Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pick #10 - Heide and Ibbi Litter - 2010

Pick # 10 chose ...


This young couple have been field training their 15 month old GSP with us over the last year and they both enjoy hunting together on our Gamebird Preserve. They recently decided to get another pet companion for their female GSP, Cami.  Initially, they were going to wait until the spring for a new puppy, but after watching our PUPPY PICKING BLOG, felt that this Black Collared Male was exactly what they wanted!  After thinking about it ... it made sense that the timing was right to enjoy the magical PUPPY moments before the REAL BABIES arrive in the future ...

They purchased him for their 1st Year Anniversary gift!

He is going home to a spacious yard and will be their new four-legged baby. He will grow up to be a future hunting companion and playmate for Cami, too. They have decided to name him a nice German name, Jager (pronounced "Yay-ger").

Happy 1st Year Anniversary, James and Kari!

Congratulations on your new family, Jager!

Pick # 9 - Heide and Ibbi Litter - 2010

Pick # 9 chose ...


Cathy is an In-Home Veterinarian and recently lost her female GSP, Ammo who was almost 15 years old.  She was looking for a new companion to share her exciting life with. She is also a Veterinary First Responder who is available for deployment with the Disaster Response Team.  You can read about Cathy and some of her travels on her website: 

This female puppy was our greatest adventurer of the entire litter and was always using her nose in the yard ... constantly on a mission to explore! Cathy would like to see if she may be a candidate for a future "SEARCH and RESCUE" dog.  How exciting! She will be active with her new partner joining her at work everyday and also while Kayaking, Hiking, and Power Walking, too. Cathy said she may even learn the sport of HUNTING ...

It sounds like this litter's "EXPLORER" has a lot in common with her new 2-legged partner. What a perfect match.

Congratulations, Cathy!

Pick # 8 - Heide and Ibbi Litter - 2010

Pick # 8 chose ...


While overseas in the service, James lost his last 4-legged companion back home in the states.  Now that he is home, he is ready to start over with his next 4-legged hunting partner. Currently he is fortunate to live on 6 acres in Ohio with his parents and 2 cats. He has already named his new buddy "GUNNER."

Thanks for serving our country, James!

May you and Gunner be blessed with many happy and healthy years together.

Pick # 7 - Heide and Ibbi Litter - 2010

Pick # 7 chose ...


The Fletcher family recently lost their lost their 10 year old  male GSP, Mitch to cancer. They wanted another hunting companion as soon as possible. They live on 5 acres in the country and look forward to hunting this little guy next year. They have a 5 year old cat at home to keep this puppy on his toes in the meantime.

Congratulations on your new family member!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pick # 6 - Heide and Ibbi Litter - 2010

Pick # 6 chose ...


The Raymond family lost their 14 year old female pointing lab last month. They wanted another female hunting companion as soon as possible. With two young adult children in their home, they will have plenty of help  ... and they are all looking forward to raising their newest family member. They are driving this litter girl back to Illinois where she will have a spacious yard to explore. They have already named her Isabella and plan to call her "Bella" for short.

Congratulations Bella on your new family!

Pick # 5 - Heide and Ibbi Litter - 2010

Pick # 5 chose ...


The Ratz Family unexpectedly lost their 6 year old male GSP to cancer earlier this month. They knew that they would never replace him, but that they needed to get another one to fill the void. They live on 8 1/2 acres and look forward to hunting next year with their new hunting companion. This little guy will be going home to 2 teenagers and they are very excited, too.

Congratulations to the Ratz family!

Pick # 4 - Heide and Ibbi Litter - 2010

Pick # 4 chose ...

... the "NO" COLLAR MALE!

Chuck is a single man who is very blessed to live on a lake in Michigan near 10,000 acres of State Land. After losing his previous pet companion, he added a new female GSP to his home earlier this year. Anna, his 7 month old GSP will now have another GSP to play with, too.  Chuck looks forward to hunting next year with both of his new four-legged hunting partners. Living on the lake and with 10,000 acres of State Land to romp on, these puppies will be in GSP Heaven!

