What Makes Us Different

We Are Laurie and Joe Zalewski, owners of Laurie & Joe’s Labs

We are a family owned and operated home based breeder who exclusively breeds health tested and temperamentally proven Labrador Retrievers. We look forward to providing you with your next companion pet, service dog, therapy dog, school dog, other facility dog, hunting companion, or ESA.

While our dogs may come and go from our premises for training and showing purposes, they are still considering a valued member of our pack.

Rigorous & Thorough Testing

We adhere to the guidelines set forth for Pre Breeding health testing by The Labrador Retriever Parent Club. We have been awarded the prestigious AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T Program Certificate for our compliance with the recommended health testing of the dogs in our breeding program.

We exceed these guidelines by having all the dogs in our program undergo a Breeding Soundness Exam by our vet ( which includes bloodwork) to ensure that each of our dogs is in top shape prior to being bred.

Why We Health Test Before Breeding
Our Health Testing Includes:
  • Vet Examination of Dam and Sire for appearance, absence of hereditary defects or temperamental flaws

  • Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) Certification of eyes, elbows and hips

  • Or Penn hip evaluation of hips

  • Complete Labrador Disease DNA panel

Any outside sires used must meet this same criteria.

Meet The Pack

The First 8 Weeks:

We offer an unique puppy curriculum which occurs during the all important first 8 weeks of a puppy’s life which includes an introduction to potty training and crate training. We provide the essential exposures which a puppy needs to experience so they know the world is safe, that humans are loving, and that other animals are kind.

Working puppies through a curriculum assists us in identifying puppies who will be best suited for each type of lifestyle: with kids (and ages of) or in an adult-only home, with someone who works from home or who can live with someone who is gone for an extended period of time.

At about 53 days, we perform puppy evaluations on all of the puppies. This is a tool to help you select your puppy. There is much written about choosing the perfect puppy. We believe there is no “bad puppy,” but there can be a bad match between owner and puppy which can contribute to unwanted puppy/dog behaviors.

Outstanding Pedigrees

Outstanding Pedigrees means that a purebred dog’s blood relative has received a title in an AKC event. It is thought by preservation breeders to be a sign of being well-bred or proven. A title can be earned in conformation (meaning correct body structure and movement) or ability (field trials, hunting, dock diving, etc). We cannot guarantee that any of our puppies will excel in AKC events; our primary focus is health and temperament.

In Addition to Being Family Pets,
Our Dogs Go On To Serve Other Purposes

Dual-Purpose Dogs & Sporting Dogs

While most of our puppies go into pet homes as companion animals, some of our puppies are acquired as dual purpose animals. These puppies can be trained as Sporting Partners, ESA, School Dogs, and other Facility Dogs. We can identify puppies who will excel in each area and can collaborate with you and your trainer in the puppy selection process.

Facility Dogs

We have placed puppies into other facilities (retirement homes) with their owner as their handler. We are able to identify these candidates by 8 weeks of age. Facility dogs must also have a trainer in place at the time of entering into our contract.

School Dogs

We have placed our puppies into schools with their owner as their handler. We are able to identify these candidates by 8 weeks of age. School dogs must also have a trainer in place at the time of entering into our contract.

Emotional Support Animals

We have placed emotional support animals into private homes and can identify these candidates by 8 weeks of age. If you are requesting an emotional support animal, you must have a trainer in place at the time of entering into our contract.

Service Dogs

A service dog is trained for one single individual to mitigate a disability. Service dogs and their handlers are protected through the ADA and have full public access. Examples: Diabetic Alert, Seizure Response, Mobility Assist, Hearing Assist, Seeing Eye. We require you to work with a professional trainer.

