Testimonials

Testimonials

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Ben McClurkin reviewed T-S Kennel A  5 star
December 18, 2017
I want to give a review that others will find helpful so it may be a little long. We just got our second pup from T-S kennels. Our first dog Coal was the perfect blend of family dog and gun dog. He had a want to please attitude and an incredible point instinct. His retrieving and marking skills far surpassed anything I ever needed in the blind.
So when he died we waited a year before getting another pup. Because I don’t want just a dog I need the perfect dog. So I called Wes. I am not a professional trainer or hunter so I need a dog that will be easy to train, calm around the house and point like a German shorthair when in the field. Even if it just 4 times a year. Wes listened to our wants and tested several pups before picking one out for us. I was a little nervous because we live in Alabama and there was no way I would be able to meet the pup. Wes picked out the perfect dog for our family and we couldn’t be happier. He is very easy and unbelievably smart dog and we are grateful. I want to thank Wes publicly for being so specific to my request and I give Wes and T-S kennels my highest recommendation. We couldn’t be happier.

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Courtney Lacoste to T-S Kennel
June 5 at 8:46pm
My boyfriend and I purchased our first hunting dog from here a little over a year and a half ago. My boyfriend spent months researching beforehand. We were really nervous having never owned/purchased a sport dog before. We weren’t sure what to expect. However, from the moment Libby arrived we have been nothing but pleased. She has achieved every task we’ve given her and continues to improve and amaze us with every drill. She wakes up every morning ready to train and can hardly wait to get in the water. Not only is she amazing on the field, But at home as well. She is extremely affectionate and never leaves my feet. We love her so much and we would highly recommend this breeder!

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Sharon Richards Rabbitt reviewed T-S Kennel A  5 star
April 4, 2017
Wes literally spent all day with my husband and daughter to pick out our newest hunting family member. They drove over 700 miles each way and we couldn’t be happier with this beautiful black lab!

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Trina Clausen reviewed T-S Kennel a  5 star
March 17·
Could not ask for a better experience or better dog. Wes is extremely knowledgeable and helped us select the perfect dog when we arrived from Montana. Communication was second to none. High quality kennel clearly run with passion and dedication to producing quality game and family dogs. Wes took the time to make what can be an overwhelming process simple and personable. Thank you Wes and TS Kennel!!!!

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Hi Wes,

We can’t thank you enough for introducing us to “Dusty”. He’s an incredible dog.  My wife and I decided we wanted a started dog that was well into his training, would make a great waterfowl dog, and a great indoor family dog. Dusty is perfect. He assimilated and bonded very quickly with us and our Brittany. Our daughters love him too!

I really appreciate the time you took with me and Chandra prior to purchase and talked us through all our questions and concerns. It was also really nice getting an opportunity to spend time with the dogs prior to purchase. He’s a perfect family dog.

And for the hunting… he’s PHENOMENAL!! I appreciate you putting together a training package when we bought him. Getting training curriculum from you to work with him at home and coming to your kennel on a regular basis is the perfect combination for us. I can’t wait for another hunting season.

Many thanks!

The LaFrentz’s

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Just wanted to pass along a few photos of our dog, Huck, who was born in the December 11, 2017, golden retriever litter at T-S Kennels.  Huck is growing into a smart, strong, and social dog. He has quickly become a very important part of our family and we are so glad we chose T-S Kennels in adding another member to our household. Thank you for running such a great business and for all your personal help with us the day we picked up Huck. We really appreciated you sitting down with us and telling us about the dogs you raise and sharing your general knowledge about raising a healthy, productive dog. We took your advice and are adding the NuVet supplement to Huck’s food so thank your for that information as well. Huck was the perfect choice for us. He comes to work with us at the law firm everyday and gets to play with all sorts of different people and things. We work next to a riverfront trail so he has already begun exploring the outdoors, including watching duck and geese. The photos attached  include a 12 weeks old Huck out by the river trail when a friend brought back some pigeons and pheasants for Huck to play with. It was first full bird that Huck has has an opportunity to approach. Huck’s instinct was undeniably spot-on – – he went right for the bird, picked it up, brought it back and was already sniffing out the pigeon and finding it when we hid it in the bushes with his eyes covered. We are all excited to keep working on his hunting skills, with Huck probably being the most excited of all. Huck has also already caught on to his duties around the house, including potty training and has a good grasp on sit, down, stay, and come.

