It is difficult to find the words to describe the amazing experience we have had with Bella Notte Labradors. Several months after losing our much-loved Labrador Retriever, we felt it was time to bring a new little Labrador love into our home. As any dog lover knows, moving on after such a loss can be hard and making the decision to add another set of paws to the family can be bitter sweet. Speaking with Angela the first time, I felt an instant connection and immediately put at ease. Angela’s dedication and love for her dogs is clear from the moment you meet her. She is truly a hands-on breeder who loves her dogs and raises them in a love filled home - it shows in the quality and temperament of her puppies. Gossin came into our lives at the exact perfect time when we needed him the most. He is sweet and loving and has brought the perfect little happy energy into our house. We will forever be grateful to Bella Notte Labradors.
Annie Cody & Eric Nesser
We honestly can NOT say enough about how wonderful Bella Notte Labradors is! When we lost our first Lab and the love of our lives, Lindsey, we were absolutely devastated. Though I logically knew we needed another Lab in our lives to love, I just wasn't ready to take that leap. However, I honestly believe Lindsey sent us to Bella Notte because she was worried about us and we received the sweetest little Black Lab, who we named, appropriately, Shelby Hope. Seven months later, we picked up Shelby's 100% sister, a Yellow Lab we named Aubrey Faith and we couldn't be happier! We are so thankful that Bella Notte Labradors is a conscientious and intentional breeder whose goal is to produce the absolute best dogs possible. We are so very grateful for all they do to create the most healthy, beautiful furry bundles of joy. We are also ever so grateful for the friendship that we've established with Angela--what a genuinely down-to-earth, beautiful person she and her family are!
Jason & Kim Guthrie
We would like to share our experience with Bella Notte Labradors and Angela Rice. Angela was the first person who made us feel comfortable and thoroughly answered all of our questions in a down to earth manner. Mo our Chocolate Lab is extremely healthy, well tempered and child friendly. We have received so many compliments on his appearance and demeanor. We highly recommend Bella Notte Labradors to anyone looking for a quality bred Lab. Angela is a top shelf breeder who is truly dedicated to breeding top quality labs.
Dave & Ann Egizio
Our family was looking for our perfect forever black female Lab puppy and found her at Belle Notte Labradors. Since our very first phone call Angela has provided excellent advice, information, and care for our girl and our family. We still communicate today. She's an incredible resource making the world of Labs a better place. We couldn't be more pleased with our Hazel girl and can't imagine life without her.
The Smitsky Family
Our experience with Bella Notte Labradors has been tremendous. From the beginning of the "puppy process," Angela was able to answer all of our questions in a timely manner to help us find the best-fit new addition to our family. She kept us well-informed and included in the puppy's growth since the day she was born. We are very grateful for the feelings of ease and comfort that Bella Notte gave us throughout the process. As our happy and healthy pup is now home with us, we know Angela is still a quick text/call away if we ever need advice or have questions about anything. I would recommend Bella Notte Labradors to anyone in search of a new furry family member, for we only have outstanding and exceptional words to speak about them.
After losing a wonderful member of our family (a chocolate lab named Ginger) we were kind of lost as to what to do next. Eventually we decided that the house was too quiet without those four paws padding around it and so we began to do some homework and talk to some people. Our search ended when we came across Angela and Bella Notte Labradors. We knew immediately that Bella Notte Labradors was the right fit for us. Angela’s love of the breed, dedication to it, and most of all her passion for it, shine through right away. You instantly know that you are talking with someone who truly loves what she does and strives to do things the right way. There were no questions she couldn’t answer, no concern she couldn’t put at ease for us. Our gorgeous Yellow Lab Eleven has been nothing short of perfect. Her temperament is exactly what we were looking for and her strength and health are truly impressive. When we picked her up Angela welcomed us to the Bella Notte Family and that’s exactly what it is, an extended family. In Angela and Bella Notte Labradors we not only got the perfect companion dog, but also a friend and expert partner in raising your newest family member. Thank you so much Angela!
Justin & Jennifer Fitch
Cathy & Mike Hill
We had been thinking about replacing our lab for probably three years, certainly more seriously in the latter part of that timeframe. We had a wonderful girl that we had to put down after 14 years and quite frankly we missed her. We wanted to get a similar female with a great disposition that would react well with a bunch of young grandchildren.
