Puppies born August 22, 2010

Stud: Ike, 2010 Top Dog Flusher of the Year, NATHA. 2008 Puppy of the Year, NATHA



Dam: Dixie, 2005 Puppy of the Year, WI Gun Dog.




Half Sisiter: Moja, 2010 Puppy of the Year, NATHA





Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Just having a little fun!

Zuri discovered the toilet paper. Of course if one puppy has something the other one wants it too. Soon star was ripping and tearing right alongside Zuri.




When that got boring they chomped on the pile of tissue on the floor.





It soon became apparent that the entire roll must die!




It only takes one puppy to empty a roll of toilet paper but two can do it much more efficiently. They thought it looked better strung through the kitchen as well.




Monday, December 27, 2010

Live Birds are a Blast!

Last wednesday we took the girls out to play with live birds. They were a real hoot to watch!

Zuri pretty much ran up and grabbed the bird like she had been doing professional retrieving for years. She then wanted to keep it...forever.

Then came Star. She barked at the bird, nipped it, charged it, layed on it, barked some more, ate feathers... you get the picture. Drama, drama!

Once we took the hobbles off the bird it was all business. She picked up the hen once she thought it could get away and brought it to me when called.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Draggin' Zuri

videoDixie has taken to playing with the girls as if they are big dogs. Here Zuri just hangs on and eventually is allowed to play with the doll.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Helpful Puppies

Here are Zuri (front) and Star helping with the recycling. Or they really like wine.












Here they are in Dixies living room bed. Tired puppies or too much $3 Chuck?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday December 11th Pups Available!

Here are the current members of the 4 legged wrestling team. Zuri, pink collar and Star, purple collar. They had a rough nite last nite - meaning everyone had a rough nite... Too many training treats equals too much suger for a toddler. They werent quite bouncing off the walls but they had their crates hoppin'.

We've been working on heel, sit and down. Its crazy the way they hit the floor on a down command - I swear the floor shakes. Anything for a treat!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Starr at the Table


Starr's favorite spot is at the dinner table. She is totally ruled by her tummy. She sits by her dish whenever she thinks there is the slightest chance it could be meal time.

Jade Checking In

Here are pictures of Jade (alias Ninja) from her new family. Her companion is Ellie. Isnt she adorable? She is sitting there like a big dog would!


Monday, December 6, 2010

1st Tournament Travel

We took the pups to the Minnesota Horse and Hunt over the weekend. They rode in the car for a couple hours each way and they were troopers! No mishaps or accidents and one potty stop each way. Here they are taking a break from watching the competition.

From Left to right: Dixie, Zuri and Star.

The snow was chest deep on the pups but they plowed right through. No hopping about and running on the paths for them. Its good practice for heavy cover in the future.



This was a great way to expose them to new things and be around people. Jason brought a chuckar over so they got a nose full of partridge feathers as well, their Moms favorite bird....

They got to meet other dogs and puppies. Ike even put in an appearance and sniffed them over.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Snow Pups

Lucky went home last night. We have been the lucky ones - all of our puppies are in great homes. They will all get to hunt and most have kids or another dog to chase around.

The girls, Zuri and Star had a wrestling match like no other this morning. I think the snow had a lot to do with the fun. They are just like little kids running and sliding, just plain fooling around in the snow. Although I dont remember ever chomping on my sisters leg during a snow fight...probably I just dont remember.


Starr usually looks so light colored but the snow really makes her look dark. She is a gorgeous pup with a great attitude, unless you chomp on her leg.









They helped shovel snow by watching carefully then messing up the sidewalk. Here Zuri takes a break. She looks like she is resting but really she is watching for an opening.

As of today these are the 2 to choose from.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Practice makes perfect.

videoThis morning during our quality time I was playing fetch with a small squeaky ball. Zuri did the first 2 returns, then Star took over. They are returning to me really well.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stars Dance


Star fetches wings with a great deal of drama! She dodges and feints, twists and turns, nips and licks -- then she picks up the wing and shakes it, rolls her eyes and runs the other way. Next she barrels straight at you. You could set this routine to music - maybe an opera. We are practicing on the porch because it was wet and cold outside.

Lucky Fetching Feathers

Lucky doesn't just run out to the mark. His front paws are reaching for the his target at all times. Then he leaps into the air and pounces on it. He doesnt have any trouble picking up feathers!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Water Dog Revisited

videoI found several videos that I hadn't posted. Apparently you need to know how to use a Blackberry better than I do. Indulge me please, these may be out of chronological order. One is of Star discovering the garden hose, Dixie playing keep away and Lucky mopping the floor are the other two.

