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Playing with Fire and “H” Litter 6.5 weeks

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The puppy that we kept out of the “G” litter, “Fire” from Sam and BB is doing well.  She is 3 months old right now and weighs about 17 pounds.  We took her out with 3 of our captive quail on Friday, unfortunately 2 of them got away from us before she could get on to them, but we did have one good point and flush.  My video camera was out of battery, so I only took a couple of stills from the day.

Three month old Fire getting used to working out in front.

Three-month old Fire getting used to working out in front.

Fire pointing the planted quail.

Fire pointing the planted quail.

Fire is doing okay on housebreaking, we still have an accident every few days.  Instead of putting her in the ex-pen in the front yard for bathroom breaks, we’re working her on the puppy-gauge checkcord which is good practice for when we start to train with the adult-sized checkcord.  Probably the biggest difficulty we’ve had with her the past week is with her stomach.  She is obsessed with my hair ties and has stolen from the night stand and eaten about 5 of them.  They’ve either passed back up or through, but I don’t want her getting a blockage from them, so they are hanging high from here on out.  Also, she must have gotten into some wormy deer or rabbit poop out back, as we had to fight off a bad case of roundworm.  Luckily, two days of dosing her with the over-the-counter liquid puppy de-wormer seemed to do the trick.  So hopefully the stomach concerns are over for now.

The big dogs are all fine, just ready for their spring grooming.  And of course my last litter of puppies for 2014, they start going home a week from tomorrow.  They are all just wonderful pups and their owners should be very excited;  they’re pretty feisty and are ready for some more individual time.  In addition to our own de-sensitizing with the cap gun, one of our neighbors has been getting a new roof, so there has been plenty of popping going on.  We had a 100 degree day on Wednesday, so I was outside with the dogs most of the day keeping them cool in the pool.  They love to pick up random objects and carry them around.  Plus they are super friendly!  I have one of my frozen dead quail thawing out and we’ll play with that this week, then Friday is their vet appointment for microchips and shots.  Here are their individual pictures:

 

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

This week’s YouTube is pretty funny, as it features my five-year old son, Caleb, absconding into the woods with two of the puppies and me trying to get them all to come back.  You can see how active they are now.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rnFdgULxIU&feature=youtu.be

Charles and our ten-year old son, Conrad, went out on Saturday to give a hand at the Heartland Chapter NAVHDA Spring test.  They got to meet one of the Switchgrass griffons out of Oklahoma and were pleased with the dog’s performance.  Plus it was just good for them both to get out with the dog people.

We weathered last night’s storm just fine, it was really no more than an average thunderstorm here, but I know that there are folks west of us who lost homes, barns, and animals, so our prayers go out to them and we’re thankful to all be safe here.  I hope that both dog and human mothers had a blessed Mother’s Day yesterday.  I’ll be sure to catch up with you again this weekend before the pups start going home.

“H” Litter at 5 1/2 weeks

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The puppies are doing very well, they are now excited to get out of the kennel a few times a day instead of being scared to go out of it.  It is hard to believe that they will start going home two weeks from tomorrow.  After the week of rain we’ve had some nice sunny days, so it gives them the opportunity to experience all of the sights, sounds, and smells of spring.

We’ve been running the big dogs out in the country every weekend now, it really helps with control when we’re back at the house.  Although we have an acre that is attached to the neighbors’ 4 acres, they need to get out into a hunting field that often to blow off steam.  Plus it is good exercise for us and kids.

Here are the pictures of the pups:

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

Here is the weekly video update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAKwT7lR9ak&feature=youtu.be

Susan and Tom shot some video of practicing with a live duck retrieve with TracHer up in North Dakota.  TracHer really gets out there and swims just like her dad, Sam.  She is from our 2012 “C” litter of Mae and Sam.  Thanks to Susan and Tom for letting me share their video: https://vimeo.com/93433615

Happy 4th birthday to my “A” Litter of 2010 from Sue and Sam, the litter that started all of this craziness!  It is funny how all of this versatile hunting dog stuff has totally taken over our lives and I am so thankful for all of the wonderful people we have met through pup and clubs such as NAVHDA and AWPGA.  Time to get outside and let everyone out, so I’ll catch up with you next week.

“H” litter 4.5 weeks and Big Wins

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We have had lots of rain, which you are never allowed to complain about in Nebraska, but it has made getting photos and video a bit challenging over the last week.  The puppies are really getting up and around.  They are taking their first few steps outside of the kennel when the door is open, but would rather just play around in the safety of the fence at this point.  I have weaned them from soft canned food and they are totally on hard puppy kibble now.

Charles took Fire, our 11 week old female from the “H” litter, out for her first introduction to flying game birds (no gun).  I had too much to do at home, but the oldest boy went and I should have enlisted him to take some pictures.  Oh well, you can’t catch it all.