We thought it would be easy – simply go back to the kennel from which we had obtained the first dog. After talking with several people who had recently obtained dogs from there we realized that things had changed and that kennel had moved from a small, one person, a couple of litters a year environment to something of a larger scale operation with many litters over each year. We were not impressed with either the kennel or the dogs we saw and felt they had moved too far toward the “puppy mill” situation.
So, easy solution – right? Just find another kennel, how hard can that be? I explored the local market and I looked on the web – there are lots of great websites that promise you the best dog in the world – I’m sure you have seen that. It's easy to put up a great website, but how do you really know what you are dealing with?
I saw, at a family picnic, what I thought was a great looking puppy and asked where it came from. I asked my vet about that kennel and he hemmed and hawed without wanting to say anything specifically negative – not a great sign I concluded. He then went on to say that he had seen, in the last few weeks, the best puppy he had seen in years. I talked with the puppy’s owner, who was very happy with her experience, and decided I wanted to explore more with this kennel – Bella Notte and Angela Rice.
I go to Pittsburgh several times a year for sporting events and decided to hook in a side trip to see the kennel first hand. Angela was more than receptive to this suggestion. I was very pleased at what I saw both in terms of the dogs that were present and the facility itself. Angela was more than willing to talk about everything involved and I’m sure I drove her crazy over the course of several months with questions.
Bottom line is I think we got a great puppy. We have had Charlie for six weeks and could not be happier. I would highly recommended both Bella Notte and Angela to anyone who might inquire.
I came to know Bella Notte Labradors because sadly, I had just lost my closest companion of 12 years, a beautiful Chocolate Lab named Maddi. I raised her with my friends, JC and Mindy, and Jeff. They took care of her when I worked so that she would always have someone. We jokingly referred to her as “the time share dog.”
After a few months of grieving, I missed the company of a great dog; the sounds she made, the walks we took. I began to hunt for another furry friend, in the paper, on-line, and in dog magazines. One night, Mindy found a website by accident and told me to check it out. A Chocolate Lab named Penny was going to have a litter in October. By coincidence, my Maddi’s kennel name was Penny. I immediately found the site for Bella Notte Labradors and began researching it. I got up the courage to call, and spoke to a wonderful woman named Angela. We talked for quite awhile and I was taken in by her care, compassion, and knowledge. I knew I had found a friend and someone I trusted to help me find my new companion.
We spoke often on the phone, and Angela constantly sent me updates and photos of Penny’s new litter. Of course I wanted them all, but she pointed out the little girl with the purple ribbon. I watched for her constantly.
When meeting day came, I got to meet Angela in person and my new Lab. Angela matched my puppy perfectly. Her name is Emma, and she has personality, intelligence, loyalty, and energy. I thank God every day when we wake up and she wags her tail and greets me! I cannot thank and praise Angela enough for her service and commitment to providing a quality companion for me and my friends to enjoy.
I would not hesitate a second to recommend Bella Notte Labradors and Angela Rice to any dog lover in need of a new furry friend for life. Thank you so much, Angela, for Emma and for being my friend!
Thank you so much for our yellow Lab, Gypsy! From our initial conversations almost eight months ago until we picked her up, you have been so easy to communicate with and very informative about the progress of the puppy litter. The weekly pictures were an added bonus that we looked forward to each week. We very much appreciated the fact that you let us meet Sunny and, of course, you on our way home from Texas this spring. That really sealed the deal in our minds.
It has been almost a week now with Gypsy and we couldn’t be happier, except for her 5AM wake up hour right now. Her temperament is exactly what we were looking for. Gypsy was a real hit with our two grand daughters and basically everyone that has met her. We just feel so lucky that we were referred to you from a friend who has one of your puppies from a previous litter. As you know we live nine hours away, but Gypsy has made the trip worth it. Thanks again and please tell Sunny she did a great job as a first time mom. When the day comes when we want a second Lab again, we know exactly where to call. Thank You.
