Category Archives: NAVHDA
~Today–August 28, 2018
Mesquite has lived in Prosser for a year today.
She has recovered nicely from the dog food debacle. Her coat is nice and full and has that slick look again. I see she is growing some longer fur around her pads, probably starting her winter coat. I hope that isn’t the sign of a cold winter to come.
She likes the Diamond Naturals dog food. She is always looking for her pan at dinner time. She has always been a good eater. My last Vizsla ate like a bird and was very picky. Everything had to be just right.
Mesquite likes to play with her stuffed animals. She is always packing one of them around in the house.
I can’t wait to get back on birds this fall. The rabbits are getting old. She enjoys her daily morning walks. She is always ready to go each morning. She just loves going in the car and doesn’t get sick anymore.
Mesquite is a real doll! Thanks again for getting her together with us! She has filled a real hole in our lives. ~ Lyle
We cannot thank you enough for loving Mesquite and giving her an excellent Golden Year Home.
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~AUGUST 25, 2018
Onion harvest is in the works. Of course, we live on Onion Avenue. That might give you a clue that they grow a few onions in the Treasure Valley. We have met the bean harvester on the back road a couple of times, too. The fields are being picked clean all too soon for my liking. I am no rush for Autumn’s arrival. It is my favorite, but I am not about to wish the summer away.
We were in New Plymouth yesterday, and on our way home we came by a couple of farm stands. The one was packed with folks buying fresh produce. We drove on by not stopping to buy anything–Kamashige’s dropped off their excellent corn. We have the veggies from our garden. Of course, there are few things we must still buy if we want them–lettuce for one. We don’t have any growing, but also bananas, pineapples, etc. must always be picked up at the grocery. The best part of the trip was taking Manfred on his first outing. He made his first NAVHDA appearance. He also made a lot of new friends.
We continue to be engaged with the current litter. It is; however, not the only thing we have going. Today, Cliff is at the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) hunt test. The Treasure Valley NAVHDA is the host club, and the test runs for three days (Friday-Sunday). We dropped by during the Utility Portion, and the atmosphere was thick with tension–training for this event requires a lot. Getting here and putting everything on the line is sometimes touch-and-go. Sure you prepared. Your Versatile Hunting Companion can do it all, but will the conditions be favorable. Will the dog perform to the best of their ability. Ah shucks–Cliff is taking a Weimaraner. What do we know about this breed? Anything can happen. I hope for the best–even a little miracle.
This Week on the Blog
Sunday— August 19 — Rumor Has It
Monday–- August 20 — A Natural (Henry)
Tuesday — August 21 — Planning Ahead (for the next OwyheeStar)
Wednesday — August 22 — Snippets
Thursday –- August 23 — Five Years (Thunder)
Friday — August 24 — Vacation (Arliss and Jorga)
On a very personal note
I am happy to report I had my annual Oncologist visit. All was good. I am four years out from the original cancer finding. Hurrah! There is not much more to say about my health. It improves at a snail’s pace. I am ever so happy about that simple truth.
Cliff has been busy around the farm. He installed a little strip of gated pipe to help get water to the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary.
Oh, and speaking of the sanctuary, we are so happy to have a new picnic table. It was gifted to us by our friends Kendra and Dale. It is no ordinary picnic table. Well, you might not call it classy, but it is perfect for us. It was much-loved at its old residence, but no longer needed or practical. Therefore, we are the beneficiary. It took three guys to load it into our pickup. We cannot wait to get it down to the sanctuary, but for now, it sits in the back of the truck. (Haha) Kendra promises to come out and visit her old table in its new location. I cannot wait to share this moment with her. I think she will be happy for her old friend.
Meanwhile, the gardening girls faithfully work with me. No, it is not perfect–but we are doing pretty good for our first-year garden. We got off to a late start. There were many challenges. We need improvements here and there, but all-in-all we managed to pull together something we are pleased with–and we are harvesting some delicious eats. Ashley picked the first Honeydew. Oops–it got dropped on the way to the front door. We had to taste test it immediately. It met our expectations. The girls toted off what wasn’t eaten along with a box of cucumbers, tomatoes, and whatnot. Oh, and we have sunflowers, too. A little something for the soul. Let’s not forget the giant pumpkins, the banana squash (for the Weims), and grandpa Cliff’s cantaloupe.
Happy, Healthy, and More
~a gift to our family
Winchester has been a gift to my family he is so loving and energetic and we are so happy to have him. We took him to his new vet’s office on Saturday for his 9-week booster and they said he is a very healthy pup and they all just loved him.
He has been doing much better with his kennel training. It is still not his favorite place but he is getting used to it. Brandon’s family members have been coming to let him out and play with him while we are at work. He loves his toys and stealing Brandon’s socks hee hee. He is still learning and growing but I know he is gonna be the best fur baby. Thank you so much!Whitney and Brandon
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~MARCH 24, 2018
The gray morning has opened to sunshine as Cliff pulls away from the homestead. I love that it is filling the kitchen and dining area with its brilliance. The overflow (of the not so direct sunlight) slips towards my workstation. I enjoy it so as I type. Spring officially arrived a couple of days ago–whatever that means. Some places got a dump of winter snow yesterday. Here we had the typical spring-ish weather.
We have been watching the fields green up. The hay looked a little bleak after Cliff corrugated, but with the rain and some sunshine, it looks pretty darned good. Everywhere there is activity in the fields. The center-pivot across the road is in position and ready to roll.
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.
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 note
It 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.
Many 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).
- Preliminary Hip Rating was Good with good elbows.
- No evidence of thyroid disease was recognized.
- No indication of congenital cardiac disease.
- 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.
You 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
~He’s getting along nicely.
The above snapshot is taken with my wife’s dog Caoimhe (pronounced Keeva). She has taken to him very nicely… They play a lot.
Here 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.
Thriving In Her Golden Year Placement
August 31, 2017 (Lyle keeps us apprised)
Everything 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
We 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, 2017
Cliff: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, 2018Thanks 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)
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!
North Central Washington
~ Hunting Dusty and Ruffled Grouse
Hi guys, I hope your summer has gone well. Just wanted to send some photos from our grouse opener weekend- (between me, a friend and George from Stackhouse and Mousse) we hit about 15 dusky and ruffed grouse over 3 days!We were hunting in north central Washington, there’s a lot of empty public space out there. It’s not as high as our Cascades are there, normally I see mostly duskies and rarely ruffs but this was the opposite.~RichardFor those that don’t know–, these are forest grouse or mountain grouse.Dusky/blue grouse are northwest birds but ruffed grouse are the nature northern part of the continent. You see both in thick forests and blue grouse only usually above 4 or 5000 feet.The other American grouse species like sage grouse or prairie chickens or sharp tailed grouse are mostly plains or desert birds so that would be more likely what you’d see down your way.