Category Archives: Hunt Info

Versatile

Huntress

     ~ And More!

IMG_5466.JPGWe wanted to give you an update on our sweet Darcy.  She is 2 years old now.  We are so grateful for our beautiful girl.  She is such a wonderful part of our family, and it’s hard to remember what life was like before she came to us.

She loves to hunt, hike, swim, play with the kids, give the baby lots of kisses, go running with mom, and torment the chickens.  Everywhere we go we get compliments on what a beautiful dog she is.  People familiar with weims also comment on how small she is.  She’s 45 lbs and a lot smaller than other weims we come across. We remember you mentioning that her mother and grandmother were on the smaller side as well, so we’ve never worried about it. She is just the perfect size for us. 😊

 

We’ve attached a few pictures.  One is on her birthday.  She wasn’t very thrilled about the silly crown we put on her, but she tolerated it because she knew a tasty breakfast was coming.

Thanks again for all you do!  We love our sweet Darcy.

–The McKenzie’s

Breeder Comment

We have fewer and fewer under-sized pups. That will make many sad. Nevertheless, you cannot keep breeding back to the same lineage. New blood (such as Boone) brings depth and diversity to our gene pool. That is a good thing.

We are thrilled to hear she is versatile on every level–the perfect fit for your hunting and the family life. What more could we hope? Thank you, ever so much for remembering us with this update. It means the world!

When in the Southwest

It is Lizards

31189578_818517568340752_8553783899514208256_oDid you know the Weimaraner is a Watch Dog? Of course, you did. All that nose art on your window didn’t come from the goldfish. (Haha)

In the Northwest, it is the squirrels who taunt the Weim window watchers. Or maybe it is a feral cat that walks the fence gingerly out of reach. Bunnies and other scurriers are also fair game–sometimes the watching crew gets after the watched. The chase is on if caught it might not end well.

In the southwest, the lizards taunt the Weimaraner. It doesn’t take much to get their attention–sparrows, blackbirds, robins, butterflies, and sometimes bugs. Some Weims are more attuned to their duty of watching the premises than others. Nothing gets by these two.

Maverick

Celebrating Two Candles!

      ~The All-Around Versatile Weimaraner

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Greetings from San Jose, California! Maverick celebrates his 2nd Birthday today and I wanted to give you an update. He is very energetic and non-stop, like the Energizer Bunny! A little 5-10 minute rest and he is ready for another round. Funny thing… about 8pm at night, he is ready for his snuggles with me on my bed. Once he has about 30 minutes of that, I tell him “it’s time to go to bed” and he jumps down and heads right to his crate.

30581778_10213518101845250_9204332305097687040_nHe has been crate trained since he was a puppy and sleeps in it every night and spends a few hours a day on it as well. Our 13-year-old Weim, Sawyer, has learned when it’s cold it is better to tolerate Maverick and let him cuddle for body heat.

He LOVES going nuts from inside as he sees squirrels and birds out in our yard and does his “cry” to let him out for the chase. Bill, my husband, takes him pheasant hunting and reports that he had the natural instinct the first time he went out in the field last year and this year did an even better job of pointing, flushing and retrieving the birds. He is a fantastic family and hunting companion. Maverick is exactly what we wanted in a Weim and you delivered!

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled Maverick is as advertised (so to speak). I think you folks know we take this process seriously. It is not our first placement with you. Of course, along the way to here and now, you have had a couple of Rescue Weims, too.

We realize that it is a significant risk to trust us to do what is best. Thank you, for your loyalty and this update on Maverick.

The Question

Whiner or Weimar

     ~It kind of Goes Together

 

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Someone says we Gray Ghosts are Whiners. Can you Believe it?

Recently, a friend who will remain anonymous sent we a list of reasons someone dropped a Weimaraner off at a shelter. It didn’t happen in America, but people are people worldwide, I think. This is not a joke. Here are the reasons for which he was being released.

