Welcome to the home of Out and Back Kennel. We are located in West Plains, Missouri, the Heart of the Ozark Mountains of Howell County. Out and Back Kennel is a professionally owned and operated business.
My love for dogs goes back to my childhood as I was raised on a row crop farm in northeast Arkansas. Those were some hard ole times, but the one anchor in my life was my dog. I clenched to him like metal to a magnet.
In my early adulthood, I moved to the rolling hills of Southern Missouri. Bobwhite quail was plentiful. It was a perfect marriage; my passion for hunting and my love for dogs. It seemed everybody had a bird dog. I raised and trained bird dogs for years.
Then came the sharp decline in our quail population. The demand for bird dogs dropped drastically. I tried field trials and qualified a dog for the Nationals but field trials just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I always assumed I would train a few dogs in my retirement years. Having always admired a well-trained duck dog, I took on the challenge a few years ago to raise and train Labrador Retrievers. I absolutely love these dogs. They are the center of my life.