Friday, June 29, 2012

She's so Mod!

Jam sporting her new Mod Dog collar and matching leash from Onlead.
 This is a martingale style collar with ID tag made by Boomerang Tags.
The perfect combo of purple and green for our Purple Haze girl - always in style!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summertime fun!

Summer vacation is in full swing and we love to enjoy the outdoors.  Today, we met a friend with her two Vizslas and went for a lovely hike and then the dogs practiced water retrieves.  Savi is a natural retriever and I think, part fish!  She gets super excited and absolutely loves to swim and retrieve.  In fact, she enjoyed her role as the cleanup dog when the other dogs couldn't bring the bumpers back.  Savi also screams like a banshee when she impatiently waits for her turn.  Watching her swim is pure joy and she will retrieve over and over.  I took a short video with my Iphone of her doing a water retrieve.   Managed to get the whole thing without dropping the phone!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Collage of the 2012 Grayhart Blue Ribbon Ads

A collage of all the Grayhart ads that appeared in the 2012 Blue Ribbon edition of The Weimaraner Magazine.  Thanks to the extremely creative and talented Sara Renee for designing these gorgeous ads and photographing some of our dogs. Additionally, I want to send special thanks to our friend, KellyAnn, who also took some of the beautiful pictures of our dogs and traveled with me to many shows offering support and a helping hand.  I also couldn't thank the owners of the dogs enough for providing them with great homes and letting them shine, whether in the show ring, performance venues or just snuggling on the couch.

The ads represent a few of the Grayhart dogs and showcase their accomplishments. All of their individual ads have been posted in previous blog posts.

We look forward to another exciting year and cannot wait to get started on the next Blue Ribbon issue!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Best of Breed Win for Jam!

 An exciting day at the Shawangunk Kennel Club show, where Jam, CH Grayhart's Purple Haze, JH, CD, OA, OAJ, SD, VX, went Best of Breed, owner/breeder/handled over the #1 ranked Weimaraner bitch in the country.  Thank you to judge Carol Esterkin.  I was proud of how well Jam showed in the extreme heat, with temps almost 100 degrees.
 Jam stacked beautifully in the Sporting Group and gaited nicely around the ring.  It was a very competitive group with some of the top dogs in the country shown by professional handlers.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

2012 Blue Ribbon ads for Bravo

Bravo graces the inside cover pages of Volume 2.
The WCA annually publishes the June Blue Ribbon Edition in The Weimaraner Magazine. With planning and great help from the Bravo Team, Handlers Michael Stone and Collen Stone, Breeder Linda Hartheimer, photographer and graphic designer, talented SaraRenee, and photo shoots with Bravo himself, we are pleased to present the Bravo Pages from the 2012 WCA Blue Ribbon Edition.
The facing inside cover page of Volume 2.
We were thrilled to have the following two pages as part of the Grayhart section:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

2012 Blue Ribbon ad for Sky & Trixie

Sky and Trixie's ad appearing in the annual Blue Ribbon issue of The Weimaraner Magazine, the official publication of the Weimaraner Club of America. This beautiful ad was designed by the very talented, Sara Renee of Sara Renee Photos & Design. Sara also took the beautiful headshot of Trixie.  Sky's owner, Debbie, took the picture of Sky standing in the field at Max Patch, a favorite hiking area in North Carolina. I will be posting all the Grayhart ads over the next few days.

