Marlys Swanson, along with her dear friend and business partner, imagined a site which catered to dog Breeders and Puppy Owners. From this concept in 2015, the creation and development of Go Puppy began. The concept and features of Go Puppy has rapidly grown into far more than they had first imagined.
Marlys graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University. Her interest has always been focused around veterinary care and husbandry. After graduating from college, Marlys pursued a career in the veterinary field. She has held many positions in this field including veterinary technician in both private and corporate practice as well as a distributor sales representative for a veterinary distributor.
Marlys began her involvement in dog shows when she purchased her first registered Lab, Penny, as a family pet. When choosing a litter, she had the good fortune of meeting a wonderful mentor who encouraged her to try everything. With Penny, Marlys learned the “ins and outs” of show and how to compete in conformation, field work, running agility trials, and obedience. Unfortunately, she was not able to breed Penny. The inability to continue Penny’s line led her to her next Lab: Emma. Emma was Marlys’ first Am/Can CH. Emma also competed and titled in obedience and is the foundation of Marlys’ breeding program. Along came Kish! Kish was purchased from a friend and is Marlys’ first specialty winning dog. Kish has been a complete joy ride and continues to be a valuable member of her foundation.
Marlys’ passion to improve the Labrador breed and involvement in the fancy has offered her many good friends, acquaintances, and opportunities–notably the development of this site.
Be on the lookout for Marlys and her husband Brad at the dog shows! They would love to share Go Puppy with you.
Angela is retired from the US Navy after serving a tour during Desert Storm. During this time, she has had the opportunity to travel to many different countries and met a tremendous amount of people from different cultures and backgrounds. The many different ideologies she was acquainted with led to her pursuit of a degree in Psychology.
After the Navy, Angela lived in Alaska for a time before returning back home to Orcas Island, Washington. In 1998, she married her husband Blane and together they have two wonderful children.
Angela’s passion for dogs began when she was a child. One of her first pups, Molly (a Lab), became a close friend and family member. Molly lived for 14 years, and this Lab was Angela’s heart dog. Fast-forward to 2009 when Angela and Blane adopted Harley, a beautiful, retired Black Lab. Once again, a friend and family member was emphatically welcomed into the bunch. In 2010, Angela wanted to extend the family, so along came Emma.
Emma became Angela’s passion. This beautiful yellow girl is the catalyst which sent Angela into the dog world. She started training Emma and quickly moved into the conformation show world. Angela participates in field work with her dogs. however her passion lies in the show ring.
Angela has served on the (PSLRA) Puget Sound Labrador Retriever Association board. During her tenure, her primary focuses were, and still are, ethics and breed standards. To this day, she strives to build a stronger and more conform dog. Every litter is well thought–clearances, structure, and pedigree. Some may wonder, “why all the effort?” Simply stated–to bring a beautiful and healthy dog into this world.
In 2015, the partners approached their good friend and Breeder, Linda Maffett, to join the Go Puppy endeavor. She accepted the offer, and holds the role as Membership Representative.
It was in the late 1980s when Linda acquired her first Labrador. She became deeply involved and passionate about the breed with her main focus in obedience and field work, titling this first girl in both. As Linda’s interest in conformation blossomed, she added another female Labrador. This girl was titled at both ends: a Champion with titles in both obedience and hunting. This female would go on to be her foundation girl. The first litter arrived in 1990. During Linda’s 26-year hobby, she has produced multiple AKC and CKC Champions as well as Obedience and Hunt Test titles. She continues to participate in hunt tests and obedience trials, however her focus remains on conformation.
Linda has always been an animal lover and has raised a variety of dogs, cats, horses, sheep, and llamas over the years. In 1995 she received her Veterinary Assistant Certificate. The certification was not intended as a potential career venue, but rather as a tool by which she could better care for her own pets.
Currently Linda is a Registered Nurse in the hospice/palliative care field. She is married to Hugh and they have one daughter, Olivia. The Labradors are a family passion. This passion has led to some lifelong friendships, all from the love for the Labrador Retriever–the catalyst which generates their excitement to bring Go Puppy to the dog world.