Submitted by: Pamela Calvin on Jun 18, 2016
I have had chessies for 20 years. The last 2 pups I got from Erica. Hunter is 3 years old and the new baby Thunder is 2 months. They are healthy beautiful dogs. Quite often I see people pulled up in my yard to just watch the dogs play. They are such beautiful animals and smart beyond belief.They are just wonderful dogs ( although I am not sure that they know they are dogs) My veternarian is always very impressed with them, how healthy they are, he says they are the nicest chessies he has ever seen. I can't see me ever being without chessies and I can't imagine getting them anywhere else.
Submitted by: Tony Zotos on Jun 17, 2016
We have been blessed with our puppy "Spike" from BlackwoodChesapeakes. He was house broke at 10 weeks, we brought him home at 8 weeks. He grew fast, just over 65#'s now at 6 months old. He listens well, obeys most commands and has been a pleasure to take up north where he explores our property but always comes when called. I would recomend Erica Wise to anyone who's looking for a Chessie.
Submitted by: Fred Wallace on May 25, 2016
My journey for a Chesapeake Bay Retriever started many years ago.. I have ALWAYS have been completely intrigued by the breed .
In the winter of 2015 I was told by my Son that he wanted to get back into waterfowl hunting . Well as a single Dad what do you do? Make the boy happy! Our Lab was just to old to get out in the field ( 14 years old ) So I told my Son and Daughter lets get a Chessie.
As we where diving down the highway my Son and daughter were calling listed breeders .
On that drive we set up appointments too meet with at least 10 Michigan/Ohio based breeders .
After meeting with breeders we were able to keep widowing down the list of breeders .
Some....Just wanted to sell puppies
Some....Thought they had WAY better dogs than they really had ...
Other were so outdated in there breeding program ....
I was looking for AWESOME temperament , Drive
Gorgeous looks and finally a breeder that cares for the breed and the future of the breed .
Well then we meet up with Erica Wise !!
WOW was I impressed !!
I have now been to a few breeders looking at whats to offer...After about 2 hours of talking with Erica...I realized that I"m not doing the " interviewing" for a breeder....I'm being " interviewed " for a puppy!!
Erica had everything I was looking for in my new endeavor of being a Chesapeake Bay Retriever owner .
The drive home with my kids and talking about all the breeders we have been to ,We made our choice that Blackwood Chesapeake would be the breeder of our pup.
Erica and I had MANY conversations over the next few weeks about the breed and upcoming litters .
In late February we made yet another trip to see Erica . This time we made the decision to leave a deposit on a upcoming planed breeding .
Erica kept us updated the entire time....
What seemed like eternity ....A few short months later it was time to pick up our pup.
We could not be happier !!! His name is Stryker
He is now closing in on a year old . I wouldn't have done this journey any other way!!
Erica and I have always kept in contact about Stryker . I keep her informed of all progress.
Now that I have rambled on for some time...
Look no further....You will not regret .
If anyone has any questions please feel free to call or email.
Submitted by: Tim Wojcieszak on Jan 29, 2016
I purchased my first Chesapeake from Erica and told her what temperament I was wanting and she sent me exactly what I was looking for.The pup was retrieving ducks at 5 months old. When it was time to hunt he would never give up on any bird or duck no matter how thick the cattails or sawgrass was. He has been the most loyal dog I have ever owned. When my kids go outside he is always right there with them fishing or playing. I could not have asked for a better dog. I'm looking forward to my 2nd pup in a few weeks. Thanks again Erica.
Submitted by: Lori Heitmeyer on Mar 24, 2015
My husband and I purchased our first Chessie from Erica Wise at Blackwood Kennels. After we put our 15 year old lab down there was such a void in our home. Four years ago we brought home Coke-o, and she is by far the best dog we have ever owned. She has a great temperament and great coat. In fact, she is extremely human-like most days. Erica has always been available to answer any question we have ever had in regards to being first-time Chessie owners. I would highly recommend purchasing a puppy from her. We plan to add another one of her pups to our family soon.
Submitted by: Rob Mikulec on Mar 24, 2015
We have had our pup since August 2014. She is now 9 months and we could not be happier. From the time we started inquiring, Erica Wise was extremely knowledgeable and professional. We explained that we have had Chessies before and that we were looking for a pup that would hunt waterfowl and upland as well as being a family member. The litter she recommended produced a perfect pup for us. Scout has been easy to train, eager, and inquisitive. She learned her basic obedience training so quickly that I was very comfortable bringing her in the field very young. My friends were amazed the first time I brought her on a pheasant hunt. She got along well the two GSPs we hunt with and learned quickly. She has been in the swamp and in the river. At six months old she retrieved her first duck from the strong currents in the Niagara River. In short I can not say enough about our pup and Erica Wise.
Submitted by: Tina Ploof on Mar 22, 2015
I contacted Erica Wise in regards to buying a Chessie and I expected to buy a good dog from a good breeder! I had a male shipped to Vermont and I was a little worried about him being sick from shipping him. What I got was the most amazing best friend from a great breeder!! She cares and has contacted me numerous times to make sure I am satisfied! My boy is smart, well-behaved, GORGEOUS, lovable (and yes I have kids), and he is unbelievably loyal! I have never had a dog that is so quick to learn! Am I satisfied?? Well I have already contacted Erica to buy another puppy!! I love love love this breed and this breeder!! Highly highly recommended!!!
Submitted by: Daniel Fisher on Mar 17, 2015
My little girl, Gabby Goo Goo, came from Ms. Wise's kennel, and I couldn't ask for a better companion or more loyal friend in the field. She was retrieving geese this past September, during Ohio's early honker season and just turned one year old in December. She's very intelligent and picks up training scenario's quickly. I couldn't ask for a better pup. Thank you Erica!
Submitted by: Duane Hegy on Jan 13, 2015
After spending almost 2 years looking and talking to breeders, and speaking with Erica almost the entire time I decided to go with Erica. We set everything up over the phone. She sent me photos of the litter at birth and continued with updates as they grew. This was difficult for me as this is the first time I wasn't able to be there and select my pup. But Erica had a feel for what I was looking for and she nailed it with her pick for me. This was just over a year ago and I'm not sure I could have made a better pick. Beau is truly amazing and I continue to stay in contact with Erica. He's going to be going to evaluation here shortly and we are both excited to see how he does. The experience I have had with Erica gives me the ability to say without a doubt that she has one of the best programs I have ever seen. Regardless of where you live, if you want a true to breed Chessie, Call Erica and make the trip to Michigan. I promise its worth the trip. My next dog will come from her as well.
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Submitted by: Dan Valko on Oct 03, 2014
My wife and I brought home our our femaile Sadie after several conversations with Erica and couldn't be happier, we were looking for an active hunting breed that would also watch over the family at home and be nice a polite in public. she is a beautiful dog with tremendous drive and great strength. If i can talk my wife into another dog ill go back to Erica and blackwood chesapeakes for my next.