North Central Washington
~ Hunting Dusty and Ruffled Grouse
Hi 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.~RichardFor 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.
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!
At OwyheeStar Earlier This Year
The Sadie X Stackhouse Litter
Home and Much-Loved
How 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…
Well we are settled into the house and Ruger is doing great.
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.”