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At Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel, we love to get updates about our puppies.  Many of our customers send pictures and updates about their new family members.  Please browse through some of the comments from our happy customers who have agreed to be references for us.  I understand that it can be a little intimidating to do business online so I hope my references will help ease your mind if you are considering adopting one of our puppies.  Please feel free to click on their email addresses if you would like to contact them for a reference.  My veterinarian is also available for a reference. His contact information is available upon request.  Many more references can be found online on our Google listing and our facebook pages ; *Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel, *Boxers, and *English Mastiffs (AKC registered). 


We bought our beautiful boys, Gus and Otis from Tammy. . The process was so easy and the boys where delivered to us in NH. I was worried about buying two puppies sight unseen, other than their pictures, but after speaking with Tammy, my worries where out to rest. Our two Mastiffs have incredible temperaments, even our Veterinarian commented on how sweet and gentle the boys are. Tammy has selected for temperament and breeds beautiful family dogs. Thank you Tammy!

I had been looking and researching for awhile when I came across Spencer’s Shady Grove. The pictures of the puppies were different than others, there were children playing with the puppies and the puppies were inside. Most of the other pictures I had seen were all in barns or sheds and kept outside. I could tell that Tammy loves each puppy and they’re all part of the family. From the first phone call Tammy was very kind and understanding. When I picked up my puppy she was inside with Tammy with papers all ready. She was very prepared and professional. My son asked a ton of questions and she saws very patient. I couldn’t believe how big Lola was as a puppy. She had no problems from a vet standpoint, as Tammy had her checked over. I also wanted to verify with my vet who did not find any concerns. Lola has already been started in potty training by Tammy, so the process was very easy when we incorporated bells. Lola is 3 now and loves to snuggle, fetch, nap, and go on hikes. She is a perfect blend of activity and laziness. Through the last 3 years I have stayed in contact with Tammy who happily answers any questions that may arise. It can be scary to blindly invest in a puppy but I with Spencer’s Shady Grove you’re not just getting a puppy you’re getting a family pet.


My family and I purchased an English Mastiff from Spencer Shady Grove Kennel 3 years ago and to say we are happy with our choice is an understatement. Our guy is now 3 years old. He is well mannered and just the sweetest dog. I think this has a lot to do with Tammy and the hand raising that they do. He is the best that we have ever had. He is 200lb and wants to be a lap dog. We love him so much and thank Tammy and Spencer Shady Grove Kennel for raising him the first few weeks. Anke Sharpe email is


I am happy to recommend Tammy Spencer and Spencer’s Shady Grove Kennel. We have have had a wonderful experience with them. We chose a Mastiff puppy from their site. From the moment Tammy marked Hannah as our puppy, she’s helped us every step of the way. This was our first Mastiff, and she taught us so much that we made a smooth transition into being Mastiff parents. We lived several states away, and the transport was arranged through Spencer’s. It went smoothly. Our puppy arrived healthy, happy and gorgeous. She’s had no health issues even to date. It is obvious that Spencer’s puppies are well cared for and loved. Beyond the puppy stage, they continue to be a resource when questions arise. I love that Tammy gets excited when I share updated pictures of our girl. All in all, I would never buy from anyone else. They raise healthy, well adjusted puppies and are so knowledgeable about their dogs. I simply cannot recommend them enough! Great breeder and great experience!


Here is Brutus at almost 2 years old I can’t thank Tammy enough. Absolute wonderful breed and great temperament I would definitely recommend her for anyone looking for a English mastiff


I absolutely love Tammy and Spencer’s Shady Grove Kennel. She breeds beautiful English Mastiff’s, I bought my first one from her “Capone” is absolutely perfect, in health, stancher and so very important... disposition. He is the sweetest, calm, easy going dog I have ever seen, he is a joy to train as a service dog, because he loves so much we are working with him to get certified as a therapy dog. I will absolutely buy from Tammy again. She really loves her dogs and pups. Tammy is very knowledgeable of the breed. Please don’t hesitate to email me for any ? Or visit his Facebook page or Instagram at Capone_English_Mastiff and see for yourself how awesome he is.


