Submitted by: Jessica Mackey on Jun 10, 2013
I started searching for a Vizsla pup my senior year of college. I was on my own, dog-less for the first time in my life, and in search of a new hunting companion. I approached numerous breeders about their dogs, many of whom were very knowledgeable, but few of whom were willing to take me seriously. Jon Peck at Midnight Run Vizslas was the exception. He promptly responded to my first email and actively engaged me in deciding whether or not a Vizsla was the right fit for me, and whether or not it was the right time to bring an active pup into my life. After numerous conversations, I decided to put a deposit down for a male pup out of one of Jonís litters. Jon provided me with everything I needed to know and was always willing to answer my questions. He kept me up to date on my litter helped me prepare for my new pup. I picked up Sitka from his home, met his dogs, and continued to gain confidence in my decision to both get a Vizsla and get that pup from Jon Peck.
Sitka is absolutely amazing. He was the only boy in his litter, and I knew he was meant to be mine. Jon was not kidding when he told me that my pup was special. His natural instinct in the field has never ceased to amaze me. On Jonís encouragement, I took Sitka to a Field Trial when he was 6 months old. After that first experience we were hooked. Sitka has excelled in the field as a hunting buddy on both upland game and waterfowl, and has started coming into his own running field trials, with several Puppy and Derby placements and wins. I am new to both vizslas and the field trial world; Sitka and I are learning as we go along. He takes all of my mistakes in stride, learns all of his lessons with unbridled enthusiasm, and is THE best snuggle-bug on the couch at the end of a long day. Sitka is a natural bird dog, an incredibly driven pup, handsome as can be with good conformation, healthy, and, above all, loving with a great temperament. Jon has been there every step of the way, answering my frantic emails at any time of day and guiding me through Sitkaís ups and downs. He has given me advice in everything from Sitkaís field training to his split pads or sore tail. He keeps in touch and sincerely cares about our progress. I could not ask for anything more from a breeder, and will always be truly grateful for Sitka. He is everything and more that I imagine a vizsla to be.
Submitted by: Bill Newton on Aug 31, 2011
I grew up hunting over GSPs with my dad and my brother. When our last male passed away and I moved into my own house, it was time for me to search for my first hunting dog that I would own and raise all by myself. I came across the Vizsla breed in a book and it sounded like the perfect dog for my situation. I wanted a good house dog and one that could excel in the field. I called a couple of breeders and after I contacted Jon at Midnight Run I decided he was very knoledgeable and thought it would be worth making the 3 hour trip to MI. I had never seen a Vizsla before and was a little skeptical I'll have to admit. Once we got to Jon's house, I was mainly interested in seeing his stud Cisco do some birdwork and see the facilities. I was immediately impressed by both. After we toured the kennels and watched Cisco peform flawlessly in the field, Jon said now I want to show you how these dogs are in the house. He told my wife and I to go in and sit on his couch. Two of his females ran over to us and after our friendly greeting, one of them put their head on my lap and one put their head on my wife's lap. I told him right then that I wanted one! It was everything all the books said and I couldn't believe it. We agreed on a breeding and soon brought home Huck. He was so easy to potty train and started showing some serious interest in birds by the time he was 14 weeks old. This was the first dog I had trained by myself and he makes me look like I know what I'm doing. Jon and I met up for a summer training session and I was a little cautious about taking Huck along on a hunting trip to South Dakot when he would be only 10 months old. Jon said, no doubt is that dog ready for out west. Huck blew my expectations out of the water hunting wild pheasants (which can be tough on experienced pointing dogs). He had many solid points and hunted methodically the entire week. We came back home to Indiana where we actually have a decent quail population and he kept getting stronger and stronger. Our first hunting season was filled with successful hunts and great pictures. The next spring we decided to get involved in some field trials. This was the first field trial for both Huck and myself, we received a 4th placement on futurity weekend at the Vizsla Club of Illinois' spring trial. All the credit goes to Jon Peck for his planning and Huck for his ability, I had no clue what I was doing. We continued on and improved on our placements and experience. Jon followed through with everything he said he would and to this day he still is available to offer advice on training or general questions. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a great companion at the home, an excellent field dog or both to Jon Peck of Midnight Run Vizslas!
