Submitted by: Michelle Peterson on Aug 12, 2017
Our pup is just 23 months old now. He put up birds at 8 months and again this last Fall at only 20 months! He's amazing in the field or wooded areas, and just as important he's a wonderful indoor pet. Very smart, all he wants to do is please us. Get's along so well with our 2 cats and all of our friends dogs and/or cats. A good natured very intelligent guy. We love him!
Submitted by: John Cox on Aug 12, 2017
I just wanted to say how much I love our little girl. She is now three and the best hunting partner I have ever had. With no formal training she does an outstanding job on finding and holding grouse and woodcock.
Submitted by: Diane Borne Schroer on Aug 12, 2017
Love this puppy! He's sweet and smart! Can't wait to see how he hunts.
Submitted by: Angie Warren Holloman on Aug 12, 2017
We drove 10 hrs to pick up our new dog from Mountain view kennels after sending the deposit six months ago and 9th on the waiting list at that time. She is... beautiful and we have already bonded on this long ride home. She is 7 weeks old and has slept the majority of the way home. Very nice and a VERY knowledgeable breeder!
Submitted by: Hoyt Rorrer on Jan 19, 2017
I wanted to shoot you a email along with some pictures of the little female we got from you. She is just a few days shy of a year old and doing great. She loves to go hunting and loves to do her job. I can not say enough good about her and your program. I have 2 friends that I have recommended buy a puppy from you and they are both happy with their puppies as well. I hope you have had a great holiday season and I hope to see you soon.
God bless and take care buddy.
Submitted by: Bobby Cassady on Jan 19, 2017
When I first heard of your training method when I picked up my dog, I was a bit apprehensive, but I can say that it TRULY works like clockwork! It's become irritating to me to hunt with some guys that have to "force" train their dogs, because the entire hunt all I get to hear is "WHOA". It speaks volumes for your breeding program and all the work you've put in.
I am going to go ahead and drop $100 in the mail as a deposit for a male in your upcoming litters, but I would very much like to purchase one of your started dogs when they become available in a couple weeks. If I end up going that route, I am assuming it will be okay to put the $100 towards the started dog purchase price.
I will monitor the website for the started males and be looking for photos. If you are ever up in Georgetown, KY I have almost 100 acres of prime bird habitat stocked with early release quail. I would be honored for you to drop by and see my dog work and hunt with us any time.
Submitted by: Carl Gentry on Jan 19, 2017
Having the time of my life with Lou this season! What an amazing transformation she has had!
This past Saturday we were training at a local WMA and she was making some beautiful points. You'll see one of my favorite pictures attached.
After shooting one of the quail, it was still alive so my son pulled the head off and threw it in the middle of the field. We then took Lou back to the truck for water and a little rest. While that was going on I took my new little pup into the field to let him run, sniff, and do all the things new pups do. Halfway across the field I notice he's no longer in front of me, so I turn around, and to my surprise, he's pointing the quail head! What are the changes that he would find it? Before I could get a picture, he realized it wasn't alive so he grabbed it and ate it.
I can hardly wait to begin training with him next season. These two together will be a beautiful sight!
God is good! Bless you my brother!
Carl L. Gentry, Jr., MSgt, USAF, Retired
Ridgeland High School
Aerospace Science Instructor / Riflery Coach
Submitted by: Carole Miller on Apr 20, 2015
We feel honored to share this. I always love sharing how much we are so pleased with Brynne. She is been outstanding inside and outside.
She is an intense hunter. We love watching her "train herself". Ken has been working with her outside with hand signals and voice commands, but she is doing most of this on her own. He does not hunt anymore for pheasants, etc.
What a fantastic Breed of Field Setters you have raised.
God Bless Mike and Marie,
Submitted by: Spencer Gaskins on Apr 20, 2015
I just wanted to provide an update on a pup purchased from Mountain View Kennel.
Cricket - has been a very welcome addition to our family. I have 2 kids (aged 3 and 5) and Cricket seamlessly joined the family.
