My name is Karen, and the word "Wabana" has a number of different origins. It is
undoubtedly a Native American word, with origins in many languages. In Newfoundland,
the word means "Place of First Light." In Ojibway, it comes from the
root word "Waban," which means "The Morning Twilight." In Chippewa,
the word "Wabana" means "By the Mouth of Blue Waters."
For a kennel located in the state of Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes,
the birthplace of the Mississippi, and a place where the morning sun is often
reflected by the sparkling water or glistening white snow, any of the
three origins is equally applicable.
Wabana Flat-coated Retrievers was established in 1995, with the purchase of my first
Flatcoat, Thrasher. Since then, with the guidance and assistance of my friends at
Evensong Kennels, I have worked to make Wabana a place of light for the Flatcoat breed.
My goal is to maintain the dual purpose of this breed by breeding dogs that are
physically and temperamentally suited for the field, the family home and any other
approriate Flatcoat activity. Health, longevity, soundness of mind and body and typical
Flatcoat type and personality are all of primary importance. Every activity and breeding I pursue
will reflect all of those factors.
I am a member in good standing of the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America,
the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of Canada,
the Flatcoated Retriever Society (UK),
, and the Upper Midwest Flat-Coated Retriever club. As
such, I follow and am guided by the codes of ethics developed by these clubs.
To learn more about Flatcoats in general and about my dogs, please feel free to
explore my site. Drop me email if you have any questions or comments.