Owner Testamonials

Most of my e-mails from owners now go in the Pupdates section of each blog post, so feel free to look at the individual posts in Archived Posts for updated information regarding our successful pups!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rick Darrell
    Mar 27, 2019 @ 21:07:12

    Hello Charles and Charity! My how the time flies. I think it’s been a while since we last checked in, so thought I’d send an update on D-litter pup, Dottie. Dottie is doing great! Hunting at the Darrell household has slowed down a bit the past few years, but we still get out at least two or three times each season. Dottie has taken on a new job as well. She is an AKC certified therapy dog and a member of the local Omaha Love On A Leash group. This fall Dottie also became a canine ambassador to Omaha Public Schools. She attends Morton Middle School’s 6th grade math classes with my wife 3 to 4 days a week. We are so proud of Dottie and just love having her as a part of our family. It’s so great to see you continue to breed such great dogs!


  2. Susan Davy
    May 26, 2012 @ 13:40:43

    Once my husband and I agreed that we wanted to add one more pointing dog to the two we already have, the search began. We have an 8 1/2 year old male and a 5 1/2 year old female – both Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, each from different breeders. We are avid upland game hunters and so with field/hunting stock in mind, we began the search for a new breeder of WPGs. For this adoption, the internet was a very large factor in upping our ability to gather information about breeders. Through the Good Griff Club, and the AWPGA internet sites, I was able to learn about some of the major breeders. This search began last August or Sept (2011). We were hoping to adopt a puppy in the spring of 2012. We chose Charity and Charles Upchurch of Bluestem Kennels in Nebraska because they seemed to represent all that we were looking for regarding our breed and how they approached their own hunting passion with their dogs. We also wanted to adopt a puppy from the midwest and Nebraska fit that requirement. As it so happened, the Upchurches do hunt in North Dakota, and invited us to meet them and their breeding dogs, and even to hunt over them. We did this in October (2011) and found good hunters and very good dogs, their Sam and Sioux. We headed home feeling even more confident that we had made a good choice for our future pup.

    Charity kept us informed of the breeding with their other bitch Mae, and with the birth of the pups, we received a phone call. Again the internet played a big role as a tool to keep us in the loop as the pups grew. I was very impressed with how the pups were cared for, how they were introduced to children, bird smells, water, live pigeon, riding in a vehicle. Bluestem’s committment and personal interest in the WPG couldn’t be better. When we arrived to pick up TracHer, she came with to us having received proper medical care, as well as an amazing amount of exposure to prepare for a future in our home and in the field. May she live a long and complete life here in ND.


  3. Cliff & Marilyn Herr
    May 13, 2012 @ 20:11:40

    Belle has been back in Oklahoma with us for a week now. It’s amazing how well she has adjusted to her new surroundings and learned new behaviors. After 2 nights, she has been sleeping all night in her kennel and awaking at sunrise. After 1 day she already knew her name and would most commonly come when called. During the week, Belle has been on multiple excursions to the lake, town and walks (and runs). Other progress includes sit on command (usually involves a treat, but not always) and plays fetch. The fetch play is staged so that she has to run back to me, but she loves the game. She is also making good progress to walk on the leash. When I took her to my local vet, she was the queen of the office and everyone had to pet her. She goes to the Oklahoma State Vet Hospital. The vet resident and the student vet loved her personality and can’t wait to see her again

    I want to thank Charity and Charles for the time and effort that they expend to provide their puppies with multiple experiences and socialization. This experience coupled with a great pedigree provides the best possible odds on having an oustanding puppie. I look forward to continuing train Belle for the upcoming hunting season and having her as a family pet. Plus she is really good with our twin granddaughters. I

    I would highly recommend Charity and Charles to others looking for a breeder with integrity and high quality dogs.


