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Testimonials (12) | Back to Truly Red & Whites
Submitted by: Justin Poole on Jan 16, 2013My journey for an IRWS started while I was serving in Afghanistan.. I knew I wanted an IRWS when I arrived back in the US and spent many hours of my downtime between mission looking for a breeder with pups or an expectant litter around the time I came home. After many failed contacts and redirection to other possible breeders I finally found Wendy and the Truly Red & Whites. Once I returned home I personally made the long 16ish hour drive from Arkansas (where I was stationed) to PA to pick up the pup Wendy had set aside for me. I fell in love with that pup right away, and today she is over a year old, filling out nicely, still as hyper as day one but just as loving as she can be. Oh she can drive you nuts at times but all in all you grow to love her more everyday. I had a great experience with Truly Red & Whites. They are very courteous, very professional, and you can tell they love all the dogs they adopt out whether it be for other breeders, show dogs, or just a best friend like mine. Wendy and her family are great, truly care for the dogs and the safe and humane treatment and breeding of this wonderful breed. I highly recommend working with them if you are able.
Submitted by: Sharon Merkel on Jan 11, 2013Four years ago this month I was looking for an Irish Setter puppy. After reading about the Irish Red & White, I began to look into getting information and perhaps getting one instead of a traditional red bench setter. After contacting the national club, they gave me Wendy and Ed's info and I contacted them. Wendy's dog was expecting a litter and she invited me to meet Emerald before she had the puppies. It was then that I knew this was what I wanted. I really liked Wendy, her family and her dogs. Several days later Emerald had her litter. Wendy allowed me to visit the puppies every weekend after they were old enough for visitors and I watched Corc grow from a tiny baby to the cutest puppy. He was exactly what I was looking for and can remember the day I visited when he picked me! Now four years later he has his hunting title, which Wendy and Ed helped me with as I had NO experience with training for. He also has his AKC Companion Dog title and we are working toward Graduate Novice and follow that with Companion Dog Excellent. He also competes in Rally and is working on his Advanced title. He is all I had hoped for and more and I would recommend this breeder to anyone who is interested in the breed (and have many times over). Wendy and Ed truly care for each and every one of the puppies they sell.
Submitted by: Margaret Belk Tierney on Jan 10, 2013Wendy was wonderful to work with about when we decided we wanted a red and white. I have never had a dog that is better on a trail than our red and white. My children enjoy "hiding" on a walk in the woods and our dog will not go on until the child is found. Wendy kept our puppy for us for several weeks after the rest of the litter was delivered to their new owners because Bailey was a Christmas present. She was really well cared and Wendy updated us with pictures/info frequently. She responds very immediately after the dog is delivered for years after the adoption! We also had the opportunity to adopt a rescue red and white through her when one was available in our area and that dog has been a wonderful companion to the dog we purchased from Wendy. She is very professional. She cares deeply about each dog being placed into the right setting, both for the dog and the owner.
Submitted by: Diane and Fred Achatz on Jan 09, 2013When we finally determined that an Irish Red and White Setter puppy was exactly what we wanted we began our search. It took several months, and some of the breeders either never called us back or were not especially interested in what we wanted. From the very beginning Wendy and Ed Bockman of Truly Red & Whites were professional, friendly and more than willing to share their knowledge and experiences with us to insure the happiness of our new puppy. Mollie came to her new home when she was about 8 weeks old, and she was a perfect match for our lifestyle. Prior to bringing her home we were able to visit with the pups and help to socialize them. All of Wendy's dogs are thoroughly checked out and well-socialized before they go to their new homes. Not only that, they're paper and crate trained. She is especially careful when placing each pup to give both the owner and puppy the optimum chance for success. We highly recommend Truly Red & Whites and Wendy Bockman if you want a totally positive experience.
Submitted by: Ray and Lee Parker on Jan 09, 2013Wendy has been a prime mover in helping to keep the Irish Red and White Setter alive in Australia.
