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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.

 

“G” Litter 6 weeks old and still waiting for “H” litter

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Puppy shoppers please note: My 2014 reservation list is currently closed and all puppies born or unborn this year are spoken for.  Next breedings are scheduled for Spring 2015.

Poor Mae is just completely miserable and has been for the last 5 days or so.  She either lays around and moans, sleeps and snores really loudly, is at the door wanting to go out for every tiny tinkle or turd, or outside walking around (tinkling and micro-turding).  According to my calculations, as of today she is 3 days overdue from first mating.  But she was with Sam for another 5 days after that, so there is no cause for alarm just yet.  Just as a precaution, I took her to the vet today.  She weighs 81 pounds and is “full of puppies’ as the vet said.  The vet tech asked me whether or not she has “had a large litter before”.  Well, not yet, but I think that this will be the first.  We didn’t bother to do an X-ray since we’ll know how many puppies are in there soon.  She is dilated and should start labor at any time.  If she doesn’t start by Wednesday, the vet will induce with the oxytocin shot.

 

Giant pregnant Mae in the woods

Giant pregnant Mae in the woods

Giant pregnant Mae flopped out on the kitchen floor

Giant pregnant Mae flopped out on the kitchen floor

BB’s 13 puppies are doing very well and growing like weeds!  At 6 weeks old, they only have 2 weeks to go before they head to their new homes.  Here are some snapshots from their running around the yard yesterday.

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Laying in the leaves

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“Whassup?”

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On the run

 

 

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Charles generates a mob scene with the quail

Sniffing the quail

Sniffing the quail

More sniffing the quail

More sniffing the quail

 

First retrieve

First retrieve

And of course, the weekly YouTube video:

I have some pupdates and brags from previous year’s litters that I need to be sure to get up next time I blog, which should be soon to welcome the “H” litter!  It’s for real this time, next time your hear from me there will be more puppies!!  Send us good vibes!

“G” Litter 5 weeks old and waiting for “H” Litter

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I figured that I had better get this week’s blog post knocked out before Mae starts whelping (to those who are puppy shopping, all of my 2014 litters are spoken for and my next breedings will be for Spring 2015 puppies)!  We started out this morning in the first stages of pre-labor, where there is quite a bit of unproductive grunting around (like she’s going to poop or pee) but nothing comes out.  She is taking a nap now, but I have to get this done, then go grab a new bulb for my heat lamp and some more bags of puppy kibble at the farm store, then we’ll be ready to rock and roll.  Puppies should be here tonight or tomorrow if things go the way that I think they will.  But who knows what mother nature has in mind, it might be over the weekend.

Mae full of babies on the front sidewalk (the metal goat photobomb was an accident)

Mae full of babies on the front sidewalk (the metal goat photobomb was an accident)

“G” Litter turned 5 weeks old on Sunday and has transitioned to the kennel and insulated dog house well, their body heat and snuggling keeps them all warm with these variable temperatures.  They’ve even woken up a couple of mornings to dustings of snow.  It didn’t seem to bother them this morning at all, they were whining at the gate to get out into the woods when I went to give them some more food.  They are going through 1-2 gallon buckets full of kibble every day and are on straight Diamond Puppy kibble now with nothing else added.  They enjoy playing with the human kids and running around.  Less than 3 weeks to go until they go to their new homes and I’m not sure if I am ready to let them go!  I don’t even have to chase them around the woods to get them back into the kennel when play time is over, I just call them in and they all come.  That will probably change soon as they get more bold and independent.

Here are their individual photos for this week.  Some of them are better than others.  It has more to do with my photography and being in a hurry than it does with the puppy.  Some of them posed lovely, some of them are a bit odd and blurry.  But hey, it is better than nothing.

Girl - Ginny

Girl – Ginny

Girl - Garnet

Girl – Garnet

Girl - Gayle

Girl – Gayle

Girl - Gertrude

Girl – Gertrude

Girl - Gemma

Girl – Gemma

Girl - Gabriella

Girl – Gabriella

Girl - Gallixe

Girl – Gallixe

Girl - Gisele

Girl – Gisele

Boy - Gene

Boy – Gene

Boy - Gus

Boy – Gus

Boy - George

Boy – George

Boy - Gascon

Boy – Gascon

Boy - Gilbert

Boy – Gilbert

And last but not least, the weekly YouTube video:

I will keep you posted on Facebook and on the blog for when the “H” litter arrives.  Wish us luck!

 

“G” Litter 4 1/2 weeks old

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Sorry for the delay in posting this week.  The puppies were moved outside on Sunday when it was almost 70 degrees, just in time to move Mae into the house this Sunday to prepare for her whelping next week.

For those people who are out surfing the web for puppies, all of my 2014 litters are spoken for.  But feel free to call (402) 682-9802 or e-mail bluestemkennels@cox.net about our breeding plans for future years.

The puppies are up and running around.  They have no problems getting up and down the stairs into the dog house and seem to enjoy having the extra space that the kennel provides.  And I like it that they aren’t stinking up the house anymore (but that will soon change with Mae’s litter coming soon!).  They are drinking from the water dish and eating both soft canned puppy food and snagging kibble out of BB’s food dish.

Mae is really big, her teats are like 4 inches off of the ground.  I didn’t get a chance to take a shot of her before posting this, but I’ll get one for next week’s blog.  She shouldn’t whelp until the end of the week, so I should have time.  I’m hoping for 8 puppies, but I just don’t know until they are here!

