Welcome to the 2021 Boulder x Queenie Litter micro-blog! This page is intended for new owners to get a weekly update on their new puppy. Please send us a message with any questions. Thank you! – Kim
Socialization. January 19th. Day 52. We cannot, CANNOT, stress how important enrichment, exposure, and socialization is essential to the proper growth and development of a Weimaraner puppy. To that end, the current Barrett Socialization Checklist is 10 pages long and it is our expectation that new puppy families are checking off many of the items on this list over the next two months. As much as possible, we also work on some of these items before your puppy even comes home. Today, it was exploring the great outdoors. Photos attached for your enjoyment. 🙂
More Stacking Puppies. January 17th. Day 50. And here we are again, one week later, stacking puppies again because I just can’t help myself. Even though the litter wasn’t bred specifically for structure, I am quite impressed by how lovely all of these puppies are turning out! Once we combine aptitude/temperament scores with prey drive scores and structure scores, the overall ‘pick of the litter’ is… BLUE COLLAR BOY. !!! The kid is just stunning. Bold, confident, beautiful. The next question will be… which home gets him?!
Blue Collar Boy
Orange Collar Boy
Yellow Collar Boy
White Collar Girl
Pink Collar Girl
Stacking Puppies. January 11th. Day 44. Almost seven weeks old. !!! The Boulder x Queenie puppies were primarily bred to retain sound temperament, continue good health, and exemplify outstanding hunting ability. Even though this litter wasn’t primarily bred for the show ring, we like to stack up the puppies anyway, just to see how they’re built. In the next few days, we’ll also run them through our aptitude/temperament test and bird/prey drive test, and then we’ll have a pretty good idea of which puppies will be going to which homes.
White Collar Girl
Toys. January 7th. Day 40. Over the next year or so, puppies will need a lot of toys they can chew on. (In absence of having access to such toys, you may have to sacrifice your shoes, handbags, sweaters, sofas, and table legs.) This week, we’re introducing puppies to Benebones and other non-ingestible chew toys. When they’re chewing on items that are appropriate for them, they can’t be chewing on items that are not! Make sure you load up on a few of these (both hard and plush).
White Collar Girl getting some recliner time with Barry
Exploration. January 5th. Day 38. The door to the puppy pen area was opened tonight to see how many would want to go exploring. Surprise, they all did! So puppies spent about 45 minutes learning all about other dogs in the household, the wood floor, the coffee table, and the husband’s shoelaces. Mamma Queenie supervised from her perch on the blue chair, only joining them at the end of the play session for a quick feeding. When the puppies were done, they put themselves back into the puppy pen, and went to sleep huddled up in their crates.
Purina Pro Plan. January 3rd. Day 36. The Boulder x Queenie puppies were weaned onto Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Lamb and Rice (28% protein). The purpose of a puppy formula is to provide a more calorie-dense food to support growing bodies. Puppies should transition into adult-formulated food between 6-9 months of age. Additional supplements are provided as follows:
- NuVet vitamin wafers. One daily wafer goes into breakfast to boost nutrition. NuVet wafers may be purchased through www.nuvet.com/26861 or calling 1-800-474-7044. Use the order code: 26861, which is connected to the Barrett Weimaraners account.
- Purina Pro Plan FortiFlora. We also add a packet of Purina Pro Plan FortiFlora with each dinner to boost gut health. These can be purchased through Chewy.
Feel free to order a bag of this food now so you have it ready when your puppy comes home.
The dry food is soaked in hot water and left to soften for about 15 minutes. Additional water is added to create a gruel consistency prior to feeding.
Happy New Year! January 2nd. Day 35. Apologies for the radio silence during the Holiday season. But, Happy New Year!!! And we’re pleased to report that puppies have moved downstairs into the dining room with their expanded digs. We’re kicking it into another gear this week with potty training, crate training, and socialization. The puppies are enjoying their new space and have plenty of toys to play with and chew on.
January 2nd – New digs!
December 31st – The natives are getting restless!
December 28th – Cuddle time downstairs with the humans
December 25th – Christmas feast!!!
December 25th – Christmas manicure – keeping nails trimmed is very important 🙂
December 15th – Blue Boy!!!
Routine. December 13th. Day 15. After a week and a half of being away, I’m finally home and VERY pleased to see that Queenie continues to be a great mom. The puppies are fat (i.e. well fed). Eyes are open now, and they toddle around the box when they’re awake! In the next week or so, we’ll be putting in toys with different textures for them to explore.
Field Trial Nationals. December 6th. Day 8. Hello from Ardmore, Oklahoma! 2021 marks my 7th year of attendance at our National Field Trial. We’ll be here for the next week competing in various stakes. We’re also proud to report that SIERRA, who is Boulder’s niece, earned a 3rd Place in the National Field Futurity Stake today. In other words, she’s a capable hunting dog, and I sincerely hope that your puppy will be, too. Meanwhile, back at home, husband Barry reports that puppies are doing well. 🙂
Genetics. November 30th. Day 2. Breeding is an art which includes the ability to preserve and/or enhanced desired physical and behavioral traits. The Boulder x Queenie litter in particular, was bred to produce a generation of dogs who were athletic and had natural hunting ability. It’s much too soon to know if these puppies will be natural hunting dogs, but with well-defined muscles, even at two days old, it’s already clear that they’re built for it.