Submitted by: Bill Newton on Aug 12, 2011
I purchased my first Vizsla from Midnight Run Vizslas in January of 2010. I couldn't say enough good things about the quality of puppy that we received and the customer service from Jon. He has the buying experience dialed in and everything went exactly as he explained on the phone. We made a visit to his kennel and as soon as we saw the facilities and spent a little bit of time with Jon and his dogs, we were hooked and new that we had come to the right place.
Huck was 10 months old when I took him to SD for his first wild bird hunting experience. I shot multiple limits of pheasants over a staunchly pointing puppy, Huck blew my expectations out of the water on pheasants to boot, which can be tough on an experienced pointer. Then it was back to IN which we actually have a decent quail population and he never disapointed. I would put Huck's bird finding ability up against any dog that I've ever hunted over. After hunting season, I thought I had something special and thought I'd give the field trials a whirl. Huck and I entered the Open Derby at the Vizsla Club of Illinois on Futurity weekend. Out of 14 dogs, Huck got 4th place! I had not idea what I was doing, luckily Huck did and he improved his placement on his very next trial. He goes everywhere with me and he gets compliments all the time from people saying how handsome and well behaved he is. It has truly been a pleasure living and hunting with Huck. October is right around the corner and I can't wait! I would recommend anyone looking for a Vizsla to contact Jon Peck at Midnight Run Vizslas.
Submitted by: Jeff and Julie Zenas on Mar 27, 2011
After our initial research we thought a Vizsala might be good to fill the void of our deceased Golden Retriever. Our search of Vizsala breeders led us to contact Jonathon Peck of Midnight Run Vizsalaís. After a lengthy phone conversation Jon invited us to his home to meet the breed first hand. Upon our arrival, it was to our surprise that one of his females had just given birth the night before. Even though Jon was up all night he still invited us into his home and spent several hours answering our questions and showing us Viszalaís of all ages. After our visit it was very apparent that this was the breed and Jon was the breeder for us. We brought Cooper home in June 2009; he was sired by Jonís Cisco. We were so pleased with our puppy a year later we purchased Zoey, from Jonís Rio.
Jon truly is vested in the breed. He spends the necessary time to help new owners decided whether a Vizsala is the right fit for them. Heís always available to offer support and answer questions. We highly recommend Midnight Run Vizsalaís and Jonathon Peck to anyone who is interested in the breed.
Submitted by: Katie Thomsen on Mar 03, 2011
My husband and I were looking for a dog who could run a 10K with us and snuggle on the couch when we got home. The Vizsla was a perfect choice for us, and Jonathan Peck was a perfect breeder for us. When we found out that we were expecting our first child when our intended pup would be 6 months old, we talked to Jonathan and his expertise convinced us that we would be fine. He was right. We brought home the pup Maizey in September 2010 and had a blast training her - she was a very exuberant and smart student (and still is). She is affectionate and energetic and eager to please and hilarious. A perfect combination of being obedient while still having a dynamic personality. We brought home our baby girl in January 2011, and Maizey immediately "got it." Maizey is in love with her baby sister - she is calm and attentive and affectionate.
I know you will not be disappointed with Jon and the way he runs his operation. He is professional and kind and raises beautiful dogs. Go visit him - you will see immediately what we saw and what these testimonials reveal. He is a class act. And, importantly, so are his dogs.
Submitted by: Tom Start on Feb 17, 2011
Well my story starts in April of 2010, I had to put my 13 year old female Vizsla down because of kidney failure and it was a very tough because I had just lost my wife to cancer five months prior. So I was going through a little bit of a difficult time trying to determine if I wanted to get involved with a new puppy all by myself or what.