BB and Sam are ready for training season too and are really needing extra exercise these days to burn off their energy.  BB was a bonebag when the pups were here, but she filled back out nicely.  Charles is talking about working on AKC Master Hunter training with BB and going through that process over the next few years.  He’d like to do more walking field trials with her too.  We’ll see, he stays pretty busy at work.

We are 4 months away from sharptailed grouse opener in the Sandhills, so I’ve got the health kick going on so that I don’t die out there.  I should probably get out to the skeet range one of these days too.

But back to the puppies!  Here are their individual photos updated:

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold (front)

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

And this week’s YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWnqToBOngc&feature=youtu.be

Pupdates

We’ve had some great showings out of Sam and Mae’s pups from the past couple of years recently.  Bluestem Big Sky Rendezvous CGC “Midge” from our 2013 “F” Litter won Winners Bitch both days against some big name competition at the Peninsula Dog Fanciers Club show in Bremerton, WA in March. She also just completed her AKC Canine Good Citizen title a couple of weeks ago.  Memorial Day weekend will be her NAVHDA Natural Ability Test and we wish them the best of luck!  Great job owner-handler Lindsay Volpe at the show!  Go Lou and Midge at the test!

Lindsay and Midge striking a pose with Gabe and Frannie in the background

Lindsay and Midge striking a pose with Gabe and Frannie in the background

We also just received word that Bluestem Winchester NA II “Chester” from our 2012 “C” Litter passed the first two legs of his AKC Senior Hunter title over the weekend at the Long Island, NY German Shorthaired Pointer Club.  He will continue working towards the rest of his SH title this spring and begin working on NAVHDA UT as well.  The East Coast might have a new stud dog in the making here!  Congratulations Sal and Chester!

Chester showing off his bling with owner Sal

Chester showing off his bling with owner Sal

Well, that’s the update for the week, thank you as always to my owners for giving me such great brags!  We wouldn’t be able to do this without you!

Hard to believe that the puppies will be 5 weeks old tomorrow, so the final countdown begins with 3 weeks to go for homegoing.  This is the most fun of having the litter when we get to do more outside with them, but the paperwork and vetting all starts to kick in too, so it keeps it busy.  So stay springy until next week.

“G” Litter All at Home and “H” Litter at 3.5 Weeks

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Our last puppy went home on Good Friday, Gallixe went across town in Omaha with Gil, while Ginny stays here with us.

Gil and his daughter taking Gallixe home

Gil and his daughter taking Gallixe home

Saturday we took Ginny, now know as “Fire”, out with her mom and dad to the local dog training wildlife management area.  Right now we are primarily working with her on housebreaking, coming when she is called and getting accustomed to cap gun fire when she is playing in the yard.

Caleb runs ahead of Fire

Caleb runs ahead of Fire

 

Sam and BB in the field

Sam and BB in the field

Conrad, Caleb, Charles and Cordelia with Fire in the lead

Conrad, Caleb, Charles and Cordelia with Fire in the lead

The “H” litter was big enough to move out into Mae’s new dog kennel on Saturday.  We converted her from a 6 ft by 8 ft chain link to a 8 ft by 12 ft welded wire to give the litter more space.  The pups are able to get themselves in and out of the dog house, so it is good for their little legs to get them some more space outside and the stimulation of all of the noise and smells.  They also got their first sample of puppy mush, but weren’t very interested since Mae is feeding them well.

"H" Litter at 3.5 weeks old

“H” Litter at 3.5 weeks old lounging around

And of course the weekly YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQqGAOHo2Uk&feature=youtu.be

I hope that you all had a blessed Easter and all of the “G” litter owners are enjoying their new pups!  I’ll be sure to get updated individual photos of the “H” litter out next week.  Talk at you then!

“G” Litter Homegoing and “H” Litter 2 weeks old

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A week ago today most of the puppies of our “G” Litter 2014 from Sam and BB went to their new homes.  It was a big day for everyone.  So big that I forgot to photograph both of the puppies and owners who went home to Minnesota.  Gascon went home with Will and Gabriella went home with Brad, but I have no pictures!  Hopefully, I can catch up with them later.

Here are the parting shots:

 

Gus flew home to Tennessee with John

Gus flew home to Tennessee with John

 

George is in North Dakota with Jeff

George is in North Dakota with Jeff

Gayle headed to York, Nebraska with Curt and family

Gayle headed to York, Nebraska with Curt and family

Gertrude went to Missouri with Kaylee

Gertrude went to Missouri with Kaylee

Gemma went to Broken Bow, Nebraska with Jeff and Mac.

Gemma went to Broken Bow, Nebraska with Jeff and Mac.

