A windbreak to the north, harvested corn on one side, baled hay on the other side and plenty of thick and tall grass cover in the sizeable field. We'll get back to you soon. We are in the last throes of winter and soon spring and puppies will be here. I wanted to take a gamble on these pedigrees since I have lots of money on two male puppies whose parents had all of the bling who never panned out. It was the busiest he had seen the area in years with Nebraska being one of the few states without massive COVID restrictions. Charity Upchurch The weather is finally cooling off and I’m thinking about getting out for some roosters and quail myself after rifle deer season ends. The toughest thing about jump shooting ducks is keeping the dog on “heel” so that they aren’t running and swimming ahead and busting up ducks out of range. Let me just say that if you buy the Kindred Creamery Ghost Pepper Colby Jack Cheese, which is the hottest pepper cheese that I’ve ever eaten in my life, wait to eat it until you get home. Charles and Ryan stayed up high and I worked the mid-level hills closer to the valley. Hunting. But it does keep me distracted from hunting and blogging. We had high hopes for him and he leaves a hole in our breeding program. The weather was blowing in on Sunday, so we didn’t have much time. Please feel free to e-mail bluestemkennels@gmail.com if you wish to be on the contact list in the event that Fire has more puppies than I have taken reservations. We are accepting deposits now to hold puppies. This is impressive to me since I have shot at probably 100 snipe in my hunting life thus far and I’ve never hit a single one of them. Later on that afternoon, they took Ruth out again for some duck jump shooting. Apply. And send up some doggie prayers for a safe and successful whelping. This will be the seventeenth litter that I have whelped. The next spot that we hit was right by a busy road and I didn’t see any really scrubby parts of it, so I was like, “Nah, I’ll sit this one out for the next one.”  Charles worked his way over the hill for about 30 minutes and as he and Ruth were working their way back, I started taking pictures. Obi did fantastic on his two bumper swims. It also sounds like I’m getting roped in to handling Obi with Caleb at a European tower shoot at the end of November. Our first field we walked for a good half hour, seeing hundreds of pheasant tracks in the snow, but put up nothing. If the dog is a housepet who breeds, I can see how it would help sell puppies and seem very important. All of the crops were harvested in that area of NoDak, so it made for some fun cattail hunting. It took about two weeks for Fire to accept Obi, How Obi enjoys our nightly anime watching with our boys, Caleb with Obi hiking in the woods behing our house, Obi learned the command “box up” from the big girls, The silly old wing on a string is good for a sight point, A cedar waxwing ran into our living room window and died, so it became a training dummy, Obi’s first walk at our dog training wildlife management area, Obi falls behind at the end of the long walk like a normal little pup. Looks like Ruth is going to start making some attempts at AKC Senior Hunter at the end of September. Quick-witted, outgoing, and willing to please, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon makes a loving family dog and an outstanding hunting companion best known for their unkempt appearance. and is being a typically slow Griff in housebreaking. Charles with a limit of roosters and a quail, along with Ruth and Fire. We’re the old hunters of our part of the world now. The guys hit one more spot and Charles took a single with Ruth on retrieve. On the homefront, we think that we have pretty much conquered housebreaking. Like everything in 2020, our opening weekend was a little different than normal. Writing and blogging takes time and energy, so when stuff is hitting the fan it goes to the back burner. It’s also free to list your available puppies and litters on our site. So Allie is now home with Dr. Tucker. It was the end of the trip and everyone was done posing for photos. When I reference Sam, BB and Mae, those are some of my foundation dogs. Reward offered, please contact Wild West Lodge or Cliff Koele on Facebook with any leads. It is easy to second guess myself about timing and wonder what went wrong. We worked with her for a couple of months to evaluate where she was with socialization and training. It was good to see our usual creek produce yet again. Hunting Dog Breeds Raised: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. 