04-21-2013 - Rylee- She's our Hunter/Show Dog/Beloved Pet
Melissa, about 16 months ago our lives changed as we knew it when Rylee came into our household. We had searched extensively to find the right breed and the right breeder for our family. Our search led us directly to Setter Ridge Kennels and the beautiful line of classic English Setters that you breed. Several things led us to Setter Ridge; the classic style, the grace, and the pedigree, as well as your devotion to the breed. It was by fate that shortly after contacting you Rylee was available and soon she was on the way to our house.
When she came in to our home it was like she was a member of the family already. Never had we had a puppy that was more well socialized then she was. As I had gathered from my research, it was evident that there was a tremendous amount of love and devotion infused already. I'm quite certain that all of your puppies have that same love and devotion and it was evident that you care enough to place each one of them in a home that is ready and deserves them. She has proven to be everything that we had hoped for and more.
I wanted a gorgeous Setter that I would be able to hunt with and be proud to show off. She has proven to be just that and more. Over the past 16 months I have been working with her in the field and just this past weekend she passed four consecutive hunt tests to earn her Junior Hunter title! She has proven to be an incredible hunter and her instints and nose are amazing. She does not haphazardly point. If she points, have your gun ready, there will be a bird there! With your help we are now going to start showing her and look forward to her show career!
Melissa, I cannot express to you how much we love our Rylee and love the confidence in knowing that she came from such quality stock. We are hooked! There will be many more Setters in our future but there will only be one first! We are so proud and blessed that you found us worthy to own Rylee and become a member of the Setter Ridge family!
09-30-2012 - Adopting an Adult Setter
I just wanted to make contact with you to let you know how well we are progressing here. Both Adam and I could not be happier. You were right, Chandler is a sweetie and stunning too!!!.....It was very hard for me to trust so completely that he would be this way, and that flying would not present a problem for him. Because of your professional reputation (which I have followed since we got our first setter from Sarah Sly - 30 plus years ago) I was compelled and felt confident in your advice. I want you to know what a huge step that was for me......showing how important a 'reputation' counts.
Chandler is doing so very well - We live a pretty routine life, which has been easy for him to fit into. Though, he is always available for a new experience!! He loves first thing in the morning scouting out and making sure no squirrels or bunnies are in our yard.....this can take a good 45 minutes to 2 hours of running and checking all corners of the property. He also loves his walks and continues to 'hunt' the neighborhood, pointing out anything that he feels we need to see - yes pointing -- perfectly ! It is not unusual for a car to stop and someone to admire him - usually with a comment like 'where is our gun!!" The rest of the morning he is a couch potato, but still a bit on alert from his perch ont he loveseat -- just in case of a squirrel attack. We also walk him by the ocean each afternoon. He loves it, and is socializing extremely well with people and dogs. Of course, he is a star. He sees egrets, seagulls commerants and ducks and swans. We have found once he shows us with a point where they are - we praise and move on. Typically while walking in Plymouth people stop and ask if they can take his picture.....many days, he poses 4 or 5 times !!!
Mainly I want you to know that this boy of ours is so intelligent -- we have never had such a smart one. He learns quickly and as most english setters, wants to please, he does - but it more than that......it makes him happy. He has no stubbornness, which I have seen with other setters.....he truly has happiness to his core - loves both Adam and I and wags his tail most all day when you speak to him.....He is alerthis hearing and sight are extraodinary. He loves to play silly, but mainly loves to cuddle --wagging his tail as you pet and hold him. He truly surpasses all the grades of positive characteristics in this beloved breed......a gentleman by nature.
We have continued with your feeding program, which I must say he adores. Also, I am giving the Nuvet supplement --Chandler came to us with an amazing coat and sparkling eyes --exceptional hearing / sight --weight --he is the same as the day he arrived. I believe this diet had something to do with it and will continue with what you started. Though we credit his diet --we mainly credit you with an excellent breeding program and care of this breed we all adore.
I again want to think you for being there when we really needed a trusted resource. This has been a wonderful 7 months. Joy and happiness has returned to our home.....we thank you for that ! I hope this is a long relationship we have together with you.
