The clouds and rain finally dispursed yesterday evening, so we headed down to the local dog training wildlife management area to give Sue, Sam and the last pup (Alpha Female) a big run.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppies

Sue, Alpha Female and Sam

Half of the WMA had been grazed by a herd of cattle, which made the area easier to negotiate.  The other half would have been difficult for the pup and my kids to wade through, since the grass was waist to shoulder high, typical for the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Puppies

Getting a good run in

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppies

Full speed ahead!

Fun was had by all!

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppies

Charles, Alpha Female, Sam, and Sue on the cow trail

The old farmer saying about corn was “knee high by the Fourth of July”.  This year, it is more like “head high”!

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Sue and big corn

Alpha Female flies to Atlanta on Thursday, with her final home destination of Alabama.  It will be time for us to focus on polishing up our training on Sam and Sue, while getting some pedigree research done (Pedigree Profiles are coming to the blog starting July 11th).

We are looking forward to the Heartland NAVHDA Chapter’s Training Days on July 10th and September 11th, with our eyes on the big prize of sharptail grouse and prairie chicken opener in my Nebraska Sandhills on September 18th.

We will miss the little pups, but are pumped up for a great hunting season and Sam’s NAVHDA Utility Preparatory Test.