311 2nd Street Most exciting of all is Caleb’s first roosters at the Nebraska Youth Pheasant Hunting opener the weekend before Halloween! Then at the beginning of December while I was getting Fire bred, Charles met up with a gang in south central Nebraska to chase some pheasants and quail on some private land. Where I used to be able to do 8 miles of dune stomping in a day, I’m down to about 5. Some folks want a specific gender or will decide at the last minute that the timing isn’t right for them. Prior to putting it out to the general public, I asked my friends Jimmy and Sandi if they knew anyone who would want her. Picking up a pintail duck water retrieve in Missouri for Mark. The guys used to be up in the 10-11 mile per day range and now they’re at a little over 8. He collapsed in the field and we had to say goodbye. Leave a comment. Obi and Ruth with Charles and a limit of sharptailed grouse opening day. They had a second rooster flush wild on the far side of the field but come back into the thick of the middle since it really had no place to go and it was starting to flurry a bit. I don’t have photos from all of the training that he has been doing, but here are some field shots. We are a family run kennel residing in rural North Dakota. If there’s dirty laundry on the floor, she will pick it … I was a bird planter during the field portion. Look at other people’s trucks while hunting, like if they have a mess of mutts and this guy. Welcome to Prairie Kennel. Sam has a nice little Deutsch Drahthaar, a breed that the genetics of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon contributed to. If things are going as planned, puppies will be whelped at the beginning of February and go home at the beginning of April. Luckily, Chief is just a twenty minute drive down the road so I can continue avoiding the reproduction vet and progesterone testing another year and just let my stud and dam tell me when it is time to get this done. Let’s make it a great one for the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breed. Greenhorn Mountain Grifs is a breeder of Hunting Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. The COVID is even impacting hunting, one of Charles’s hunting buddies ended up in quarantine due to his daughter testing positive and missed out on the trip to North Dakota, so it just seems to be more and more pervasive. Due to the direction of the wind, with them taking off right into it, they shot straight up into the air and I shot right underneath of them. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are solid, medium-sized dogs.. Don’t tell PETA. 7 puppies. Charity Upchurch Charles got his first turkey. We started in the field and were about half way through the ten dogs, so there was lots of scent to throw things off. Mack is a four month old puppy from “Chief” Bluestem Otoe Chief, NA II who had some litters with Coppershot Griffons in Iowa this year. She handled in the ring and Dominic Brisson handled in the field. Charles also took Zoro on the trip to Southwest Nebraska and it did not go well for him. Free hunting dog classifieds for the upland bird hunter and wetland waterfowl hunter. There is a big swath of public swamp right on the other side of the Missouri River from where we live, so Charles decided to pick up an Iowa license and took Ruth over there a couple of days ago after work. “Obi” sixteen week old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy retrieves a quail. There are miracles in hunting, I’ve seen it. They managed to stir up a blue-winged teal and a dove. We got in enough times pointing the birds to make the grade though. Our stud, Sage is finally ready. Her male Bayou made the cover of NAVHDA’s Versatile Hunting Dog magazine for his influence on Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. The dog’s siblings could be expressing genetic health problems that you’d never know about. He is the great-great grandson of “Mae” AKC/NAVHDA Little Lady Aspen, who is the mother of two senior hunters from our kennel. Jan was a strong woman with an intense passion for the breed. I had Fire x-rayed a week ago today and there were no puppies. $2,000.00 [ Click for Details] VC GRIFFON STUDS. The coats of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon also help with hunting in the elements. Producing fine versatile hunting dogs, 'For hunters, By hunters'. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a uniquely talented hunting dog. Hunting Tales, NAVHDA, Puppy Update, Sire and Dam Ability, Upland Hunting Trips, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons When I was editor of the breed club magazine, he called me at least twice a month to talk about Griffons. Versatiles - Wirehaired Pointing Griffon - Stud Dogs. Sue’s greatest gift is her strong natural retrieve, not only bringing you downed game birds, but she always has to be bringing you something. Obi let a lot of the older dogs do a lot of the work, but he kept up, worked cover and had some good moments. It’s time for me to move on to returning emails and making phone calls to my prospective owners. Country Music Litter (Born 1 Feb 20) Greenhorn Mountain Griffs Spicy Pepper X High Country Gunther Sold Out. He knows how to fetch, comes to his name, has done well with loud noise conditioning, is a total gentleman in the crate (not one accident ever! I know that my dogs are healthy because we hunt the heck out of them and they thrive. Anyway, that is my soapbox about the cult of health testing. Once they are whelped, it will take some time for me to get that all sorted out so just bear with me please. We enjoy hunting behind pointing dogs that have a love for what they are doing and posses great natural ability. It wasn’t two minutes later that two shots rang out and I saw the last pheasant go down. Either AKC Senior Hunter or NAVHDA Utility Test. Brent said that the hardest part of the training was for the duck search, where the dog has to stay out in the pond for ten minutes swimming and searching for a duck. Ruth with two teal and a snipe in southeast Nebraska. We want Caleb to name him. