Mabe Kennels

Letters of Recommendation

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Odell, IL

We greatly appreciate all of the positive experiences our customers

are having with our pups.  If any of our past clients would want to

share your stories and pictures you can send them to

To everyone at Mabe Kennels.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  Kalie has been a great addition to our family.  She is by far the best GSP we have ever had and we have had them since 1977.  Our vet said that it was nice to hear of a breeder that cares about the temperament of a dog and not only the looks.  Her temperament is fantastic.  She is calm and the training you guys did for us really paid off.  We have been working on her hunting and at only 3 months old she locked on point in about 5 minutes.  The only thing that bothers us is that we did not find you sooner.  Here are some pictures of her, she is a beauty.  Everyone stops us to find out what kind of dog she is. Thanks again. Emily and Dennis


I'm sure you'll get another one of these down the road, but I just wanted to send you a 6 month update on Halsted. He was the pup we purchased from the Johnny and Joplin March 6 litter. 

I want to start by saying we absolutely love him. He is an excellent addition to our family. He absolutely loves our Weimaraner and Vizsla, more than they know what to do with. He is loving and very well behaved. He passed basic obedience, falling second in his class to a 3 year old german shepherd. He was right around 5 months at the time. We are now on our way to working on intermediate training and doing private lessons before the class starts. He continues to do very well and even impresses the head trainer where we attend. While he can be stubborn at times, he is also quick to learn and please and darn cute while doing it. His future also holds some tricks, agility and possible dock diving. He loves swimming so that is great. We are just making sure to wait until his growth plates are set. 

I attached some pictures and a video compilation that we threw together from him swimming last weekend. He has maintained his mostly white color and is weighing in around 50 pounds at the moment. Hope you enjoy and we are very pleased and happy with him. We get a lot of questions about him and are proud to pass on the recommendation. 

Thank you so much for our amazing puppy!



Hi there,
Just wanted to give you an update on Lexi whom we bought from you in 2013.  She is doing great!  Full of energy and is becoming quite the hunter.  Since bringing her home, I was a little concerned
how she would get along with my male GSP who just turned 7.  Well it wasn’t long until she let him know who was boss!  She terrorizes him…lol.  However, when it’s nap time she makes sure she has
to be laying up against him.  Cutest thing you’ve ever seen.  She weighs in about 50lbs.  Even though she wasn’t pointing that great when we picked her up, her points are rock solid and more intense than
i’ve seen in many dogs.  She gets so low to the ground with her points you would think she is laying down.  We still are working on her bringing the birds back…lol
Anyhow, I just wanted to send you a picture of how she looks today.  I couldn’t be happier with this little ball of fire.  Sometimes I think she is crazy she has so much energy.
Take Care and thank you for the exceptional dog.

I just wanted to check in and tell you what a fantastic addition to our family Reese is.  We celebrated Reese's 2nd Bday on August 1st and could not be more happy with her.  She was from Sadie and Hendrix's litter.  She was purchased as a family dog and running companion and she has proven herself in both roles.  Reese loves to run with both my husband and I and the minute I grab the leash she is at the backdoor waiting. She also enjoys hiking with us and can handle anything we throw at her.  We take her with us everywhere we can and people always stop us and ask us about her and comment on what a beautiful and well behaved dog she is.  Thank you again for providing us with such a wonderful dog.  We are starting to talk about possibly adding another dog to our family in the next year or so and we will be back for another of your pups.  I have attached a picture of her so you can see how beautiful she turned out.
Stan and Melissa
I want to share with you how much we enjoy Brody. He is affectionate, playful, mischievous, and a joy to have as part of our household.
Here are pictures of Brody taken Memorial Day weekend on is first boat outing. He took to the water like a natural, swimming, retrieving, and playing. He was very helpful while we were fishing too.
Brody is a handsome dog and continues to get comments whenever he’s out walking or playing.




Dear Mike,
 This is Ruger! He is from the litter of Magic and Hendrix in June 2011. He is really nothing short of an amazing dog.  We are more than satisfied with him. Ruger amazes us every day with how intelligent he really is.  He is a great family dog and very good with our son Michael. We are always getting compliments on his behavior and good looks! He loves to hunt and is always on the trail of something even if its just in the yard. The sight of a gun sends him strait to the door ready to go! Thanks so much for a great dog, companion, and family member! We would send anyone your way in a heart beat!
Mike, Katie, and Michael


Hi Mike I just thought I would send you some pictures of my pointer Jack. He was born on 7/16/11 from Hendrix and Molly. I could not be happier with Jack he is a great house dog calm and loving and a beast in the field. Thanks again Mike for Jack .

Steve Hilliard 



   Thank you so much for taking the time to show us your kennel on Saturday. We were so impressed with your beautiful dogs. Every on of them absolutely gorgeous, calm, & so friendly. Your knowledge and experience reinforced our gut felling that we found the right place to get our puppy. You can add " hot ticked" to my color choice (now that I know that term!)

                                                                                                        Thanks again!

