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Here are a few pictures of Mesquite out in the field today, south of Prosser in the Horse Heaven Hills.  I have been waiting to be sure the snakes are in for the winter.

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She is having a good time.  She loves to get out.
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Everything is going well. She eats good. Just to be sure, she reminds me when it is time to eat! We both love her dearly and are very happy with her.  She has adjusted
very well.  I think she has trained us.
I still don’t have her dialed in on hunting pheasants yet, butshe is coming
along.  I have been using pheasant wings, which I hide in the tall grass and
weeds.  She has no trouble finding them at all.  I hide them and tell her to
find the pheasant, and that light the burner and she is off.  I can’t figure
out how to get her to range out from me farther.  She has trouble with a
running bird when she gets the scent she thinks the bird is right there,
but of course, the bird has moved on.  She has trouble telling fresh scent from an old
scent.  That may be a drawback of using old wings.  She will figure it out
one of these days.  Mesquite loves to go hunting.  I get a kick out of her,
when I go somewhere and don’t take her when I get home, she goes around and
smells the tires on my Tahoe.  I guess she is checking to be sure I haven’t
been out hunting.  She is sharp as a tac.  She will click one of these days.
A big problem is there aren’t enough birds around.
~Lyle

Breeder Comment

Cliff says to keep working on it. You’ll get it. It is amazing how well you are doing in a very short period of time. Her lineage is well known for their ability to hunt. Thanks for loving her so much!

Grouse Opener

North Central Washington

     ~ Hunting Dusty and Ruffled Grouse 

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Dealy's George Grouse Opener2017-2Hi guys, I hope your summer has gone well. Just wanted to send some photos from our grouse opener weekend- (between me, a friend and George from Stackhouse and Mousse) we hit about 15 dusky and ruffed grouse over 3 days!
We were hunting in north central Washington, there’s a lot of empty public space out there. It’s not as high as our Cascades are there, normally I see mostly duskies and rarely ruffs but this was the opposite.
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~Richard
Dealy's George Grouse Opener2017-4For those that don’t know–, these are forest grouse or mountain grouse.
Dusky/blue grouse are northwest birds but ruffed grouse are the nature northern part of the continent. You see both in thick forests and blue grouse only usually above 4 or 5000 feet.
The other American grouse species like sage grouse or prairie chickens or sharp tailed grouse are mostly plains or desert birds so that would be more likely what you’d see down your way.

Breeder Comment

We appreciate the update and news that George is proving to be a worthy Versatile Hunting Companion. The work you put in is paying dividends.
Although many non-hunters read our blog, it is important to remember that the Weimaraner is a Versatile Hunting Companion. When properly trained they can be an all-around companion and swell family member. Having a job (such as hunting) is a great outlet for them. Many non-traditional hunters are taking up Shed Hunting or Truffle hunting. Oregon Truffles are a thing! The Weimaraner nose should be ideal when trained to search for this treasure–click here! George has a job (probably more than one) and whatever the Weimaraner’s role in the household they need to do more than being a couch sitter.
The Grouse is not a frequent topic of discussion as our Sage Grouse (Sage Hens) are somewhat elusive and require a tag. The numbers are fair; however, there is great concern over their future. The wildfires that ravaged vast expanses of BLM ground during the last few years have damaged habitat. Who can gauge what the long term effect this burn off will have on these birds and other wildlife? Here are some links if this is of interest.