Fondly, susan and adam sherman
215 main street
kingston, ma. 02364
30 September 2012
01-30-2012 - Wind Dancer ES Kathy Rodriguez
I have been breeding; showing, doing obedience, hunt tests and field trails with my English setters since 1991. My first English was “Fancy” who became Dual Champion Gold Rush’s Fancy Dancer CDX, SH, HDX, Fancy was a daughter of the great Dual Champion, Best in Show Set’r Ridge’s Solid Gold MH, CDX, owned by Melissa. It was through Fancy I met what I consider to be a true friend a kindred spirit, Melissa Newman.
I first met Melissa in 1991 at the Golden Gate English setter specialty. She was so kind and friendly to this newbie (me) who had no clue at that time of just how special Fancy was or what the heck I was doing. Melissa patiently put up with all my dumb questions and she still does 21 years later. Melissa gave me my foundation bitch "Dakara" Ch Set'r Ridges Special Affects (who won the 2000 ESAA English Setter National Futurity handled by Melissa) Melissa and I co-own Dakara. Without Melissa's generosity I would never of gotten such a wonderful dog and she means the world to me. Since then we have shared and co-owned several English setters.
Over the years Melissa and I have become very good friends, I have slept on her couch a zillion times, been to baseball, basketball, football, softball, dodge ball games and horse shows, as she supported her kids with her presence. Her family always comes first. Her dogs are sweet and gentle and cared for with kindness and dedication.
Melissa and I co-own several dogs, and have been to lots of shows and field trials together over the years and I can personally attest to her good sportsmanship, even when the loss broke her heart, she always graciously congratulates the winner. She is helpful and kind to anyone needing help or guidance and often shows other folk dogs for them with the skill many professional handlers (both in the field and in the show ring) can only dream of.
Melissa has probably forgotten more than I will ever know about English setters, their care; grooming; health, whelping, puppies, training. She is honest and forthright and a value to our community in so many ways. I would not hesitate to recommend getting a puppy or dog from Melissa. And I am very honored to say she is my friend and has always been there for me when times were rough. I truly look forward to many more fun times with Melissa, her family and her dogs!!
WIND DANCER English setters
Prospect, OR 97536
01-12-2012 - Brett Cain
Many years ago when I bred and showed Irish Setters, I always admired the English Setters and thought I would like to have one someday. In 2004 I went to Westminster. Melissa had Sahara there that year, and I spoke to her briefly about the English Setters at that time. I did a lot of homework before I made a decision, and knew that I wanted a Set’r Ridge dog. In October I received “future champion” Set’r Ridge Patriot (we call him Reagan). He has exceeded my expectations. Besides that he is beautiful, he has the best disposition and personality I could have ever wished for. Of course, he is a typical puppy, like when he recently decided it would be great fun to jump from the back of the couch onto the piano! Aside from that, he is a joy in my life. He is loving and affectionate, playful but not hyper, and a total joy to have around. He loves to stalk everything - including me! He is going through the paces now to learn how to be a show dog, and I know we will have great fun together. This puppy is really a testament to Melissa’s breeding program. If anyone is even thinking about an English Setter, please do yourself a favor and talk to Melissa. You won’t be sorry! Thanks Melissa.
12-21-2011 - Sevenoaks English Setters Hilary Oakes
I have been breeding English Setters for over 30 years. I first met Melissa Newman over 25 years ago when I purchased a Blue Belton English Setter from her called Am.Can. Ch. Set’rRidge Windems Windsong (Wendy) who became my foundation bitch for the wonderful English Setters I breed and own today.
Melissa over the years has become one of my very best friends, during our friendship, I have purchased several dogs from her, all of which have had sound temperaments, great personalities, excellent confirmation and have all been in good health. We have bred litters together, her business ethics have been beyond reproach and our business and personal relationship has improved over time to the very strong bond and friendship that we have today.
