About a year ago I decided it was time to add a puppy to the family. With two months to go before my husband's birthday, I started searching for his favorite, GSPS. My coworker saw me googling and said " Wait my bestfriend got a GSP and said the experience was smooth and the breeder was awesome, let me get her info!" Within minutes I was texting Melissa and she was introducing me to the life of GSPs and sending me pictures of available pups. Next thing I knew I was printing all the pictures from birth to current of our new pup to put in a birthday card! Fast forward to a year later and we are SO in love with Ranger, we decided it was time for another! I went online to Briar Covey and saw a picture of a girl pup with a different description than the others under her. She had an unknown spinal defect and was FREE?! I showed my daughter and she said " Well we HAVE to get her, she would have the best home with us and we will take such good care of her no matter what!" I texted Melissa and we got to chatting about her... Melissa wanted to find her the best home, and we were ready. Less than 4 hours later we were in the car on our way! A lot of breeders would not have cared for a pup with an issue like this. After all, there's no money being made!! Melissa is very strongly the opposite. Our pup got every fighting chance and every opportunity the others did( with extra snuggles too!) She only cared about finding the perfect family, one with a previously adopted GSP and the patience to work with her. We signed saying we would not breed her, to prevent further injury of the spinal cord, and that if ANY point in her life we did not want her anymore she would go BACK to Melissa only!( Which will not happen because we love her so much!!) Melissa cares for her pups from birth and for the rest of their life, and we can't thank her enough!! Because of her Bailey will live a wonderful life! Clint, Danielle, and the kids. Danielle, Clint, and the kids Thank you again Melissa!
Danielle and Clint 10:44 June 30, 2022
Let me start by saying if you are searching for a GSP, narrow your focus, or stop. Melissa's Briar Covey GSPs has been the most positive and helpful experience I ever could have imagined. Melissa was outstanding in every way. From selection, preparation, pickup, and now support with frequent questions. You won't find anyone better and more accommodating. Our 2 new girls are growing before our eyes and taking to training like rarely seen. It is clear that both parents are top stock. The AKC lineage tree supports this. At 11 weeks, both are completely kennel trained, sit, stay, and heel. They were introduced to a bird wing on a fishing pole a day ago and each one successfully pointed and started learning whoa, easy, and go in. Amazing! Thank you Melissa! You are the best. Customer for life.
Ryan G 10:09 June 12, 2022
Great experience from start to finish with Melissa and picking out our new puppy. We purchased our first GSP from Melissa years ago and we just had to come back for another! Melissa is responsive and great at what she does! Highly recommend!
Shana 10:32 June 8, 2022
Melissa was amazing! Very responsive and was super helpful throughout the whole process. And the puppy is a sweetheart! No one can pass her without a comment, she’s just beautiful! She’s sweet, great with my kids (so far) and already comfortable using the potty outside. Couldn’t be happier! If I breakdown the husband, we’ll be back for a second one. Totally recommend.
Kristina Pein 8:07 May 18, 2022
We had a great experience picking up our puppy from Melissa. She is responsive and truly cares about her puppies. She is flexible when we need to delay picking up our puppy. She also rescued cats and dogs. Our puppy was so sweet and well behaved. Highly recommended.
Han Saab 5:19 May 8, 2022
We picked up our puppy on April 15th and he has been such a joy. So sweet tempered and very easy to train. Melissa provided everything we needed for the puppy to make his transition to his forever home. Walter is thriving and we are in love!
Jennifer 9:44 April 25, 2022
I just picked up my first puppy from Melissa a few days ago and I could not be happier. From the first phone call, Melissa went above and beyond answering all of my questions and making this the most exciting seamless process! I was so nervous to bring home a puppy as I adopted my first GSP. She texted me updates and posted pictures regularly so I could watch my pup grow! When you pick up your puppy, you are provided with a packet that contains everything from nutrition to training! If you are thinking about adding a GSP to your family, this is the place to go! She sets you up for success from the start and is always there if you need anything! I cannot thank and recommend Melissa enough!
Alex N 10:50 April 9, 2022
This GSP is named "Pearl". After 2days, she walks on a leash, and comes when you call her name. She goes pee and poo outside and tells you when. She does not chew on her leash. I never saw a dog that is easier to train. Melissa is an excellent breeder, and a pleasure to do business with. I could not be happier with our transaction, and our puppy.
