Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wishing all our friends and family health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

To a gray-t 2013!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Holidays from Mia

Mia, Grayhart's American Woman, CGC, (2x Specialty Major Pointed), out of our Parker x Trixie litter, waiting patiently for her presents.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas from Rigby

A fabulous holiday card with Rigby, Grayhart's Rider on the Storm, (Summit x Jam).

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Winter

Happy Winter!  A favorite shot of Savi from Gap Kids 2011 I Want Candy Holiday ad campaign.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Unexpected joy!

Friends Christina and Jeremy Barnhill surprised me with this awesome picture. I didn't even know that Jeremy took this picture, when they came to watch Savi run in the hunt test in Ohio where she finished her Senior Hunter title. Savi's handler, Denny Keeton, and Savi had literally just walked off the bird field and he let go of her lead and she came running to me.  She sure loves her momma!  I am so proud of my girl,

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Little Ember

One of my favorite things about breeding is the friendships that develop with my puppy people and seeing the pups grow.  Getting photos of the pups is a little gift that makes me smile and here are some from Ember's blog that were my favorites.  She is Grayhart's Light My Fire and she sure has a spark to her.
 Josh, practicing stacking Ember.  Who would believe he is a novice at this show thing!
 Ember's been a busy girl, meeting Aimee's horse, Poco, and running at many parks.

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Senior Hunter title for Savi!!!

Proud to announce that Savi (Clay x Trixie) earned her 4th SH leg on Saturday to finish her Senior Hunter title handled/trained by Denny Keeton! This gives Savi the required points to earn her WCA VX or Versatile Excellent award!

Savi is now CH Grayhart's Shear Genius, SH, NSD, NRD, CGC, VX 
 Denny coming off the bird field with a fist pump telling us Savi did it!
It was a gray-t day celebrating with a number of our Ohio friends, who came to the hunt test to cheer Savi on.  And best of all, KellyAnn was along for this Grayhart Adventure and loves seeing her PBP work in the field and get her final leg.
 He may raise Vizlas but has a fondness for our gray girl,
 We are beyond excited that not only did Savi start and finish her Senior Hunter this fall, under the expert training and handling by Denny, but she is our first Senior Hunter.  Savi is now home and next on her agenda is to finish her CD or Companion Dog obedience title and possibly her novice agility titles before she is bred in the Spring to Parker, GCH HiBourne's It's All About Me, BROM.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

RIGBY - GRAYHART'S RIDER ON THE STORM: Playing, Training, Playing -- 11 Weeks Old

Introducing another fabulous Grayhart puppy with her own blog, Rigby.  Owner Nina is an experienced Weim owner and is excited to do all things performance with this special pup, who was one of the stars of the temperament test.

Check out Rigby's blog and all the amazing puppy training that Nina is doing with her:

RIGBY - GRAYHART'S RIDER ON THE STORM: Playing, Training, Playing -- 11 Weeks Old: Rigby is now 11 weeks old, just one more week and she'll be able to go out and about, visiting more places, meeting more people and, most ...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Introducing another Grayhart blog: Our little Ember: A treat for those who check the blog. :)What h...

The following is Ember's blog, Grayhart's Light My Fire, one of the Rockstar litter pups (Summit x Jam).  Aimee and Josh are doing a fabulous job blogging about their first Weimaraner and their experiences with finding a breeder & life with a puppy.  They are doing a terrific job!

Our little Ember:

A treat for those who check the blog. :)

What h...
: A treat for those who check the blog. :) What have we been doing?  It's been busy around here and Ember has been doing Crate Games ...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

New AX title for Jam & another Mother-Daughter Q!

We ended our agility weekend on a gray-t note.  Both Trixie and Jam qualified in Excellent Standard at the Skyline Agility Club trial.  Jam earned her AX title (Agility Excellent) with a 3rd place! She is now, CH Grayhart's Purple Haze, CD, JH, AX, OAJ, SD, VX!
Trixie earned her 2nd MX or Master Excellent leg with 8 MACH points.  She now has a total of 13 MACH points.  Both girls ran beautifully and if not for handler error, would have also qualified in Excellent Jumpers with Weaves.

The lovely photos of Jam and Trixie were taken by Chris Kwiatek, our good friend, who came to the trial yesterday with his wife, KellyAnn, to watch our runs and learn about agility.  It was very cold, 29 degrees outside and the trial was run in an unheated, indoor riding arena.  The girls kept warm in their Chillydogs coats.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Trixie's 1st MX leg!!!