I would recommend her English Setters to anyone at anytime without any hesitation. Melissa has been an icon in our breed, she has bred some of the top dogs in North America and all over the world. Many of the dogs she has bred and sold have earned hunting titles, obedience titles and conformation titles, and many have been placed in family homes and have made wonderful companion dogs, I can personally attest to having owned dogs from Melissa who have earned their hunting titles, obedience titles and have shown dogs purchased from her and bred by her and myself to Best In Shows in Canada and the US, all of these animals have lived with me and my family in my home as companion dogs as well.
I am more than willing to supply references to anyone who would like to contact me at any time.
Sevenoaks English Setters
12-20-2011 - Pam & Amy Miller
Pam & Amy Miller
As a breeder, owner and trainer of English Setters for over 35 years I knew who to call when I decided to get back into English Setters. In 2008 I contacted you looking for a dual type male. You sent us a beautiful baby boy that took over our hearts immediately. Since then we have received 2 more dogs from you. All 3 males have excellent temperaments and are beautiful specimens of the breed, in the show ring as well as in the field. Other people have also commented on how friendly and loving they are. They welcome 4 legged guest as well as 2 legged guest into their home with a wagging tail. They all live together and they are best buddies. They are all excellent with children. In fact my 4 year old grand daughter takes them for walks and brushes them regularly and refers to them as her dogs. You are always one call away and very helpful and interested in their progress. We couldn't be happier with our boys. They were all very social puppies and you could tell they were raised with care. Thanks for being such a caring and compassionate person to the breed that we both love!
CH Set'r Ridge's Trademark JH
Set'r Ridges's Bold Impression
Set'r Ridges National Pride N' Glory
12-20-2011 - Regina Meyer's five setters
We have owned seven English Setters over the past 32 years, most often two or three at a time. We welcomed the first of Melissa’s dogs, Sadie, our Hadji daughter 22 years ago. As soon as we met her we knew, we would go to Melissa for our dogs going forward. I can’t adequately describe what’s so wonderful about Melissa’s breeding without reference to our five dogs.
Sadie captured our hearts the first day home when she waged puppy war on every sprinkler head in the irrigation system. Whether at the groomer or just hanging out, she mothered and took care of Lily, our other setter who was two years her senior. Sadie was spunky, so sound in every way. She had an elegant, aristocratic beauty and carriage her entire 15 years – one of my sons commented that she surely must have arrived with Prada luggage.
My 12-½ year old girl Pansy is a Zion daughter. It’s too bad we don’t hunt because she would have been awesome. She’s a loyal, funny, way smart dog. And yes, she’s really pretty. She’s a great judge of character and for 2 ½ years, she had us reasonably convinced she was a human. That is until we brought 5 ½ month old Quentin home. As my husband puts it, she all but said, “ Oh my. Thank you, Mother!”
Quentin was, indeed, handsome and regal; he moved with such grace- no wonder he turned heads everywhere he went. One elderly neighbor said, “I love to just see him out.” He was the son of Zion, who Melissa described as having “a deep desire to please “and Oreo, who she called “outgoing.” He inherited the best of both parents. In a word, he was sweet; a bigger sweetheart has never been born. Everyone loved him. We were devastated to lose him unexpectedly this summer a few months shy of his 10th birthday, still enjoying the prime of his life until the very last day. Several neighbors actually cried when they learned of his passing, and many who we’d never met that drive or walk past our house stopped to express sadness. (Melissa, if you hadn’t insisted you thought I’d like 5 ½ month old Quentin instead of a very young puppy because he was such a great dog, we’d never have known and loved him – thank you so much for that.)
Though I knew Quentin was one of a kind (each is), I called Melissa in mid-July. We were smitten with 5-month-old Linus when we saw him on the Setter Ridge Facebook page. (Melissa, you need to keep posting on Facebook –yet another great network for those of us who love your dogs.) The first thing the vet said to Linus was, “You have some mighty big shoes to fill.” And at 10 months, he has certainly made quick work of filling our hearts. People don’t believe me when I tell them he is even sweeter and gentler than he is striking. (As one friend puts it, he’s “such a looker.” But what else would you expect out of Zach and Pantera?) It’s particularly endearing when he sneaks a kisses to my diminutive 2 year old granddaughter and she routinely fires off “Thanks, buddy.” He’s also done beautifully in obedience – we can’t wait to see him cover lots of ground, running off -lead at the parklands and the beach in the next several months.
