Category Archives: Zula Blue X Stackhouse

Willie

~Our Snuggle Bug and More

Greetings! 
It’s been too long and my sincere apologies for not keeping you up-to-date with Willie. We had a baby and it has since been a crazy new world raising a human. Needless to say, Willie is our firecracker, snuggler, baby-loving pup, and even 4 years later, we are so happy to have him as a part of our family. 


As a breeder, I’m sure you have your worries about sending your babies off to families. Willie loves and is loved, and we appreciate finding you so much and choosing us as his forever home. 


To fill you in, Willie had a freak incident this year where he got stung by a bee in his eye. He almost lost it….but thank God for animal ophthalmologists and pig intestine grafts! Willie has both eyes and is doing great! 
Hope all is well and hopefully we can keep in contact on a more regular basis. I’m a terrible picture-taker but I included a few.


Sincerely, Brandi

Breeder Comment

We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to update us about Willy. Wow–I am glad you were able to save his eye—what a horrible experience. And thank you for everything you have done with Willy thus far.

Fellig

~Survival of the Fittest

With a graveyard of destroyed beds littering the living room, I’m hoping Mr. Fellig will like this new one enough not to kill it!

We bought this one from a fancy online store called ‘made’ it was expensive and supposedly handmade free trade. It certainly cost enough! My sister has the same bed and Fellig loved it so I bought one!

Breeder Comment

Beds tend to go by the wayside all too quickly for some Weims. The first is a lovely bed–the fuzzy sort you would think they would nestle down and enjoy. But then the nibbling lead to a hole. The second was too delectable to pass on–and was unstuffed. We sincerely hope bed number three is not a tasty snack any time soon.

We have seen what they call indestructible dog beds, but we have no experience with them. We find that if a Weim starts a behavior, they continue it. They are very concrete-thinking. This concrete-thinking thing is both wonderful, and at other times it is a nightmare. It depends upon whether the behavior is wanted or not. Some Weims don’t have beds for these reasons.

Meanwhile In Colorado

~Family Means There Are Four Fur Kids

My brother’s family is visiting, and so we have the whole family together here in the Colorado Rockies.

Many hikes have happened to the delight of all 4 dogs.

Above is Luey and Shiny afield–and then
Shiny enjoying the cool tile.


We took all 4 dogs to the dog park.
Hope you are all staying safe and well!💕
Julia van de Ven & Shiny

Breeder Comment

What a great time being together as a family –and all four dogs were enjoying the adventure with you. Shiny seems like a happy camper. Thanks, Julia

Shed Hunting

~Colorado Rockies

It was a long wait – and took a lot of discipline to not pick up found sheds, but shed hunting season finally opened May 1st. Since then, Mark and Shiny go out about 3 to 5 days a week. I join them on the weekends. We have our “secret” places to go hunting, but it is more of an art than a science as they can shed anywhere! Whether we find any or not, Shiny loves our hobby!
Hope all is well with you!


Julia van de Ven & Shiny

Breeder Comment

We love hearing about Shiny’s adventures. And we didn’t know about the Shed Hunting season–but it makes sense. For all those folks who love to hike, this would be fun. Like you say–it is more of an art than a science, but a fun activity.

Social Distancing

~ In the Rockies

We are very lucky to all live near each other during these weird times! On Sunday, me, my sister (and her GSP), and my folks (Carmella & Martin) met up at Horn Ranch in the Red Canyon and had a nice hike. The dogs were over the moon to be walking off leash with all of us. They got plenty of obedience practice as they are required to come and sit whenever a bike or person goes by.

Don’t worry, we only broke social distancing for the group picture. _Julia

With Shiny (Blue Longhair) and Luey (Blue Smooth)

Breeder Comment

We are happy you are doing well, hiking, and staying safe. Thanks for remembering us. We are glad you love your OwyheeStar Weimaraners.

Caught Redhanded ?!?

~Or the Paw Going for a Goodie

I had to take this picture of Olli this AM as I am not sure if his paw got stuck on the cabinet or he was just caught redhanded!!  This was going on while his dear sister, Indi, was posing in the backyard.  If she only knew what she was missing!  


All is well with Olli and Indi.  They are both healthy and are keenly aware of all rabbit movements under the snow filled deck :). It is a riot watching them go back and forth trying to ferret out the creatures.  One of these days they will be rewarded for all of their efforts 🙂

Hope all is well! Mary

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Mary, for capturing this bit of impending mischief. (Haha) We love hearing about your two Longhairs.

