“E” Litter – One Week Old

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It never ceases to amaze me as to how quickly these puppies grow!  They’ve gone from the size of bratwursts to the size of really fat guinea pigs in a week.  Good job mama Sue!

"E" Litter at one week old

“E” Litter at one week old

I have registered the litter with the AKC online and have sent the litter registration paperwork to NAVHDA via mail.  Just to make sure that my future owners are clear, I will give you the paperwork to register the dog individually, as I have not built the individual puppy registration into my price.  That also gives you the right to register your dog with whatever name you would like, I only fill in the kennel name “Bluestem” at the front.  I also want to make sure that everyone is clear: these dogs leave with “limited” AKC registration and “breeding restricted” NAVHDA registration (which is normal for reputable breeders).  If you wish to breed your dog down the line, there are additional hunt testing and health clearance steps that we will go through.  Contact me for details.

Also, if you are an individual shopping for a puppy, I have decided to stop taking reservations for this year’s puppies because I feel as if I have a full roster.  If Mae has more than 9 puppies (which the current number of reservations I have for her litter), I will let everyone know.  Otherwise, feel free to call or e-mail if you would like to talk about next year’s breeding plans.

As far as the puppies go, about the only things they are doing right now are eating and sleeping.  They are just getting old enough to where I can let the kids hold them.

Conrad (almost 9 years old) holds a pup

Conrad (almost 9 years old) holds a pup


I filmed two videos of the litter on their one week old birthday, the first is of them just sleeping:

The second video shows their other favorite activity, eating:

Mae is doing well and getting bigger, I don’t have a picture of her for this week as of yet, I will work on that over the weekend and try to get something up either Sunday or early next week.  Charles is headed down to Branched Oak Trial Grounds this weekend to run BB and Sam in Senior Hunter on Saturday and Sunday at the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Lincoln’s Spring AKC Hunt Test and Walking Field Trial.  Joining him on Saturday will be Rick and his 9 month old puppy “Dottie” from Sue and Sam’s last litter (the “D” Litter of 2012), who will be giving the Junior Hunter course a shot.  Sounds like it is going to be a rainy one, but I hope to get some pics of everyone up by the clubhouse.  So send us good vibes for success on the hunt tests and continued health with the puppies!  Do not hesitate to call me at (402) 682-9802, e-mail bluestemkennels@cox.net, or just leave a comment on this page if you would like to get in touch.

BB’s Big Adventure (and other news)

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As the blog has been focused on my most recent litter of puppies, I haven’t had time to fill you all in on BB’s big adventure.  For those of you who don’t know, BB is our year old female griffon that we imported from Quebec City, Canada.  Her first breeding isn’t planned until 2014, as we have high hopes for her in competition prior to breeding.

Her first AKC event was at the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Lincoln’s AKC Hunt Test on March 10th (yes, the same day the puppies were whelped).  Charles and BB left early, but I made sure that Mae was done whelping, cleaned out the whelping box, cleaned up Mae and then the kids and I headed down to Lincoln to watch BB’s first run at the AKC Junior Hunter title.  It was a hot (mid-70’s) and windy day, there were several dogs that came out of the Junior Hunter field with zero bird finds.  Experienced handlers looked on skeptically as Charles and BB entered the field.  The Junior Hunter run is split into two parts, 8 minutes in the “back field”, where there are no birds planted, but they are expected to search, then another 8 minutes in the bird field, where the dog is expected to find and point birds, then the handler flushes the birds and fires a blank pistol on the flush.  It is also done in a “brace” with two dogs and two handlers, so you are having to “outfind” the other dog/handler in the bird field.  I was tickled to death after BB’s 8 minutes in the bird field, she had found and pointed 6 birds!

The AKC Junior Hunter title consists of 4 legs of the same event, so BB finished her second leg with GSPCL the following day, then completed her final two legs on March 31st with the Missouri Valley Brittany Club and on April 1st with the Nebraska Vizsla Club.  All four runs were done at the famous (in the field trial/hunt test world) Branched Oak Lake Field Trial Grounds in Raymond, Nebraska.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Junior Hunter

Charles and BB with the two GSPCL AKC JH Ribbons

On Saturday, April 14th, Charles and BB went out to play a very un-griffon game known as the AKC Walking Field Trial.  They were entered in the Amateur Walking Derby and the Open Derby stakes with the Heart of America German Shorthaired Pointer Club in Hillsdale, KS.  I will let Charles speak to this in his future blog post on Versatile Hunter (versatilehunter.com), but it is more of a running game than a bird finding game.  Yet it was a good time for them both, they had fun and got more experience with AKC competition.

In April, BB and I participated in two AKC Conformation Dog Shows.  I used to be very skeptical of dog shows as some sort of beauty contest for dogs, but as a breeder, the AKC puts pressure on you to get your dogs into the show ring, as the dog show’s purpose is to evaluate the quality of AKC breeding stock.  We attended the Grand Island Kennel Club dog show on Saturday, April 21st, then the Seward County Kennel Club show on Sunday, April 29th.  We took home first place, best of breed and winners ribbons from both shows, but we were the only griffon participating.  The judges did say that she is a quality animal.  It was pretty intimidating getting into the sporting group ring with professional handlers, but we are getting more comfortable in the ring and are looking forward to what looks to be our first “major” show (multiple griffons in attendance) in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota in June.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon dog show

BB and I practice stacking at the GIKC dog show. Photo by Cordelia Upchurch

Last weekend we ran BB in the Heartland Chapter of NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) Natural Ability test, which consists of a 20-minute field search similar to the AKC JH, a seperate bird track, where they are tracking a running pheasant, then a water retrieves of dummies.  BB scored a Prize I on the test, with a perfect score of 112!

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon NAVHDA NA

BB points a quail during the field search of the NAVHDA NA test

BB is now officially known as AKC/NAVHDA Bourg-Royal’s CB Bluestem JH NA   1.  We hope to keep adding to the titles over the next year or so!

In Other News

Our co-owned year old female, Velma (AKC/NAVHDA De Jac’s Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah) also had a perfect score of 112 on the NAVHDA Natural Ability test, with first time handler (and co-owner) Aaron Klusmire.  Congrats Aaron and Velma!!

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon NAVHDA NA

Aaron and Velma return from the bird field

Sue is looking quite pregnant and I’ve started putting the heavy feed to her in preparation for her final weeks of pregnancy.  I suspect we have about 3-4 weeks to go before I’m back on litter duty!

Getting lots of updates on the most recent litter that went home.  I was glad to hear that Belle (Carlita) in Oklahoma is over getting motion sickness and has ridden in the vehicle sickness-free since her trip home.  TracHer (Candida) in North Dakota and Frankie in Colorado are going everywhere, including the water.  Speaking of Frankie (Carmelita), I haven’t posted her homegoing photos yet:

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 8 weeks

Frankie (Carmelia) and her hunter, Mike, in Colorado

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 8 weeks

Frankie meets some new friends

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 8 weeks

Frankie having fun

Then there’s some pictures of TracHer in North Dakota up to her antics:

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 8 weeks

“Can I have some?”

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 8 weeks

“Where’s the ducks?”

I also received some updated pictures of a year old female from last year’s “B” litter between Sue and Sam.  This is “Shady Lady”, who lives in Nevada (you may also catch a glimpse of her partner in crime “Smoky” who’s out of Whiskeytown Kennels in California):

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 1 year old

Shady Lady appears very proud of herself in the yard

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 1 year old

Up close and personal with Shady Lady

Thank you to all of my owners for the photo contributions!  We’re going to keep busy here with dogs and more puppies, and of course we’ll keep you posted as it all unfolds!