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Puppy shoppers please note that I am not yet ready to start taking reservations for 2016.  I need to catch my breath a bit!

It was great meeting all of the new owners last weekend.  It was a very busy one with 16 pups going home between Friday and Sunday, with the very last one yesterday evening.  Last weekend was not only puppy homegoing weekend, but was also supposed to be my graduation weekend for my master’s degree.  We just couldn’t make it work between the puppies and the Heartland NAVHDA Chapter Spring Test.  We didn’t run any dogs, but Charles and Conrad cooked breakfast and lunch.  But I’ll write more about that later.

Taking 18 puppies to the vet all at once was quite a challenge for me and the staff at Heartland Animal Hospital.  We’ve got a system down to keep all of the puppies straight. (You’ll have to excuse the grubby Pet Porter, I couldn’t get my other wire crate to fit in my van and I was in a hurry)

My copies of the puppy photos and owners

My copies of the puppy photos and owners

The vet tech's copy of the puppy photos and owners, with the mountain of microchip injectors.

The vet tech’s copy of the puppy photos and owners, with the mountain of microchip injectors.

Dr. Andrew Kliewer DVM and Crystal the vet tech.

Dr. Andrew Kliewer DVM and Crystal the vet tech.

Omaha Public Schools Zoo Academy students from Omaha South High School assisted with the pups.

Omaha Public Schools Zoo Academy students from Omaha South High School assisted with the pups.

I have to send out a big thanks to the Kliewers (both Andrew and his wife, Susan, are vets) and the staff for helping us with all of these pups!  The vet techs are amazing!  An extra big thanks to Tracy, who I didn’t get a picture of, but she is always helping me organize all of the records and paperwork.

I had one unplanned air shipment of a pup up to North Dakota, but other than that, everyone else came to the house.  Here’s the departure of the flying pup at the Delta Air Cargo office.  Some people worry about flying pups, but I’ve done it about 20 times now and have never had a problem.

Ivan on his way to Minot via Minneapolis.

Ivan on his way to Minot via Minneapolis.

Ivan arrived in Minot safe and sound for the Christoffersons

Ivan arrived in Minot safe and sound for the Christoffersons

Pickups started right after work on Friday the 8th.  Luckily the rain stopped for us for the weekend, because it has been raining for about 2 weeks straight prior to that and has rained every day since that weekend.  Feels like we’re living in a rainforest or something!  You’ll notice how green it is.  It is illegal to complain about too much rain in Nebraska, so I will just tough out the mud knowing that there are hot, dry summer days to come.

Here are the homegoing photos from Friday the 8th:

Shane took Jasmine home to Plainfield, Iowa

Shane took Jasmine home to Plainfield, Iowa

Patty and Mort took Jane home to Elbert, Colorado

Todd took Iris home to Brookings, South Dakota

Lorraine took Joslyn home to Oskaloosa, Iowa

Lorraine took Joslyn home to Oskaloosa, Iowa

Jim will keep Ichabod here in Omaha

Jim will keep Ichabod here in Omaha

And the pickups from Saturday the 9th:

Charles took Jericho home to Minot, North Dakota

Charles took Jericho home to Minot, North Dakota

Lewis took Jackie home to Black Hawk, Colorado

Lewis took Jackie home to Black Hawk, Colorado

Megan picked up Irene for a temporary stay in Lincoln, Nebraska, but soon on to Jamestown, Colorado

Megan picked up Irene for a temporary stay in Lincoln, Nebraska, but soon on to Jamestown, Colorado

Patty and Mort took Jane back to Elbert, Colorado

Patty and Mort took Jane back to Elbert, Colorado

Mort had an interesting story about purchasing his first Wirehaired Pointing Griffon from Harrison Reimers of Kalispell, Montana in 1978.  Mort’s puppy was the only one who lived out of the whole litter, the rest died from parvo.  High mortality in litters was not uncommon in the past.  It is really a miracle with how busy I was this semester that I ended up with 18 perfectly healthy puppies.  But I am a stickler for sanitation and health care.  The last 2-3 weeks, I was probably spending 2-3 hours a day in the kennels keeping them clean (puppies poop A LOT!).  Yet I digress.  More homegoing photos:

Scott took Janus home to Johnson, Nebraska

Scott took Janus home to Johnson, Nebraska

Andrea and family took Jackson home to Lincoln

Andrea and family took Jackson home to Lincoln, Nebraska

Jeremy and family are keeping Jade here in Omaha

Jeremy and family are keeping Jade here in Omaha

James took Isabel back to Sioux City, Iowa.  He and his wife also have a 3 week old human baby!