Trixie made her debut in Exc B Std at today's Skyline Agility Club trial and qualified for her 1st MX or Master Agility standard leg!  Her time was under the standard course time and she also earned 5 MACH points!  To complete an MX titles, the dog needs to earn 10 qualifying legs. You can see the AKC agility rules here, which also explain the different AKC agility titles.  We have been super busy with Jam's pups, work, vacations and that big storm, Hurricane Sandy, which knocked our power out for 17 days, so poor Trixie has not been to an agility trial since July in North Carolina where she won Highest Scoring Weimaraner with her double Q at the Tarheel Weimaraner Club Agility trial.  We also have not been training and I am super proud of how much she has retained.

We also ran in Exc A JWW (Jumpers with Weaves) as the first run of the day.  No qualifying score due to a handler error causing a refusal and missed weaves.  I was thrilled with how much drive and enthusiasm she has and loved seeing her fly over the jumps.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New OAJ title for Sky!

Congratulations to Debbie and Sky for earning her Open Jumpers with Weaves (OAJ) title!  Not only did Sky finish her title in style with a 2nd place but she then went on to "double Q", meaning to earn two qualifying legs in the same day!  Sky had a clean run in Open Standard for her 2nd leg and won the class - another 1st place for Sky!

Sky is now, CH Grayhart Lightfoot Early Morning Rain, RN, JH, TD, NA, OAJ, NSD, NRD, CGC, VX

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mia wins her 2nd Specialty Major at the WCWDC!!!

Mia, winning her first point in September
We are thrilled that Mia, Grayhart's American Woman, CGC, (Parker x Trixie) was Winner's Bitch/Best of Winner's for a 4-pt Specialty Major today at the Weimaraner Club of Washington DC (WCWDC) Specialty Show in Maryland under Judge Dr. Robert Smith.  Huge thanks go out to Bonnie and Steve Lane, (owners/breeders of Mia's sire, Parker) for showing Mia to this fabulous win.  Parker, GCH HiBourne's It's All About Me, BROM, was awarded Best of Opposite at today's Specialty.

This is Mia's 2nd specialty major win as she went WB/BOW for a 5-pt Specialty major at the Garden State Weimaraner Club Specialty Show last month.  Mia now has 11 show points, including 2 majors, and only needs 5 single points to finish her AKC Championship title.

Marshall at the 2013 WCA Nationals

We are extremely proud of Laura and Marshall, CH Grayhart's In From the Storm, (Parker x Trixie) for representing Grayhart at the 2013 Weimaraner Club of America National Specialty in Texas.  Laura and Marshall made their debut in Rally Obedience and earned 1st place for Marshal's first Rally Novice leg.  He needs two more qualifying legs to earn his AKC Rally Novice (RN) title.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Princess and the Pea

When the floors were being mopped, the dog beds & loose toys were all piled up, and Trixie thought it was all for her personal comfort.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Chase in the Cupboard!

Look who we found in the cupboard!  Chase, only 9 1/2 weeks old, is such an inquisitive, bold pup and loves to explore.  I heard rustling noises and went to investigate and there he was, among the dish towels.  I took him out and he immediately wanted to lay in my lap but I had more cooking to do.  I put him on the floor and he climbed back into the cupboard and laid down to take a nap....well, I spoiled his fun and put him in his dog bed to nap.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chloe, one of the Rockstars, getting into the holiday spirit!
Wishing all our friends and family a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

J-S Pups: The Rockstar 8 week stacks

When the Rockstar pups turned 8 weeks old, we invited a few breeder friends over to help with the conformation evaluation.  These are respected and experienced breeders who have had great success in their breeding programs with show and performance dogs.  Ultimately, the decision was mine on deciding which pup goes to which home, but their valuable advice along with the temperament testing, makes my task a lot easier.  Below are our show/performance prospects who will be hitting show rings around the east coast.
"Ember"  Grayhart's Light My Fire
 "Gabi"  Grayhart's Something to Talk About
 "Rigby"  Grayhart's Rider on the Storm
 "Chloe"  Grayhart's Walk this Way
"Ella"  Grayhart's How High the Moon

The Rockstars are Produced by:

CH Grayhart's Purple Haze, CD,JH,OA,OAJ,SD, CGC ,VX


Futurity, Specialty & Multiple Group Winner... 
CH Pike's Peak Silversmith Summit, SH,SDX,NRD,V

Monday, November 19, 2012

J-S Pups: The Rockstars go on Tour!