Shannon Boal 7:08 April 8, 2022
Very happy with choosing Melissa in our puppy search! Our puppy broke his leg and she gave us many recommendations & stayed updated with us throughout the process, we’re very thankful for her help & caring for her puppies even after the sale!
* Puppy broke his leg at owner's home :(
Austin/Jenna 12:43 on March 31,2022
Let me start by saying, I did lots of research trying to find the right breeder and price. After calling some different breeders and asking questions I came across this website! I called and spoke with Melissa and she answered my questions and I felt very comfortable speaking with her. So, I want to add that we’ve been truly blessed in finding Melissa and our new puppy. She has many many years of experience with GSP’s and is very knowledgeable! We met our lil one a week before and fell in love with him. She made the transition very easy. She really cares in the well being of each and every puppy. Melissa has been available to answer any additional questions even after he’s been home with us! She’s been a great guide! I would definitely recommend her as a breeder to anyone looking for a new puppy to join their family. Thank you Melissa 🥰
Maritza 4:19 on March 13, 2022
Melissa was great to work with and very knowledgeable. She was available to help us through our first litter and even in the overnight hours. Don’t know what we would have done without her. We had a somewhat odd delivery with or female Myah and it had us very worried, but Melissa talked us through it every step of the way. Melissa’s male Kimo, produced a healthy and gorgeous litter of 5 pups with our female Myah! Couldn’t have been happier with the results and support! Thanks again Melissa! Natha & Missy Thomas
Nathan & Missy Thomas 8:36 on March 5, 2022
From the first time we reached out to Melissa, we received a quick response and great information on how to proceed with the puppy selection process. We picked our sweet Hank, and enjoyed the weekly photo to see his growth. We have had him for a week now, and he’s a heathy and happy pup. We love him so much already, and have Melissa to thank for caring so much about the future owners being set up for success, and the puppies well being. Thank you Melissa for giving us our great new family member!
Love the sweet lady who helped us find out sweet baby. Responds fast and helps with any questions. And is very helpful with what ever. I am glad we found her and our forever baby.
Katy 12:28 PM on February 19, 2022
Thank you Melissa! I fell in love with one of Melissa's GSP boys.Gus was a beautiful happy boy with a happy owner.We were given Melissa's contact info. I spoke with Melissa about finding an older puppy. One of Melissa's clients needed to rehome a perfect 11 month old male. It was perfect. Melissa encouraged conversation between myself and Beau's owner. She arranged for us to meet at her place. It was a great transition. Beau is beautiful and will be the companion I wanted. Thank you again!!!
Lisa 1:02 PM on February 8, 2022
We took home our fur baby a week ago and it has been a dream! Melissa has been nothing but helpful with all of our questions. I’ve already recommended Briar Covey to all my friends! :)
Jordan Sapp 8:58 AM on January 21, 2022
Where do I start…I bought my first GSP back in 2020 from Melissa, BUT before I bought it I asked for breeder recommendations and I received and overwhelming amount responding in favor of Melissa. So, we set a goal to visit several breeders to make sure we gave everyone a fair shot. I first went to a breeder that was very kind but you could tell it was about the money and not the dog and that worried me since it was evident that the motivation wasn’t the care of the dog, that pushed us away very quick. Then our second visit was Melissa, this was our second and last visit, we never made it further than her. When we visited she gave us a choice to see all the dogs available and pick the one that we wanted, she let us spend time with each dog and that gave us the option to see which would tug our hearts; she never rushed us, never even pushed us to get a dog. In that first visit we picked our girl and we have had her for two years. She is healthy, active and always up to something. There has been moments where I have had to reach out to Melissa and she has been there to help us out. During COVID all the vets were closed so we had to do the follow up shots for the dog and flea care, she patiently schooled us on how to do the shots and helped us out to find a way to obtain a temporary flea care. She never rushed us off the phone or was “to busy” to answer, she seriously took her time to help us figure it out. So now, two years later, we reached out about getting a second pup. We didn’t reach out to any breeder but her, because we knew how she was about the dogs, she cares about these dogs, each an everyone of them. Now, we have a male pup so that in the future my female isn’t alone and has some one to play with. If you are on the fence about buying from Melissa because of whatever reason, I can assure you she isn’t the common breeder that cares about the money, she cares about these pups, each and every one of them!
