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Training Day at Pine Hill

This morning we took both Elsa and Stuka to Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman’s Club today for some bird work at their training field in Rockford, Michigan. Working with our trainer Justin, we started by planting a number of grouse and worked on Stuka's pointing. Out...

SMWC Picnic

Kay and I recently attended the 2009 Southern Michigan Weimaraner Club Hunt Test and Picnic last Saturday. I've never been around so many Weimaraners in one place and at one time. It was a great opportunity to meet a number of Weim owners, specifically Stuka's...

A Novelist Takes Aim

The "Field Enthusiasts" group on LinkedIn recently posted reference to an article in the Wall Street Journal regarding one man's take on "the charm of dogs, guns, shells and supper". The author Thomas McGuane, provides a wonderfully written essay capturing the invariable nature of upland...

36 St. James Street

In April of 2008 I traveled to London (UK) on business and fortunately had a full day to myself to explore the city. Not nearly enough time to see all the sites of London, but I had my priorities...

Evaluation

This morning I took Stuka to Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman’s Club for a formal evaluation to measure his interest in finding birds. We also ran him through a few basic exercises such as come-when-called, retrieving, and the whoa command to gauge his current level of...

Elsa 1, Robins 0

Yesterday morning Elsa and I visited the Soldan's dog park at Hawk Island. During one of our laps around the pond Elsa was ahead of me and I noticed she was being "dive bombed" by four or five loudly chirping robins. Sure enough, here comes...

Tracking 101

We met up with Stuka's breeder, Chris, today to try our hand a some beginner tracking exercises. Before leaving, Stuka romped around with his sister Smooch, mom Kya, and friend Raven. We drove to an open field next to a local school and started with...

She’s Back

After 30 days at Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman’s Club "Bird Camp", our girl Elsa has returned home today. We spent some time this morning at Pine Hill's main training facility with Justin, our trainer, going over a number areas which were a focus of her...

Family Reunion

Our Weimaraner's breeders, Chris and Linda, stopped by our place yesterday and brought along one of Stuka's sisters, Celestial's Cowboy Kisses, or aka "Smooch". Also tagging along was Raven, a beautiful blue, female Weim. It was great to see these two 14-1/2 week old siblings...

Cowboy Colt

I recently contacted the owners of Stuka’s Sire, “Echoin’ Cowboy Colt” (pictured left). We had a great talk and shared a number of details about their respective behaviors. As it turns out, and not to anyone’s surprise, Stuka has a lot in common with his...