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P Litter Six Weeks Old

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The puppies are really getting rambunctious and difficult to keep track of these days!  They are always slipping into the woods or under a bush.  Luckily Ruth helps me track them down if needed, but they are getting obedient enough to come when called quite a bit.  After this morning’s run and kennel cleaning, all eight ran back into the kennel when I rang the breakfast bell, with zero stragglers.

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P litter puppies in the ex-pen while I clean out their kennel

They’ve found the bird pen on their own and take great interest in it.  They would love to explore the woods, but I can’t risk having them wander too far with a large pack of coyotes close.  The neighbor says that the coyotes used to come up into our yard before we lived here, which is one of the reasons why we elected not to have a kennel outside.  Zoro does a good job of doing laps around the house barking and peeing on things to let them know to stay away.  I did see one a couple of weeks ago about a block away acting very disoriented, which in addition to the flood would make sense if my dog pack has displaced them from their normal trail.

But back to the puppies.  They love to play and bite and chew.  Everyone is healthy and fun.  I wish that I had more time to go through and label each of these photos individually, but I think that I got at least one of everyone.  They are all equally cute.

Shopping list for new owners: Puppy food (I feed Diamond, but can give you some to mix with whatever you pick), food and water dishes, Medium puppy collar (they are growing out of these already) and puppy leash, either a small crate (no smaller than 22 in. tall) or a larger crate with a wire insert, and puppy toys (I like small rope bones and hard rubber balls).  For those of you traveling a long distance by car, bring some old bath towels in case you want to hold the puppy on your lap and paper towels to clean up any messes.  Bottled water is also a good idea both for them to drink and to use with clean-up help.

Very important: purchase liquid de-wormer (available at any pet or farm store) and a children’s medicine syringe that you can get from a pharmacy.  Two or three days after taking the puppy home, you need to de-worm them again.  Being in the bird poop under the bushes, even though I will de-worm them again right before they go home, they will need it again.  And if you spend a lot of time outdoors and they have their mouths on things outside, once a month from then on out.

I have two videos this week, one indoors and one outdoors.  I am going to mess with individual crate and dead/live bird time this week.  Since I’m a one-man band, it will be tough to get good footage, so bear with me if it isn’t great or non-existant, plus with the holiday and having family in town, I won’t have time for everyone before next Wednesday.  I also have a brand new cap gun around here somewhere that I’ll pop off while they are messing with birds, so I’ll have to track that down.

Indoor video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx-4QvX41S8

Outdoor video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEdVOla8YDA

 

P Litter at 5 Weeks Old

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I apologize that I haven’t had a chance to yet respond to everyone who has emailed asking if these pups are all spoken for, but yes, they all have homes at this time!  Feel free to email bluestemkennels@gmail.com to be placed on the contact list in the event someone backs out at the last minute.  We won’t be breeding again until Spring 2020 (more on that at another time).

The puppies have been getting many new experiences: including transitioning to kibble, learning about the crate, coming in the house and playing with toys.  I did get their kennel set up so that they can move in and out of the box with steps, so now they are able to go out of the box to go potty.  I do let them outside every few hours so many of them are holding it until then and doing it outdoors.

Here is the video for the week, the first time they were outdoors: https://youtu.be/2aXOT2APiMw

I have been so focused on getting individual photos of the pups that I haven’t had time to really do too many candids.  Here are a few.

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Crate time

Puppy Attack

Have I told you that Caleb likes puppies?

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Oh the life of a mom…

Now for some individual photos.  Most of the posed photos are terrible, but I need them for my record keeping, showing the owners the pups as best I can, and for the veterinarian when we do microchipping.  With only three boys and having them all being very different and going to totally different parts of the country, it was easy to decide who goes where and that has already been done.

I have to tell you that aside from coats, the girls are all totally the same to me.  They are all outgoing and mischievious, the way puppies should be.  It is going to be tough to decide who goes where over the next week and a half or so.  But I have to decide by the time they get their microchips.  Sometimes it works out where all of the new owners just happen to have different favorites, maybe that is how it will work this time.

Males

Paul – outdoor candid

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Paul face

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Paul side

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Paul back

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Peter – outdoor candid

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Peter face

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Peter side

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Peter back

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Philip – outdoor candid

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Philip face

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Philip side

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Philip back

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Females

Phila Mae – outdoor candid (purple collar)

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Phila Mae face

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Phila Mae side

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Phila Mae back

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Peggy – outdoor candid (Orange collar)

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Peggy face

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Peggy side

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Peggy back

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Penelope – outdoor candid (Teal collar)

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Penelope face

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Penelope side

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Penelope back

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Patience – outdoor candid (Pink collar)

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Patience face

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Patience side

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Patience back

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Pamela – outdoor candid (Hot pink collar)

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Pamela face

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Pamela side

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Pamela back

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I also have photos of Zoro training for his Natural Ability test, but I need to cut it short today.  The sale of our previous home closes tomorrow and there always seems to be loose ends to tie up.  I am working through contacting the new owners of these pups and starting to get things finalized, so  if you are getting one of these pups and have not heard from me individually yet, expect to hear from me in the next week or so.

