Reviews

We got Pepper (Khloe) back in February. Nine months and a newborn baby later, she’s the best puppy we could ever ask for. She’s got the best disposition, sweetest personality and she’s such a fast learner. Everywhere we go, we are constantly getting questions or compliments on her. Gladys kept in constant contact with us, answering questions, sending videos and she was so pleasant to work with. We highly recommend Woodlot companions, we know the pups are treated with a whole lot of love before going to their forever homes. The next pomsky we get will definitely be from them again.
- Kati
2 months ago we brought home sweet Aria, a beautiful English cream golden retriever. Aria is such a good pup, she is smart and a fast learner. She immediately adjusted to her crate, was able to follow some basic commands after just a few days, and after about one month hardly had any potty accidents at home. She’s friendly and loving, has a good temperament, and she brought so much joy to our lives! Woodlot companions were wonderful! Gladys was so helpful from the first contact. We are first timers and Gladys walked me through the process and answered every question. She welcomed a visit and showed me other pups and the parents. All the dogs seemed happy and healthy and very well taken care of! Gladys even followed up a couple of times just to ask how the adjustment is going and how was the vet visit. Overall, we had a great experience with Woodlot and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for a great and healthy pup. We can’t thank you enough for our sweet Aria.
- Renana
Our experience with Woodlot Companions was amazing! They were always there to answer questions, send us pictures and videos. I’m extremely pleased with them and would definitely contact them if I ever wanted to add to our family again. :)
- Nicole
I have always wanted a puppy and when I found a mini Bernedoodle from Woodlots Companions, I fell in love instantly and knew that this pup was the one. I was quite nervous as I have never raised a puppy by myself before, especially during this unpredictable time. When I reached out to Woodlots Companions, they could not have been nicer and responded so quickly. They answered all my crazy new mommy questions and made me feel very comfortable taking home a new pup. The process was seamless and given my schedule, it was very helpful that my new pup was driven directly to my home. Taking new pup, Murphy, home was the best decision I have made and I am so thankful for Woodlots Companions for their support and sending me home with a great pup!
- Alex Manaco
Our experience with Woodlot Companions was exceptional. We were looking to welcome our first puppy into our home and had done hours upon hours of research on what breed we were looking for. When we decided on a Pomsky, the real search began to find a breeder that genuinely put the animals first. We looked into quite a few that were quite apparently "puppy mills" & quite honestly were ready to table the idea of getting a puppy much to our young son's disappointment. I was determined and gave it one more try. That's when we came across Balto. I did the research & from what I was reading, Woodlot appeared to be just the breeders we were looking for. I immediately messaged them and they replied very quickly, she even jumped on a quick call at 8:30 at night to discuss what they were about and address a couple questions. She then made time for us to come the following day and even agreed to hold him for 24 hours so we could meet him before we made our decision and put down the deposit. We went and met him the next day & absolutely fell in love. We were very close to putting a deposit on 2 puppies as a matter of fact! After putting down the deposit, the breeders were amazing at sending video updates of Balto playing outside and with his brothers and sisters. We looked forward to getting them. After we brought him home, he was having some digestive issues. Again, Woodlot was VERY responsive and gave me many solutions to help the issue. It has since been resolved & they even followed up later to ask if everything was good. We hope they stay around for years to come so we have the chance to purchase from them again. Thank you so very much, Woodlot Companions!!
- Lindsey Moritz
Our amazing pup is now a year old today and she was the best decision my fiancé and I decided on. Formerly known as Tallie, now Vixen, quickly became part of our family. We researched to find a 1st generation Pomsky which we found with Woodlot Companions. They were so helpful and informative with the weeks and days leading up to picking our little Vix up, even video and photo updates! We definitely recommend them if you are trying to find a healthy and loving pet to become your family. We will even use them in the future when we decide to expand with another pup!
- Ashley Wojciechowski
Gladys and Merlin were very kind and helpful when answering questions about the puppies! We brought home Stryker now known as Bear. He is from the June 5th litter of Mini Golden doodles. He is a wonderful addition to our family. He is very playful and loving, and his coat is soft as can be! He is very playful and loving. He came home in excellent health, our vet was very pleased with his health at his first exam. He is growing leaps and bounds. He loves to be loved! Thank you so much for our little Bear!
- Carol Boyce
We got our beautiful pomsky boy, Togo, from Gladys and we could not be happier. He is adorable and he is just what our Sky needed to keep her company. I highly recommend Woodlot Companions!!
- Tina Stassi
We got our Goberian from Woodlot Companians in 2020, and we could not be any happier with our pup. She is so sweet, calm, fun and playful. We have young children, and she does so well with them. We were able to visit the puppies when they were four weeks old, and they were all very clean and healthy. We are so grateful to have such a great dog. Would definitely recommend this breeder to friends and family
- Bridget Piazza
We had such a wonderful experience with this sweet family. They were in constant communication with us during the final weeks leading up to us picking up our beautiful puppy. Our English Cream Golden, Hawk, is 6 months old now and he’s absolutely wonderful. We can’t imagine life without him.
- Amy Mckee