We have had the BEST experience with Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel. We got out brindle baby Gus and he is wonderful I worked closely with Tammy to ensure he arrived safely at my door, any time I've had questions or wanted to update her with his world she has been great! Gus is now a year old and everything we hoped for. He is smart, gentle but still runs outside with the kids until it is time for snuggles. We are looking forward to our next puppy from them soon. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about my full experience with purchasing and raising a puppy from them. Email:

As previous owners of pure bred English Mastiffs with one of them being a Therapy Dog, we recently purchased a female from Tammy at Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel. We have nothing be excellence to report in how our needs were handled by Tammy from beginning to current and we received exactly what we were looking for. Our little girl is the perfect specimen and an absolute sweetheart and are now patiently waiting for a male. SSGK comes highly recommended. You won't be disappointed.

My husband and i purchased a female fawn from Tammy at Spencer Shady Grove Kennel last year and we could not be happier with our little girl. She was 10 weeks when we got her and she is now 11 months and thriving. She is full of energy and healthy with a brilliant personality. I credit this to the environment she was born in to and raised for her first few weeks. Tammy does an incredible job with the puppies and by time you bring your baby home they are well adjusted. This was our first boxer and we didn't really know what to expect but she makes for an amazing family pet and loves her humans....sometimes a bit too much at the dog park :). She's great with other dogs but will guard her mamma if someone new comes to the house. 

Thank you again Tammy for our beautiful baby girl.  The Johnson's

"We have had such an amazing experience with Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel. We first adopted our pup Diesel in 2016 and are so in love with him. He is the sweetest dog that we have ever met and so handsome! We had such a great experience that now we are getting him a sister, Faith. We can't wait to bring her home. We highly recommend Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel! You won't be disappointed." 

Hello again Tammy, 

Of course you can use us as a reference!! We would be happy to do it. :)) We adore her so much and we couldn't be more grateful to you. She had her first day at an off leash dog park yesterday. We have a really big one right by our house. She was a little overwhelmed at first, but got used to it quickly. She loved running around with all the other pups. She even got muddy near the creek! She also had a blast at her first puppy class. There are 4 other puppies in her class and her current best friend is a 7 month old golden retriever named Cooper. Hope all is well there! Sending puppy hugs!! Sincerely, Remington and Ariel Redell

She's doing great! Potty trained within the first week pretty much, and she learned how to sit and shake. She did chew threw her metal crate and still tries to eat rocks though. Don't know how to stop that. She is doing awesome!! Best dog I have ever had.  Still to this day she has never made a mess in her crate, she is not a barker (she scares herself when she barks), she does great around kids and other animals she just doesn't realize how big she is.

I took baby Weebo to a family festival last night at one of our local farms to get a pumpkin. They had music, lots of people with there dogs and kids. He got in a good amount of socialization and had a blast. He only had an issue with a shady pregnant goat that didn't seem to fond of him. Lol He is growing beautifully and is well over 100 pounds now. Happiest boy ever:) Next weekend we are taking him camping and to see the Charlies Daniel band for a benefit concert for Veteran's. He loves being around people and getting attention:)  I do not mind at all if you post our pictures. I also wouldn't mind you posting my email for references. Weebo is an amazing boy and brings lots of joy and happiness to my family and everyone he meets:) I am one proud mama!! 

Heather Morgan


Just want to Thank you helping us get our beautiful female boxer Zoey! From start to finish Tammy is a pure professional and a great person to deal with. She took care of everything! She arranged her flight to Minnesota, she had all her papers and microchip information with her. Along with health check ups and vaccinations. Tammy is very easy to talk to and is great about answering questions before and long after you receive your dog. We've had ours a year now and I can tell she has great bloodlines!! Very smart, muscular and beautiful. I highly recommend this breeder and kennel to anyone looking for a great dog!! Thank you so much

Checking in to say hello....Laila is doing great! So full of energy and makes us laugh everyday...She loves her toys and going to the dog park...We had her spayed a couple of weeks ago and she did great! Didn't even need to use the cone of shame! We feel so fortunate to have her in our family.  I would recommend your boxer puppies to anyone I know. Lisa Nicol


I bought Waco for my husband from about a year and a half ago.  I had told you I would send pictures, so I have attached just a couple for you.  I just wanted to thank you so very much.  we named him Thor and he has truly been a blessing to our family.  He is a beautiful dog and so full of personality.  people always comment on how handsome he is.  Thank you again. and I hope this Brightens your day a bit.

