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“Dear Val and Jay- Your new site looks great. I see you have bred Mandy and Skoal for Feb. birth. If you EVER need an endorsement on this breeding let me know. Lola has turned into a remarkable little dog. At 73 pounds and 11 months she has retrieved around 200 birds this year. She does it all and has a strong drive, loves to hunt and retrieve and is unimaginable to me that at such a young age she is doing so much. She is now pointing holding birds long enough that you definitely know that they are there. Once she gets hot on a scent it is unmistakable what is going on. Great job on this breeding. She has taught me a lot. Oh, she is also the biggest goof ball as a house dog. Lots of fun to have around. Best Regards.” – Steve


“She is everything that I wanted! She loves people, especially children, and also likes any dog that wants to have fun. Her favorite things are finding birds and water. She flies off banks and docks. She is showing great promise hunting and is starting to point consistently.”


“I wish that I had carried a camera on some of my hunts this year instead of a gun! Chester had some of the prettiest points on roosters you could imagine! He also has made some unbelievable retrieves on wounded birds.”


“Thought you would like to know how one of your pups is doing. He is an excellent duck dog, a good marker, easy to train, and excels on tracking cripples. He has retrieved 50-60 ducks a year… His favorite job is pheasant hunting. He is steady on point naturally. His nose is definitely superior to other Labs’. He is also great with the kids, dogs, and family cat. Thanks!”


“Blue is my first Lab. I have always had shorthairs before. This pup is the most natural retriever I have ever seen. She has no hesitation in the water, even in the coldest weather. Last week we hunted pheasant and chukar, and she pointed naturally several times! She is a real treat to have around the house and work with! Thanks!”


“Just letting you know how the pup we got from you folks is coming along. He is an excellent retriever on land and water already at 5 months. He pointed for the first time last week. He shows so much natural potential in retrieving I may send him to a Field Trial trainer next month.”


“The little female pup you sent is doing great. I had her out to a hunt club last weekend and she really looked great. She pointed and retrieved all of our birds. One of the members offered me $5,000 for her right there. Of course, she isn’t for sale…”


“Just need to let you know the Twist x Sarah male I got from you is something else! I hunt with guys who have shorthairs. This Lab can go through a field behind them, find birds they miss, and point and hold birds ten times as well as the shorthairs do, plus he is a fantastic retriever. I never had to teach him to “whoa” to point, it is all totally natural. Thanks for such a spectacular dog!”


“This pup out of Copenhagen (“Skoal”) is fantastic. She is a real live wire in the field, but calm and quiet in the house. She has a super nose, and won’t quit. She has picked up all kinds of ducks and geese, her forte is pheasant. She just seems to know where they will be, and points as strong as any pointing dog I’ve ever owned! Sometimes I can’t get her to break her point to flush. I am sure she will catch on to that the more birds she gets to go retrieve.”


“Update on the pup I got from you. She is doing well and has been shelling the quail right and left. Her last outing this past hunting season was a good one. Annie and another Lab from here in DFW accounted for 44 birds in one day and all but 5 were blue quail which makes it even harder on the dogs. She is a real athlete. She is also a pretty good hog dog. She has bayed some feral pigs on my deer lease and will hunt squirrel although she is silent on the tree. And yes, she does point!”


“Dear friends and family, this past Saturday afternoon Elaine, Chris, and I witnessed the most remarkable, amazing, and sensational performance of pure “birdmanship”, skill, ability, stamina, situation awareness, discipline, determinations, heart, desire, instinct, sensual acuteness and pure beauty ever displayed by an 11 month old puppy. His happiness made each of us marvel once again at the miracle of God’s creation. We have a bird dog, a retriever who points! Happy Boy is a treasure.”


