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Submitted by: Megan Spoon on Mar 11, 2014
Hi Jim -

I'm sure Tony will send you a note too...

His name is RZR Upland Ranger. He's doing great!! Tony will have more detail on the hunting piece, but as an all around house dog he's been wonderful.

One interesting thing is that he LOVES to retrieve and will swim out for balls and sticks - we could probably use him to duck hunt. ;0)

I'm going to head out occasionally with the hunters and take some photos of the dogs, we will be sure to send them over.

Best of luck with the new breeding your looking at!

Best -
Megan
Submitted by: Mathew Lamb on Feb 03, 2014
Hey there Jim,


Sorry – it took me a week to sit down in front of the computer – but here are a couple of pics of Niery. Most often we are on bikes and so taking photos doesn’t happen as often as I'd wish.

The first two pics are from a trip a couple of weeks back to a trail in the Olympics. Riding the ferry is particularly attractive to him – as it is a moving platform that attracts birds. 30 mins of uninterrupted pointing action. He has now travelled all the ferries from Seattle to the Powell River up in BC and run most of the trails in between. Amazing trail dog.

The other photo is from the Dungeness river valley – a 6 mile downhill we did last spring. He has incredible route finding skills and can link up sections of the valley without ever having been there before, plus he does at least 2x the distance we do on account of quartering the hillside. You'll notice he has a rock in his mouth. I normally replace that with a stick – but he needs to carry something. In summer I hefted a tree limb that had fallen over the path over the edge of Tiger mountain. I took off, but then had to wait for Niery who has recovered the tree limb and was dragging it down the trail. In two months Tiger mountain opens again and he returns to two guaranteed BIG runs a week on top of his usual 3 miles/day.

As you can guess he is doing really well here – I couldn’t imagine the family without him.


Hope all is good with you

My best wishes, Mathew


Mathew Lamb Ph.D.

Submitted by: Dean Seaburg on Nov 17, 2013
Jim & I were hunting together for the first time, along with my friend, Paul. The second day, Jim came up lame about half way through the afternoon. He told us to just keep going. I was concerned about handling Duke, but Jim said he’d be fine . . . fine???

What happened in the next two hours was six birds, all pointed, none bumped by Duke, all one shot dead birds, and all retrieved to hand by a dog I’d never met until the day before (and he wasn't even wearing an e-collar).

I now own a Duke brag dog. Now over two years of age, Carl is part of my family and is one my daughter's best friends.

I know that your pup by Duke will be the same.

Dean Seaburg - Redmond Washington
Submitted by: Dan Mar on Nov 13, 2013
I was privileged to be Duke's first trainer, watching him handle everything in stride. I told Jim I thought he was breeding quality and Jim took his time deciding to breed him. He found bitches that have put some wonderful dogs on the ground.

I have worked eight of Duke's pups at my summer camp in Washington state. Each and every one of them have been sensible, trainable, talented and wonderful representatives of the breed.

I'll say it again - you just couldn't go wrong with a pup by Duke.

Congratulations Jim - your friend Dan.
Submitted by: tommy on Jul 08, 2013
email- i send JIM
"Jim,

Here are some more pictures of Cedar. Just an FYI, she's absolutely fantastic. Elise and I can't imagine our life without her. She has to be the smartest dog ever. At 11 weeks, I can't believe she's about to hit the 3 month mark. She now, sit's, shakes, lay downs, leave it, and speak all on command. She's also a weekend warrior, she loves the hikes and camping get-aways. Believe or not, she is not afraid of rivers, she does not mind getting dirty, and trekking on the trails. Let's just say, she's the perfect dog for us. Oh, and walks, excellent leash walker, however, she's a better off leash walker. Checks up on us, wont cross the street, or hurdle large tree longs, rivers, forts, camp-grounds, with out us. When I get home from works, she runs to me and licks the hell out of me. Super loving, we can't be happier. thanks"

Submitted by: Tony and Megan Zavaglia on Jul 04, 2013
Our pup Ranger is 13 weeks and is an AMAZING dog. He already heels, sits, retrieves, comes, etc. Ranger shows the natural instinct of a pointing setter and has exhibited those traits from 6 weeks of age. We were looking for a nice "house" dog as well as a hunter and couldn't have gotten a better dog. We can't wait to get him into the field and are looking for many years of great hunting and friendship.

Jim is a great breeder, he starts the dog out with the right attitude from the start. Ranger was crate trained when we got him and the overall experience made the transition bringing him home very easy.

Thanks Team Duke!!
Megan and Tony
Submitted by: Rachel Holloway on Jun 25, 2013
Brag Dog’s Rule!

I am delighted to write a testimonial for Jim and Brag Dogs. First of all, I am so happy with my 10month old puppy, Niery. He has the sweetest disposition of any dog I’ve ever had or met, patient and sweet with my 8year old boy, deferential to all the dogs he meets, and is obedient and loving to us all. We are not a hunting family, though with this dog we probably should be. Niery has such great instincts- he will scale down mountains to retrieve a stick, bolt off the dock into the lake near home to catch a ball, pointing to anything bird-like in the bushes- I hope we do not disappoint him too much. Puppies always chew and need to be trained, but Niery learned fast, despite his love of eating shoes (preferably my slippers) he now restrains, and is a thoroughly well behaved member of our family.
I also feel pride in how Niery looks- to be frank he is beautiful, and we are frequently stopped on our journeys with people cooing about ‘what a lovely dog he is’.