Quentin and Pansy were so tight (in love) that we wanted Linus to grow up in a similar relationship. Lucy flew in from Seattle on October 14 at 8 weeks of age. At 4 months, she is still ridiculously cute. Though she sometimes thinks of herself as Rin -Tin -Tin, she is acutely aware that she’s also cute. In fact, she is acutely aware of most things, an incredibly bright and intuitive puppy. She’s like, well, Lucy… that really smart little girl you knew back in elementary school. For example, sometimes when we ask Linus to sit she makes a point of beating him to it. She also loves to chat us up. We feel a deep connection to her after two months, and like the others, she responds with tons of love. She’s irresistible. My grandsons, ages 4 and 2, enthusiastically cheer her on when she and Linus play and wrestle. “C’mon Lucy you’re winning.” It would ruin their fun if I explained to them that Linus knows it’s in his best interest to let her win. The same way that Lucy and Linus know that Pansy deserves respect and Pansy knows she is the grand dame and puppies keep life interesting. They’re Setter Ridge English Setters, after all.
Thanks Melissa for being so generous with sharing your expertise and wisdom over the years. You breed English Setters with meticulous care and depth of experience and knowledge for all the right reasons. Our 5 dogs have been loving, healthy, bright, beautiful, gentle, graceful, and athletic. They’ve also shared a sparkle I can’t really describe, just another testament to your integrity of breeding. Our dogs and your calling have immeasurably enriched our lives for 22 years. We can’t imagine it any other way. Thank you.
12-20-2011 - Suzanne Montgomery Bromich Setters
I happen to be sitting here the other day remembering the day I came to visit you and your family and your beautiful dogs many years ago! I always admired the Setter Ridge dogs and was able to finally meet them! What a great trip and a friendship began! You suggested to me to take home this 9 month old blue belton girl to show on the east coast named Raigan! Home she came with me and has never left! She is the sweetest English setter I have ever owned and loves everyone and everything that comes to our house! Then it came time to breed her and I sent her out to your house to whelp the litter! She was a house dog as you promised and loved everyone out there! I am sure my phone calls drove you crazy but you updated me on her and the puppies and how your husband, Paul loved to have breakfast with her in the morning! Our dealings with the litter have been wonderful and you are very easy to deal with! I now have a tri- color girl out of Raigan and she is as sweet as her mother! I have been involved with English setters for 35 years and have never owned the 2 sweetest dogs as Raigan and Allie! I also co-own Cruz, bred by you with my family and he is another sweet dog! Even though I show the dogs (and we have done some very nice winning with Raigan and Allie) they are our family pets and temperament to me is the most important thing and Raigan and Allie are just the greatest! Thank you for entrusting me with these sweet girls! I know that when it comes time to get another English, you will be the one I call! I hope our friendship lasts forever!
Breeder of top winning Gordon Setters under the kennel name Bromwich for over 30 years.
12-19-2011 - Wildwood Kennel, Radonis Family
We have always admired your dogs. When I got a chance to handle one of your dogs that you bred out here on the East Coast, I was more than thrilled to. When we got Cruz, Ch. Set’r Ridge’s Sky’s The Limit, 5 years ago it was love at first sight. We always wanted a beautiful blue boy. He came out of the crate at the airport. He was so cute. We also made a brand new friend. Melissa, you’re one of the kindest warmest people I have ever met. If there is anything wrong, I can call you up and you’ll help me thru. You’ve done a lot for this breed, and you can see it through your breeding program. All of us here at Wildwood can’t thank you enough.
The Radonis Family has been breeding top winning Gordon, Irish and English Setters for 31 years under the Wildwood Kennel name.
12-18-2011 - Rylee
We wanted to give you an update on Rylee now that she has been with us for a little over two weeks.
Rylee came into our house and captured our hearts! Everyone in the family is absolutely captivated by her! Even when she is in her most mischievous moments she is still a sweet heart. And what a baby she is! When she arrived I expected her to be sad for several days but that was just not the case. She came right in like she has always been here. Her intelligence is nothing less than scary. She is picking up on obedience training quickly and generally "gets" what we are teaching in just one or two attempts.
