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Just wanted to touch base and let you know how wonderfully happy I have been with Sage, the female I got from you DEC 13'. She picked up hunting so naturally and we got into a lot of birds both by her self and other dogs. She minds so well and hunts full throttle but I can still have her calmly lay on her bed all day behind me at the office. Couldn't be happier!  Marc Van Camp,  CA

Just wanted to touch base and let you know how wonderfully happy I have been with Sage, the female I got from you DEC 13'. She picked up hunting so naturally and we got into a lot of birds both by her self and other dogs. She minds so well and hunts full throttle but I can still have her calmly lay on her bed all day behind me at the office. Couldn't be happier! 

Marc Van Camp,  CA

A friend took this picture of Greta this fall on an eastern Montana hunt and we thought you might like to see it.  She is such a good girl and is hunting great! Both Hanna and Greta are doing well. Hanna is kind of slowing down a bit, but she is still a sweetheart and is a hunting machine. We had them out on several hunts this year and we are going on one more this weekend. They are of course extremely spoiled and are like two sisters. We don't know what we would do without them. Thanks so much for providing them to us! Jeff & Melanie Harmon, BozemanMT

A friend took this picture of Greta this fall on an eastern Montana hunt and we thought you might like to see it.  She is such a good girl and is hunting great! Both Hanna and Greta are doing well. Hanna is kind of slowing down a bit, but she is still a sweetheart and is a hunting machine. We had them out on several hunts this year and we are going on one more this weekend. They are of course extremely spoiled and are like two sisters. We don't know what we would do without them. Thanks so much for providing them to us!

Jeff & Melanie Harmon, BozemanMT

. We're getting ready for Hanna's 10th year of hunting and Greta's 6th. I've attached a picture of Hanna in the foreground and Greta backing her on a very cold New Years day a few years back. We've enjoyed these dogs for so many years, when Hanna is gone we're definitely going to want another one of your pups. Thank you! Jeff & Melanie Harmon, BozemanMT

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We're getting ready for Hanna's 10th year of hunting and Greta's 6th. I've attached a picture of Hanna in the foreground and Greta backing her on a very cold New Years day a few years back. We've enjoyed these dogs for so many years, when Hanna is gone we're definitely going to want another one of your pups. Thank you!

Jeff & Melanie Harmon, BozemanMT

Hey guys, Dixi is doing great finding birds in some of the thickest stuff I have hunted in. Birds are down but we have filled every day. Dixi is starting to retrieve more and finding down birds very well. She has been a great dog around the house and with the new kid also.Very happy with the pup. Tyler light, Wyoming

Hey guys, Dixi is doing great finding birds in some of the thickest stuff I have hunted in. Birds are down but we have filled every day. Dixi is starting to retrieve more and finding down birds very well. She has been a great dog around the house and with the new kid also.Very happy with the pup.

Tyler light, Wyoming

Kathy, I did a second day at Gary's about 2 weeks ago. I had Gus and our 12 year old GWP, Agnes. Gus had his first retrieves this time around too (all natural, no special training). We went 8 for 10 on chukars and found a bonus pheasant. Gus learned from Agnes that sometimes, slower is better. Gus continues to have a strong drive and point. He also honored Agnes well when she found birds first. Here are some pics of one retrieve, a point, and the end results. Feel free to use these on your site, if you want. Now on to some wild birds. All this at just 6 months old! Update: Gus ran his natural ability test this weekend at the Willamette Valley chapter test. Folks were glad to see one of your dogs there. We got endless compliments on how handsome and good looking Gus is. At the end of the day he came out with a Prize II! Eyes, bite, teeth all good. Coat was medium dense and harsh. I am really pleased with how he did. Tom Spooner, Or

Kathy,

I did a second day at Gary's about 2 weeks ago. I had Gus and our 12 year old GWP, Agnes. Gus had his first retrieves this time around too (all natural, no special training). We went 8 for 10 on chukars and found a bonus pheasant. Gus learned from Agnes that sometimes, slower is better. Gus continues to have a strong drive and point. He also honored Agnes well when she found birds first. Here are some pics of one retrieve, a point, and the end results. Feel free to use these on your site, if you want. Now on to some wild birds. All this at just 6 months old!

Update: Gus ran his natural ability test this weekend at the Willamette Valley chapter test. Folks were glad to see one of your dogs there. We got endless compliments on how handsome and good looking Gus is. At the end of the day he came out with a Prize II! Eyes, bite, teeth all good. Coat was medium dense and harsh. I am really pleased with how he did.

