Our Vizsla Owner Comments
I will make sure to write a review for you guys soon. Here is the link to Reeka in hunting training. We take her out to Prado Hunting Dog Training facility once a week, she loves going there and can tell she just loves to hunt in general. She will be getting rooster pheasant in 2 weeks so I’ll make sure to video that for you guys.
Just wanted to follow up after taking Rambo home. What a great pup! He has fit into our lives beautifully. He loves it here on the “ranch” and he jumped right into our daily activities. He loves to head down to the barn with us after his breakfast and he is now accompanied by our young house cat on those walks. She has taken him on as her new friend and they already race and play tag! Love that he knew about cats before we got him.
Our vet was very taken with his calm but attentive disposition.
We really feel the training was the way to go for us. It does of course require constant reinforcement but what a great head start you provided us and him. Kudos to his trainer(s). It gives us the opportunity to praise him way more than correct him and I am thrilled not to be cleaning up potty messes in the house daily!
He is so loved and in return he gives us reason to smile every day.
Will send pictures soon!
- I feel absolutely horrible that we haven’t shared pictures of Brick! I know he was one of your favorite pups!We named him Rocket and he is just thriving. We love him so much and he is truly the best dog ever!!! He was even awarded the first ever “Dog of the Week” prize by his daycare and he’s used for all of their temperament tests for new dogs because he’s so well behaved and loves all dogs!Here are some pictures!
My husband and I set out to buy a Vizsla puppy in early spring of 2013. We live in northern California, but could not find a breeder that we felt was reasonable, kind, and was not grossly expensive. We came across the GoldenMeadows Retrievers Website in doing a search for Vizsla breeders. Tim and Barbi Hoke, and all of their employees were experienced, professional, and highly personable on the phone/email. We secured a female Vizsla puppy after they were certain we would be responsible owners, having knowledge of the breed, and the need to promise to properly train the dog, and exercise it daily, as Vizslas require.
It was an easy drive down. We stayed overnight, and drove to Golden Meadows Kennel to pick up our pup the next morning. Tim Hoke personally met us and covered the paperwork, outline of initial training, feeding schedule, etc. Our puppy, who we named “Zola Mae,” has been the light of our lives. She is exceptionally intelligent, with a gorgeous head, and perfect body. Best of all, she shows the potential for agility training. We have been interested in this facet of training for years, but now are finally seeking professional help in working with Zola Mae. She is seven months old now, and just the most clever, smart, and funny female Vizsla we have ever known.
We feel so fortunate to have found Golden Meadows Kennel. Not only have we found a wonderful dog, who gets us out of the house, on the off-leash trails nearby every day, and keeps us in good physical shape. We have also found a breeder we can recommend to others that show interest in owning a Vizsla. Golden Meadows Kennel, and their owners produce top quality, intelligent and beautiful Vizslas that do not HAVE to become show dogs, or in any way tie the new owner of their pups to them in any way, unless agreed upon in advance. This quality was difficult to find in other breeders. However, Golden Meadows Kennels will thoroughly screen potential buyers of their pups. They are deeply interested in making sure their pups have a good life, with proper food, exercise, training, and love. I very much admire this quality in them as breeders, since Vizslas are a high energy breed, that MUST have all of the aforementioned needs met. They love their dogs/puppies very much. It is evident when you see them and their gorgeous dogs in person.
We feel blessed to have Zola Mae as a companion to us, and our other family dog.
I figured I’d drop in a line on Cali’s one year birthday. She’s doing great, and is a very sweet dog. Still high energy, but we give her an outlet every single day. We moved to San Jose in February and she’s adjusted greatly. We have a 2 acre park outside our new place and she gets 1.5-2 hours there every single day. My first 45 minutes is training and working on obedience then she plays with 10-16 dogs the next hour or so. She’s very social, always wants to play with everyone, and is the first to greet any new dog arriving at the park. I’ve even had people ask me how much I charge for training because they think I’m doing this professionally. When the secret is the dog! She’s very food driven so I can get her to learn or do anything with just a pebble of her normal food. She’s great off leash, always responding to her recall and always looking back to make sure I’m near her. I’ll attach a couple recent photos of her, thanks.
(Her tail is normally straight up, just not in the one picture!)
Just wanted to tell you all thanks again for our pup, Cali! We can’t believe we’ve had her for over a month already! We’ve enjoyed each and every day we’ve had with her and can tell that she’s everything you promised us that she would be. She’s absolutely beautiful, healthy and smart!
