It is great to hear from
all of you and to see how well the pups are doing.
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I thought I would write you and let you know how my two blueticks are
doing that I bought from you. I'm really glad that you sold Emily to me
because she is doing very well. She has treed alot of coons since I've
owned her. She has treed them with other dogs and does just as good by
herself. My young dog Blue is finally coming along as well. He can tree
a caged coon drag line every time by himself. As for hunting, he's
starting to bawl on track and he's showing up at the tree with the
better dogs. In closing, I would like to thank you for your honesty in
selling me these blueticks. Sincerely, J Butler, Blacksburg, SC
Everlasting Emily (left) and Butlers Broad River Blue (right)
Christmas Matthews Family!
Just wanted to send you some photos of our babies as they are now both 1
year old! They are very well behaved and the loves of our lives!
Haven't put them in the woods as we haven't sent them to training yet.
Hopefully we can soon! Thanks for your help in bringing them into
Debi G. from GA
hi just wanted to send you some picks of rudy. we got
him from you in dec of 03 he was born in october of 02. he is perfect
thanks for such a wonderful dog. we live in florida and he loves it
here. we also have a jack russell and they are best friends. thanks
again he's a beautiful bluetick.
missy from Florida
Dear Ray and Debra,
We are so enjoying our bluetick pup, Lester Ray Owen. He just graduated
from puppy kindergarten and one of the assistant trainers asked that I
sign up for the next class on the days she is there, she really likes
him too. He is so smart. For his "graduating trick" he scented out his
baby. Lester has a great voice. He already sits and lies down. He
also understands "wait." We are so happy with the guy. He is so calm
and in a new situation will stop, check it out and then go on. He loves
kids and always wants to say hi. A young boy in our class preferred to
hang out with Lester rather than his own puppy, a yellow lab, I
understood why. His dad wasn't too happy. Lester has a great sense of
humor and we all adore him. Thanks so much again and especially your
boys who did great socializing.
My name is Beth Lynch from the Wash DC area. We got one of your pups
(Bubba) in Feb. of this year. Bubba is a great dog, He is now 8 months
old and weighs eighty pounds and really resembles Sammy in his build.
He is a big guy with a wonderful temperament and exceptionally smart.
Although we do not hunt with Bubba-he is clearly a natural. We are able
to take him frequently on long hikes and he is beautiful to watch as
he picks up a scent and trails with his big bawl. On the occasion he has
treed or cornered he will not give up baying. It is clear from his
behavior that he takes great pride in his work. I really can't say
enough about what a wonderful dog he is. He has been exceptionally easy
to train in obedience and just a delight in every way. Clearly the
quality and care that you put into your dogs is evident in Bubba. I
will send you a picture. Thanks again from our family.
Ray, Just wanted to drop you a note updating you on Otis, the puppy we
got from last October. He is about to turn one year old and is a great
dog - he is so lovable despite his mischievousness! He has a great
temperament and gets along with both people and other dogs. This year
Otis experienced his first Coon Dog Day in Saluda, NC. While he didn't
participate in the treeing competition, we let him go up to the stuffed
coon and smell it afterwards - he loved it and began to 'sing' -
everyone around commented on his 'beautiful voice"!! Maybe next year,
with a little training, he will give those other dogs a run for their
money. We love Otis and are really happy with him. Thanks for
breeding such great Blueticks.
Sincerely, Amy & Scott - St. Petersburg, Florida
Hay Ray, Iím
waiting on my leave dates to come out for September, Iím hoping to go on
an elk hunt back home in Idaho. We have invested lots of time in shadow
the female pup and she is starting to turn, she is treeing on her own
now. Brit is getting her ready for the state field trials; we will enter
her in three events. 1. Puppy run, 2. Bench show, 3. Medium race. Last
year we had
Casper in this race and he did very well came out 7th and knock out
about 300 grown dogs in the over all competition, and he was only 8
months old. Shadow is a late starter, lots of puppy in her and full of
energy, so much its hard to get her to stay still for any length of
time. We know if we can get her through the puppy year, we will have a
great bear dog. Shadow is a great looking female pup she's getting some
leg under her, and I think she will finish out well. It was hard getting
her to start, lots of roll cage and trailing and drags went into
training her many hours invested, she has stretched many critters. This
hound pup will be a vital member of our pack and we will be
breed her the second year with Casper. The grit from Casper and energy
and trailing abilities from shadow should make for some really good pups
from shadows. I like to be carefully picking hounds to breed, I look for
traits in the sire and female, I'm working for the best big game hound,
and thatís why I got with you, I know you have good stock. When picking
a hound you need to set a goal and a end result and then go shopping and
pick wisely. Even for future breeding you need to keep a short
list of hound breeders and continue to set goals and think about what
kind of hound that you want. I will continue to increase and my breed
will get better, and I want to thank
you for shadow, she is a quality hound and now a member of my pack.
