Wednesday, September 30, 2015

We've Got Eyes

Although a little hazy yet, their eyes are open!  We also heard our first real growl, that almost turned into a bark.  Tommy (black male) is very strong and is pretty much walking everywhere he goes. They are all growing so nicely and are visibly getting bigger each day.  They are still pretty sleepy, but I was able to snap a few pictures so you can get a peek at thier sweet little eyes.  

We laughed about this next picture.  "Ivy" has the same problem Miah has...Miah always closes her right eye when taking pictures!   

 Willow and her "Tommy" boy.  This girl loves this dog!  

Last night the girls took the puppies in the house again for a couple hours.  

Romee claimed her puppy was "fussy" and needed to be calmed down with a walk.  He seemed pretty content before his walk, but it sure was fun for her! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Not Yet

The kids run out to the shed every morning before school hoping to see those dark little eyes looking back at them, but this morning the report was, "Not yet!"  We did notice this morning that all the corners are starting to open just a bit, so I am thinking by tomorrow at this time we will be seeing some "peepers".  The puppies are "walking" (on all fours, of course:)) around the whelping box...and not as much crawling anymore.  They still spend the majority of their days sleeping.  Being a puppy is a lot of work.  Here are a couple pictures taken this morning before school.

Friday, September 25, 2015

 The kids have been asking when we can start taking the puppies in the house.  It has been raining in Iowa for the past two days and we all needed a little cheer from the dreary days!  The kids got showered and bathed and then got started on their homework.  I went out and got all the puppies.  I have done a little research on pet therapy and how dogs can assist in lessening feelings of fatigue, and depression.  It is also proven that kids who have a pet have less anxiety and are better able to cope with trauma and difficult situations in their life.  Just when we think we are spoiling Hazel or the puppies, I am reminded that they are spoiling us.  I can't imagine life without a dog!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

One Week

It was a week ago today that I noticed Hazel was in labor.  By noon, she was nursing two puppies. It is amazing how much they change and develop in just one week.  The puppies are all looking so good!  They are starting to really  move around the whelping box with ease. A couple of them are already getting up on all fours to get to the source of milk very quickly.  The kids love to watch them navaigate so presicily with only the sense of smell!  As you will be able to see in the pictures, Hazel is producing plenty of milk for her babies...their tummies are all so round!  These four puppies are being very spoiled with plenty of milk, but also plenty of hands and arms to hold them. When your kids outnumber the puppies, you know they are going to get held alot!

This is "Will" the yellow male:

 Look at the round tummy on him!  Romee (the one holding him in the picture) has discovered that he loves being held on his back, like a baby.  She picks him up and bounces him gently until he falls back to sleep.  It's pretty darn cute.

This is the black male: "Tommy"
All the puppies are almost exactly the same size, but the girls claim he feels the lightest when they hold him.  He almost always sleeps with his tongue out.   

"Daisy" and "Tommy"
"Ivy" and "Tommy"

 From top to bottom "Ivy", "Tommy", "Daisy"...seriously, look at those chubby tummies!  
 "Ivy": The only distiguishing feature we can tell with the yellows, is that we think "Ivy" has the lightest coloring around her muzzle.  It will be interesting to see how they change over the next couple weeks.  We can't wait until we get to start seeing thier personalites!     

Monday, September 21, 2015

Puppies are here

On Tuesday night we welcomed 4 perfect additions to our home and they are absolutely beautiful.  We have two females and 2 males.  I don't know if you are familiar with the PBS show Downton Abbey, but we have a couple girls who are huge fans.  The show takes place in the 1900's and is about a royal British family.  The girls thought it appropriate to name the puppies after characters from the show, considering they are "royalty" in our home.  Enjoy your first sneak peek!

The yellow females we will refer to as: "Ivy" and "Daisy"

The black male we will refer to as : "Tommy" (Thomas)

The yellow male we will refer to as: "Will" (William)

 I will get pictures of each individual puppy posted soon!  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hazel x Punch Litter Expected September 15,2015

Hazel on point

Black and Yellow pointing lab litter expected around September 15, 2015. These pups will be ready to go home late October to Early November. Pups are bred for a strong natural point, intelligence, drive, athleticism, and the right look! Sire and Dam match up perfectly and will produce a combination of a bird dog with a ton of drive and also a companion that you and your family can take wherever you go. Puppies will come with all the health clearances EIC/CNM clear and also a 28 month guarantee on hips, elbows, and eyes.  Some notables in the pedigree include: 38 different titles, 14 GMPR titles, and 4 APLA Hall of Fame dogs. Pedigree includes some of the most sought after pointing lines in the country: GMPR MPR Rik's Risky Raider MH, GMPR Grits of Black Forest SH, GMPR High Sierra Kodi MH, GMPR High Caliber’s Winning Ticket SH, GMPR Blackwater’s Lexus, GMPR Sir’s Might Eli SH, 4xGMPR Kroegers Snapping Gator MH, and GMPR Wannamakers Hot Tubb SH just to name a few. 
Hazel is a 55 pound female out of Belle and Lotto.  She is an extremely athletic and talented female that possesses all the right look.  Her pedigree includes  GMPR Grits of Black Forest MH, and GMPR MHR Rik's Risky Raider MH,  4xGMPR Kroeger's Snapping Gator MH, GMPR Wannamaker's Hot Tubb SH, GMPR Jipsey's Black Magic MH,  and GMPR HPK Shooter's Baxter Bing JH,  CPR Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club Thor, and much much more!   You won't find a better looking black female with this kind of pedigree!  Hazel is an all-around great dog that loves to please!  She is extremely intelligent, possesses an outstanding nose, and has shown a strong natural point from the very beginning.  She is the type of dog that you can take out all day long, but will settle in and relax with the family at the end of the day.   She is an exceptional companion and all around great family dog.



Punch is APLA Certified Pointing Retriever (CPR) that spends a ton of time in the field. He is used as a professional guide for Pheasant Crest Lodge near Kimball, SD where he gets a ton of bird exposure. They hunt hard 5 days a week from the beginning of October thru December. He literally sees thousands of birds every year. Punch is the perfect combination of looks, trainability, and drive. He has a ton of point and can go strong all day long. Punch is a 65 pound powerhouse that is lean, muscular, and has a nice broad chest and boxy head. When all the other dogs are starting to wear out after a long day in the field, Punch is still going strong. Punch has a great mix of APLA, AKC, and Field Trial dogs in his background. He comes with all the health clearances EIC/CNM clear, Hips-Excellent, and Elbows/Eyes- Normal. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Remi x Punch (Ammo)

Just a quick picture of Ammo from Idaho.  Ammo will be a companion and guide dog for Steve Sorensen at the Lazy Triple Creek ranch in Idaho. 

Remi x Punch (Cooper)

 Update from Josh Phillips

     The Coop had another good week. More learning the rules of the road at the Phillips ranch. He's been coming to work with me every day. The guys at the office have excepted him as our resident mascot.
Weather was wonderful last week so Boone showed him where the pond was and that it's perfectly fine to trot down to the water and take a dip whenever you please. Also it must be the best drinking water a dog can soon as the ice is off, water bowls are basically unacceptable to use as a form of hydration.
Walks in the woods are becoming longer and more enjoyable. He's figuring out that I'm boring and there's much more to see and smell than chewing at my heels.
      The farm cat has lost all patience with coop. At this point he's unable to defend his own food bowl. You can see the expression in his face as he waits for her to get her fill of puppy chow..."some day cat, some day this will end!" But a quick lunge at Coop and his tail is tucked and scampering off to Boone for protection.

Remi x Punch (Max)