You guys are awesome and we are so glad we chose you as our breeder!
Hi Tim and Barbie,
We cannot believe over a year has passed since we picked up our Vizsla puppy whom we named Finley! We knew she would be an incredible dog after meeting her parents, Bronte and Stanley. But she is even more amazing than we expected!
Finley is now 40lbs and is seeming more like a dog than a puppy. She gets along with other dogs extremely well and just loves to run. People we meet at the beach and parks stop to watch her run and are amazed by her speed. Her favorite trick is “getting the paper” for us every morning. It’s adorable, and very helpful! Finley is the most loving dog my husband and I have ever known…she loves to curl up on our laps and cuddle in the evenings. Having a Vizsla is truly something special!
Attached are a few pictures of Finley. We just wanted to let you know how Finley is doing. Thank you so much for giving us this wonderful dog. We hope you, and all at Golden Meadows are doing well.
Annie and Ed
Hi Tim, Barb, Lauren, and Joe,
Bazy is doing really well…he’s an amazingly good 4 month old. He’s learnt the basic commands, sit, down, see, and to some extent, stay! He even has moments of calm when he just wants to snuggle and then falls asleep on the kitchen mat. He has tons of energy, of course, but we challenge him plenty. He loves Starbucks and the local pet stores, where he gets tons of praise. We started him on a leader leash, a few days ago- and he’s getting it already. He is amazingly smart!
We were able to stop him from nipping with this neat thing suggested by our neighbor’s daughter (she trains dogs and horses). She told us to rub our hands with unsalted butter all it took was just that one time and it’s worked like a charm! The other morning, a little boy came over to pet him at Starbucks and before we could say anything, he’d touched Bazy’s nose. But it was all good – Bazy just licked him gently!
We bathed him yesterday for the first time since he came home a month ago. And this was only because he had rolled around in some wet mud.
I just wanted to thank you for our little Sophie. We are so in love with our new little family member. She is doing so well with crate training and potty training. She sleeps in her crate all night. She has just started running to the door now when she has to go potty.
We are in puppy class and she is having a great time and we are all learning so much.
I attached a picture of Sophie (she sure does sleep a lot).
We will continue to let you know how she is doing.
Allen, Phyllis and Dylan
Barbie and Tim,
I am writing this note to you as our Vizsla Tasha turns two years old. She is the smartest, most loyal we have ever had, and she is so full of personality we are constantly amused by her expressions and activities. She is a part of the family. And, of course, she is beautiful.
Thank you for raising her!
Jake (Basil) is scheduled with the vet on Wednesday, December 12th. He is doing really great. He plays really well with the other dogs (Sampson (Catahoula), Beau (Black Lab) and Avery (Boxer). He is almost potty trained (has not had an accident for two days) and it took him about 3 minutes to learn how to go in and out of the doggie door. He has already outgrown his crate so I’ve ordered him a larger one.
He is enrolled in a puppy class at PetsMart with only 1 other puppy so he is getting a lot of attention.
Rev. Bonnie Rose
Hi Tim and Barbie,
Just wanted to say hi and tell you how “Ginger” ( birth date 04/09/12) is doing.
She is doing well and has fit in nicely with our family of almost two grown kids and a ten year old Vizsla. She has made us all more active – especially our older Vizsla , Noel who comes along with Ginger on all our outings. It was a great experience for our older children to see what is involved in raising a puppy. Ginger is a great dog. Every day she does things to bring a smile to our faces. She barks at dogs on the TV. She has the cutest low pitch bark /growl at times which makes her sound like a much bigger dog than she is. I walk her with a Gentle Leader and she has been responding well to that. I can’t imagine life without her now. At the time we bought her I had a few reservations about raising another puppy, but now I realize what a great decision we made to adopt her. She is a beautiful dog – both in appearance and in spirit.
I wanted to let you guys know everything is going great with “Cali”. The Vet appointment went great as well and she passed with flying colors. Looks like 3 weeks from today we’ll get the 3rd parvo shot and by week 16 we’ll be completely up to date. The first night she went straight to sleep when we went to bed and didn’t make a single sound from the crate, she is also holding her bladder all night and not having any accidents in the house. We’re pretty impressed with how well she is adapting. Thursday night she whined for 20-30 minutes when we went to bed, then put her self to sleep after that. We covered the entire crate with blankets so it’s dark inside and she seems to love that. We also found she loves music and sitting in the sun for a couple minutes at a time. She also got along perfect with our friends Malmute (who is very obedient). She was bouncing all over the place with her tail wagging like crazy, seemed to be a very good experience for her. Thanks for all your help and assistance.