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to help clarify his vast knowledge of the breed. Their mama Sue is sixteen years old and still hanging around a farmyard in rural central South Dakota. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are highly intelligent and easily trained. Obi and Ruth with Charles and Ryan’s sharptails. The bird and dog photos are tough to catch, but I did manage to get one. I saw that they were struggling to find the first bird since they had lost their place, so I let Fire out and she and I went to where they had taken the first shot and found the bird. Praying for puppies! Hang in there and stay warm everyone! Obi is signed up to do his NAVHDA Natural Ability Test in August and seems ready to go. We’ll check back in after Charles returns from North Dakota and see if he gets any interesting photographs. “First Flush” sixteen week old “Obi” Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Check back in an hour. She bred, trained, showed and hunted Griffs and excelled at all of it. We have two breeds of pointing dogs. Feel free to share your pup with us at bluestemkennels@gmail.com and I’ll be sure to share it with everyone here. We are about 75% there, but we average about one accident per day. Someone made a post on one of the Facebook bird hunting forums that three guys and three dogs had been in the Sandhills for three days and hadn’t seen a thing, so I feel lucky that we didn’t get skunked. See you at the big Griff party in the great beyond, Claudette. It doesn’t look like fourteen, but it looks like more than three. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a really unique coloring. Yes, that means that this is my 17th litter. We’ll keep you posted to new developments in the coming weeks. This picture was taken after a pheasant hunt in Cherry County, Nebraska near a former town called Simeon in 1940. After Thanksgiving we are having our kitchen and main level bathroom floor torn up to replace the dying pergo with porcelain tile, so that will be an event. Charles struggles to control Obi’s excitement as he jumps for joy over his rooster. The predicted heat held off until we were finished and not only did we have the best results we could ask for, we had a surprise visitor. Yet hope springs eternal and a new breeder has a male pup ready for us in a couple of weeks. As of today, I want to register him as “Kenobi My Only Hope” and have the call name “Obi”, but we’ll see. Fire and Chief had two litters previous to last year, so we know that it is possible, but for whatever reason the pregnancy didn’t come to fruition last year. They excel in both water retrieval and field pointing. While the dog is with a handler out of sight, we pull some feathers out of a dead quail and lay them in a pile, then drag the dead quail and hide it. Message sent. Leave a comment. Charity Upchurch His favorite things to do are play-fight with Ruth and jump on Caleb (we are working on the “stay down”). He has caught on to the drag track game. You can also tell that Charles is starting to get a little tired because he isn’t posing the dogs for photos for a couple of days! My grandmother Hope is second from the left with the big smile, my great-grandmother Gertrude is on the far right. She is missed by many. We are talking about possibly doing it early, with a late spring test or a summer/fall test. I currently have ten reservations with deposits, but feel free to e-mail bluestemkennels@gmail.com if you would like to be on our backup contact list in the event that a potential new owner drops out or if we have more puppies that I have reservations. It was difficult for me to see what was happening from my vantage point, but Obi must have tracked the bird successfully since he came back to Charles with a rooster in his mouth. They are a loving member of the family, devoted, willing to please, amiable, and even comical. Get Quote Call (402) 350-1042 Get directions WhatsApp (402) 350-1042 Message (402) 350-1042 Contact Us Find Table Make Appointment Place Order View Menu. Charles’s 2020 Nebraska Sandhills Mule Deer. Upland Hunting Trips I want to make sure that my pups are all in happy homes throughout their lives and if anyone ever needs to re-home one of them due to life situation changes, I am here to help with the process. ), BB, Chief, and Fire, again North Dakota 2015, Chief, BB and Fire hanging at the lake, Summer 2016, Chief going home with Kyle, November 2018, Chief is also immortalized in my entryway over my leash hanger in a painting by my cousin Sierra Furtwangler, check out her Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/UnFckedFabricOmetry, Psychedelic Chief Retrieves a Pheasant by Sierra Furtwangler. Heartland Chapter NAVHDA Natural Ability Test, Hunting Dogs, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons Chuck Speiss, far right, chatting with the Terrys. Feel free to shoot me an email at bluestemkennels@gmail.com if you wish to be on the backup contact list. