Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Puppies Are Here!!

    The litter was officially born on Wednesday, September 10, but it stretched into the morning hours the next day as well. Long delivery but all is well and mom and puppies are healthy. Sky had 6 big and healthy puppies: 4 boys and 2 girls.




    Because the puppies were pretty large, the veterinarian decided to dock their tails at 2 days old. The puppies did very well and now we are all settled in. Mom has recuperated and is still being a wonderful mom. 
    GSP puppies are born with their liver patches, but the ticking comes in as they grow. Disney fans may remember this clip from the movie 101 Dalmations
    Of course, in GSP's it's "ticking." So with that in mind, here are individual pictures at 2 days old. (And, yes, they are easy for me to tell apart in person. We will have litter themed names shown soon)







Saturday, September 6, 2014

Temperature Countdown

Dogs have a body temperature of about 101.5 +/- 1 degree F. Starting several days in advance, we will start taking Sky's temperature for a baseline. Like people the actual normal temperature can vary a bit due to individual metabolism, time of day, and activity level. But a consistent temperature drop to below 100, usually about 1-2 degrees below their baseline is a good tool for indicating early labor.
Today we are at 100.7 and I'll check twice a day from her on out.
Soon we should have puppies!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

7.5 - 8 Weeks Gestation

So far, we are at about 7.5 - 8 weeks along, depending on which breeding we count from. Sky is growing uncomfortably large. We've divided up her meals into smaller portions and let her outside more often as puppies take up more room. We are getting close!

Here's a link to a short video clip about canine fetal development. Thanks to National Geographic for making this available to the public. Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/BsLfWgAFFIE
Click the above link


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bird Work for Sky

Some folks believe that hunting during pregnancy helps the pups be better future bird dogs. I imagine this is a bit of an "old wives tale" but no one can deny that light exercise and staying in good condition is good for pregnant moms. Here's to staying fit and looking sharp! Can you see the bulge in the belly? Hard to see but soon it will be hard to miss!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Benny is a new DUAL CHAMPION!!!

Benny finished his show championship Thursday and is now a 5th generation Dual Champion. Excellence in the Field and in the Show is huge accomplishment. Way to go Benny!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First breeding today!

Sky has been bred to Benny and Sky's earliest due date is set for September 10. We are still accepting a few deposits for both males and females.

  • We hunt and test our dogs
  • We breed for hunt, temperament, health, and conformation. 
  • We socialize to the hilt, using both traditional and new methods. Ask for lots more detail.
  • We offer a full 5 year genetic health guarantee and are always always available to take a dog back or help rehome. Anytime. Any age. We LOVE our puppies and want them to be in the right homes.
  • We offer free started level training and guarantee our puppies will hunt when you work with us. And it's free! 
  • We are a phone call away for the life of your dog.


Contact us for details.
Mountainbirddogs@aol.com
423.949.6186

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Litter Plans for fall 2014!

Keep watching for more details soon...