I ran out of time to take individual pictures, I will do that over the weekend, but here are some quick snaps from the kennel:

A face in the crowd, around the food dish

A face in the crowd, around the food dish

Waiting for mom

Waiting for mom

Play fight!

Play fight!

Running amok

Running amok

4 1/2 year old Caleb is still light enough to be able to climb up the kennel fence (because the gate is locked) and hang out with the puppies whenever he wants.  Luckily, all of my females are tolerant of this and it’s never caused a problem.

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Caleb peeking down on to the puppies

And last but not least, the weekly YouTube video:

 

“G” Litter is 3 weeks old!

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BB and her 13 pups

BB and her 13 pups

The frigid weather has been pretty unrelenting, so we’re having to improvise with some of our puppy conditioning.  Usually we are able to spend some time outside at this point, but our highs have been in the single digits and teens for the last two weeks.  It appears that we’ll be lifting out of that trend, but I’ve got the puppies on a pretty good schedule that gives them enough exercise and stimulation for their little legs.  They are spending their first 30 minutes to 1/2 each morning in the kitchen on the linoleum to help them get their legs underneath them.  It is much easier for them to walk on their blankets since they can dig their claws in, but the hard surface makes them have to concentrate on keeping their legs steady and upright.  Next, they go out into the ex-pen out in the living room (as in the photo above) to relax in the sun.  There is an open gate on the pen so that BB can move in and out as she wants to.  The kids come home after school to play with the pups off and on throughout the afternoon and evening.  The puppies stay with us during our evening family time, then travel back to the whelping box for the night.

Caleb (4), Conrad (9) and Cordelia (12) hanging out with the puppies

Caleb (4), Conrad (9) and Cordelia (12) hanging out with the puppies

Yesterday, I gave them their first taste of mush, which is a milk and soft puppy food mixture.  Today, they had their first official meal with the puppy pan.  Here it is on the weekly YouTube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEJkKq059tw&feature=youtu.be

All of their eyes are open and their vocalizations are now barks, growls and howls.  They like to play with one another too.  Here are some updated individual photographs (to those of you new to the site, yes they are all spoken for):

Girl: Ginny

Girl: Ginny

Girl: Ginny

Girl: Ginny

Girl: Garnet

Girl: Garnet

Girl: Garnet

Girl: Garnet

Girl: Gayle

Girl: Gayle

Girl: Gayle

Girl: Gayle

Girl: Gertrude

Girl: Gertrude

 

Girl: Gertrude

Girl: Gertrude

Girl: Gemma

Girl: Gemma

 

Girl: Gemma

Girl: Gemma

 

Girl: Gabriella

Girl: Gabriella

Girl: Gabriella

Girl: Gabriella

Girl: Gallixe

Girl: Gallixe

Girl: Gallixe

Girl: Gallixe

Girl: Gisele

Girl: Gisele

 

Girl: Gisele

Girl: Gisele

Boy: Gene

Boy: Gene

Boy: Gene

Boy: Gene

Boy: Gus

Boy: Gus

Boy: Gus

Boy: Gus

Boy: George

Boy: George

Boy: George

Boy: George

Boy: Gascon

Boy: Gascon

Boy: Gascon

Boy: Gascon

Boy: Gilbert

Boy: Gilbert

Boy: Gilbert

Boy: Gilbert

Well let’s hope for some warmth soon so that we can get outside!  Mae and Velma are due for more puppies in two to two and a half weeks!  I have 15 reservations on those two upcoming litters, but if you would like to take a gamble on us having more puppies than that, or if you have questions about future litters, call us at (402) 682-9802 or e-mail bluestemkennels@cox.net.  Hurry Spring!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“G” Litter 1 week old!

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For those of you who are new to my site and looking for puppies: all of these puppies are reserved, plus I have an additional 12 reservations on my other two 2014 litters coming in March.  Anyone who wishes to make a reservation at this point should be flexible about waiting for a puppy until our 2015 litters.  Feel free to call (402) 682-9802 or e-mail bluestemkennels@cox.net with any questions.  I’ve had kids out of school on break recently, so I am a little behind on returning phone and e-mail messages, but will get back with everyone today.

Some common questions that I’m seeing from future owners: 1) the first date that I can release the pups to go home is on Sunday, April 6th, their 8 week birthday. 2) I do breeder picks, those with reservations do not pick on their own in order of their reservation.  I have too many people spread out too far to do it that way, plus I am with the puppies every day and know them the best.  You will not know which puppy you will be receiving until towards the end of their stay with me.  Once the pups are around 5 weeks of age, I will start asking more detailed questions about what you are looking for and you will have seen pictures and videos while they grow up.  You can then tell me if you have a preference for a pup.  I’ve never had any complaints about where I place my pups because they are all fabulous!

BB and the 13 puppies at 1 week old

BB and the 13 puppies at 1 week old

As far as the pups themselves go, they are doing great.  It is amazing to watch something come out the size of a large bratwurst turn into something guinea pig sized in the course of a week.  I was able to get them moved out of my living room and back into the whelping area at the end of last week, which makes it much easier when I have to go places.  Let’s just say that females with puppies don’t care too much about their housebreaking training:)  I took a short video of them on Sunday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93eFsxP3Lgg

At this point, they are really just eating, sleeping and squeaking.  They are getting bigger and stronger every day.  I will check back in with you next week and hopefully some of this spring-like weather will stay around.

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