We are Mike and Tina Sharp of Carl Junction, Missouri and we are Lab Lovers!
We are Mike and Tina Sharp and we are part of a large, loving family which consists of five children, two cats, and a 19 year old Shi-Tzu named Hollie. We live on just short of five acres along a creek bottom, rich with various types of trees including both Red and White Oaks, Hickory, Walnut and several 60 foot tall White Pines. In the early Spring the woods come alive with Dogwoods and Redbuds, those first harbingers of warmer weather. Our little slice of heaven is home to a vast variety of animals such as Whitetail Deer, Raccoon, Opossum, Red Fox, Bobcat and both Red and Grey Squirrels. Birds of many type fly about the yard, and summer evenings are spent watching for the bat which flits about in search of its evening meal of flying insects. One of our joys is to watch the wildlife as it moves in and around our property, occasionally assisting them by feeding them in times of harsh winter weather.
My love affair with Labrador Retrievers began upwards of thirty years ago when a friend of mine bought a female Lab. We hunted and fished together frequently and he had an idea to breed Labs for hunting purposes. Neither of us had the slightest clue what we were doing, but we decided to give it a go. I found a male pup and purchased him for the princely sum of $150.00. At the time, that was the equivalent of a full week's wages so it was quite an investment for me. When I met the gentleman who had the puppies for sale, he brought out the sire and put him through his paces. Hand movements were all that were required for sit, stay, fetch, and back. I was in awe. Then he put him away and brought out the dam. Same thing; hand movements. After a few minutes, he then brought out the puppies, all seven of them. Black bundles of fur bouncing and running, playing with one another on the green grass. Except one; a male. He walked straight over to the training dummy, picked it up and came to sit in front of me. Pretty good indicator of what I was looking for. I named him Ubar and set out to train him.
He was a great Lab, and smart. It was he that caused me to fall in love with the breed as we trained one another in what we would require as the years passed. But before we could reach the fields he was stolen from my yard. Thus ended our plans.
I have been a hunter and fisherman my entire life. I am an avid archer and count harvesting a Whitetail Deer with my bow one of my greatest achievements afield. I have also sought duck, quail and dove in the field, both with and without a dog. In addition, I dabble in writing and have been a reader for as long as I can remember. I have an ebook on Amazon currently for sale. It is a combination of truth and fiction told by an old man at the end of his days. If you would like to take a look at it you can find it on Amazon, just look for River of Memories by Michael Sharp.
My lovely wife Tina is a full time mother of our brood, both those with and without fur. She is a wonderful caregiver and doles out hugs to all comers.
We also enjoy gardening and each year grow and harvest tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, peppers, radishes, banana and jalapeno peppers, some corn (if the critters don't eat it first!) and cucumbers. We all love homemade pickles and 2013 was a banner year. We canned 170 quarts of pickles! We had sandwich slices, hamburger slices, spears and whole pickles galore. We even made and tried cucumber jelly. We have made our own salsa and spaghetti sauce using the fruits of our labor and it is a rewarding experience for all.
Today, we have Ducks On The Pond (Duckie) and Absaroka Majesty (Abbie). In case you noticed and were wondering, yes I am an NCIS fan. Both dogs are named for characters from the show and some day we hope to add other members to our family. My wife and I are looking forward to our sunset years showing Labs.