To those shopping for puppies: Our 2013 breeding season has come to a close and all puppies have homes. Feel free to call (402) 682-9802 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss our breeding plans for 2014.
Mae’s litter has all gone home and I’m boarding a pup of Sue’s for one more week. We’ve really become attached to “Reagan”, the name that her new owners have chosen for her. Maybe they’ll chicken out at the last minute and we can keep her;) She still has accidents in the house, but I’d say she’s 3/4 housebroken. She comes when her name is called 90% of the time and even when she doesn’t come, she knows that you are talking to her, but she’s just trying to opt out of obeying. I’ve seen her chase tweety birds in the yard and she picks things up on her own to carry around in her mouth like a good little retriever. She keeps up with the big dogs running the property. I sure hope her new family is ready for her, because she has lots of juice! She does really well in the crate and I can keep her in there without protest for 5 hours or so and can handle about the same time in the outdoor kennel/run with BB.
More beautiful puppy families! Danny flew in from Austin, TX on the 8th to pick up “Flora” who will now be known as “Fern” and took her home as a carry-on. That is how we brought BB home from Quebec, so I know that can be a challenge. Danny just sent me an update today and it said:
Chris and Elysia in Ohio had “Frieda” flown out to them in Dayton, Ohio. Chris is a dog handler with the US Army, so I know that she is in good hands! Elysia sent me a note and photo too, “She’s beautiful! And doing great. She loves the kids, gets very excited when she sees them. She’s pretty calm with us though. We’re missing one kid in our picture because he wasn’t being cooperative. They’ll be plenty more pictures though. Happy Mother’s day, we hope you had a great weekend! And thank you again for everything!”
“Fern” also flew out on Friday the 10th and is now living in Helena, Montana with our friends Louie and Lindsay. Lou is a childhood friend of Charles from back in upstate New York, they belonged to the same deer hunting camp back in the day. Fern is now known as “Midge” and has a 7-year old male griff friend, Murf. He’s fixed, so there will be no Murf/Midge progeny, but we hope that Midge turns out and we can tap into the great studs in Montana.
Last weekend was the Heartland NAVHDA Chapter spring test. BB and Sam were tested in the Utility Preparatory Test. Even though she had the higher score of 164, BB did not prize because of lack of water search. She was in the middle of her heat and come to find out she had a nasty case of worms (courtesy of a dead squirrel she gnawed on in our woods), so we felt bad that it was sort of our fault that she bombed. It was really too bad because she aced the field work and even if she had given a III performance in the water, she would have had a prize I overall. It was just sort of a strange deal, because she had no sign of being ill until that day. She had been staying in the house full-time to help me babysit Reagan and to keep Sam from freaking out about her heat and we had seen nothing wrong until that day. I’m just thankful that nobody else got sick and we were able to get it treated.
Sam’s field and track were okay, but he was the star of the day in the water, taking home a Prize II with a score of 163.
I’ve had folks asking me about what I’m writing for Lion Country Supply http://www.lcsupply.com/. I have been updating their product descriptions and will be branching out into blogging and product reviews once I get through the catalog. I am so excited to be connected with such a great company and look forward to having a long career of dog writing ahead of me.
Next up is the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of Central Iowa and the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of Eastern Nebraska’s double/double AKC Hunt Test Memorial Day weekend at Yankee Hill WMA near Lincoln. We’ll see if we can get a pass in SH for Sam or BB, it has been eluding us at this point, but we’ll keep trying. Call me or shoot me an e-mail if you would like to participate and I can forward on the premiums, it closes on Tuesday so you might have to overnight them!
I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend, but don’t forget about the sacrifices made by the armed forces. I’ll be thinking of my Dad who passed away in 1998 at the age of 49 as a result of complications from Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. I know that he looks down on all of this dog craziness and smiles.