sincerely, Sylvia Ehrenreich 


This email is long overdue. I would like to take a moment to express my extreme gratitude toward you and Spencer Shady Grove Kennel.  I can not say enough about the care and professionalism you exhibit.  From the guarantee on the health to ensuring the proper travel arrangements for the puppy. I was impressed and grateful that you are selective with the airline that provides the best accommodations for out new pet. Our newest family member Leila (renamed from Delilah) has been such a joy. We had 2 boxers before her and she reminds us of them while filling the void from their loss.This was the first time we purchased from a breeder and we will now only go through you. Its because we have been so pleased with you service  that we are now buying our second boxer from you , Kody!  The family can't wait to see him. Thank you again for all your help in getting our family wonderful boxers,
Nick Medina

This is the latest picture of Diesel. He is almost 11 months old now and weighs 110 pounds. He is a complete joy to have around. He loves everybody and wants to be with us all the time.  Dewey <

Our experience with Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel was wonderful. From the first contact my husband made with Tammy we had faith that things would go well. Neither of us had ever bought a dog without it being in person so we were nervous about him traveling but things went so smooth and we were actually able to track his flights on line. Logan has been a great addition to our family and I would recommend Tammy and her Kennel to anyone.

Mr Magnum is 9 months old and last weigh in was a little over 125, he is on a calcium supplement of low fat cottage cheese (and loves it) for his rapid growing legs and large chest!♡ vet is quite proud of his growth and healthy structure! He is a big puppy still! We can't thank you enough for this humungous ball of fur and slobbers!♡

Hi there, I would like to say how thankful I am to you.  In searching for my fur baby, you answered any questions I had and you were really easy to communicate with. Very reliable and you sent my mastiff to me very clean n healthy. Your company is very trustworthy. I would recommend you over n over again and I cant wait till the timing is right to purchase my next one from you in the future.  I would gladly recommend you and be a reference for anyone that has questions. I am very happy with your services and how fast you always respond to me. I had no issues getting my girl home and you even answered them at the border for me when I had to get her across to Canada. I'm thankful for that. Thank u again

Hi Tammy,

Sure you can use us for a reference.  Beau is a great puppy.  He loves people and is so gentle with other dogs.  He is a star at his dog training classes, and a definite clown at times.  Not to mention, so handsome!  We would most definitely recommend you for anyone else wanting to add a gentle giant to their family!   He will be 8 months old on Tuesday, and is a whopping 111 lbs.  He most definitely makes me smile every day!  Vicki Kording

Hello Tammy;

Just thought we would drop you a line to say we adore our Sherman. He is doing great and is a perfect fit for our family. Sending a couple of pics for you to see, although I think the flash kinda got to him. Lol

Thanks again for sending us a love, he is perfect in everyway!

Cheryl Burdon

Harley is such a joy to have in our family! You are great to work with and eased all my concerns. Harley is everything we wanted and more. Thanks again!! Debbie

Just wanted to say thanks for the opportunity to own one of your puppies.  We purchased your puppy named Boss a few months ago and he is such a sweet boy.  We renamed him Myles. Wanted to share a couple of pics with you.Feel free to post, I am happy to be a reference for such great dogs, my wife and I have commented multiple times since that we cant imagine life without a boxer in it.  Doesn't get any better than this.  Sincerely, Greg Brown


Dallas is such a blessing to us:) When we're ready for  another so he can have a playmate, we'll definitely be buying another from you! Taylor

Hello Tammy,
Just a quick update on our wonderful puppy Mahli. She has been such a great addition to our family and Cana truly appreciates her new sister! They are inseparable and play and cuddle 24/7! We couldn't have asked for a better puppy!! Thanks again!! Best regards, Cliff & Julia

Tammy, Just wanted to send a quick note and tell you how happy we have been with our Boxer, Isabelle. She Is funny intelligent and just beautiful. Everyday is a new adventure and she keep us busy playing and laughing a lot. She loves our dachshund that was already in the home.

