Testimonials

Testimonials 2017-06-29T16:30:31+00:00

Macy

Macy is 4 this month, and is such an awesome & smart dog! She loves chasing the tennis ball at the lake… and can leap so far! She could be in one of those type of water retrieving events…. she always wants to get to the ball first and usually does! She is the fastest dog we have ever had… and, solid muscle! She loves to hunt with the guys and to retrieve birds, but she is also content hanging out in the house and taking walks in the woods. She is a wonderful companion and such a great dog… I just wanted you know how happy we are to have found you and Baliwick. Best of wishes to you! Many thanks….
Linda Huband

Hank

We can’t believe our Hank is already 6 months old! We continue to be amazed every day by how smart and wonderful he is. He loves hiking through the woods with us, and boy, he will retrieve all day long! I have attached some pictures of some water retrieves we were doing last weekend. We also did some skeet shooting – his first introduction to gunfire – and he was a champ! Didn’t bother him one bit. Everyone we come across comments on how handsome and well behaved he is. Thank you so much for our Hank! Hope you and yours are doing well.
Michele, Ian, and Hank

Reece

When we began looking for a puppy, we knew we wanted her to have a strong bloodline and come from a reputable breeder. We did a lot of research and finally landed on the Kennels of Baliwick based on their breeding standards and credentialed dam and sire. We are so happy with our decision and feel our Sweet Reese Lee is truly a great-looking dog! Although we are proud parents and are bias, I cannot tell you how many compliments we have received about Reese’s stature, beautiful face, and demeanor. She is very affectionate and has demonstrated her ability to be a fabulous hunter time and time again. Loud noises, not a problem; gun shy, not this pup; curious, you betcha! And, let’s not forget, SMART! Crate training was no problem with Reese and she had the basic obedience commands down in weeks. On top of that, her keen sense of smell and alertness is unmatched. She is high energy, super playful, and brings so much joy to our lives! We are very grateful to Barbara and Tyler for the love and safekeeping of Reese after she was born and could not have asked for a greater first puppy buying experience! Thanks again!
Adam & Susan Nichols, Atlanta, GA

Dandy Andy

MAN WHAT A LAB! I took her out late yesterday a friend and I work our other labs a few days a week. I took her to the back waters of the Tennessee across the road from where we are building the log house. I work with her using a dokken dove it is small and she handles it great. Well I had a rope on it in case she did not bring it back. Will after two short cast I took it off because she was swimming like a fish. I will get a video and send you guys but is it crazy to see this young lab work as good as she does. She would drop the bird sometimes when she went from water to land but she would pick it up and bring it to me. I am going to try and make her puppy of the year in our club. I had a friend who is in the club and he said that she will be puppy of the year because she has what it takes.
Ron Burger commenting on Dandy Andy

John St Amant

In February of 2010 I tragically lost my four year old female lab. As hard as it was, I knew that I had to move on and find another dog. The problem was that I could not even imagine finding a dog that would have the looks and abilities of the one I lost. As an amateur trainer, I know that some dogs have what it takes to run in finished level hunt tests and others never will. My family has been breeding Labs for five generations and I have never owned a dog outside of that bloodline. My millitary deployment schedule prevented me from waiting for another family breed. After researching breeders from Texas to Virginia I settled on the Kennels at Bailiwick. I found that many breeders treated me like a number and did not really care about my situation. Mrs. Barbara Crouch at Bailiwick was honest, sincere, and very helpful. She gave me contact information so that I could speak with owners of pups from Bailiwick’s previous litters. Bailiwick Kennels breeds one litter at a time and gives complete attention to every pup. From day one the experience was very personal. Mrs. Barbara sent me email updates and photos on the puppy’s progress every few days. I could not have asked for a better experience. My puppy is excellent. Everything Mrs. Barbara and other Bailiwick puppy owners told me was spot on. When my puppy arrived at 7 weeks (my dad actually picked her up, it was a 700 mile drive for me), she had already been introduced to birds, basic commands, and the crate. She is now three months old and is almost completely obedience trained. She is extremely smart and picks up new commands every day. Her natural abilities are exceptional. She is athletic, coordinated, and swims like a fish. In addition to her abilities, she is a very good looking dog as well. Bottom line is that I am extremely pleased with everything about The Kennels at Bailiwick. I woud be more than happy to share my story with anyone interested in a Bailiwick puppy.
John W. St. Amant

Ryder

I just wanted to check in with you and see how you were doing. I purchased a pup from you last summer and we named him Ryder. You may or may not remember me but me and my girlfriend came up and got the little guy. You gave me a great deal on him and I am more than pleased with him. I wanted to let you know his progress and show you a picture of the little guy. He was off the Ranger and Lady litter. Ryder has been at Mossy Pond Retrievers with Brad Arington training him. He has been there since November and doing awesome. He finished the 4 month program in 2 and a half months. Since he was doing so well Brad urged me to leave him with him because he believes he will be a finished dog by June. His drive is through the roof and the hunt in him is unmatched. He hasn’t ran in any field trails yet because I haven’t given Brad the OK because I cant decide if i want be the one handling him but I might just let Brad do it. But he is defiantly ready to begin running. Anyways he is doing great and I just wanted to thank you again for helping me out and if there is anything I can ever do for you my contact information should be attached. Thanks again for the giving me the opportunity to own such a great hunting partner,
Alex Thigpin