 

  • He wakes up his masters at 7 in the morning moaning ‘ cause he wants to go out while their other dog never gets out before 9
  • The Weim sits moaning while they prepare his bowl while the other dog is silent
  • Also, he moans very loudly when he has to wait in front of the baker to the point that passers-by will return (the abandoned Weimar song! )
  • He also is moaning (loudly expresses his joy) when we put his leash to get out (I understand that the walk in the neighborhood was the only walk to get off)
  • He pulls too much — while madame has tendinitis
  • In every way, he moans too often and it doesn’t go well with Monsieur who has high blood pressure.

No reputable breeder wants a pup to end up in rescue. How do we avoid that? We screen applicants. Regardless, things happen. People sometimes say all the right things. As we often share with folks that say they have done their research, “there is no amount of research that will adequately prepare you for what could arise in the process of raising or living with the Weimaraner.” Honestly, this breed either suits you, or it doesn’t. It is demanding of your time and resources. They simply put are not the a-leave-in-the-yard type of dog.

2018 Weekly Synopsis

 Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

At OwyheeStarJeep & Weim Trailer NAVHDA Spring Training 2018-12

Grandpa is off to train with Winnie and Cypress. He and a few North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) guys are meeting near New Plymouth, Idaho to prepare for the Spring Hunt Test. Even the NAVHDA Natural Ability test requires a lot of preparation. Cliff has been working on the entry forms and other associated paperwork needed so he can participate. Timing is vital. The Weimaraner must be no older than 16 months. This window of opportunity makes it tough–tests happen twice a year locally. There are only so many slots to be had–if you don’t get one reserved it is likely the pup will age–out without a test. We cannot travel to Western Oregon or Western Washington like others might do. We get guys from that area coming here to get into our tests. On the other side of the US where states are close together, it is feasible to schedule three or more hunt tests so you can be sure to get your best shot at capturing the NAVHDA Natural Ability Prize.

This Week on the Blog

We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. Maybe you liked them enough to read them a second time. I think they speak to our heart in ways we cannot imagine. We see our Weim through another’s experience. We gain insights and possibly avoid issues. At least we identify with other’s struggles and their triumphs. Thanks for helping us and sharing with the OwyheeStar Community.

Sunday—March 18 — Gracie
Monday — March 19 — Biking (with Berkley)

Tuesday — March 20 — At Six (Dodger)

Wednesday — March 21 — Marie’s (Pushkin)

Thursday – March 22 — Mark and Robin (Nutz)

Friday — March 23 — In The News (the United Airline Debacle)

On a very personal noteStrawberries & Horseradish_0421

Gopher_0405It is Spring on a small rural piece of property. There is a lot to get done. I won’t bore you with the entire list of must-do items. To many, it would not make sense anyhow. Rural life is hard to understand unless you lived it. Maybe you saw the pregnant gopher Cliff captured–he has caught two such giants with the enormous round tummy. (OMG)

Otherwise, I am working every day in the greenhouse. I open and close it morning and night. Things are starting to cook you might say. I am sad to realize that a lot of what needs to be done is going to require Cliff’s help. There is no way Ashley and I can haul up everything or build some of the more extensive raised beds. He has to get it fenced–we have the Weims ya know. They don’t respect the boxes or plants.

I think we have our health challenges traveling with us forward. Nonetheless, we are making the most of life. We find a way to improve and manage the situation. I think that is enough about that for the time being–when there is additional information, I will talk about it.

At Six

The Amazing Dodger

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I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing dog, hunter and companion Dodger has been over the years. As he approaches 6 years I could not be happier to have him as a pet.

Our First Solo Hunt

        ~When it takes a bit for the human to catch onLaPrelle's Dodger at 6

On our first solo hunt together for pheasants, I learned something. Before then, I never knew how good Dodger was because all the other dogs were just a little bit more on track during past hunts. This time, when it was only him and me when his first bird jumped early (as most wild birds do now) I took two shots. I grounded the pheasant but it took off running. So, we began our search. I kept Dodger close to me as we walked in circles back and forth in the direction I thought the bird went. Dodger kept wanting to go back behind us but I was sure the bird could not have circled back. I finally gave in and all of a sudden Dodger put one leg up, nose to ground and tail as straight as an arrow. I looked at him with a puzzled look on my face mostly of frustration as the grass was short and I could see nothing, I stood next to him trying to get him to move–to do anything but point at the ground. He kept looking at me as if I’m the one who needs to do something, It finally clicked. It was my job to flush the bird it’s his to point and retrieve. I took two steps forward and the rest is history.