Gilbert went to Roca, Nebraska with Karl and his wife

Gilbert went to Roca, Nebraska with Karl and his wife

Garnet stays in Omaha with Charlie and family

Garnet stays in Omaha with Charlie and family

Gisele flew to Mexico City, Mexico with Charbel

Gisele flew to Mexico City, Mexico with Charbel

We enjoyed meeting everyone and sending these fabulous puppies home with them, but spending the afternoon with Charbel was quite a treat.  He is the real “Most Interesting Man in the World” from the Dos Equis commercials and has had many adventures all over the world.  Bluestem Freyja will be the first Wirehaired Pointing Griffon/Korthals Griffon registered with the Federacion Canofila Mexicana, the AKC of Mexico.

Tuesday, Gene flew to Texas to be with Colby and I hope to get a picture out of them as well.  Charles and I are keeping Gallixe and Ginny will stay in Omaha with Gil and his family starting on Friday.  So I have two puppies in my living room that I’m trying to keep from peeing and pooping on my carpet (that I am swearing I will tear out myself this summer, luckily, there is old oak flooring underneath).

Although it was almost 90 degrees here yesterday, today we are back down in the 40s and rain, so it isn’t quite time to put the “H” litter puppies outside yet.  They are getting quite fat and their eyes are open.  I took them outside yesterday to get some video and pictures of them.  Today they got their silly names.  Here we are, “H” Litter 2014:

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Hope

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Girl: Harriet

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Hez

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold

Boy: Harold

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

Boy: Herbert

And of course, the weekly YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prwTEPhu3Y8&feature=youtu.be

For those of you who are future “H” litter owners, I would like all of the puppies to go home between their 8 week birthday on Tuesday, May 20th and the end of Memorial Day weekend on Monday, May 26th.  I sent an e-mail to that effect.  If you have any problems with this timeframe, please let me know immediately.  I love being with the puppies and look forward to puppy season every year, but I am already starting to dream about post-puppy adventures with my kids this summer.

This week we’ll be working on getting the pups up and moving around some more, as well as trying them on food mush.  As there are only 5 of them, it isn’t as pressing to get them on to solid food as it was with 13.  But either way, it will be time to stuff some puppies into an Easter basket or something next weekend, so keep your eyes out for that and check in with you then.

Preparing to say goodbye to “G” Litter (plus “H” Litter at 1 1/2 weeks)

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This week’s post is going to be long on photos and video and short on words.  This weekend is homegoing for most of “G” Litter, so I have tons of paperwork and housework to do.  But I wanted to give you all one more dose of their cuteness before they go.  I am very pleased with how well this litter has turned out.  They have all cleared their health checks, are full of energy, show natural point, retrieve and good noses, listen well and are super affectionate.  BB has done a great job.

 

 

Tarp terrorist

Tarp terrorist

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Brush pile explorer

Brush pile explorer

Play fight

Play fight

Playing with a wayward food can

Playing with a wayward food can

Big smile!

Big smile!

Plus the final “G” Litter YouTube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NoZSMBeiak&feature=youtu.be

Now on to the “H” Litter.  Not much action there, just sleeping and eating at a week and a half old.

H Litter taking a nap

H Litter taking a nap

And the “H” litter YouTube video for the week:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMEdULMtogE&feature=youtu.be

Well it is time for me to head down to the veterinarian’s office to pick up the health certificates for those puppies who are going on the road and on airplanes this weekend.  I’ll catch up with you again sometime during the week.

 

Welcome “H” Litter 2014

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Sorry for the delay in announcement, but things are busy here!  We did not have to induce Mae because she and I got up Tuesday morning and walked 2 miles between 5 and 6 AM, then another 3 miles at midday.  Her first puppy was born at around 5:30 PM and her last live birth was around 11 PM.  She had 5 healthy live births, 3 boys and 2 girls.  There were two stillborns, the second puppy born which was small and malformed, then the last puppy born sometime in the night, which was about the size of a three week old puppy hence Mae’s misleadingly large size.  Mae did a wonderful job whelping her last litter.  She has been a terrific natural whelper and great mother to the three litters she has had with us.  I was very glad to have her go into labor on her own, as I am a big proponent of natural birth in all living things.  All three of my kids were born naturally with nurse midwives.  So I guess this makes me a dog midwife, huh?  With this being my eighth litter, I’m starting to feel like a pro.

Well, here they are!  I haven’t handled them much, so I can’t yet pick out the boys from the girls.  They had their tails and dew claws done on Wednesday, along with being inspected by the veterinarian.  Everyone checked out so we’ll hope for smooth sailing from here on out!

 

Four day old "H" Litter puppies

Four day old “H” Litter puppies

And a quick YouTube video:

Bluestem Kennels Wirehaired Pointing Griffons “H” Litter 4 days old

Today is my son Caleb’s 5th birthday and my mom is in town for the weekend for a visit, so I had better run.  I will get my last post up about “G” litter before they head to their new homes along with some pupdates sometime during the week.

 

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