P Litter at Four Weeks Old

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These puppies are definitely up and moving these days and the time has come to make some modifications to their housing.  At our old house, now would be the time where I would move them into the outdoor kennel with insulated dog house, but we’ve decided against having any outdoor runs or kennels here.  I think that what I’ll end up doing is taking the railings out of the box and building steps in and out of the door, so that they can have run of the whole kennel.  Then a couple of times a day, I can just herd them out the back door to play outside since the kennel door and the back door are right next to each other.

Since it is still cool out, I’ve been bringing them in the house to play and sometimes we just sit in the box with them too.

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Caleb always enjoys his puppy time

We are in the final throes of getting the old house ready for the next owner, today should be the last day that I have to go over there and work.  We close a week from Friday.  It will be nice to have more time for the puppies and getting ready for Zoro’s NAVHDA Natural Ability test.

I will make sure to get individual photos for next week, the puppies will be big enough for Caleb to pose them for me.  And it will be time to start talking to the new owners about who we think should go where so we can have it all decided in time for them to go home.  They turn 8 weeks on Monday, April 29th, which is the first day that they can leave my house according to the USDA.  It will be between then and Sunday the 5th that they go to their new homes.  For those new owners who are planning on picking up on Saturday, May 4th: can we do it early (like between 7-9 AM) so that I can go watch Zoro run his NAVHDA Natural Ability test?  I will also put that in an email here soon.

Right now the pups are chowing down the soft canned food twice a day.  A whole can each feeding.  So that tells me that they are ready to start having kibble mixed in, so that I can transition to kibble-only in a week or so.

I am so thankful that my friend Drenda down by Lincoln had some live quail to part with for dog training.  We’ll use those to get Zoro ready for his test and let the pups see one.  I also have a good amount of dead birds stored in the freezer that they can practice carrying around towards the end.

Here’s a photo of our cute little suburban training quail holding pen.  It is a chicken hutch with a dog kennel around it.  I am just excited that it is on the ground where I can get to it, our old holding pen was on the top of our garage where Charles would have to climb a ladder to get birds out (I don’t do ladders generally):

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Of course, last but not least, this week’s YouTube video: https://youtu.be/T9klEWj6yqg

Now it is time for me to go and feed those pups, then I have to head over to the old house and take a sledgehammer to our old bird holding pen.  It was completely over-engineered by Charles; even though it is like twelve years-old, it was not coming apart with a crowbar and regular hammer last night.  Then we dropped it off of the garage roof hoping that it would come busting apart…nope.  So I need to go and put the hurt on it.

Have a good week and talk at you again soon.

 

P Litter at Three Weeks Old

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The pups are all getting big, have their eyes wide open and are waddling around.  They just started on canned puppy food yesterday.  Another week or so and they’ll want to start spending time outside, right now they stay in their box with the garage door open for sunshine, fresh air and outside sounds and smells.

Here is this week’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV4g9fQYaco

I’ve also started banging tins when I’m around to get them used to loud noises, which is part of how I start my process of gun exposure.  The pups will be too young to finish the whole process, the rest is left up to the owners.  I wrote an article about my puppy bird and gun exposure process a few years back and titled it “Early Exposure for the Gun Dog Puppy” and it is reprinted here: https://bluestemkennels.com/2016/08/08/early-exposure-for-the-gun-dog-puppy/

They will be up and moving next week, as well as eating lots of soft food, so come back and check them out then.  I hope everyone is enjoying the spring sunshine as much as we are.

P Litter Two Weeks Old

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It has been quite a week for the residents of Bellevue, Nebraska and the entire state of Nebraska for that matter.  By now you’ve seen it on the news I’m sure. The most shocking for us is that the neighborhood that we moved out of 16 years ago is under water.  Even today, the mobile homes are up to their windows with water.  The great thing is that we’ve all rallied together to take care of those impacted by the flood.  I wish that I had more to give for the relief effort, but 15% of the deposit money from this litter of pups went to food for those impacted by the flood here in Bellevue (the rest is needed for dog food and vet bills to keep these guys going).  So many people are coming together volunteering their time and making donations.  The Bellevue church community is running its own shelter and supply distribution center, ran entirely by local donations.  The American Red Cross is also operating a shelter and supply distribution center.  If you wish to donate to flood relief efforts in our area, please give to the American Red Cross https://www.redcross.org/local/nebraska/about-us/news-and-events/news/nebraska-flooding.html