Congratulations on your newest family member, Chuck.

The 10 Puppies ... "PICK ME!"


Pick # 3 - Heide and Ibbi Litter - 2010

Pick # 3 chose ...



Jim and Sue currently have a 13 year old female GSP. She is still in very good health and may be with them for years ... but they both decided that it is time to add the pitter-patter of little GSP paws to their home. Jim looks forward to his new four-legged hunting partner as soon as next year.

Congratulations Jim and Sue!

Pick # 2 - Heide and Ibbi Litter - 2010

Pick # 2 chose ...


Allyson flew in from Houston, Texas today with her 7 year old daughter, Caroline to PICK out their new GSP puppy. Well ... I will tell you that this little puppy had different plans ... and SHE PICKED THEM! She wanted to play with Caroline more than the other contenders ... and eventually climbed in to her lap to fall asleep. Caroline has plans for polishing her puppy's nails and dressing up their little puppy as soon as they get home, too. Caroline will be flying her home to show off to her younger brothers (ages 4 and 2). This little puppy is going to be first and foremost a family companion but also a future bird hunting companion for Dad, who was unfortunately unable to make the trip today. They live on a 5 Acre Ranch in Houston, Texas. The other animals that this puppy will be joining on their ranch are 4 Arabian horses, a Poodle/Bichon Mix and 2 barn cats. Sure sounds like one big happy family ... and a match made in heaven! They are flying home and will be carrying their new little girl back to Texas. How exciting, indeed ...

What a lucky little LIME FEMALE PUPPY!

Pick # 1 - Heide and Ibbi Litter - 2010

Pick # 1 chose ...


This little girl has a new name, "JENNE". Jenne is going to be first and foremost a family companion but also a future bird hunting companion for her new owners. They live on 3 acres in the country with 2 young teenagers and 2 cats. Jenne will also have a young 5 month old male GSP playmate, Max, to share her new home with.

Monday, August 9, 2010

1 Week Puppy Update

1 Week Puppy Update

A very tired mom. Heide is nursing and cleaning them around the clock!
We have seen her sleeping and snoring while sitting up ... too funny!
Puppies are shown in no certain order above.

Born July 1, 2010 - with COLLAR COLORS NOTED

# 1 - LIME - Female - Solid Head - Lighter Brown - Heart Patch - Dark Pads
# 2 - DK BLUE - Male - Solid Head - Slight White on Nose and White Chin - Pink Pads
# 3 - LT BLUE - Male - Solid Head - Largest Saddle Patches-Darkest Puppy - Dark Pads
# 4 - PINK - Female - Solid Head - Center Scallop - Large Dots with Pink Pads
# 5 - NO COLLAR - Male - White Blaze on Face - Smallest and Whitest Puppy - Pink Pads
# 6 - GREEN - Female - Solid Head- Unique "8" Patch on side - Pink Pads
# 7 - DK GREEN - Male - Solid Head - "Voice Bubble" Patch - Pink Pads
# 8 - BLACK - Male - Solid Head - Unique Scallop - Largest Puppy - Pink Pads
# 9 - ORANGE - Female - Solid Head - Large Dot Patches with Dark Pads
# 10 - RED - Female - Solid Head - Irregular Patches All Over - Dark Pads

SIZE: They are all nursing well from mom and gaining weight day to day. When puppies are born, it is very common for them to lose weight the first day or to stay the same weight for a day or so (just like humans). Because they are so small, it is important that we weigh them each day to make sure that they do NOT lose more than an ounce or so and that they are steadily gaining weight. The average 1 pound puppy at birth will grow up to be between 50 and 65 pounds, which is typically 60 times their birth weight - WOW! They will reach their height around 1 year of age, but will fill in more over the next year or so as they mature and fill out their body structure. They indeed have a lot of growing to do. Unfortunately, the smallest puppy may be the largest dog ... their puppy size is not a good indication of their adult size - because there is too much competition at feeding time in a litter...