Greg & Jean Lloyd
I have known Angela for many years and always knew she is an exceptional dog trainer, what I didn’t know is what an exceptional breeder she is. We lost our beloved chocolate lab “Dude” early last spring and we, as well as our female lab were all grieving. I searched online for months for a lab to adopt and couldn’t find one that felt right. When Angela gave me the opportunity to make Ray part of our family, I knew it was meant to be.
The foundation that Angela gives her puppies is amazing. They are confident, smart, eager to please and loving. She knows how to breed for temperament, good genetics, quality conformation and overall lovely companion dogs. The most impressive thing to me is her ethics as a breeder. She loves all her dogs and makes their welfare her top priority. They are loved pets who are part of her family. When it becomes necessary to part with one that is no longer able (for whatever reason) to continue as part of her breeding program, she places that dog is a loving, thoughtfully chosen forever home. And I think it breaks her heart each time that may be necessary. I come from the standardbred racehorse business and the best horsemen always said “love the horse first then love the business” She is that way with her dogs. I truly believe that she never wants any pup she has produced to end up anywhere other than in a loving home and will do all she can to ensure that happens.
I thank her every day when I look at Ray’s shining intelligent eyes and smiling face and laugh at her antics. Ray and I are training together and having so much fun!
Thank You, Angela, for the joy she brings us all!
I spent a lot of time online researching different breeders in four surrounding states near our home. Angela's website caught my attention because it was professional, easy to navigate, and provided good, basic information. I decided to contact her to set up a phone call. That was the only call I made.
I knew after speaking to Angela that I wanted to work with her and only her, even if that meant having to wait a while. She wasn't pushy at all, in fact, just the opposite. She wanted me to be as informed as possible before committing to a breeder, whether that was her or not. I was drawn to her confidence and respected her extensive knowledge. Of course, I was also pleased with her high standards for her breeding program, and I knew from the website that I really liked the looks of her dogs.
Our puppy is now almost five months old. Angela has considered every detail of this journey for her families, and we delighted in the weekly updates with photos, videos, and important and helpful information about diet, toys, and even cleaning supplies.
Some people say "call me about anything" and you know that the offer is nothing more than a pleasantry. Not with Angela. She cares deeply about all her pups and was there for our family whenever we had questions throughout the process of bringing our girl home to our family. I recommend Bella Notte Labs to anyone and, rest assured, that you are in expert hands with Angela.
The Gibbons Family
Godwink defined: An event often identified as coincidence, so astonishing that it is seen as a sign of divine intervention. We have had the conversation that Rocket coming to our family was a ‘godwink’.
We met Angela through a very good friend in the fall of 2020 and through a series of events, Rocket joined our family in December. We had lost both of our older yellow Labradors in very close succession in March and May of 2020 to some heartbreaking health issues. We were still a little lost, but the house was so quiet. After our initial conversation, we didn’t follow up with Angela right away because we just didn’t know what direction that we wanted to go in with a new family member, but loved our Labrador breed so much.
In December Angela contacted us. She had a beautiful 1 year old black Labrador named Rocket that she was looking for a special family for ... she said that she had thought of us. Angela described Rocket as ‘fun', ‘smart', ‘agile’ and ‘loving’. She would also be a perfect ‘nanny dog’ for future foster dogs as we had been thinking about fostering for some local rescues. Well, we were smitten from the get go and she joined our family just before Christmas.
Rocket has been a true blessing for us and Angela has been amazing. We have researched so many Labrador breeders over the past 20 years and Angela is not only knowledgeable, but also so responsible with her breeding program. She goes above and beyond regarding health and genetic clearances of her Labradors.
Also, Bella Notte has only a few litters a year and this was also very important to us as we wanted a family member that was healthy, but also bred with thought and care for temperament as well. Rocket embodies all of these qualities.
Angela has also been extremely present and helpful with every and all questions regarding Rocket from Day 1. She is always happy to answer questions and offer advice when needed.
If we could choose one word to describe our best girl Rocket, it would be JOY. She is beautiful and joyful – she loves life and everyone in it everywhere she goes. This is a testament to the love and knowledge
that Angela puts into her program.
We are truly blessed and we thank Angela and Bella Notte Labradors for our ‘godwink’.