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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.

Woof Woof!

Hello, it’s me, Bella Blue (Zula Blue X Stackhouse).

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My mom says I’m a great refrigerator watchdog, among other things!

Breeder Comment

The Weimaraner–is technically a Watchdog. Who can say what they watch–the squirrels, the lizards, or possibly a butterfly. Oh, there are birds, too! Remember the hummingbirds that taunted poor Puskin? (OMG)

It is; however, essential that the Weimaraner keep watch over the food preparation areas. Accidents happen–like Mom leaving something in plain sight. Oh, yeah–Counter-surfing is a favorite pastime.

 

Our Luna

Personality Plus

    and my hunting partner

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As promised we wanted to keep in touch with our pup Luna from Lynnwood, WA. She just passed the 5 month mark and she is doing great. When she runs out her energy she’s so sweet but has lots of personality — which we just love. She’s been well socialized around other dogs and people and loves her daily walks and trips to the dog park.

But what I’m enjoying most of all is her as a bird hunting partner. I had taken it slow with her over the summer: introducing her to guns and quail and big open fields so I didn’t know what to expect when her and I did our first pheasant hunt (DNR planted birds in western WA). But wow was I impressed with her prey drive and stellar nose! And she’s not gun-shy! First, she gets super excited when she knows we’re going out, and for as young as she is, works the fields hard bounding all over the place in grass way over her head. Then when I’ve knocked down a bird in some heavy cover I was nervous we wouldn’t find it to reward her with. But wow was I surprised when she used her nose and tracked it down! – she wasn’t even 5 months yet. She doesn’t point or retrieve yet (obviously) but we’ll work on that next year. I hope to get her into the local NAVDHA club next year too.

So, all in all, we’re doing great and loving life. Hope you enjoy the photos.
All the best,
Mike and Michelle

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to hear from you. It is great to find out that Luna is doing well. Thanks for all the hard work — we realize that pups take work. We truly appreciate you sharing about the field work–she is coming along quite nicely.

We recommend joining the International NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) because to participate in the local chapter you have to join anyhow. There are some nice perks such as their magazine. It is always essential to keep in mind that pups can be no older than sixteen-months for the NAVHDA Natural Ability Hunt Test. It takes some planning and preparation. Typically, you want to enroll in the spring test early to get a slot. So, it is advisable to keep apprised of the scheduling, because slots fill quickly.

Zula Blue retired–she has been such an excellent addition to our breeding program. We kept her as a pup from two of our lineages. It turned out well. Since her retirement, she has joined Marie and Pushkin in Western Oregon. She is affectionately known as Zoo Boo. Maybe you noticed she had been featured on the blog a couple of times.

Say What?!?

Our Boy, Duke

     ~Who Did That?!?FB_IMG_1538060132357

**This turd turned 1 yesterday! We love him so much, but there is this!FB_IMG_1538060112180
He also loves chewing on ginormous logs, rocks, the siding of our house, our deck and our walls. Oh and every. single. dog bed. 🤷🤦 In the life of a Weim! ❤️**
As I knew it would be, it’s been difficult to train him with us and the kids not being consistent with commands, expectations etc. But, he has really changed (better) the last couple months.

At The End of the Day

~This How It Looks

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Breeder Comment

We love these folks–they are dedicated Weimlovers. Nevertheless, we would prefer everyone to avoid this kind of behavioral issue. I am so very glad they shared it though. And, they were kind enough to allow me to make a post that might help someone else avoid having this kind of situation.

I can only guess what lead to this–but the best way to avoid having this type of situation is to follow through with constant supervision at the early stages. If you are not watching them, all kinds of bad things can and do happen. Duke is not the first, nor will he be the last Weim to much on the sheetrock. The exterior siding, flower pots, carpeting, dog beds, wood posts, and just about anything they can get their lips on is a target.

The trick to avoiding it is not to let the behavior start. The crate-training is essential. It only takes a moment for the Weimaraner to get into trouble. My mantra is freedom is earned. Just remember that habits (good and bad) are quickly ingrained, and then nearly impossible to change in the concrete-thinking Weimaraner.

Also, you have to consider the separation anxiety factor. People often spend 24 X 7 with their Weimaraner puppy and think they are doing a fabulous thing. Then, they leave for an hour to run to the grocery and come home to something like this or worse. It is the same for the yard–you cannot just leave a Weimaraner home in the yard–that is unless they have become adapted to that situation. So, that brings me to the point, even once they have earned a measure of freedom, it is essential that they also learn to be somewhat flexible. It is a lot better when they learn how to adapt to schedule changes–or being left behind when necessary.

Finally, can I mentioned that Dusty, back in the day, ate a $2,000 rock. Another time it was an $ 800 rock. One required major surgery, the other not. Rocks are hard on the teeth, and if ingested, they pose a life-threatening issue. Yes, the Weimaraner is not for the weak of heart. Even people who have the best intentions can get into trouble.

