April 19, 2021

A Guest Blog from Ari Katz on his Labrador Retriever Puppies

So many of you have commented on how much you enjoy seeing blog entries about my pets. I share my Bedford, New York farm with many animals - horses, a pony, donkeys, peafowl, geese, pigeons, chickens, Guinea fowl, turkeys, canaries, parakeets, cats, and of course, my four dogs - Chow Chows, Champion Empress Qin and Emperor Han, and French Bulldogs, Creme Brûlée and Bête Noire. Many of you have also seen photos of my young friend, Ari Katz's dogs. Ari is also very serious and passionate about animals. He enjoys breeding, raising, and showing champion Labrador Retrievers. Here is an update on his beautiful dogs.

Last year, I created a kennel on my family’s farm in Maryland and have started seriously breeding Labrador Retrievers. My history with the breed dates back to the age of 10 when I showed my first Labrador, Maggie. In November of 2020, I decided to breed my female, Mehndi, a dog I co-own with my friend, Karen Helmers. Mehndi was the right age and was mature enough for her first litter.

Enjoy these photos, and to learn more about my Labradors, my kennel, and my puppies, please visit www.aklabradors.com.

April 17, 2021

Trees in Early Spring

Here in the Northeast, we're expecting a mix of sun and clouds today with temperatures in the 50s. This week brought rain and even a bit of snow in some areas, but the gardens continue to transform.

It always amazes me how quickly plants and trees grow from day to day. I am constantly noticing something new blooming at my farm. And, while many of the flowers are erupting with vibrant color, we've also been taking photos of the various trees and all the precious buds just beginning to open on their branches.

Enjoy these images.

April 16, 2021

Potting Hundreds of Trees

Potting and planting hundreds of trees is a huge, yet exciting undertaking.

Every year, I try to plant as many trees as I can. I feel strongly about reforestation and giving back to the earth, so the more trees planted, the better. Trees provide habitat and food for birds and other animals, they absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, and they release oxygen. Do you know… one large tree can provide a day's supply of oxygen for four people? The earth needs many, many trees! Recently, we received a shipment of 750 bare-root cuttings from JLPN, a three-generation family-owned tree company in Salem, Oregon. Bare-root trees are so named because the plants are dug from the ground while dormant, and stored without any soil surrounding their roots. Once the young specimens arrived, my gardeners and outdoor grounds crew hurried to pot them in nutrient-filled composted soil to keep them healthy until they can be transplanted in the ground.

Here are some photos.