Grand National Grouse Ch. Full Blast was bred to 4X RU Ch. Herbie’s Asta LaVista and she whelped a litter in March. A few weeks ago we trekked to the beautiful countryside just outside Columbus, Ohio, to breeder Shannon Humphries’ home. We were there to choose our stud fee, pick-of-the-litter pup. Fortunately for us another pup buyer had just dropped out and we were able to buy a second pup from this excellent dam. While the pups are just 3-4 months old, we are excited to see excellent potential in both the male and female we chose. The male, “Spur” and the female, “Fern” have boldness, energy, calmness when handled and standing on the board, independence, quickness to point and high straight tails running and on point. These are the traits we look for in pups and these two both qualify. It will be fun to see them develop in the months ahead. We are going to pay extra close attention to these two as their dam, “Asta” died tragically just a week after we picked up the pups. “Asta’s” blood must carry forward as she has a lot to contribute to the English Setter bird dog breed and her pups show it.