Wow did we have a crazy night! When I left you, we were 2 hours into labor and she couldn’t get the first pup out . I called Dr. Fred’s reproduction tech Jessica Mayes who did the artificial insemination and offers whelping assistance too. She came right over with oxygen and her bag of tricks but after two more hours, we headed to Metzger’s Animal Hospital. Dr. Fred left his Easter dinner and immediately and c sectioned the dog. We knew from X-rays last week that we had a really big pup in there and he was stuck in the birth canal. Jessica helped revive them and all 5 puppies are doing great! Speed had 4 males and 1 female! I can’t thank Dr. Fred and Jessica enough!! Deuce thanks them too and is a proud papa. If you see him, he has the doggie cigars to pass out! Here’s a photo of my good buddy Dr. Fred Metzger with the new Lion Country setter family and that’s me!

As you can see, Dr. Fred Metzger was just as thrilled to see Speed's litter

As you can see, Dr. Fred Metzger was just as thrilled to see Speed’s litter

 

Dr. Buck assisting with Speed's C Section

Dr. Buck assisting with Speed’s C Section

Speed's litter had 4 boys and one girl. Two of which are tri-colored and those are my favorite!

Speed’s litter had 4 boys and one girl. Two of which are tri-colored and those are my favorite!

 

I’ll return with the story of Jessica and her animal reproductive services business. It’s really cool and boy not that expensive either. Sure cut back on my wine bill on this litter! Speed is being a great mom and I have some more cool puppy picks and videos coming soon so stay tuned to bucks blog!

-Buck

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  1. Jim chambers

    Congradulations my Friend ! I know you’ve been waiting a few years for this litter . Hope to come up and c them on Rick Smith and Derby week end . Jimmy at Walnut Hill

  2. Jack rosenswie

    Pretty neat! Congratulations on the new Grouse boys and girls ….. as always, your dogs are your Kings and Queens! They are beautiful …..glad the Mother is doing fine! This breeding is “is second to none” in the Grouse World! My hats is off to your Vet and his Staff ….. Congrats to them!

    Jack Rosenswie “Grouse Commander”


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Finally the future mommy has started labor! She started by acting uncomfortable and began licking herself while panting heavily. I reminded her of the breathing classes but she didn’t think I was very funny. On the first contraction, her abdomen tightened and her tail lifted and by then I knew it was time to call my vet Dr. Fred Metzger to let him know that it’s finally game time!

I haven’t helped whelp puppies in almost 10 years but I remember the anxiety well! My old vet Dr. Straley always said it was harder on me than the dog.

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Speed in her whelping box

Speed in her whelping box

Here’s my new whelping setup at the new Lion Country Kennel. The inside Kennel confines the dog for whelping and rearing with a door that slides to allow her outside kennel access. The chair is for me and the reproduction lady during the sometimes long wait between pups. The floor has heating pads under the whelping box and a heat lamp above to keep the pups warm. This is the most important part for the pups!! Stay tuned for updates after we have some pups!

Another view with the waiting chairs.

Another view with the waiting chairs.

Outer view of the whelping box.

Outer view of the whelping box.

 

 

 

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  1. Big Mark

    Buck -

    Good Luck with the Puppies!!

    Let me know when you need some fishing lessons…..Kelley doesn’t know all of the secrets!!

    Big Mark


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We received this note from Buck on the afternoon of Easter about Speed’s litter progress…

“It’s been a long four days and Speed is 3 days later than expected on her litter. I’ve been checking on her left and right since we were expecting her to be whelping already. It’s Sunday afternoon now and it looks as if she’s going into labor today so we hope to see puppies before the night is over. Wish us luck!”

Check back for more updates on Speed’s whelping progress…

 

 

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  1. Dave H.

    Give us an update on the puppies soon! Is this part of Lucky’s lineage? Can you tell us more about this litter’s heritage?


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photoHere’s a photo from a late feb pheasant hunt at Spring Lane hunt Club near Tyrone pa. That’s my best friend  since grade school Jimmy Chambers of Walnut Hill Kennel Jimmy has bred quality labs for 30 years . we co owned and bred some nice Elhew pointers together and Jimmy has seen the light. He traded one of our Elhews to cover trailer  Larry Moore of WV and got one of his last Cracking Tail Speed females.

Jimmy’s LUCK always has been good but I advised him to breed that dog to my good friend Dick Brenneman champion setter Pennstar. Dick kept a pup for breeding and that dog is the best young cover trial in the country 2 years in a row. Full blast or “Jeb ” won the purina and Simatore award last tear and is a 3 time champion already! Talk about Luck! Lucky for me he sold me Jebs litter mate and she’s bred to My Lion country’s I’m Lucky Too. Puppies are about 24 hours away!  Want one?  free? stay Tuned to Bucks Blog!

-Buck

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  1. Jim chambers

    Nice pic john ! Had a blast hunting those beautiful Pheasants with a couple very nice Setters ! ( luck ) I don’t believe in . Buy a very nice female bred her to best male ( Penstar ) . Sometimes u get a great one ( FullBlast ) and your Speedstar and my Rockett . C u soon Jimmy


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The smallmouth bites started last week as the water finally broke the 40 degree mark and would get to 46 by late afternoon each day of the last week. I always catch my biggest fish of the year on the first bite. I caught 32 smallies last week, mostly the 16 to 20 inches class. I fish about 4 hours a go and I went 4 days last week when it really warmed up. I don’t really like crowds so I waited until Monday to go out. The water temp. was about 56 degrees by 2 on Monday and I only caught 4 fish….go figure. The cold front came through on Tuesday and with puppies coming any day, I decided to write a blog to you guys. Wish me luck on delivering the pups! They never come easy for me!