We had bred ourselves into a corner as the gene pool in Australia is extremely small when Wendy came to our rescue and we were able to import our wonderful boy Aust. Ch. Truly An American Down Under at Tintookie (Imp USA) because of this we were able to continue breeding and he has already sired many champions. At all times Wendy was a delight to deal with and we still (two years later) maintain a close relationship. We are so happy to recommend Wendy and her kennels.
Submitted by: Robert Linden on Dec 31, 2011Wendy couldn't have been easier or more helpful to work with throughout the process of getting our puppy. We were able to follow her (puppy, not Wendy) from birth on line, and Wendy recommended from the litter what we feel is the most suited puppy for our particular home. Wendy has been considerate and informative throughout and we would recommend her highly.
Submitted by: Sue & Andy Swoyer on Jun 27, 2010Our experience with the Bockmans and Truly Red and Whites has been wonderful. We have had great communication with Wendy in deciding whether the breed was a fit for our family, as well as choosing the right puppy to bring home. She paid special attention to the fact that we have a five year old daughter and ensured we had a good companion for her. She has educated us and still offers tips and suggestions on a regular basis. They offer a great combination of common sense and a vast knowledge of the breed.
Submitted by: Stimpson Family on Jun 26, 2010Ditto the previous comments. We love very much our beautiful puppy from Truly Red & Whites. We received, and continue to receive, a lot of support from Wendy & Ed. The entire experience was educational and enjoyable. It's very clear that they love and nourish the IR&WS breed. We recommend Truly Red & Whites without reservation.
Submitted by: David Creagan on Jun 18, 2010We have had a wonderful experience with Truly Red & Whites from our first inquiry about future litters to the support we get today for our 12-week old puppy. Our Clover is smart, beautiful, affectionate and intensely interested in birds. She inherited a great temperament and instincts from sire and dam, and the Bockmans did a marvelous job in socializing and exposing her early in life to all of the right people, places and things. These are great dogs! They are the complete package for anyone looking for an intelligent, loving and elegant companion bird dog.
Submitted by: Ron Levine on Jun 18, 2010I had a hard time getting a red & white pup. During my time searching for a R & W I spoke to a number of breeders. some never called you back and some didn't do what they said they were going to do.Through puppy find I got to Wendy Bockman at Truly Red & Whites. I told her about my difficulties finding a pup, she said her female Emerald was going to have pups and I could have one. We spoke for a long time about the breed and it was very helpful and informative. Every step of the way I got e-mails of the progress, pictures, helpful hints, websites to help us to raise the pup and a lot of hand holding on the telephone. Wendy was great to work with and always did what she said she was going to do. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a red & white setter to see her. Gratefully, Ron
Submitted by: Catherine Washburn on Jun 23, 2009We feel so fortunate to have acquired our beautiful IRWS puppy from True Blue Acres. After several decades of owning English setters, we are thrilled to have found a new breed that equals and surpasses the wonderful temperament and intelligence of our past dogs.
We brought our puppy, Baylie, home at 8 weeks and she has been a delight ever since. We are impressed with her sweetness, obedience, loyalty, and intelligence. She was sitting on command at 10 weeks. We take her hiking quite a bit and she always stays right in our visual field. I work at a private school and I took Baylie to my office very day for the past 3 months and she was terrific. Always calm and gentle with the children and staff. She is adored by everyone.
In addition, True Blue Acres has been a great support to us and we enjoy all the "networking" possibilities made available to us. You can contact the breeder anytime and she is always helpful and sincerely interested in you and your puppy.
Submitted by: Hilary Lachoff on May 28, 2009So far my experience with this breeder has been superb! I have had excellent communication by email and phone from the first moment of inquiry through the present (4 month old pup). This breeder has even taken the initiative to start an online social networking group to connect IRWS fans around the world and I am thrilled to have a forum in which to engage with other enthusiasts as well as ask questions when they arise. And I have a smart, happy, healthy, adorable puppy to boot. I contacted several breeders before deciding on this one and I couldn't be happier.