Dixie [aka Quill from Litter Q] just got back from her first two weeks of gun dog training. Learning gun and introduction to birds. We are proud to say she is a stellar student. Most impressive, eager for birds, high drive and very confident. The big bonus is she is actually retrieving, which as you know most setters are not fans or do not do at all. We are very pleased and compliments from our trainer, he said you have your breeding down and know what you're doing. I thought you would like to know! Next training is in February or early March, obedience and more pointing training.
-- Kim and Keith, December 2016
Top Two Reasons for getting a Hickory Hollow Llewellin Setter:
1. I can't imagine any breeder being better than Hickory Hollow. From initial contact through pickup day and follow-ups, the professionalism and communication skills are beyond expectations. You will know everything there is to know about your pup long before you pick him up. I suspect that most breeders care and love their pups while they are still in the birthing kennel but Laura no doubt loves all the pups no matter how old or where they live.
2. This is the most important reason: The HHLS's are the best gun dogs in the world. They are the smartest. They have the best noses. They have the best eyes. Let one live with you and they will give you more love than you can accept. Let one hunt with you and they'll show you what you're looking for. Then if you shoot a bird, they go and find it; all the while with the excitement of someone having more fun than should be legal and with unbelievable beauty.
-- Tim Sims, July 2008
This entire experience has been most enjoyable. Your frequent updates through the pregnancy and after the birth of the pups, plus the weekly photos have been a lot of fun. Marla and I want to thank you for such a rewarding experience. We are certainly looking forward to the future with our new pup [Cisco, Litter C].
-- Allan Polenz, 2007
Everyone who has hunted or worked with [my dog] Pete [aka Emerson, Litter E] has been amazed. With his natural
ability and desire he makes me look like a good trainer. I am a little worried
though, they say you're lucky to get one great bird dog in your life and I'm too
young to have mine already. He gets non-stop compliments on his good looks and
personality and he loves everyone he meets. Thanks again to Laura for
the great job she's done at Hickory Hollow.
-- Jason Hochstetler, March 2009
I can't tell you how excited we are to have "Flash" as a member of our family! Everyone is absolutely thrilled, and can't wait to meet him (and definitely you) in person. Thanks so much for making this such an enjoyable experience from the very beginning!
-- Tamera Schlueter, April 2009
When he went to the vet... everyone there fell in love with
Mac [aka Fenway, Litter F]. They had never seen a Llewellin and are excited to see him each time we
bring him in for puppy visits. Everyone made odd comments about us traveling
so far [from Michigan to Iowa] to get our puppy, but when they meet Mac, they can see why we chose
Hickory Hollow and this breed.
-- Linda Van Zee, September 2009
I always have people stop and ask me what kind of dog Honey is [aka Chloe Litter C], where I got her, how much, what town you are near.... people get so excited with her behavior! I feel like a proud beaming mother. I also like telling them how lucky I was with her being breeder pick and you letting me have her [giving her up for me]. I just wanted you to know how great of a dog she is becoming! I look forward to many many years with her!
-- Cassandra Steadman, 2008
"Things could not be better, the pup is great! Thanks for your professional handling of this sale."
-- Singleton Bailey - Firecreek Kennels, Loris, SC