This weekend was very busy for all of us!
Roxie had her first field training day on Saturday. We (just me & Roxie) went out with the Sacramento Valley Weimaraner Club to Hastings Island Hunting Preserve and learned all about hunting birds. We learned that we both have a lot to learn! She got a whiff of her first bird and did what a good hunting doggy does and pointed it out. Now we just have to learn what to (and not to do) next. We had a lot of help from fellow club members and I hope to continue working on it during the week. Hopefully we will be able to attend each of the field training days monthly. We hope to earn her a Jr. Hunter title someday. Then we will work on Sr. Hunter and perhaps even Master Hunter. This could take a while, but as long as it gets her out in the field doing what her breed was originally bred for and she likes it, we are happy. No, Tate and I are not hunters, but I am willing to learn for her. Anyone want to borrow a bird dog? After running around in the field all morning long, she was TIRED and so was I. Here is a link to pictures from the day: http://www.flickr.com/gp/66999112@N00/HJ0829
Sunday, me & Roxie headed to San Rafael to volunteer at the NCWR (NorCal Weim Rescue) booth for the Bay Area Pet Fair. We got to visit all the other booths and it was all I could do to keep from buying all kinds of nifty doggy stuff. Back at the booth, we helped educate interested parties on the Weimaraner breed as wells as the blue color. Roxie is very popular as most people have never seen a blue Weimaraner. Sunday’s outing showed that all the work I have been doing training with her is paying off. She was very well behaved amongst a crowd of people and other dogs. She sat whenever we stopped and didn’t yank me all over the place while walking (both are things we work on DAILY). She was always willing to let people including children pet her and give her lots of love. She did well with the other dogs, always being submissive allowing them to sniff her and going at their pace. She played with the other Weim puppies and provided lots of entertainment for the other volunteers. Everywhere we went, she was sure to draw extra attention. People from out of nowhere were taking pictures of her left and right. It was quite an exciting day. Here is a link to a few pics taken at the pet fair: http://www.flickr.com/gp/66999112@N00/k60Bh1
While Roxie and I were out hunting and socializing, Tate was home working on the house. His parents are still in town but will be leaving this Thursday. With help from Cayle on Saturday, they got a lot done. The framing of the roof is almost done and we hope to get it all sheeted before they leave. They have been working very long days. Once the sheeting is done, Tate will be able to take a little break to relax, but not too long as we still need to get the garage doors installed and roofing up before we leave for Hawaii at the end of the month. Pray for no freak rain storms. Here is a link to the photos as of Sunday: http://www.flickr.com/gp/66999112@N00/07xsG1
In other news, we haven’t been out on the boat or camping since June. The house takes precedence. The only reason Roxie is getting so much work done is because there is nothing I can do to help on the house and training while she is still young is second in line. We have a couple of weeks left of puppy class. The Internationals show is in a couple of weeks. She continues to go to conformation classes to get ready.
Well I think that\’s all for now! Have a great week everyone!