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Puppies These coats vary in coloring, but are typically gray with brown markings. Opening day we split into two parties, with Fire and I taking one dune ridge and Charles, our buddy Ryan, Ruth and Obi went on the ridge to the south of me. 10 days old! Here’s Ruth and Charles working on backing or honoring with a dog dummy. I currently have ten reservations for our Spring 2020 litter, but have had litter sizes up to 13-14 puppies in the past, so there may be an opportunity to get a pup from us this spring. Although we were disappointed, with the social distancing and travel guidelines in place currently this is the best year for it to happen. The orthopedist said that it will take time to resolve, so I just need to be patient and keep training. Backing or honoring is where there is a dog already on point (symbolized by the dummy) and the other dog has to come in and point behind the dog who is already pointing. Charles keeps busy in the field while I mainly stay home finishing up unpacking from our move (yes, it was two years ago but we are still unpacking) and overseeing the tile project in the kitchen, bathroom and bar (about 400 square feet overall). I’ve had big litters on one accidental tie, then to have no puppies with two ties…I guess it just wasn’t meant to be this year. My “A” litter turned ten years old at the end of April. Charles made it out a couple of more times after wild birds and he saw some, but none came home with him and the dogs. But I don’t think it is the be all and end all of of evaluating dogs. That is such great news, so it seems like the stars are finally aligning for us to have a quality outside stud after seven years of trying. Find puppies for sale, started dogs for sale and finished dogs from all sorts of different pointing breeds, retrieving breeds and flushing breeds.. Charity Upchurch I really didn’t want to have someone travel to come and pick her up, even though I know that I could have found a home quickly if I had put it on the internet. Charity giving Obi a bath at the hotel. Up at the top of the ridge the guys got up another small group and Ryan took another bird out of it. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breeders in Nebraska. I was totally sick at the European Tower Shoot, but I went and handled Ruth anyway. Next up is Obi’s hip scan and getting some more age and wild bird hunting under his belt. Especially where I have future owners traveling from high infection areas and one who is even under voluntary quarantine due to being at an exposure site. Even so, I am still anxious and excited. gmtngriffs@gmail.com (318) 347-5990. Next week we should have some assistance from the district, but it will still be a lot of me. If you are on my list, do not panic if we don’t have your number of puppies. We hope that you all had a quiet and healthy holiday season full of good cheer. Their full … Homeschool is finally over and things are starting to open back up in the Omaha area. We also took Obi out with some live planted quail and the starter pistol. It makes me happy to see her spending time with the family; her current mama Debbie is from Texas originally and moved to South Dakota to be a nurse on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. Luckily, Charles can’t seem to stay out of the field so the dogs get plenty of action. NAVHDA pedigree dogs. License plates were spotted from all over the nation and trucks were everywhere, so the pressure was on to drop something as soon as possible because there might not be anything left in the area on day two. Let’s hope that this weather cools down and that we all have great success in the field in our tests and hunting. It was the hardest on little Caleb, who loved Zoro very much. Posted on 12/24/2020 - - Last updated on 01/04/2021. I hope to get on the website and fix my old entries so people aren’t confused about puppies, but it will take some time. I suspect that it is an average sized litter of four to eight puppies. We will have close to $10,000 wrapped up in having a stud of our own when all is said and done. And Obi just really loves Caleb, so this photos is just perfect. Write about one trip and get ready for Charles to go on another soon. Let me tell you that swimming and hiking/hunting do not use the same muscles at all. By the time Sunday, October 11th rolled around, the dogs were worn down enough to have all three running at once. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have a keen sense of smell. https://www.facebook.com/NebraskaGriffons/. 1763 St Catherine Rd Bellevue, IA 52031 United States 563-599-9219. I’m hoping that isn’t for another 25 years or so, but I guess we just don’t know. 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