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Submitted by: Cathy Slusser on Apr 12, 2013Cory is the second Chesapeake Bay Retriever we have purchased from Erica. I was concerned that she might not live up to the standards set by our first dog, but I need not have worried. She is everything we dreamed she would be, sassy, smart, willing to please and beautiful. We have only had her four weeks, and I am already amazed at how quickly she learns and how much joy she has brought our home. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for her. Erica breeds consistently even tempered and beautiful dogs. You will not be disappointed if you are blessed enough to receive a puppy from Blackwood.
Submitted by: Nancy Peterson on Feb 20, 2013We got our female Chessie from Blackwood Chesapeakes in the Fall of 2010. She is our second Chessie although the first one was not from this breeder. She is the daughter of Branson and Cade and we absolutely love her! She has such a great personality, is very smart, very sociable with other dogs and people. She thinks everyone should have a kiss from her. We don't hunt her but she loves to chase the yard squirrels and deer! She got her Canine Good Citizen certificate under 1 year old. She will play with her toys and entertain herself and will go swimming in the lake all by herself and just swim around, playing and yipping! I would recommend Blackwood Chesapeakes for anyone who wants an even tempered, great personality Chessie.
Submitted by: Craig on Feb 19, 2013We took Cutty into our family about a year and half ago. She is from the Chestar-Blackwood Unfinished Business & Chesbar's Playing with the Boys Litter. I was looking to find a hunting partner that had the drive that I do, and I have found that in Spades! She has taken to training very well, and has an insatiable drive to retrieve. I have to hide the box of bumpers when we are not working, as she will find a way to get into them. Last year (2012) was her first year hunting, and she has proven herself on the water, and in the upland woods (wild birds no canned hunts). The first ducks we ever dropped in front of her, we only noticed 2 fall just outside our dekes. After making the (2) retrieves, she insisted on going back in. I trusted her instincts, and she came back from an approx. 60-70 yard retrieve with a bird we did not see fall. It is my fondest memory hunting (and I have many). I will never forget it as long as I live. She has a great temperment, and is brimming with confidence while in the woods or the lake. She loves the water, and enters with out hesitation. If you do not fully close the bathroom door, she will jump in the shower with you too. She is a great addition to our family. I will get another dog from Erica eventually, and would recommend her to family and friends.
Submitted by: Tony and Betsy Baer on Jan 05, 2013My husband searched all over the internet for the perfect duck dog. He has been a Bluetick breeder/hunter and showman all his life and is more than a little picky about dogs. When he found Blackwood’s, Erica was very helpful and knowledgeable. He wanted a hunting companion and I wanted a dog that would be good with children.
Our now 4 ½ year old Female, Bella, is a great waterfowl dog! Her natural hunting drive is amazing. Her newest endeavor is pheasants, which she took to immediately. A true dual purpose breed!
Her love for her “boy’s” is outstanding. Our sons, 5 years and 18 months love to play in the yard and run around the house with Bella.
Her breeding makes her a gentle lady but also a voracious hunter. Erica does a wonderful job putting together breeding matches that produce outstanding puppies! I would recommend Blackwood’s to anyone!!
Submitted by: Alex Bauman on Jan 01, 2013My girl Melba is out of Easton and spinnaker ridges marlin. She is about 8 months old and gets hunted several times a week. She's been on duck, goose, pheasant, quail, and chukar. As a you go she brought back honkers that were nearly bigger than her, worked three or four birds on the water successfully, and is by far the most intelligent and well tempered dog I have ever been around. I have never had a dog so itense and have so much drive. I wake up to a bumper being dropped on my chest in the mornings. She handles so well that it has made training even a young dog an absolute pleasure. Excellent with other dogs and is completely focused on her owner. I go to the dog park and train with the bumper just to add distractions. It's like the other dogs are not even there. She has more ability than I may ever use. Anyone that has ever seen a Chessie is captivated by her looks. Where labs I hunt with are frozen solid, Melba's beautiful thick coat keeps her perfectly warm. She's turning it to be the perfect size for the duck blind and will send chills down your spine with her regal stares. She's got the perfect female head and is turning out to be much more than I cold have ever expected. I have told Erica that its not supposed to be this easy. She even patrols the house and works as a great guardian on the property. All it took was one pheasant to turn her into a great flusher/upland dog. Whether is training to work from the heel, breaking ice and retrieving birds out of a boat blind, or being the well tempered companion everyone loves to have around the house, blackwood chesapeakes can do it all, and look good while doing it. Erica provides continual help and has always answered ny questions I have had. Thank you so much for breeding the best Chesapeakes around!
