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Hi Tony!

Just had to tell you that Ranger is the sweetest, most loving and fun dog we have ever had! Now that he is pretty much past the puppy stage, he has really become a gem. He's very smart and learns very quickly. He has never said a cross word to anyone. It's so nice to not have to worry about him with other dogs, people or kids. He is quite a character as well.

His leg has healed from whatever ailed it and he is fit and strong. He loves to hunt and learned very quickly where game is likely to be. He has a very stylish point and is a pleasure to watch work.
I wanted to say thanks for giving us the chance to have him in our lives!


Submitted by: Tim Payne on May 06, 2009

I acquired a pudelpointer pup from Tony & Trixie Bezenar of Marshland Gun Dogs late in the summer of 2008. I was happy to see that they ran a small operation out of their home in a suburban setting. It was obvious to me that the Bezenar's were very proud of their dogs; they were well cared for and well loved. Tony was passionate about the dogs and genetics behind their carefully planned “A” litter. We selected a little female and named her Alice. We have been more than happy with our addition.

At nine months she has developed from a little brown shoe shredding machine into a beautiful, stylish, intelligent, and trainable young dog. Very importantly, Alice is all about birds, 24/7. It is her life’s mission to hunt and she absolutely knows it. Although this is my first pudelpointer, I am not a rookie bird dog owner. Her natural abilities in the field are all there, with loads of intensity and desire. Without having begun force breaking for retrieval, she has retrieved every bird shot over her without stopping short or dropping birds, and overall, with a soft mouth. Autumn just can’t arrive soon enough!

Just as importantly, Alice is a sweet dog around the home and well integrated into our family. At nine months, she has developed a wonderful personality. Alice always takes whatever our four and six year old children “dish out” with her tail wagging. She is a very enthusiastic playmate. People frequently stop to ask questions about Alice when we are out on walks. Almost everyone initially thinks they are looking at a first generation cross between a poodle and a pointer when I mention the breed...I will forever be explaining our pudelpointer! She is a joy to own. I am very proud to own a dog of her quality from Marshland Gun Dogs. I’m looking forward to many, many hunts down the road. Thanks Tony!

Tim Payne
Roseville, MN

Submitted by:
Cale Ross on Jan 08, 2010

We had the opportunity to take the afternoon and go Pheasant hunting with my Dad.
Lots of fun was had... a couple of pics attached ( wish I had more of this hunt, but I was more interested in being in the moment than preserving it).

This was Bojan's first Pheasant hunt and I could not be more pleased. He was so excited when we arrived and I just let him explore and get into his groove. He did a great job of quartering in front of me and was always mindful of either my call or a simple whistle; he is so responsive and at this point I see no reason with his training to use a collar on him. Although, I know that can change. He really is learning how to use his nose. We were working some very tall grass and I loved watching him turn upwind and hunt for scent; tail a waggin' of course, but as he was on a scent it was all business. Low back, much more refined and very purposeful... Magnificent - He's just a puppy.

I know we have discussed a lot about training and I appreciate those conversations. You were absolutely right, training is necessary for some fundamental hunting skills and safety of the dog but, this breed is 90% inherent talent that comes out when they are exposed to just about any hunting environment. I am so confident, and by the way; excited; about this dogs future it's hard for me to put it into words. The skills he has shown already regarding retrieving ducks, pointing, scent following, blind retrieves and love of hunt have been very impressive.

A quick story, at the end of the hunt we were headed back to the truck and a rooster appeared out of nowhere across the horizon. My father took a very long shot that usually results in a down bird as he is a fantastic shot. Not the case here, he just dropped a leg on the rooster. Bojan watched and then marked the bird down, a good 150 yards into tall grass, with Crimson (my seasoned Visla) right behind him. What a sight... Not only did he immediately handle the bird's location, he simply picked it up and brought it to my Dad straight away. He never dropped it, lost course, or even lost sight of my Dad. The bird was not yet dead and in fact was very much alive but injured. He is not hard mouthed at all but seemed to know how to hold the bird with enough pressure to not let it get away. Very nice, I've seen dogs chew a bird up before they get back from a long retrieve. Then Bojan put the bird into my Dad's hand and when I said "leave it", he just released. My Dad was speechless!

Oh, and by the way, as I write this Bojan is right here next to me relaxing from the fun time we were blessed with today. I can't even tell you how much of a great all around family member he is. From going to my Son's football practices to listening intently to my Daughter practice her clarinet, to getting along with (and bonding with Crimson) he is no doubt a big part of our family. He's very people friendly and when I take him on a walk I rarely ever use a leash because he has taken to his commands training so well. When I say "HUP" he is right by my side, no matter what. What a great friend I have found in him!

Tony, once again, thanks for your dedication to the breed. Myself and I'm sure many others appreciate it. Keep up the good work.

Kind Regards,

Submitted by: Doug Agustind on Mar 17, 2010

Hey Tony,
Chewy had his second set of shots on Monday - - he has gained 6 pounds and is healthy as a horse.
He is definitely mellower than Jaeger was - - and still getting along famously with his big sister, Marte.

