Dear Mark and Sue:
We would like to tell you guys what a great dog Jeb has turned out to be. He is out of Abby and Jack’s first litter. He was born June 10, 2009. He went to bird dog school for 7 weeks. Since that point and time he has been hunting quail, chuckers, and pheasants in Pa. We just returned from upstate NY where he was hunting pheasants. To tell you he has turned out to be a great hunting dog would be an understatement. Besides being a great hunting dog he is best natured dog we have ever had. He has fit very well within our family, which consist of 2 cats and a little fluffy dog.
Thank you for a great companion,
Joyce and Donnie
McKees Rocks, PA
Hi Mark and Sue,
Just wanted to give you an update on Cooper. He is doing well. I have been working with him a little with quail. He is real intence and always wants to get out and hunt. Ive gotten him pretty steady. He will point and hold until I release him. The first time out he wanted to chase and gave me rope burn on my hand, but this past weekend he pointed and held until he was released. I do have to say he is a fast learner. He learned “heel” in one 10 min. session. He’s not 100% but he know what he is supposed to do. I dont have alot of time to spend with him, so him catching on quickly makes it alot easier. I think he will turn out pretty good for my first time training a bird dog. Getting a good pup helped alot. Hopefully I can get another pup in a few years.
I attached a pic for ya. Hope everyone is doing well.
Skeeter is doing great. We went back to obedience school this Autumn after doing Puppy class last year. Skeeter did remarkably well. He is so smart! We completed Advanced Basic with honors! He also earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen Award! I think we are finished Obedience school for now.
I took him to the Vet last Friday to update his shots, etc. He now weighs 46 lbs. He is not fat, but is a solid, muscular dog. Anyway, the Vet was impressed with his behavior while we were in his office. Skeeter just sat on the scales after getting his shots, while I was asking the Vet some questions. He did not move or make a sound just very well behaved. He commented that he had to be a well bred dog!
Just thought I would let you know how he is doing. Hope to hear from you again.
Ann Bennett and Skeeter
Hi Mark and Sue,
I know it’s not six months yet but I thought I would like to share these two pictures of Abby with you guys who is now a week short of 3 months of age. She is so dear and our 8 year old Brittany Casey and Abby are fast becoming buds and it’s funny to watch them play in the yard together. Abby’s youth is having a youthful effect on Casey as she is playing like she hasn’t done in many years- it’s cool to see. Mark, I first met you in Canton at the Cheese and Wine Festival in Oct. 2008. I was impressed by how down to earth and easy going you were that day and later went on the computer looking up Rock Steady Kennels and liking what I saw. A few months later I contacted you and visited your kennels with the intent of getting a pup to feed my grouse hunting habit.
Abby is a great traveler as it is a four hour drive from our home to our cabin and you never hear one sound out of her the whole way. She is a natural retriever that has me excited as my current Brittany plus the one before her were not good retrievers at all. I can’t wait until she is a few months older as I will be working with you Mark in training her on birds. Abby is a joy to be around and as the pictures show she’s a cutie as well. You guys have a wonderful operation there.
5170 Board Rd.
Mount Wolf, Pa. 17347
Sue and Mark,
I had a very enjoyable visit today. I know everyone can’t come to a kennel to see the dogs, conditions, and attitude of the breeder. I sure can tell a lot from how the dogs react to the breeder and I think seeing the dogs reactions to Mark just by him walking by tells me you guys really care for your animals. My dogs have always been a better judge of human character than I am.
6 Woodlawn Terrace
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
(814) 696-4047 home
We are coming up on 1 year since we met up with you and picked up “Indy” (Lady’s Independence Day Haus). He’s doing great! He is an incredible family pet and unbelievable weekend hunter. Since we have very few places to hunt natural birds, we visit many of the game preserves on the eastern shore of Maryland. Summer time is spent swimming and chasing ducks off the back of the boat. His hunting success has been unbelievable. I have had him out several times so far this year. The last time we were out he pointed all 30 placed birds, a combination of pheasant / chucker / quail, and a few extras to boot. He will hold, no matter how long it takes for me to get to him, while the bird is flushed and only move about 5-10 feet once the bird goes into the air. If the bird is shot, he will retrieve the bird to me about 50% of the time. The other 50% he will retrieve 1/2 way and drop the bird. His biggest issue is with quail. He will almost always drop the quail after 10- 20 feet and shake his head to get the feathers out of his mouth. He consistently retrieves roosters. He does very well at home retrieving during yard work. Any advise you have to keep getting him better would be appreciated. Any suggestions on natural areas to hunt in southern PA, western MD, etc would be appreciated as well. I truly believe the preserves don’t pose his nose much challenge. I have attached a few photos I hope you enjoy. He has been a wonderful addition to the family! Thanks again!