Jax

Jax is doing amazing, he has really came into his own. He is such a loving and playful pup, with a great attitude towards everything. He is already starting to understand some training but since he is only 9 weeks old, I’m not pushing it too much. His AKC registration was sent out today, and he went for his 9 week follow up shots and got micro chipped on saturday, he did amazing on the shots and chip. I’ve attached a few pictures of what he has done so far, he is already a water dog! I though you would enjoy to see how he is coming along, and he is a very special new member to me and my wife’s home. Thank you so much for him.
Darin Brewer

Pepper

Hello, Barbara, I thought you might like a report on Pepper. Charles had a few days off so he and Pepper went to the camp at Lake Village to mow. He has a professional dog trainer friend there, also. This morning, they went out with the friend to train dogs so Pepper could retrieve in a hunting test setup with the gun firing and a helper throwing the bumpers. Charles said she did great. The pro was very impressed by her water entry at only 3 months. He also said the loud gun did not distract her at all. We have been married 31 years and have owned a retriever for most of those years. Pepper is hands down the best of all retrievers we have ever seen at her age; that includes the ones we have owned, the ones we have seen at hunt tests, and the ones belonging to friends that Charles has helped train. Charles says her desire to retrieve is never ending. She is already steady at 3 months and taking a ‘back’ command. She loves the water and Charles thinks she will be a breeze to ‘force fetch’ when the time comes because she hardly ever drops the bumper even now. She sometimes makes an attempt to not bring the bumper to hand on land, but never on water (we’ve never had a 3 month old hold the bumper so well to hand.) In short, Pepper is outstanding. She was well worth the trip to Georgia ahead of all the tornados and the trip back around the destroyed Tuscaloosa. We are so glad we found your kennel online. Thank you for breeding such an excellent retriever.
Mikki Patterson

Macleod

HI Barbara: Just wanted to say hi and let you know how Mac is doing. His 10 week checkup he weighed 22.6 lbs and is all legs. He is very active and goes everywhere with me. Last weekend we took him to Gatlinburg TN to hike and swim which he loved but after about 10 minutes in the cold water he hopped up in my arms and shivered and made puppy noises for 10 minutes. He is quiet in his crate so can go to hotels etc. and now rides in car in a dog harness and has gotten over the car sickness. Barbara he is unbelievably smart and thank goodness it is usually for good things. We keep him busy with chew toys so no furniture damage yet and he learns commands quickly but definitely needs to be kept active and challenged. We go walking 2-3 times a day which is hard with the heat and we have a lot of play time in the yard. He is either home with me or at work most days. We taught him to ring bells at the door to go out so only a few inside accidents but he rings to go out and play too. Can’t yell at him though because he always makes sure to at least squat and go a little bit so he can claim he rang them to go potty. He has started obedience classes and is learning the commands quickly. The place has agility courses and we took him to it to see what he thought and he tore his way through the course. The trainer says he is a natural for agility so we will be starting puppy agility next month. He loves water and has a little pool out back – and I can’t take a bath with him in the room or he keeps hopping in the tub. He is all boy and a handful but a fun handful. P.S. He points at birds and airplanes 🙂
Patti-Jo and MacLeod

Kimber

Bailiwick kennels, just wanted to let you know what a smart dog I have she has done very well, there’s nothing else to ask for, retrieve, swim, house trained, every command!! Great bloodlines great labs!!!
Kris Henderson

Guy

I hope you enjoy these pictures. I have a few videos of his first water retrieves as well as one from today retrieving out of a boat through decoys but I am not sure how to upload them in an e-mail. The last picture with us on a rock was taken just a few days ago. He is now 55 lbs (he was weighed at the vet today) and growing each day. Lacey and I are so proud of him and even though it has not always been easy we would not trade him for anything. Thank you so much Barbara for giving us this precious gift. He is truly one in a million and we love him dearly.
Thank you, Ryan, Lacey and Guy

Brady

Brady is doing excellent! He’s already so smart and can sit, shake, and lay down! He also has perfected ringing the bell on the door when he needs to go to the bathroom and goes to his crate when we say kennel up. I’m definitely glad he is the one I ended up with !

