This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Pumping Irrigation Water

Pumping Irrigation Water

Isn’t spring grand? It does bring its own set of demands. Cliff was pressed on every side this week. He has not farmed the second half of our property in recent years; however, last fall he put in winter wheat on the east parcel. It is coming along nicely; it required irrigation (for the first time this year) this week. Getting the water going took some concerted effort. He has had to revamp everything to work for how we will be doing things. Isn’t that the way it goes? Anyhow, he got the wheat watered. Beyond the farming, he is preparing for spring hunt tests.

He has a couple of Weims to get ready for the spring hunt tests. We will see how it goes; he only has one girl who fits the time frame for the NAVHDA N/A (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association Natural Ability) hunt test.  He hoped to put more time into her, because she has hunt-potential-promise, but it takes patience to develop a good hunt-performance. This is true, even though it is known as the natural ability portion of the NAVHDA testing process. It requires exposure to birds, field conditions, and water prior to the test. The pup must be ready to perform to a certain level.

We mentioned the time frame for NAVHDA N/A testing was limited, but the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF) has a much more doable set of age requirements. The VHDF Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) which is similar to the NAVHDA N/A doesn’t restrict participation due to age. In many cases, this can be a huge plus. Some Weimaraners (and other breeds) will mature later than others; it can be difficult to have a pup ready in the exact NAVHDA test time frame. Both venues have a lot to offer a dog breeder, as well as someone wanting to develop a serious hunting companion.

Here are the links for this week’s blogs….

The Blues……

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Friday’s blog featured the puppy swim. The (Blues in the Wagon) photos we posted on Facebook were a hit with you, and others. There are a few blog subscribers who don’t get on Facebook; therefore, we will post these cute faces for you again. We don’t think anyone will mind. I am heading off to bathe two of these pups that will depart for their new family today. Others will be leaving soon. We have a couple left to place, but inquiries have been consistent. Although we have a waiting list, each person on it has their own agenda. This includes coat color, time frame, and other factors. Placing the pups in the best possible home is important to us. We believe it is a breeder’s duty to care about where the pups go, and what happens to them. 

 
 

Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!

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Posted on April 19, 2014, in Blue Weims, NAVHDA, News, OwyheeStar, Swimming Weimaraners, The Weimaraner, VHDF and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. they are just wonderful, the wagon looks like a treasure chest with those cute pups :o)

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