I was looking for a pet only, but I wanted a dog from a good background and a breeder that could give me a pretty good idea of what the puppy would become. So I started looking and investigating breeders in the Midwest and visited a couple of them. After some disappointing trips I contacted John at Midnight Run and he invited me down to see a small litter that was just born. Upon walking into Johns place I had the feeling that I was in the right spot. On the first visit we sat and talked about what I was looking for now and as the dog matured and after we spent so time with the puppies and their mom (Tricky)it was feeling right. After about an hour and half I asked John where his other dogs were, and he said your sitting right next to them, they were in their crates and didn't make a sould the whole time I was there, they were just sitting in there being little angels. Right then I knew this guy knows how to breed Vizslas.
That day John informed me that if I wanted, he would sell me the one female that he planned on keeping for himself for breeding, and that is the day RUBY came into my life. Now after 7 months I have the best dog that I've ever had, she is not overly excited, knows when its time to settle down and she learns very, very fast. I's sure she is smarter then I am. Even when I take her to the Dog Park here in Grand Rapids, everyone that meets her say; are you sure she's a Vizsla she is so calm and in control, and then the freak out when I tell them she is only 7 months old.
If your in the market for the best Vizsla you have come to the right place with Midnight Run Vizslas, John gets it.
Submitted by: Jill Holdstock on Feb 14, 2011
I sought Jon's help in learning more about the Vizsla breed. He allowed me to visit his home and meet his dogs. He has a wonderful home and kennel for raising puppies. I was especially impressed with the early interaction he provides to the pups in the 1st several weeks. In my opinion, that is what distinguishes a great breeder from all the rest.
I picked out my Sofie in March 2010. I am hoping to use her in a most unconventional way. I want to do search and rescue work with her. I wanted a puppy who was a great problem-solver, bold and somewhat independent, and athletic and agile and willing to range, among other things. I feel the Vizslas are a healthier breed overall.
Sofie met all those characteristics and more. I think she is part billy goat! From birth, she has been exposed to textures and sounds and a multitude of environments. When she was only 8 months old she climbed the ladder of a jungle gym to play with a little girl. Then she proceeded down the slide, just for fun, all on her own. Sofie knows no fear. She climbs virtually any surface. She loves the water. My hardest job is to keep her from swimming to Canada from Michigan! She has no fear of ice and cold water either. Luckily she has a good recall and comes back when called.
I have had dogs my entire life, but I can easily say that Sofie is the smartest dog I have ever had. She can work through problems like no dog I have ever seen. It's almost scary to watch her work to get what she wants. It takes a lot more vigilance on our part, but worth it.
Sofie has a nice temperament and gets along easily with other dogs, including my other two. She visits doggie day care once in a while and gets along well with virtually all dogs. Despite her "live life at full throttle" personality, she is really kind of mellow around other dogs.
One trait that I find most impressive is her stamina in the field. I recently had her out in 2 ft of snow during a training. She seemed to float over the snow. Regardless of conditions, she seems to work and give a 110% until you ask her to stop. While I don't hunt with her, I really appreciate being able work her in SAR or just hike or swim or whatever and trust that she can keep up in any conditions.
While she is still a work in progress for SAR work, she is simply a wonderful dog, pet and friend. My husband didn't want a 3rd dog originally. Sofie is now his favorite of the bunch! We love our "full throttle" Sofie!
Submitted by: John M. Bowman on Feb 09, 2011
In early 2010, I was looking for a good gun dog for a person with limited experience with gun dogs. I live in Germantown, TN very close to the National Bird Dog Museum. Needless to say, there are a lot of bird dog experts here. After researching on the internet for several months, I kept coming back to the Vizsla. Everyone around here said that I was crazy. Pointer this, retriever that. After calling the breeder referral officers for several clubs, one breeder's name kept coming up: Jon Peck. I figured that if the breeders wanted a dog from this guy, then I wanted a dog from this guy.
This was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Jon was awesome to work with. He really cares about his dogs and future owners. Last fall, my family immediately fell in love with Midnight Run's Rusty Michael Bowman. Rusty is a beautiful dog. He is extremely well mannered. He is very eager to please. He learns very quickly. I taught him sit in about ten minutes the second day we had him. I taught him to wait to be released when entering a door with people. More than once, I had to go back and get him because he was patiently waiting when the kids accidentally closed the door. There he was, waiting for the command to come in.
