Submitted by: william wimberly on Jul 15, 2020
Purchased a puppy 10 years ago that was offspring from a tartan hills dog (not actually purchased from Tartan hills as they did not have puppies at the time, but they were quick to point me to another owner of one of their dogs who did have puppies at the time). Our ESS has performed and has been everything I was looking for in a springer. At 10 years old my dog will still run and hunt itself into the ground, come home and be an amazing house dog. Can confirm that these are field bred and have the temperament I was looking for in my versatile dog. Was looking for the following traits
1 - be a house dog for young kids and family first and foremost that cares about people as much as it cares about birds
2 - hunt waterfowl and upland birds. She swims more than my waterlogged children in the pool. No issues retrieving ducks in ponds. No problem with pheasants. She has an intense prey drive. She has a natural close in flushing pattern and rarely ranges past 20 yards normally staying about 10 yards out dependent on cover. She has no problem diving into the thickest nastiest brush I can find.
The only health problems we have run into are occasional ear infections (cant keep her out of the pool).
Submitted by: Vanessa Escamilla on Feb 26, 2017
We purchased our beautiful Lady Rosebud from Brenda almost a year ago come April. Brenda was easy to work with and very helpful with information on the English springer spaniel breed. Our springer was mainly purchased for hunting purposes in Deep South Texas but has been a fantastic addition to our family as well. She is easy-going and loves being around the children...follows everywhere we go. She has a very good temperament and highly intelligent. She has easily learned commands and loves to please. She's excited to go out and train and calm when she's inside. I would highly recommend purchasing these beautiful pups from Brenda. We will definitely be coming by again when the time comes!!!
Submitted by: Blake on Dec 11, 2015
I bought a male springer from Brenda around 4 years ago. I personally trained him as an upland retriever. He has been more than I could ever imagined both in a hunting dog and family companion. I cannot say enough good about the job that Brenda does with her pups and the quality of hunting dogs they produce.
Submitted by: Franco Auriti on Nov 19, 2015
I purchased my 11 week old Black & White English Springer Spaniel field dog Bodie from Brenda three weeks ago to train for hunting and to accompany me wherever I go. I have had 2 other springers and must say, Bodie is one of the most well behaved, smart gun ready dog I have ever worked with. Bodie has a perfect hunting and social temperament due to his initial training and exposure Brenda had afforded him by introducing him to birds right away and crate training. Bodie sleeps all night and already has mastered sit, stay, come, release, heel and HUP which is my preporitory command prior to any command. He basically came potty trained and only had one potty error in the house which was my fault in the past 3 weeks. I met the father and he set a great example of a well trained award winning field dog and from what I see from Bodie, he will be the exact same. If you are looking for a well bread dog with proper initial care in training, I strongly suggest you contact Brenda for your next gun dog or family pet.
Thanks Again Brenda for a job well done.
Submitted by: Dean Salehyan on Oct 09, 2015
We were looking for a good family dog that could also hunt and couldn't be happier with the result! We picked up Storm at 12 weeks old and he has been a great addition to our family. He is very good with our 4 year old girl and with our other dog. Obedience training was a breeze. He also has a very strong hunt drive and was quick to take to bird hunting. At 8 months I took him on his first quail hunt and he did really well. Brenda has also been great with helping us get involved with local hunt clubs and with answering questions along the way. I've seen her other dogs work and they are all very solid. Highly recommended!
Submitted by: Damon Grieve on Feb 06, 2014
Update from my wifes previous post. Sophie after turning 2 years old went on her first hunt and was amazing. With little training she was flushing quail and pheasants, keeping close, and retrieving game. Not gun shy at all with just a few exercises with a starter pistol. I don't use a shock collar, just a whistle. Sophie continues to be a joy and is very good around kids. Brenda sold us a wonderful dog
Submitted by: Laura Grieve on Jun 12, 2013
We got our girl Sophie from her last year. She is an amazingly loving, sweet dog, who has boundless energy and loves the birds! She hasn't been hunting yet, but I know she will do fine as she was already "flushing game" with no training on a recent camping trip. When we get another Springer, we will be contacting Brenda.
Submitted by: Julien Smythe on May 18, 2013
Picked up a puppy from Brenda in March. He has not been in the field yet, but is very trainable and very birdy. As importantly, he has done great with my kids (a pair of 14 year olds and a 7 year old) as well as my wife. All in all, a great dog.
Submitted by: Michael Skirpan on Jan 15, 2012
I bought a started dog from Brenda late last year. Within three weeks, she hunted with me and successfully retrieved doves, quail and ducks and also did an awesome job of flushing the quail.
In the home, she is well behaved and very affectionate. I'm glad I found Brenda, and when we have room for another Springer, I'll be contacting her first.
Submitted by: Eric Nunn on Jan 17, 2011
We got Tay from Brenda in march. She has met every expectation as a pet and hunter. We recently went on our first quail hunt and she did fabulous. She was a pleasure to watch work.
Submitted by: Ken Doran on Sep 26, 2008
Stewart is not hyper, and is very responsive to training. He is Very obedient with a great nose and fully expects to "play" every evening when I get in from work. Missed opening day of dove season, but will get out one day this week. I think he'll do fine. He's probably back there in bed with my wife as I type this now.
Submitted by: Robin Parr on Sep 02, 2008
Ike is one smart puppy! He loves to chase squirrels! And desperately wants to play with our cats, but they don't seem to understand this. One cat, though, plays hide and jump out and scare with Ike! It's hilarious! What we've mastered: We throw Ike's duck and tell him to stay until ordered to "Go get it!" He does this perfectly! I am amazed at how fast he's learned to control himself! He can also stiff out his duck when we hide it! Like I said, Ike is one smart puppy!
Submitted by: Alan Young on Apr 13, 2007
I have known Brenda for a little over a year now and have seen her dogs run in both the Spaniel Hunt Test and the field trials and her dogs have done very well, well enough that I'm buying a b/w male from her to add to my kennel of Srpingers. She's a real peach and I highly recomend her to any body wanting a hunting or trial dog.
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Submitted by: James Wall on Apr 12, 2007
Brenda cares about her dogs and knows her stuff in the springer world. We have a wonderful female from Tartan Hills who's 18 months old -- impressed the heck out of a well-known sporting writer with whom I hunted this last winter and it was her first hunt! The pup is adored by my kids and is super affectionate in the house. What more could you ask for as a hunter/dog owner.
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