“Just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with my Grady x Emma pup, Penny. She is now over two years old and has been an excellent hunting dog on both waterfowl and upland game birds. Tons of drive yet very tractable and affectionate. Her pointing is incredible… She will point birds upwind and when she locks on she is staunch! I never even had to whoa-break her. Her nose is the best I have seen on a Lab in a long time, everyone who hunts over her comments on her bird finding abilities. She sits quietly in the duck boat and no water is too cold or too rough for her. I had her trained for Field Trials by Luann Pleasant of Red Rover Retrievers. Penny won the first event she entered, a puppy stake at a Field Trial. She got hurt running her second Derby, where she was in contention for a ribbon. Although the injury was not career-ending, I decided to concentrate more on hunting than competitive events and left Field Trials behind. She just earned the first leg of her Master Hunter title, only 14 of 56 dogs passed, and she smoked it!”


“Jay, the pup that I bought from you from the breeding of Blue Earth’s Titanic and Trieven MSConnection, born 2/24/2004, took 3rd place in the Derby stake at WNYRC this weekend. Hawser is an excellent marker, is very intelligent, and is hard as nails. He is also a handful to handle because he has super intensity and desire, so he loves the game and wants it always to be his turn. I am extremely happy with him, and I think he will have an excellent Field Trial career if all goes as it is now. I will keep you posted on his progress as I promised.”


“Ty has been a hit with the family and it is not uncommon to find him and my 3 year old daughter curled up asleep together on the floor.  He’s taken to training like a duck to water. With help from a friend who teaches obedience, Ty became the best mannered dog I’ve had, in less than a month.  I inherited a 4 year old Pudelpointer before bird season. He’s a fast ranging dog.  Ty stays closer and searches the cover better and found several birds the Pudelpointer  missed.  On  January 1st, I took Ty on a duck hunt.  We started the day with him in the truck as we were jump-shooting pot holes and ditches.  The first ditch I got 3 mallards, 2 hit in the water and 1 in the brush.  I brought Ty up water and he immediately spotted the 1st duck.  He brought it and on the way  back he spotted the 2nd bird.  After retrieving the 1st he got the 2nd.  I sent him across the ditch into the brush for the 3rd.  He went exactly to where I sent him, searched for about 15 seconds and hit the second ditch which was out of sight to me.  I could follow his progress by the splashing, for what seemed to be 75-80 yards.  He reappeared with a live wingtip drake.  He was put back in the truck as we hit a second pond.  We got 2 ducks there, 1 across in head-high cattails, the 2nd sailed 200 yards but was well marked. I went back for Ty.  We ate lunch and then went after the ducks.  An hour had passed. I got Ty to a 75 yard square area where the 1st duck had gone down.  He started to quarter, his head went up, he made two adjustments and hit the brush (armpit high). Within seconds, squawking and flapping the duck came out of the brush with Ty on his tail.  He was so close I had to wait for the duck to gain altitude before I finished him off.  We then went to the 2nd duck and Ty found him within 30 seconds.  We came back around and Ty jumped off in another ditch.  Within seconds more, flapping and squawking and a sixty-yard chase, he returned with a 3rd wingtip bird we did not know had been hit.  When we set the dekes, Ty was anxious and had to be reminded to stay a few times.  He made eight more routine retrieves including two doubles to finish our bag limit.  As we started to leave, his head came up as he winded something, he put his nose down and hit some knee-high grass.  Within seconds, he was on point.  I  could see the grass moving as the rooster moved ahead.  Ty began creeping up and the pheasant flushed, within gun range, but the season was over.  Before we got to the truck, he locked up on a covey of quail (season open still).  I got two on the rise, and he pointed two singles and flushed a third one wild.  I am so happy with this dog and have to say he has one of the best noses I have seen.  From what you folks have said, he got it from his sire “Skoal”.   Earlier in the year Ty found two dead pheasants the Pudelpointer had missed and according to the previous owner of the Pointer he had had 100’s of birds shot over him.   I took this dog so Ty would have a veteran to hunt with and learn from, but at this rate by next year Ty will have far surpassed him!  Thank you so much !  In 35 years of dogs, this one is the best I have ever had, is a great buddy and addition to our family!”   Sincerely,  Dennis Mathis, Caldwell, Idaho


