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Testimonials (21) | Back to Mountain View Llewellin's Setter Kennel
Submitted by: Larry Brock on Jul 21, 2014Hi Mike and Marie,
I bought Louie from you in January of last year. He was born in Oct 2012. His name is Dashing Bondhu Louie. He was pointing birds at 4 months old. He was easy to train and is genetically healthy.
I have hunted him in Florida for quail, where I live, and in upstate NY for grouse and woodcock. He has consistently searched for birds and pointed. He has a great prey drive and desire. I did a little training to get him to hold point a little longer and the basic stuff like come, stay, etc. He has done very well and I'm proud whenever I take a friend along to go hunting. I wanted to let you know how pleased I was with him.
Submitted by: Spencer Gaskins on Jul 21, 2014I just wanted to provide an update to a pup I 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. posted on the Mountain View Kennel Testimonial webpage.
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 (also posted on the MVK webpage).
My wife and I put her on birds, 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.
Submitted by: Angela Kalb on Jul 21, 2014I came down to Mountain View Kennel last month with my coworker Jamie. I wanted to thank you and Marie for bringing "Bella" into my life. It was such a pleasure meeting you and really enjoyed spending time with you while we were there. All your puppies and other pets are amazing. If somehow I end up in your area again I will make a point to come see you both.
I'm hoping the name Bella is available. She is adjusting wonderfully and I am cherishing every moment with her.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart:):)
Have a wonderful day and thank you so much again.
Submitted by: Marike Godsey on Jul 21, 2014Just wanted to let you know that Archie is settling in and is quickly becoming a member of our "pack". We couldn't be happier or love him anymore! You truly have produced the perfect dog! So far at 4 months (we got him at 12 weeks). He's completely house trained. Knows sit shake, shake, drop it and lay down! He hasn't been to a single training class either! He has definitely bonded to my son Gabe but equally shares his love with the rest of the family. I'm proud to say he is spoiled rotten!! I can't wait for the 2 of them to go on his first hunt (he already points at the birds in our yard) he is officially Gabes baseball team mascot and he hasn't missed a game!! Oh and most importantly. He's not afraid of fireworks! Haha.
Thanks for your help and for an awesome dog!
Submitted by: Marijke Godsey on Jul 21, 2014It's hard to fully capture on my cell but I emailed to MVK a picture (posted on MVK Testimonal webpage) of Archie pointing at a robin in the back yard. I know it's not quail or pheasant. But he stood there as still as could be until the bird flew away. I don't know if it's right or not but I praised him and I was the one who walked towards the bird to make it fly off. (Haha told you I was completely clueless about bird hunting). I have a feeling Archie is going to be the one that teaches us.
Submitted by: Carole and Ken Miller on Jul 21, 2014Dear Mike and Marie,
Brynne is doing very very well. She is so smart. She now sits on command and knows her name. We have been working with her with the simple commands. She is learning very quickly. She has fit in very well into the family and the other two girls really enjoy her so much. She is learning to focus when you talk to her which is so important.
Be looking for something coming Priority Mail tomorrow. Hope you and Marie enjoy!!!
I did get her registration papers and they have been filled out and sent.
I have taken so many pictures on my iphone and sending a few to you and Marie by email.
We are so pleased with Brynne. She had her first checkup at the vets and they all loved her. Our vet was very impressed.
As you can see she has adjusted very well.
Sending blessings to you,
Carole and Ken
Submitted by: Cliff Russell on Jun 01, 2013
We shipped and picked up our Llewellin Setter puppy all safe and sound now at home. He is a beautiful pup ,what a great temperament he has. I am very happy with him. Tonight he will get a good rest. and in the morning if he is up to it I may let him meet a couple of my dogs and begin to acclimate to his new home. Thankyou for everything,--- Cliff
Submitted by: Cliff Russell on Jun 01, 2013April 08, 2013 8:37 PM
Dear Mike & Marie,
Just to let you know how happy we are with our Llewellin Setter pup. he is growing so fast he minds very well, comes to his name, retrieves, fetches on command, and is house broken. He is the third pup out of about 50 that I have had that was that good at such a young age. thanks Cliff Russell
Submitted by: Martin Hicks on Jun 01, 2013Mike and Marie- This is Martin Hicks from Wheatland, WY and I purchased a setter from you two years ago (June of 2011). Just giving you a quick update on the pup. Her name is Lucy and I could not be more pleased with her.