Thanks again, Randy Gipson Northern Iraq
Ray, I just wanted to send you a couple of pictures of our really big
puppy. He has stolen our hearts and our chairs. His name is Buck and he
is the best dog. He is great with the kids, he thinks he's one. He has
already started to scent and has been going after anything that enters
the backyard that's not supposed to be there. So far at almost 15 weeks
Buck weighs in at 31 pounds and stands 18 inches from paw to shoulder.
Wow that seems really big to me. I cant tell you how much we appreciate
the time you took to talk to us and email pictures. We love him with all
our heart and will defiantly be looking to get more dogs from you in the
years to come.
Just a quick note to say Hello and send a picture of Blu. she is
doing great, up to about 43 pounds and learning a lot. I am
now retired so she goes everywhere with us!! You were right,
she likes to talk!!
Thanks again for a wonderful addition to our family!
Just thought you might like to keep up on your dogs. Windyís been
keeping busy hiking in the Sierra Nevada's. This is on the Pacific Crest
Trail at 7400 ft. I've been using a field collar on her to keep her from
running off after critters. But up at that altitude, we don't see a lot.
She's turning into a good trail dog.
Thanks again for a great dog,
of Virginia - Dear Ray, I wanted to touch base with you. We
got Tess from you last year in October. She is a year old now and
she is absolutely the best dog we have ever owned. We adore her.
Hope all is well with you. I am going to have my husband e-mail
you some pictures of her. Thanks, Linda Reagan
Smokie is doing well. She is learning things really fast. She now
weights 16 pounds and growing like a weed! She now has her 3rd set of
shots. The vet said she is very healthy puppy
and said you did a great job with her! Thanks!
They never made a peep
the whole way home. My brother is puppy sitting till x-mas and he is
already attached. They are being spoiled. My kids won't get them till
x-mas morning, they are going to love them. I believe that a dogs start
is very important in how they turn out as adults. It was well worth the
drive, and easy to tell that all your dogs are well cared for. Thanks
again and Iíll keep in touch ~~~~Catherine
The pup is out of your blue Sammy an Bobbie ann. He is around 3 1/2
months old. He shows alot of interest in the woods but he is still a
pup. I'm almost positive that hunting him with my hammer dog or even
what training I can give him he will be a great coon dog. He is so alert
about everything. I plan on taking them tonight and let him get to chew
on another one. Thanks so much for everything; I could not have found a
better pup. I will keep you posted on his progress, and i have enclosed
a photo of my hammer dog which I hope to breed Odus to one day.
Thanks again Jason from Tennessee
it is January 2, and Dixie is just 12 days short of 8 months old, still
growing and loving life to the max. As this photo also shows, she still
likes to sing in the morning. We started her hunting, and she took to it
like a natural, which of course she is. What a nose, cold or hot trail
makes little difference. Once on scent she bawls until I fall over
with joy at the sound of her voice, and she knows I like it too. When
she opens on the track, I can hardly contain myself, what a dog.
Everyone who sees her recognizes what spectacular breeding she is the
product of, even when they know nothing about dogs, she is that special.
Allison and I, and of
course Dixie Blue Dancer all wish you a happy and prosperous new year,
and the best of hunting. Stay safe Norm
Norm & Allison
Hope the holiday season
was good to you and your family. I just wanted to give you an update
on the pup. She is doing very well. She stands about 24Ē and
weighs 52 lbs. I am very pleased with her progress in the bird hunting
area. She has lots of natural ability and definitely lots of interest
in hunting. In fact, she shows more interest than a lot of the labs I
have had and she seems like she could go forever in terms of stamina.
She is retrieving ducks, geese and pheasants in kind of a canned
situation there at the house after we have came home from a hunt.
Because these can get pretty aggressive when wounded, I have not let
her retrieve any of these live yet. She is soft-mouthed and I want to
keep that way at least while she is learning. I wanted to get some
pictures for you of her retrieving a duck in the water but
unfortunately, I did not get her going well enough early to get her out
and actually fetch one out of the water before things began to ice up.