We never had a dog before and with two kids in college and my youngest still at home, we contemplated getting a puppy…and then because of COVID we knew we could be home to put in the time to care for and train a puppy. We researched English Cream Golden Retrievers and found Woodlot Companions! I called, and without even leaving a message, Gladys called me right back! I told her we were interested in Lilah (previously Layla) and proceeded to ask her a million questions because this was all so new to us. She was so incredibly patient answering every single text/email…and even with all the puppies she had to care for, she took the time to respond to my request to take/send me updated videos of Lilah. When we finally met Gladys and Merlin in person, we witnessed what calm, patient and professional people they are….and I knew that Lilah had benefitted from it. In fact, her very first day home she was able to learn to "sit" and to go into her crate on command! This was after me - a first time dog owner - training her for a short period of time!? The next day, she could also lay down, stay, and come to me on command! She was so naturally motivated / LOVED "training", yet also had the absolute sweetest, calm disposition. By 10 weeks she could sleep through the night, and at 13 weeks started using "bells" to let us know when she needed to "potty" throughout the day. We all talk about how lucky we were to get such a good dog, but in all honesty we know that the environment that Lilah was bred and raised in is what made her the calm, trainable, friendly puppy she is today….and one that stops people all the time to remark on how beautiful she is and what gorgeous coloring she has. I highly recommend Woodlot Companions, they breed truly amazing dogs and are an absolute pleasure to work with! (The pic of her is on her second day home, in her proud "sit" position :)
- Laura Watters
professional and caring for all the puppies
Gladys was just the BEST she was professional and caring for all the puppies. She went about and beyond and always answered our question and email with extreme knowledge of the puppy and send video and update on the veterinarian visit. Thank you so much Gladys!!!
- Mary Padovano
English cream golden retriever
When we first started looking for our English cream golden retriever, Sylver,we had done a lot of web browsing and Woodlot Companions got our attention immediately. The website itself is nothing but first rate with a vast amount of information about the history of the breeder and the easiness of looking at the different breeds of dogs they raise. Along with their delightful and expert customer relations with their clients in our opinion they definitely stand above the rest of breeders The number one reason was the communication aspect. Any time we had a question, they were right there for us. We never had to wait days on end to get a response. The day we picked up Sylver, we got to meet Gladys and Merlin and they were awesome! They are very down to earth people and you can tell right away the love and care they have for their animals. We traveled from Pittsburgh to Millersburg, Ohio about 2.5 hours to pick up our Sylver and we've had nothing but joy and happiness with our newest member of the family.
- Gary Haynes
healthy and happy pups
We decided to purchase (more like adopt) two brothers from Woodlot Companions back in March. I traveled up from Florida to their beautiful home in Ohio to pick up the boys. Merlin and Gladys were amazing and super helpful with information, tips and recommendations. They provided all the health records and shared them with my local vet down in Florida. A visit with my vet upon return to Florida proved the pups were in excellent health. Needless to say, the pups are doing amazing. Very healthy and happy pups with the most wonderful personalities and dispositions. Thank you Merlin and Gladys for helping me add to my family.
-Ed Sinda
So happy to find woodlot companions for our mini goldendoodle!
So happy to find woodlot companions for our mini goldendoodle! The breeders responded right away when I had questions. Seeing as I live in MA, the process of buying our pup and having him delivered was very easy! I loved that videos were sent along the way! You can tell the puppies are well cared for! He is the most adorable puppy and loves everyone he meets!
-Jocelyn Martin
We are so happy we used Woodlot Companions to get our beloved sheepadoodle puppy! The breeders were amazing to work with and so helpful and responsive in answering all of our questions since we are new puppy owners. They even sent along a blanket from their home that smelled like the mother to help adjust the puppy to our new home. Our puppy is so well behaved and so sweet. We could not be more pleased with our experience and are so so happy that we chose to get our puppy here!
- Julie Rosenbaum
Benny the Goberian
This is Benny the Goberian! We received him from the good folks at Woodlot March of 2019. From the time we put our deposit down until we picked him up the following week they were nothing but communicative and friendly! We couldn’t have asked for a better puppy. He loves everyone, every animal, and does so well with little children. Thank you so much for our pup!
- Alex and Tracy
Pomsky Koby
We've been searching for a pomsky and feel lucky to have found Woodlot! Our Pomsky Koby, has been such a great addition to our family. The family at Woodlot sent us pictures and videos throughout the entire process. They answered all of our questions and kept us informed. I could tell from our interaction that they care about this work and doing it right. I would highly recommend you start here you will not regret it!!
- Nerma Zrinic
Mini Bernedoodle
My daughter, Heather purchased a mini bernedoodle from you a year ago. He has just taken all of our hearts! He definitely has his own personality; I even laugh and say he thinks he is a person! Several of our friends have since then purchased a golden doodle and a bernedoodle. My husband and I are now looking for a mini sheepadoodle. It is a very reassuring feeling to know that Woodlot Companions are a fair, honest, clean, and friendly place. The puppies are well cared for.
Pomsky puppy
My fiancé and I flew to Ohio from California just to pick up our Pomsky puppy! Our far distance to a breeder caused natural apprehension but we were not disappointed with Woodlot Companions. The thorough communication from afar made us feel confident to purchase out of state. Gladys was always very prompt to respond to all the questions we had and she constantly kept us up to date about Tucker’s upbringing with photos, videos and growth information. Visiting the property really helped give us peace of mind that we made the right decision to adopt here. I highly recommend Woodlot Companions!