She hunts close, has a great nose and retrieves to my expectations. I have hunted her on pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge. She has done well on all species, so again great work on breeding excellent Llewellin Setters!
Wheatland Wildlife Biologist, WGFD
Wheatland, WY 82201
Submitted by: Martin Hicks on Jun 01, 2013Hi Mike & Marie,
She again took her experience to South Dakota and hunted wild birds in late December when birds are flighty and tough to hunt, especially for a young dog. After several wild flushes she was able to slow down, find and point the birds. She had several great retrieves, but like other young dogs she also had several learning experiences, where things did not go perfect. I would expect this to happen with any dog, so I was not in the least disappointed.
North Central Wyoming is home to a robust population of Hungarian partridge. I have never hunted this bird before and did not know what to expect from my young Llewellin. The covey's were spooky, but if conditions were right my young setter was able to locate, point, back my other setter, and retrieve the birds.
I had a great experience watching her hunt this exotic bird. Habitat conditions are similar to sage grouse, which are dry and provide tough scenting conditions. She did a great her first time out and I cannot wait to take her back.
Wheatland Wildlife Biologist, WGFD
Wheatland, WY 82201
Submitted by: Martin Hicks on Jun 01, 2013Southeast Wyoming is home to a small population of sharp-tailed grouse and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has an excellent program that enrolled private land into a walk-in program, which includes thousands of acres of sharp-tailed grouse habitat. Recent drought conditions have reduced numbers, but there is still a sustainable population to hunt. My young setter did an fantastic job finding and pointing several flocks of grouse. She was not fond of retrieving at first but started to come around to the idea after more experience. I also hunted sharp-tailed grouse in northern South Dakota and again she did a marvelous job finding, pointing and retrieving the birds.
Wheatland Wildlife Biologist, WGFD
Wheatland, WY 82201
Submitted by: Martin Hicks on Jun 01, 2013Hi Mike & Marie,
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has a special pheasant hunt in SE WY where over 5,700 pheasants are released into great cover that is owned by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. This hunt provides opportunity for young dogs to cut their teeth on the art of pheasant hunting. I could not be more pleased how close she hunted, her ability to go into heavy cover and the amount of cover she was able to cover, while maintaining that close distance. She started out just as I would expect a young dog to do (I had not train her on live birds) by bumping, flushing, running past birds. After several hunts she started to figure it out. Her points improved with each bird and she started to consistently back my other older setter.
In closing, I am very happy and impressed with my dog from Mountain View Kennels. I was fortunate enough to locate a stud dog from the same kennel in my home town. She was successfully bred and my family and I are eagerly waiting for the pups to arrive.
Thanks to Mike and Marie for the great bloodlines they have been producing!
Wheatland Wildlife Biologist, WGFD
Wheatland, WY 82201
Submitted by: Mark Madison on Dec 24, 2012First let me say that Mr. & Mrs. Bloodgood are top of the line and it is no wonder why their dogs are to. I couldn’t be more pleased with my pup, who as of this writing just turned a year old. Within the first hour and a half of bringing him home, after his first mess, he would stand at the door and whine to be let out; not a single inside mess since then. He is not a kennel dog and but lives inside our home. He is truly a gentleman while inside and is all business in the field. He is a head turner. His style and grace is something to behold. People literally will stop and turn their car around or walk across a field to ask “What breed of dog is that?” He retrieves to hand, cast’s, hits the water like a lab requiring little to no encouragement on my part. It took very little time for him to respond to a whistle. His desire to please is without question. Whether you’re looking for a hunting partner or companion you will not be disappointed with Mr. and Mrs. Bloodgood’s line of dogs.
