Dave M, Tennessee
I recently purchased and pick up a Belgian Malinois from Irene on June 13th 2013. When I first contacted Irene in march, I told her I wanted a companion pet for me and my other dog, obedience training on and off leash, and house manners. Irene later called me back and said she had the perfect dog in mind for me. Well she nailed it!! Maximus is everything I wanted and more. He was great on the 16 hour ride hour and once home he was terrific with my 5 year old Weimaraner. I take him to the park and he minds extremely well even with all distractions of other people there. He is the perfect companion and everything I was looking for. Max was also a hit at vet. They said he looked great inside and out and is a wonderful dog. Thanx again Irene.
David R., Texas
I just wanted to drop a note and give you my impressions of your operations and an update on how Tsoma is doing. First of all, your operations; on arriving there, I found the kennels to be nicely sized and clean and the dogs to be active, alert and in good health. As you are aware, not all are operated this way, and I was relieved to see that the impression I got from your website was solidly backed by the reality I found. Secondly, your required handler training. I thought I knew how to deal with a dog, but I learned a lot; the training was useful not just directly to me and my bonding with Tsoma, but further paid dividends in having the experience and videos to refer back to, to help my wife get aboard too.
So we are just over a month with Tsoma, and he is really working out beyond expectations; he is very smart and eager to please. His obedience is great and he is learning new things every day. You have made yourself easily available after we brought Tsoma home. Tsoma seems to be very happy, and we are too, and I am very glad we made the right decision to do business with you. I was looking for a companion dog, and Tsoma is the best! If I ever have occasion to acquire another dog, I know I'll be back at your door.
Julia B., California
I first contacted Irene as I wanted to purchase a Malinois puppy for personal protection. I am a former prosecutor, and needed a reliable family dog who could protect the children. After talking to Irene, she suggested that what I needed was a fully trained dog, not a puppy. So the children and I packed up and drove to New Mexico. We found that Irene's kennels were full of wonderful dogs who were all impressive and healthy. Her pups were very friendly and confident. As a layperson, it was obvious that I would never have had the skills to train a Malinois and the suggestion that Irene had made of purchasing a full grown, trained personal protection dog was the best idea for our family. We immediately loved "Cor" and found that he was a wonderful animal and also was incredibly well trained. He had the urge to protect and please us, and he probably is going to be the best dog I have ever had.
Irene took several days with us so we could bond with Cor, learn his commands, work him in obedience and finally bite work. She brought in a K-9 officer who was a decoy for the bite training and he had wonderful things to say about Irene and her dogs. This dog is so well trained that my children, 10 and 13, can command the dog to bite, then release. She went through these steps with them so they will know what to do if someone broke into our home. Cor is different than most dogs that I have had in that he is far more intelligent, but he is also very loving and compassionate. There is no doubt in my mind that he will protect me and my children, if the need arises.
I do suggest purchasing a fully trained Malinois. Irene lovingly trained this animal and now we have the pleasure of adding him to our family. Her ability to train these animals is incredible. She does not believe in compulsion training, and showed us all how to make the dog behave. As a result of her hard work, Cor has a great character. He rode for 20 hours home with us, and he did not bark once. He did as he was told and spent most of his time with his head in my children's' laps watching their iPad. We spent several nights in a hotel and he was very well behaved. Even when I took Cor to our local vet, they remarked that Cor has a much better personality than the other Malinois they have as patients. I am extremely pleased with Cor. He is an incredible animal. I wholeheartedly recommend Irene and Ruidoso Malinois.
Marc & Julie M., Phoenix, Arizona
I grew up with Dobermans and was immediately captivated by the first Malinois I was introduced to during a hike with friends. The Malinois' had everything I was looking for, intelligence, focus, loyalty, drive and athletic capabilities. After our 12 year old Malinois Questa died of cancer in early 2010 I started to research Malinois breeders throughout the US as our prior breeder had retired. I contacted Irene and she identified several prospective dogs. After evaluating the candidates my wife and I selected Mia and spent several days with Irene conducting obedience and protection training. Irene even invited us to watch her and Eric conduct drug detection training in the local town with some of her K9s in training.
We are very pleased with our newest family member. Mia is obedient, alert, affectionate, protective, confident, intelligent, inquisitive, healthy, and has very high drive. Mia travels with us on vacation and regularly receives compliments for her public behavior and great looks as she is beautiful. Mia loves to hike, retrieve and do on-going protection training and has received compliments from her current trainer for her obedience and protection work. Irene still keeps in touch on a regular basis and is very interested in Mia's adventures. We look forward to our continued friendship with Irene and appreciate her helping us to obtain Mia.