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Our Friend and Mentor Jim Helm - Master Gun Dog TrainerIn Loving Memory of Jimmy Dale Helm10/01/45 - 08/28/11BREEDER OF RED LABRADORS - NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED FIELD AND WATER PARTNERS
On Sunday, August 28th 2011, the founder and driving force of JimSaNik Pointing Dogs, Jim Helm, passed away in Grand Island, NE after a long and brave battle with cancer.Although his family and the innumerable friends that he left behind will always treasure their memories of him and his time here, those who will not get the privilege to meet Jim will be able to know him in spirit as it lives on in the dogs that we continue to produce as a tribute to Jim and the legacy that he, Sandy and Nik built over the years with JimSaNik Pointing Dogs.It is with great sadness that I share the news that my wonderful friend and mentor Jim Helm (owner of Point Doctor "Doc" & Signature Point Doctor "Buck") 1945 - 2011 passed away on Aug 28th after losing his battle with cancer. The last time we spoke with Jim (about 3 weeks ago) he told us that he loved us and that he would be watching over the Kelly family. Well all I can say is you better be Jim because we are all counting on it!Thanks Jim for all the stories you shared that taught us so much about life, dogs, training, business, NE weather and flying by the seat of our pants! ; ) You will be greatly missed.Linda KellySeptember 06, 2011
Out in the beautiful countryside of Nebraska with Jim Helm and Point Doctor
Innishfree Labs was proud to recommend Pointing Labrador Retriever Master Pro-Trainer Jim Helm "JimSaNik" for any of your hunting dog training needs for many years.Jim was located about eight miles northwest of Ord Nebraska where along with his wife Sandra, and her son, Nick they raised and trained bird dogs. Training dogs for other people was their main business. A dog that Jim started pointed and would have gone through his command-retrieve training. Nick played an integral part in the training process and they attribute their modest success to the fact that they won't sell anything they wouldn't keep.Jim was well respected for his innovative training techniques that turned out happier and faster trained dogs. One is the Helm Hole, a new training approach for an on-the-level command retrieve that also utilizes a variation of the "nerve hitch".Jim came from Kentucky and had a life long love of dogs. He worked hard on his ability to train them for over 40 years - 30 of them professionally. He was well known as one of the best hunting dog trainers in the country. Jim wore many other hats in his lifetime, from helicopter pilot in Viet Nam, to chef, to newspaperman. He also was a recovering alcoholic for over 17 years and was a significant influence in his life and work.People from all over the United States brought their dogs to the Jim and now Nick to train. Nancy Lopez, Ray Knight, Larry Mueller and Don Marshall of Sun Source Corporation are just a few of the well-known people to visit the Helms in Ord, NE. Magazines such as Outdoor Life, Quail Unlimited, Dove Hunters Magazine and The Pointing Dog Journal have featured articles about the Helm's training facility and their remarkable dogs.The folks at Innishfree join the many others that have found Jim, Sandy and Nik to be an invaluable resources for all of their training and pointing Labrador needs and believe that you will too.JimSaNik Kennels two hours past the "Middle of Nowhere"!
Update: Due to health concerns we have been informed that Nik & Sandy have decided to scale back the remaining JimSaNik kennel breeding and training operations. We wish Nick and Sandy all the best with their future activities as we believe their vast experience and knowledge is still needed in the dog world. 10/26/2014
Over many years the Kelly's have developed the special skills necessary to match the right puppy to the perfect family. By devoting individual attention to each puppy during every stage of development they make sure each families needs, wants, and desires are a perfect match for their puppies unique strengths and temperament. The result is families completed with an Innishfree Handpicked puppy that will be a blessing and a joy every time!
From Angies List: Purchased a Labrador puppy from Linda Kelley via the web. In the summer I placed the order for the puppy. The puppy arrived via N.W. airlines on 1/2/09. As promised the puppy is very healthy and a great puppy. It is everything indicated in the description and the process and transaction went extremely well. The puppy arrived with the required vaccines, paperwork, AKC, instruction. The puppy is extremely healthy and has a great personality. Upon having contacted Linda Kelly she provided very accurate information. Communication was great as each of us could assess what each was able to provide or receive. The schedule of what would happen was always reviewed by phone and accurate. Upon the arrival of the dog follow up was great along with further instruction. I would highly recommend Linda Kelly for the purchase of a puppy. The puppy arrived healthy, micro chipped and with full instructions. A great experience that I would use again.
**In fact many families come back when it's time to fetch another perfect hand-picked puppy.
Brodie is doing great! We're really enjoying him and can't wait for quail hunting! He is making quite a hit with how fast he's picking things up! The trainer has never seen a dog so excited to work and instead of taking Jr hunt test in June it will now be the 1st of May and she thinks he will be way ahead when it comes to SR hunt testing. I've already been contacted by 11 people wanting to know when I will be breeding him. So, we are really excited for his progress.
Just wanted to send a quick update about "Perfection Personified Percy" aka Percy the Piranha! Just kidding but his teeth are certainly sharp. We had our first vet visit and he was a big hit with the entire staff.....the vet was amazed that he "sits" on command at his young age. He is adapting very well and we've promised him a wonderful life.....he did ask me to send his love and puppy kisses to you and yours and his Foxy mama. Thank you once again for our amazing little Percy!
I just wanted to share some recent pix of Glovers. He's getting so big, so fast. We just adore him! He's so bright & extremely cute. He's pretty much got the "sit" stuff down. He's a really amazing dog and we just wanted to thank you again for everything!
Linda Kelly aka the "Puppy Lady" is a busy Homeschooling Mother of 9 kids. Together with her husband Michael; they had the amazing opportunity (in addition to raising their kids and playing with the dogs) to spend time in Japan (1990-1992) teaching English as a second language. During this time abroad they were honored to receive a very special thank you from Emperor Akihito for their efforts to improve relations between America and Japan.
In addition to teaching their children Linda is also Certified / Professional Dog Trainer, AKC Approved CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator and Service Dog Team Coach with a special passion for helping people complete their families with the perfect handpicked puppy.
The Kelly family works very hard raising healthy, good tempered, well-socialized puppies that continue on with the AKC family of dog programs like CGC that encompass life long skills to encourage good manners, obedience and a strong life long family bond of trust and loyalty.
**Offering puppies, to approved homes, in every price range.