Dutch

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Dutch and Molly (my Grandmother’s OwyheeStar Weimar)

This is our Dutch dog. From the very beginning, you could tell he was going to be a great hunter. But to tell you the truth he’s always going to be my kid. When he was just a babe I started him out young training him with pheasant wings and of course ‘the ball.’ Dutch wouldn’t stop..and in his training he became great.
I decided about three years ago to teach him how to swim. ( Oh, he was 2 years old when he first swam.  ) Mind you he always liked the water. Short hairs usually don’t like the water but he’s a mix* because his Dad is a Longhair. I’d thought I’d risk it. We live on some pretty big water in Boring, Oregon along the Sandy River. The day was hot and water just right. I started him off slow throwing him a stick a little farther each time. After a few trial by error and gulps of water Dutch learned to raise his head and use that long whipping tail as a rudder. By that rate I couldn’t stop him from taking the plunge, jumping in and swimming against the strong currents. Dutch is unstoppable. Thank you, soo much for the joy you’ve brought into our lives. He’s really such a great dog!  😘 ~ Bonney

From Bonney’s Mom–Jane

Dutch has been the best of all the Weimaraners that we have owned.  Some of that may be due to our own growth in how to train a hunting dog, but most of it has to do with his personality.
He plays alone with a stick ball or blanket…throwing it up into the air and pouncing on it, tossing it and chasing it on his own while he spins, jumps and prances.
He plays well with other dogs, too and will lower himself to their level if they are small breeds.
Of course, we treat him like a human member of our family, but he has his own dog bed and toys.  Bonney has assisted greatly in his training to hold or stay.  He will allow Sam to walk around the area while he is on point (hold) and Dutch loves to dive into the brush to retrieve.  He does not like to come back empty handed.  He has also been swimming in the Colorado River and loves the water.
Mom’s dog, Molly, was born about 12 days after Dutch.  Mom and Bonney keep me up to date!

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to get news for both Molly and Dutch. It is so great that they are doing well. Bonney, we thank you for the lovely video of Dutch swimming. 
*Bonney says he is a Mix–she means that Mama (Cindee) was a traditional Silver Gray smooth coat Weimaraner, whereas the litter was sired by Stackhouse who is a Longhair Weimaraner. Although a great percentage of the OwyheeStar pups learn to love the water, Stackhouse most certainly is a strong swimmer. Nevertheless, most Weims swim because a few things happen in the right way. One thing that really helps is getting the strong recall and the love of the retrieve ingrained. This strategy can work in your favor. Some folks who do not want a bird dog allow their Weimaraner too much freedom–they get the idea they can play keep away. They do not retrieve to hand. Achieving these two necessary skills opens additional doors of opportunity for the hunter and the non-hunter. It is important. Believing it is possible also is key. Getting the Weimaraner to swim is doable! Even in the most reluctant of swimmers, it can be achieved, but exposing them to water early on is best. 
Our puppies swim before leaving here when the weather permits. See the first swim of 2017 below.

At OwyheeStar Earlier This Year

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Maggie

Home and Much-Loved

11150150_960097457358513_4043945899389524836_nHow can we define the experience? We feel a photo might speak volumes, but the emotion, and dreams cannot even be captured in a single photo. She is not just another pretty face, among a plethora of beautiful women. She is a crawl under your skin, and into your heart best everything. She will hunt bird, watch movies, eat popcorn, and keep secrets. Maggie has huge paw-prints to fill, but she is with her family to do her own thing.

Oh Maggie! There is no pressure from us. You be yourself, and all will go well. We know you are destined to bless this family for many years with companionship of the best kind. Thank you for the future…

Ruger is our first Weim

Well we are settled into the house and Ruger is doing great.

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We did the bell thing on the door and was pottie trained in 4 days! 

It is hard to believe how fast these guys grow…

A trip to the vet last week went good, he is up to 13 pounds and growing fast. 

Other training is going well too!!!

He knows his bed, can sit, and stay for short periods, and fun fetches his toys.  He loves to chew and bite, working on toys are fine, people are not.   Funny thing is he doesn’t bite, or nibble, on me, just my girls.

He likes his crate, but whines when we leave for the day, obviously misses us!

Breeder’s Note: We are so happy to learn that “Ruger” (and the family is doing great). Ryan has a couple of friends who hunt with their Weims, and he decided it would be the right choice for him. We don’t want to confuse you; however, this bit of news might. Mondays featured “Ruger” is a brother to today’s “Ruger.”