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CASCADE (KWWL) -
Cascade was the site of a family reunion Sunday.
Not for people, but for pups!
This is the second annual Gordon Fest, celebrating a yellow lab that's fathered 396 sons and daughters.
"My intention is to put good dogs with good people," said Joe Strang, Gordon's owner. "I think we've accomplished that. He's been with me almost every day since he was seven weeks old."
Gordon Fest celebrates not only the eleven and a half year old dog, who's now 80 in dog years, but also all the owners of the puppies, who each chose Gordon to be their "dog father."
"Because of his temperament and Joe, Joe Strang is an awesome man and he talked me into doing a puppy," said Alisa Miller, Cascade. "I wasn't going to. I was going to go for an older dog but he talked me into a puppy and I'm sure glad he did."
While Gordon is a yellow lab, about 15% of his puppies are black labs. But color doesn't matter to these lab lovers, it's the temperament of the dog that they love.
"They're a great dog," said Todd George, Balltown. "Number one, they last 10 years. All around good purpose dog. Super."
Last year 82 of Gordon's pups came to the party.
This year there were 107 and they came from across the country.
"He has puppies from San Diego to Long Island, New York and from St. Louis to Minneapolis," said Strang. "We have people here today with us from as far away as St. Paul/Minneapolis area."
Gordon's owner says having 400 offspring is on the dog's bucket list, which could just be one litter away.
The last litter of puppies Gordon fathered were born this summer.
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