We just got our first puppy from Briar Covey and we could not be happier. Melissa was so kind and incredibly knowledgeable. This was such a wonderful experience for us all. Melissa helped me surprise my kids for Christmas and she goes above and beyond with ensuring a smooth transition. PS. Our pup is a little angel. He has been so great since the day we got him. We could not be happier!!!ur products, or your customer service.
Working with Melissa on getting my Moose, was easy and seamless! I couldn’t have asked for an easier process. This is my first puppy I’m raising and she is so perfect and healthy! Melissa is very knowledgable about this breed and it made the process a breeze! Couldn’t recommend Briar Covey enough.
Did a lot of research on the breed before landing on Briar Covey’s page. They BEYOND work with you on selection. Super professional. This is my fourth dog, 3rd puppy in my life of owning dogs, and so far he is beyond my expectations. I may sound a little crazy but i swear at 7 weeks this pup knows how to wake me up to go outside for a bathroom break. Completely Satisfied!!
We have known Melissa with Briar Covey GSP since August of 2017, and have stayed in close communication with her through the years. She has always been very professional, willing to share her knowledge of the breed, and most helpful in sharing tips on various procedures such as tail docking, and dew claw removals. We value our relationship with her as a fellow breeder, but we are most thankful for her as a special friend and mentor. Her love for her “babies “ is unsurpassed and is evident in every aspect of both her professional and personal life. We thank the Lord for bringing us together through our mutual love for the GSP breed and highly recommend Briar Covey for the BEST in GSP‼️ Ronnie & Rose Pope
I purchased a male and female from Melissa back in 2018. I love these dogs with all my heart and they are my world. I could not ask for a better breeder. Melissa takes such great care of her babies and she makes sure they have everything they need prior to going home to their forever homes. I have become great friends with Melissa over the years. I send her random pics of my babies who once were her babies to show off what beauties she sold me. Melissa is more than just someone I purchased 2 dogs from. Melissa has helped me endless amounts of times from needing duplicate AKC paperwork to helping me find a new vet to actually taking time from her busy day to make calls for me because she knows I’m working an not able to do so. Melissa has also helped me with advise on my own litter of puppies she has defiantly gone above and beyond what anyone else would have ever done! I can truly say that Melissa is not just a breeder or friend she’s been a blessing and I have found a friend for life with her. I would recommend anyone to her and I hope you find your FURever baby with Melissa
We got our very first GSP from Melissa a few weeks ago. We are so in love! I contacted Melissa about an available puppy and she was amazing at answering all my questions. Our family has 2 boys (9 and 6) and our new GSP, Tucker has been an incredible addition to our family! Melissa truly loves her dogs and has dedicated her time to love on and train her puppies before heading to their new homes. We brought our little guy home and he already had experience with crate training, potty training, use of a doggie door and socialization. During our first few days home, Melissa checked in on us and was available to answer all my new puppy questions. We are so pleased with our experience with Melissa. We love our Tucker so much. He is sweet, snuggly, smart and playful. We will definitely return to Briar Covey, if/when another GSP is in our future.
A few weeks ago we bought our second GSP from Melissa. Now we have a boy (2years old) and a girl (almost 3 months old). When we decided to add to our family, we knew we would be purchasing from Melissa. She is so easy to work with, is extremely knowledgeable about the breed and breeding process, Honest, and always available. Both of our GSPs are extremely healthy, beautiful, and good-natured. It is clear they are very loved and well cared for in their earliest weeks of life. Truly, I can’t thank Melissa enough for the joy these two bring to our family!
After our 14-yr old GSP passed away a while back, my wife and I were ready to get a new dog of the same wonderful breed. We researched a lot of choices as far as breeders and rescues, but felt most comfortable talking with Melissa. We weren't exactly sure about all this, so she welcomed a visit from us to Briar Covey. We met Duke as our first choice and have no regrets whatsoever--an energetic, awesome and most loving pointer we have ever owned (we've had three). Melissa made the whole process a joy and is really great to work with--a real professional at what she does. Duke is still very much a puppy at 11 months old, but is easing into our routine very well. We were very fortunate to be introduced to Duke and have reached out to his previous owners to let them know how he is doing with us. We are looking forward to many years of happiness with him. Thank you, Melissa for bringing the joy of GSPs into our home once again!
