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(Client from Mexico updating me on his 5 month old young pup out of our breeding program)

Dave, First time Sonico go to field and run as a great dog it was awesome see him he never be outdoor and  find his First  quail and point and
run with out fear  It was memorable this day for Coni and me
     Thanks again for give us the opportunity to have a dog who promise TO be a great dog
               Angel   Quicktime movie clip

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Hi Dave,

...Fletcher is doing great! He has become such a wonderful dog and a wonderful part of our family! Nothing else to say but he is a great success story, and a MAJOR snuggler. He has to be acknowledged by everyone in the morning and needs to be scratched and snuggled for a minute or two before the can begin his day - then he is good to go.

D.D.  (Dog bred by another but trained by us)

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Thanks!  We are all still in awe at your skill and expertise!!!  We got Shadow shaved today and he looks so different!  I'm sure he feels wonderful---thanks for the tip!

Enjoy your week,

Margaret

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Thank you again for doing such a fantastic job with Shadow.  You do
incredible work!

Best regards,

Margaret (Dog bred by another, trained by us)

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Shooter's Brandy will be two years old in February and she is my constant companion and hunting partner.  Took a friend hunting a couple of weeks ago to show her off and she was on fire.  We bagged 46 quail on a morning hunt at the 4R Hunting preserve outside of Hondo and I could not have been more pleased.  Even with short cover and running birds, she was steady, and wow, what a nose.  .....killed another 26 quail this morning over her.  She goes beyond any expectation that I could have had for a bird dog at any age and she has not even seen her second birthday.  I have been raising and training my Brittanys for over 44 years and I can say that her ability to learn quickly, her nose, steadiness and her disposition in and out of the field, have made this dog my best ever.  Bob (Jan 2012)

Brandy

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Hi Dave,
Hope all is well. Sorry not to have touched base with you earlier, but it was a busy year. Wanted to share a story with you regarding Jake. I took Jake on his first hunt of the season on December 24th. He had not been on a bird since March. Due to a busy schedule and summer heat, I did not work with him hardly at all during the off season. Nonetheless, he performed like a champ. He honored points, retrieved every bird that he could race to first, did not bust a single bird, and was the first on point (out of three very seasoned 8 yr old pointers) for 5 of 20 birds. It was a very rewarding experience and I was very proud of him. The guide and other hunter were quite impressed and were surprised that this was only his second hunting season. He has matured into a real deal bird dog with the sweet personality that only a brittany can demonstrate (though he does give my german sherpherds a regular wrestling match). This is all to say that I am so happy to have him and give full credit to breeding and your training. If my wife will let me, I would like to bring him to you for stage 2 training this year.
Thank you for giving me such a great dog. Sincerely, Will M.  (Dec 2011)

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Dave....Just a quick update. Wilson continues to show remarkable ability. He is the energizer bunny....he just does not seem to lose interest or wear down. He is always on his game. Wilson kept on point solid and only jumped up and down at flush....He gets the "point" for sure. Retrieves were good.....found the bird, gentle mouth, and brought to hand (mine).... I am only working Wilson and letting the partner shoot (some times there are two of them). Wilson is the only dog however, for this first year as you suggested. 
 
Yep, he's the dog every upland game hunter would want. You said he was a Bona Fide Brag Dog.....let me tell you he is a Certified Bona Fide Brag Dog....It is so great for me to sit on the tail gate and let my buddies brag and praise Wilson to other hunters at the "Snack Shop". I just sit there and smile not needing to offer any "talk"....of course I'm sitting there hugging and whispering to Wilson...."Great Dog! Great Dog!".
 
Thanks for my Puppy. Christmas really came early for me! 
May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and it is my prayer that the Joy, Peace, Hope and Love of the Season by yours through out the New Year.
 Merry Christmas,
 Don
(Chief's note: this is a pup from Chief's Brittanys and one of Dave's phase I graduates)

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Dave,

I also want to thank you for doing such a great and thoroughly professional job with Rusty and taking him so far. I think he will do very well with your help in the future as well.