This past season (2013-2014) was her first real season of hunting. Her first fall hunting trip in Eastern Washington was a pretty sour experience - for her and me. We were hunting Chukar at elevation and about 45 minutes in, we reached a ridge-line, sat down and took a break for a drink of water. While I rested, she was searching around the rock outcropping. Next thing I know, she's over by my feet with a look on her face and I notice a small dribble of blood on her upper lip. A hunting buddy's Springer started sniffing around the same area as Cricket was previously searching, acting very spooky. We walked over, and the distinctive buzz coming from a Western Diamondback was heard, and seen coiled ready to strike (again)! At this point, I killed the snake, scooped Cricket up and back to the truck we started. About 30 minutes later we arrived at the truck, loaded up and started flying down the jeep trail towards town. If you've ever hunted chukar in it's (transplanted) habitat of the Northwest, you know that chukar hunting is done very far from any sort of civilization, very high up in the steep hills. We were about an hour to the Vet.'s office once we arrived at the hard-road after speeding down the jeep trail for what felt like an eternity. On the way, Cricket was in pain, and appeared to be passing out. The Vet got her on a saline flush with anti-venin on standby if her coagulants dropped below threshold. Luckily, she didn't need the anti-venin, and I picked up a very swollen, very happy-to-see-me pup the next morning. A week later, and she was back to her normal, fun-loving self. I've included a picture of her before and after the snake-bite.
As bad as I felt for her, it was compounded by the concern that she wouldn't be able to make it to my annual 2-week North Dakota pheasant hunt. It would be her first time, and I really wanted to see her in action on wild pheasant. She had been put on released birds in the pre-season, and I knew for her to really excel, she needed the experience that only wild birds can provide. Luckily, she healed just fine from the snakebite, and we made our trip to North Dakota.
Her first day on North Dakota birds gave her fits. It was a blast watching her try and figure out 1) how to home-in on a single bird with so much scent in the area, and 2) how to keep those birds from moving. It took her some time, but she got better and better each day working the cattails and shelter belts. By the 3rd day, she was really starting to get the hang of it. Oh, she busted a bird or two every now and then, but each day busted birds became less and less of an occurrence. Each day, I shot my limit over her, being very careful to only shoot birds she pointed - after all, this was all about her learning how to hunt. It wouldn't have been fair to her if I were to confuse her with shooting non-pointed birds - which meant we let a lot of birds go. Which also meant she would watch the birds take off try and chase them down. Luckily the area is sparsely populated, and a person can see for miles (literally). I knew that the only way to get her out of that habit was more and more birds - that patience would make her see that it wasn't fun to chase birds, when I wasn't interested in chasing along with her. Patience paid off, as the last few days of the hunt were a sight to behold - on the last day, a limit of birds (on a VERY down year in North Dakota) before 11:30 am, and we started hunting at 9:00 am. It was a joy to see her work those birds. She graduated that trip into a great little bird dog. I am always longing for more time in the field, but it was time to go home and we packed up and headed back west. She does great in the truck, by the way...
Since then, we've hunted wild quail, pheasant and chukar here in Washington, and she has excelled on each (She REALLY doesn't like to fetch valley quail, though - I suspect it's the taste...), I am including a couple pictures of this past season so that you can see what a beautiful dog she has turned out to be. My wife and I put her on birds this past weekend, and everywhere we go we get compliments on her looks. What really pops their eyes, though, is to watch her work birds. At that point, her looks plus her style plus her nose comes together into a beautiful bundle of dog that can only be described as God's Handiwork in action.
I know that this sounds over-the-top -but that was a compliment given to Cricket by another long-time bird hunter I hunt with late in this season.
Thank you for breeding these dogs, Mike & Marie.
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Submitted by: Spencer Gaskins on Apr 20, 2015
As far as the 40 yard point, this is a regular occurrence with Cricket - to the point that I take it a bit for granted. It's not a creeping point, either. If she's located the bird and the bird isn't moving, she'll lock on point. Obviously, if the bird is moving - like wild birds are prone to do - she'll work the bird until she gets a good set. Always careful, always trying to get the bird to set.
Just so you have proof for all the nay-Sayers out there, I am sending a picture of Cricket on a long point - this one is only about 20 yards (posted on our Testimonial webpage). She located the bird quite a bit earlier and worked the bird until it set. The bird is circled.