• Bustin’ Water Kennels offers quality breeding, boarding and whelping services.

Our Dogs



Bustin’ Water Kennels takes great pride in competing with our dogs to prove their ability to give back to the breed. All our dogs are extensively health tested and field tested! See their results on their own bio’s.


Meet Josie - Bustin' Waters She's No Mirage QAA MH MHR


Josie is a very easy dog to run in both hunt tests and field trials and is a pure joy to stand next to at the line. Josie is shared with our neighbor Kelly who wanted a yellow female but our litter with Stinger to Indy did not produce any so she asked me to look around for her. Well I found one in Wisconsin that I wanted to be a part of and so the journey began with sharing Josie. Josie has been in training with Dynamic Retrievers off and on over the years and is always ready to train! To date she has a perfect pass rate of 17/17 in Master tests and 2/2 in Master National tests. She has run quite a few Qualifyings with 1-2nd place, 1-3rd place, 2-4th places, 2 Reserve Jams, and 6 Jams. We have moved her out of the Qualifying and started in the Amateurs in 2019. Hoping big things still to come for the 2020 season! 




Meet Libby - Bustin' Waters Lady Liberty MH


Libby has a lot of go in her and I need to be very fast on the whistle!! She loves her birds as much as she does her snuggles with our daughter on the couch! Libby has been in training with Dynamic Retrievers for 2 winter trips and just started running events consistently in 2019. She went 4/4 in Junior, 4/5 in Senior and 5/8 to achieve her Master Title




Meet Vanna - Bustin' Waters Wheel of Fortune


Vanna is from our 2019 breeding of FC AFC B. Bumble (Stinger) X Bustin’ Waters She’s No Mirage QAA MH. Vanna is shared with Bob Vorwerk of Go Bird Retrievers. Bob has been doing all the young dog work with Vanna in 2019 and 2020. Once in a while we steal her for a visit! Expecting great things for her future! Link to her pedigree.




Meet Pearl - Esprit’s Grade A Pearl


Bustin’ Water Kennels added Pearl to our fine line of competitors at 20 months old. She had all her training up to that point done by Mike Moroz in Georgia. Gary had seen Pearl listed for sale and couldn’t get her out of his mind! Always had a draw to the Esprit’s Out of the Woods X Scan’s Nick of Time lineage and knew she could be a great fit here! A quick roundtrip to Georgia (during shelter in place orders) and she was ours! Pearl came to us with a HR title in UKC and 5 derby points! Great expectations for this little girl!! WON her first Derby attempt after joining Bustin' Water Kennels! This places Pearl on the National Derby List with 10 points!  




Bustin' Water Kennels Retired Dogs


Grace - Bustin' Waters Kennel

Meet Grace - Amazing Grace SH


Grace is currently 13+ years old and spends most of her time in the Lazyboy recliner when I am not in it! She leaves plenty of glitter(hair) all over and is so sweet. She was a bit of a trick to run events with as she believed all birds were HERS and had a terrible habit of breaking on the honor bird after smashing the marks and blinds!



Mikko - Bustin' Waters Kennel

Meet Mikko - Bustin’ Waters Center Of Attention


Mikko is from our first Fisher X Flo breeding and shared with my cousin and lives with his family mainly for pet and hunting. Miko at 7 years old is still actively hunted by Brad in the fall and few spring snow goose trips.



Meet Kokomo - Bustin’ Waters Kokomo Monkeys Around


Koko is from our second litter of Fisher X Flo and lives with Katie’s parents Kirk and Roseann. She is a great house dog and companion! She knows what time breakfast and dinner are to be served and not shy about reminding them!



Indy - Bustin' Waters Kennel

Meet Indy - Bustin’ Waters In It To Win It


We kept Indy from our NFC AFC Boo x Grace litter. She is a sweet, loving, little pocket rocket! Indy lived with us until last year and was a great mother and companion and now lives in Hinckley on a farm with lots of room to run like the wind!





Crossed over the rainbow bridge and still in our hearts!


Flo - Bustin' Waters Kennel

Meet Flo - Bustin' Waters Go With the Flo 8/17/2009-2/21/2020


Flo was from a litter I had been watching and wanted to get a puppy! I knew Katie would not like the price on the litter so quietly passed. About 8 months later I found a classified ad for a black female from that litter that didn’t quite have enough drive for the current owner/trainer and wanted to sell her! I hemmed and hawed over the decision to buy her for about a month, well the ad reappeared and I couldn’t pass again. Flo was shipped up on a plane and quickly became my daughter’s favorite as she was much calmer than Grace and Harley.



Casey - Bustin' Waters Kennel

Meet Casey “Bustin’ Water” Metzger SH 2/23/2003-12/15/2006


Casey was our first purebred Labrador and bought for hunting. When Katie and I got married in 2001 she had a lab/chessie named Abby and I had a Vizsla/Lab named Britney. Abby was gunshy and Britney really didn’t like the cold water duck hunting but did great on pheasants. Casey was 100% Amateur trained and despite my lack of dog training knowledge did very well. I was told about these “fun trials” and decided to give one a try. It was February 2004 and was well below zero that morning, spent all day there and took 3rd place in the puppy, well that was the beginning to the hunt test and field trial obsession!!