HELPLESS PUPPIES: The first couple of weeks of a puppy's life is very uneventful. They are unable to walk, cannot hear, cannot see, and cannot make much noise, either. They are able to cry if cold, hot, hungry or feel pain, but do not usually growl or bark, yet. Their first two weeks of life consists of laying with mom for warmth, protection, nursing and sleeping. They are either nursing or sleeping and so I cannot tell you anything about their personalities ... yet. They cannot stand either, but are building up their leg muscles by all the pushing they do in line as they fight for a nipple. They nurse until they are full and then fall off the nipple to sleep ... until they wake up to do it again and again ... all day and night. By two weeks of age, things will be changing ... they will start to hear, see and stand and they will become mobile. We will put their collars on them once they start moving around. The 2 week photo of them will show their collars, because we will not be able to keep them them in their birth order long enough for a photo any more ... they will be ON THE MOVE!

SOCIALIZATION: We do handle the puppies, even though they are still "deaf and blind", because we want them to get used to our smells and to trust us. They will relax and nuzzle up to us when hold them close and they especially like fuzzy sweaters! If you do not hold and socialize puppies, they will not be calm when you hold them ... we feel this is very important as step # 1 in the puppy socialization process. They use their noses very well and at this point, their whole world is by smell and touch only. It also lets mom get used to us handling the litter and she learns that she can trust us with her babies. We do not hold them a lot, but they are handled every day to be weighed and to check them over for any infection or potential problems with the umbilical navel, cropped tails, and dew claws. We like to just snuggle with them, too, but until the eyes open, it makes the mother nervous, and so we try to keep her calm and relaxed. This is important so that she will produce enough milk for all of her litter. They all get their nails cut for the first time at one week of age. None of them like to be restrained, but some fuss more than others. This is one of the many gauges I use to determine their independence and personalities. I will note their personalities, but not as much this first time when they are deaf and blind ... it is more important once their eyes and ears open and can see what I am doing. I cut their nails every week and this is something you will continue during their FAST GROWING MONTHS once you take them home.

TAILS AND DEW CLAWS: During the first week, the tails are cut and the dew claws (high thumbs) are removed. These small surgical procedures are performed right away in order to protect them from injuries in the field while hunting. They must run over many rocks, and fallen tress and limbs in the terrain of the woods and fields. The dew claws are known to be caught, even in the backyard fences, and by removing them from the front paws, many future injuries will be prevented. Also the tails will be less prone to continual sores and bleeding from the briar bushes in the fields, as well. This procedure stops a long hardened and calloused tail from bleeding all over the home walls after a day in the field. We visit the vets to get their tails docked to 2/5 or 40% of the original length. At the same time, their dew claws are removed from their front paws and their tails will be shaved for the docking. In the 1 week photos, you may be able to see the stitches (only 1 in each tail), but the fur will grow back, soon. They generally are uncomfortable for less than a day, but are soon back to normal. We check them daily for no redness or inflammation. At the first vet check - each of the puppies are examined for their overall condition and the vet also examines their umbilical cords (belly buttons) to make sure they are all healing well and show no signs of infection.

LIFE IN THE CRATE: Mother watches very carefully not to lay or step on them in the GIANT SIZE Vari-Kennel crate that they are in for their DEN. We put a rubber backed litter box liner (machine washable) in the bottom, and change it daily. If needed, we cover the top with a blanket to retain heat inside. This helps to keep them warm and cozy, staying warm with mom's body heat. When mom steps out, they all pile up for warmth. Mom lays with them unless she needs to eat, drink or use the bathroom. Our puppies are raised in a crate, and will readily accept one when they go to their new homes as their DEN. Once they can walk, they will come out to pee on newspaper, and so they will be paper trained by the time the go home. In the meantime, because they cannot stand up yet, mom licks their bottoms and they pee and poop in her mouth. Her warm moist tongue makes them go potty and in the wild this would keep the den free of the strong urine and feces odors so that the predators could not find their den. A good mother will keep their den and puppies very clean for the first two weeks. So far ... so good ... We also have a blue plastic kiddie wading pool for them to lay in with mom and this is nice in the family room for us watch them once they can start playing and fighting with one another with their different colored collars. Once their eyes open up, we are able to help judge their personalities first hand ... until they learn to climb out of the wading pool... and that is still a couple of weeks away ...