At Middlecreek we bought a pup from Jessie and Jo’s “A” litter. What a treasure Miss Bumble turned out to be. This is the 50th year that I have hunted over bird dogs. I have raised seven bird dogs and have hunted over many others. Miss Bumble is the best! In the past three years my hunting partner and I have shot 200-250 birds (woodcock, pheasant, quail and chukar) off Bumble. She is pointing Lab and holds a point as well as any of my previous shorthairs. When it comes to retrieving Mark Wolfskill, who owns Pheasant Valley Farm, has told us that he has never seen a dog that was better at marking birds. He has seen Bumble make a 200 yard retrieve on a poorly hit bird. When we hunt at Pheasant Valley Mark does not put out birds for us. We scratch hunt birds that previous hunters/dogs have missed. Mark often asks to go along with us because he enjoys watching Bumble hunt. He was surprised when he learned that I have never used an electric collar on Bum. We live beside 5,000 acres of State Game Land not far from Middle Creek so Bumble has time every day in the woods. She is good at showing me squirrels, turkeys and deer. At present I am using a .410 side by side for much of my shooting – that says a lot about Bum. Now to the second point of this letter. My old hunting partner is looking for what will be probably be his last hunting dog. Of course he wants a dog like Bumble (in his younger days he bred and hunted Irish Setters). Do you know where we could find a litter of Lab pups with a pointing background? Is Jessie’s and Jo’s bloodline still available? I believe that you informed us that you will not have a litter of Labs before 2010. Do you know how many of Jessie’s and Jo’s pups turned out to be pointing dogs?
Hello Mark and Sue,
This is Mark and Melissa Urda. It has been a whole 6 mths already. Roxy has been the best addition to our family. She has been so good and she has been learning alot. We just love her so much and her and our other Brittany “Bo” have become great together. They are quite the pair now. Roxy has grown so much already. Her legs are so long and she has become quite fast. She is starting to keep pace with Bo. Roxy is getting really good at using her nose. She can track scents on the run with it in the air. She loves riding in the car she has become a great passenger. She also loves visitors. We want to thank you again for the wonderful puppy! We couldn’t have gotten a better puppy. She’s the best! Attached are some pics of when she was small and now how she has grown.
Mark and Missy
Hi Mark and Sue!
I am on your website AWESOME!!!!!!! My Molly is a beautiful 3 year old love of my life! I will get off my dead butt and send you pictures. I saw that her 6 month picture with you is in the Photo Gallery. Thank you!!!! Ron has not hunted Molly but that is fine with me as she is my wonderful companion. However on our walks she has pointed and flushed a bird or two out of the cornfield!!! She runs around with me and I use a bell on her collar and that works great. She has graduated puppy school (2 yrs ago). Molly is extremely happy, loving, and just a wonderful being. Actually much more than just a fine dog. Thank you and Sue and of course Maggie and Jack for making our lives so great!! Oh, by the way she certainly has her father’s voice!!!!! Take care and congrats on the beautiful job you all have done!!!
Jersey Shore, PA
Dear Mark and Sue,
I just wanted to take a minute to tell you a little bit about our little guy Otis. This dog is very, very good about so many things that I am somewhat amazed. He knows to potty outside if you give him half a chance. He doesn’t put up much of a fuss about being crated at bed time. He loves to play and we have given him a lot of toys to channel his energy through balls and squeak toys, etc. I am delighted to have him as our dog. As soon as he gets over his puppy stage, he will be sharing our beds at night. I’d like to thank you both for socializing him so well. Everybody in our family fell in love with him over the holiday. They all agreed that he is a very handsome britany. Anyway, we enjoyed our trip to your place and thought you guys live in a wonderfully scenic region. We also enjoyed meeting you. Keep up the good work with your breeding and training, anyone that appreciates a quality dog will know it when they get home with their puppy.
Sincerely, Bob O’Brien
Sorry we haven’t gotten back to you sooner but things have been so busy with us. Jesse is doing great! He’s adjusting well to his new home and him and Zoe have become best friends! Our nephew has fallen in love with him too and either wants to steal him from us or move in, thankfully he’s only 6 and already has 2 German Shorthairs so I don’t see that happening! I’ve attached a few pictures of him and Zoe. He’s already starting to grow up and has started to point at the ducks and birds around our yard and had a staring contest with 3 deer in the yard just this morning! We’ll keep you posted as he gets older and I’m sure Billy will be singing his praises when he’s old enough to go hunting, thanks again for such a great dog!
The Vera Family
How’s everyone? I hope all is well. I wanted to thank you and your family for such a great dog. Emmit is a real joy as a pet, and even a better hunter. I had him out this weekend on Chukars (ten of them). He pointed and retrieved all of them like a pro. My buddy who has his own pointers was with me and was amazed. He said this eleven month old dog hunts like a five year old. We had a great time. I can’t believe how long Emmit will hold point. He truly is Rock Steady. If you ever want a reference feel free to give my number. We could not be happier. Thanks for everything.
Jason, Lee Ann, Hope and Jacob