I don't know what's up on the 4 th yet we have not talked yet. I've been gone to much . I need to do that soon we need to get together.

By the way... yesterday Rusty was tearing up the butterflies in my back yard. (Damn he's fast). So I think you will need to refresh him in Montana. LOL

Don W.  (I won a R/U Championship title for this dog in the Victoire Nationale.)
 

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Had a pretty good hunt Saturday at Kiowa, KS. Champ did AWESOME. We had some frost on the ground early, with great scenting conditions.  Champ went on point, but the birds starting moving on him, RIGHT towards him, by the time the birds flushed they were practically running between his legs and he just stood there. Did I mention he was on the other side of a fence from the rest of us? My Dad crossed the barbed wire to flush the birds and it looked like Champ was in the middle of a quail tornado, he never moved a muscle. Two birds fell and he marked them, still standing stock still, I climbed the fence walked up to him and released him to retrieve. He handled the first bird perfectly, then I turned him and released him on the second dead bird, again perfect. I had my surgeon buddy and a client with us, and they were both in amazement.  Thanks for all your hard work. I am enclosing a pic we snapped at lunch time. JF
(Chief's note: this is a pup from Chief's Brittanys and one of Dave's phase II graduates)

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Hi Dave, My name is Don McNabb Jr, I live in Glendale Arizona and have raised Brittanys for over 17 years. Like you we are in love with the breeds temperament, personality and drive to please. We were looking for a male to replace a very special dog in our kennel and began searching around, that is actually how we came across your sight. I was impressed with your knowledge and understanding of the breed. When we saw a litter out of Eldon Wingo's dog Jill, I really got excited. I am a fan of the unusual also, I love a white and orange dog, Livers even more. But Tri's and Roans really strike me and Jill was a beautiful Liver Roan. We had hoped for a liver roan male but none were produced, in fact at birth we were not sure any would be roan but as they grew it was evident 1 male would be an orange roan We drove all the way from Phoenix to Amarillo Texas to put "Gunner" up last august. It was love at first sight all the way around. He took to me as fast as I took to him. I was not sure if my time was bad or good at the time last year, he was still pretty young when bird season opened so I packed him up with the other dogs and headed out every weekend. Starting slowly I introduced him to wild birds, he went mad for them. By the end of last season he was doing great and hunting with us full time. This spring I ran him in an AKC hunt test and got his first 2 legs of his JH title. We plan to move forward working his way up to Master Hunter and also participating in NSTRA events.
Gunner is an awesome dog and we could not be happier.
Don McNabb Jr
(Chief's note: this is one of Dave's pups studded by Nubbin, someone else's female, trained by the owner)

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Once again I want to think you for the hard work you put into Striker. I've killer my first Bird's) over him and he doing great. He will fined and retrieve the (dead bird) after playing with it first. Which it might be wrong but I let him just a little I tell him he a good boy and he earn it. I've hook up with a few guys from work whom have property and a lot of birds. Also one of the plantation let me use their woods just not aloud to kill any birds on the plantation. However in Georgia you can kill them on private land for training all year or on WMA if you raised or purchased the birds, which Georgia is very serious about birddogs and golf. Also Striker found his first rabbet and went like F-14 off a carrier so I lit him up like the fourth of July and told him nasty bird, nasty bird. The only other thing to report is Striker should have been name Briar, if we're walking in and open field and there the littlest briar patch he has to go through it several time. He loves Briar patches or me spending all night brushing them out of his coat. He's ears and nose look like he lost a fight with bar wire is this normal behavior. Thanks I'm enjoying all of your hard work and just wanted to thank you again.
Cleveland R.
(Chief's note: this pup is not out of our kennel but is one of Dave's phase II graduates)

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Hi Dave,

I had the pick of the females from Bree last August. Here are a couple of pictures of Kate at eight months (today) pointing quail in Florida. I shot this bird after her point which turned out to be a cripple. I started to look for the bird where I saw it fall and Kate started working about 20 feet away. After a few minutes I heard it start to peep and saw Katie chasing it into the brush, around a bush 1 1/2 times and then retrieved it to hand. She has been retrieving to my hand since 3 1/2 months old. What a great dog! I have been using your training method and it works great. Thanks for a great dog.