- Elsa Taylor
English Cream Golden Retriever
I was looking for an English cream last October I happened to stumble across this website and I found Cooper when he was 15 weeks old I had no idea who these people were, they were in Ohio and I was in California so I purchased Cooper without visiting and it was the best decision I ever made he is a wonderful dog beautiful best personality and super smart! Brandi Johnson
- Cooper
Pomsky puppies
When I decided I was ready to welcome a puppy into my home, I did a lot of research on various breeders on Pomskies and was happy to find the website for Woodlot Companions. The photos on the website were adorable , and it was great to see the puppies in various situations throughout the day (Napping, playing outside, time spent with their puppy friends, and even the videos they would take and share with me.) I phoned them and was very impressed with the amount of time she spent speaking with me. She was incredibly patient and knowledgeable, and I could tell she was one of the breeders who truly care about their puppies. I was pleased to see how beautiful the puppies mothers were and how well cared for the dogs were as well, which was also impressive. They patiently allowed me time to decide which one was perfect for us. Frankly, that had already been decided but I took a moment of time to make sure. Peppa came into our home and we were so impressed with her and fell completely in love. She goes everywhere with us and is 100% part of our family. My mother in law fell in love with Peppa too and now she has her own Woodlot Companion puppy. I also ordered Peppa a brother and we are picking him up tomorrow. I cannot wait. Thank you for all your help and support when we were choosing our puppies and even afterwards. You all are the best!
- Nicole P
Goberian puppy
I fell in love with my Kylo (formally Radar)(Goberian)back in March of 2019 while living overseas. Merlin was so kind throughout the entire process and sent pictures and videos of him. Kylo was flown out to me once I returned to the States and I have been so shocked by his temperament. He is everything a first time dog owner could dream of. Gentle, calm, patient, loving. He is great with other dogs and even more amazing with children. Kylo and I are currently living in Italy now (he is even in training to be a therapy dog) and things are going wonderfully. He is the most happy and perfect boy and I couldn’t thank Woodlot enough for giving me my best friend!
- Ebony N
English Cream Golden Retriever
Five-star all the way. I live in Northern California so there was a flight involved from Ohio and bought the puppy sight unseen. Would do again smooth PROFESSIONAL transaction. Gladys and her communication is excellent, picked up the phone on my first call. Sent current videos and pictures of (Logan) . Now known as RINGO the STARR. I feel very lucky to have stumbled across Woodlot Companions. Bought the dog on a Saturday could have got him as soon as Wednesday all flight information and itinerary was given days in advance lots of communication felt comfortable with this transaction from the first phone call. Gladys even helped me through the checkout process. My vet was very impressed with the puppies disposition, demeanor, socialization and as being very smart. Not to mention beautiful, he was the star of the clinic. Ringo is extremely smart very quick to learn. had him completely potty-trained in his new surroundings within a couple days, with 3 minor accidents. Pretty good for a young puppy that just was flown cross the country. I would recommend anybody purchase a puppy from Gladys and her family. They care about their pups and they care about their pups going to good homes. Thanks WOODLOT. !! Our family now knows where to get Quality Pups!
- Michael Blum
English Cream Golden Retriever
I couldn’t be happier with Tessa. I did my research and feel lucky to have found Woodlot and Merlin. From my first conversation with Merlin you could tell he really cares about who adopts his puppies. We drove 8 hours to get Tessa and it was so worth the ride. Tessa has such a sweet temperament and was so easy to train. What really impressed me was Merlin checking in after we brought Tessa home. He really cares and I would highly recommend anyone to adopt from Merlin.
- Stacy Cohen
English Cream Golden Retriever
My wife and I got our baby Kiana about 5 months ago, she is 7 months now, and we had THE BEST BEST experience with Woodlot. Communication was AWESOME, everything that we were told was going to be done.....WAS. All calls, texts, emails, were answered very quickly, there was NO hem hawing around about anything. I have already told several of my friends if you want a great experience, honesty, and not to mention...a FABULOUS PUPPY, contact Woodlot. We love our little girl soooooo much, she has brought great joy to our home. She is very, very smart, bit stubborn, but, she's a baby....lol lol. Wouldn't trade her for anything. She did give us a scare when she went under water in the Truckee river but turned out, she dives underwater. AMAZING PUPPY. THANK YOU WOODLOT.
- Mike & Lila
Goberian
Me and my husband got our Leia in early March 2019 and she has been nothing but a blessing. She a Siberian Husky and golden retriever mix (Goberian.) She is not just a beauty, she undoubtedly smart and playful. She knows she’s a princess, and she will remind us during training. She has never shown any signs of aggression or mistreatment. She loves everyone she meets- including but not limited to our cat. We live halfway across the country from her fur-parents so we did fly her here. She has shown some anxiety in the kennel, but she has done unbelievably well. She came to us happy and healthy and that’s all I could ask for.
- Samantha Voce
English Cream Golden Retriever
I purchased an English Cream Golden Retriever from Merlin at the beginning of 2019. I live out of state so I was a little hesitant at first but he was nothing but helpful in answering all of my questions and sending lots of pictures and videos. Communication was effortless and they kept me fully updated during the shipping process. Finley has been nothing but amazing for my family and I. He is very calm, loving, and amazing around kids! He has such an amazing temperament and is very smart. 10 out of 10!
- Luke Humphries
Bernese Mountain Dog

