Category Archives: NAVHDA
~Her First Swim
Cliff has had her to the pond a couple of times–and retrieved in chest-deep water before. The key to the quick success was her love of the retrieve. This water work is one of the many benefits of having your Weim crazy for the retrieve.
Please note that there was a couple of bumpers left from a trip out with another Weimaraner earlier–and Cliff tossed a rock to try to get Henri to retrieve the additional bumper. Hurrah–for-Henri she did several water-retrieves, and there was no hesitation at entering the water. And, she picked up that extra bumper too!
~What I Imagined
I remember when I first heard about the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) Natural Ability Test, I imagined you didn’t prepare. You took your young Weimaraner (or whatever Versatile Hunting Dog you had) to this event–and the experts discovered if you had a natural hunter or not.
This approach would be like flushing time and money down the toilet. These guys who participate work hard to prepare their hunting companions. There are several elements (or disciplines) involved in the process–you have to have them ready for each (and all). There are seven critical inherited abilities: nose, search, tracking, pointing, water, desire, and cooperation.
It might seem wrong to work at developing these abilities, but it is the opposite. It is a bit like exercising a muscle–it gets stronger when worked. This preparation works.
Our Discovery and Placement Test
We test pups at six-weeks realizing that we are pushing the envelope at that age–at seven or eight weeks would be apt to test more easily. Nevertheless, we have had success at six-weeks when the pups are prepared and mature enough to engage in the activities. Below are some photos from a recent litter of Longhairs who were visiting the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary in preparation of the Discovery and Placement Test.
As with the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test process, preparation is essential. I am sure people wonder we are doing. We are exposing the pups to different locations, and expanding their world. We are showing them toys, and interacting with them in small groups and sometimes on a one-on-one basis. This preparation is an essential part–and all the while we are not gathering information or sizing up the pups. That might be hard to believe but one thing we have learned–don’t come (to the test) with preconceived ideas. Don’t allow yourself to be influenced by anything–not clients, not what we seen before, etc. We are taking a fresh look–trying to get pure information or findings. At six-weeks these pups don’t do all that much– we hope to have them ready to engage with us as well as the exercises as they are presented.
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~April 6, 2019
We had phone calls, a visit, and more from our Hay Guy. Thanks to Chris and Darcy’s crew our alfalfa got planted. Thanks to Mother Nature it got watered, too! Yes–we have had some rain. Not a lot but it is welcome.
Cliff has been busy on the tractor–well, on both tractors. Recently he moved quite a bit of dirt with the John Deere 730, but the little Red Massey Ferguson has been equally busy. While I enjoy the pottery diversion, it is the tractor that Cliff enjoys. Although, it is not as easy to sit on a tractor all day as it once was. (Haha) Farm equipment is busy all around us, too!
Spring walks around the farm are picking up. We were out with some young pups this week. They enjoyed the walk from the farmhouse to the sanctuary. Cliff will be getting out and around the farm (and other locations) to train for the up coming hunt tests. Today he is heading over to Notus –I am hoping for an excellent outcome.
Our outdoor puppy yards have taken a real beating with the earlier than usual Spring pups. The winter and the puppies pounding, digging, and whatnot make it clear we need to purchase some replacement sod sooner rather than later. (Oh, my goodness.) Cliff is preparing to put down some waterlines along that puppy area which will make clean up and lawn care a lot easier. It is going to be a lot nicer to have that done and a better walking path at the back of the house.
This Week On the Blog…
We are ever so thankful for each of you who sent us the updates (with photos and/or videos). We were encouraged as well as excited to read about each of these OwyheeStar Weimaraners.
Sunday— March 31 — Pilikia and Kula
Monday–-April 1 — Lexi
Tuesday — April 2 — Mauka
Wednesday — April 3 — The Head Turning (Luna)
Thursday –- April 4 — The Solid Retrieve
Friday — April 5 — From Tennessee
On a very personal note
Our granddaughters make sure we are well taken care of on several levels. They help out as they are able. Of course, Christina works for us and helps with the Weimaraner. Ashley pitches in with the Weims when we need extra help, but she also helps Cliff with projects that require muscle. Recently she helped Cliff put down some pavers. Whatever would we do without their help? I don’t know.
The garden is showing promise. The peas we planted a couple of weeks ago are beginning to emerge. The Greenhouse plants are also sprouted and starting to produce those first leaves. We are behind the curve–the plants arriving at the local farm store are well rooted and larger sized. Somehow I believe ours will catch up and thrive. We will purchase what we need should our efforts fall short.
Overall, April is off to a good start — the garden speaks to my heart. What a blessing it is to be able to do this garden project with Ashley and the two Great Granddaughters. I can hear them squeal with delight when we pick the first cucumber.
~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