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Our family has grown by one thanks to you! We hope you enjoying seeing the progress Huck is making as he turns into a very handsome game and family dog.

Thank you again, Wes!!!

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“I already have a Golden from a Mazy and Timber litter, and she is about to turn a year old.  She is the smartest dog I have ever had, and she is always ready to hunt!  I have friends wanting information about your awesome Goldens.” – Brian M. (Arizona)  


“Just a note to say I was delighted to find a photo of me and Sage in your photo gallery. She and Eli have been our delight. In addition to our local season, we have made trips to Horseshoe Bend for the past three years. Sungold dogs get the job done and are great companions and friends. Keep up the good work of providing terrific working dogs!”


“During November of ’98 I ordered a male golden pup from you. I asked you to pick a pup that would be about 70 pounds, aggressive, not gun-shy, intelligent, and a great retriever. You picked a pup we named Chip. The dog is exactly what I asked for. He is great–a fine hunter–has a flying water entry and is very intelligent. This is the third dog we have purchased from you. All were very good and this one is exceptional. Thanks for doing us a very nice job!”


“It has been five years since we received “Buddy” from Sungold. I though you might be interested in what kind of dog he turned out to be. To put it simply, what a dog! If I were a better trainer, there wouldn’t be much he couldn’t do. Retrieving came naturally as breathing for him. On pheasants he works hard, not afraid to get in the thick tulle ditches, and quarters naturally. He has a good nose and is truly a pleasure to hunt with. It’s hard to express how happy we have been with this dog… incredibly intelligent, loyal and gentle, plus a great hunter!”


“Thought you might like an update on how my “MAX” is doing. He was from the LADY litter. His first year hunting was a big one. In all MAX hunted upland birds about 40 days this year and waterfowl about 8 days. He hunts very enthusiastically and aggressively, yet remains in control. He quarters very well, to say that he is “birdy” would be a major understatement! In his first year he hunted like most dogs do in their prime! He has been very easy to train… Compliments to you on running a fine kennel & EXCELLENT breeding program.”


“Hi, we received a golden from you about the middle of February. We are delighted with him. We have raised Goldens since ‘63, three have come from your kennel. This dog appears to be the cheeriest, smartest, and most natural retriever and hunter we have had. He is a delight to be around.”


“Hope all is well in WY…just a quick note to keep you posted on “Takoda”. Last season at the ripe age of six months he retrieved the first of over 40 ducks, 2 geese, and about 15 pheasants. He is exactly what I was looking for in a true hunting golden! He is by far the quickest study I have ever trained. He has tremendous drive, a lightning fast start and drives right to the mark. He trailed cripples like a seasoned retriever. His nose has brought many a compliment!”


“Hi! Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how happy we are with our new pup from the Jesse x Woody cross. Rarely have I seen a retriever, let alone a puppy, with so much retrieving drive. Trainers frequently tell you to stop playing fetch before the pup gets tired, but I don’t think this pup is capable of those emotions. Her water instincts are incredible!”


“ I wanted to let you know how the golden we got from you is doing. He is a hard runner and an excellent marker. His water entry is spectacular. I entered four Derbies and he finished three, with a 3rd, a 4th and a reserve JAM. He broke in the only non-finish. I truly feel he has the potential to be a FC!”


“The golden I got from you is five. He is a great hunting dog. I have never had a dog that was so powerful and fast to hunt. When we start a new command, he is just as excited to learn as I am to teach him! P.S. He is the Pheasant Hunters Unlimited Champion for 97!”


“Just a note to let you know how the pup you shipped last summer is doing. She adjusted very well, and has become an important member of our family. She is great with the kids, and even the cat! Last season I took her pheasant hunting for the first time at 8 months. She performed as well as and better than most of the older dogs! It didn’t take her long to figure out what she was looking for and she made several good retrieves. She loves the water too, and I am looking forward to her first duck hunt. Thanks for a great pup!”


“…I’ve got to tell you though that this dog Buck I got from you has turned into quite the bird dog. He’s been retrieving well since seven months of age for dove, duck, goose, quail and pheasant. I have had him on pheasants three times in the last three weekends alone, including two doubles, all over one shooter, me. He has never lost a bird, is well disciplined to the point of sitting with the bird on every retrieve and busting for the next flush. I think he’s the most incredible dog ever….more than I bargained for!”

“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