Hannah Baird

Miss. Malley

Words can’t express how much we absolutely adore our little Miss. Malley! She is growing so fast, weighing 16.2 lbs this past Monday. We are amazed at her intelligence for only 8 weeks old. We love watching how fascinated and excited she get when learning new things. She is so perfect and precious to us! Thank you so much for all your help. It was so sweet of you to keep us frequently updated throughout this process and always willing to help us anyway you could.. We truly appreciate it!
Maggie and Matt

Randy’s Willow

It’s been awhile since I last sent you an update on Willow. She is progressing very well. We’ve been through the FF process and while she didn’t enjoy it she came through it like a champ. I have her on a whistle and we are working on our casting drills. She is FF to the pile and does a great job on that. She is now handling multiple bumpers and is steady to the shot…. She has had a couple hundred rounds shot over her head already. We just started her single blind retrieves and she is doing great. She has a lot of energy and enjoys working out every day.
Randy

Hunters Cooper

Cooper has been nothing but the perfect dog. I had no issues with any type of obedience or house training. I know I am a little biased, but he has been the smartest lab that I have been around. He picked retrieving up so quickly and had a lot of drive to do so as early as 3 months. I have him at his trainer right now to finish up some retrieving work, but I had him moving and running blind retrieves at 50 yards by 6 months old. His best friend has been my mothers Shih Tzu and is extremely friendly with any dog that he meets. He has been nothing short of a blessing and a great companion to me.
Hunter

Maverick

Hey Barbara! I just wanted to check in with you and tell you Maverick has been the best dog I could ask for. He’s extremely loving and has a strong will to please. He’s also had a really good first season of hunting.
Hunter

June

So sorry for the delay in an update but we have been so busy enjoying June! She is absolutely perfect! She slept the majority of the ride home. She is adapting well to Florida and has been getting lots of love from us. Thank you again!

Charles and Tennile

Honey

Hey Barbara, I just wanted to check in with you & let you know how Honey is doing. She is an amazing puppy & has been an awesome addition to our family. She is still doing wonderful with all of her commands. The other day she even went after a low flying bird & after catching it brought it to Justin. We were very impressed. She as actually getting ready to leave next week for a month of training at Swamp Creek Retrievers. She will stay for a month. Then come home for a month & go back for 2. Justin really wants to do field trials with her.

Catie, Justin and Raelyn

Jack Andrew Keppler

Good morning Ms. Barbara & Mr. Tyler, My first night in my new home was a success! I got up a couple times in the night, but my new family took turns taking me outside. My new big sister, Paisley, is so great! She got up with me too. And she is really good at running interference when I want to play with my older brother, Oliver, but he is too tired. He can be a bit of an old man sometimes and Paisley knows when I should or shouldn’t try to play with him. She also showed me around the house and the big backyard and we played…..A LOT! I ate lunch when I got home yesterday and I really enjoyed my dinner! My family has made an appointment to meet my vet, Dr. Ricky Poe. They have so many nice things to say about him, so I am excited to meet him soon. My two favorite things in my new house are my cozy kennel and my stuffed pheasant toy. Paisley and I like to play tug-of-war with it! My family promises to send you lots of pictures and updates! I miss everyone at Bailiwick!
Jordan Keppler

Samantha

1st whole day in Alaska, we wanted to share this outside visit with Samantha. She is already following tracks and investigating them and fetching objects. We have not met her yet, but are amazed at how smart she is.
Thank you again.
Betty Warren

Bolt

Barbara, Hope you and your family are doing well! Couple pictures of Bolt! He is just a great dog. Loves to retrieve, catch Frisbee, water, running, kids, other dogs. Easy to train, walk, load, ride, crate, socialize. One pic is out trip to Home Depot! Hope to introduce him to some ducks this fall. Big, strong, healthy, and confident. Perfect! Thanks, Baylor Coffman

Baylor Coffman

Katie

Katie slept through the night her 2nd night with us! She is amazing in every way!!!

Cathy Ritchie

Cobi

I cannot tell the amount of joy that Cobi has brought our family. We absolutely love her. She enjoys the river and the trails in Roswell as well as a good chase of anything that moves.

Her only downfall, if you can call it that, is she believes everyone adores her as we do.

Janice Flanagan

Maggie

Maggie Has earned her ukc HR title an 3 passes on her AKC Senior title traveled to Arkansas many of times during the Duck season an has picked up tons of ducks an geese couldn’t be more proud of this girl right here!!!
Joshua West

Sammy

Dear Barbara,
First of all thank you for being Sammy’s first “people” mom! You have done a truly amazing job. He has been socialized to the point that he has not cried one time. In all my years as a proud owner of dozens of amazing black lab pups/dogs, I have never had a pup that acclimated to a new home as quickly as our Sammy. I know you are not going to believe this but he never cried one time on his first night away from litter mates (I was prepared for the worst!). He has moved right in like he was always a beloved member of our family……he comes when called, (willingly and bouncily with tail wagging), he is so very smart, ie. a pair of geese flew over our house as he was out to relieve himself and he actually tracked them (even though he could not actually “see” them, listened to their honking and looked at me like “what was that, what now??” Never have I seen a dog so smart! We have always gotten our hunting/family dogs after lots of research from blood lines from Retriever Trial News. You have really smart, pliable, and sweet dogs with the Jet and Ranger breed!!
All of this and Sammy is only 7 weeks tomorrow. That is what is amazing, he is way ahead of his age. I could go on with examples as a trained eye on retrievers but this is just the start of an amazing life for my little guy. I can’t thank you enough!!!
Vj Peck

Jake

Good evening Barbara!
Hope all is well! Our trainer sent a picture of Jake today and I wanted to share it with you. He’s absolutely beautiful! We will update you soon with how his training is going. Thanks for everything! We couldn’t be happier with our pup!
Matt and Melissa Carrier