Jim has done more for us that we could have ever asked for. He gave down to earth advice when we needed it, and even helped us when we needed to board our pup, he is definitely the ‘grand master’ who always likes to be updated, and continues to care about each and every dog. You will do no better than a Brag Dog!

Sincerely,
Rachel Holloway


Submitted by: Rachel Holloway on Jun 20, 2013
I am delighted to write a testimonial for Jim and Brag Dogs. First of all, I am so happy with my 10month old puppy, Niery. He has the sweetest disposition of any dog I’ve ever had or met, patient and sweet with my 8year old boy, deferential to all the dogs he meets, and is obedient and loving to us all. We are not a hunting family, though with this dog we probably should be. Niery has such great instincts- he will scale down mountains to retrieve a stick, bolt off the dock into the lake near home to catch a ball, pointing to anything bird-like in the bushes- I hope we do not disappoint him too much. Puppies always chew and need to be trained, but Niery learnt fast, despite his love of eating shoes (preferably my slippers) he now restrains, and is a thoroughly well behaved member of our family.
I also feel pride in how Niery looks- to be frank he is beautiful, and we are frequently stopped on our journeys with people cooing about ‘what a lovely dog he is’.

Jim has done more for us that we could have ever asked for. He gave down to earth advice when we needed it, and even helped us when we needed to board our pup, he is definitely the ‘grand master’ who always likes to be updated, and continues to care about each and every dog. You will do no better than a Brag Dog

Submitted by: Ed Young on Jun 18, 2013
My wife and I have had two English Setters over the past 2 1/2 years...one from Team Duke(Kimber)and one from a different breeder (Benelli). Both dogs were wonderful dogs. This breed is truly outstanding and they make great hunting partners and pets. Our dealings with Team Duke were far superior over our experience with the other breeder. Jim really knows his stuff and he is breeding some wonderful dogs. He cares about his animals and shows it in his knowledge. He is not overbearing and is always willing to help. If it was not for the fact that we have endured two years of puppy-rearing, I would definitely have a second Team Duke puppy right now! Kimber is absolutely the best dog I have ever had.
Ed Young, Sisters, OR
Submitted by: Jaydogmills on Jan 27, 2013
I purchased a female pup sired by Duke out of his first litter. Duke was whelped here at my home out my world class producing bitch and sired by a NASTRA field champion. I also own his littermate and owned the grandmother of Duke's second litter. Ihave raised English Setters for many years and can say that without any doubt that Duke is an extremely rounded birdog, very much a people lover, highly intelligent, very birdy, extremely easy to train, and exhibits the endless desire to find,point, and retrieve. He also displays perfect confirmation. My own Duke puppy is a great joy for me and I have observed other littermates and they all exhibit Duke's traits. Hats off to you Jim for first, being the true friend and gentleman that you are, but also for studying and being very selective in your own breeding program;and thank you for making my day with "Quaize".
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Submitted by: Jaydog Mills on Jan 26, 2013
I purchased a female pup sired by Duke out of his first litter. Duke was whelped here at my home out my world class producing bitch and sired by a NASTRA field champion. I also own his littermate and owned the grandmother of Duke's second litter. Ihave raised English Setters for many years and can say that without any doubt that Duke is an extremely rounded birdog, very much a people lover, highly intelligent, very birdy, extremely easy to train, and exhibits the endless desire to find,point, and retrieve. He also displays perfect confirmation. My own Duke puppy is a great joy for me and I have observed other littermates and they all exhibit Duke's traits. Hats off to you Jim for first, being the true friend and gentleman that you are, but also for studying and being very selective in your own breeding program;and thank you for making my day with "Quaize".
Submitted by: Luis and Heather on Sep 07, 2012
We purchased Bosco, our English Setter, from Brag
Dog on March, 2012 and couldn't be happier. We were looking for a balance of a great hunt dog as well as a great family pet and found exactly what we wanted. Bosco is not only beautiful, he has a great disposition, gentle and patient with the most trying little ones, very loyal, super smart and pointing instincts off the chart. In the house he is the perfect pet and out in the fields he is ready to work, so focused and holds his point beautifully. When at hunt tests, training or in the field around other hunt dog owners; Bosco receives nothing but compliments on his ticking, form, pointing instinct and how great a hunt dog he is going to be.

This is our first hunt dog and we've had assistance from Jim and Lori of Brag Dog every step of the way. These aren't breeders who breed to just breed, these are breeders who want the very best hunt dogs and the very best owners for them. They really care about their dogs and are always available for us no matter what questions we have. Not only do you get an outstanding dog when purchasing from Brag Dog, but you become a part of the Brag Dog family and are always welcomed. We would highly recommend Brag Dog to anyone wanting to purchase a great hunting and family dog.
Submitted by: Stryker Family on Sep 04, 2012
Brad Dog, truly breeds the best English Setters, we couldn't be happier with our pup. There is nothing to improve on, he nailed it. An exceptional brad dog, indeed. The purchasing process was seamless and delightful too. I highly recommend to anyone wanting a world class pointer!!!

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