Around here, German Shorthairs seem to be the bird dog of choice. We just don't see English Setters so already she is a head turner. I'm sure you are used to it but it is absolutely amazing watching her change everyday and get more and more coloration and coat. And her face! There is not a person that has seen her yet that is not captivated by her eyes!
Attached please find a couple of pictures of how Rylee is developing. She is growing like a weed and had firmly planted herself in our hearts. I can't wait to get to the field with her and flush our first covey of birds!
12-08-2011 - Williams Family puppy
I wanted to give you an update on Allie. From the day she arrived we have been so very pleased with her. She is such a great mix of sweet and silly but also a good dose of sassy. She is very smart - she was walking on the leash the very first day, potty trained by 10 weeks; picked up her basic commands quickly (her recall is outstanding, she RUNS back to me) and even sits quietly while in the kitchen as I prepare her meals. She she immediately bonded with her new 'brother' a big black Lab; and only 2 weeks after arriving, we left on a 2 week road trip and her attitude was just great, she didn't miss a beat. The overall round trip she endured 15 hours in a vehicle, which she handled amazingly well - encountered 5 new canine family members, 7 new human family members and countless other new people - she made fast friends with every one ! And discovered the whole new world of the beach which she handled like a champ. I was able to let her off leash much of the time we were on the island, no surprise the only distraction - BIRDs! She is a great puppy, the smart, silly clown of a girl that we were hopeful for. We are grateful- she has brought much joy to us in such a short period of time. Everywhere we go I get asked 'what kind of dog is that' quickly followed by 'oh she's so beautiful'. So thank you for proving us with such a fine girl, and keep up the good work. She's a lovely dog, and I expect she will continue to impress us as she grows up. We have many adventures ahead of us, and I know she'll meet every new situation with grace and likely some comic relief as well.
All the best,
Mary, Dave, Jake and Allie Williams
09-06-2011 - Our Dual working dog.
09-06-2011 - Dave Gingrich
I am a bird hunter. I love English Setters and I have owned setters since 1975. To me, there are very few pleasures that can compare to a crisp Fall day, hunting grouse in the woods with a fine English Setter. I believe that Melissa Newman breeds the finest English Setters. Her record of raising Dual Champions is really remarkable. I started watching her website in 2006. In August 2008, I visited the site and fell in love with a pup named Gunner. Now Gunner has lived with us for three years and he is Champion Set'r Ridge's Guns N Roses JH. Gunner is a very happy dog with a wonderful temperament. He loves all people and all dogs. His behavior in our home is wonderful. In the show ring, Gunner won three majors and finished August 28 in Atlanta with a 5-point major! Best of all, Gunner really loves birds. Gunner has hunted wild grouse in North Carolina, wild pheasants in South Dakota, as well as hunting preserves in Wisconsin, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. He handles it all very well. He is athletic, he has an excellent nose and he can hunt all day for several days in a row (caution: you really need to watch a dog's glycogen levels when you hunt this intensely). He earned his AKC Junior Hunter title with four consecutive passes. Plus he is the handsomest dog I have ever hunted with! Thank you, Melissa, for breeding such a fine companion!
08-29-2010 - Dennis Scott
I am truly blessed to have the privilege of befriending such a remarkable person such as yourself. My life began on a Friday two years ago when I picked up a wonderful Blue Belton boy at the airport, what a life changing event this was to be. His name said it all, Set\'r Ridge\'s Tender Hearted. It brings tears to my eyes and fond memories for all he has done for me.
I had a stroke about a year ago now, and he was to be my saving grace. He didn\'t care I was messed up or couldn\'t talk right, he just loved me for me. My brother took care of him when I was in the hospital, but he became depressed, always looking for me and waiting for me to come home. The doctor allowed him to come see me and the therapy lady lent him a therapy dog vest so he could stay with me all day when he was there. He gave me great therapy and hope and the reason to get well. When I came home, he took great care of me, getting me towels and what not\'s, always eager to help me along. That\'s alot on a plate for a nine month old puppy to achieve.