Breeder Comment

Cliff nor I will ever correct one of our hunters who is insisting their Weimaraner needs to flush the birds. Nonetheless, it should be noted that the Weimaraner is a Versatile Hunting Dog that points. This story and a perfect example of what you want the Weimaraner to do in the field. Thank you, for sharing this and updating us on Dodger.

Our Blue Stud

Meet Boone

Boone at the Sanctuary.B-28Many of you are aware we have a new Blue Stud Dog–Dusty was our first and then we had Blue. Unfortunately, eventually, they are too old to produce litters. Long story made short–we found this lovely boy and we named him ‘OwyheeStar’s Boone’.

I’ve been bemoaning the lack of photos so we went to the sanctuary and captured a few.

What’s Not to Love?

‘Boone’ is unflappable, loving, happy and intelligent. He has already sired a couple of litters. Prior to using him, we did some health checks. More recently we got health certifications. These certified examiners submitted their tests to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).

  1. Preliminary Hip Rating was Good with good elbows.
  2. No evidence of thyroid disease was recognized.
  3. No indication of congenital cardiac disease.
  4. He was found to be free of observable inherited eye disease.

We also sent off DNA to AKC to get him on file as a frequent used Stud as well as to DDC Veterinary to check to see if he carried the Longhair (or fluffy coat) DNA marker. He did not–which means no litter he sires will ever produce Longhair puppies.

To answer your question–no all these tests have not been completed on our females. Most of them we have owned for generations. Secondly, while this testing is beneficial, it doesn’t always prevent things from happening. Honestly, we have purchased two Weimaraners from parents with both excellent OFA ratings only to find their offspring had the worst hips ever! It was extremely discouraging. Twice this happened. Regardless, it is essential to have our Stud Dog tested. We are thrilled with the outcome for our beautiful ‘Boone’. Thanks to the Idaho Veterinary Hospital for making this possible via their Breeder’s Day.

 

Stackhouse

Helping Cliff

The Boys_9699Cliff needs a sidekick. Shela is otherwise engaged, and therefore Stackhouse is pretty much always on the heels of Mr. Cliff. He has been patiently waiting for Cliff to complete the current round of greenhouse additions. Stackhouse is ready to go.

While He Waits

I love finding him sitting in the Gator. To be totally honest, Mr. Stack sometimes wants to escape and explore. You might not think this is a problem, but he bothers the kitties and gets into stuff. (oops)

This sweet boy is like all other Weimars–all about the relationship; but the universe surrounds him. The world as he knows it (at OwyheeStar) is complicated. Before long the time change is going to rock his routine. How will we explain that?

Supervisor

Stackhouse

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When projects happen, Stackhouse goes to work. He is not quite sure Cliff has it right, but he is doing as told–staying in the Gator. Since Dad is distracted it would be a great time to sneak off and check out any number of things–the bird pens, the cats, or to dig in search of a gopher.

Good Boy, Stackhouse!

Training

Breeder Comment

Gardener's Jaeger Early 2018You no doubt remember our opportunistic Cat Tree Sitting Weimar. This happened not so long ago on the homefront; however, Jaeger is busy working on his field training too!

The Savvy Weimaraner

     ~Trainable Natual Ability is a Plus!

We went out to get some fieldwork/playing. Came across a huge chest-deep puddle from the recent melt off. Jaeger followed Ruger in without a pause. Considering that water was cold and he went right in, I’m hoping for good things come spring and summer.

Ruger also pointed some quail, Jaeger pointed Ruger… instinct is such an amazing thing. He is doing great, smart and stubborn (lol), they go hand in hand.

You might remember that our Ruger was not too thrilled with Jaeger, but he tolerated him. Well, Ruger has broke down and finally realized MAYBE Jaeger isn’t always an annoyance. At times, they will play. It is fun to watch the process.

Before the Melt

     ~Playin in the Snow