Category Archives: Zula Blue X Stackhouse

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!

NACSW Nosework

~ Big News from Leadville, CO

This weekend we competed in NACSW nosework in Leadville, CO at 10,151 feet. It was an interior specialty trial – our first one. It consisted of 4 interior searches in the Leadville elementary school. Luey excelled and titled – he searched beautifully!!


Shiny participated as exhibition only, and also did great! Owyheestar was represented in the best possible light!!

Hope all is well! Julia

Breeder Comment

Julia you are the best–to work at getting the titles as well as to send us your updates. We appreciate it as we know our readers do as well. Congratulations to you and Luey.

Luna

~Earns Her Junior Hunt Title

I wanted to send a quick note about our Luna. She just received her AKC Junior Hunter title for pointing breeds this weekend in Ellensburg. We did a double double with a few clubs (she went 4 for 4!) and she hunted well, found some birds and held those points! It was awfully hot for her too. 
Next up is breaking her to shot and honoring for a Senior Title and maybe running her in August at the NAVDHA NA test later this fall. We’ll see. 

Michael and Michelle

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Michael and Michelle, for all you have done with Luna. Oh, and we appreciate you sending along the photos as well as the news for us to share, too!

Shiny

~NACSW Nosework Trialing Level 3

I wanted to share Shiny’s recent accomplishments with you and Cliff. He is at Level 3 in NACSW Nose work trialing. A couple weekends ago we had the best trialing ever! He got 3 placements and 2 titles!! He won second overall in trial!! 


He is a wonderful worker, best friend and representative of the breed – thank you so much for my Shiny!!
Julia

Breeder Comment

–Drumroll Please!

We are thrilled to hear of Shiny and your success, Julia. That is outstanding! We have never had the opportunity to visit a Nose Work Trial, but a lot of our clients are getting interested in this venue. What great news!

For those wanting to learn more–please click the Facebook Link above or go to the NACSW Website–click here!

Click Here to learn more about NACSW Titles and Awards.

Julia and Shiny have participated in previous competitions–here are three links featuring Shiny and Julia.

Title Earned

Nosework

Rally

Revelry

~My Blue Longhair Girl

Once Upon a Time
At Work with Mom

Today (5/15/2019) Revelry Blue (Stackhouse x Zula Blue) turns 1! What a journey the last 10 months have been. Revelry is smart, cheeky, and full of spunk. She comes to work with me almost every day and has been a fantastic demo dog, always eager to help all the young puppies in class learn how to be the best they can be. She is a real dog’s dog, especially fond of the little ones (probably because she’s been raised with 2 little older Dachshund sisters). She is by far the calmest Weimaraner I’ve ever known and apart from a hole-digging phase, amazingly hasn’t been destructive at all.

There have been downs with all the ups as well. Revelry, while calm, has also been dealing with anxiety, spooking a lot at strange or new things. Small children have been our biggest foe. They are tiny and move weirdly, and Revelry finds them to be most alarming. That said, we have come a very long way already and are continually working hard to desensitize her to all potential scary things, large, small, and loud!

Revelry is set to take her Canine Good Citizen test next month and I am 100% certain she is going to pass! She has been such an easy dog to train and I can tell that she truly enjoys learning. People are constantly commenting on both her incredible beauty and wonderful manners. This girl occasionally tests me, but she also makes me so proud every single day. I love her to the moon.

Thank you for all that you do, but mostly for allowing me to be this sweet girl’s mom.

All our best,

Emily and Revelry

Breeder Comment

Dear Emily–thank you for taking the time to write to us about your first year with Revelry. She has every advantage with you being a dog trainer–I am sure you have everything managed.

When In Doubt

~ Guard The Refrigerator

Bella Blue Guarding her refrigerator

Food of the best kind goes and comes from the refrigerator. You never know what might hit the floor and need to be cleaned up. Or maybe it will get left on the kitchen counter or the table. A gal has to be on alert status always. I mean can you hear a cheese wrapper rattle. I hope so because there is no hope of finding the cheese in your food dish. The best things come from the big cold refrigerator box thing.

Titles Earned

Hello there from the snowy Rocky Mountains!

     ~ Julia and Shiny–Nosework

IMG_3688A couple weeks ago, Shiny earned his second title in nosework from the NACSW (National Association of Canine Nosework). He was tested on 2 different odors – birch and anise, as well as his ability to distinguish between converging odors in interior spaces, exterior spaces, on vehicles and in containers. To attain the level 2 title, he had to search perfectly in all 4 of those challenges. He performed beautifully!! And was given all the most delicious treats his heart desired!! 56236783715__8EF6683F-C7D1-43DF-A0F7-4D6F48711259He was very tired at the end of the day.
Thank you for such a wonderful dog and best friend!!

Breeder Comment

Julia, with your Weimaraner experience as well as you being a Licensed Vet Tech, we are honored by your compliment. Of course, we are thrilled that Shiny is doing well with the Nosework. (Haha) We appreciate your concerted effort to take your experience with Shiny to new heights. Thanks for everything you, and especially for remembering us. We truly appreciate it.

Finds and Whatnot

Bella Blue’s

     ~1st trip to Brookings OR.

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Lots of smelling going on. Both she and Jack had a ball. Bella even did a great imitation of the Flying Nun! Showing my age with that old show! Hope you and Cliff are doing well! Zula Blue x Stackhouse the magnificent!

Breeder Comment

Sometimes I think these Weims have all the fun. Who wouldn’t like a trip to Brookings? Thanks for thinking of us.