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Bluestem Kennels Flood Relief Food Donations to the Bellevue Christian Center

All of the new owners have been anxiously awaiting new phots and video now that the puppies have their eyes open and are much more mobile.  At this point, I like to put them in a new environment for 5 minutes or so every day or every other day to get them used to the idea of there being a world outside of their box.  But their favorite place is still in their box and it will be for another couple of weeks yet.  I will start spoonfeeding them mush over the next week so that we can transition to the pan

Here are the photos of the individual puppies.  They are for my record keeping and identification going forward as much as they are for anything else.  These are just names that I use as placeholders to post photos online.  I do not actually call them by these names.  In this case, I had enough “P” female names in my family to give the whole litter names.  Usually it is family and friends’ names or characters from literature.  Due to time constraints, I only do individual photos a few times.

Here is this weeks video, from their adventure on the living room floor to back in their box. https://youtu.be/I1NJSQSJOGc

Females

Phila Mae Face

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Phila Mae Back

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Peggy Face

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Peggy Back

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Penelope Face

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Penelope Back

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Patience Face

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Patience Back

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Pamela Face

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Pamela Back

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Males

Paul Face

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Paul Back

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Peter Face

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Peter Back

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Philip Face

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Philip Back

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I hope you all enjoyed those sweet faces, I know that I did!  Take care until next week and keep Nebraska in your thoughts and prayers.

“P” Litter at One Week Old

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Please e-mail bluestemkennels@gmail.com if you wished to be placed on the contact list should someone back out of taking one of these puppies home.  At this time, all puppies are spoken for.

Saturday Ruth and the puppies moved out into the garage, which is just off of the kitchen and directly beneath my bedroom.  So I’m feeling a bit like having a new baby since I wake up every time one of the puppies pitches a fit on their way to the teat at night (going to have to talk to my contractor about getting some more insulation between the garage and the bedroom).

They are really starting to scoot around and we only have another week or so before their eyes open and they start to try to stand up.

The weather is warming up, the snow is melting and it is going straight into the rainy season.  But the change in the weather makes it so that they can be in the garage, otherwise they would still be in the kitchen if it was in the teens and snowing like it was a few weeks ago.

No news is good news, everyone is growing like they are supposed to be and all is well.  Here is the video from today: https://youtu.be/RlFBWcz4cu8

 

Welcome “P” Litter!

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E-mail bluestemkennels@gmail.com to be placed on the list should someone back out of taking home one of these puppies!  As of right now, they are all spoken for.  The soonest the puppies can go home is on Monday, April 29th and I’d like to have them all out of the door by Sunday, May 5th so that I can get ready for my daughter’s high school graduation a couple of weeks later.

The “P” Litter of 2019 between Ruth and Zoro arrived on Monday morning, March 4th.  Ruth began whelping right before I got out of bed at 6:30 AM and finished up by 11 AM so it was very quick.  Five girls and three boys.  The whelping went very smoothly and the puppies are growing quickly!  Here is a photo of them right before bedtime on Monday.

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Ruth and the newborn pups of the “P” Litter

The pups went to the vet Tuesday afternoon to get their tails docked and their dew claws removed.  My vets were on vacation and it was a substitute vet, so I was too busy talking to get any photos.  I take of 1/3 of the tail and leave 2/3, the longest allowed by the AKC breed standard.  I think that it make their point look more stylish and helps them use their tail as a rudder for direction when swimming in the water.  The AKC standard states that the tail should be docked to 1/2 to 2/3.

Here is a video that I took of them today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvGSsx_V93c&t=6s

The temperatures are starting to warm up here, so with supplemental heat the pups will be moving out into the attached garage over the weekend.  Not that I don’t love having them in the kitchen where I can be with them all of the time, it is just that after whelping the mother females lose their housebreaking with the amount of food that they have to eat and it makes for some nasty cleanups overnight and when I need to leave the house for a few hours.

I am very excited to watch these pups mature, as this is the mating that I am planning on taking the next generation of my kennel from in a new years.  It will be the fifth generation of Wirehaired Pointing Griffons that we’ve owned and the fourth generation and we have bred.  It is exciting and pretty amazing how the last nine years have flown by.  Caleb is still my head puppy hugger and does not know life before the annual arrival of the puppies.  He is so good with them and checks up on them almost hourly.  Caleb loves puppies so much that he has asked that his birthday cake is decorated with Griff heads this year!

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Caleb hugging puppies in 2019

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Caleb snuggling puppies in 2011

Here’s a collage of some of the photos that I took today.  I don’t take individual photos until their eyes open in another ten days or so.

And one more of everyone before I close out before the weekend.  Catch up with all of you next week with one week old photos and video.

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Ruth and the “P” Litter at four days old

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