James took Isabel back to Sioux City, Iowa. He and his wife also have a 3 week old human baby!

Pickups on Sunday the 10th:

Andy took Igor home to Byron, Minnesota

Andy took Igor home to Byron, Minnesota

Trevor took Jenna home to Aurora, Missouri

Trevor took Jenna home to Aurora, Missouri

Shaun and family are keeping Jamaica in Omaha

Shaun and family are keeping Jamaica in Omaha

Yesterday was my last homegoing:

Greg took Jessica home to Bismarck, North Dakota

Greg took Jessica home to Bismarck, North Dakota

Iroquois is now Bluestem's Otoe Chief "Chief" and will hopefully turn into our next stud dog!

Iroquois is now Bluestem’s Otoe Chief “Chief” and will hopefully turn into our next stud dog! (sorry for the bad phone pic)

I have pupdates and pics from the NAVHDA test, but I really need to get on with the day!  I will write more next weekend.  Oh, new puppy owners, I will get all of the NAVHDA and AKC registration papers in the mail to you on Monday, so keep an eye on your mailboxes for that (I will also send an e-mail when they go).  Thanks to everyone for providing great homes for these little ones!

The last week is here!

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Bluestem Kennels 5th Anniversary

Happy 5th Birthday to our “A” Litter, including Whiskey in Nevada!  Thanks Pete and Deborah for this pic with their daughter, Andi, Whiskey, and some birds that they brought home.

Andi, Whiskey, and chukars

Andi, Whiskey, and birds

I had no idea what I was doing when I let Sam breed Sue in late February 2010 when Charles was traveling to India on business.  I figured I would sell a few pups out of the newspaper just to see what it was like.  But the Omaha World-Herald cost $50 a Sunday to advertise, so I looked for something cheaper.  I settled with gundogbreeders.com and was trying to figure out a way to better communicate with my new puppy owners rather than sending pictures through e-mail.  So, in May of 2010 this blog was born and later on spawned a YouTube channel.  At this point, the blog has had 370,000 views from all over the world.  Some of what I have posted has been flat out dumb.  Some people say that I don’t deserve the attention since I don’t have an alphabet soup of titles tied to all of my dogs names.  But here is what I do have: a love of this breed, a love of hunting, and a love of sharing through writing and photography.  Even though the pressure of the attention on top of my family and work responsibilities makes me want to go and live under a bridge sometimes, I don’t see me changing anything any time soon.  I know that there are people that get bored at their desk jobs and guys overseas who are just homesick for any news from home.  I’m glad that I get to help entertain you.  Of course there are the fun new puppies every year, hunting trips, and good news from our puppy owners that keeps me going.  I have had a very busy semester and have not been the greatest ambassador for the breed or sport lately, but soon that will all change and my schedule will open back up so that I can again be available for phone conversations.  I’ve missed my hunting and dog phone chats!  This whole thread has gone on for way too long and it is time to move on.

Puppy homegoing

Here are this week’s videos:

I will ship one of the puppies to North Dakota via Delta Pet First/Air Cargo first thing Friday morning, then Friday evening the rest will begin their journeys by car.  It will be a weekend-long labor of love.  I’m looking forward to meeting many of my new owners for the first time.  If you have not yet set up a time to pick up your puppy, please e-mail me at bluestemkennels@cox.net.

Instead of re-posting the puppy pics with their owners listed, I simply put the owner’s last name and the state in the captions of the photos in last week’s post.

Here is what you need to bring for a car trip:

Small collar (12-16 in. adjustable), leash, a towel or blanket if someone is holding the pup in the car, a crate if there is nobody holding the pup, paper towels in case of an accident, food and water dishes if the ride is longer than 5 hours (I will give you a baggie of food). And of course, the remainder of your balance for the pup (see e-mail).

