All of our puppies are spoken for at this time, please e-mail bluestemkennels@gmail.com if you would like to be on the contact list in the event that someone backs out at the last minute.

Puppy Placements

I will give you the short business first, then tell you the dramatic tale second.

On March 29th we had an unplanned breeding between Bourg-Royal CB Bluestem JH, NA I UT III “BB” and Bluestem’s Otoe Chief, NA II “Chief”, so we have puppies available.  BB is imported from Quebec and Chief is the grandson of our foundation pair who was crossed on to a De Jac’s female.  These are going to be amazing hunters and family companions.  They were born on Friday, May 27: 6 males and 5 females.  Five of the males and three females have been spoken for at this point, so that leaves 1 male and 1 female available.  They will be ready to go to their new homes starting Saturday, July 23 and need to all be in their new homes by Sunday, August 1st.

I prefer to place my puppies in hunting and/or NAVHDA homes but will also consider quality companion homes with an active/outdoors lifestyle.  The deposit to reserve a puppy is $200, with $900 due at pickup for a total of $1100.  The pups come with tails docked, dew claws removed, de-worming, first vaccinations, microchip and a 3 year guarantee against fatal genetic defects or hip dysplasia.  The puppies do not automatically come with breeding rights, if you are interested in possibly breeding the dog down the road there are additional steps that you can discuss with me.

I ship via Delta Pet First/Air Cargo for and additional $500 out of Omaha Eppley Airfield, which is about 15 minutes from my house.  Includes airfare and shipping supplies.  The puppies take the first flight out in the morning and arrive at their destination midday.  It will be the heat of summer when these guys go and there is a strong possibility that flights can be rescheduled due to the heat on the tarmac at the connecting location.  I would really prefer if folks drove to pick up if possible.

I like to do phone interviews prior to taking a deposit, therefore if you are interested in going forward with trying to get a pup either give me a call at (402) 682-9802 or send me an e-mail to bluestemkennels@gmail.com with a phone number and a good time to call.  Placements go quickly when I have puppies available.  I look forward to speaking with you should I get a chance.

“L” is for Love

March 29th was my son Caleb’s 7th birthday and I remember it well.  It was state testing time and I had been called in to school to do elementary pull-out special education reading.  There was no room for us to work in the building, I had to just sort of make space in the band room or in people’s offices or wherever.  At one point in the day, I was up teaching in the foyer of the building.  Can you imagine trying to teach 6 little boys, some with mild autism, while people were coming and going?  Anyway, I was frazzled when I got home.  The dogs were all having fits in their kennels and I really just wanted some peace and quiet.  So I let them all out.

Charles gets home an hour later, looks out of the kitchen window and says, “BB and Chief are tied”.  Oh man.  I called the 24 hour emergency vet clinic and they didn’t do a morning after shot.  I called all over Lincoln and Omaha, no more morning after shots.  Where did all of the morning after shots go?  We did this a few times 20 years ago (not with griffons, but with our English Pointer and Brittany getting into the neighbor females).  I’ll have to see if I can order it from Australia and do it myself next time.  Yet I digress.

There’s a vet in Lincoln who will do dog abortions at 30 days with a positive pregnancy test.  So we do the relaxin test and it comes back negative.  BB didn’t look pregnant then.  Life goes on.

(Post-script: Folks have asked me why I wanted to terminate the pregnancy.  Several reasons: 1) Timing: this is a difficult time of year for hunters to take on puppies.  Really these dogs won’t have any leg for hunting until late season. 2) Heat: it is tough raising puppies at this time of year due to the heat.  I will basically need to be home all of the time over the last few weeks to watch them.  The heat also makes it difficult (but not impossible) to fly the pups.  3) Stud age: Chief is my next stud dog.  He just got a few months head start on me.  He won’t be of age to get a hip scan for a few months.  I am bound by the AWPGA Code of Ethics that states that I should only breed dogs over 2 years of age with hip scans.  I have had this litter approved by the AWPGA Board of Directors as an accident.  None of his ancestors have had hip issues and he has gone a full hunting season (including a full week in North Dakota) without issues.  I am still guaranteeing this litter against hip dysplasia.  It is a very desirable breeding and was actually planned for 2 years down the road.  They just beat me to the punch.  Maybe this is all too much information, but I suffer from a serious case of brutal honesty, so I know that dog breeder reality is a bit overwhelming for some, but I prefer that to the alternative.)

Then out of nowhere like 2 weeks ago, we’ve got teats and a belly.  Crap.  Maybe it is a false pregnancy?  Then like two days before they were born, I feel them move.  Crap again.  It was only one tie, it can’t be that many, right?

I wasn’t expecting them until Saturday.  I wasn’t ready for them.  I was out visiting the “K” Litter at Aaron’s place and picking stuff up for my older son Conrad’s 12th birthday and my 15 year old-daughter, Cordelia, calls me, “BB is having puppies.”

“Okay kiddo, you’ve got this, I’ll be home in 20 minutes.”

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Cordelia, BB and the first 5 puppies

Here I was worried about raising city kids.  Cordelia is a star student and just made the varsity show choir as a sophomore.  But she knows how to get it done on the dog farm.  I also have to put in a plug for K-9 Kondo of Stapleton, Nebraska.  That house right there is their Dog Den 3.  You pull the roof off and you have a whelping box.  http://www.k-9kondo.com/

As there was a thunderstorm imminent and sprinkles were felt, the first thing that I did was put a tarp over the kennel so that I would have time to get my laundry room converted into the emergency whelping area.

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Emergency whelping area

With a few ex-pens, a kiddie pool and some cedar chips, the emergency whelping area was deployed.  Saturday we finally got the garage kennel all ready to go.  Please ignore my junk.

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Garage kennel

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Whelping box

We were at the vet’s door at 7:30 AM this morning for tail docking and dew claw removal.  And puppy cuddles from all of my great vet techs at Heartland Pet Hospital.

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A laundry basket full of puppies at the vet

That is the dramatic tale of the arrival of the “L” litter.  Everyone seems to be doing great.

“K” Litter

Rewind back to Friday, before the arrival of the new litter, I was spending time with Aaron and the pups at his house about 20 miles away from mine.  I was wearing these ghetto gym shorts with no pockets and I threw my van keys in the van and shut the door.  The stupid van computer locked me out.  So poor Aaron had to run me all the way back into town to meet Charles at the movie theater where Conrad and his friends were going to X-Men Apocalypse for his birthday.  But at least Cordelia was home and I was back on the road in time to relieve her before the storm.  I am feeling like a whirling vortex of drama this week.

But the two week old puppies have their eyes open and are really active.  They have started puppy mush of canned puppy food mixed with puppy milk replacer.  I am going to hold off on the detailed update on them for another day or so because I really need to get this post up and these “L” puppies some homes!  I have individual puppy photos to post and I need to pick out their “K” litter names.  I also have lots of video footage, so tomorrow I’ll get on that.  I will probably just add them to the end of this post, so just make sure to check back if you want to see all that stuff.  Until then…

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The 13 “K” Litter pups and Velma