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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

Edgar

Edgar will be 4 next month. We moved to Colorado last fall and everyone is starting to get used to the change. Doug is still Edgar’s favorite person but he loves all of the kids and worries when they get too far away. My youngest loves to play with him like he’s her brother. She runs with him, gets him up onto the play equipment and tries to make him go down the slide. She also likes to dress him up on occasion.

He tolerates this but clearly doesn’t like to wear cat ears.

Breeder Comment

What a life Edgar has. I am glad he tolerates the cat ears–we know it must not be a fun thing for him. (Haha) Otherwise he has quite the life–and we love his inclusion. It speaks volumes.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Colorado OwyheeStar

~Office Help

All is well.  All systems are working and we have had only one accident (my fault), otherwise, she’s going outside regularly. She does well at the office and actually asked to go out!

P.S. please put me down for a blue female with the tail.  Let me know when I need to send a deposit.

Breeder Comment

First, we want to thank Steve for being such a fantastic Weimlover. Now, some of you might wonder he what he means when he says, “with a tail.” Don’t all Weims have a tail? Yes, they do.

Steve means he wants an undocked tail on his next pup–which is what this one has by request. We have a particular protocol we follow for this type of request. For one thing, the deposit is sizeable–because if the person happens to walk away, then finding another home for the pup is an arduous task. It can be done, but it requires a lot of extra work. Therefore, we need more to get on the Wait List for the undocked tail, as well as to reserve such a puppy. Once the decision has been made, as about one-week, then docking the tail also becomes more involved.

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.

Together

In Perfect Harmony

Today is THE day that we have worked toward and practiced for since we became a team almost 3 years ago!!

Today Shiny and I melded together in perfect harmony to run 7 miles…on leash. No pulling, swerving or stopping to sniff.

In perfect step with each other – even though we were on the well traveled (and breath taking) Glenwood Canyon trail.

It was if he was owning his “job” regardless of bicycles, tourists, and other dogs.

“I am running with my Mom. Don’t bother me.”

 

And it was Beautiful!!!!                ~Julia and Shiny

Breeder Comment

There are no adequate words to describe our admiration and appreciation. You and Shiny are doing amazing things together. This running with purpose (and in unison) is one more area where we see the fruit of all your consistent labor. We look forward to hearing more about Shiny–maybe next time it will be another bit of Nosework news. Thanks ever so much for this update.