They have become the best of friends. Here are a couple of cute pictures, she was a part of the litter from Duke and Duchess named Dawn

that was born in June of 2015. Crystal Robinson

Dakota has been a perfect fit for our family! He is doing great! Super healthy and about 60-65 lb. He is so comical! We love love love him. Hope all is going well for you, your husband and yall's kennel. Take care. Carroll and Lori

Bree is very healthy. Attached are some pictures of our spoiled baby I thought you might enjoy. Debbie & Gary 


In recognition of the anniversary of Getting Daphne, I thought I'd share some pictures. She has been a truly wonderful addition to my house and is very special! I can't imagine life without her!
Thanks!  James Fogle

I just wanted to give you an update on Duke (who we renamed Fleury…as in a “snow flurry” and Marc Andre Fleury the goalie from the Pittsburgh Penguins!!!!!)

Roux is so smart, sweet, and loves to please us. He's very spoiled but also trained. He's about to swim, he's been in the water since we first got him, we know he can swim...but he gets nervous. Hoping once he sees another dog swim after a will Roux. We love him so much and am so glad your a breeder.

Tracy and John

Beauty ( Boujee)😍is getting so big. I have to tell you she is the sweetest girl ever. She loves to hug & cuddle! Non stop play of course! We love her can't get enough of her. My 3 kids actually fight over her, who is going to sleep with her or play with her. She was really easy to house train. Thank you!!!! Linda

 Hey!  I just wanted to let you know Amos is doing wonderful!  He is absolutely the best dogI could ask for! He is spoiled rotten though lol  I will email you pictures as soon as I can. 




Just wanted to fill you in on how well Marlo is doing! He's getting bigger day by day, full of energy and is such a loving dog! I cant express how much i thank you for allowing me to have such a great friend!

Hi there, I just wanted to update you on Tank (renamed to Baloo) He is such a terrific boy and couldn't ask for a better dog. He has a great personalilty and temperment. He's a spoiled baby boy for sure and is adapted very quickly here in his new home! I will send pictures soon. Thank you we'd highly recommend you guys to anyone that wants a puppy!

Hey Tammy!!

It's Jenny and Jacob Francis!! We wanted to share some pictures of Callie! She is such a joy to us and has really helped us cope with the loss of Molly. She is so playfull and her and our other dog Dixie are getting along so great!! We really appreciate you working with us!! The first couple pictures were from when we picked her up. She was a little scared but once we got her home we started playing and she came around!! We love her so much and she is a great addition to our family!

Once again thank you so much!!

I wanted to send a quick update and let you know how much we love Brady!!

He's such a sweet boy and he's doing great!!  He's 5 months old now.  We will send more pictures as he continues to grow!  Hope all is well!!  Kathleen Porter

Hi Tammy,

I am writing in regards to Zippy.  He is doing so wonderful here in Rhode Island, but I must tell you we did change his name to Rex.  (Rex was a name we had identified for the dog we choose when we first started looking, but I must say "Zippy" would have fit him much better:)  He is very quick and enjoys running all around our home.  He is such a joy to have and there is never a dull moment here when Rex is around.  Everywhere we go people comment on his beautiful coloring as well as him just simply being adorable.

We wanted to say thank you for sending us such a wonderful dog.  He has fit right in with our family and we couldnt have asked for a better dog.  He is so lovable and affectionate and has such a personality.

Thanks again, Julie and Jim 

Today we celebrated Roxie's first birthday! You may remember her better as Daisy, from Duke & Dolly Ann My daughter told me a few months ago that she wanted to send Roxie's original mom and dad some photos on her birthday. She was worried that they may miss her a lot and worry about her. So, I followed through with her request and put together a few of her first year. Roxie has filled our hearts with so much love ( and lots of laughter too)! She's intelligent, stubborn at times, affectionate and spoiled rotten! She quickly became a very special part of our family and we love her dearly. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Just wanted to give you an update. (pictures will come later) Jax is doing very well and has settled into "family life" VERY well. The kids are his favorites...but thats why we got a boxer!! LOL. He is loving life and Scott and I are so very happy with him!! Thank you!!!

Tasha Holcomb

I attached some pics of Bailey, now named Lucy.  She is a GREAT addition to our family!  She is a happy, healthy, friendly pup.  We LOVE her! 
You may use the pictures, and I will gladly be a reference.  We appreciate the great care you put into your pups. Our vet even complimented you when we took Lucy in for her next round of shots. She said everything checked out great and that Lucy had really good joints, a sign of a good breeder.  Thanks for doing a great job :)  Lisa

Hello Tammy!