By the way I want to tell you how much I have enjoyed and been impressed with how you run your operation.
First off, Your dogs are all in the house - - - which makes me feel good but more importantly, I think, makes for better balanced and better overall dogs.
Your knowledge of the breed and genetics is excellent and you obviously care about the dogs beyond just selling them. Your breeders agreement is also one of the best I have seen which again points to your concern for your dogs.
Even though I love pudelpointers, I would likely not have pursued getting another given the far flung locations of other breeders and the added issues that means, so it must have been fate that I ran into you at the store that day.

Thanks again for your loyalty and integrity to the breed!

Have a good one - - or if you have the time, have two!

Submitted by: Peter Jentz on Mar 29, 2011

This dog is incredible! He defies standards and is incredible in the field. This guy learns commands in minutes and shows his true love/instinct once out in the field. At nine weeks he is pounding through brush, maintaining acceptable distance and is fearless. At home he is proving to be an incredible companion and an incredible family/neighborhood dog!

Thank you so much for all your critical care and love for this breed, it has undoubtedly produced the finest dog I have ever owned.

He is whip smart, patient, conscious, and strives to please his master on a daily basis.


Thank you!

Peter Jentz

Submitted by: Brian Mustonen on Oct 09, 2012

I would just like to say thank you for my experience with Marshland Gundogs. From the day I met you standing in the pouring rain at the NA test in Hugo to this past weekend when I called with some questions you have been an invaluable resource. My experience with Marshland Gundogs has been nothing but spectacular. I thank you for taking all my calls which were more than a few. I met you in June 2011 and I must have called you at least every two weeks until the litter was born! You always took the time to talk with me and I appreciate that so much. Fisher is doing great and he is just what I asked you for! If he tracks in the NA test like he does now that part of the test is going to be in the bag!

A Blind Retrieve

by Teressa L. Bezenar


The journey began, September 2004, as a trip to our local library. I brought home several books describing and illustrating various hunting dogs. What breed would best fit our lifestyle and with the two dogs we already have? After a telephone call to Bob Farris of Cedarwood Gun Dogs, the decision was made. We wanted a Pudelpointer. February 2005 our name was added to the long waiting list for a puppy from Cedarwood Gun Dogs.

“The” telephone call from Bob Farris came on July 20, 2005: my husband’s birthday and our anniversary. Our puppy would be ready the following week. What an exciting present for us to receive!

We decided to drive out and pick her up, so the planning for trip began. We would be leaving in less than a week. I was so excited, I made our new girl a patchwork quilt and matching pillow for her trip home with us. Maps were purchased, a route was chosen. Our copy of “The Training and Care of the Versatile Hunting Dog” arrived; we were ready. We knew where we were going and we had our “Green Book”, what more did we need?

Thus, The Blind Retrieve began at 5:00 am on a Thursday morning from Anoka, MN. This retrieve would not be made in a field or out of a boat, but in a Ford F250 Super Crew with two dogs in the backseat and towing a Coleman travel trailer. This retrieve would take our family from Minnesota, thru North Dakota, Montana, and Idaho.

During the long hours of traveling, I began to read NAVHDA’s Aims Programs and Test Rules. I kept asking myself, “What have we gotten ourselves into?  What do we know about training a dog to NAVHDA’s standards? We are driving almost fifteen hundred miles one way to buy a bearded dog we have never seen. We do not know anything about the breed other than the research we did. We already have two dogs, how will they get along? How many times will the puppy potty on me on the way home? I never really appreciated a dog with a beard.” Even with all these thoughts and concerns, we traveled onward.

By Friday afternoon, we were in Idaho Falls, Idaho. My husband called Bob Farris to inquire if he would be home for the evening. We were extremely far ahead of schedule, as originally we were not expected until Sunday. We would have to hurry, as Bob had plans for the evening.

Then the real driving began. While I was speeding down the interstate, my husband chewed off most of his fingernails; I’m still not sure if it was because of excitement and anticipation, or my driving. When we arrived, we found Bob to be a very gracious host, who welcomed us into his home. He gave us a quick tour, and introduced us to his family of dogs.

Soon, we met the new girl in our life. I really did not know what to think, I was slightly overwhelmed. We soon came to realize what a special little pup she was. This was probably after Bob gave her a swim in his pool. We also realized how much one-on-one time she was given during the extra week she stayed with the Farrises. With her new collar (with name tag) in place, pleasantries and business concluded, it was time to head for home. We even had Bob sign our “Green Book”.

Two hours into the trip, I turned to my husband with a sigh of satisfaction, because our little girl was incredibly cute, whiskers and all. During the trip home we were tempted to telephone Bob Farris and tell him how we had started calling him “Grandpa Bob” because it became obvious how much he had spoiled our girl during her extra week with him.  And, our new girl, Autumn Lyn, did not potty on me, not even once on the trip home.

This goes to show our Blind Retrieve was not only enjoyable but also memorable.  What a family adventure. If asked “Would you do it again?” We could only reply “Yes, in a heartbeat. When do we leave and who’s driving?”

Cedarwoods Tony's Autumn Lyn - 18 months old

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