chehalis River Valley and McCleary, Washington, is owned and operated by John & Nancy Farrow. Before opening our doors in the spring of 2011, we had been training our own Labrador Retrievers over the previous thirty years, primarily for duck hunting. In 2001 we acquired our first Pointing Lab, and began using those dogs for upland hunting as well. We have been breeding Labrador Retrievers since 2005.
East Harbor Gundogs LLC is a small, professionally owned and operated breeding facility that will produce 1-3 litters of puppies every year. Don't let the expression "small breeding facility" fool you one bit - we have some truly extraordinary dogs. Our dog acquisitions and the puppy litters we produce with them are carefully thought out in order to provide you the best experience possible with your Lab Puppy as a hunting companion and family pet. All Sires and Dams are thoroughly tested to ensure you receive a healthy puppy, and our puppies are backed by a 26 month replacement guarantee on hips & eyes. At East Harbor Gundogs we're very proud to make some of the best quality American Labrador Retrievers on the market available for your waterfowl and upland bird hunting.
Dr. Ed Laurnen (ret) with East Harbor Gundogs' "Pepper" on Padilla Bay
John Farrow, a native Washingtonian originally from Seattle, retired from a 35-year career in law enforcement in 2008. An avid bird hunter since 1974, John acquired his first Labrador Retriever in 1980, and has had hunting dogs in his life ever since. Having lived on both sides of Washington State, John's dogs have hunted Toppenish Creek mallards, Rattlesnake Ridge and Bickleton area chuckars, Yakima River-bottom quail, and both Yakima Valley corn and Walla Walla Wheatfield pheasant - as well as waterfowl and upland birds in the Thurston-Grays Harbor-Lewis-Skagit-Island County areas of western Washington, sea ducks on salt water, and Columbia River birds on both sides of the state.
Although John has hunted upland birds a good portion of his adult life, it is waterfowl hunting, duck calling, and training his dogs to hunt with him that have been John's absolute passions. In 1998 John organized the first world-sanctioned duck calling championship in Washington State in nearly thirty years, held at the Evergreen Sportsmen's Club in Olympia, Washington. That competition, while run elsewhere and by others today, is still alive and well. While competing in calling contests from 1998-2002 John never finished higher than 4th at the Washington State championship, but he did win the 2001 "Pacific Flyway Regional" duck calling championship, held in Burbank, Washington. John has also been a member of Washington Waterfowl Association since 1998.
Nancy Farrow, a former police officer in California and now working in the field of medicine, moved to Washington State in March 2009 from her horse/cattle ranch in southcentral Oregon, where she had lived for the previous 17 years.
Besides raising cattle in Oregon, Nancy raised and trained Thoroughbred horses for several years, which became her transitional platform to begin training dogs. Nancy frequently trades places, from "dummy launcher" (smile) to handler in hunt test and retriever training, is photographer for many of the pictures on this website, and enjoys time at the gun range as well as in the field hunting birds.
JJohn Farrow hunting waterfowl on a cattle ranch in Thurston County, WA