Tom Spooner, Or

Our pup Finnegan is from Kathy's Oliver x Piper litter from October 2014.We are beyond pleased with him! He is the most intelligent sweet, and smart boy. Can't wait to get him on more birds in a few weeks! We can't say enough about your GSP's. They are truly special and we can't wait to get another one in a year or two!   Kelly & Eric Dunlap,  New Mexico

Our pup Finnegan is from Kathy's Oliver x Piper litter from October 2014.We are beyond pleased with him! He is the most intelligent sweet, and smart boy. Can't wait to get him on more birds in a few weeks! We can't say enough about your GSP's. They are truly special and we can't wait to get another one in a year or two!
 

Kelly & Eric Dunlap,  New Mexico

 Anybody looking for a GSP with great instincts, and amazing personalities should really look into this family run kennel. I have hunted with Mark and Kathy over their dogs throughout the years and find them to be extremely hard workers, well behaved, with personalities that make them great family members as well as tough, determined hunters. Combine all that with Mark and Kathy's sincere desire to pass on the hunting heritage to others, their knowledge about hunting in general, their philosophy in training, and you have a phenomenal resource. Thanks Mark and Kathy for all that you do.   Mark Newell

 Anybody looking for a GSP with great instincts, and amazing personalities should really look into this family run kennel. I have hunted with Mark and Kathy over their dogs throughout the years and find them to be extremely hard workers, well behaved, with personalities that make them great family members as well as tough, determined hunters. Combine all that with Mark and Kathy's sincere desire to pass on the hunting heritage to others, their knowledge about hunting in general, their philosophy in training, and you have a phenomenal resource. Thanks Mark and Kathy for all that you do.   Mark Newell

And yes, most are very spoiled.... We talked with several GSP breeders after deciding to purchase a hunting dog. When we spoke with Kathy at Calvert Kennels, she took the time to walk us through the process of deposit, contract and selecting puppies. She extensively answered all our questions and even offered to help us if we decided to breed one of her puppies ourselves. Her years of knowledge about dogs, training and hunting as well as her readiness to offer any help in making a decision about a new puppy made it easy to choose her kennel over any of the others in Oregon. After meeting with Kathy as well as her male and bitches in person, we immediately put in our deposit for the next litter of puppies and were lucky to get first pick of females! After that, Kathy continued to keep us updated about heat cycles, expectant litters and when they were finally whelped. We got pictures as soon as the litters arrived and were even allowed to visit several times to meet the new pups and take our time making a selection. When we finally brought our puppy home, Kathy continued to go above and beyond with up-to-date shots, a large packet of great information and even made a house call for the microchip insertion. Even our vet was impressed with the impeccable health and sleek gait of our puppy and the professional way Kathy had docked her tail. In the months since, Calvert Kennels has been a great resource for hunting and training clinics and as our puppy grows, it is obvious the well bred line she has come from. She is smart, quick learning with training and has the best temperament, making her not only an outstanding hunting dog, but perfect for the family, too! We knew Calvert Kennels was the right choice to make after that first conversation with Kathy and it has been proven many times over. We could not be more pleased with our choice and look forward to many more years working with them! Jon & Wynter Kaiser, Forest grove, Or

And yes, most are very spoiled....

We talked with several GSP breeders after deciding to purchase a hunting dog. When we spoke with Kathy at Calvert Kennels, she took the time to walk us through the process of deposit, contract and selecting puppies. She extensively answered all our questions and even offered to help us if we decided to breed one of her puppies ourselves. Her years of knowledge about dogs, training and hunting as well as her readiness to offer any help in making a decision about a new puppy made it easy to choose her kennel over any of the others in Oregon. After meeting with Kathy as well as her male and bitches in person, we immediately put in our deposit for the next litter of puppies and were lucky to get first pick of females! After that, Kathy continued to keep us updated about heat cycles, expectant litters and when they were finally whelped. We got pictures as soon as the litters arrived and were even allowed to visit several times to meet the new pups and take our time making a selection. When we finally brought our puppy home, Kathy continued to go above and beyond with up-to-date shots, a large packet of great information and even made a house call for the microchip insertion. Even our vet was impressed with the impeccable health and sleek gait of our puppy and the professional way Kathy had docked her tail. In the months since, Calvert Kennels has been a great resource for hunting and training clinics and as our puppy grows, it is obvious the well bred line she has come from. She is smart, quick learning with training and has the best temperament, making her not only an outstanding hunting dog, but perfect for the family, too! We knew Calvert Kennels was the right choice to make after that first conversation with Kathy and it has been proven many times over. We could not be more pleased with our choice and look forward to many more years working with them!

Jon & Wynter Kaiser, Forest grove, Or


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

 

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