Dixie Playtime

Its Playtime! video

Lucky and floor cleaning

videoLucky can run (with) a swiffer. How many puppies do you know that can help clean the floor?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lucky Fetch!

videoPardon my lack of camera skills. Here is video of Lucky working on his retrieving skills. They are so commical - ears flopping, tail going and literally pouncing on the trainer! Its hard for ME to concentrate.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Kennel

videoI came out to take a photo of the puppies new kennel and puppy house (note the smaller door). However they got chasing and wrestling and it was more fun to watch them!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

1st time in snow.

The 4 legged team went out into snow for the 1st time this morning. They were so surprised! We had to dig a squillion holes in the slush and eat huge mouthfuls of snow. Once they got cold and wet there was a stand off over who got to claim the bench for an umbrella.









Friday, November 12, 2010

The Good and the Bad

How many puppies does it take to load a dishwasher? Just a few weeks ago they were IN the dishwasher. Now they have learned to sit somewhat patiently, even with the fabulous smells from dirty dishes. Lucky looks like he is using laser vision to get a food bowl to fall out...
I noticed our Ninja Girl fussing at a blanket she had buried a chew toy under - didn't think too much of it. Turns out she was after the puppy kit I keep made so buyers have supplies when they take a pup home. It WAS on said blanket, on top of a crate. I'm unsure how she got it down but I suspect the rest of the demo team will let her take the fall...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Big Kids Now!


Here is Winda with Lucky eating from their new table. We put legs on the dish holder to get their food up to chest level. They went to eating twice a day and are packing away 1 1/2 cups of kibble at each meal.

Friday, November 5, 2010

4 Pups to choose from 11/5/2010

The 1st 2 photos are of Winda (Hunter), she is the whitest of our females. She has the mascara and black muzzle many owners look for. I took a side shot to show how she stacks nicely. (She also held still long enough for a 2nd shot...)


The 3rd picture is of Zuri (Beautiful). She tips the scale at 20 pounds. Zuri is light yellow, almost beige and has the exact mannerisms of her mother. She seems to be the leader of the pack today. They sort of take turns right now.



Next we see Mpita (Traveler) in stalking mode. Our little black Ninja has a strong prey drive. Here she was about to jump on her sister!


The guy with the silver collar is Sudi (Luck). Lucky is our lone boy. He is a really easy puppy. Lucky is content to let the girls wrestle and fight over a toy. Then when they aren't looking he will dart in, snitch the toy, and hide it in a kennel. There just may be a life lesson to be learned from Lucky!




Tuesday, November 2, 2010

North Dakota Trip


Take a look at Walter! Walter was our white male puppy. Here he is on his first official hunting trip! What do you suppose is going through his head?


North Dakota seems to agree with Walter and his buddies!





Monday, October 25, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Meet Harley!

Harley started out life as Nia (Purpose) with orange paint on her butt to identify her. She was the 8th pup born, 1 of the 3 via C section. When it came time to use collars of course we chose an orange one. Here in Wisconsin that orange color can mean only one of two things! Deer Hunters Blaze Orange wasnt a good name --- so naturally the logo for Harley Davidson came in to play.


Harley is a medium yellow color with an expressive face. she should be a medium sized dog, around 55-60 lbs. She is curious about everything and is usually packing something around in her mouth.



Harley likes to play and will gladly chase a ball then run toward you as if she wants to retrieve. It sort of stops there right now...



Here she is resting after chasing a leaf.


Puppy Pile


We praised the puppies and told them how good they were to lay down and take a break. Next thing you know Dixie tried to fit her butt on the puppy bed. Somebody is sucking up for a treat...



Breakfast

Here is how they start the day. We must wait patiently for food, then the dishes are put down. They still mob the dishes and sometimes try to steal each others food but they are getting pretty good. I like them to have manners -- even at this age they need to behave the best they can.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meet our lightest yellow female, Winda - meaning Hunter! She had a hard day yesterday trying to conquer the hidey hole under the back step. Here she is stretched out and rolling in the grass.






Its a tough job making sure you rule the hole under the step. Our black girl Mpita and Zuri the beige female were also vying for control.






Here is Winda having a quiet moment.

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They are such pleasers! They have learned to "Kennel" by going in the pen and sitting down. All 6 are doing it they just dont all sit in order. The other 2 were behind me.

Monday, October 18, 2010

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Experts tell us that the puppies are learning about rejection and pack order, when to let go and when to hang on with all of your being. Really I think they are having a ton of fun!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Learning Time

We've been busy learning great life skills. Like how to dig a hole. Our black girl, Traveler got the hang of it right away and went on to root chewing. Probably getting ready for your garden this spring.






Lucky learned you never, ever take a woobie from your Mom. Even if she says, "Go ahead, try it."







Nia still thinks she is the fastest puppy on earth. Its quite possible she is trying to fly with those ears flopping in the air. Or maybe she just likes carrying a ball around. Those small tennis balls are great! Must be made for Yorkies but puppies love to practice with them too.