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
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.
~ Brandon With Toby
Toby is going to be a good one. He is doing amazing at the Shed Hunting. Our hours of training paid off.
The Weimaraner is listed as one of the best Shed-hunting breeds. Shed Hunting is a fast growing sport, but much of what it requires for hunting upland game birds, will crossover to training a good shed hunter. The nose and the love of the finding the sheds are the foundation. Want to find out more–check out these links!
Shed Hunting Weims (this is an older post– some links might not still work)
Thanks to Brandon for remembering us with this photo and the news that Toby is already a successful shed hunter. Good job, Brandon.
Sheds, Upland Game Birds–
All Around CompanionWeims
Bailee does good with upland game birds and great with sheds. She used to love the water until my adopted weim, Abel (which we lost in February) convinced Bailee that water is scary. I am still working with her to get her back into it. She loves going out hunting with me, and no matter what I’m out hunting for, she seems to find a shed 🙂
She also likes to go fishing with me whether it be in the boat, or on the paddle board.
When we lost Abel, Bailee was very depressed and even gained some weight. But since adding Bodey to the mix, she is hyper and back to herself again. As you can see in this pic, she was not impressed initially (lol), but she warmed up quickly. Bodey keeps her busy with constant tug of war with the chew toys and always stealing her antlers cause his just aren’t as interesting. They are inseparable.
Bodey is picking up smaller sheds and I think he will do well this season. I’ve got him to bark at the sheds that are too large for him to pick up which I have never got Bailee to do, so I’m excited about that.
And of course, they are both professional Grade cuddlers. They are both crate trained and LOVE their kennel, but they typically sleep on my bed with me. If they aren’t on my bed cuddled with me, they are in their crate with the door wide open curled up with each other 🙂
Bodey has been such an incredible addition for Bailee and me, thanks for raising such great pups! 🙂 ~ Damon
Honestly, I have a very difficult time getting updates from my hunter-type guys. Well, you know—they would rather do almost anything else. I get it.
I am sure you can work her back into the water—Weims get an idea, and it is tough to change their mind but if you act like water is the norm and work he back into it with the retrieve I think you can do this one thing. Bless you, my friend. I do so hope that Brandon follows through. I would be excited to place a puppy with him as well.
~ We Celebrate 5 Years in December
Just wanted to send the yearly photos of our Maggie who turned 5 12/19. Still bringing us lots of happiness and joy! Our boys love to get her all riled up when they hide her ball. Too bad their hiding skills are no match for her nose!
We have also started to teach her how to find sheds. She is so smart! Anytime you say “let’s go” or “bird” or “duck” her ears perk right up. She still loves to cuddle with the cat. Phil and I can barely get our running shoes tied and she already is standing at the front door! The neighbors think it is pretty cool that we have her hold her own leash on our walks……Can’t imagine our lives without her.
One more thing….we take her collar off at night and in the morning we tell her to “go get her clothes” and she brings us her collar….She’s so much fun!
Hope all is well with you!Phil and Gretchen
Thank you, for another update on Maggie and her life with you. She looks so happy–glad you love her so much.
Has been a while since I shared anything. Toby and Lucy are doing great!
The two shed pics are Lucy’s last week and a pretty funny one of Toby’s very first she’d find! It’s a beauty. Had a good laugh in the forest at that one! Do t worry, you’ll catch up to Lucy someday!
The picture of the rock behind them. That was about 15’ high and straight up and down and I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it myself; Toby ran straight up it like a billy goat and then Lucy followed and I had to run and catch her when she fell back. The look on to Toby’s face was right after that. Tell me a dog doesn’t have a personality!
Who doesn’t like car rides and sometimes we get to share the front seat!
Love the first snowfall of the season.
We even get to help dad with the firewood.
Out of the two, Lucy has the best nose and Toby’s the most athletic. He must put 25% more miles. Sure is wonderful having two energetic and cuddly furries again!
Have a Merry Christmas!
We are so happy to hear news of Toby and Lucy. They look fabulous–like they are enjoying life. What a great share. It gives people a feel for what it can be like. There is nothing we can say other than seeing the Weims involved in the family activities brings us joy. Thank You–Merry Christmas to you and the Weim kids.
PS: We love your smiling Weimar photo–Toby you are adorable.
Maddy is doing great.
She is such a sweet, sweet girl. We all love her so much and she just fits perfect in our home.
She is one of our main forms of entertainment when she is feeling frisky. She loves to take all her toys out, selects one and wants us to play tug of war. If we are busy she will tease Gunnar with it. She is a hoot. Great personality. Loving and gentle. She’s learned sit and stay.
Maddy is Popular
–she causes a stir at the Vet Office
Everyone who sees her loves her. We love this little girl. Her first visit to the vet, word spread that there was a special puppy in the exam room. Many employee faces looked thru the window to see her. One assistant couldn’t keep her hands off her, kept giving her hugs and kisses. They couldn’t get over the beautiful Longhair Maddy. On her second vet visit to get her last shot a slight ear infection was discovered. She is getting meds for that and has an appointment for the shot next week. She is growing like a weed–she weighed in at, 35 pounds.
As you remember our son was planning on training her to hunt sheds. A lot of change has happened in a few short weeks. They grow so quickly. Bobby and Maddy are making progress with the shed hunting training.
Breeder’s Note: Shed hunting is fast becoming a recognized sport. There are several OwyheeStar Weimaraner clients who engage in this activity. Some of these folks work hard at it, and for others, it is a casual sport. To read more about this sport click here. The cast-off antlers are out there to find every year. It is amazing when you think about it. They are prized for many reasons–we even saw a stack used as a Christmas tree. They are put to use to make chandeliers, lamps, art, medicine, and are considered a favored dog-chew. The fact that they are castoff, makes them a renewable resource. Click here to see a few things people have done with found antlers–some of these are other than deer antlers.