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“G” Litter All at Home and “H” Litter at 3.5 Weeks

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Our last puppy went home on Good Friday, Gallixe went across town in Omaha with Gil, while Ginny stays here with us.

Gil and his daughter taking Gallixe home

Gil and his daughter taking Gallixe home

Saturday we took Ginny, now know as “Fire”, out with her mom and dad to the local dog training wildlife management area.  Right now we are primarily working with her on housebreaking, coming when she is called and getting accustomed to cap gun fire when she is playing in the yard.

Caleb runs ahead of Fire

Caleb runs ahead of Fire

 

Sam and BB in the field

Sam and BB in the field

Conrad, Caleb, Charles and Cordelia with Fire in the lead

Conrad, Caleb, Charles and Cordelia with Fire in the lead

The “H” litter was big enough to move out into Mae’s new dog kennel on Saturday.  We converted her from a 6 ft by 8 ft chain link to a 8 ft by 12 ft welded wire to give the litter more space.  The pups are able to get themselves in and out of the dog house, so it is good for their little legs to get them some more space outside and the stimulation of all of the noise and smells.  They also got their first sample of puppy mush, but weren’t very interested since Mae is feeding them well.

"H" Litter at 3.5 weeks old

“H” Litter at 3.5 weeks old lounging around

And of course the weekly YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQqGAOHo2Uk&feature=youtu.be

I hope that you all had a blessed Easter and all of the “G” litter owners are enjoying their new pups!  I’ll be sure to get updated individual photos of the “H” litter out next week.  Talk at you then!

“G” Litter Homegoing and “H” Litter 2 weeks old

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A week ago today most of the puppies of our “G” Litter 2014 from Sam and BB went to their new homes.  It was a big day for everyone.  So big that I forgot to photograph both of the puppies and owners who went home to Minnesota.  Gascon went home with Will and Gabriella went home with Brad, but I have no pictures!  Hopefully, I can catch up with them later.

Here are the parting shots:

 

Gus flew home to Tennessee with John

Gus flew home to Tennessee with John

 

George is in North Dakota with Jeff

George is in North Dakota with Jeff

Gayle headed to York, Nebraska with Curt and family

Gayle headed to York, Nebraska with Curt and family

Gertrude went to Missouri with Kaylee

Gertrude went to Missouri with Kaylee

Gemma went to Broken Bow, Nebraska with Jeff and Mac.

Gemma went to Broken Bow, Nebraska with Jeff and Mac.

Gilbert went to Roca, Nebraska with Karl and his wife

Gilbert went to Roca, Nebraska with Karl and his wife

Garnet stays in Omaha with Charlie and family

Garnet stays in Omaha with Charlie and family

Gisele flew to Mexico City, Mexico with Charbel

Gisele flew to Mexico City, Mexico with Charbel

We enjoyed meeting everyone and sending these fabulous puppies home with them, but spending the afternoon with Charbel was quite a treat.  He is the real “Most Interesting Man in the World” from the Dos Equis commercials and has had many adventures all over the world.  Bluestem Freyja will be the first Wirehaired Pointing Griffon/Korthals Griffon registered with the Federacion Canofila Mexicana, the AKC of Mexico.

Tuesday, Gene flew to Texas to be with Colby and I hope to get a picture out of them as well.  Charles and I are keeping Gallixe and Ginny will stay in Omaha with Gil and his family starting on Friday.  So I have two puppies in my living room that I’m trying to keep from peeing and pooping on my carpet (that I am swearing I will tear out myself this summer, luckily, there is old oak flooring underneath).

Although it was almost 90 degrees here yesterday, today we are back down in the 40s and rain, so it isn’t quite time to put the “H” litter puppies outside yet.  They are getting quite fat and their eyes are open.  I took them outside yesterday to get some video and pictures of them.  Today they got their silly names.  Here we are, “H” Litter 2014:

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

And of course, the weekly YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prwTEPhu3Y8&feature=youtu.be

For those of you who are future “H” litter owners, I would like all of the puppies to go home between their 8 week birthday on Tuesday, May 20th and the end of Memorial Day weekend on Monday, May 26th.  I sent an e-mail to that effect.  If you have any problems with this timeframe, please let me know immediately.  I love being with the puppies and look forward to puppy season every year, but I am already starting to dream about post-puppy adventures with my kids this summer.