Submitted by: Paul Robichaud on Nov 07, 2012My wife and I got our Chesapeake from Erica. Dozer is 22 months old and a great duck hunting partner. He has passed the Started Hunting Test and is working on the Seasoned and we hope to have him run the Finished in 2013. His drive is amazing weather training or in a hunt test, he is in it..... to win it. Dozer is never tried of doing what he loves. At the end of the day he is just our big baby, with his great temperament and his want to please he is meant for Great Things. His only downfall is that he take up too much room on the bed . We will only get our dogs from Erica. She has been working with dogs since she was a teen and has a true love for breeding the best. This young lady is a true professional !!!! 10 out of 10
Submitted by: Kim Siddall on Oct 05, 2012My husband and I have a 3 year old Chesapeake from Erica Wise. We got her from the 2009 fall Branson and Steeler litter. She is absolutely AMAZING. Not only is she a great family dog but probably the best water fowl hunting dog in our area. She learned her job very quickly and never misses a beat. Whether its in the blind or in the field. We are so thankful we went with this breeder. Don't know what we would do without Nelly she is the best thing that ever happened to our family. When our kids play outside she never leaves their side and even saved me from a dog attack once. She is the most loyal companion. We truly treasure our time with her.
Kim from Windsor Ontario CA
Submitted by: Dr. Marcia E. Canton on Sep 11, 2012We are the proud owners of a pup we purchased from Blackwood Chesapeakes and could not be happier. Since we live in California, our new pup was flown in from Michigan at what appeared to be first class!! He came equipped with all of his papers, some snacks and a sentimental toy. We knew instantly that this was a dog who was well treated. He never leaves our side, was professionally trained with ease and is the pride of our community!! Based on our positive experiences, I can say, without hesitation, this is the only place where I would purchase a pet in the future. Erica Wise is a consummate professional.
Submitted by: Birdie Hoikka on Sep 09, 2012My husband Larry and I searched hard and long for a reputable breeder and we feel so fortunate that we found Erica and Blackwood Chesapeakes. Maggie is the second Chessie that we have owned and we couldn't be more pleased with her. She was born 6/06/08 and is out of Blackwood's Build Like "The Bus" (Steeler) and Ch Hamilton Farms Broadwaybound. She is healthy and has a wonderful temperament. She has always been surrounded by grand children and grand dogs and her disposition is fantastic. She earned her Canine Good Citizen Award at 11 months! I train and compete with her in both obedience and hunt tests. She learns quickly, is very biddable and is eager to please. She has great retrieving desire, marking ability, perseverance and absolutely loves the water. So far she has exceeded all my expectations and continues to do so. She earned the UKC Starting Hunting Retriever title at 15 months with 4 straight passes. At 16 months she earned the Working Dog title at the American Chesapeake Nationals. Before she was two years old she earned the AKC Junior Hunter title, again with 4 straight passes. That year she also entered the obedience ring and earned the AKC Companion Dog and UKC Companion Dog titles, with 3 straight qualifying legs each and all first places! And at 2 years of age she earned the American Chesapeake Working Dog Excellent title. Before she was three she earned the UKC Hunting Retriever title with three straight Seasoned hunt test passes. Last year she also earned the UKC Companion Dog Excellent and the AKC Companion Dog Excellent Titles. This year, at 4 years of age, Maggie earned the last and highest American Chesapeake Club working dog title, Working Dog Qualified. We are currently training at the Finished retriever level and she will hopefully earn the UKC Hunting Retriever Champion title in the spring. We are also training at the Utility level in obedience and plan to enter the Utility ring in the spring also. Maggie exhibits all the best qualities of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever - excellent conformation, great hunting desire and ability and she is a wonderful family dog and faithful companion. She certainly is the product of Erica's great breeding program. Maggie's official name is HR UCDX Blackwood's Magnificent Broad JH CDX WDQ CGC.