Steve McCleeary
(Chief's note: this is a pup from Chief's Brittanys and trained by the owner)

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I just purchased my second pup from Dave. A little background on me, I have always been a Brittany man, my Dad had Brittanys in our home before I was born. I live in Oklahoma City and am in the Oilfield so I have access to large tracts of some of the best bobwhite hunting in the nation. When I was in high school we had a son of Ban-Dee and it was then that I got a taste of what a high powered Brit can do. We ran him in AKC field trials for 3 years and he did very well.  As the Ban-Dee bloodline became more and more diluted, we started looking for another dog that could handle the tough country and wide open spaces that we hunt.  I bought two pups three and a half years ago, and was on the web looking for a good trainer. I ran across Dave’s website and called and spent a good amount of time on the phone with him.  He was happy to answer any questions I had, and was so enthusiastic about the breed I had found the trainer I wanted. I took my two pups down to his place to drop them off. I spoke to Dave weekly on the phone for progress reports and he was saying “they are doing well, but they are not barn burners” I really appreciated his honesty, and went down to pick them up after a month and a half.  We had a long talk about what kind of quality dog I wanted, He said “I want to show you something” and he let Nubbin (the sire of both of my pups) out to run. I watched Nubbin for about 2 minutes and said “That’s what I want” I put a deposit down that day for his next litter. I picked up Champ a few months later and have been nothing but pleased.  I have run Champ in numerous AKC trials and he has collected a good amount of hardware.  He has puppy and derby points. He placed first out of 20 dogs in the very first trial he ran in at 9 months of age.  I have hunted with Dave at his place 3 times, and all 3 times have been great. I have hunted with AKC national Champion Shambo’s Dark Shadow, and I would put Nubbin and Peanut (Champ’s parents) up against him any day.  The only caveat I can give you is do not purchase a dog from Dave unless you are a serious hunter. There are too many beautiful, loving Brittanys out there that would be much more suited to the occasional hunter than a dog from Chief’s. It would be a crime to own one of these dogs if you only hunted 3-4 times a season, their whole purpose in life is to hunt. They are so amazing to watch, and they only get better with experience. I could go on and on, but my short answer is this, If you are a serious hunter, that wants a great companion around the house, and a dog that will hunt its guts out for you, look no further than Chief’s. Through my dealings with Dave, I have come to trust him and admire his dogs enough to say I will probably never buy another Brit unless it comes from him. You are welcome to call me anytime, I can talk dogs and bird hunting all day.  Have a great day…. Jason Francis
(Chief's note: this is a pup from Chief's Brittanys and one of Dave's phase I graduates)

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Hi Dave

Well the season is over and Meg did great, I had allot of local hunters
comment on how much meg had a drive to find birds, a couple of guys who had
German shorthaired pointers who once had Brittany's asked about where she
was from they said that she could not be from local stock because of the way
she moved constantly in the heavy cover and brush. I just wanted to thank
you on your dedication to the breed and the patience to train me Brian C (New York)
(Chief's note: this is a pup from Chief's Brittanys and one of Dave's phase I graduates)