Here is what I will give you: a puppy, a bill of sale, a 3-year health and hip guarantee, vaccination record, microchip information and the NAVHDA registration paperwork.  It looks like the AKC paperwork is running behind schedule and I will need to follow-up with that by mailing it to you.  The litters are AKC registered, we just need to get our puppy forms in the mail.

Right now the pups are eating Purina One Smartblend, but feel free to use any high quality puppy food.  Also purchase a liquid de-wormer to administer a day or two after returning home.  Even though the pups will have been de-wormed before I send them home, I want them to be parasite free.  Since they have been living outside and running in the woods, there is a higher risk.  You’ll also want to give your puppy a bath with puppy shampoo when you get home, since they play in the dirt quite a bit.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with additional questions about pickup.

Pupdates

Congratulations to Sal and Bluestem Winchester “Chester” from our “C” litter in 2012 between Sam and Mae.  Chester is now an AKC Senior Hunter!  Great job, gang!

Sal and Chester

Sal and Chester

Susan bought the GoPro Fetch harness, which I have also purchased.  I’d like to see if I can manage to put the Hero2 that I currently own on the Fetch harness, then get either a new GoPro (rumor has it that the Hero5 comes out in October, but I might not wait that long) to wear on the chest harness, then film the same hunt from both angles.

So here is Susan’s video of TracHer in North Dakota, who is actually Chester’s “C” litter sister:

I thought that this was a funny picture that Jimmy down in Oklahoma took of Zoey from our 2013 “E” Litter between Sam and Sue.

Zoey and the Camel

Zoey and the Camel

Time to prepare for the adventures coming soon!  See you in a week and a half with puppy homegoing photos!

More puppy pics!

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I have an owner of one of our now 4 year-old pups, “Roxy” from our “B” litter, who has a litter on the ground right now that are ready to go home in two weeks.  There are three males available from this litter in Logan, Utah.  I do not have the health clearances or hunt testing records from the parents, but know that the dam is from our Sam and Sue.  Please contact Randy at (435) 713-0847 or randyfeser@yahoo.com if you are looking for a male pup.  He will be through Omaha in a few weeks, so if you need to meet him here or points in between, he can arrange for that.  I am in no way involved in this breeding and am only posting this notification as a courtesy.  Please do not contact me in regards to this litter, as I have no information.

Individual puppy photos

We are at that time where we start looking at which pup goes into what home.  I have a few in mind, but will need the future owners input to help select the rest.  If I’ve accepted a deposit from you, please e-mail bluestemkennels@cox.net with your preferences.   If the puppy is marked with a preference being indicated, I’ve already been in contact with the future owners about the designation.  Those of you who I have not contacted directly, please forward any preferences that you have based on the photos to the above e-mail.  To anyone who is currently puppy shopping, all of these puppies have homes reserved.

All of the pups will be microchipped an vaccinated on Monday, May 4, so I need to have my picks finalized by Sunday.  I realize that this is a difficult process for all of us, but I haven’t had anyone complain about my picks yet.  So here we go with the pictures.   Due to the order that the photos were taken in, it is easier to put the “J” litter (Sam x BB) first, even though they were born second this year.

Jenna profile (female)

Jenna profile (female) [Evans – Missouri]

Jenna back (female)

Jenna back (female) [Evans – Missouri]

Jasmine face

Jasmine face (female) [Weinberg – Nebraska]

Jasmine profile

Jasmine profile (female) [Weinberg – Nebraska]

Jasmine back

Jasmine back (female) [Weinberg – Nebraska]

Jackie face (female)

Jackie face (female) [Weaver – Colorado]

Jackie profile (female)

Jackie profile (female) [Weaver – Colorado]

Jackie back (female)

Jackie back (female) [Weaver – Colorado]

Jane face (female)

Jane face (female) [Fadum – Colorado]

Jane profile (female)

Jane profile (female) [Fadum – Colorado]

Jane back (female)

Jane back (female) [Fadum – Colorado]

Joslyn face (female)

Joslyn face (female) [Sinnott – Iowa]

Joslyn profile (female)

Joslyn profile (female) [Sinnott – Iowa]

Joslyn back (female)

Joslyn back (female) [Sinnott – Iowa]

Jade face (female)

Jade face (female) [Campbell – Nebraska]

Jade profile (female)

Jade profile (female) [Campbell – Nebraska]

Jade back (female)