Submitted by: Steve Coffey on Jun 18, 2012I picked up a Puppy from Blackwoods in April 2012 and I have to say I could not be happier!! Stella is the most amazing dog I have ever owned. First of all she has the perfect build that you can expect from a Chesapeake, she has a blocky head, perfect muscle tone Giant paddle feet. She is only 4 months old and impresses people everyday when I take her out to the Public training area at a local marsh. She is whistle trained, walks at heal off leash, very steady to the throw and shot for a puppy, is retrieving doubles off the water and land, and already running strait lines to blinds. She is also our family pet. She is very friendly to everybody and always ready to meet new people. She is so smart and has had intense drive from the day I got her! These are top notch dogs from great pedigrees! I will be buying from Erica again!
Submitted by: michael parry on May 16, 2012If you are looking for better than TOP QUALITY Chesapeakes, this is your breeder. Erica has mastered the genetics. Upland and waterfowl hunters, you will not find a better dog. From their beautiful coats to their natural instinct to hunt and please their owners, this breeder knows her stuff! I received Ericas pick of the litter and I couldnt possibly be happier. Being a dog owner for my entire life, this is the best dog I have ever had. I have had the opportunity to watch other dogs from this kennel and I will tell you every single one I have seen has looked and performed above and beyond normal expectations. If you're going to make an investment in a gun dog, this is a no lose investment. I am a customer for life!
Submitted by: Samantha Gross on Apr 18, 2012We stumbled across Blackwood online after searching long and hard for the perfect puppy to get. We finally found Erica and met our now 4 month old boy, Otis. He is honestly the best puppy/dog I have ever had. Chessies are known to be smart and already we can see that. Erica does so great with her dogs and knows so much about them. This is our first time owning a Chessie, so we were a little worried, but Erica assured us and we couldn't have made a better decision. Thanks again Erica for giving us Otis and being so helpful in the whole process!
Submitted by: Cathy Slusser on Dec 15, 2011We are extremely happy with the Chesapeake Bay Retriver puppy that we got from Erica. I was nervous about buying a puppy sight unseen as well as having her shipped by plane. I need not have worried. Summer is everything we had hoped she would be, and her plane trip went smoothly thanks to Erica's experience. It is obvious that Erica had spent a lot of time with Summer as she was already crate trained and started on housebreaking. In all our years of having puppies of a variety of breeds, I do not think we have had a puppy so smart and even tempered. We feel very blessed to have found Erica and to have our Summer.
Submitted by: Gary J Miller " Joe" on Nov 30, 2011We have a 3 month old female puppy from Erica and this little girl is a great dog. She is adapting well to our family and our older lab. She is already retrieving well and seems to be very smart for her age. Lucy is her name and she is a beautifull chesapeake and has a pretty,wavy coat. We kind of stumbled on to Blackwoods and I am glad we did because Erica has a great breeding program and the dogs are as good as it gets.Thanks again to Erica and her family.
Submitted by: Andre Poineau on Nov 03, 2011We are the proud owners of 2 Blackwood Chesapeaks.
Yes two. They are 14 months old and from different litters but 2 days apart. We had read many negative postings about having two female dogs at the same time. Erica assured us it would not be a problem and she could not have been more dead on. These two Chessies are solid well adjusted family members and retrieving nuts.
They are everything a Chesapeake Bay Retriever is supposed to be.
Thank You Erica we could not have found finer dogs anywhere.