We finally got an ultrasound nailed down the morning of 5 May, which happens to be the day the pups begin to become boys and girls. The pups were far enough along to be easily seen: arms and legs, feet, toes, faces, umbilical cords and even heartbeats where all easily observed. We really got a best case scenario with this ultrasound in all ways, which isn't really an expectation but a hope - we are ecstatic for the results! We expect delivery just after Memorial Day.
9 March 2017 marks day one. We expect to make the trip to Georgia over the St. Patrick's day holiday. Providing everything goes as planned we predict pups to be born on or about 20 May. Still much to happen between now and then. Our client list for this litter was re-opened last week, due to life getting the better of an inordinate number of clients we had been very excited about placing puppies with. Aside from that, we hope you enjoy this little video clip of Munson, the sire to be. He really is such a lovely Drent:
UPDATE: 27 March 2017
Progesterone levels have finally indicated the time is right. Powder is on her way to Savannah!
This year's epic border to border Mearns quail hunt was a good one for sure. However, soon after arriving, we were getting some odd scraping sounds from the front-end while in four wheel drive. Enter the 8-day Challenger visit, and a new front differential. Despite being committed to hunting only easily accessible "bottom-feeder" hunts, the dogs did well, and it was good to have remembered my shooting mojo these combined netted my best harvest ever. The return trip got serious in Southern Idaho when the transfer-case suffered a catastrophic failure; detonating and starting a vehicle fire when the gear oil splashed onto the exhaust. Needless to say, having all that go down at 75mph was a whole level of excitement I'm okay without. The link will take you to a Google Photo album, which does a fine job of encapsulates the trip, and makes skimming over a large gallery easy. If you see something interesting, just click and take a closer look. Enjoy The GALLERY HERE.
On 19 Decemeber 2016, we learned Meadowbrook's Munson passed his last health check, and we are clear to proceed. I was able to evaluate the litter Munson was a part of when the pups were about 5 weeks old and took a few notes. I'm a big fan of both the mother and father of the litter he is from; and know the lineage of both sides of his family tree very well, so having this workout is very exciting for us. Munson is a beautiful sweet boy who has grown to be wonderful, representative of his parents in all ways (with the mother being the primary influence) and the breed. Munson has a winning way with people and knows how to steal center stage, whether it's at the hunt club or a professional photo shoot for something other than him.
Of course Powder has passed all of her health requirements plus. She is a dynamo in the field, and a great family companion. Her heat cycles have remained pretty consistent so we are expecting a trip to Savanah Georgia in late February. But we will see what mother nature throws our way, as that will guide all of our efforts from here on out.
We will be developing a section here at Two Gun just for this litter. This planned breeding has been sanctioned by the DPCNA and official announcements have been posted on both the www.DPCNA.org and the DPCNA Facebook pages.
For more information with regard to this planned mating, please feel free to contact us.
That will happen to a guy with a toddler, four dogs, adding a bunch of new merchandise to the DPCNA portfolio, and some simblance of a life. But we are still getting out there. Here are a few photos from this season that I enjoy. I've not been carrying the DSLR this season, just the cell phone, which has it's plusses and minuses. It means much fewer photos, since I have to take my glove off to tap the screen, and outside the need to zoom, the quality of the phone is now on par, or even slightly better than our aged DSLR... Otherwise I hope you enjoy.
Powder and I got skunked on Valley Quail today, but pup was able to have lot of fun with Pheasant! I was hoping we might get lucky and find some Quail in the larger structure, or even pick up a random covey of Hungarian Partridge along an edge, but no there were Pheasant by the truck load, which was fun enough for us to almost be late to meet the Fosters. Here is a link to 1/3 of the video I thought I had shot - enjoy!
Despite being only two years of age, Powder is drawn to quail like fillings to a magnet. While I never was able to make the time to get hunt test results for her father, I've managed to successfully hunt him in eight states on most of North America's upland bird species, and her mom is one of the first Drents to earn NAVHDA credentials. She has finding birds and pointing in her blood. Her favorite game is clearly quail.
Besides those two mucking about, we are working on something special for 2017. Let's all hope this plan gets off the ground. Until we get closer to that, we hope you have some great plans for your family and friends this summer.
Through some of the twists and turns life throws at us, we managed to opt out of taking advantage of Powder's spring heat cycle. We have plans for a 2017 litter, and have full intent to make that happen. Until then enjoy these two best buds enjoying some time together. As always feel free to reach out to us, we are happy to field your questions. Until next time - take care.
For me, visiting Arizona for is about way more than just the birds. Friends, incredible scenery, sunrises, dogs, good food, sunsets, and violating car washes...
The litter is composed of 5 boy and 5 girls, all happy, and healthy. As you can see, are all absolutely stunning with some really nice markings as a really nice bonus. To follow their progress check their FaceBook wall.
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I'm just a guy suffering with an infatuation with gundogs since childhood. Forty some odd years later this is what you get.