Reviewing the Numbers

~ Shiny and Julia in Colorado Snow


As you know, Shiny gets a minimum of 1 hour of “Mommy Time” per day, & now that the snow is here in the Rockies, our various hikes are looking (and feeling) totally new! One thing I have noticed is that Shiny definitely gets more excited about the forest hikes over the high desert hikes. I wonder if that is because the breed was developed in the forests of Germany?

Reviewing the Numbers

The first pic is of Shiny reviewing the numbers – as Chief Negotiator of Treat Distribution, he is not pleased with the direction the trend has taken. 😂
Have a great holiday season!


Love, Julia & Shiny

Breeder Comment

You can tell you live in the mountains–it a a beautiful setting. Thanks for sharing photos from one of excursions. We all remember that Shiny has excelled at Nose Work (click here to see a previous post). We have had several posts regarding Shiny’s title earning nose work, but possibly this was the cutest post ever–click here.

NACSW Trial

~ Challenging conditions in Wyoming

Last weekend we had a NACSW trial in Cheyenne, and wow, was it windy!! Sunday was a vehicle specialty in the morning and a container specialty in the afternoon, for a total of 8 searches – Shiny was pooped by the end of the day!

One of our vehicles was a giant earth mover – very tricky in the wind, and very fun to search. We have 2 more trials this year, then will be on a hiatus until March as travel gets very difficult over the passes in the winter.

The leaves are changing and we have been out enjoying the cooler weather, often with Shiny’s “cousin”, my sister’s GSP, Quill. (Luey is in Green Bay, living the Cheesehead life with Mom & Dad.) We are expecting our first real snowfall tonight, and so we march toward the holidays!

Take care! Love to you both,

Julia & Shiny (Oct 9, 2019)

PS: Just so you know, Luey & the folks have a condo in Green Bay, but they are still “based” here in Colorado.

PPS: I love pictures of Stackhouse – I think Shiny resembles him so much!

Breeder Comment

Dear Julia, we are continually amazed at all you do with your demanding schedule. Your success at the Canine Nose Work is extraordinary. Thank you for taking the time to report this new achievement. Love to you, as well!

Two Blue

~Colorado Boys

Shiny and Luey

Hello and Good Morning from Colorado!

Here are the two fabulous OwyheeStar blues that I live and work with–meaning we compete from time to time. We got Luey first, and later I decided on the Blue Longhair. If anyone ever wondered– here they are side by side.

Shiny with his ribbons

Luey NACSW Nosework

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Julia, for thinking of us—and for everything you do with your OwyheeStar Weims. You are one of our licensed Vet Tech’s who has the Weimaraner from us. We know how demanding the job it, yet–you manage to Title, walk, and dote and the fur kids. You rock!

NAVHDA Natural Ability Prize One

~ Our Score 112

Hi guys just wanted to drop a quick note. Me and Luna were first alternate and luckily got into the NA test yesterday. 

We surprisingly got a prize 1 – 112 score! Wow. I’m still shocked but she did it all and we trained hard. Now just getting ready for hunting season. 

Mike and Michelle

Information

–The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA)

NAVHDA chapters sponsor four kinds of tests:

The Natural Ability Test is designed to evaluate the inherent natural abilities of young dogs and gain insight into their possible usefulness as versatile gun dogs. It rates seven important inherited abilities: nose, search, tracking, pointing, water, desire and cooperation. Dogs are eligible for a Natural Ability Test up until, and including, the day they reach 16 months of age. Dogs over 16 months may be run for evaluation only. Dogs over 16 months may only be run if space is available. No prize classification can be awarded the dog run for evaluation.

The Utility Preparatory Test measures the dogs’ development midway through their training toward the Utility Test. No previous testing required.The Utility Test evaluates trained dogs in water and field, before and after the shot, as finished versatile hunting companions as well as many other specific tasks. No previous testing required. The Invitational Test is our highest level of testing. Only those dogs that have achieved a Prize I in Utility are eligible. This limits the entry to exceptional animals who have demonstrated a high level of training and tests their skills in the advanced work.                 

Breeder Comment on Points Earned

The maximum possible score for a dog running in the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test is 112 Points. You must earn a minimum of 99 points to net a Prize One. Luna got a perfect score–we cannot tell you how difficult it is to achieve this goal. Honestly, it is even more remarkable with the Weimaraner–who can potential flake out at the wrong moment.

To Learn More about competing your Weimaraner with NAVHDA click here!