I cannot say enough about how wonderful our experience was in working with Melissa. Recently, our family had to make some major adjustments and we had to make the tough decision to re-home our sweet boy Duke. This was extremely difficult, but when I reached out to Melissa, she was more than happy and ever so helpful in making sure we found Duke the perfect home. She reassured me that it was important we find him the right home and wanted to help me do that. She helped us every step of the way. Her patience and willingness to help matched Duke with his new perfect family! The new family even sends us pictures and videos of how he is doing which brings us joy and peace of mind in this bittersweet decision. I cannot recommend Melissa enough if you are looking for a GSP. She has the sweetest and most beautiful dogs!
My name is Erin Russell. I live in Orlando, FL and we recently lost our Sweet Diesel Dog (Sharpei) that we had for over 14 years. I knew I needed another dog in my home and heart as soon as possible so I started researching German Shorthaired Pointers and fell in love! I knew this was our next breed. I then started to research breeders near Orlando and found Briar Covey and Melissa! She is Amazing! The whole process was so easy and she was in contact the entire time keeping me updated with the status of our New Puppy. She is constantly adding new pics of your New Pup each week, which I loved! So fun watching them grow! She also had all the paperwork and documents ready for us when we arrived so pick up was super easy and quick! We had our Little Man on the road with us in no time. When we picked up our Sweet Augustus from Melissa and Briar Covey, my heart melted! He is absolutely perfect! We could not be happier to have him as a part of our family and we look forward to many years for fun and laughter! He has the best personality and is already so smart! I highly recommend Melissa and Briar Covey if you ever want to add the Most Precious Little One to your Crew!
Last week we were lucky enough to pick up our puppy named Ocean. This is my first experience with a breeder and Melissa was amazing. Dogs are very well care for and we can tell she loves them. She took her time in explaining me everything about our puppy. It has been a week since we have Ocean and he has been nothing but amazing. He loves his crate, loves to play and he loves being around us. A very happy puppy for sure. I recommend Melissa for anyone looking to have such an amazing breed. Thank you Melissa! We are very happy
I have known Melissa now for over 10 years and have gotten 7 puppies from her. She is an excellent breeder, vey honest, caring and the hardest working woman I have ever known. She has dedicated around 30 years to the GSP breed. They are wonderful dogs. We hunt our dogs on both dover and quail and have never been dissapointed in the performance in the field, they are also our house dogs. Melissa will always tell you the truth about the puppies and give you a straight answer to any question you may ask her. She does not overbreed her dogs, she cares more about her dogs health to do that, they are like her children to her. You will not be disappointed in any puppy you get from her.
Very impressed with our new family member. Training already and she’s doing great, quick learned, lots of fun, super smart. We would highly recommend this breeder for anyone looking for a quality GSP. We are very happy.
Just pick up my new puppy from Melissa, she gave us an awesome and healthy puppy from one if their litters. We travel all the way from Puerto Rico to Gainesville to meet are new puppy. The trip was truly worth it she was really awesome and takes really good care of the puppy’s. It was really i great experience, we recommended her 100%. Thank you so much for giving us one beautiful puppy
After several months of attempting to rescue an adult GSP and not being selected for adoption, we turned to Briar Covey and Melissa Gray for help. We had recently lost our rescue Weimaraner to cancer after having him 9 years. Not wanting to “replace” our weim, we knew a GSP would be a great fit for our family, including our two girls, 5 and 3. We reached out to Melissa to inquire about upcoming litters and as luck would have it, one of her GSPs was recently surrendered back to her from a family who made the difficult decision, in the best interest of their GSP, to rehome him. Melissa offered us the opportunity to meet this handsome two year old GSP the day before Thanksgiving and it was love at first sight. Melissa was extremely generous with her time, making sure our daughters were comfortable with the dog when we first met. She walked us through the dog’s history, his parent’s history, and how to best acclimate him to our family. We signed an adoption contract with a two week trial period to make sure the adoption was the best fit for our family and the GSP. After we got home she periodically checked in to see how the transition was going and she was available to answer all of our questions. We renamed our new GSP Bodie and we feel extremely lucky not only to have found him, but that it was Melissa who connected us. From the moment we met Melissa, my wife and I could tell how dedicated she is to each of her GSPs, even after they leave her care. GSPs are her passion and we are so fortunate she made possible the rescue we were hoping for.