We have been so fortunate to add Sulley, a Bernese Mountain Dog, to our family. We easily arranged a time to come see the puppies that were available. The facility was clean, and the puppies were well taken care of. They were able to send us pictures of both parents in advance, and answered all of our questions over the phone. Our vet was thrilled with how healthy and happy our pup was! Sulley has a beautiful coat and markings. Everyone we meet comments that he’s the best looking dog! We highly recommend finding your perfect puppy here!
- The Culver Family

Bernese Mountain dog

In April I was looking for a dog that would go walking with me in the woods and stay by my side no matter what else was going on. I had a Siberian Husky last go around, and although they are known to run, she never did. She walked with me in the woods and never left my side. I knew this was not a normal Husky trait and was not willing to attempt another one only to find out she had been an exception.

I turned to Woodlot Companions and found a Bernese Mountain dog that seemed to be left over from a litter. Chloe. Her markings were lopsided, and maybe that was why she was the only one of the litter left. I didn't care about her markings. I was looking for a friend.

I contacted Woodlot about her and had the most wonderful experience in terms of sale and arrangements in which to obtain Chloe. I drove 2,200 miles round trip to pick her up. When I arrived there she had just had a bath and was playing in a pile of clothes. What a great experience. The paper work was in order and I was given all the necessary information.

Although i expected my return trip home would take me two days, when I tried to stop and sleep, Chloe was all over my head, pulling on my hair and wanting to play. So, I kept driving, realizing I was not going to get any sleep.

Chloe was renamed, Hanna. She is now 6 months old and is my constant companion. She loves walks in the woods, which we do several times a day. She won't leave my side. Spoiled would be an understatement. My wife has moved into a different bed because Hanna sleeps with me.

Woodlot was fantastic in helping me acquire my best friend, and did that with the most professional way possible. Should I live long enough to need another best friend I would certainly turn to them

We are very happy with Suzie our English Cream Golden Retriever. She is exactly as you described-small, calm & quiet! We did have you fly us to her, that worked well. She is very smart & training well. I highly recommend Woodlot Companions.

Bernese Mountain Dog

We couldn't be happier with our experience with Woodlot Companions. From first contact and after pickup, the communication has been fantastic. Our Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy was everything we expected and more (Nicknamed TP for the total package). He is healthy, has a great demeanor, wicked smart and is absolutely beautiful. He is training easily (housebreaking was really quick if you are consistent), is great with other dogs, our cat and loves people.