What a handsome young man he has turned out to be, and a great hunter to boot. He has no formal hunting lessons, just a great hunting instinct. He is spot on about the birds, never ever second guess him because he is always right. I knew I just couldn\'t have one of these fabulous animals, so you sent me a drop dead gorgeous girl, Whitney, aka Baby Girl. This girl is eye candy and the most precious and loving little lady, my little spooner, a true beauty.
I Thank You very much for offering your home to them when I moved to N. Dakota. You took great care of them and they looked awesome when they got home. I am so still not believing you allowed me to have Dusty, my handsome Tri boy. He is spot on and going to be an awesome dog and an asset to the English Setter breed. I know there is no perfect dog, but, in my opinion he is very close to it. He is growing everyday and getting more handsome, if that\'s possible, by the minute. He is very intelligent, loving and eager to learn. I must say to you that, great dogs come from great breeding and I Thank You for your dedication and hard work. Your English Setters are top of the line and a blessing to have. I am the proud owner of three of your fine animals.
08-28-2010 - Steve & Barbara Lee
As a boy, age 7 or 8, we had a neighbor that owned an English Setter. It was just their pet, rarely groomed properly, but always ready to play
with my brother and I. I can’t remember his name but that dog left a lasting memory with me. When I grew older and became responsible enough
to own and take care of dogs properly, I purchased Lab's because my outdoor passions were geared towards waterfowl hunting. All these years, I never quit thinking about some day getting my first English Setter.
We lost our last two Lab's about a year and a half ago due to old age. They were both over 16. Now that my waterfowl days have slowed to occasional guided hunt, the day had come for my first English Setter. At age 62, I was a bit apprehensive about getting such an energetic breed of dog. I spoke with a few local field dog trainers. I went on line to research the pro's and con's of this breed, contacted State and National English Setter organizations and heavily researched breeders. I looked at over a dozen breeder websites and the pedigrees of their best dogs. Most had one thing in common. The name Setter Ridge kept showing up over and over again. After finalizing our decision, we contacted you Melissa, and soon purchased a pet quality, Orange Belton puppy you were calling Marco. Although that was a fine name, we had already decided on the name Cody after my wife Barbara's great, great uncle. We picked him up at the airport and boy was he happy to see us. He settled into his new home quite nicely and it wasn't long before we decided he needed a companion.
Back to your website we went. We looked at all of the available Setters and spotted a show quality, Blue
Belton puppy we just had to have. Again we picked the little guy up at the airport. He was ready to meet his new owners. We could hear him clear out on the tarmac being driven to the cargo area. We knew then that this boy was going to be a handful. We named him Caleb.
We have had these two boys for well over a year now. They were, and still are full of energy, always finding ways to get into mischief yet never for a moment, failing to make us grateful for making that decision to get them. There hasn't been a moment we haven't been able to overlook the little pitfalls of puppyhood and now their doggy adolescent years.
These two boys are everything I remembered as a young boy and more. Always excited to see Barb and I, always giving their unconditional love, and providing hours of entertainment as they play together in the yard. As you already know Melissa, we received a huge bonus with these two guys. We had received suggestions that we show Caleb, and with Cody really needing his first grooming, we listened to the recommendation and contacted handler's Kathy Grayson and Roger Kibbee. After grooming Cody, they were really surprised and said Cody was a very nice dog and would show nicely. They took one look at Caleb and said he would finish fast. We took them to a few shows so Kathy could work with them. Every time we did that, Caleb would always draw a lot of attention from other English Setter breeders and handlers.
The rest is history. Caleb had his championship at age 11 months and now at 15 months is one third the way
towards his grand championship. Cody, early on, not quite as enthusiastic about showing as Caleb was, is now coming along and almost minored out.
At the bottom of all your emails, you have a beautiful wish for God to bless us as much as he has you. Well, with a little help from you Melissa, God has blessed us with these two amazing boys. I can't imaging not having them in our lives. You know the medical issues I have had to deal with over the last few years, not excluding my beautiful wife Barbara or God, these two wonderful dogs and the friendships I have made at the shows have given me additional strength to carry on. Thank you so much.