Contentment. November 29th. Day 1. Queenie has REALLY found her calling as a Mom. Every time we peek into her room and check on the little ones, everyone’s sleeping (which means their bellies are full and all their needs have been met) and Queenie is content just sitting in the whelping box with them to keep them company and keep them warm. If I had to guess, I’ll say that Queenie will be actively taking her of her kids until the day they go home.
Welcome!!! November 28th. Day 0. Welcome, babies! On Sunday afternoon, Queenie went into labor and effortlessly delivered five (5) healthy puppies at home in our guest room. Birth weights are excellent, ranging from 9.1 ounces to 13.5 ounces. The girls are in pink and white collars. The boys are in blue, orange, and yellow collars. Prospective families officially have eight weeks to do their homework and get ready for their new puppies!!!
Expecting Five! November 16th. Queenie went to the vet today for a pregnancy progress check. The x-ray revealed five (5) good-sized puppies on board! Since progesterone testing was not done for Queenie, we don’t know the “exact” day she will deliver her puppies, but we know it will be sometime over Thanksgiving weekend. The whelping box has been set-up and the supplies have been ordered. Now all we have to do is wait!
Breeding Announcement. October 3rd. In collaboration with Rugerheim Kennels, Barrett Weimaraners is pleased to announce an upcoming litter with GCH Knight n’ Barrett’s Pioneer Mountain Man, “Boulder,” and Rugerheim’s Royal Queen v. Barrett, “Queenie.” The purpose of this breeding is to produce beautiful, moderate Weimaraners with superb stamina, no-quit attitude, fluid movement and exquisite style. The best puppies out of this litter are expected to be fine personal hunting companions. As companion dogs, we expect them to be active, alert, and athletic.
BOULDER is out of our 2013 Max x Friday litter and is my faithful companion. He is moderate in size, loyal to a fault, and affectionate as the day is long. You can read more about his street creds on his page, but in summary, Boulder has competed in show and field trial venues across the country for most of his life, and is now earning his retirement on the sofa.
QUEENIE was bred by our good friend Terry Chandler of Rugerheim Kennels in New Mexico, is a moderate sized dog with a dark coat and amber eyes and is owned by Terry and me. In addition to being a sweet, friendly girl, Queenie is incredibly athletic and beautiful on her bird work.
The Boulder x Queenie breeding is an attempt to genetically duplicate our very successful 2020 King x Gracie litter (Queenie is a sister to King and Boulder is a brother to Gracie). Both Terry and I plan to keep a puppy each out of this litter for our next generation, and we have a couple of people on our short-list who have committed to bringing home a potential field trial prospect Weimaraner, or even dual champion-prospect Weimaraner. We expect that remaining puppies would be available for active companion/pet families. Puppies are due in late November and will go home in early February.
Sire: GCH Knight n’ Barrett’s Pioneer Mountain Man, “Boulder
AKC SR78072901, DOB 6/2/2013, Sire: GCHS Heidelberg’s Maximillian von Reiteralm JH, “Max”, Dam: CH Axel n’ Reiteralm’s Gun Run Gal Friday JH, “Friday”, Bred by Holly McKnight and Kim Burnell, Owned by Kim Burnell
- Hips: OFA GOOD (WE-12285G25M-VPI)
- Elbows: OFA NORMAL (WE-EL1739M23-VPI)
- Coat length: S/S (Dog has short hair; long-haired offspring cannot be produced)
- Dominant black: K/K (2 copies of dominant black are present)
- Agouti: at/at (Homozygous for black and tan)
- Hyperuricosuria (HUU): N/N (No copies of hyperuricosuria; dog is normal)
- Hypomyelination (HYPM): N/N (No copies of hypomyelination; dog is normal)
- Spinal Dysraphism (SD): N/N (No copies of spinal dysraphism; dog is normal)
Dam: Rugerheim’s Royal Queen v. Barrett, “Queenie”
AKC SS09122803, DOB 10/15/2018, Sire: MK’s Running on Empty von Reiteralm, “R.E.”, Dam: Let’s Go Top Secret Whirlwind, “Windy”, Bred by Terry Chandler, Owned by Terry Chandler and Kim Burnell
- OFA –
- Hips: OFA GOOD (WE-13399G32F-VPI)
- Eyes: OFA NORMAL (WE-EYE533/31F-VPI)
- Thyroid: OFA NORMAL (WE-TH881/32F-VPI)
Please submit a prospective owner questionnaire if you might be interested in a puppy out of the Boulder x Queenie litter. Thank you!
Boulder – (Top Right) First Place in Open Gun Dog at the GSPC of Las Cruces in New Mexico in March 2019.
Boulder – On course in the Open Gun Dog stake at a field trial in Sonoita, Arizona.
Boulder – First appearance in the Weimaraner Magazine as a young dog.
Boulder – Couch time as an adult.
Boulder – Couch time as a puppy (third from the left)… before he was designated the keeper. This picture was taken in the backyard when the puppies were one day shy of seven weeks old.
Boulder – With Robert Scott in the Sporting Group at the Long Beach Shows in June 2016.