Stonecrest's Bowditch "Bowdie"
Our family has been showing and raising pure bred dogs since the early 1950's. Basset Hounds were the families' first breed. Even back then, George and Louise were intrigued by the Labradors. They were introduced to them through close family friends who bred Labradors at that time. George particularly enjoyed watching the Labrador judging and he was often found sitting alongside the Lab ring after the Bassets were done being judged. During that time, George and Louise made the acquaintance of Jim and Helen Warwick (Lockerbie) who lived near by and attended the same shows. They were very gracious and readily mentored them in the finer qualities of the Labrador.
We are currently located in Connecticut and are active members of the Pawcatuck River Labrador Retriever Club .
The family adopted their first Labrador, a wonderful yellow boy about 1962. This boy was such a big hit with the family that they decided to purchase their first two "show" Lab puppies shortly afterwards. Both of these pups earned their AKC show championship. It was about this time too, that their daughter, Claire coaxed the family to become involved with Scottish Terriers. She and Louise finished championships on a number of Scotties while both daughters, Lois, Claire, as well as George, showed the Labradors. For some time now, the family has concentrated solely on the wonderful easy going Labradors. George so enjoyed the Labs, that he eventually obtained his AKC judges license. Claire has followed in her dad's footsteps and now is also judging. She and her husband, Bill now carry on the Stonecrest prefix. The following pages will highlight some of the families present and past favorite four legged friends.