She does like water. I have taken her out and shot around her so she
has been exposed to all the components of a hunt and I need to get her
and have her see the whole picture. I have really tried to keep
everything very positive and took lots of extra time teaching her what
is expected. She has been a great fit with the family. She has really
taken ownership to the family (especially my daughter) and is a pretty
good watch dog. She is not terrible aggressive in this area which is
good but if she thinks something is not quite right, she will let us
know with her baying. Some friends of ours got a Bluetick pup out
of South Dakota and it is about the same age as our pup but theirs will
not bay. They did not get the pup till it was about 4 months old but
they are trying to figure out a way to get it to start baying. Any
ideas? Thanks again and I will get some pictures sent your way in
the near future. Jeff - State of Nebraska
Just wanted to give you an update on the dog (well pup then) we got off
you. He's a little over 2 now and he's turned into one fine hound to
hunt with. Took him a while but he finally slammed a wild coon by
himself one night, just hunting him alone that night. He's got a pretty
good mouth on him and very cold nosed. I'll attach some pics of him on
Amy and Daryl from North Carolina
you might like to see Judd, the pup I got out of the Harley - Buck
litter. He's doing great and this was taken on Dec.9th just 3 days past
5 months old and he weighed 60lbs. I couldn't be happier with him and I
don't think I've ever had a dog this loyal. When he gets a little more
age on him I can't wait to see how he does in the woods. Thanks for a
great dog and hope you & your family have a Merry Christmas.
Mark from Alabama
hey this is Isaac from Pennsylvania. This is Rebel with a couple of
coons me and my cousin shot he is a very quick learner and is very
obedient and he is also a good pup. The night we shot these coons I got
Jesse (my cousin) to hold him back and I ran down through the woods at
night and when I got out of sight he cut him loose and Rebel tracked the
coon down and chewed on him like he has done it all his life. He is very
interested in the
coon and loves to chase it around and chew on it.
Thanks a lot,
Isaac and Jesse from Pennsylvania
haven't changed my mind about that lil puppy, i'm thinking we're leaving
here saturday, and i
wondering if i was able to come down sunday and pick her up if that was
alright with you. But rosco's a real good dog, thank you for letting me
have the chance to own him. He's about everything I think anyone could
ask for, but for me as pleasure hunter right now, I couldn't ask for
more out of him. Its probly going to get better though its finally
started turning coldso the leaves ought to be leaving. But I will call
you and see when for sure I can get down your way next week.
Thanks, Anthony from NC
sure if you remember me, but we got our little girl Cheyenne from you
back in August out of
from your buddy out west. She is doing GREAT and has really grown quick.
She's just over 3 months and is already pushing 30lbs! She's extremely
intelligent and loves to track. She's tried treeing her first 'coon a
few weeks ago. She's the friendliest pup and has the sweetest face and
disposition!! Thanks so much again for being so wonderful in helping us
get this beautiful little girl!! We are so happy and have told everyone
about your kennel!!! Thanks so much again!
Here is a picture of our new puppy (Tick) treeing his first coon (play
toy). He seems very smart and is doing well.
Rusty from North Carolina
Just a short update on Jack; he is settling in well, has met and
gets along with the 4 dogs on the adjacent 2 farms. My wife is
starting to like him in spite of his not being an indoor foo foo
dog; he may well have figured out who the boss is around here, as he
is differential to her, We have kept his feeding schedule as
early morning and early evening, and he seems fine with it.
He is getting used to the place, and accompanies me on my walks
inspecting the farm; the back 4 acres are fenced, so I unleash him
there; he follows his nose a lot (no surprise), but is coming back
when I whistle or call him. The
6 where we have more critters, I keep him on a leash; it is not as
securely fenced (okay for cattle but not dogs), so I am holding off
leaving him free until he has been here longer. Everyone comments on
what a fine looking hound he is; personally, I could not have picked
a better dog in person than Jack; he is everything you said and
more; his pedigree is impressive, but so is his attitude and
willingness to learn; good breeding tells. Sure he is a youngster
and has things to learn, but I want to stress he is a real fine dog
and I surely appreciate your efforts for me in helping choose the
right dog. I am hoping to get a puppy (about 12 weeks old) mid
summer, so I am confident we can do business again. With best
This is Daryl and Amy Bryant from northern NC, we got a
puppy from you some time ago out of the Rambo II bloodline. He sure does
look a lot like Sammy to me. He's 19 months old now and hunting hard,
he's a lot of fun to hunt with. Here's a pic of him.