Mark D. Madison
Cle Elum, Washington
Submitted by: email@example.com on Feb 07, 2012Hello Mr. and Mrs. Bloodgood,
My name is Chad Anuszewski from Peckville, PA (Lackawanna County, Northeast PA). This is a picture of myself and Abbie (bottom left). Abbie is my 11 month Dashing Bondhu Llewellin setter, whelped on 01/20/11. Now I have been working pointing dogs for about 15 years. I started with GSPs, then worked 2 Ryman setters until I finally had the opportunity to bring a Mt. View Llewellin Setter into my house.
From the moment I brought Abbie home, she was the perfect addition, not only as a hunting partner, but also a member of the house. She gets along perfectly with my other dogs as well as my two small children.
Now I do not proclaim to be a great trainer, but I have studied many styles and spent my time paying my dues. I do not necessarily concern myself with pointing style, field trials or things of that nature. But I can honestly say that I NEVER have seen a dog with so much natural, raw talent, bird finding ability, pointing style and desire to please her owner as I have in Abbie. Even at her young age she runs circles around my Ryman Setters. I raise Chukar and quail to keep her active in the off season,
trained her weekly on wild birds for about the 2 months prior to the season and now we are hunting. She regularly holds solid points on woodcocks (we have a lot of them) and is getting better on grouse (my bird of choice).
In PA (October 22, 2011), it is pretty much a put-and-take pheasant scenario. With Abbie being such a young dog, I did not want to run her first morning until the majority of the other hunters left the fields/woods (sometimes hunters lack ethics in this type of hunt). So after about 3 hours of waiting, we took our turn. With prying
eyes and envious doubters, we took to the field. Abbie worked the fields like a seasoned setter. She worked side to side, nose up, keeping check with me as we zig-zagged the fields. These 2 cock birds (the daily limit in PA) were no match for
her ability. We stayed working that day and all-in-all, put up 7 birds total (this was after numerous hunters with their own dogs said the fields were 'hunted out'). Twice I watched her circle running birds to keep them between me and her. And with the exception of 2 wild flushes, she held solid on point for the rest of the birds we put up that day.
If there is one tip I can give prospective Mt View setter owners, get your deposit in early and keep your mind open to any pup you can have the opportunity to own and hunt over. I was number 14 in line for a female setter. Abbie was passed over until she got to me and I took full advantage of the opportunity presented to me. As you can see, the rest is history.
Thank you for keeping this line of setters available to the gentleman hunter interested in only the best natural bird dog there is out there.
Please use me as a reference any time
Chad J.Anuszewski, MS, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Submitted by: firstname.lastname@example.org on Feb 07, 2012Dear Mike & Marie,
Riley, got her name because that is what she has.............the life of Riley. Anyway, yesterday I took her for the first time to introduce her to pen raised quail. She has been hunted seven times this year on grouse. Anyway, she pointed and held the first bird she found and all that followed. Never made a mistake and was very cautious. As you know she is 4 1/2 months old.
It is interesting, because about three weeks ago I was hunting grouse and taking her for her solo hunt that she always gets and I see her flash point and then stalk and stop, stalk and stop, stalk and stop about 30 yards a head of her two grouse get up! I thought it might have been just happen stance that the birds got up and her stalking was just the puppy in her but after yesterday I know she was smelling those birds!
It is too early to tell how much drive and heart she has but this is certainly a good start. She has some big shoes to fill when Lady is gone. Will keep you updated.
Submitted by: email@example.com on Feb 07, 2012Mike & Marie,
I hope all is well with you and your family. Two weeks ago I was hunting Riley by herself and we had gone down a logging road a little ways and she gets very birdie and then puts on the most beautiful point you have ever seen. Her right paw goes up under her body and tail straight up. I was expecting it to be level. The bird gets up
and flies from my right to left and I drop it on the second shot. The only time I have ever been nervous hunting grouse. I wanted to kill that bird for Riley! She goes crazy.........finds the bird in an instant and can't retrieve it because it is so big and caught between a sapling and the mountain line. Tries to bury it with leaves. Hahaha..........good thing I was close to her. I then took it up on the trail and threw it up in the air. She grabs it and brings it back to me. Great stuff.