This week we’ll be working on getting the pups up and moving around some more, as well as trying them on food mush.  As there are only 5 of them, it isn’t as pressing to get them on to solid food as it was with 13.  But either way, it will be time to stuff some puppies into an Easter basket or something next weekend, so keep your eyes out for that and check in with you then.

Preparing to say goodbye to “G” Litter (plus “H” Litter at 1 1/2 weeks)

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This week’s post is going to be long on photos and video and short on words.  This weekend is homegoing for most of “G” Litter, so I have tons of paperwork and housework to do.  But I wanted to give you all one more dose of their cuteness before they go.  I am very pleased with how well this litter has turned out.  They have all cleared their health checks, are full of energy, show natural point, retrieve and good noses, listen well and are super affectionate.  BB has done a great job.

 

 

Tarp terrorist

Tarp terrorist

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Brush pile explorer

Brush pile explorer

Play fight

Play fight

Playing with a wayward food can

Playing with a wayward food can

Big smile!

Big smile!

Plus the final “G” Litter YouTube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NoZSMBeiak&feature=youtu.be

Now on to the “H” Litter.  Not much action there, just sleeping and eating at a week and a half old.

H Litter taking a nap

H Litter taking a nap

And the “H” litter YouTube video for the week:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMEdULMtogE&feature=youtu.be

Well it is time for me to head down to the veterinarian’s office to pick up the health certificates for those puppies who are going on the road and on airplanes this weekend.  I’ll catch up with you again sometime during the week.

 

Welcome “H” Litter 2014

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Sorry for the delay in announcement, but things are busy here!  We did not have to induce Mae because she and I got up Tuesday morning and walked 2 miles between 5 and 6 AM, then another 3 miles at midday.  Her first puppy was born at around 5:30 PM and her last live birth was around 11 PM.  She had 5 healthy live births, 3 boys and 2 girls.  There were two stillborns, the second puppy born which was small and malformed, then the last puppy born sometime in the night, which was about the size of a three week old puppy hence Mae’s misleadingly large size.  Mae did a wonderful job whelping her last litter.  She has been a terrific natural whelper and great mother to the three litters she has had with us.  I was very glad to have her go into labor on her own, as I am a big proponent of natural birth in all living things.  All three of my kids were born naturally with nurse midwives.  So I guess this makes me a dog midwife, huh?  With this being my eighth litter, I’m starting to feel like a pro.

Well, here they are!  I haven’t handled them much, so I can’t yet pick out the boys from the girls.  They had their tails and dew claws done on Wednesday, along with being inspected by the veterinarian.  Everyone checked out so we’ll hope for smooth sailing from here on out!

 

Four day old "H" Litter puppies

Four day old “H” Litter puppies

And a quick YouTube video:

Bluestem Kennels Wirehaired Pointing Griffons “H” Litter 4 days old

Today is my son Caleb’s 5th birthday and my mom is in town for the weekend for a visit, so I had better run.  I will get my last post up about “G” litter before they head to their new homes along with some pupdates sometime during the week.

 

“G” Litter 6 weeks old and still waiting for “H” litter

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Puppy shoppers please note: My 2014 reservation list is currently closed and all puppies born or unborn this year are spoken for.  Next breedings are scheduled for Spring 2015.

Poor Mae is just completely miserable and has been for the last 5 days or so.  She either lays around and moans, sleeps and snores really loudly, is at the door wanting to go out for every tiny tinkle or turd, or outside walking around (tinkling and micro-turding).  According to my calculations, as of today she is 3 days overdue from first mating.  But she was with Sam for another 5 days after that, so there is no cause for alarm just yet.  Just as a precaution, I took her to the vet today.  She weighs 81 pounds and is “full of puppies’ as the vet said.  The vet tech asked me whether or not she has “had a large litter before”.  Well, not yet, but I think that this will be the first.  We didn’t bother to do an X-ray since we’ll know how many puppies are in there soon.  She is dilated and should start labor at any time.  If she doesn’t start by Wednesday, the vet will induce with the oxytocin shot.

 

Giant pregnant Mae in the woods

Giant pregnant Mae in the woods

Giant pregnant Mae flopped out on the kitchen floor

Giant pregnant Mae flopped out on the kitchen floor

BB’s 13 puppies are doing very well and growing like weeds!  At 6 weeks old, they only have 2 weeks to go before they head to their new homes.  Here are some snapshots from their running around the yard yesterday.

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Laying in the leaves

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“Whassup?”