He loves our daily walks in the woods. He is amazing to watch as he tracks scent on birds and points. He immediately comes when called in the field. He also loves to lay with us on the couch and watch movies. Our kids still fight over who gets to have Rusty next to them in the car or on the couch. It is a sad thing to see that beautiful hunting dog nudge the kids and roll over to get his belly scratched. He is extremely friendly with small children, adults, and other dogs. Jon did a great job socializing him with the litter.
We love Rusty so much that we are starting to plan for our next puppy, Midnight Run's Rosey Lynn Bowman. My wife is tired of sharing MY dog. That's right, we already know that we are going to let Jon do his magic again. He did such a great job picking out Rusty for us.
I just realized how long that I have been rambling on about Jon and Rusty. If you have read this far, you must be serious about your research. If you are that serious, call Jon. You will not be disappointed.
Submitted by: CarolCarney on Feb 08, 2011
I purchased my puppy Colbie from Jon this fall. I am VERY happy with her. I wanted a puppy with performance events (obedience and field work) in mind. She has exceeded my expectations, Colbie is fast to learn. Not only smart she has the conformation to excel in the show ring also she recently competed in an AKC event coming away with a Best of Breed over several other puppies. When we went to Jon's home to meet Colbie's mom Nico and the rest of the gang there all were VERY friendly--all of them wanted to hang out with my grand-kids sit in their laps and be loved and hugged by them. In return all Jon's dogs kissed them and hugged back. I have known Jon Peck for quite a while and would not hesitate to recommend him as a breeder.
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Submitted by: Bobby Cooper on Feb 24, 2010
I am a quail and pheasant hunter. I live in Texas and have hunted primarily over English Pointers for 2+ decades. The ranch I hunt is 35,000 acres and with that much territory I need dogs that will range out and cover ground quickly. However, when I pheasant hunt in Kansas, I need a dog that will hunt closer. As much as I love my English Pointers, they run too big for pheasants. I was introduced to vizslas years ago in Kansas since most of the guides I hunt with use them. So last year when I needed to replace a dog, I decided to try a vizsla.
I spent several hours on the internet searching for breeders and found 4 kennels that I thought would have the dog I was looking for. One of the kennels was Midnight Run. I talked with Jon Peck at length and described to him that I needed a dog bold enough to run big in Texas, but one that would also hunt pheasants within range. He assured me that a vizsla would be able to do both and said he would help me pick out the dog that would meet my needs.
Jon is a very knowledgeable, very professional and he is a pleasure to deal with. Jon keeps you informed during your wait and sends pictures soon after the litter is whelped.
I flew to Battle Creek to pick "Jack" up in July 2009. The kennel was just as I imagined -- clean and well organized. Jack was a happy puppy, full of energy and very friendly. He integrated into our family immediately. Jack is one handsome dog!
At 4 months of age I took Jack to begin his training. My trainer has decades of experience training bird dogs -- mostly English Pointers. He was happy to train Jack, but had never seen a vizsla before. I could tell he was skeptical. His skepticism didn't last long. In the phone reports I got, I could hear the excitement in his voice over the rapid progress Jack was making. After 8 weeks, I went to pick Jack up. That day I watched my 6 month old puppy have 3 points, one honor and 3 retrieves. One retrieve was a blind retrieve and one was a water retrieve. As I left, my trainer said " this is as good a puppy as I have ever seen. You can kill birds in west Texas over him right now." He is now quite a fan of Jon's vizslas. Jack was at the trainer when our pheasant hunt was scheduled this year, but he has done well on our quail hunts even though this is a down year for quail in Texas. At 8 months, Jack is not afraid to range out to 200+ yards, but will turn when I whistle and find me. I am hunting him without an electronic collar or rope!!
So I can without hesitation and without reservation recommend Jon Peck and the dogs of Midnight Run Vizslas to you. I will be happy to speak with any prospective client -- Jon can give you my contact info. God Bless!