PROTECTIVENESS: It is natural for the mother to be very protective of her litter so that no one can harm her helpless puppies. We do NOT let anyone else hold them except the family until their eyes open up near two weeks of age. Mother's will sometimes growl at any other animals or strangers (even through the window) because they could harm her puppies. We do NOT let her get around other animals, because we do not need her to get upset. Normally all of our dogs get along well with other animals, so these are all natural mother instincts during motherhood. Her temperament to humans right now is one of mistrust, if she does not know you. We will not allow visitors until the puppies can walk around. By this time, she will be less protective and even then, her job is to be leery of anyone near her puppies. We are very cautious with visitors, trying to keep strangers away to keep her calm so that she can relax, produce milk and care for her growing puppies at least until they are eating on their own ... we need mom's milk at least 6-8 times a day until then for these growing puppies!

Please read the following links.

They are important enough to PRINT out and read numerous times.

Be a Responsible Dog Owner

Why Spay or Neuter?

Deposit holders, watch for Future PUPPY TIPS coming soon in your mailbox!

PUPPY TIP # 1 - "House Training Tips"
PUPPY TIP # 2 - "Outdoor Safety Tips"
PUPPY TIP # 3 - "Male vs Female?"
PUPPY TIP # 4 - "Why 49 Days?"
PUPPY TIP # 5 - "Care of Your New Puppy from Colonial Farms"
PUPPY TIP # 6 - "Your Puppy's Homecoming"
PUPPY TIP # 7 - "Training Your Puppy"
PUPPY TIP # 8 - "Spaying and Neutering - Pros and Cons"

Please let us know if you have any other questions.


Vicki and Bill Murdock

Colonial Farms, LLC

Gamebird Preserve
Field Dog Training
German Shorthaired Pointers

"Come to where the fun times, good birds, and great dogs are waiting for YOU!"

Meet Heide and Ibbi's Puppies

10 Puppies

Born July 1, 2010


Shown above in no certain order at 1 Day old. Notice the tails are long and have not been docked yet. The smallest whitest puppy is shown on bottom right with white blaze ... all the rest have solid liver heads. Other than the whitest male, the rest of this litter has a lot of larger multiple patches. The puppies with dark pads should tick in like mom on the whiter areas, and the pink padded puppies will grow up to look like miniature painted ponies with various shades of freckles on the whiter areas - just beautiful! What a gorgeous batch of puppies!

Born July 1, 2010
5 Males
5 Females

# 1 - 3:45 AM - Female - 13 oz - Solid Head - Lighter Brown - Heart Patch - Dark Pads
# 2 - 4:45 AM - Male - 16 oz - Solid Head - Slight White on Nose and White Chin - Pink Pads
# 3 - 5:10 AM - Male - 16 oz - Solid Head - Largest Saddle Patches-Darkest Puppy - Dark Pads
# 4 - 6:05 AM - Female - 16 oz Solid Head - Center Scallop - Large Dots with Pink Pads
# 5 - 6:45 AM - Male - 12 oz - White Blaze on Face - Smallest and Whitest Puppy - Pink Pads
# 6 - 7:30 AM - Female - 14 oz - Solid Head- Unique "8" Patch on side - Pink Pads
# 7 - 8:30 AM - Male - 14 oz - Solid Head - "Voice Bubble" Patch - Pink Pads
# 8 - 10:30 AM - Male - 1 lb 1 oz - Solid Head - Unique Scallop - Largest Puppy - Pink Pads
# 9 - 11:00 AM - Female - 15 oz - - Solid Head - Large Dot Patches with Dark Pads
# 10 - 2:45 PM - Female - 15 oz - Solid Head - Irregular Patches All Over - Dark Pads