-Buck

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  1. MBROWN

    NICE!


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We’re one week away from Speedstar’s expected litter! Here are several sonogram images of the pups. We are expecting 5 or 6 in the litter and I’m keepin’ 2! Stay tuned as we may just give a pup away if everything goes as expected! Also, congratulations to Speed’s litter mate Full Blast and his owner my buddy Dick Brenneman on their 3rd Grouse championship. Read more here. Be sure to check back for continued updates on Speed and her litter.

-Buck

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bucksblog3272014Wise men count grouse! Grouse are drumming in PA and now is a great time for grouse hunters to help your state wildlife conduct their spring drumming surveys. Most grouse states have these drumming counts so ask if you can help. Here’s how it works; you get assigned a route in national or state forests and you stop every  1/2 mile or so and listen for x amount of minutes and record the number birds you hear drumming.  The best part is that they share data at the end with cooperators and you get out after grouse without hurting next years birds.

Happy Counting,

Buck

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Lion Country's Speedstar - Bred to Deuce and is expecting a litter in three short weeks!

Lion Country’s Speedstar – Bred to Deuce and is expecting a litter in three short weeks!

GREAT NEWS! PUPPIES ARE IN THERE! I took MY “Champeen” bred English Setter Lion Country’s SPEEDSTAR to my good friend Dr. Metzgar’s Animal Hospital and he confirmed she is bred to my cover dog Deuce. This means that the 6th generation of Lion Country Setters are three weeks away from finally happening! MY friends who have been waiting for a Deuce puppy for 3 years are pumped and IF all works out —- I’ll give one away to a LUCKY CUSTOMER on the LCS website! OH BOY I’M LUCKY TOO! Thanks to “PAPPA DEUCE”

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  1. Bruce Schroeder

    It would be a thrill of a life time for me to have a pup that would look like Duce I am 73 and been chasing grouse in Wis. for 60 years and going strong,i think the reason is pointers setters and grouse life is good!

  2. Bob Montler

    Well, to keep the Tradition going you will have to name a male out of this litter “TRES”.

    Pronounced “trace”

    Make sure you keep the best Male.


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I’m up to my ears in alligators and my spring catalog deadline is in three days!  My catalog team did a great job and you should have it by April 10th!
My friends from SportDog sent this photo from their annual hunt at my grouse camp this past fall. I’ll share it here:

Great friends and excellent dog work on the "King of Game Birds"

Great friends and excellent dog work on the “King of Game Birds”

That’s Steve Kelley and Chris Morgan, national sales managers, and SportDog’s key sales representative, Jack Rosenswie, with his new setter, Rain.  The old guy is me with Deuce’s sister Rosa—one of my best grouse dogs ever…  This photo is outside our favorite watering hole in in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest.  Any guesses which one?

Finally!   I will find out on Friday if my bitch, Speedstar’s, breeding to Deuce last month took.  …Puppies?  Find out soon right here on Bucks Blog!

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  1. RIchard Elliott

    The liver and onions at the Westline are great !!! Odd I shop your store, you call one of my dinner spots your watering hole, also I love the way a field breed setter works on old ruff in ANF. Leek season and spring training is starting for me, a creek side lunch of trout,leeks and cattail is calling. Maybe someday are paths will cross!!!

  2. buck

    GREAT NEWS! PUPPIES ARE IN THERE! I took MY “Champeen” bred English Setter SPEEDSTAR tomy good friend DR. Metzgar’s Amimal Hospital and he confirmed she is bred to my cover dog Deuce. This means that the 6 th generation of lion country Setters is 3 weeks away from finally happening! MY friends who have been for a Deuce Puppy for 3 years are pumped and IF all works out —- I’ll give one away to a LUCKY CUSTOMER on the LCS website!OH BOY I”M LUCKY TOO! Thanks to “PAPPA DEUCE”


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Glad Eddie –grandson of my uncle Jack aka The Grouse Commander-  is OK… Uncle Jack sure embellishes a story!  

-Uncle Buck

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Eddie was returning from lifting weights last night and hit a piece of black-ice …. he and his lifting friend are OK.  Cut-up a little and their ego hurt a little .  A scary phone call will take the breath away from you at 11:00 PM.  It was a mess because when any truck or car stopped at the scene … they could not get going again … the troopers could not even stand-up on the road.  Eddie was not charged with any violation … another vehicle crashed behind Eddie too.  She checked on the boys and moved on leaving bits and pieces of her car.  The road was solid ice for 50 yards ……!

 

Without answers, the troopers asked me why there were shotgun shells all over hell … I had not cleaned out my Grouse Mobile since Grouse Season …. they laughed when I told them that there had been over 1,200 “dead” Grouse in that Jeep.  In fact when they rolled the Jeep back on the top …. a male Grouse flushed out of the back seat.  I just knew I was one short in the 2013 season.

 

Oh well, we will deal with it …. both boys are OK …. it could have been very bad.  They had their seat belts on to save the day and keep both of them in the Jeep.

 

They had just stopped at Sheetz and bought dinner – salad and shakes were all over hell.

 

That is the story – Rain (English Setter) cried when I told her that her Grouse Mobile was no more!  The Ruffed Grouse Society will probably want to put this Jeep in their museum.  Chuckling!

 

-Jack & Marilyn

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