We always appreciate feedback and hearing how our pups are doing. Below are just a few of the comments we have received over the years.
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George Applegate & "Bella"
Kathy Don't know what to say except thank you for a great dog named Bella. At 6 month she is right at 55 lbs. I think she is one of the best if not the best GSP I've ever had. If you want a recommendation feel free to call me any time. Looking forward to our first chukar season together. Thank you again
George Applegate Klamath Falls, OR
Rick & Sally Kneuven, "Tess"
Our experience with Kathy Steele and Calvert Kennels began in 2009 when we purchased a GSP puppy from the litter of Ammo and Miley. We selected Tess from a litter of fine pups. She came to us at 8 weeks and has been a joy ever since. She was a quick learner from the start. She has a real desire to please. Kathy uses the word "biddable" when describing her dogs. I looked it up, and that is a perfect word for Tess because it means that she's controllable and docile. Our two previous GSPs were not so biddable. Though we are not hunters, our lifestyle includes lots of outdoor recreation and fitness, so we are inclined towards GSPs because they're athletic. We notice that Tess is especially adept at tracking and pointing prey, even without any training. She "hunts" and points birds every time we're out with her. She's amazing at finding her ball anywhere it's thrown, in the forest, by scent. She is an exceptional swimmer. Anyone who is a GSP enthusiast expects this of the breed, and the dog we got from Calvert Kennels is high on stamina. Lately, I've begun looking into the NAVHDA training and testing program for Tess. Even though I'm not a hunter, I want to explore what makes my dog tick. She has natural drive, is tremendously tractable, and will make an excellent hunter. She seems to have no fear of gunshots, fireworks or any loud noises, either. Aside from her natural talents, both athletically and as a potential hunter, what we love most about her is her personality. She is a little lady when it comes to her demeanor. She's a lamb and has not one mean bone in her body. Our previous male was a bull in a china closet. Tess is just the opposite. . Some say that GSPs are Velcro dogs. That is the case with Tess. She makes you feel loved. She loves every member of the family equally and doesn't gravitate toward any one person. She's very smart and intuitive and seems to understand what is expected of her.
As far as Kathy Steele and Calvert Kennels, our experience has been great. Kathy treats her clients with professionalism and is adept at the educational component of running a dog business. I think of her as my resource if I have a question. She is like a good grandmother because she cares about her dogs and their puppies long after they are out of the nest. You can tell from the Calvert Kennels website the degree of pride and respect they have for their dogs. I once read a book about GSPs and the traits of a good dog breeder. Those traits are to be found in Kathy and Mark Steele, at Calvert Kennels. When we met, Kathy told me that Harley, their first purchased shorthair after helping with GSP Rescue in Virginia for several years, was the wedding gift that she and her husband gave to each other when they got married. That says it all. I have met their most recent acquisition, Oliver, and I'm sure that Kathy and Mark will continue to develop fine litters of GSPs. They are devoted to German Shorthairs, and their puppies are outstanding examples of the breed.
Thanks, Kathy and Mark! Sally Kneuven Portland, Or
Sean Muldoon, "Tanner"
I purchased Tanner (my first bird dog) from Calvert Kennels in April of 2011. From our first talk on the phone I felt comfortable with Kathy. After arriving to look at the litter I found Kathy to be extremely patient, knowledgeable, and eager to help me. I spent several hours looking at the pups before selecting Tanner. Kathy walked me through all the paces, showing me everything about the pups, and the parents. I felt very confident as I left with Tanner that I was making the perfect choice. I was right. Tanner has been a dream dog for me. His personality is the best of any dog I have ever been around. He is always happy and eager to please. He loves to curl up with my wife almost as much as he loves to hunt birds. His bird hunting instincts are superb. With my lack of knowledge about training a bird dog I was concerned about how well he would hunt. It turns out that all I had to do was direct his natural instincts and he does fantastic on his own. I just talked to Kathy and my brother put down a deposit on his first bird dog. I can't wait to get to Calvert Kennels to help him pick out his pup. I have called Kathy for advice and she has been a great help to me. I can't recommend Calvert Kennels strongly enough. Dealing with Kathy has been a great experience for me. Thanks Kathy.
Sincerely, Sean Muldoon Tahuya, Washington