Monday, June 18, 2012

2012 Blue Ribbon Ad for Trudy

Trudy's ad appearing in the annual Blue Ribbon issue of The Weimaraner Magazine, the official publication of the Weimaraner Club of America. This beautiful ad was designed by the very talented, Sara Renee of Sara Renee Photos & Design. Our good friend, KellyAnn Kwiatek took the headshot and stack photos. I will be posting all the Grayhart ads over the next few days.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

2012 Blue Ribbon Ad for Savi

Savi's ad appearing in the annual Blue Ribbon issue of The Weimaraner Magazine, the official publication of the Weimaraner Club of America. This beautiful ad was designed the very talented, Sara Renee of Sara Renee Photos & Design. The lovely rock photo and retrieving shots were taken by KellyAnn Kwiatek. I will be posting all the Grayhart ads over the next few days.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

2012 Blue Ribbon Ad for Jam

Jam's ad appearing in the annual Blue Ribbon issue of The Weimaraner Magazine, the official publication of the Weimaraner Club of America. This beautiful ad was designed and the headshot taken by the very talented, Sara Renee of Sara Renee Photos & Design. I will be posting all the Grayhart ads over the next few days.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Party time

 It was a my daughter's birthday party and the dogs were happy to join us for the fun.  They enjoyed all the attention and waited patiently while the guests decorated cupcakes.  They were rewarded with a vanilla cupcake, no frosting but they did not complain!
A fun evening, with homemade pizzas on the grill and then letting the girls get creative with cupcakes.
Also, a great opportunity to practice with my new camera.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bravo: Show Circuit 5/26-6/10

Update from Bravo's two-week California roadtrip:
Bravo, GCH Grayhart Crescent's Bravo, CGC, won Best of Breed 3 days at Hangtown Kennel Club and in addition won a Sporting Group 3!

The following weekend, Bravo won Best of Breed 3 days at Gridley CA shows and a Best Opposite.
This weekend, Bravo went Grand Champion Select at majors each day.
Bravo's "winnings" are proudly displayed by no other than Bravo himself.

Lots of ribbons, a towel, backpack and Sporting Group 3 medallion and yellow ribbon.

Final show day today was hot at WoofStock, Vallejo, CA. Bravo getting groomed by Amanda.

Bravo, (top left) in the presentation line-up for the Judge with handler Michael Stone.

Congratulations to owners Jay & Ron & handler Michael Stone on Bravo's winning trip!

Monday, June 11, 2012

All for a good cause

 A few weeks ago we participated in the Three Scoops of Vanilla Jewelry Fundraiser to benefit TriState Weimaraner Rescue.  My goodies arrived today and it felt like my birthday.  The pieces are more beautiful in person than the pictures show.  As I am fortunate to already own a number of Weimaraner pendants, I decided to order a different kind of piece and Erin, the owner, was kind enough to make this gorgeous amethyst necklace with the heart pendant.  It also came with matching earrings!
 It was a terrific fundraiser, with 50% of the sales from the special auction items and 25% of all sales that day donated to TSWR.  This custom "Weimstopper" was a specialty item and was offered in two color combos and we bought the pink/purple design.
 The Weimstopper was christened on a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Even the rear view of this piece is stunning!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Daddy Parker OH Group 1!

Beautiful photo of Parker, BISS GCH HiBourne's It's All About Me, BROM,  with owner/breeder/handler, Steve Lane, winning a Sporting Group 1 in the Owner-Handler Series at the Long Island Kennel Club Show on May 20, 2012.

We adore Parker, who is the sire of our first litter, and has grown into a handsome boy and fabulous producer.  We have plans to breed Savi, CH Grayhart's Shear Genius, JH,NSD,NRD,CGC,V, to him in late 2012.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Different Kind of Double Q!

Yesterday was an exciting one for us as both Trixie and her daughter, Jam, CH Grayhart's Purple Haze,CD,JH,OA,OAJ,SD,VX, (Parker x Trixie), qualified and earned their 2nd Exc A Standard legs at the Schooley's Mountain Kennel Club Agility Trial.  Momma Trixie even earned a 3rd place!  Thanks to our pupparazzi, Kellyann for taking videos of our runs.

Like mother, like daughter!