Jade back (female) [Campbell – Nebraska]

Jericho face (female)

Jericho face (female) [Starner – Nebraska]

Jericho profile (female)

Jericho profile (female) [Starner – Nebraska]

Jericho back (female)

Jericho back (female) [Starner – Nebraska]

Jackson face (female) [I have a home in mind for this pup]

Jackson face (female) [Thieman – Nebraska]

Jackson profile (female) [I have a home in mind for this pup]

Jackson profile (female) [Thieman – Nebraska]

Jackson back (female)

Jackson back (female) [Thieman – Nebraska]

Janus face (male)

Janus face (male) [Epler – Nebraska]

Janus profile (male)

Janus profile (male) [Epler – Nebraska]

Janus back (male)

Janus back (male) [Epler – Nebraska]

Jamaica face (female)

Jamaica face (female) [Horak – Nebraska]

Jamaica profile (female)

Jamaica profile (female) [Horak – Nebraska]

Jamaica back (female)

Jamaica back (female) [Horak – Nebraska]

Jessica face (female)

Jessica face (female) [Kosbab – North Dakota]

Jessica profile (female)

Jessica profile (female) [Kosbab – North Dakota]

Jessica back (female)

Jessica back (female) [Kosbab – North Dakota]

Next comes the “I” Litter from Ben and Velma!

Ivan face (male)

Ivan face (male) [Christofferson – North Dakota]

Ivan profile (male)

Ivan profile (male) [Christofferson – North Dakota]

Ivan back (male)

Ivan back (male) [Christofferson – North Dakota]

Igor face (male)

Igor face (male) [Aubert – Minnesota]

Igor profile (male)

Igor profile (male) [Aubert – Minnesota]

Igor back (male)

Igor back (male) [Aubert – Minnesota]

Ichabod face (male) [I have a home in mind for this pup]

Ichabod face (male) [Walters – Nebraska]

Ichabod profile (male) [I have a home in mind for this pup]

Ichabod profile (male) [Walters – Nebraska]

Ichabod back (male) [I have a home in mind for this pup]

Ichabod back (male) [Walters – Nebraska]

Iris face (female)

Iris face (female) [Haaseth – South Dakota]

Iris profile (female)

Iris profile (female) [Haaseth – South Dakota]

Iris back (female)

Iris back (female) [Haaseth – South Dakota]

Isabel face (female)

Isabel face (female) [Hiserote – Iowa]

Irene profile (female)

Isabel profile (female) [Hiserote – Iowa]

Isabel back (female)

Isabel back (female) [Hiserote – Iowa]

Iroquois (male) We are keeping this pup.

Iroquois (male) We are keeping this pup.

Iroquois (male) We are keeping this pup.

Iroquois (male) We are keeping this pup.

Iroquois (male) We are keeping this pup.

Iroquois (male) We are keeping this pup.

Irene face (female)

Irene face (female) [Sandru – Colorado]

Irene profile (female)

Irene profile (female) [Sandru – Colorado]

Irene back (female)

Irene back (female) [Sandru – Colorado]

That was really exhausting and it is getting late.  I will get the video and pupdates posted within the next few days.

I and J Litters 6 weeks

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Please note that at this time, all of these puppies have homes.  Our next litters will be in the Spring of 2016 (God willing).

How can this even be possible?  I have spent so much time just scooping poop, feeding, and playing with puppies that I’ve failed to post pictures and videos.  I am so sorry.  Plus, I just completed the comprehensive exam for my master’s degree and finished my last class, so that is in the books.  This summer will be a welcome reprieve.  Also, my experiment with teaching full time has been fruitful this semester, as it made me decide that I do not want to do it.  The family and dogs need me too much, especially with Charles’s travel schedule.  This will be the third time that I’ve gone back to work full time while having three kids and I plan on it being my last (unless our situation changes).  But enough about me!

I moved the puppies outside two weeks ago on Friday and they immediately took to being in the outdoor kennel with the fresh air and sunshine.  Being inside is okay, but it just doesn’t provide the stimulation that birds and squirrels and the ever-changing weather provides.  The first week they did not venture out of the kennel, but now they are on full-blown play-in-the-woods mode.

