If you are interested in being considered for a puppy from one of our two litters that we are breeding this year, please e-mail bluestemkennels@gmail.com and I will send you over a questionnaire.  I had over 100 initial contacts to sort through to start with and having more inquiries coming in daily, I needed a way to narrow the search for owners down.  For those of you who have already responded with a completed questionnaire, I will begin sorting through those tomorrow and send you an e-mail receipt that I have received you questionnaire and am processing it. (I need to make the questionnaire an online form that submits through the website, but I’m my own website admin and not there yet).

BB was first bred by Chief on December 12, so that has puppies being whelped the second week of February and going home sometime at the beginning/mid-April.  Fire has now been bred by Chief, with first tie being January 19th.  They had another tie this morning, so we are still in the midst.  Fire’s pups will be born mid to late March and go home mid to late May, if all goes as planned.

If all goes as planned and as it has gone in the past, I could have 20-25 puppies this season.  That number could be lower, just depending on what Mother Nature decides to give me this year.  It might only be 10 between the two litters.  We just don’t know until we get there.  I do ask for your continued patience as I am not only a dog breeder, but also a mom of three whose husband travels for business frequently, the co-editor of the AWPGA magazine, a substitute middle and high school teacher, a youth wrestling coach and a show choir stage mom.

I may not be super accessible, but I breed great dogs!!

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Pregnant BB having her breakfast today.

Speaking of which, we’ve had some good hunts recently.  Back at the beginning of the month Matt and Charles went out with Fire.  The only bird on the day was Matt with a single quail.

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Matt, Fire and Charles with a quail.

After that round of snow melted and before we got pummeled with these two rounds of Arctic air and snow these past few weeks, there was one day of 50 degree weather.  The roads were a little muddy, but I went for it.

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Starting off a good hunt in the Missouri River valley.

BB, Chief and I worked our way diagonally across this area.  When we got to the far corner, Chief went on solid point in a clump of grass.  I kicked up a rooster and knocked it down on the second shot.  Chief was right on him and brought me the bird.

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Good boy Chief

BB went on the lam down the river a ways, but Chief and I got on to a covey of quail not thirty yards away from the rooster.  There were probably twenty total that got up in three flushes, which made it confusing for Chief when I knocked one down out of the first flush.  I finally reined BB back in and she got right to finding the bird.

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Good girl BB on the quail retrieve

We stumbled around some more looking for that covey of quail, but it was getting late, muddy and dangerous.  I was tripping over logs covered by grass and the wind was picking up and bringing a storm in.  And it was almost time to get the kids from school.  So as I was pulling back and trying to get the dogs out of there BB located the covey again and busted them up out of range.  Later on our way back, Chief went way out on after a rooster.  I was just in way too big of a hurry to get out of there and I had done what I had set out to do.

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A selfie with Chief, BB, a rooster and a quail.

Just this past Saturday, Charles and our ten month-old pup Ruth went out and knocked down five quail and a rabbit.  She has been a little slow with her wild bird retrieving consistency (which is very common when training a pup), but Charles said that she retrieved these with no hesitation and brought them to hand.

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Ruth, a cottontail rabbit and five bobwhite quail.

We’re down to a week left in hunting season and Charles is talking about taking some time off from work to get some more time in the field.  I need to work on lining up new puppy owners (hang in there guys!) and getting ready to go partake of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City in a few weeks as a spectator!  Thanks for checking in and I’ll keep you all up to date on the happenings.