Penny Penny is doing wonderfully. Thank you for everything.
Anna, Scarborough, ME
Ember She is doing great, and we love her so much!
Shannon, Epsom, NH
Cooper Thank you for my handsome boy.
Diane, Concord
Eva Thank you for taking care of Eva and getting her ready for our home.
Megan, Santa Rosa, CA
Nueske We just wanted to let you know Nueske has settled in nicely with her special friends, our dog Ramey and our kids. I slept on the floor next to her last night and she did great. She already learned how to go upstairs and where to poop and pee. She's amazing. I can’t thank you enough. Warm thanks.
Linda, San Francisco
Sully Thank you for providing a new addition to our family.
Adrienne, Salem, NH
Fitzy We all love Fitzy
Jeff, Charlton, MA
Flash Hi Laurie. I wanted to let you know Flash is doing well. Flash is sleeping and Rahul is happy.
Ravi, Sunnyvale, CA
Maizie I wanted to show you Maizie with her new sisters and brother watching her. Her first night she cried some. I knew it was going to be a bit of an adjustment for her to her new surroundings and family. I slept downstairs on my couch and Maizie slept right next to me all night. She is such a good girl. Today was a great day with her playing, giving us kisses and running around very happy😍👍🏻George and I just love her to bits!!💕🐶
Connie, Pleasanton, CA
Owen Owen is 10 weeks old today. He gained 1.6 pounds in the last week. He is such a sweet little guy and learns quickly. He loves Molly and she has been so tolerant of him. I love when they curl up together.  He sleeps with Molly and us every night. Owen understands when it gets dark, play time is over. He stays on the bed the whole night but once he’s up, he’s up! He has so much energy now he runs around like crazy.
Jeannette, Dublin, CA
Star Thanks so much for your very professional information and advice. You are the best breeder ever!
Judy, Danville, CA
Mowgli Thanks so much for your very professional information and advice. You are the best breeder ever!
Lisa, Danville, CA
Thorin He had a good first night. He peed and pooped outside. He is such a special boy!
Susan, Fremont, CA
Koa Thank you, Laurie and Joes Labs, for the newest member of the family!
Isabel, Livermore, CA
Birdie I’m so in love. Thank you so much!
Jennifer, Danville, CA
Rocky He loves hanging out with us in our office and in the backyard.
Elsa and Orlando, Livermore, CA
Floki Floki has adjusted fine. He loves water!
Carlos, Antioch, CA
Rosie Rosie is doing really well in her new home. She is really well behaved and her vet visit went great.
James, San Ramon, CA
Summer Summer is doing well. She has gained over 2 lbs since her first vet visit. She has mastered the “sit” command and house training. She is precious.
Monika, Oakland, CA
Luna Luna has been the perfect addition to our family
Sarah, North Attleboro, MA
George He is a natural in the water
George, Karen, MA
Elsa We love her so much and will enjoy watching her grow up with the boys.
Joyce, Brookline, NH
Pawling Pawling is growing and maturing into a wonderful puppy. We love him so much. He is very smart, loves making friends with other dogs, and is the best cuddler ever!
Sierra & Ryan, New Hampton, NH
Ziggy Ziggy and his big sister Riley really love each other.
Kim, Durham, NH
Java Java is just chilling at home. He went to the vet and everything is great!
Wendy, Tewksbury, MA
Jackson Jackson is doing great! We couldn’t be more in love.
Terri, Bedford, NH
Buddy Thanks for the great experience. Buddy has acclimated well. He loves playing with his toys and taking naps. He put himself to bed in his crate last night. He knows we are his people and we feel very lucky.
Deb, Londonderry, NH
Kingsley Kingsley is a good boy and pretty calm for a Lab. He knows his name and gets along great with our other dog Tucker and fits right in with our cats.
Becky, Laconia, NH
Kenai Kenai is doing great!!! We are so happy!
Jessica, Durham, NH
Luna Luna is a love! She is having fun chasing her big brother Brody all over and is eating and sleeping well. She is just a joy. We went to the vet yesterday and everything is great!
Joyce, New Canaan, CT
Buzz Buzz is doing great. He adores the water and is an excellent swimmer. We love him so much!
Olivia, Duxbury, MA
Jack Jack is doing great. He has mastered sleeping in his crate at night and loose leash walking. He loves playing with our grandkid’s Lab and riding in the cart while I golf. I love being a Lab dad again!
Shawn, Surrey, NH
Boeing Boeing is so awesome and we are totally in love already. Thank you for raising such good pups!
Nicole and Randy, Weare, NH
Cashew Cashew is doing great. He loves everyone and is so darn cute. He is such a good boy and I am glad I have him. I am so glad I found a wonderful breeder like you who was so good to him for the first 8 weeks. You guys are wonderful!
Cheryl, Bellingham, MA
Oakley Oakley is doing great! He and the cat are slowly warming up to each other. He is doing really well with potty training and he puts himself in his crate for naps and at bedtime.
Laura, Litchfield, NH
Barley Barley is adjusting so well. He is doing great with the crate although his favorite thing is to snuggle and sleep with his boys!
Barley, NH
Bodie Bodie’s wellness visit went well. The vet said, “Wow, what a great pup! He must have come from a very good breeder”. She also said he looks absolutely healthy!
Steph Topsham, ME
Kobe He has definitely stolen our hearts. Thank you.
Alex, Salem, NH
Bentley Things are going great here.
Brianna, Bedford, MA
Jack Thank you so much. We love him lots.
Fran, Lawrence, MA
Buzz Buzz is doing great. He adores the water and is an excellent swimmer. We love him so much!
Art, Chelmsford, MA
Floki Floki is settling into a fantastic routine and is such a wonderful puppy.
Ann, Lynnfield, MA
Murphy Murphy is very smart and is fitting right in. He is awesome.
Neal, Derry, NH
Tigger Tigger is doing well adapting. He is doing great and growing a lot. Thank you for everything.
Marianne, Centerville, MA
Shadow Shadow is really a joy to have. Thank you for all your hard work during those first 8 weeks after his birth. It really shines through in how he presently acts.
Victoria, Franklin, NH
Pemi Sunshine Pemi Sunshine is an actual ray of sunshine in our lives. We couldn’t be happier with this little lady!
Ashley, Exeter, NH
Pippa Pippa is doing great. The work you do with your dogs and pups is to be commended. It makes the transition very easy. We love her so much.
Jen, Langdon, NH
Charcoal He loves being home and playing.
Nick, Deerfield, NH
Shamus He is so special, this puppy is wonderful. We are in love. Thank you more than you know.
Ruth, Colchester, VT
Oakley Oakley is loving his new home. We feel so blessed to have met such a wonderful breeder and have Oakley in our lives.
April, Annandale, NJ