Here’s a video of Iris’s puppies. Doing great at 6 days. Enjoy.
Here’s a video of Iris’s puppies. Doing great at 6 days. Enjoy.
Here’s a quick video of Gen’s puppies at one week old. They’re doing great. Enjoy!
Brook whelped her litter on February 4 and all are doing great. Here’s a quick look at them at 4 days old.
We’ll add more as time permits. Iris and Gen also have puppies so we’re a bit busy at the moment but we’ll get videos posted eventually. Until then…
We started our season as usual on Sage Grouse in Idaho. Sage Grouse are still in trouble here but there were enough birds around to get some good dog work and a couple excellent dinners.
We then headed to Wisconsin for our annual Grouse and Woodcock fix. We had several young dogs that needed to see some birds so our emphasis was on giving them the opportunity to show us they have what it takes. Grouse numbers were disappointing given the spring drumming counts and most birds we found were spooky and hard to get close to. It seemed like a higher percentage were adults which explains their wariness. We managed to find enough to keep it interesting but overall it wasn’t fantastic hunting and made it difficult to get our youngsters going. One bright spot was a couple coverts with good numbers of woodcock which helped make up for the lack of dog work on Grouse.
With poor reports of Chukar numbers in Idaho after last year’s heavy snows we decided to spend the rest of our season chasing quail in Kansas. So right after Christmas we loaded up and drove to Kansas, arriving just in time for sub-zero temps and howling wind. It was too cold to hunt so we spent our first three days scouting.
January 2-10 was spent at the 2nd Rymansetters.com Breeders Gathering. Hunting was tough after the weather warmed up as birds we had located seemed to vanish. We spent a lot of time with friends old and new and had a very productive series of discussions about goals for RS.com.
First day out was a reunion of sorts. We joined Walt Lesser with October Kade, and Bob Mele with October Lizzie Lee (Bob adopted Lizzie a couple years ago). We miss Lizzie and she reminded us why on this day, making a point on a covey and a single plus retrieving both birds shot over her points.
Walt Cottrell and “Rose” joined us for a hunt and Walt got these photos of Gen pointing a dead quail, Rose backing her, and Lisa with her Bobwhite.
After saying our good byes we got serious about locating birds for our young dogs. This is only the second year we’ve hunted Bobwhite Quail so it’s as much a learning experience for us as for the dogs. A light snow fall helped by allowing us to locate/track birds and we altered our hunting style as well as the habitat covered to maximize our chances of finding birds. It paid off. These birds tend to sit tight which makes them pretty easy for the dogs to handle. However they don’t put off much scent so, combined with their tendency to hide rather than run (we did find coveys that ran), they are surprisingly difficult to locate. The dogs had to figure this out and cover ground more thoroughly and we had to learn to hit areas we had previously passed by. We finished the hunt with dogs making points on the last 7 coveys we found.
Two highlights of that last week occurred on the same day. Buck has had very limited experience despite being two years old (thanks in part to Lisa injuring her knee and foot our second day in WI and being unable to hunt the rest of the trip). He found a couple singles last year (pretty tough for a young dog) but hadn’t really had much chance otherwise. We were hunting a cover we knew held some birds and he hunted very well, covering likely areas as he should. We passed through an area where he slowed down and scoured it thoroughly. We noticed scattered droppings and Buck moved out and sped up when we got away from the sign. So we went back towards where we’d seen the droppings and he immediately slowed down and worked the area over and over. Eventually he located a good sized covey and pointed them, sitting tightly within a few feet of his nose. He clearly knew those birds were there and searched until he found them. Later that day we hunted Coulter. He’d made points on a couple coveys before but this one showed he’s got it figured out. In a brushy draw He and Candy got birdy and we again noticed scatted fresh droppings so we knew there were birds around. They both made several short points while moving up the draw, following the birds as they ran ahead of them. About 100 yards up the draw and in the last patch of brush Coulter pointed the covey and held until we arrived. A very nice piece of dog work.
Our last day of hunting capped off the trip nicely. We’d been running Piper every day and she’d seen a couple singles flush but had no other contacts. This day she got out ahead of us and pointed for a while. It was windy and we never heard the flush but she had a covey pointed and was back where they flushed checking it out, making several short points and eventually locating a single straggler from the covey.
In the end we’re really happy with the development of our youngsters and got to enjoy some quality hunts with our older dogs. Now it’s puppy season (we’re babysitting Brook’s litter right now) which will keep us busy for the next few weeks.
Bridget Bodine, of DeCoverly Kennels, recently posted this on her Facebook page:
Confusion about the PennHIP method, the reports, and how to interpret them has been rampant since it’s inception. Much of the confusion stems from two sources. First is PennHIP’s use of the term “DJD” (degenerative joint disease) instead of it’s alternative and more common name: osteoarthritis. Hip dysplasia and DJD/arthritis are not the same thing. One is abnormal formation of the hip joint, the other is arthritis. Arthritis in the hip is usually caused by hip dysplasia, but it can also be caused by injury or infection.
The second source of confusion is that people instinctively try to translate PennHIP results into a diagnostic/OFA context, which is impossible. PennHIP is the only hip dysplasia control scheme in the world that does not diagnose hip dysplasia.
We think Bridget’s plan to OFA the .8 dog is a great idea, but results from one dog don’t give you much to go on so we have made the following proposal. We hope they see the value in taking us up on our offer, especially the potential for educational benefits regarding PennHIP for all concerned.
We read your post regarding PennHIP results. It is clear that you don’t understand the difference between dysplasia and DJD. DJD is not dysplasia. DJD is arthritis. The terms DJD and dysplasia are not interchangeable, so when you say “no dysplasia” you are literally saying the dog has normal hips and would pass an OFA. PennHIP does not assess the hip for the presence of dysplasia. All other dysplasia control methods in the world, OFA, FCI, BVA, etc., diagnosis the presence or absence of dysplasia.
In the interest of furthering knowledge about PennHIP we make the following offer. We will pay the OFA fee for diagnosis of dysplasia for all 30 of the recent dogs on your list. You already have the x-rays required for the OFAs as part of your PennHIP submissions. Have your vet submit them to OFA along with the applications, have them entered into the OFA’s open database, and we’ll pay the $450 OFA fee. With passing OFAs you can accurately state the dogs have no dysplasia.
This knowledge can only serve to help all of us make more informed breeding decisions that contribute to a better future for the dogs.
Cliff and Lisa
These guys are doing great and are almost ready to go to their new homes. Out playing on a cold September afternoon here.
Last puppy video for this year – time to go hunting!
It’s hard to believe our last litter for the year, out of Violet x Doc, is already pushing 3 weeks old! As expected, Violet has a small litter again- 2 males and 2 females. With only 4 puppies and a good mom, all are fat and doing great.
Here are Iris and Heath’s pups at just over six weeks of age and doing great. A nice summer afternoon to be outside tearing it up.
Dinner, and a little play time.
Hard to believe these guys are already 4 Weeks old.
Here is the new Iris x Heath litter, born on June 19th. 4 males and 5 females. We have our hands more than full around here!