New Owners of Enchanted Desert Labs

We are the Ortega Family. My husband Matthew and I (Kc) would like to introduce ourselves as the new owners of Enchanted Desert Labs. We are beyond excited for the new adventure our little family is about to embark on. We have two kiddos, and four amazing labs. At this stage in our lives, we tend to be very busy. My husband and I envision our kids knowing and respecting life, nature, and being able to become educated in life science. I am a small business owner at New Mexico Birth Photography. I primarily photograph mamas during labor and delivery, producing them with the ultimate birth story galleries. My family resides in Bosque Farms, NM (15 minutes outside of Albuquerque). Enchanted Desert Labs will now be moved to Bosque Farms, still providing labs worldwide.

Like many of you, Al and Bev became dear friends of ours through the mutual love of Labrador Retrievers. After many visits and countless conversations we quickly realized we had much more in common than we could have ever imagined. My husband and Al had a mutual love of hunting big game. Al was the man who sparked our interest with duck hunting. Both Al and I were teachers, and avid photographers. We would send each other images of our labs, knowing the other would appreciate the art. When we received the news of Al’s passing, both my husband and I were truly heartbroken. We all lost an amazing and dear friend in the process, and I am sure many of you can relate with these mutual feelings. Al was an amazing husband, father, friend, and business owner.

Once my husband and I herd the news, we wanted to do everything we could to keep Al’s vision and love of labradors alive. We purchased the business from Bev, and we obtained everything we could from the business to ensure that we will continue breeding Champion Bloodline AKC Labradors. We are so excited to keep Enchanted Desert Labs (EDL) open, and providing others with high quality Labs. We will be keeping the EDL bloodline going through our sire and 2 dams. It is just as important to us, as it was to Al, and Bev. My husband and I had many conversations (lessons if you will) on proper breeding, vet care, training, temperament, and business with Al over the last 5 years. We look forward to producing our very first litter in the coming months.

We have four labs, 3 of which come directly from Enchanted Desert Labs. We received our very first pup, Aspen 5 years ago from Al and Bev. She was from Chip and Habi’s litter in 2018.

Last year my husband picked up our second pup, Opie, after a very hard passing of his grandfather. We felt it was a perfect time to add another pup to our family. Opie is our Sire, and will ultimately be the dad to many litters. His temperament is exceptional. He is considered a Red Fox Lab which is recognized by AKC as a purebred yellow lab.

Which leads us to our 2 damns. They are both exceptional pups that we have obtained from Al and Bev. We picked up Zorra in December 2022. She is from a litter produced by Coal & Belize. Our Zorra girl is by far the most calm and relaxed pup. She loves cuddles, and is great with kids. If you can’t tell, she picked up her great looks from her dad, Coal. Zorra should be producing our very first litter late this year. She is expected to go into her second heat cycle in October. If you are interested in a pup for her littler, please email us at


Last but not least, we have our newest pup Ella. She is our 11 week old lab. She is still very much in the puppy stage of sleeping constantly, and teething. She is also showing a very calm and relaxed temperament. She is from a litter produced by Coal & Jalapeno.

If it isn’t obvious, we absolutely love labs. They are the perfect family dog. They are great workers, and have the best temperament. Labs are also very easy to train. We are so excited to keep Enchanted Desert Labs open, and producing the best high quality labs for your family.

We are happy to be moving forward with EDL as new owners. We are excited to continue Al and Bev’s dreams of having lab puppies everywhere! We look forward to completing your family with a Enchanted Desert Lab in the near future.

Matthew & Kc ortega

505.879.8443 -OR- 505.859.2847


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