KelseyReyn says...Melissa gave us a beautiful GSP of our dreams. Brooks (from Rivers Jr and Trudi's litter) has been such a wonderful addition to our family. Melissa's early crate training with her puppies has been a blessing! Brooks took to his crate in his new home almost immediately as his "safe place". He has such a wonderful disposition and fits our active lifestyle wonderfully. We have had him for about 4 weeks and he has already mastered "sit", "stay", "kennel", and "lay down". From day 1, Brooks understood that pooping was for outside, and while we are still working on indoor peeing accidents, I know he will master it in no time due to his intelligence, well-grooming, and Melissa's early start crating. We are very grateful for Briar Covey and Brooks! Thank you.
Hi we have one from the same LItter!! What an amazing guy we got! Hope you are just as happy as us. Enjoy him
Melissa is amazing and her pups are great. We picked up our boy in September and he has been a blessing. Hes a total nut job but what a great temperament. Melissa was always able to answer any questions we had being that this was our first time getting this breed that we did in fact research on. He is full of energy but is loving the townhome living. GSP's learn VERY fast, our boy is 5 months old and we no longer have to walk him on a leash he stands by our side and listens well to his name, Our daughter is OBSESSED with him and so am i. I must say they do sleep in VERY weird postions. :).
Anyways if you are looking for a sport hunting dog and do come across melissa and her pups, PLEASE have complete trust and faith in her cause i know we did and we cant be happier. I will be a glad to drive 5 hours to her and 5 hours home again to get another pup. And i know in the near future we will be getting another one.. Thank you for such an amazing guy.
He was from Trudi and Rivers Jr
He is 5 months old and 50lbs Hes the BEST
Our family was looking for a good family pet and I a versatile hunting dog. I had plans to use it to retrieve waterfowl, and primarily hunt Bobwhite Quail in the south and Ruffed Grouse in the north. We were referred to Melissa and Briar Covey through a friend who had owned and hunted one of her dogs for years. . She was very knowledgeable and clearly had a special place for the GSP breed. After talking it over we placed a deposit for our puppy. During the process Melissa was very good about communicating and posting new puppy pictures every week, which our kids waited all week for. She was professional and provided all the appropriate paperwork as well as information on what to expect and how to prepare for our new puppy.
When the day came we set up a time to pick her up at Melissa's home. We spent a solid hour there visiting and getting to know our new puppy as well as meeting her momma. We took her home and she instantly won us over. She was fun, fearless, energetic, friendly and loving. That has not changed in almost 9 months. She has been incredibly trainable and is as smart as the day is long not to mention beautiful. She swims in the pool with our kids, loves to play fetch, and never passes up a blanket to lay on.
Now all you looking for a hunting partner listen up. I had low expectations for hunting as I was new to training pointing breeds. But much to my delight since the day this dog saw and smelled a Quail she has been an all star. She's now 8 months old and with my Very Rookie bird dog training over the last 6 months... she is easily keeping two hunters busy in the field. She finds birds, holds a point for as long as she has to, flushes and retrieves the birds. She's just so forgiving for a rookie like me its almost funny how good she is. I can't imagine her in three years. I will have to become a better hunter to do her justice. Briar Covey is an asset to the GSP Breed Thanks again Melissa for our girl Fin.
Melissa was amazing to work with before we brought our sweet puppy, Ollie, home. She told us so much about his mom and dad and you could see how much she loves and cares for her puppies. The vet care was great before we picked him up. We are already discussing getting another GSP from Melissa next summer. Ollie has been a happy, well adjusted puppy. He is very smart and snuggly. We highly recommend Briar Covey.
Melissa gave us a beautiful GSP of our dreams. Brooks (from Rivers Jr and Trudi's litter) has been such a wonderful addition to our family. Melissa's early crate training with her puppies has been a blessing! Brooks took to his crate in his new home almost immediately as his "safe place". He has such a wonderful disposition and fits our active lifestyle wonderfully. We have had him for about 4 weeks and he has already mastered "sit", "stay", "kennel", and "lay down". From day 1, Brooks understood that pooping was for outside, and while we are still working on indoor peeing accidents, I know he will master it in no time due to his intelligence, well-grooming, and Melissa's early start crating. We are very grateful for Briar Covey and Brooks! Thank you.