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On the run

 

 

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Charles generates a mob scene with the quail

Sniffing the quail

Sniffing the quail

More sniffing the quail

More sniffing the quail

 

First retrieve

First retrieve

And of course, the weekly YouTube video:

I have some pupdates and brags from previous year’s litters that I need to be sure to get up next time I blog, which should be soon to welcome the “H” litter!  It’s for real this time, next time your hear from me there will be more puppies!!  Send us good vibes!

“G” Litter 5 weeks old and waiting for “H” Litter

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I figured that I had better get this week’s blog post knocked out before Mae starts whelping (to those who are puppy shopping, all of my 2014 litters are spoken for and my next breedings will be for Spring 2015 puppies)!  We started out this morning in the first stages of pre-labor, where there is quite a bit of unproductive grunting around (like she’s going to poop or pee) but nothing comes out.  She is taking a nap now, but I have to get this done, then go grab a new bulb for my heat lamp and some more bags of puppy kibble at the farm store, then we’ll be ready to rock and roll.  Puppies should be here tonight or tomorrow if things go the way that I think they will.  But who knows what mother nature has in mind, it might be over the weekend.

Mae full of babies on the front sidewalk (the metal goat photobomb was an accident)

Mae full of babies on the front sidewalk (the metal goat photobomb was an accident)

“G” Litter turned 5 weeks old on Sunday and has transitioned to the kennel and insulated dog house well, their body heat and snuggling keeps them all warm with these variable temperatures.  They’ve even woken up a couple of mornings to dustings of snow.  It didn’t seem to bother them this morning at all, they were whining at the gate to get out into the woods when I went to give them some more food.  They are going through 1-2 gallon buckets full of kibble every day and are on straight Diamond Puppy kibble now with nothing else added.  They enjoy playing with the human kids and running around.  Less than 3 weeks to go until they go to their new homes and I’m not sure if I am ready to let them go!  I don’t even have to chase them around the woods to get them back into the kennel when play time is over, I just call them in and they all come.  That will probably change soon as they get more bold and independent.

Here are their individual photos for this week.  Some of them are better than others.  It has more to do with my photography and being in a hurry than it does with the puppy.  Some of them posed lovely, some of them are a bit odd and blurry.  But hey, it is better than nothing.

Girl - Ginny

Girl – Ginny

Girl - Garnet

Girl – Garnet

Girl - Gayle

Girl – Gayle

Girl - Gertrude

Girl – Gertrude

Girl - Gemma

Girl – Gemma

Girl - Gabriella

Girl – Gabriella

Girl - Gallixe

Girl – Gallixe

Girl - Gisele

Girl – Gisele

Boy - Gene

Boy – Gene

Boy - Gus

Boy – Gus

Boy - George

Boy – George

Boy - Gascon

Boy – Gascon

Boy - Gilbert

Boy – Gilbert

And last but not least, the weekly YouTube video:

I will keep you posted on Facebook and on the blog for when the “H” litter arrives.  Wish us luck!

 

“G” Litter 4 1/2 weeks old

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Sorry for the delay in posting this week.  The puppies were moved outside on Sunday when it was almost 70 degrees, just in time to move Mae into the house this Sunday to prepare for her whelping next week.

For those people who are out surfing the web for puppies, all of my 2014 litters are spoken for.  But feel free to call (402) 682-9802 or e-mail bluestemkennels@cox.net about our breeding plans for future years.

The puppies are up and running around.  They have no problems getting up and down the stairs into the dog house and seem to enjoy having the extra space that the kennel provides.  And I like it that they aren’t stinking up the house anymore (but that will soon change with Mae’s litter coming soon!).  They are drinking from the water dish and eating both soft canned puppy food and snagging kibble out of BB’s food dish.

Mae is really big, her teats are like 4 inches off of the ground.  I didn’t get a chance to take a shot of her before posting this, but I’ll get one for next week’s blog.  She shouldn’t whelp until the end of the week, so I should have time.  I’m hoping for 8 puppies, but I just don’t know until they are here!

I ran out of time to take individual pictures, I will do that over the weekend, but here are some quick snaps from the kennel:

A face in the crowd, around the food dish

A face in the crowd, around the food dish

Waiting for mom

Waiting for mom

Play fight!

Play fight!

Running amok

Running amok

4 1/2 year old Caleb is still light enough to be able to climb up the kennel fence (because the gate is locked) and hang out with the puppies whenever he wants.  Luckily, all of my females are tolerant of this and it’s never caused a problem.

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Caleb peeking down on to the puppies

And last but not least, the weekly YouTube video:

 

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