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Dave,
 
This is just a note of thanks for our hunting experience with you on Wednesday. Thank you for the most incredible day of hunting either of us has ever experienced. David and I have not stopped talking about the day's events since returning home. I believe our wives have heard the details of our day long excursion so many times that they can tell the stories of exquisite dog work, beautiful birds on the rise, and somewhat less than commendable shooting skills ( but not too bad for us ). The day of hunting was, for me, an experience I'll not soon forget.
After spending just those few hours with you and your dogs I've decided that the day MUST come for me to share a similar experience with my family and a hunting companion the likes of yours. I believe I know where I'll start looking when the time comes. I have a wife and five kids I hope to share many days in the field with and experience on a regular basis what I experienced in hunting with you and your dogs.
As I told you, I've hunted quail all my life. Walking down fencerows hoping for the next covey of birds to flush. I'd never hunted with dogs and certainly not the quality of dogs I witnessed on Wednesday. While I don't know a great deal about hunting dogs, I cannot imagine any better hunting companions than we had just two days ago. I now see quail hunting (pheasant and chukar also ) in a whole different light.
From Peanut's never ending endurance, her point of one bird with another fallen bird in her mouth, to Missy's untrained instinctive skills and Nubbin's (sp?) youthful exuberance, and the thoroughness of Queenie's examination of the cover and finding of birds, I feel as though I have witnessed first hand what dog work and quail hunting are all about. The relationship between the two of you and your companions is enviable. It is obvious that those bonds extend much further and deeper than the hunting field. Your love for your dogs and the sport is obvious and to be admired. Thank you for the opportunity to see, even if just for a day, the relationship between you and your dogs and for the opportunity to hunt alongside these well-trained well-mannered dogs.
We both look forward to hunting with you again in the future and appreciate the opportunity to hunt with Chief's Brittanys. Thanks again John J. and David H.
(This was a hunt guided by Dave)

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Dave,
I'm back in the office after being tied up with the new bosses for 2 days. We quail hunted Tues and had a ball.  We bagged 55 birds and had a good time. Dolly was the best she has ever been.  She was retrieving and finding live and dead birds like a pro.  The month with her "Uncle Dave" was just great.  She actually out performed all the plantation dogs.  I wish you could have seen her! Dave, you would have been proud. Her performance was very much like that of Peanut, she went full speed, stayed birdy and started to retrieve with one retrieve to hand and a number within about 5-6 feet.  THE MONTH WITH YOU WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!! She really showed what she is capable of.  If I could get her out for another couple of weeks of steady hunting she would be unstoppable.  Hope things are going well with you, the ranch and the pups.  I'm going to try to talk our new bosses into coming out and hunting with you.  The CEO of our company has had Labs in the past (including a National champ) but he has had little experience with pointers, he really needs a Brit.  He lives in Idaho Falls, Id., but should  not mind a trip to Texas in Jan or Feb.  I'll let you know. Guess that's about it from here, thanks again, I'll send you a pic from the last hunt when I get them back.  I'm going to direct him to your Website, so get some of the latest pics up as soon as possible, I know there are some excellent shots to post.
Thanks again,
Buck and Dolly
(This was a hunt guided by Dave)

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Hello, Dave

Just wanted to send a note and tell you how much we enjoyed the hunt. SUPER!
What an understatement! I want to go again before the season ends. What
does your Saturdays look like in Feb/Mar? 

Later,
Jim H
(This was a hunt guided by Dave)

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Dave,
We really enjoyed Sunday. That was one of the best bird hunts I have ever
been on. Can't wait til next year. We'll be calling you early. Thanks
again!!
 

Brian H
(This was a hunt guided by Dave)

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Hello!

We thought you would enjoy some of the photos we took during the hunt. I got some good pics of the Brittanys.

Thanks so much for a wonderful day! It was an answer to prayer, because we  prayed that we would have a safe and successful hunt, and we did!

We cooked the quail last night, and we're saving the pheasant for the weekend.

It was exciting to hunt over world-class Brittanys! They are experts at what they do!

We were very proud of our Golden pup's performance, as he turned 6 months old on the day of the hunt! Thanks so much for working with us to let our puppies learn from the best!

We are talking about coming out to hunt again with you in the next few weeks.

See you soon,

Martha L
(This was a hunt guided by Dave)

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Dave,
Thanks again for a great hunt.
Eric K
(This was a hunt guided by Dave)

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Dave,
just wanted to thank you for a great hunt and a great time on Sat.. Also wanted to see those pics, if possible. Thanks again.
Kurt h
(This was a hunt guided by Dave)

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Well as most of you know my girl Chilie had only been entered in one hunt test prior to this weekend and in that Junior Test she went birdless. Well this past weekend I entered her in two Senior Hunt Tests being held by the Gulf Coast German Shorthair Club near Houston, and much to my surprise she qualified both days!!!! To say the least I was completely thrilled. We found multiple birds both days and in fact the second birds(s) on each day could have cause her major problems as the first day I saw the bird running and as I approached another bird ran within 1.5 feet of her nose and she held her point until I was able to flush one of the birds ( the birds had covied up and multiple birds flushed). The second day the same thing happened but again she held firm and didn't move.