Here is Trixie's run:

And here is Jam's run:
I was quite out of breath after running both girls, with only a few minutes in between.  I'll have to get in better shape to keep up with them!  They are so much fun to run and look forward to our next trial in July!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

GSWC Spring Specialty

 I've been a little behind in posting as the Spring is one of our busiest times of year.  A favorite show is the Garden State Weimaraner Club's Spring Specialty at Plainfield Kennel Club, part of the Memorial Day Cluster of shows held in Freehold, NJ.
 The specialty was the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend  and as usual for this time of year, was an extremely hot and humid weekend.  We did what we could to keep dogs and people cool and safe from heat exhaustion.  It was a mini reunion of sorts with three of our Parker x Trixie pups being shown.  Above, Veronika showed Ranger, Grayhart's Midnight Lightening, in the Amateur Owner Handler class and did a great job for only her second weekend of showing him.
I was very excited to show Mia, Grayhart's American Woman, for the first time in the Bred-By-Exhibitor class.  Mia showed well in the Saturday show, wagging her tail for the judge and made us proud on Sunday, where she won the BBE class!
 Mia on the move.  She is a show girl in training and already seems like a pro! Mia will be out this year pursuing her championship.

 Parker, GCH HiBourne's It's All About Me, BROM was shown by owner/breeder, Steve Lane and looked fantastic.
 Parker on the move
 Jam, CH Grayhart's Purple Haze,CD,JH,OA,OAJ,SD,VX, was also in the Best of Breed class with her daddy.
Jam showed well despite the heat.

 Steve stacked Jam so we could get a 4th birthday picture of our very special girl!
No big wins for the Grayhart crew but we had a lovely time visiting with friends and enjoying our club's specialty show and luncheon.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Bravo New Bronze GCH & Weekend Update

From Bravo's blog - the latest on his career as a "Special" with his latest Best of Breed wins and he is now a Bronze Grand Champion!!!

Bravo is on the show circuit and has won Best of Breed in tough competition in 6 of the 7 shows plus a Sporting Group 3 on the first day of the circuit.

When not traveling with handlers Michael Stone and Collen Stone and with Alisa Syar, Bravo is kenneled at Camp Stone, very much like a fine show dog boarding school. There Bravo is with other show dogs, mainly Alaskan Malamutes. He romps and plays (in adjoining runs) with his favorite young champion Malamute, "Paws". During his stay at Camp Stone, Bravo has become a favorite with the staff. He's known as "very sweet, affectionate, and quite the out-going personality". In fact, Bravo has made the fastest progress in the shortest time of any show dog at Camp Stone.

Bravo's progress translates directly into the show ring. He is more confident and has more presence in the ring in addition to his great elegance, balance and superb movement evidenced by his strong reach and drive. Yes, our boy is maturing and growing into quite a fine Special.

Bravo is now back at Camp Stone and then off to "WoofStock," 4 days of shows in Vallejo, CA.

We're very proud of Bravo and know that he's now achieving a new level of show dog performance. Thanks to Camp Stone, handlers Michael and Collen, Alisa and his Team back home - Linda Hartheimer in New Jersey, SaraRenee in Indiana and his home front at Crescent Kennels in California, Bravo is doing it all.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

2012 YAI Central Park Challenge

Jam and I had an amazing day, being part of the 12,000 at the YAI 2012 Central Park Challenge! A day of fun and excitement for a truly important cause: raising funds to change people’s lives...those with developmental disabilities. I am humbled to be part of this wonderful organization.
 We joined the 12,000 or so who attended to either run in the 5K or walk the 3K, or cheered everyone on.
 The group home that Jam and I visit for our Delta Therapy Dog visits are part of YAI.
 The walk wound through Central Park on a glorious day!
 We made it to the finish line and there was a band playing in the Bandshell and lots of booths plus fun stuff for kids like face painting and sand art.
 After the run, I took Jam for a walk to some of the famous sights in the park, like the fountain and lake.

 We then me up with a fellow Delta Pet Partner team, Anita and her lovely lab, Deacon, to spend the afternoon chatting and walking through the park.  A great day in the city!