Tuesday, April 15, 2014

 The puppies eyes are open and they are starting to walk around. As you can see from the pictures they are getting plenty of love!   We changed carpet again tonight, so now they are home on their 70's style shag.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

 As you can see from the pictures the puppies are growing quickly!  They've got it pretty good all snuggled up on top of each other in the warmth of their little home. They've also got a pretty good caretaker named Gracyn!  She loves to spend time out there with them, and keeps asking when they will be old enough to hold, and play with.  She comes up with a random age every time we go out and says, "dad there 2 months old now so I can hold them right??"   I have to remind her at 2 months old they will have all gone to their new homes. Tonight she helped me change carpet, clean, and clip dew claws so her reward was to sit with them and hold them for a while!  Don't mind the messy hair and dirty shirt!   Mom wouldn't be too proud of dad for putting those pictures on the website for the world to see, but I still think she's adorable!   It's hard to believe that they are about 1 week old already, but once they are born the time seems to go by so quickly to me. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pups are Here!!

 The pups are finally here!   I know it's been a long wait for some of you, but the wait is finally over and the exciting part is finally here.    There is still 7 weeks to wait, but this part of it all seems to fly by.  The fun part is finally here and now you get to watch them grow!  Puppies arrived yesterday around 12:30pm (1st) and Belle was done around 4:00 pm.  It was a short labor and everything went very well.   The puppies and Belle are healthy and that's all that matters. There are 3 males and 3 females.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Punch x Belle litter expected late March 2014.

All yellow pointing lab litter expected late March. Breeding confirmed. These pups will be ready to go home mid-late May. 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: 28 different titles, 9 GMPR titles, 12 APLA 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 PDB Angel's Blackjack Kate JH, GMPR High Sierra Kodi MH, GMPR Sir's Mighty Eli SH, GMPR Blackwater Lexus (45 all age pts and 19 derby pts), GMPR Wannamaker's Hot Tubb SH, Minn Horse and Hunt Club Thor MH)

 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.  

Belle is a 50-55 pound female out of GMPR MHR Rik's Risky Raider MH and GMPR Grits of Black Forest MH lines. She is pure muscle and it shows out in the field! She has a never quit mentality and hunts strong all day long! Her marking and retrieving ability is second to none, and also quarters very well covering a lot of ground in a hurry. She was first introduced to birds at a young age, and since then has hunted 3-4 days per week during the hunting season, mainly pheasant, and has developed into a national qualifier for PHU(Pheasant Hunters Unlimited) and also won the Okoboji Bird Dog challenge at only 2 years of age. Belle can compete with some of the finest dogs in the country when it comes to upland game! In the past she competed in the PHU National Championship and placed in the top 20 at nationals and in the top 15 in the final standings. She went on to qualify many times for the PHU and NBDC Nationals(National Bird Dog Challenge as seen on the outdoor channel) and also the World BDC Championships. Belle has competed with dogs that have placed very well at the BDC National and World Championships in PHU competitions and has consistently contended with and/or placed higher than. She gives me the best of both worlds being a solid pointer when the birds hold tight, yet is not afraid to flush a bird on the move. She is extremely intelligent and I pride myself in knowing that she has been trained personally by myself. From the day she came home with me she has lived to please me and retrieve. Whether it be a bird, bumper/dummy, tennis ball, or anything she can get her mouth around, she has never given up on a retrieve even from a very young age. People are amazed at the speed and tenacity she shows in the field, but she is also very calm around my kids and in the house. She knows that when it's time to come in the house, it's time to settle down. Belle is truly is the perfect family gun dog giving me everything I ask for in the field and knowing when to tone it down around children and in the house! Belle lives to hunt, lives to please, and is what I consider a best friend!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

 I know it's been a long wait for the Johnson family to get their newest addition to the family, but come Saturday afternoon the wait will finally be worth it. Between 24 inches of snow in the Boston area, and negative 50 degree below zero wind-chills in Iowa getting her to her new home in a timely manner has been quite a challenge this last week and a half! With all that said she has been in great hands, and the kids enjoy the times where I take her in the house to play as you can see from the pictures below!  Hopefully if the weather cooperates this time around (which according to the forecast will...) she'll be home by Saturday.  Talking with Ryan via text tonight,  the reality of getting a new pup is starting to sink in and the 1000's of possible names are circulating through your families mind.  I like them all, but she kind of looks like a "Willow".  When I took her in after talking with Ryan I studied her for a while, and that name just kind of seemed to fit.  I guess we'll see on Saturday if you get the same vibe or go a completely different route. By the way,  Willow means resilient, slender, and full of grace which in my mind sums this little girl up pretty well! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014