I've included a pic as proof.....I need to thank several of you especially Dave
Jones for all the tips on training and help in training and listening to me constantly pick his brain on Dog Training (Grasshopper is learning...Master
!!!), Scott P
(This is a friend with a Vizsla that Dave helped)

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Dave,

Just wanted to say how much Roger and I enjoyed being with you Sunday. The shooting was great and served to remind me how out of practice I am. But, for me, the most fun was watching your dogs. That Nubbin is something, and I'll never forget Chief chasing that bird around and around the tree! Bet he slept good.

Thanks again for your hospitality and a memorable day. I'm sure we'll do our best to return next year.

Larry
(This was a hunt guided by Dave)

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Hey Dave,
Pete & Rascal both had a great first year, shot 72 birds over them. I could not be happier with your work! I would like to see if I can get them out there with you again. I would like them to be able to hunt together, back and get a little more polished. Do you offer a 2 or 3 week touch-up or would you have to have them for 6 weeks?
thanks, Robert T
(These two dogs were bred by someone else but phase I trained by Dave)

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Dear Dave and Debbie,
 Please pardon this belated thank you, Debbie your hospitality was definitely Texas size and letting me help with the job interviews was great.
Dave's doggie boot camp was just what a Brittany novice like I needed. I feel much more confident in my handling of Casey.
By the way Casey's birthday was Monday, 1 year old, no big party .
 As you know prior to my trip I had some fears of Casey's air travels, as it turn out everything went great. Her flight down with me and you shipping her back after her extended stay went very smoothly.
Believe it or not I think the dog got better service and more attention than I did on some of Delta's flights.
Since I have been back I had her out three times .She definitely understands what whoa means, she backs up other points and heels to my side. I'm going to keep up with the yard work and concentrate on her retrieve.
After getting a taste of the hunting in your area I hope that Casey and I can make the trip back next year.
If you ever have anyone out of state that has questions about the travel have them contact me.
Good Hunting,
Steve F
(This dog is not out of our kennel but received a private clinic for owner and dog))

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Hi Dave,
Sorry it took so long to contact you and sorry I missed you at your home. First off, Scout and I made it home just fine. He was the big show at the airport as I told security the thing in the kennel was a snake! Its amazing how hands-off they were until they saw Scout and then they didn't want to let me through until all the security met him. Scout is 'bell' trained for going outside to "potty". That took all of two days. He also fetches to hand frozen doves and quail and loves the water. I'm extremely impressed with his natural ability, even at this age it shows big time. Everyone loves him!
I just sent off the AKC and the Vet went well.
Your wife was fantastic and very helpful. I love where you live.
( and I thought I lived at the end of a dirt road!)
The area where I live just went through the biggest wildfire in recorded history! They named the fire the "Grand Prix" fire Everything is black. Except my home. This has allowed Scout and I to feed the wild doves and quail next to my home and to set up food plots in the surrounding hills. What a unique once in a lifetime opportunity for both of us. I'll also be introducing chucker to this area come spring, and maybe pheasant.
On that note I've named pup
" Chief's Scout Grand Prix"
It's obvious I have received the culmination of your hard work and planning. I'll do my best to live up to it.
Thank you,
Mike
(This is a customer of Chief's Brittanys)

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Francisco with our Brittany in Peru for Partridge

Kugle hunt is a success!

Guy and Buck with Chief and Dolly

Hudlers and friend

No, I have it!

Clue makes a retrieve on a NM Bobwhite

Scott and Chili workin' on a hunt title

Rockets' down hard!  Get ready!

 

 

Nice shot on a Chukar!

 

 

 

Rocket nails it down, Peanut honors for the Dale family

 

 

 

Father and son hunt wild quail with Dave

 

 

Successful kids on a great dove hunt

 

 

 

She makes a nice shot on that bird!

Not too bad for the first time out!

 

 

 

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