Meet the Family:
Glad to meet you! I have been raising Springers and Labs for over 30 years and was fortunate enough to have been brought up with dogs, I usually had a black Lab at my side. One of the first Labs in my life was “Daisy”. I remember her riding with my Dad to the Architects office on Sunday afternoons where she would patiently wait for him to complete the finishing touches on a mechanical engineering project of his. After her outing, Daisy would be ready to lounge with the family; I took many naps with her, she was a great pillow for a then, four-year-old. Dad and I did a lot of ‘road hunting’ in my youth and our Labs always accompanied us, sometimes running behind the car when we were ready to be done for the day and they were not (they were always glad to jump in after a mile or so…that really worried me!). After graduating from Iowa State, I got my own Lab, a yellow female in 1984 and “Jenny” provided many litters of nice pups ($75 then). We kept a female (Louie) from one of her litters and she also whelped many litters even after bowel resection surgery. Louie gave us 15 years of enduring love and devotion. We had to look for a replacement once Louie retired and that resulted in finding litter mates (Sage & Dixie) from the Buetners in Webb, Iowa. ‘Sage’ continued to produce fantastic pups and has retired. Our breeding program is being revamped as we now have young Labs, ‘Suzi’ and ‘Gus’; pups to come in a year or two.
English Springer Spaniels were introduced to the family when I gave my father a female pup in 1984. ‘Sally’ began the long line of Springers (now with 6th generation ) that we, along with many families are enjoying. Our Springers are a pleasant blend of field and bench. The true beauty and typiness of the breed flows through our dogs. We have lightly line bred to keep the quality and laid-back disposition that our dogs are known for. Many families are repeat buyers and are a great referral source. One family purchased a pup recently as a wedding gift for their daughter and we were delighted to receive the most beautiful photo of the pup at the wedding with the bride and groom! Another Springer pup is a TV star in Green Bay, WI. My father-in-law has a half-brother to the most recent litters and will be running him in AKC Hunt Tests soon.
My husband was also raised with a Lab at his side. He was brought up in the world of hunting and was a vital part of the family’s dog training as a youth. Rick threw many a bird at licensed dog trials and for seemingly endless hours of training. My father-in-law is a past AKC Retriever Trial judge and is now enjoying training one of ‘Sage’s’ pups, a black male featured in our homepage photo. Mak’s has his Senior Hunter title, some derby points and is working on his MH title as well. My husband and I share very special memories of our first date, a pheasant hunting outing in Iowa with his black Lab, Molly!
It gives me the goosebumps to see these dogs work and nothing is more beautiful than the retrieve of a fresh bird on a crisp autumn morning or the loyalty of those dark brown eyes when you awaken in the morning!
We added to our sporting business in the Fall of 2015 by furthering our love of Archery. Bear Creek Outdoors evolved and we are the areas newest HOYT Archery dealers. We feature a full line of HOYT compound bows that fit all budgets and people from youngsters on up.
Hope you enjoy our site!
- Kelly Lillie
A little more about us and our canines:
Located on the edge of Forest City, Iowa since 1921, Fernwood Farm boasts tall trees, rolling hills and a wonderful setting for raising kids and dogs. Bear Creek Kennel coined its name from the creek that runs nearby, the creek where I raced my horse and dug for clams as a youngster.
Our family has been raising quality, healthy, family hunting dogs for over 30 years. My husband and I grew up with Labrador Retrievers. Our line of English Springer Spaniels however, was introduced when we gave my father a female pup in 1984. That female was ‘Sally’, she was the loyal and loving ‘founder’ of our wonderful line of English Springer Spaniels, her strengths and characteristics have continued, with fifth and sixth generation pups available throughout the year. Pups from $600.
Our Labs are from strong hunting lines, our newest addition, a black female ‘Suzi’ hails from Sioux City, Iowa and is bound to be a great duck and upland bird dog and hunt test competitor. Many of our pups have gone on to title in both AKC and UKC hunt tests and retriever trials. Our latest male, “Gus” is the son of our laid back, driven hunter; SH Mak’s Air Express. Puppies available in a year or two.
We pride ourselves in raising quality healthy, farm-raised pups that families can enjoy in the field and in the home. It is our hope that each new owner will enjoy their new family addition as much as we do ours. References available upon request.
Thank you for checking out our website.
Rick and Kelly Lillie
Bear Creek Outdoors
Kid tested, Parent approved
Specializing in Quality Pups
Bear Creek Kennel and Bear Creek Outdoors
3388 Sage Drive, Forest City, Iowa 50436