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Jeremiah J. Johnson - Team Brindle Thunder!


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Carl Reed & Nitro get Money!!!

Posted by Jeremiah J. Johnson on August 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (3)

I just want to give a shout out to Team Brindle Thunder's Carl Reed & Nitro on picking up their first PKC Cast Win & $60.  They are now officially in the PKC Plott Breed Race!!!  I just think it's awesome to start to see all of these Millennium Magic bred Plotts start showing up in the winner's circle.  It is no surprise to me that when others who are dedicated to raising, training & competing with these dogs finally started to get behind them, that there was gonna be no way to hold them back!  The team keeps growing and more are coming all aboard with us & the Plott breed.  I do not know any other way that I can promote the Plott breed except by getting more & more coonhunters to realize that this breed can & will win!  I am even prouder as a breeder to have such fine men & women hunting our dogs and winning!!!  Keep on keeping on Mr. Carl & Nitro.  We salute you :)


Posted by Jeremiah J. Johnson on August 26, 2012 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Congrats to Curt Ahring and the Brindle Thunder - Heyzuess - on their UKC RQE win in Illinois tonight and qualifying for the UKC World Hunt. They had 400+ and place forth. Curt says Z looked good and it was a fun cast as Z got by himself a couple of times with a couple of coon! We are really excited and hope y'all will stop by and check them out at Autumn Oaks next weekend! Drop the Tailgate and.......Let's go coonhunting boys!


Posted by Jeremiah J. Johnson on August 19, 2012 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A big thank you & congrats to our "ringer" Mr. Curt Ahring & GrNtCh Millennium Magic Doc's Heyzuess! Curt just called and said he picked up the 5th & last Nite Champion win out in Missouri on Z! They scored 375+ and it held up and now Z is finished out in UKC. We are co-oping with Mr. Curt and he is going to stand Z at stud out at Curt's farm - "STUD BARN CENTRAL!" - so please contact Curt for all you live breeding needs on a Plott Dog out that way! Curt is also taken over handling and hunting Z & we look forward to the what the future may bring with these two hooked up together! And, we also look forward to having Curt as a part of team Brindle Thunder! and working now and in the future together with one of the top, if not the top, men in the coonhound sporting world! Thanks Mr. Curt!

The June Blues

Posted by Jeremiah J. Johnson on July 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Well it's been a while since I have reported anything on here.  Actually, just checking back, I noticed that the month of June was void of any news, opinions or stories!  It seems I had the June Blues :(  Really not much went on in June at all.  None of the dogs that I know of went to any hunts or did any winning.  I say it's pretty hard to do any promoting without any winning, or even much hunting going on overall.  But, this year has already started off to be quite warm and I am sure this is why things have slowed down.  I guess every summer is about the same.  They all just tend to slow down until Plott Days in the beginning of August, which is the Dog Days of summer.  Really a terrible time to have a Breed Days and competitions of any kind because it's too hot for the dogs and the participants.  You have to be a trooper to want to do anything that involves being outside day or night!  And, hope to get lucky and have some showers cool it off some and keep it from being drier than dust.

The only good news I have is that our buddy, Curt Ahring, picked up a Digger pup to take back to the farm.  And, I've talked with another potential pup partner in Jason Brown of Florida.  At this time, I am not sure if I will roll the dice and try to get one more partner on board, or just keep the SS pup, or just sell her outright.  It usually goes, the more you put yourself out there trying to help folks out some, the more chance that something is gonna come back and bite ya!  Kinda like an ill dog that hasn't figured out he was ill.  Well until you and him found out after he sunk his pearly whites into your 

However, I think to be successful in the Plott breed you have to continually expand your network/team of people, if you want to be a successful "breeder".  Everyone talks about "lines" of dogs and "breeders", but now-a-days most folks make a cross here and there, and voila!  They are said to have their own line of dogs.... :)  I guess in one cross those "breeders" can tell you the traits that are gonna show up in the litter because they have seen it over the many years they been breeding.  Or, better yet, I love the stud dogs and owners (I am talking and have been talking about all breeds here in general on this) and they have now become "breeders" and the stud dogs have their own lines as well.  Once again, I just can't fathom what has happened to the people of the coondog world.  I have seen the coondogs overall become a lot more populated with "culls" and it seems everyone and their brother wants to be a breeder and anyone that has a dog is considered a "breeder" now.  Well that's all for this edition.  Sorry to ramble some, but the news has been slim pickens and I needed to get my blog on!


Posted by Jeremiah J. Johnson on May 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Finally, a little bit of winning going on again! Friday night at the Michigan State Hunt, Chase and the "Brindle Thunder", Heyzuess, went to town and ended up with a cast win with 400+ points. So they picked up 50 Purina Points and are officially in the running for the Plott breed in Purina standings. I would be lying if I didn't say it feels good for them to be back in the winners' circle again, but am disappointed that the Grand Night Champion Degree is still not hung on Zuess. It's not that I am worried that it's not going to happen because it is, but I'd like to see him compete at Autumn Oaks with his daddy, Gravedigger, this year and compete for the overall National Grand Nite Champion (NGRNTCH) title. That's all for now, except for we have another litter of pups that just hit the ground. Stay tuned for more info on these new pups.