08-27-2010 - Michelle Eastman
We have had 3 of Melissa's English Setters. They are funny, goofy, healthy and a great joy to us. Though one has passed over the rainbow bridge, we still have 2 of the finest specimens of the breed. Where ever we go people stop us and ask, "what kind of dog is that?" We feel like we are the ambassadors of the breed. We live in a tourist town and so many visitors want to know all about them. Many have said they want to get one based on their experiences with Corky and Pai.They are sweet, gentle and loving.Before I found Melissa's ES, I had purchased and ES from another breeder. Though I loved that boy dearly, he had health problems from day one. One of the things we truly appreciate about Melissa is her dedication to insuring the long term health and intelligence of the breed. She even got the AKC's first Breeder award for her efforts. We can't say enough about our first hand experiences with this wonderful breed epitomized by the dogs in Melissa's line. When time comes to add another member to our family,you can be assured we will be right at Melissa's door taking home another little spotted jewel.
08-23-2010 - Jennifer J. Smith
Hi Melissa I just wanted to tell you that Mandy has been an amazing addition to my family. She not only is amazing with my 16 month old daughter Carolynn, but she is awesome with my German Shepherds. I take her to handling class every Sunday, now this is a German Shepherd handling class and we don't have other breeds come and my Shepherd friends don't have other breeds. But they all love Mandy and try to take her home with them. They all just love her temperament and how she gets along with all the GSD's at class male, female, young, old, doesn't matter to Mandy! And they love that she loves all people. They also were all very impressed to see natural instinct come through with no training and no real encouragement when she sees a bird she goes into a beautifully stand and watches! She will even lead you to the stop where the birds are. My GSD handler never really even had any interest in other breeds even when going to the all breed dog shows he doesn't watch other breeds but ever sinse i got Mandy he just loves her! He plays with her every Sunday and just rolls around in the grass with her. He is just amazed at how out going and playful yet affectionate she is. And sinse my GSD friends don't know anything about the breed and a few of them are AKC GSD judges they went and looked up the standard for English Setters and were amazed at just how closely she matches the standard! She truly is not only a beautiful correct Setter but she is an awesome family member. I look forward to her show career and adding another Setter Ridge Setter in the hopefully not to far future! Thank you again Melissa for allowing Mandy to join my family. Talk to you soon and I will keep you posted on Mandy!
Jennifer J. Smith
06-22-2010 - Brett & Lynda
I can't begin to tell you how much we are enjoying our puppy, Isabeau. Isabeau is a gorgeous Tri, inheriting her good looks from each of her parents, Zach and Hanna. EVERYWHERE we go, people stop us and ask what kind of dog she is, and tell us that she is the most beautiful dog they have ever seen. Her temperament matches her beauty; she is sweet, loving, and eager to learn. It has really surprised us how easy she has been to train. For example, she rings bells at the front door when she needs to go out, and has not had an accident since she was ten weeks old. We constantly turn to each other and exclaim: "She is the perfect dog!" She particularly loves playing hide and seek in the tall grass with Brett (she is a natural with her nose and instincts), and going to the Marymoor dog park. Today, she had a great time chasing a butterfly; her instincts for birds and all flying things are really sharp. She has been pointing for several weeks (she is 4 1/2 months old right now).
People always ask us where we got Isabeau, and we are ready with praise for you, Melissa. We actually took a few years looking for the perfect breeder, and interviewed a few. The day we met you, we knew we had found the right place. We have been so impressed with your absolute commitment to your dogs and their health, and feel that you have made us a part of your family when we adopted Isabeau. We especially appreciate the fact that you offer additional trainings for the extended adoption "family." We know that we can turn to you for advice and for the proper way to raise an English Setter.
We are absolutely thrilled with Isabeau and with Setter Ridge. Thank you!
