- Sunday August 11 — Lucy Naps
- Monday August 12 — Thunder goes to work
- Tuesday August 13 — Cooper
- Wednesday August 14 — Jagger
- Thursday August 15 — Zelda
- Friday August 16 — Getting Respect
~Preparing for Competition
Whisky has been in training now for 6 months and is becoming a great bird dog. He loves it. The trainer feels he would do great in Hunt Test competition, so we will start training for that.
At the age of 6 months, Whisky started retriever and obedience training at Coyote Creek Oregon Gun Dog Training in Eugene. He started at the age of 6 months and has been doing very well. We visit him at least twice a week to work with him and train ourselves. The trainer is very impressed with his abilities and drive and is confident that Whisky will excel in the field and in competition.
We are glad you are doing well with Whiskey and that your trainer feels he has good hunt trial potential. We look forward to hearing about the experience.
Greetings from far Eastern Oregon…
Another week passed in a blur of activity. It left us wondering what we had accomplished (or had to show for it) Great laid plans sometimes fail. Life comes along and bumps at-will in varied time-slots with little respect for our agenda. We are thankful that another cutting of hay made it to the stack. The first two cuttings are gone, but not before the hay field agility took place. Cliff had Stackhouse, Bonnie Blue, Bernie, and Cleo flying over the mown hay. He had his cheap (water proof, dirt proof, and drop proof camera in his pocket), and he captured some video clips. They are not so great, but here a short youtube video you might enjoy.
Cliff continues to train. Bonnie Blue who arrived for hunt training a couple of weeks ago, is making dramatic progress. She had been instructed to leave birds alone (because mama has chickens), but she is now infatuated with birds, and will be learning chickens are off-limits, but other birds are fair game.
Bonnie spends her weekdays with Cliff, and returns home for the weekends, as well as any vacation. She recently went rafting.
She is pointing, and retrieving the homing pigeons. She is soft-mouthed. They fly off to train another day. They will also be working with other game birds too. Bonnie is not quite a year-old. Yes, it is important to keep the love of the retrieve, and instill birdiness, the right trainer who understands this breed can turn things around later. Bonnie is proof positive that this is possible. She is not as big-running in the field as her sister Bernie. Nevertheless, comparisons should not be made. Bernie is a big-running Weimaraner, and has a ton of hunt potential. She was given the opportunity to develop her abilities a bit earlier, but Bonnie Blue is catching up. If you take home a hunting Weimaraner, it is smart to keep them retrieving and to get them exposed to birds early. This makes your experience, and training go smoother. Cliff cannot be there (on site) for everyone of you. 🙂
we had a mix of blog topics!
We started with Lucy, who has two speeds (full speed ahead, and off). Lucy is seven years old, and she enjoys her Sunday nap on the sofa. That sounds good to me. 🙂 Thunder went to work with Mom; Cooper finally got to join his family, and there was more news on Jagger. We had the interesting post about Zelda, a longhair living right here in the Treasure Valley. Her resident feather family member and her seem to be getting along really well, but there is a cute story about them, and it was a bit of a wake-up call for Zelda’s Mom. 🙂 Finally, we had a topical post on the importance of getting respect from the Weimaraner. We hope some of you found nuggets of truth, and benefited from the post. It is something that we feel very strongly about. It is an area that we see related to almost every failure, and major struggle.