One Year

Duke

  ~The Innocent or maybe not so much

FB_IMG_1538060106337This turd turned 1 September 26! He loves going for walks, camping, playing in the water, chasing the kids around the yard and sleeping on the couch.
FB_IMG_1538060118783It took quite a while for our other dogs to stop being grumpy with Duke, but for probably the last 6 months, they’ve stopped growling at him and they often play together.
Duke is a talker, he doesn’t bark excessively, but he definitely likes to voice his opinion! You can tell when he’s trying to get Laverne or Shirley to play with him, it’s a whiny bark.
We got him fixed at about 10 months and he did really well. I tried to keep him rested and not let him run around too much, but he really wasn’t having any of that! He loves to be outside!

He’s going to be doing some hunting this year. This weekend my husband is taking our son and Duke out, it’s open for duck, kids only weekend.

Breeder Comment

Happy Belated Birthday Duke. We are glad you have found your place in the family. It is so great to see these cute photos and to learn more about your life. Watch for the next part to this update soon.
If you live in the Treasure Valley can we recommend you consider Duke’s Mama for your next cake? Seriously, her treats are beyond delectable as well as stunning. She has a gift! A flare for making the icing into something spectacular. I am constantly amazed at her work. Please check her out on Facebook–click here.

Not Peas in a Pod

Our Yahoo Dogs

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We love animals–that includes dogs. Here is a little bit about our two yahoo dogs.

Bodhi and Murray are as different as night and day.

Bodhi is our gentle, quiet therapy dog.  I got him as a puppy for my husband who was having health issues at the time.  He spent every day keeping my husband company while he recuperated.  When Bodhi is in the house we sometimes forget he is there, he goes to a quiet corner and lays down and you never hear from him unless he needs to go out or you open the refrigerator.  In fact, we have gone looking for him outside only to come back in and find him still sleeping in his corner.
Murray, on the other hand, is a ball of fire and is always on the go.  Murray loves to hunt, dig gophers get muddy, filthy dirty, jump in the water and roll in the pasture.  He is always on guard for anything out of the norm around our place.  He is Mr. personality and is so stinking smart.  It is so funny to watch them together, they will be standing in the barnyard, turn to look at each other and it is as if they read each other’s mind saying “Gophers!!!!!” then they race off to dig up gophers.
They both enjoy working with us doing our daily chores, irrigating the pastures, feeding and watering the chickens, digging ditches, building a fence, cutting the lawn or standing guard in the pasture.    They are excellent guard dogs and wary of strangers coming onto our property.  I have no doubts that if someone tried to harm us these guys would make sure we were safe.
I have had Weimaraners for over 30 years and they all have different personalities and quirks.  Weimaraners are my choice of breed and I love them all.  Bodhi and Murray are my first long hairs, for me, they are quite different from the short hair weims I have had in the past, but they are still weims.  They love to be with their people and are hurt when they can’t be with you every second.

Rebecca

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to share our love of the breed with you. We truly appreciate your update, Rebecca. The photos of Jerry and the two are a treasure. Thank you to the both of you for giving them such an excellent life.

About the Second Longhair

Murray

    ~Our Mud Boy

Murray loves to hunt, dig gophers get muddy, filthy dirty, jump in the water and roll in the pasture.  He is always on guard for anything out of the norm around our place.  He is Mr. personality and is so stinking smart.

When digging up gophers he will rip chunks of soil up and end up with a mouthful of dirt.

Crazy dog, good thing he doesn’t live in LA

Breeder Comment

Thank you, for sharing about Murray and his affiliation with mud. He comes by it honestly, Stackhouse can be going along at a good pace; however, should he come upon a mud puddle flopping in it is essential.

For those who don’t remember Murray, he lives near Baker, Oregon. He has several fur family members who reside and work the ranch with him. The list includes another OwyheeStar Longhair Bodhi. Watch for the lengthy detailed report (coming soon) featuring the two Longhairs who live the excellent ranch life with Rebecca and Jerry.

It’s Me

Bella Blue

    ~Says, “Woof!”

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Can you see me? It’s me Bella Blue, but my mom mostly calls me Boo. I’m busy lizard hunting this morning! I have to wear a reflective collar at night so my mom can find me in the dark! IMG_0850Squirrel and lizard hunting is hard, so you’ll find me on the couch in the evening. I’m 3 yrs old now and loving life!

Take care,

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Breeder Comment

Thanks ever so much ‘Boo’! What a fabulous Call-Name. We used to have a kitty named ‘Boo-boo’–that is a bit silly, isn’t it?

I can see you have important work–entertaining the humans and keeping the yard safe. Everyone needs a job–whether it is traditional or made up–like mine. Haha, Cliff and I are happy to hear you are doing well, much-loved, and tending to business.