Friday, April 27, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Savi, patiently waiting for her turn while I worked Jam at obedience class last night! And no, she wasn't told to get on the chair, her leash was hooked to the fence and she decided to get comfortable!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Last week, we spent a fabulous afternoon visiting Memphis (Clay x Trixie) and his family. Littermates Memphis and Savi, above, had a great time playing and running so much they tired each other out.
Kisses! It was as if these two had never been apart - they fell right into place, best buddies!
All that running makes for two very thirsty pups! We love Memphis and he is such a mushy, sweet boy. He has spent time staying at our house and we look forward to seeing him again.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Savi, CH Grayhart's Shear Genius,JH,NSD,NRD,CGC,V, with her favorite accessory!
We are in high gear training for the Spring hunt tests. Jam is entered this weekend in Senior Hunter and we are still working on steadying her on the bird. She is a very smart cookie and an opportunist, taking advantage of any opportunity to take the bird out if she can. She had a beautiful point in the back course and did a great job backing the other dog before we entered the bird field. That's when things went downhill. The wind disappeared and she was very close to the bird when she went on point. Although she didn't catch it, she broke point, which is very bad. We had to correct this behavior as it is an automatic fail in the tests and unfortunately, she has learned that she can get away with it. She spent some time in her crate, not happily, while we then worked Savi. When we brought Jam back out, she was raring to go and we were very careful to keep her close and bring her into the wind to get a nice point, far from the planted bird. The wind was blowing lightly and bam, she went on a beautiful point. I went to the planted bird, reinforced Jam's "whoa" command, setup the gunner and flushed the bird. Jam held steady, even after the bird did not fly, but ran and then finally flew. She was not only steady to shot, but stayed until I release her for the retrieve. She flew out and did a nice retrieve. Success! We ended her session on a very positive note.
Savi had a stellar day and was truly impressive. With little experience backing other dogs, Savi acknowledged the other dog on point, getting her back in. She also found the pigeon on the back course and pointed it from 20' away! She held while I flushed the bird, shot the blank gun and then heeled her away. In the bird field, again, she had a terrific, staunch point from a nice distance and no only held through the shot, but until I sent her for the retrieve. She ran out and got her bird and retrieved to hand. This girl is already showing Master hunter potential. We were so happy with Savi's performance that I entered her in an upcoming hunt test for her first time in Senior Hunter.
A big weekend ahead and we'll report the results.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Sky during her 1st place NAJ title run!
A wonderful Weimaraner Wednesday! We started the day with a fabulous agility lesson for all three girls. The weather held and we were able to train outside, a real bonus as we get ready for Spring trial season. There were many good distractions and I was able to work the girls through these challenges. We had a great lesson, focusing on body awareness, wrapping around jumps and weave poles. I was really proud of how they all did since we haven't had a lesson in months. Jam and Trixie, experienced agility dogs, are ready to get back into trials and we are fine tuning their runs and trying to add speed and accuracy to their weave poles. Savi really made me proud, as she is a novice dog and quickly picked up everything we asked her to do, even some advance maneuvers including front crosses, pinwheels and wraps. Our instructor, a top level competitor, gave the girls the ultimate compliment, calling them "brilliant!"
If the morning lesson wasn't enough fun, in the afternoon, we made our weekly Delta Therapy Dog visit. It was an enjoyable visit for the residents or consumers as they are called and the staff. They really get a kick out of Jam and her visits have such a positive effect on them, both physically and mentally.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
We were in NYC last night to see a show (Rock of Ages, very entertaining) and were walking through Times Square when we spotted this awesome billboard. Thank you HumaneWatch for exposing HSUS and educating the public on where their donations really go or don't go!
The Humane Society of the United States gives LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of your donations to pet shelters.
Too much excitement, too little sleep. Bravo watches over SaraRenee.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Good luck to this awesome team as they continue their agility career in both Open Standard and Open Jumpers!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
|Puppy Savi at the 2010 WCA Nationals with her bird|
Now we move on to obedience, agility and hunt tests. The hardest is field training so I have scheduled sessions for Jam and Savi during vacation. There are upcoming hunt tests that Jam is entered in Senior Hunter and she needs a tune up. Savi, who has amazing drive and natural ability, needs more training before she'll be ready for the Senior Hunter tests. My goal is to have Savi ready for the fall hunt tests.
|Jam at the 2010 WCA Nationals in the obedience ring|
|Trixie at the 2011 WCA Nationals|
We are also working with some of our other Grayhart dogs to get them ready for the show ring this year. And if that isn't enough, we are planning on breeding Jam this summer and hope for a fall litter. A very full plate but we wouldn't have it any other way.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Due to Jam's season and breeding plans, we had taken seven weeks off before returning. When we visited, it was as if we had never left. The staff of course, were very excited to see us and I was happy to see that the consumers remembered us. We met one of them outside and he immediately put his hand out to pet Jam! We went into the rec center and had a nice visit with the consumers wanting to do their favorite tricks with Jam.
Last week's visit was a bit different as the rec center was occupied so the staff asked if Jam would be okay in the house in the TV room and she was fine. It was more intimate than the rec center and I think a little better as the consumers all sat on couches and it was easier for all to pay attention and get their time with Jam. One of the consumers started to do something new with Jam, not sure if he was copying one of the other consumers, who always loves to feed Jam, but this consumer wanted to repeatedly feed Jam a treat from his open hand. He smiled, which his aide said was the first time he had smiled all day and then he laughed and smiled some more. The consumers each have their favorite things to do with Jam, some feed her, others give her the hand signals to down, spin or speak, which is a big crowd-pleaser. We really crammed a lot of quality interaction into our visit.
Today's visit was extra special as one of the consumers had a private visit with Jam as the other consumers were at their therapeutic horseback riding lesson. This consumer continues to feel more comfortable with Jam each visit and reaches out to her independently. May not seem like a big deal but for this individual, it is huge. This is also the same consumer who first started to feed Jam treats last week and he again surprised us by opening his hand for me to put a treat on it so Jam could get it! The resident behaviorist witnessed this for the first time and was thrilled. The consumer laughed and smiled when Jam ate the treat from his hand. We all smiled too!
I guess we should say this was a truly Wonderful Weimaraner Wednesday!
Monday, April 2, 2012
From the Weimaraner Standard:
A medium-sized gray dog, with fine aristocratic features. He should present a picture of
grace, speed, stamina, alertness and balance. Above all, the dog's conformation must indicate the ability to work with great speed and endurance in the field.