My name is Sami Roper my fiancé and I purchased "Diego" back in January. We drove all the way from Tennessee.  I just wanted to update you on Gunner (his new name) and let you know how happy he makes us!! We is a wonderful dog with so much personality. He is very outgoing and everyone just loves him. I couldnt ask for a better pup. Thank you so much for breeding and taking care of such wonderful dogs. He was so worth the drive! I have attached several photos of us and Gunner just so you can seem him now, and there is one where he is tormenting his cousins lol (my parents 5 & 7 year old IG's)

Tammy,  We absolutely love this little guy. He brings us so much joy .He's very attached to both my husband me and my son. He misses us when one is not here of course he is so spoiled. He also loves other dogs and cats and people as well. He's a wonderful little dog.  Vets say he's a very healthy dog.  Carlene

Tammy, We went camping this Labor Day weekend, & of course both the dogs went with us. Everyone who saw them remarked how pretty they are, but especially the pup. Everybody fell in love with her. I even had someone ask where I got her, so I gave her your phone number & web site. Also gave her my name. Hopefully you have another customer! Mizzie & Pipi have really enjoyed camping, but they weren't too crazy about being in the boat. Thanks for raising such great dogs! Rog & I love them a lot!

Good Afternoon Tammy,

I hope all is going well and that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Violet (although I think she thinks her name is Sweet Pea) and I most certainly did.

I wanted to take a minute to thank you again and to give you an update.

From the start she has been the best puppy I've ever had.

She practically came potty trained thanks to you. That is a blessing in and of itself.

She is the happiest and sweetest dog and she has captured not only my

heart but everyone she meets. Her Vet and his entire staff didn't want her to leave

when we visited them. Thank you again for my sweet and elegant Violet!

She's truly a joy to me! Jessica


Hi Tammy. Roxie is doing awesome up here in St. Louis! Almost a year old. I might have a friend sold on a boxer puppy. I hope they are as happy as we are.  Jon

Ruger doing great; so smart and loving.
He is doing sit, down, up, sit and stay, leave it/take it, shaking hands and heeling pretty well on my left side. No potty accidents in a long time and has learned to ring a set if sleigh bells we hung next to the door when he wants out. Also goes to kennel on command and without command when he sees we are getting ready for bed.  You are doing a great job breeding for smart and temperament.
Paul & Marti

Stella (or Lydia that you had named her) is 1 today!!!!! She has been the best little doggy for our family. She has the best personality.
I'm so glad that we found you so we could give Stella a wonderful life. Tonight we are having a party for her. Complete with the peanut butter cookie I baked (in the photo) and gifts.
Sincerely, Danielle Ringstaff

My husband and I bought a boxer from you about 2 years ago. You called her Jasmine. We renamed her Stella. I just thought that you probably love to see pictures of your puppies once they get a bit older.  She is an absolute joy and I can't imagine our family without her! She has had lots of training and knows so many commands and is such a fast learner! I have attached a photo for you. As you can see she is a poser! She stands about 22 inches ( at shoulder) and weighs 73 pounds. Have a Merry Christmas!  Rhianna Presley

Hey Spencer's Shady Grove Kennel, 

I'm emailing to update you on my little girl formerly known as Sweet Pea.  Hydee is her new name.  She's eating really well and looks great.  She is loved by all her new neighbors and their dogs, and the entire vet staff.  She can't walk around the block without meeting people and new doggy friends.  I'm attaching some pictures I've taken as she's grown so quickly it's hard to keep the pictures in order.  I get great compliments on her coat and color how pretty it is all the time.

Thank you again so much for everything.  She's truly a blessing to have as a part of my family and also brings great joy to my parents dog when they get together for play dates.  Thanks again,

~Adam G.

Hi! I wanted to share some pictures of Winston (was diesel) He is awesome and we love him!! Full of personality :) Thank you again, I'm sure this won't be our last boxer from you. :) Kaitlyn

Hello, my name is Dave Byrne. I bought a female named Molly from you about two years ago and she's absolutely amazing! The best dog I've had, she is so sweet and mellow. I'm sold on the breed and will be a mastiff owner the rest of my life . So good with the kids and all our guests.  You were really great to work with, very professional.

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