I really appreciate how they care about their animals and follow up to make sure things are going well. I would most definitely recommend Woodlot Companions for a great experience and high quality puppy.
-McNeil

Mini golden doodle

I am so thankful to have been connected with the Troyer family, everyone was so loving on my puppy and able to answer all of my questions, I completely trusted them! I have been so grateful that all my worries were answered through the entire process and they were always so timely. I still continue to share all of his progress. Hendricks has had no health concerns at all and he has been so great with all people and children. Hendricks will be a certified therapy dog in a year, currently working in an assisted living home every day. His training has been a breeze and I know he's loving the city life now, adjusted well! He is the sweetest mini golden doodle around and I recommend everyone I know to go to Woodlot Companions for their puppy. I can't wait to be back as a customer again!

Bernese Mountain Dog

We got our second berner and have been nothing but happy. They were so eager to help up arrange transportation to get our new family member to us and give photos while we waited for him to come home. Baloo has the most fantastic personality and is such a happy healthy boy! We cannot thank you enough !! We recommend Woodlot Companions to everyone!!
- Samantha

English Cream Golden Retriever

We purchased a male English Cream Golden Retriever on 9-17-18 from the Troyer Family. We live 4 hrs away from the breeders and the communication was fantastic, and still is to this day. You can tell they have love for their dogs. Our dogs' temperament is sweet and calm, and great disposition. 5 stars all the way around. He's a great addition to our family.
- Rick and Deb

adorable mini Bernedoodle

We had such a wonderful experience with Merlin and Ray! We live in Austin so weren't able to visit before purchasing our puppy. They gladly and quickly answered MANY emails full of questions and sent pictures/videos of our little guy in the weeks leading up to us getting him. I also liked that they asked me questions. Showed me they cared about who would be raising one of their puppies. We have had our adorable mini Bernedoodle for almost two weeks and we are overjoyed with him! In fact, we have raved about him and our experience so much that some friends of ours here in Austin have one of his brothers arriving today! We can't wait for these sweet brothers to grow up having play dates. He is a smart, healthy, and came to us very well-socialized. Parley (aka Dakota) has been a wonderful addition to our family. Can't say enough about how great our experience has been!

We bought our beautiful English Cream Golden puppy "Flash", from Merlin Troyer. He is so very sweet, loving, & gentle. He has an absolutely great personality! We had a great experience with purchasing from Merlin. Our puppy arrived safely & with all of his records organized and up to date. He was easy to get ahold of & always replies back promptly with whatever I was inquiring about. Since I am a Registered Veterinary Technician, we checked him out thoroughly before going with this breeder. He is outstanding & his puppies are of high quality with amazing dispositions. Also, both parents are AKC registered & the puppy's AKC registration papers came with him also. I would highly recommend him. I would definitely purchase a puppy from him again & am glad we did.
- Amanda Christensen

I would 10/10 recommend buying a puppy from Merlin. Bailey is a very beautiful little girl. She loves being with people and you can tell she's been very well cared for. You can tell she is healthy by looking at her. Merlin answered all my questions I had before buying her. I am very pleased that I was able to find this great of a dog.    Thanks.
- Alayna

We just celebrated our beautiful English Cream's 2nd birthday yesterday. We love his gentle spirit and his lovable nature. We would highly recommend buying off of Merlin. We will be buying our next one from him for sure. Merlin is very organized and had all his papers in order. Keep up the great work.

5 stars! Couldn't be happier with my experience buying from this breeder! I recently bought the most beautiful husky pup, she was very well priced and came with all the expected paperwork. They were a pleasure to work with and you can tell that these puppies have been well loved before being picked up to go their forever home! Would absolutely recommend!

Merlin was extremely helpful from the very beginning. He was quick to respond to my emails and was glad to answer any questions I had. He even sent me pictures of the dame and sire which was nice. After a day of successful communication, my sister and I made the near 6-hour drive from Maryland to Ohio to meet my new Goberian pup. When we arrived we were greeted with a playpen and a couple pups out in the yard. Merlin was very knowledgeable and had all the proper paperwork at the ready. My sister is a veterinary technician, and even she was impressed with the level of care all of his dogs were given. When it was time to take my little guy home, Merlin sent us off with some puppy chow and a request to keep in touch and send pictures of my new friend as he grew. You could absolutely feel the love he has for these dogs and that he genuinely cares not just about how they are brought up under his care, but after they find a new home as well. I would highly recommend working with Merlin if you are interested in any of the breeds he offers. Well worth the 12+ hours spent on the road. Thanks, Merlin!