Over the weekend, I want to get individual 5 minute videos on each litter and individual photos for each pup, then get them posted.  I already have our male pup picked out of Velma and Ben’s litter, and have some ideas on a few of the other pups.  Many of the locals have been by on kennel visits and have given their input on the traits that they are looking for.  Now I need to reach out to the new owners out yonder about what they are looking for.  I plan on having picks finalized by Sunday, May 3.  We go to the vet on Monday, May 4 for shots and microchips.  Then the pups go home between the evening of Friday, May 8 and Sunday, May 10!

Here are some photos from the last few days.  The photos of Velma and Ben’s litter were taken on Sunday.  I was trying to squeeze everything in before the rain started back up, but that was a fail.  So, the pictures from BB and Sam’s litter are from yesterday.  Here is the video too: 

Whassup?

Whassup? (Ben x Velma)

Squaring off (Ben x Velma)

Squaring off (Ben x Velma)

I'm just gonna stay here (Ben x Velma)

I’m just gonna stay here (Ben x Velma)

In the tools (Ben x Velma)

In the tools (Ben x Velma)

Turkeys in the straw (Sam x BB)

Turkeys in the straw (Sam x BB)

Running amok (BB x Sam)

Running amok (BB x Sam)

Still running amok (BB x Sam)

Still running amok (BB x Sam)

All over the place (Sam x BB)

All over the place (Sam x BB)

I got up early this morning in order to post, but it is time for me to get ready to go take care of the puppies before school.  I apologize that I ran out of time to post the pupdates that I have of previous litters, I will be sure to do that this weekend.

I and J Litter Updates at 3.5 weeks

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This is all going way too fast, how can these pups already be three and a half weeks old?!?  Sorry for the delay in posting, I’ve had a respiratory bug and in the throes of my final two weeks of graduate school.  I will be done with grad school right when the puppies get super active, so I’m looking forward to that.  Velma and her litter joined us on the 27th of March, so it is exciting having so many puppies!  As of right now, all puppies have homes.  Here is this week’s YouTube video:   Here are some photos.

Caleb with BB's pups

Caleb with BB’s pups

Puppy faces

Puppy faces

Caleb multi-tasking: holding a pup and playing on the iPad

Caleb multi-tasking: holding a pup and playing on the iPad (BB’s litter)

Velma's litter having some grub

Velma’s litter having some grub

Cordelia and a pup

Cordelia and a pup

BB and pups

BB and pups

Velma's pups

Velma’s pups

Folks have been asking about how I do picks.  I do breeder picks based on questions that I ask the new owners and evaluating the puppies.  I then assign puppies to owners around 6-7 weeks.  Owners will pick up their puppies at 8 weeks old, which is the weekend of May 9-10.  Please e-mail bluestemkennels@cox.net with any questions.

Pupdates

Nancy in Minnesota sent over a picture of Winston, who is from our “A” litter between Sue and Sam in 2010, making him 5 years old.  I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 5 years now, it just seems like yesterday!

5-year old Winston from our "A" litter

5-year old Winston from our “A” litter

Duncan up in North Dakota from last year’s “H” Litter between Sam and Mae is already out enjoying his spring duties as a fish finder.

Duncan the fish finder

Duncan the fish finder

Thanks to my owners for the great puppy updates!  It is time to continue my constant quest to keep the mamas fed, watered and up on potty breaks.  I doubt I will get an update in this weekend since my comprehensive exam for my grad program is due on Monday, but I should be able to get something out early in the week.  Enjoy spring until then!

Welcome I and J Litters!!

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Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12 were a busy time for Aaron and I!  Velma (De Jac Pine’s Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah) had 8 pups on Wednesday: 5 males, 3 females.  One of the males was odd and was lost a week later.  So, the surviving litter is 4 males, 3 females.  BB (Bourg-Royal’s CB Bluestem) had 11 puppies: 10 females and 1 male.  That brings the total between the two litters to 5 males and 14 females.  At this time, all of the puppies are spoken for.