I just can’t seem to stop people from interrupting my training of Vee when I am out in public. He is so beautiful! I was out at the beach one day. There was a young family there. I was trying to avoid them. He and his wife had two little girls. He saw us and he called out, ” ahh come on now, you can’t bring a puppy to the beach and not share the love!” That was pretty good. So, of course I stopped and it was a very positive experience for Vee & me.
Dear Tim and Barbie,
I wanted to take a moment to let you know how things are going with Bartok. As you know, my biggest concern was about getting a dog who would blend well with Stella, our Alpha Girl. We felt like she would benefit from a playmate, but weren’t sure how she would take to having to share everything. She is very possessive of food, space, toys, and mostly her human friends. You helped us find the perfect dog companion for her. Bartok is just as you said he would be – assertive enough to approach her and initiate play, but submissive and independent enough to give her space when needed. Stella seems to really like him and it is wonderful to watch the two of them together.
Bartie is also a great dog in his own right. He is easy to train, friendly, healthy, and sweet as can be, not to mention beautiful. He comes to work with me about once a week and is a hit with everyone. He’s just a really nice dog through and through.
We are grateful for all that you and your staff did give Bartok such a good start in life and for all that you did to support us in adopting him. From day one, you all were so helpful – letting us meet Bartok’s mom, answering a million questions, and providing us with what we needed to have a great experience. I wanted to make a special mention of Joe who was the first person we met at your facility. He was so kind to us and clearly fond of the dogs. That was a sign to me that our puppy had been raised with TLC from day one.
So thank you! I could go on and on, but will just tell you once again that we are very happy to have worked with you and we love our new addition to our family.
Rev. Bonnie Rose
Bartok and Stella are still doing well. But the big news is that Bart found Religion today. He went to church with me and attended staff meeting, fundraising meeting, and Practitioner class. He was an active participant in everything – met around 20 people and licked them all and played with most of them. He’s worn out, which is a good thing! Stella had to stay home, but I think she enjoyed the peace and quiet.
I have attached a couple of pictures. Bartok the composer’s piano music was sort of wild and I wanted our Bartie to pose as his namesake. The picture of him with his ears flying around and a crazy look in his eye kind of captures the essence. J Let me know if this is too boring… J xo
Rev. Bonnie Rose
hope all is well. I thought we would send you some picture of Kora. She is growing and is doing awesome. She just graduated puppy class too!
I wanted to write to you to say, thank you, and to let you know that Liesel (now Copper) is settling in well and has become a wonderful addition to our family. I kept meaning to call you with questions, forgetting, and then most of our “problems” have resolved themselves with time or through input from other dog owners. She is a really wonderful pup! She gets along well with my two daughters and is very responsive to my seven year old’s efforts to reinforce her training. We take her to the beach and off-leash dog park twice a day and she has made lots of dog and human friends. We get comments and compliments every day about what a wonderful, well-behaved dog she is, both with people and other dogs.
I have attached some photos of Copper at play on the beach and at the park.
Happy New Year!
As you can see from the header, my 4 year old named Kurt “Marley Yoda Diaco.” He has quickly become a member of the family! I have a couple of questions regarding training. Marley listens very well to me, but I have a deep loud voice. My wife does not. I can tell Marley, “Quite, No Bark” when kenneling him, and he listens to me very well.
P.S. We have his food and vitamins, and we are trying very hard to keep him well trained. We are scheduling an obedience class as well.
Joseph F. Diaco, Jr., Esq.
Adams & Diaco, P. A.
Just wanted to give you a photo of the puppy I bought from you in September. Everyone says she is the best looking Vizsla hey have ever seen. Everywhere I go, people stop me to ask about Tasha. Hope you are doing well,
This is a photo of Ginger at 11 weeks or so. She is a lot bigger now . We think that she looks like her Mom, Bronte, but she loves to fetch like her daddy, Stanley. She changes a little each day. Just the other day we noticed that her “pip whiskers” had come in. She still has the puppy teeth which now look too small for her mouth. It is an extraordinary experience to watch how a puppy grows.
Will keep in touch , Anne Marie