Lynda and Brett Cherry
05-27-2010 - Melissa Mickelson
I wanted to include some updated pictures of Winnie. (I know, I know, there are a lot, I'm sorry!) She is out of Chloe and Carter. I can't believe she'll be a year old in just one month! I like to think that we've made it through puppyhood, but her energetic, happy antics and range of personalities keeps us so entertained. She is a cuddler, so very affectionate and always has her nose to the ground in new places. At the end of the day I say, "Go to bed!" and she jumps up on the big overstuffed armchair in my bedroom. (We crate trained, but now that she is a good girl she gets to be out at night). At the park she'll watch birds patiently until we tell her "You're free!" and then she'll sprint off after them with the most incredible speed. Her favorite thing to do is to eat, though we can't seem to get her over the 42 pound mark no matter how hard we try. She also loves to nap on our back deck and watch the koi swim around in the pond below. A bond has also occurred between Winnie and our housecat Jerry. (I included a photo of the two of them on the first day they met). Winnie likes to alternately sniff him a little roughly, and then dart back, going down on her front two legs to try and initiate play, which rarely happens on Jerry's side of things!
We took her hiking in Mammoth Lakes, California this weekend and she saw snow for the first time and just loved it! All day long she was popping her nose in and out of the snow and catching snowballs with her mouth.
I thought you might enjoy having some pictures of her. I definitely see the Carter in her, especially in the eyes. She loves everyone and sneezes and wiggles her butt and shyly looks up when she is meeting new people. She went through beginning and advanced obedience and got her AKC Good Citizen and Star Puppy Award all before she was seven months old!
I don't have her in a Setter clip, because her coat is so soft and fluffy and we don't show her, so we figure what the heck! She has the funniest little mohawk on her head that always gets comments. Einstein head, we call her. Is this typical of setters, or is her hairdo something special?
She looks a bit scraggly in these pictures because of her time in the snow, but hopefully you can see past it to what a beautiful dog you have gifted me with.
If you ever need testimonials for your webpage or otherwise, I would be happy to provide them. Whenever anyone asks me, "Why a Setter?" I glow and tell them I'll never have another breed. My parents in Minnesota even have a framed photo of her on their mantle next to the photos of their yellow lab and Goldendoodle, and call Winn their "Furry Grandchild"
Keep the beauties coming! I'll be coming back when we're ready for doggie number two!
05-26-2010 - We love our setters Boone and Riggs!
Boone and Riggs have just had birthdays and turned 4 yrs. and 2 yrs. and we love them more every day !!!!
English Setters are the greatest. I am attaching a photo of them and Ron hunting last fall. They are great hunters and do they ever love it. They start howling when we reach the Ellensburg turn off the freeway we usually take. They sleep all the way home after a long day hunting. They go nuts when we have pheasant for dinner too!!!!!
At home they both have become very loving and cuddly dogs. They like to be right with us all the time and still are lap dogs. Boone is huge but still wants to be in Ron's lap.
We thought when we got Riggs he was to be a playmate for Boone since Boone loved playing with other dogs. That idea sort of back fired because puppy Riggs was always biting and chewing on Boone. Boone hated it and became a much quieter dog. He lost a lot of his spunk. But just recently ( at 2 and 4 years old) they seem to be great pals. They play together for long periods of time. They run and run and run chasing each other. Boone chases off neighbor dogs that scare Riggs. Boone will get right between them protecting Riggs. Riggs doesn't bug Boone any more. They are always together following each other around the yard, chasing birds and playing with toys or whatever. They are so friendly to guests and don't jump up on them.
Ron and I just can't imagine how we ever lived without them. They are our kids now. In the evening they cuddle up near us and together. We feed them separately but they don't fight over food. They can drink and eat out of the same bowls. They are so sweet, gentle and mellow most of the time. When it is time to have a good time or go hunting they get sooooo excited. They love it when we say "beach" and we take them to run on our beach. Riggs tends run and swim chasing birds all over. He swims out a long ways. Boone will run on the beach and up to his knees in the water. He likes to play with the little minnows in shallow water.
They are the "perfect" dogs and on top of all these great qualities they both are beautiful. People comment on their looks often. They have a very regal look. Sorry to go on so long. You probably have heard this over and over, but they are just awesome dogs.
They learn new things easily too.
Thanks so much for your help, advice and for he dogs!!!!
Hope things are OK with you???
Roz and Ron