Category Archives: Hunting Weims

At Six

The Amazing Dodger

LaPrelle's Dodger_4703
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.



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?



Stackhouse Supervising Greenhouse Development-5

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!


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

News of the Best Kind

Hello from Bremerton, Washington!

Marcous'a Freyja 435Freyja here just checking in. My big brother Odin has a toy I want that he won’t share so I’m up on the couch with mom pouting…lol.
Human speaking now: Freyja is such a joy! She’s adjusted to our little family rather quickly, she has great energy and is very smart & sweet-natured.
Marcoux's Freyja Early 2018-2Odin gets along very well with Freyja, he’s happy he has a friend! He is her playmate and protector always wants to be near her. He is almost kind of taken a parent roll, making sure we are doing our job!. He goes outside with her and shows her where to go potty, even though she is on a long leash if he feels she is going in the wrong direction he just gently guides her with his paw where he thinks she needs to go…lol.
Freyja has really bonded to both Odin and me. Our little family feels complete with her here. Of course, we are running on fumes sometimes as Freyja is quite busy doing her puppy things. She is teething so she bites everything. I keep a toy with me always for a distraction as well as protection…lol. Feeding time is a challenge as she wants to eat out of her brother’s food bowl instead of her Today she gets to go see the puppy doctor to get her next round of shots. Big brother gets to go too, he’s just gonna love that!…lol. killing two birds with one stone works for us though. Anyway, I could go on and on…thank you, Shela & Cliff, for all of your help and support and of course for our Freyja!! You guys have helped make this such a positive experience and we sincerely appreciate all that you do! Have a wonderful day! Jeremy, Jessica, Odin & Freyja💗💗
PS: Just got back from the vets, she now weighs 18.2 pounds. The doctor and staff are in agreement with the shot protocol. She fell asleep during the exam she was so calm!!


Just Napping

     ~He’s getting along nicely.Gardner's Jaeger_233915.jpg

The above snapshot is taken with my wife’s dog Caoimhe (pronounced Keeva). She has taken to him very nicely… They play a lot.
Gardner's Ruger and JaegerHere he is with Ruger, who actually curled up there when Jaeger was already there. Ruger is progressing slower; he has never been one to play a lot with other dogs.
Jaeger is still gaining like a horse, 16.9lbs today. He doesn’t like crate training, but we are slowly making progress.

Breeder Comment

It appears you are off to a good start incorporating the new OwyheeStar Weim into your family. It is a plus that Caoimhe likes to play with him. The most significant thing where he is going to hunt is to get him following in Ruger’s paw prints in the field. We know you have this as a goal. There are so many things when you bring home the Weimaraner–the crate-training you mentioned, housebreaking, the recall, and other essential disciplines that it takes focus. You, having been down this path before understand all too well for what we speak. We look forward to hearing news from time to time of Jaeger and his exploits.


Undaunted by Adverse Conditions

Boyle's WellieTough conditions yesterday for wild birds.


Boyle's Crane 1

High winds made it tough on the dogs.

The above short clip show what I mean.


Notice the high wind and thick cover. Wellie isn’t afraid to find birds. It’s funny how he knows the spots to look. He’s got the drive. Hope all is well! ~ Tyler

Breeder Comment

Dear Tyler — You and Wellie have done well over the years. Thank you for keeping us apprised from time-to-time. Not many of our hunters are as faithful as you with updates.
Here are some memories for the readers who don’t recognize Wellie.

Our Weimar


     ~Just Think Pheasants

adam and jags

IMG_7762Are you getting tired of us gushing about Jager?  I hope not because here is another email letting you know how amazing he is!  The two hunting pictures I sent are of their hunting adventure this weekend.  I have also included one of Jags in the snow this winter.  He had so much fun with snowballs!  Not the cold, but snowballs were almost as good at tennis balls.




Look What I Found….


Adam said his hunting skills are getting better and better.  He points so well when he finds a bird.  It sounded like this weekend he was pointing on  4 birds that were hunkered down and wouldn’t move until Adam got closer and then when Adam signaled to him he lunged to get them up in the air and all the guys got to shoot.  Another time this weekend a bird had flown up and Adam shot and wounded it but it took off running on the ground.  Jager was over with Adams friend and didn’t see it. So Adam called jags over and got him on the scent (the bird was nowhere to be seen at this point) and he took off running down the field, every now and then zig-zagging and then continuing on.  After a while, the guys figured it was a loss and called Jager back… and here he came trotting back with a big pheasant in his mouth just as proud as can be!