  4. Randy &Pam Feser
    May 08, 2011 @ 14:37:16

    We would like to thank Charles and Charity for considering us for one of their pups. We could tell, by our visit, how they interacted with Sam & Sue, they had a passion for these dogs.
    They kept us well informed on Sue’s progress and also the puppies, while they were getting prepared to go to there new homes.
    Charity was so helpful on setting up the airline arrangements and also getting her to the airport in the early morning hours of April 18th. All the paperwork, chipping information and records were passed on in a professional manner.
    Bess, now known as Roxy, is all we could have hoped for. See is cute and energetic and also retrieves, points , walks on the lease, and has even water retrieved at 10 weeks of age.
    She will be as much of a great pet to us as a great hunter for Randy.

    Thank you Charles and Charity for making this possible for us. We are sending some pictures showing what Roxy is becoming on your home web site.


  5. Sean and Amber Gifford
    Nov 17, 2010 @ 13:07:40

    Charity and Charles did a wonderful job with our griff, “Gauge.” From the moment we made contact with them inquiring about a dog, they were very informative and helpful in the process of selecting the right dog for our hunting and family needs. Charity consistently spent quality time with these dogs in a family environment as well as “bird dog” activities that invested in the future of these pups as hunting companions. They were conveniently willing to keep our dog for an extra week due to a pre-planned family vacation that interfered with the standard pickup date, and Charity even offered to drive 4 hours round-trip to meet us for the exchange, which was a very appreciated gesture. Now that Gauge is 6-months of age, he has already been on 3 successful pheasant hunts this season, and has been an outstanding hunting companion that is very effective in the field. I have been training Gauge with Wolters’ training methods, and have been thrilled with the results thus far! He was pointing almost immediately (at 9 weeks of age), and has also been great in retrieval. In the home, Gauge has become a welcome addition to the family. With three young boys in the house, he’s very well tempered and patient. One of the great features in dealing with Charity and Charles are the blogs that keeps future owners updated on their dogs several times a week. My wife and I often found ourselves checking the website daily, eagerly awaiting the next update which was very exciting! We would highly recommend Bluestem Kennels, and will be looking at dealing with them again in a few years for another Griff!


  6. Harry Wetzel
    Jul 10, 2010 @ 14:05:03

    From our first contact with Charity and Charles we were treated well. Comunication, as we prepared for our new pup was great. Charity made a point to contact us each week. She had answers to all our questions and was very willing to give us options for pick up. She spent quite a bit of time researching air delivery which in the end we did not use. I picked up our puppy exacly eight weeks after birth and she was a wonderful companion for the trip back to California. Timid at first, she quickly bonded with me. Here in California she has quickly accepted the routines we have put in place for her and loves our lab and outdoor smart cat. Charity and Charles did a great job raising this litter. I recommend them without reservation. Finally I love the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breed. They are smart, affectionate, great with other domestic animals, calm, fun loving, and they welcome people contact. I look forward to training her for upland game bird and waterfowl hunting.


  7. Pete Tobin
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 02:01:26

    Charity and Charles did an outstanding job bringing up these pups. They where bred from excellent stock and were well prepared to go their new homes. They are very well adjusted to all environments, eager to learn, and just very fun dogs to be around. I have had my pup home for about a week (8 weeks old) and he is recognizing several commands and has a great temperament. In just a week I have found my pup to be a joy and it is the groundwork that Charity and Charles gave to my pup that will make him a winner in the field and in my household. As a bonus if you time it right you will get a really great steak dinner when you pick up your dog. These are very fine folks with really great dogs. In a world of overpriced underperforming dogs Charity and Charles are doing it the right way.


  8. Nancy and Kelvin Childers
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 12:19:36

    We are very pleased with the professionalism and condition of our puppy Winston. He is doing very well when crated, no accidents and is getting very comfortable with his surroundings. He has been socialized well with children and other dogs. He played with our 3 small neighbor children the first day he was with us. Day 2, yesterday he enjoyed his playtime with his big sister and the neighbor standard poodle. A chukker wing was introduced the first day with great enthusiasm and retrieving vigor.
    The adjustment to his new home has gone very well due to his exposure and training that Charity put on these pups. I would highly recommend buying from the breeder again.

    Nancy Childers


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