Anyway, what a fine, fine dog she is making. Great around the house and Lady loves her to death.
Submitted by: firstname.lastname@example.org on Feb 06, 2012I was hunting with my partner 2 weeks ago at Southern Woods Plantation in Sylvester Georgia. My Setter is as good as; if not better than their dogs and they do it everyday from October thru March.
In my 50 plus years of owning bird dogs I've never had one came home with me as a puppy trained. Its definitely the breeding...Keep up the good work she's a testimonial to your success.
I did some basic obedience training which was very easy no pressure on me or the dog at all... took her to the field on released quail at 4 month and she pointed her first covey then found and pointed most of the single birds. Seeing a 5 or 6 year old pointer backing my 4 month old Llewellyn does an old guy good.
At 2 years she's not only a great bird dog (and getting better) she's also an excellent companion. The truck doesn't leave the farm that she's not in it. She handled Grouse and Woodcock at just over 1 year of age in the upper peninsula of Michigan. As soon as we began to get our feet wet in the tag alders she found woodcock that would hold for her and she handled them fine no matter how long it took me to get to her.
She's absolute proof that breeding makes the difference. I picked her at 8 weeks at your kennel mainly because I thought she might have less ticking than the other options I had. When I left with her you told me no training would be required my experience over the years lead me to believe differently and I was prepared to train one more probably my last one.
Now I am a believer --- Thanks again for making these dogs available.
Submitted by: Clifford H. Harris on Aug 18, 2010From:"Harris,Cliff"
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2010 10:28 AM
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bloodgood,
I just wanted to write and give ya'll an update on the puppy, Cash, that I
bought last year. He has been such a great addition to our family. I have never
had a dog with as much personality as Cash has. It seems like he gives us
something to laugh about every day. Around the home, he is absolutely the best
dog I have ever had inside. Since he came home last March, he messed inside
only 1 time. The only thing he ever did wrong was chew on shoes that were left
out. Now, he comes inside and lays at my feet. You could not ask for a better
inside pet. Also, he entertains my cousins, age 2 and 5, for hours and seems to
know how to play gently with small kids.
We started him hunting last fall at 10 months old. He had no problem finding
birds right off the bat. It took him about 5 birds to figure out that he was
supposed to wait on me to flush them. By his third hunt, he acted like he
had been doing it for years. It was truly amazing and completely natural
since he was my first bird dog to attempt training. By the end of the
season, he was pointing and holding like a seasoned veteran. The only time
he broke point was when he would see the bird run away. It only happened
with a few pen raised quail. He never bumped any wild birds since they
actually hold tight.
The most amazing thing to me about Cash, is his ability to adjust his
attitude from the house to hunting. At home he is laid back and could almost
be called lazy, but take him to the field and he is as intense as I have
ever hunted over. He has hunted for a couple hours at a time without ever
seeming to lose a step. He charges through briars and thickets without a
second thought. On point, his intensity matches even a pointer. When he
locks up on point, he is so intense that his lips quiver and he will even
drool a little with excitement. To me, you could not ask for a more intense
point than Cash does. He is truly a bird dog down to his core. He hunts as
though it is the sole reason God placed him on earth.
Thank you for your dedication in breeding the finest bird dogs around. I
even had an old man who only hunted pointers admit that Cash was one of the
finest dogs he had ever seen for his age. We are very excited about the next
season to hunt him some more. Hopefully, I can add another one of your dogs
to the family soon but for now my wife says we have enough. I am very
interested to hear how the puppies that you have now turn out. They should be
very good looking dogs and, no doubt, great hunters.
Clifford H. Harris, LEED AP
Submitted by: Darren Moore on Aug 18, 2010From: Darren Moore
To: Mike Bloodgood
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 8:05 PM
Subject: REX = litter 7/5/09
I haven't made a report on this dog in about 6 months but I thought I should let
you know, if I were the breeder I would want to know.
I have had bird dogs all my life, we run a hunting preserve here in Western, KY
so I am around a lot of dogs good and bad, we have had 2 Field Trials here so I
have been around some great dogs both young and old.