                                                                                        Ed & Jan

                                                                  Lake Geneva WI


Good morning, Mr. Mabe,

We just wanted to send you a quick note to tell you how our Hudson is doing! Hudson is weighing in at 50lb at 6 months, so we are sure that he will be a big boy. He has a wonderful temperament, loves everything and everyone, and wants to play all day long. This picture was taken in Northern Michigan this Christmas where he absolutely loved being able to run around to his hearts content. We have not been disappointed with our little guy and can't wait to spend our first summer with him! 

Thank you again for giving us such a wonderful addition to our family! 

Joe & Stephanie


Mike & June:

We are sending you some hunting photos of Lexi (Abby & Edgar), to show how she is performing.  She will be a year old on February 20.  The third photo is her 3 year old cousin Jennie (Sadie & Johnny), with Lexi.  Lexi is honoring Jennie's point of a Chukkar.  Both dogs are well behaved and we greatly enjoy them.  As always, I highly recommend your GSP's and your training to anyone!

Larry & Carole

(Repeat Customer Both Dogs From Mabe Kennels)


We picked up Molly and Drake March 1st and 15th respectively. Today they got their first birds!

They are both 11months old. I need to do some more work on the training, they were very hesitant about picking up the bird.

Overall we couldn't be happier with them even though they do have their moments. Just thought I would share! Hope all is well!


Hi Mike,
Josie (born Aug 1st 2012 Hendrix and Sadie) is now 16 months old and doing great. This is our second Christmas together. She is amazing!
Happy Holidays to you, June and your family. 
Tricia and Matt
Here is Jackson at 6 months and 1 day. Thanks to Mike Mabe at Mabe Kennels for a great addition to our family

Hello Mike,

Luger is 2 year old on March 8th and he is doing great. He is a real workaholic. Over the last 2 season’s we’ve managed to shoot about 100 birds over him. He has great style and a monster nose. Luger is also a great dog around people and in the house. Thanks for the great bird dog and I recommend you to everyone I know looking for a GSP.




This is absolutely the best place to get your next family member.

Amy and Curtis

Hi mike! My boyfriend and I just purchased our newest little family member from you a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to let you know how wonderful she is! We named her Ellie, and she's the sweetest little puppy. About a year and a half ago we got our first dog from you guys, and we just fell in love with the breed and wanted to get another one! They are both the BEST dogs either of us has had, and they just adore each other! We already brag to all of our friends about how amazing your dogs are! Thank you for your time.
Until we need another puppy,


Just wanted to send a couple more pictures of Jackson.  He has moved right in!  He and the 8 yr old GSP continue to be best buds.  She really helps to run off that puppy energy.  He has such a great personality we have enjoyed having a puppy in the house again.

We are so glad he went thru the training program - that has made such a big difference in getting him socialized and enabling us to add to his list of commands.  And the DVD is great - something to cherish and look back on as he gets older.

Please add this to your letters of recommendation on your website.

Thank you!

Joan and Bill
     I am writing this letter to inform potential GSP owners of the care and quality demonstrated by Mike & June Mabe.
We selected our pup and contracted with Mike to provide Basic Obedience training. We are not disappointed. Brody (our male GSP) is a true delig
ht to have as a pet. Although the first few days, in transition from kennel to city living, were anxious for Brody and us, we managed given the thoughtful advice and direction from Mike.

I heartily endorse this kennel operation. The kennels are clean, well managed, and thoughtfully arranged. It is evident from your first visit

that you are dealing with a QUALITY breeder.

Larry & Kathy


Hi Mike – I just wanted to reach out, say hello, and give you an update on Cam.  He is such an amazing dog, incredible personality, bundles of energy.  He loves to play fetch, runs all day, hasn’t met a dog or person that he doesn’t love and once he works off all his energy he really enjoys curling up for a nap.  Everywhere I go with Cam he receives compliments galore!





She is absolutely perfect!! She is wonderful and gentle with all of my nieces and nephews and plays well with all of the dogs in mine and Joes family. She adjusts well to all of the new places we take her too! We have obedience class on Mondays and she catches on quickly! I can't wait till she's a year old so I can get her agility classes! I know she'll succeed in that for sure! Her vet says she's very healthy and beautiful. Piper and I have ran into three of your customers already! Two of them got their GSP's a few years ago, one will be picking their pup up soon, Doyle, from Magic and Hendricks! We were on a walk with Piper the other day and a family of three came out of their house because Piper was so beautiful-they had to see her up close and find out her breed. Joe and I sing your praises to everyone and have given your info to a ton of people! I hope you and your family are doing well! Once again, Joe and I can't thank you enough for this perfect little puppy! You'll hear from us soon, whether its another update or to get in line for another one of your gems!
Hi Mr. Mabe!
Piper is wonderful!!! She is well behaved, obedient-even sits as soon as my 6 year old niece tells her to, and my personal favorite quality of hers: she loves to snuggle. Everyone is surprised when we say she is only 5 months old. Joe and I are enjoying every minute with her!!! Thank you for such an amazing dog!

