Ray is doing very well. He’s nearly 50 pounds now. We keep him busy with long, off leash walks, chasing after frisbees, and socializing with other dogs in a group here in Charlottesville. The video is of him last week in a baby pool. I work with him every day using clicker training and he’s coming along nicely. He’s a very attentive dog. He was housebroken within two weeks of being with us and his disposition is very calm. Everyone who sees him is blown away by how handsome he is and lots have asked us where we got him, so you may see some more folks from central Virginia inquiring about your dogs. Hope all is well.
Best regards,
Greg T.

Hi Joyce,
My name is Joy and I have a dog from Deebra/Dodge who is the most perfect dog I could’ve asked for. He is currently has his CGC, CGCA titles and he is a certified therapy dog. He is also doing tracking/trailing for our community search and rescue unit. He is everything I could ask for. However he is turning 5 years old this year and I lost my 14 year old German Shepherd in January of this year, so I am possibly looking for my next perfect dog (I always like to have 2 – an older one and a younger one) and I would love one that looks like my dog Zelek that I got from you (Black and Red).

Joy M.

“Skylar is doing very well and is so much fun! She is so attentive and intelligent! I’m enjoying training her and she is having a good time living the farm life! Here she is at a horse show, enjoying the beautiful day. Wishing you and your dogs a wonderful day!”

Janie Rentz

Hi Joyce,

We love our puppy so much, can’t believe she’s 8 months old already!

– Jamie

“Hi Joyce,
You may not remember me, but I bought one of your beautiful long haried puppies in February. I couldn’t be happier with her. Her name is Ziva and everywhere we go, people adore her. Sheh is beautiful and has the sweetest disposition. Thanks so much.”


Hi Joyce,

“Hello, see below for some photos of Remi she just turned 1 on July 31st. I sent some photos for different stages of her year so you can see how her colors and features changed. ”

-Katy Y.

“Little girl. Just hit 60 pounds. She is very pretty. Rotten puppy…but super smart and lots of fun. Merry Christmas and best for 2019.”

Annie and Paul

“This is Riley, my parents current shepherd. When she was a puppy.

Here is how big she got. She is the sweetest dog we have ever had and loves to play ball. Never had a GSD that would fetch until Riley. ”

-Tom T.

“Builders daddy here, thanks for taking good care of Jimmy and his family!

I’m so glad they are getting a puppy from you! As soon as they asked me where to replace their shepherd that passed away I knew where to send them.

Builder will be 10 in March and is loving life and in excellent health!! He is a true gentleman giant, his love for people, children and especially puppies is unbelievable!!!”

The Stantons.

“Good afternoon!

My name is Katie my family has received three dogs from misty ridge (Tucker, Flaco, and Jackson) they were the best dogs. “

“Hi Joyce,
I wanted to let you know that we are enjoying our puppy “Cyber” so much and she is a beautiful and intelligent dog.  She is one of Chloe’s and Akito’s puppies that were born on 03/16/19″

-Carolyn F.

We purchased a pup from you in June 2016, and named him Remo. He’s doing very well (110.5 lbs) and a delightful, loving and well behaved dog: everyone we meet immediately loves him. We moved to Florida from Pennsylvania last year and he adjusted to the climate very well, although he wants no part of the pool when it’s hot, he prefers the AC.
We continue to recommend Misty Ridge and love looking at new pups on your website.
Best regards,
Lenore & Robert B.

“Here are the boys at 5 1/2 months. They are doing great and spoiled. D’Jango is the larger one and Stryker is the second one in the couch. D’Jango is the biggest love bug, I call him my old soul he is a real sweetie. Stryker is a Tasmania devil in to everything, but a love also.”

Judy H

I thought you might enjoy seeing this picture I took this morning. Top girl is Sammy (6/28/13) and bottom girl is Molly (4/21/17)…sisters with different dads,  but they both have Venja’s beautiful face 🙂

-Robyn S.

Hi Joyce!  You have made our family full!  We named her Lexie and just adore her!  She is fitting in beautifully. She has different thoughts about her crate at night, but otherwise it’s been smooth sailing. She went to pick up the kids from school yesterday and traveled well and has done fabulously around all the kids that have bombarded her  Sadie’s enthusiasm towards has not changed at all!    Thank you SO much!!

“I have to say that this facebook “memory” tugged at my heartstrings! Three years ago today this was taken of my beautiful Taylor Girl von Misty Ridge, on the left, and Bandit on the right!  Miss her every day! Bandit is a big boy at 90 pounds and looked small with Taylor-Girl! She was one of the best shepherds in heart and head that we have ever been blessed to own!”


“Merry Christmas and happy new year!
Here is some pictures of my beautiful 10 month old Misty Ridge German Shepherd that I got in April! I call him Moose. He is so smart and so kind!!
Best dog ever!!! Thank you for breeding such wonderful dogs!!”