Newest Nite Champion Nitro

Posted by Jeremiah J. Johnson on May 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I want to say a big congrats goes out to Carl Reed of Oklahoma. He just finished his Nitro dog (Gravedigger X Cowgirl) to Nite Champion. Carl is a very hard hunter and hunts in PKC quite a bit. Carl has also bred Nitro and got some pups on the ground if anyone needs a good bred young dog. Once again congrats to Mr. Reed and Nitro! Good luck to the other few Digger dog owners. We may be few, but we are starting to get it done; and get these Digger dogs spread out for further inspection and use among the fine Plott folks all over this country! Millennium Magic Plotts, it's where "history repeats itself!" - It takes a winner to get a winner and to be a winner. Start with the best you can!


Posted by Jeremiah J. Johnson on April 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We are very happy and pleased to annouce that we will have pups available for pickup or delivery in May 2012. It's with great pleasure to know that Gravedigger is still siring large litters at his age. Originally 11 pups were sired with one being still born and the other succumbing shortly thereafter. Unluckily, the two deceased pups were brindled up and UKC registerable. However, there are 9 strong pups left with 3 being buckskin & 6 brindles. This cross out of Digger and Snickers is a mating that marries even more Joe Boy and Queen blood! With Snickers being directly off of PKC WldCh Buckeye Bud (Sarge breeding), the amount of UKC WldCh Kansas Sizzlin Heat and GrNtCh Syberts & Ottos Sarge (littermate brothers out of Joe Boy x Queen) has increased and hopefully improved in these new pups! We are trying to get as condensed as we can and keep this gene pool of competitive and big-time winning dogs flowing heavily through the veins of our kennels. These Digger to Buckeye Bud female crosses have been working and we are even more hopeful as Snickers is already a Bud/Magic cross. Look out for these pups soon!

Also, I am very happy to announce that we may get our first live litter of soon to be Grand Nite Champion, NtCh Millennium Magic Docs Heyzues, and Poison Ivy. Needless to say, we are very excited about getting a couple of litters on the ground this year! We haven't had been putting many pups out over the last several years, but now have some good females and want to see how they are going to reproduce with our two studs, Digger & Zues. God Bless and Happy Easter from all of us at Millennium Magic Plotts!!!



Posted by Jeremiah J. Johnson on March 17, 2012 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Congrats to Chase Royer and Millennium Magic Doc's Heyzuess for their NtCh win last night. They scored 650+ and walked away with Zuess' 4th NTCH win. Four down and one to go the Grand Nite Champion!

I believe the first drop Zuess got struck and treed with a coon and had all the other dogs shut out. After that, they treed another one and then they went into "coast" mode. It wasn't another 1,000+ performance but it sure got the job done and was another cast dominating performance!

And, this was just pulling the dog out of the kennel on the night of the hunt - kind of like the stories of Jim Garrison and ol' Ranger - and taking him to town without hunting him during the week. Sounds like these two are groovin'! Thanks and congrats to my buddy Chase :)

Recent Digger Dog Wins

Posted by Jeremiah J. Johnson on March 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

First off, I would like to send a big shout out to Mr. Johnny Mills of Alabama and say great job of finishing his female NTCH Dixie K (GRNTCH Millennium Magic Gravedigger X NTCH Brushy Creek Ebony) to Nite Champion. This past weekend they picked up another 1st Place Register UKC win. This cross has been pretty successful and I am happy to see the Plott breed being promoted and these Digger dogs showing off what they can do in competiton all over the country!

Next, I'd like to say thanks and congrats to Chase Royer for his impressive showing with NTCH Millennium Magic Heyzuess this past weekend at a Walker Sectional in Michigan. They came in with a cast win and a score over 1,000+ points. Their 1,150+ points (1,250+, 100-), however, were not enough for the NTCH win. I know it was quite disappointing for Chase but I say that's pretty dang impressive. I don't know very many Plotts that have broken the 1,000+ point barrier before!

Last, I'd like to bring up some past wins of Mr. Carl Reed of Oklahoma and his male Nitro (GRNTCH Millennium Magic Gravedigger X NTCH Ward's Cowgirl). They have snuck up and won a couple of UKC casts out west! Nitro just needs a 1st Place Registered UKC win to finish into another Digger dog Nite Champion.



Posted by Jeremiah J. Johnson on February 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Seems like it is bittersweet for Zues' homecoming here this weekend.  I am sure Chase will be happy to have his ol' buddy around now that he's wanting to do some coonhunting again.  However, the possums better be on the lookout after Zues gets back.  I really wish that things could have worked out better down south for him, but it is what it is and thankfully Mike gave him a chance and hunted him.  But when he got to treeing as many possums as coons, I couldn't fault Bert for wanting to move on and send him off.  It is sad that Zues was doing decent otherwise and was able to tree them southern coon late in the morning and in some pretty bad weather.  Hopefully, it will have helped him become a better track dog and when he returns to the coon zoo up north it will ultimately have made him a better dog for it.  But, a big fault has to be worked on and something figured out or we're just gonna have to accept him treeing possums!  Hope the next go around on here about him is about him slowing down or quitting the grinners and getting back into the winner's circle again!