I have never been around or owned a dog with as much natural ability as REX,
he got hard on his birds when he was 5 months old, like a rock, Monday was the
5th and his 1st birthday we had him and one of our older dogs from another
breeder (not a bad dog at all), out for a run, the other dog jumped a pheasant
lodged between 2 telephone poles in some grass and never smelled anything,
REX nailed him from 20 yards in a dead run with the wind blowing all wrong,
he is currently working on retrieving out of water and got it down, he made 9 in
a row today with 100% accuracy and brought it right to me every time.
The only thing I am having any issue with him is sometimes he doesn't want to
bring the bird right to me instead he wants to parade it around the field (pup) I
have never cracked down on him or scolded him for any reason and hope to get
him out of that real soon, so as of now he points very solid, backs as well and
retrieves sometimes, out of water very well, I also have another dog I got from
another breeder that is the same age, there is absolutely no comparison in there
natural ability, I think he will also be a good dog but does not have anywhere
near the confidence that REX has at this early age.
I know I have done a ton of bragging here but this is what I see, I also need to
register these dogs and would like to get Gun Dog Certification on REX this fall
if he is ready, if you have any reason to include him in you future breeding
program please let me know cause I don't think there will be many out there with
the natural resources he has.
Our guides currently use German Shorthair Pointers and Pointers, but we want to
change to Setters just because of the style and class they bring to the field. We
were looking for good Setters for our preserve guides to use, so we purchased
this three pups from different well known breeder's including REX from you for
an experiment to see which Setters were really the best. The two others are
absolutely no comparison with REX. I don't see us breeding dogs here for no
other reason than pups for us, but from what I see if we ever do breed a dog here
it will be Dashing Bondhu's.
Calvert City, Kentucky
Submitted by: Jimmy A Cantrell, (KYDOC) on Nov 17, 2009Mike this is Jimmy Cantrell. Just wanted to let you know I just got back home last night from Wisconsin, where I spent the first 9 days of their Grouse season hunting. I took the pup I got from you (which was the real reason for this early season hunt) and he was amazing. He hunted as good as my 10 year old grouse dog. He pointed and held every grouse he encountered and never bumped or put any of them in the air. He is the most careful dog I have. My friend was so shocked that he started telling everyone about it and got on his cell phone to let people know. The pup acted as if he had experienced grouse for years and new how to work them. This is all from instinct and no formal training what so ever.
This is going to be a very special dog. And just think, he just turned one year old a couple of weeks ago and I will get many years of joyment out of him.
Continue to use me as a reference if you want and I am sure that if any of my riends make any future purchases they will be from you.
Thanks Mike and God Bless.
Submitted by: Jimmy Cantrell KYDOC on Nov 17, 2009His Full Name is “Hanks Royal Flush” and he is also backing and retrieving. There are so many wonderful stories to tell about him just from our 9 day hunt. One time both, Hank and my female Llewellin Belle pointed at the same time only about 4 feet apart, they were side by side. Me and my hunting companion walked up, flushed the Bird, and shot it down with Belle in pursuit for the retrieve. But Hank never moved the entire time, staying staunch on point. My hunting buddy looked at me and said I think he still smells that Grouse and will not break point. We walked a few short steps in front of him and to our surprise he had another grouse nailed on point. We were also able to knock that one down for him. It was amazing that even though he saw the other bird flush and Belle break to retrieve, to hold on this other bird. Like I said it would take some time to tell you all the amazing stories. We had 5 dogs on the trip, but my friend kept saying “Hank is the man”. Our other dogs ranged from 3 years old to 10 years old. We have some really good dogs but to have one that age (Barely 1 year old) to hold his own with them was amazing. Thanks Mike for a wonderful pup (or should I now say Dog) since he seems to have grown up in one short hunting trip.
I would not have told this story myself if I had not had witnesses. One thing for sure all the bird hunters in the area seem to know all about his hunting ability because word is spreading around here about him. People that witnessed it are bragging on him big time. I have been asked by others if the stories that have been told are true.