Thank you for your quick response – and your kind words about McDuff. She was very smart, noble and  brave GS who represented Misty Ridge wonderfully. I have attached a picture of her when she was 11 years old.”
-Denise and Colleen

“Below is a picture of the two dogs we got from you.  The old man on the left was Hank, who we recently lost.  Lucy is on the right -she’s five.”
-Christopher Z.

“Dunkel is doing wonderfully in Austin, he is such a friendly and even tempered dog. We are so glad we got him from misty ridge, we love him dearly. Attached is a picture of him on our walk this morning. ”
Annemarie and Peter

“All is going well, Callie is doing great. She has grown twice her size since pickup. Her paws are huge, for which we get comments from everyone we meet. She plays great with other dogs. She doesn’t run , she sort of gallops , with her big feet. She is extremely playful at home. Loves any toy in the toy box. She eats three one cup meals a day. And she can tell you exactly when each meal time is due.

The first night we brought her home, she went in her bedroom kennel and whimpered for about ten minutes , then went to sleep. Now , when we tell her ” Go kennel , time for bed”, she goes in the bedroom ,right into her kennel. Then asleep in 3-4 minutes.

We both would like thank you and your staff, plus Ivy and Gonzo for such a good little girl. She took to her new home almost immediately. She accepted the numerous other dogs she has met as friends and immediately went into her play mode”
-Barbara and Kevin

“Good morning Joyce, and Misty Ridge Team Just letting you all know Mozart is doing great and has a great personality. Thank you for such a great new partner. Looking forward to coming Saturday to start his training for tracking.

Mike P.

Just giving you an update on our incredible pup. She still goes to the beach every day and swims in the ocean and continues to body surf. She is a lab in a German Shepherd body!  However she has the brain matching Einstein. We’ve worked hard on training her and when we are out of town she stays with a friend who has a lemur who has become Xena’s best friend. Merry Christmas to you and happy new year ! Thank you for being a part of our lives. This is an amazing dog.


“Hey Joyce,
I wanted to share a couple of pictures of Eva with you. I cannot believe she is turning four in May! She is doing great and everyone mentions how attached she is to me. I always say to anyone about German Shepherds that your dogs are the very best! I hope everyone is doing great 🙂
Best regards,
Vickie D.”

“I wanted to post a photo of our Cabela who is 6 months old.
This is my daughter Erica on her prom night.”

Hi  Joyce,  our girl Maxene is doing great! We thank you! She is obedient, quick learner and loves people. I will bring her by for a visit soon.

Thank you-
Joy B

“Tilda is thriving.  She is amazing. ”

-Catie J.

Hello Joyce!

We currently have a puppy, Rommel, from a 2016 Thao and Kovu litter. He is turning 2 on a May 16. We absolutely love him and he is our 10 month old son’s best friend.”

“Hi Joyce:
We hope you are well, Trigger is doing fantastic. He is such a wonderful dog!”
Beth & Shaun

We own a gorgeous long haired shepherd from you guys (born 12.8.13) named Bella! We take her everywhere and she loves being apart of everything we do, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

-Steve J.

I want you to know what a perfectly wonderful (and wonderfully perfect) dog Stella has turned out to be.  Our first German Shepherd from Misty Ridge was bought for our daughter, so we didn’t “inherit” her until she was two years old.  We didn’t experience her as a puppy.  She turned out to be a wonderful pet and companion for us until she died at 12 years old.  If you will remember, several years passed, and then I wanted a German Shepherd puppy to give to my husband for our 50th wedding anniversary.  We picked up Stella in October of 2010.  We did have the experience of a German Shepherd puppy then, and I have to confess it proved challenging.  I contacted you several times trying to solve problems.  Even though we live in Virginia, when Stella was not quite a year old we drove her out to Minneapolis, MN to a training facility we had picked out as being the best one.  They kept her for two months and then we picked her up and drove all the way back to Virginia.  Between having matured and having the received the training, the dog we got back was totally wonderful.  She is, of course, absolutely beautiful and also perfectly well behaved.  She doesn’t bark or try to approach other people or dogs without our permission.  She walks by my side without a lead.  She is so cute and loving to both of us, and her only focus is to be with us always.  I count her breeding as being the largest factor obviously in her looks but more importantly in her “character”.  You should be very proud of the work you do, and we can’t thank you enough.
Julie M.

“Thank you Joyce ! Super helpful. I appreciate being able to reach out to you.
He is an amazing dog ! I have already trained him on sit stay heel and he does it well.
He sleeps inside all nite in a kennel and I train with him 3 X / day. ”

Karen M.

I wanted to share pictures of our Isabella von der Misty Ridge and our newest edition, Drago Chase Von der Misty Ridge.  (Drago Chase is one of Django’s pups)
We are so thrilled with how Isabella has taken to Chase as his adoptive mom and after only three weeks; are great together!  He is a very independent and mischievous pup but seems very smart and willing to learn and please.
We are looking forward to the companionship and joy he will add to our family and for Isabella too!
Thanks again,
Stephanie R.