Adam couldn’t be happier with the hunting dog he got and I couldn’t be happier with the little guy myself.  He still is such an amazing dog and always good for a laugh!

~ Megan (10/31/2017)


Thriving In Her Golden Year Placement

August 31, 2017 (Lyle keeps us apprised)

Birch's Mesquite_0627Everything is going great with Mesquite, she is settling in just fine.  She did a little howling, but that has been about it.  She loves her morning walks, she is eating well.  She has been taking a nap after eating and walking which works out just right for us.  We leave the house at 5:45 AM in the morning and walk for about an hour.  She has found out what puncture vines are.  When she steps on one, she will stop and raise her paw so we can remove it.

We are taking her out to the vet tomorrow afternoon, for her checkup.

I have been keeping her in the house during the day because it is so darn hot.  She sleeps in her kennel at night. I run the fan until about 3AM.

She is a Peach, and we both love her dearly. Everyone comments how pretty she is while we are out walking.  I like to go early in the morning, because it is cool, and there are usually no other dogs out and about. I showed pictures of her at the gun club yesterday.  Steve Williams really liked her.

September 1, 2017

Birch's Mesquite_0619We took Mesquite to the Vet this afternoon, she did well, she is good and healthy. The girls at the clinic just loved her. She got her rabies shot, will get a kennel cough in two weeks.
Set her up on the 26th of September to get her spayed, will also get her teeth cleaned. They can clean her teeth while under anesthetic.
She really has a personality, she can walk on her lip when things don’t go her way, but she gets over it quickly. We both love her dearly and I am sure she feels the same about us. The girls at the Vet clinic said they didn’t think it would be long before we had another dog.
She is still eating well, even with the heat. She always leaves a few kernels of dog food in the pan when she is done. Maybe she is saving some food for later in the day. It is the same each feeding. I am sure she will eat better when it cools off. She is very alert and doesn’t miss a thing. She sleeps with one eye open.

September 6, 2017Birch's Mesquite_0623

I loaded up 10 or 12 shotshells with just the primer. I took Mesquite out in the field, had my wife hold her on the leash, I would fire a couple of rounds and move closer each two rounds. I fired the last two rounds at about five yards from her, she showed no fear.  She seemed interested.  I took her down to the trap range today. I stayed 60 yards behind the shooters, again she showed interest and no fear. I conclude she is not gun shy.
Now I have to find some pheasants. I might have to wait until after she is spayed and healed up. Will probably wait until I go over to my son’s place in Montana. I can work with her one on one, with no other hunters or dogs around.
I wanted to show her off to the guys at the trap club today. A lot of them hunt and they thought she was gorgeous. I especially wanted Steve Williams to see her, and he thought she was a doll. He said he thought Mesquite was a little bit longer than his female.
She likes her morning walks, sometimes I walk her twice a day. She has pretty much seattled in here. She sticks to me like glue. The only problem I had with her, she howls a little at night, and when we are gone during the day. She is getting better. I am thinking of getting a bark collar and trying that. I think she misses her kennel mates. I got her some chew bones to help keep her teeth clean, and the part she doesn’t eat she will hide. She learned to do this if she wanted to keep it away from the other dogs. We are more than happy with her, and I think she likes it her. I think she will hunt birds.
September 7, 2018
Thanks for sending video of the OwyheeStar Weimaraner’s.  I was listening to them and Mesquite was in the room with me, and she recognized Cliff voice, she got all excited.   She knew who it was all right.

September 15, 2008 (a note from Cliff and Shela)

For Those That don’t know about Mesquite—click here!

We received a phone call from Lyle telling us everything is going well. The only problem he has encountered is she seems to have a desire to chase cars.

Mesquite has never had the opportunity to give chase to a car, a bike, or a skateboard. Nonetheless, this desire to give chase is hard-wired into the breed. It has a lot to do with prey drive; so caution is in order when walking in an area where there are turning wheels. This advice is good for anyone.

Mesquite also committed a Weim-crime. She cleaned a platter of sausage meant for Lyle’s breakfast. Evidently, she navigated the counter between two glasses and slicked up the plate without moving a thing. Welcome to Weim Counter-surfing. It is their Olympic Sport of choice.

Thank you ever so much for everything you are doing for and with Mesquite. And we truly appreciate you keeping us abreast of your progress and the adventures. We know you have always had other breeds (mainly the Vizsla recently) so we are thrilled you are enjoying this experience. Tell the Williams we said hello!