Velma x Ben (pedigrees and health information is on the About Our Dogs page)

Velma and Ben's litter when they were first born

Velma and Ben’s litter while they were being whelped

Velma's puppies at 1 week old

Velma’s puppies at 1 week old

Avery and Josie giving Velma's puppies some love

Avery and Josie giving Velma’s puppies some love

Mama Velma

Mama Velma

BB x Sam (pedigrees and health information is on the About Our Dogs page)

BB and Sam's puppies first born

BB and Sam’s puppies first born

BB and Sam's pups at 1 week old

BB and Sam’s pups at 1 week old

Caleb giving BB's puppies some love

Caleb giving BB’s puppies some love

Mama BB

Mama BB

Here are a couple of videos that we took of the litters during their first week of life: 

Pupdate

Here are some birthday shots from 3-year-old TracHer in North Dakota that belongs to Susan and Tom.

TracHer 3 years old by the creek

TracHer 3 years old by the creek

TracHer retrieves a squirrel

TracHer retrieves a squirrel

In closure

The puppies will be two weeks old mid-week.  Velma and her puppies will move over to our house on Friday for the duration of the puppy period, so it will be a fun puppy land!  I will try to get an update posted on Sunday.  Catch you then!

Final countdown to puppies!!

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Greetings to my loyal readers and let me apologize for my extended absence.  It is show choir season for our daughter, plus mid-terms for me both as a HS English teacher (for this semester, at least) and in my last semester at graduate school.

I am excited to announce that both females were successfully bred.  BB is pregnant with Sam’s pups and Velma is pregnant with Ben’s.  We will be keeping a male out of Ben and Velma.  Ben is a pup out of our first breeding pair of Sue and Sam, so we are super happy to bring Sue’s blood into the future.  Velma is out of De Jac Pine Kennels in WI, who also breed outstanding hunting dogs.  Check out the “About Our Dogs” page if you would like to look at additional pedigree or health info.  We have an additional 16 reservations on top of our keeping a puppy, so I am not accepting any further reservations until the pups are born.  We should know within the next 3 weeks.

Here are some shots of pregnant BB:

Pregnant BB in the living room.

Pregnant BB in the living room.

Pregnant BB outside.

Pregnant BB outside.

Here is a video of pregnant Velma.  I just got word now that Charles is home from today’s NAVHDA training that Aaron (Velma’s owner) texted him that her temp dropped today to 99.  So, it should be within the next 24-48 hours that pups are coming or on the ground.  

We are all ready to go for the next stage here.  BB is in the house when we are here or in the whelping area when we are not.  Since it is nice out and we are home, she gets to spend time in her outdoor kennel today.  I expect that we are still 2 weeks out on BB.

The whelping area

The whelping area

Here is a shot of Fire (1 yr old from our “G” litter of Sam x BB) with Charles at today’s NAVHDA training session with our Heartland NAVHDA Chapter.  Word has it that there were 5 griffs there today!  Photo by our 10 year-old son, Conrad.

Fire and Charles working on "whoa" today.

Fire and Charles working on “whoa” today.

Pupdates

Happy Birthdays to all of our litters this spring!  I am terrible about keeping up with who dropped when.  Here is a shot of Whiskey (far right) from our “A” litter between Sam and Sue in 2010.  I can’t believe that we have been at this for 5 years now!  What an amazing adventure, full of new knowledge and fun.  Whiskey lives in Nevada with his human peeps Pete, Deborah, and Andi.  Here he is with his rainbow coalition of Basco the old griff, Tucker the baby Golden Retriever, and Ruger the lab.

Friends and our Whiskey.

Friends and our Whiskey.

Jimmy and Sandy shared this picture of Zoey, from our last litter between Sue and Sam 2 years ago.  It was our E litter.  Great job guys on the deer track in Oklahoma!

Jimmy and Zoey the deer tracker

Jimmy and Zoey the deer tracker

I suspect that I’ll be blogging again sooner rather than later.  Thinking happy thoughts to Velma and Aaron for a successful whelping.  Aaron has whelped German Shorthaired Pointers and Labrador Retrievers before, so I’m sure that he is ready for this.  I’ll keep you posted as soon as I have news.  Spring has arrived in Nebraska within the last couple of days, so it is a good time for us to bring babies into the world.  My cattle rancher friends have been at it for the past month with cold weather, so I’m glad that we’ve eeked out of that for puppy season.

Having puppies satisfies my mothering instinct since I’m done having human babies.  It is nice to have another mother carry the load.  What good-natured beasts to give us such delightful young to bring into this precious gun dog lifestyle.  Long live the griff!

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