This is a photo of our puppy, Dixie Blue Dancer, at about 11 weeks old
at the time, on her first exposure to the air boat. She has not yet been
out in the swamp as she is still too small to handle the ride, and the
excitement not to mention the noise.
Dixie rode home with me from your place to Miami, without a fuss or a
single problem. She eased into the house as if she was born here.
What an excellent dog! She is bright, active, inquisitive about her
surroundings, agile and growing by the second. What a voice, she loves
to go out into the woods behind out house and sing in the morning, I
guess just to announce that she is awake and ready to play. You have
done an absolute wonderful job breeding such pups. Thank you. ~ Norm &
Hi Ray; We sent this
off to some friends, thought you may take some pride in your daughter
Dixie Blue Dancer, as she has brought us so much enjoyment, even in her
It was the night before
Christmas when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.
When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter
We sprung from our beds to see what was the matter.
And there in the living
room what did we see
It was Dixie Blue Dancer wrapped up in our Christmas tree.
All tangled in tinsel and strung up in lights
The sight was shocker, had she been there all night?
Her bright eyes both
glisten in the sparkling scene
In her mouth was a candy cane, stripped red and green.
What a bad little puppy, what a bad little hound
But what she really wanted was to be get all unwound.
So we tugged at the
branches and pulled at the tree
And soon she was scampering off, finally free
In the blink of an eye she dashed off in the night
Leaving us in the clutter of the trees sparkling light.
To the back yard she
ran with the prize that she had
She is really so good, at being so bad.
Norm & Allison ~ State
Ray, Thought you might want some pictures of Pepper, she's
probably one of the best looking dogs around, people are always
commenting on her. She's also probably the only hound that will fetch
just about anything:), mostly toys and balls though. Many have offered
to take her off my hands including her vet. We've been in Oregon
now almost a year, she's trained to the invisible fence and is an
excellent guard dog and companion and would have made someone an
excellent hunting dog. I've worked with her enough now to know she
basically an air scenter, she will go to ground if she has to but always
pulls from the air first. She loves to bay at the rabbits and chase
them off the property and also the deer and still loves people very
much. I can give her a find command and she's off and will go if
she's feeling like it till she finds what I told her to. She is pretty
enough to intimidate most people around 86 lbs., that's if
I don't let her carry any extra weight. She's probably closer to 90 in
these pics. Putting on a little fat for winter :). I probably
never told you but she went to puppy
training 3 times. On the third
round they had an obstacle course like you see the dogs run on TV. She
did it all
and didn't blink except jump on the table. She's been a slow
jumper but now no problems. I have an off road Toyota truck that's
about 3 feet off the ground and one hand signal and she's in. One
thing though, don't think I will ever have another blue with just one,
she really needs a buddy, loves dogs and no good wrestling dogs here.
It's very different from where I was living before, more remote.
One of the pictures here is of who is top dog and it's the cat, notice
cat on dog bed dog on carpet. :) Jack the cat does this every afternoon
and sometimes past Pepper's bed time but she will not kick the cat off
her bed, she is so funny. She comes in and complains to me instead till
I move him. She will let him drink out of her water dish but definitely
draws the line at food. Anyway I've attached some pics, I think
she almost the spittin image of her Dad. You tell what you think.
Take care, Laura, State of Oregon
Dear Ray and Debra,
We are thoroughly enjoying Cheyenne's pup we got from you.
We'd picked out several names for her right before she arrived, but
by the second day she'd been here she found her hound voice and it
became obvious she was "Diva" .... an operatic voice to sing arias
with. In addition, she knows what she wants and how to get it.
I sent in the UKC paper to register her as "Margie's Little Diva."
We took her to the vet on March 3rd to get her second set of puppy
shots and worming. The vet was very impressed with her!
We talked with him regarding having her vaccinated against
rattlesnake bite, and he was quite encouraging as he'd helped
so some of the field research for the vaccine...very interesting!
Evidently, the present vaccine is effective primarily for the
Western Diamondback, the Prairie rattler and a couple of other
snakes indigenous to the West, but they are working on a vaccine for
the eastern Diamondback. Diva is growing like a weed! We
weighed her the other day and she's already up to fifteen pounds.
She likes to take long walks down our driveway, sniff for rabbits,
turkeys, etc. and playing with her toys. I've enclosed some
pictures we took the first week she was with us. Thank you
again for a beautiful dog! Truly, Margie and Joe
STATE OF COLORADO
Diva - 9 weeks old on