The last two weeks were beyond crazy and bittersweet as the Rockstars left for their new homes.  This litter was more work than usual due to hurricane Sandy and issues with Miss Pink and Chase, but the pups not only survived, they thrived and we are excited to introduce the Rockstars and their fabulous new families!

Presenting our Rockstars, born September 15, 2012, sired by Summit, BIF, BISS CH Pike's Peak Silversmith Summit, SH,SD,NRD, V and out of Jam, CH Grayhart's Purple Haze, CD, JH, OA, OAJ, SD, VX. 
Ember, Grayhart's Light My Fire, aka Miss Green, owned by Aimee Bederka, Josh Lutynski & Linda Hartheimer, off to a career as a show girl & agility star.
Chloe, Grayhart's Walk this Way, aka Miss Raspberry, owned by Michael Demkiw, Rosalie & Lauren Wong & Linda Hartheimer, off to a career as a NYC fashion icon, therapy dog & possible show pup.
Rigby, Grayhart's Rider on the Storm, aka Miss Purple, owned by Nina Biehler & Linda Hartheimer, off to Pittsburgh to be a performance star.
Gabi, Grayhart's Something to Talk About, aka Miss Leopard, owned by the Carver family & Linda Hartheimer, off to Virginia to become a show girl.
Ella, Grayhart's How High the Moon, aka Miss Stripe, owned by the Ryan family & Linda Hartheimer, off to upstate New York to be a buddy to Smokey the Weim & possibly be a show girl & therapy dog.
Roxie, Grayhart's Silver Rocket, aka Miss Purple, owned by the Dahling family in New York, already winning the hearts of the family, especially Aunt Danielle.
and last but not least, our keeper, Chase, Grayhart's Freeway Jam, aka Mr. Orange, has made himself right at home.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Rockstar Puppy Party!

Jam watching over her pups while relaxing on the couch
 What has evolved into an important event for all our litters, is the Puppy Party. This party, is a celebration and the day the pups go to their new homes.  All the owners come and enjoy meeting each other, forming great camaraderie, attend the Grayhart Puppy Class, fill out all the necessary paperwork, including AKC Registration, sales agreement and WCA membership and if applicable, WCA Futurity/Maturity Forfeits.  We then take family portraits, which will be in a separate post, and after goodbyes, (for now) the pups leave with their families to begin their new lives.
Grayhart Rockstar booklet & wonderful gifts for human & dogs from our puppy people!
 This party was a bit different from those in the past, as the Grayhart Puppy Manual, had a custom cover with a special Rockstar Litter logo, designed by our good friend, KellyAnn.  Kel, who I can't thank enough, saved the day, by printing and assembling the books for me since I was unable to get the files on my home computer due to the power failure.  Kel also added color pictures of Jam and Summit, making this book extra special.  We also assembled gift bags for the new owners that included a toy from the puppy pen, a new, soft plush toy, and lots of treats from Natural Balance and special homemade treats that Megan, Summit's owner made for the pups!

Oh, as a reminder to anyone who either forgot or did not know, we lost power due to Hurricane Sandy and after 17 days without, it was restored on November 14th!  We ran the generator when necessary, and managed to throw the puppy evaluations on November 10th, another fun party and the official Puppy Party, on November 11th!
 It literally took a village to get everything done leading up to and including the party.  From the temperament testing, done by the amazing Gayle Watkins of Gaylans Goldens, the vet wellness visit, conformation evaluation and then finally the puppy party, we are grateful for the wonderful help and friendship to make all these events a success.  Enormous thanks go to KellyAnn, Nina, and Aimee and Josh!  At some point, I will be able to catch up and post photos from all the events.
 Of course, there was plenty of yummy food, including the best bagels, delivered by Bonnie and Steve, who one Jam's sire Parker.  Steve owns what is considered the best bagel shop on Long Island - no argument that these bagels are amazing.
The Grayhart manual include the vaccination record and protocol, feeding, care, health, behavior and training information and articles.  We then have a hands on portion, showing how to examine a pup, do nails, ears and teeth plus a stacking lesson.
 It was a fabulous end to our 8-weeks of puppy raising and now, it is up to the new owners to guide these pups to grow and thrive and live up to their potential.