BEFORE THE BIRTH: Our females always receive a nice warm, sudsy pre-birth massaging and relaxing bath. They also have their nails cut as short as possible for the puppies sake. They really enjoy all of the added attention and their wagging tails show it. They will lose their large appetite before the birth ... which is normal. We have females that will not eat or drink for 1-2 days before whelping and that is completely normal. Her temperature will drop below 100 degrees before the birth (also known as whelping) of the litter. This is usually the final sign of early labor (within 24 hours of the birth) so that all of the puppies do NOT go through such a SHOCK when arriving outside of a dog's normal body temperature of a whopping 102 degrees. Next they will usually become very restless, pacing and panting all over the house. Many females will start occasionally digging in their crate, which is called NESTING to help keep their mind off of the mild contractions. These early labor contractions can actually last for a few days, so we are not real concerned until the temperature actually drops ... and then we stay close to home.

THE BIRTHING PROCESS: Once the mother's temperature drops and the water breaks, the puppies will start their long journey. They will detach from inside her uterus and slowly take turns coming down the birth canal with mom helping push via stronger contractions. They travel inside their fluid filled sac attached to their oxygen filled placenta that acts like an oxygen tank. Once born we tear open the fluid sac, clear the fluids from the lungs and noses and help them to get their first breath, just like a newborn baby is assisted by the doctor. We then cut the umbilical cords and many times she eats the placenta and cord for iron ... YUK!! This also helps to bring on more contractions to keep the next puppy coming. In the wild she would lick and eat up all the fluids, blood and placentas so that predators do not smell the den. I usually let the mother eat what she wants because sometime she has not eaten for 2 days or more due to loss of appetite during early labor. After we get them breathing well on their own, we weigh them and sketch their unique markings in order to tell them apart. All this plus their sex and their birth time are carefully noted on a Puppy Whelping Chart. We will keep this for future reference as we will need to weigh them every day to make sure they are gaining weight. Unfortunately, if a puppy loses weigh it could mean death in a matter of a days. We usually let the puppies nurse in between each puppy (this also helps to bring on more contractions and is very good start for the puppies, too) . When the next puppy starts to arrive, we quickly move them in a warming box (with heating pad), so as to concentrate on the next NEW LIFE and mom cannot accidentally step on them during the coming contractions, either. We repeat this process over and over and it takes approximately 12 hours. I usually will stay up all night but her side just in case a puppy needs help with revival - which happens quite often. In the wild many puppies will die at birth - but I am there to assist, if needed, to prevent any problems, if at all possible. In the case of problems, we have our vet who is on call for an emergency, 24-7, if needed.

BLIND AND DEAF: All puppies are born deaf and blind and do not open their eyes or start to walk until they are approximately 2 weeks old! They crawl on their bellies, helpless, deaf and blind, using only their sense of smell to find their nearby mom and the nipples. If they start crawling the wrong way they will get cold and will chill easily. They must stay warm to survive. One of the most common causes of puppy death in the first week, is form chilling. When they are lost and cold or hungry, they will start to cry and mom will lean over and lick them to show them the correct direction to crawl back to her ... too cool!

DISTINCT MARKINGS: Notice the common liver heads and variations in their markings at birth. GSP puppies are born white and with patches of liver, but soon the white areas will fill in with various shades of "ticking" (a pretty speckled design). Some ticking will be lighter (like freckles) and some darker as they mature. The darkest shade is called ROAN, with really no areas of white at all, but almost a gray shade. Each week they will become more and more like they will look when fully grown. By the time they are 5-6 weeks they will be a miniature version of their adult self. Experience has shown us that from birth, the PINK PADS will not tick in but may instead remain freckled like the whiter version of the GSP. When they have the DARKER PADS, they usually will tick in and become darker when older. There are many shades of ticking, from very light to very dark. No two puppies are exactly the same.Many prefer one version over the other, but they are all very precious, indeed.

We hope you enjoyed learning about the birthing process of the German Shorthaired Pointer.

Vicki and Bill Murdock

Colonial Farms, LLC
Gamebird Preserve
Field Dog Training
German Shorthaired Pointers

"Come to where the fun times, good birds, and great dogs are waiting for YOU!"