Troy with Gunner
There are two family members who are co-owned. Izzy lives with co-owner Mark Tesch, Horicon, while Fritz lives six months of the year with co-owners Tom & Danah Zoulek and Family, Richfield.
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Lisa Drost and her two children, Anthony and LoriJean help care for the litter(s) of pups and momma.
Mike and Troy Frederiksen, nephews of Tucker, love working with the dogs. They are willing to be "go for's", clean the airing yard and toss an ugly bird, just to be with Tucker and the dogs.
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Although we were hoping for Betsy, it initially appeared she would not be part of our family. So Kiefer was adopted November 14th (Betsy was born November 15th). We were informed mid December that Betsy could be ours. So she was adopted New Year's Day.
Razz-L and Rockee were kept out of two different litters from Kira. Razz-L has earned the title of Qualified All Age and Rockee is the hunting fanatic!
Hanna-Kay joined the family shortly before Kira passed. She has earned the title as Master Hunter. Although only 40lbs sopping wet, she definitely doesn't lack heart and drive! Being so small she has become the 'go to' duck dog.
In the meantime, they decided to marry in 1995 but not before officially making their future a normal one by adopting 8 week old, black Labrador Retriever, Kira . She became the child of the family who had great skills as a pheasant hunter.
Early on, friend and pro-trainer, Jeff Schwartz, worked with Kira & Tucker to fine tune those hunting skills and suggested that we enter her into AKC Hunt Tests. She and Tucker succeeded to earn titles both in the AKC and the NAHRA hunting fields.
As our knowledge grew, so did our canine family. Bailey joined us, earning a Junior Hunter title. This "munchkin" of a black lab was also feisty little hunter. Both Kira and Bailey were mommies to more wonderful family canine members and hunting companions.
Welcome to River Velvet Retrievers, LLC owned and operated by Kim and Todd "Tucker" Spittel, originally from Horicon, WI. Both grew up with hunting pets in the household. Tucker earned a BS Degree in Sports Management from UW Oshkosh while Kim earned a BA Degree in Art from St. Norbert College. They met working together and while dating they quickly learned they had similar goals and the idea of owning a business together blossomed. As to what line of business it would be was undetermined for several years.
Over the next several years different business ideas were discussed, but nothing seemed to catch our hearts strings. Kim currently works for Sacred Heart Church, Horicon, as the parish secretary and Tucker works at Kwik Trip, Inc., Beaver Dam.
Meet the Owners,
their Canine Family
and the Volunteers...