Read about Mello (Skoal x Gabby, July 10, 2003)

“Mello jumped in big air competition for the first time in the ESPN Super Retriever series. We did not qualify but it won’t be long. She flies into lakes and ponds, so I need to build her confidence on a dock and pool (with clear water!). Last season we had a good time hunting quail and pheasants. Mello is hunting upland very well and holds point on quail until they flush. She learned quickly that pheasants play by different rules, she breaks point and gets in high gear for running roosters!”

“Valerie and Jay, I noticed on your web site today that you have a repeat breeding of Gabby X Skoal. I thought I would send a note about our pup Mello that is now one year old. She has turned into quite a gun dog, an easily trained, delightful pet, and at a petite 52 pounds she is super fast. My wife and I trained Mello in her toddler days on the basics; having read Tom Quinn, James Lamb Free and Charlie Morgan. By the time she reached five months old it was hunting season in Kansas, so I decided it was time to shoot birds for her. I purchased and planted quail and chukar in reasonable cover. She learned to hunt quickly, no training, only fun, and to my surprise she started pointing. Of the 30-odd birds I shot over her most were pointed, and her pointing frequency increased with more experience. After a brief winter break I decided it was time to seek help for the more advanced training. I joined Jane Laman’s training group and have been working Mello with Jane ever since. This spring and summer she has really developed into quite a young waterfowl dog. She is steady, delivers to hand, marks well, takes a great line, etc, etc. She does all the things you would expect of good duck dog, and I don’t want to bore you describing it. What I want to brag about, and you should too, is the drive of this little dog. She is so fast I worry she is going to hurt herself, plowing through cover and ditches with reckless abandon. It is really a beautiful sight, she was born with an intense drive to retrieve. She even flies off on “blind” retrieves (lining to a pile). In fact her training has proceeded so well that the only major goal left is for her to handle (she already lines to a pile, sits on a whistle, and takes a back cast to a pile). I will surely have a dog to envy in the coming years as her training progresses.”

Steven Brooks, Ph.D.


Some of the “Chronicles of Katie” (Trieven Copenhagen “Skoal” Daughter)

Hi, Merry Christmas! Our puppy is now 21 weeks old and doing well, she’s the best behaved puppy I’ve seen.  She points and is steady to wing and shot. She pointed and I shot her first Chukar and pheasant this week. There’s no quit in this little girl, I had to pick her up and put her into the truck; she just didn’t want to stop hunting. I do try to be at least as smart as the dog. Later, Fred Wentling

Hi, went to Martz’s yesterday. Very cold, very windy, the Kate’ster continues to amaze. She marked and hunted dead for the first time. This was her third time out. The hunt dead was in briars and assorted thorn, plowed right in….She was pawing and trying to get the rooster in her mouth, but she needs to grow a little. No quit, slept on my thigh the whole way home. Nope, she rides up front, but I get to drive her truck. I think she’ll keep me. She remains steady to wing and shot. Her puppy manners are impeccable, around strangers in club house she looked them all over, sniffed a little and came and sat beside me. No bouncing off the walls or jumping up. Never done more than talk to her quietly with a “no jump” or “sit”. She likes to play puppy games, but not at the club. She knows the difference. Later, Fred Wentling

Hi, Today is Katie’s birthday (whelping day ?), she continues to amaze.  Preserve season starts the middle of September, I’ll send pics and updates. The “little girl” is about 70 lbs, athletic as ever. We may need to go to a “king-size” bed as she knows how to stretch out. As Gene Hill said, Labs become invisible when they’re on the bed. I do not condone spoiling a hunting dog, but her attorney insists on proper care, he hunts too! She pays his retainer on an exchange of service basis, same as Bam Bam did. These dogs know how to cut a deal. Later, Fred Wentling