I am not usually the type to send in letters of recommendation, but I feel this is one time I should.  We got Willow from you just about a year ago now.  First and foremost we were looking for a family dog.  I was hoping that we would also get a dog that would be at least slightly inclined to do some bird hunting.  Well be got both.  Willow is fantastic with our 4 and 8 year old kids.  Not only does she love to play will them she seems to know the limits of each of them.  On top of that she has made a top notch hunting dog.  I have to admit I did not put as much work into training her as I would have liked but ended up taking her out on her first hunt at five months.  She quickly learned what we wanted her to do and can point bird amazingly well.  It came natural to her.  I actually had a good conversation with another GSP breeder at the hunt club and he was amazed at what the dog was doing at 7 months.  Well, I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful dog and let you know that I will be back one day for another one of your dogs.  Attached you will see a few pictures of some of her early hunts.



Hi, Mike.
Chloe and Katie are doing great.  They love playing with each other.  
Here is a picture we took this afternoon. 
Dear Mike & June~

A quick note to let you know that Jazzy has been with me for 2 years now and continues to delight my life. She is affectionate, awesome with kids and has a strong yet manageable prey drive.
Swimming is a favorite pastime of hers. Here's a short video of her showing off in the pool. Feel free to use it and use me as a reference. My Mabe pup has spoiled me and I'll never get another dog from anywhere else!

Warm regards,

We just wanted to write you a quick email to let you know how pleased we are with our new addition. We got a puppy from you last March and she was from a litter of Prudence and Hendrix. She was the only all liver female puppy which was exactly what we were looking for. She is a family pet first and eventually my husband will like to make her his hunting companion as well. We have two small children (5 year old daughter and 2 year old son) and our dog, who we named Luna, is wonderful with our children. She is their best friend and plays alongside them outside and also is very obedient to any of their commands. She is a very smart dog and a quick learner. We had very few issues with her from the very start and she has just progressed into a great dog that is a pleasure to have in our home. We constantly get compliments on how beautiful of a dog she is and her overall demeanor. My in-laws also purchased a puppy from you about 6 months after we got Luna and they are the best of playmates. Luna celebrated her first birthday on January 5th and she currently weighs about 61 lbs.

Nate and Tiffany

Mike & June:


I wanted to send you some updated field photos of Jennie and let you know how Jennie is doing. She is almost 2 and a half-years-old now. She is steady to wing/shot/fall and she does this without me ever having to use a check cord when she was in training. It is so nice to have a dog that is close working and steady throughout the hunting sequence out in the field. She retrieves regularly now, it just took a lot of positive encouragement and patience at the right times while she was growing up/developing. I would highly recommend your GSPs and your training to anyone!




She did amazing!!! Held point till the bird was flushed

Trained in 2012 By Mabe Kennels

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Just wanted to give you an update. Purchased Luger back in November from you. He is doing great took him out on his first hunt this past weekend. He did really well. Had some really nice points and some good retrieves. Very impressed with him being only 5 months old. Hes still got a long way to go but hes got a good start. Heres a picture of him. He decided to sit on all the birds while we were taking pictures. Will recommend you to everyone.


Hi Mike!
It's been almost seven weeks since we picked up Josie, and we couldn't be any happier with her. She is such a wonderful addition to our family. We continue to work on the training that you started. She is ALWAYS ready to work with the wing. We took her to Bass Pro Shop last week, and people were amazed that she was such a well behaved girl at only four months old. Everyone commented on how beautiful she is. Maybe we will come and get her a "sister" soon!!!!

Tricia and Matt


 Our gorgeous Porter born of Sweet Judy Blue Eyes an Sir Ruger.


Hello Mike....

I have been meaning to send you a note to tell you how happy I am with Pete. He was by far the easiest to train dog I have worked with so far. I started hunting him last year at 5 months old and he was just a natural. By 7 months old he was holding point rock solid even if the bird was moving around. I know when I had talked to you for the first time you were very confident that your dogs are outstanding in the field and also as a family member. I would gladly talk to anyone of your soon to be customers if they need some re-insurance that your kennel has outstanding dogs. I have attached a few pictures for you. One of him on a rock solid point at 8 months old at Des Plaines conservation area.

Thanks again,



Hi Mike,


Well you’ve done it again. Jeff picked up Jaeger on the 8/12 and he is another fantastic addition to our family. Again, I would like to thank you for the exceptional bloodline you have. I thought with Baron we had found a diamond but Jaeger is taking on that title also. So now the Flaws’ household has two of Mabe Kennel’s diamonds. Baron is now retrieving from the lake and his muscle tone is fantastic in addition to the fact that he is one of the finest all white GSP’s out there (I’m quite partial to him) there isn’t a sporting store that he’s been in that he hasn’t received praise on his looks and his manners so thank you for that. But now with Jaeger we can see his hunting potential already and he hasn’t even been introduced to his hunting prey yet. When he goes outside, he stops, focus’ and lifts his paw immediately and does the stare down not sure what he’s focusing on but he’s destined to have hunting in his blood. And I’m 100% sure that when he makes his travels with Baron to Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s he will also be a head turner…. And on a hunting note… I’m sure Jeff will be truly satisfied with his choices. Thank you again for putting very proud smiles on our faces as well as in our hearts. We’ll send pictures soon on Baron.


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