First hunting week of the season
Now we are back home after a great week of hunting in the mountains and woods. We have had very varied weather with both rain, sunshine, and a lot of wind some days. The dogs have worked very well despite challenging conditions a few days, so we have shot a bird or two every day. Rozzie does not have the highest pace in the first few days, but gets significantly better throughout the week. She has found a good deal of birds and shows good birdwork. She’s made many nice retrieves as well. Beretta is like most youngsters, energetic and impatient. She has an active and sometimes good search, and she finds a lot of bird. But she does not always have the patient to wait until we come within shooting distance, so she has gotten a lot of birds on the wings without giving us any shot chances. But a couple of good situations came up, so we have shot a few birds for her too. The retrieving is not much to fault, well done considering her young age and little hunting experience. All in all, a successful first hunting week with catch every day, many good situations, lots of learning and of course a lot of cosiness and cuddling. Here are some shots from the hunt:
Puppy plans delayed
After careful consideration, we have decided to await the puppy plans until next year. We now see that Rozzie needs to get in better shape after a long period of little activity after the injury she was operated for this spring. We have therefore decided that she is not in good enough shape for a litter right now. The foot that was operated has healed up 100% and we can not see that it affects her movements in any way. So now, we just have to work out to get in shape for hunting season in September. We therefore want to focus on training and hunting this fall instead of puppies. We hope that everyone on the puppy list will understand, and you are of course welcome to continue being on the list till next year. We expect the next heat in February, so any puppies will be ready for delivery the summer of 2019. For the moment, we plan to use the same male dog (Arjen) as NVSW has approved, but if this changes we will inform you on the website. Feel free to contact us for questions or to be added to the puppy list. Contact information can be found here.
The Stabyhoun Special in Sweden
This year we started our holiday by driving down to Sälen in Sweden to attend the Stabyhoun Special, organized by the Swedish Stabyhoun Club. This is a whole week full of all kinds of activities for the dogs lead by skilled instructors, and otherwise a lot of social and enjoyable activities with like-minded Stabyhoun owners from all over the Nordic countries. We signed up for an activity called ‘Training for field qualification test’ for two consecutive days. Both Rozzie and Beretta were signed up for a Field qualification test at the end of the week, so this was a great opportunity to see how we were doing on the training. In Sweden, anyone who wants to participate on a field test must pass the Field qualification test every year to be approved to start. Their results from the Norwegian retrieving tests however, can be credited, so they are already approved to start a field test in Sweden. But we thought it was a great opportunity to get some competition training, and to get some new challenges. Dogs that have not started hunting tests in Sweden in the past must start in Junior Class (UKL) regardless of age. In UKL there are two exercises; tracking and water retrieving. Challenges came when it turned out that the Swedes use duck for water retrieving and rabbit for tracking. We have only trained with ptarmigan and black grouse, so duck and rabbit were completely unknown to both of them. Beretta had never tried tracking before, so this was a totally new exercise for her. Nevertheless, the training went relatively well. They both struggled to get a good grip on the heavy duck in the water, but they got it up on land somehow. On the tracking they both needed some encouragement and support to pick up the rabbit, but it went quite well eventually. So the 2nd of August we participated on the Field qualification test arranged by SvSK with good courage, but no hopes of getting the highest scores. There were a total of 12 dogs starting on the test, 8 of which were Stabyhoun and 4 were Drentsche patrijshond. The test went beyond all expectations when Rozzie got a full score on both exercises with 10 points on both tracking and water retrieving, and was also the best Stabyhoun of the test! Beretta was very close with 10 points on tracking and 9 points on the water retrieving, and in addition we were named the best team of the test! A fantastic achievement of two dogs who had never seen a duck or a rabbit before, nor have they ever participated on hunting tests in Sweden before. Amazing when all the hours of training give such good results. Clearly, a lot of training on the basic exercises for retrieving has paid off. This was also agreed by the instructor, who gave a lot of praise to me and the dogs, and he was particularly impressed by the way I worked with the dogs. Very nice to get such good feedback! Thank you very much to SvSK for a super Stabyhoun Special, and for a well-arranged hunting test. Hope to see you again next year! Here are some glimpses from the days in Sweden:
Champion and hunting test prizes
The summer has so far offered many nice surprises on both dog show and competitions. Both Beretta and Rozzie did well at the dog show NKK Trondheim in late June. Rozzie took hes third CERT and became Norwegian Show Champion at her fifth dog show. Beretta was showed for the first time, she got Excellent and won the junior class (for complete results see the pages for each dog). Thank you very much to handler Tina Oline Bratsberg Rygge who showed both dogs perfectly! In July we signed up for a retrieving test organized by the Norwegian Breton Club. The test lasted over two days, saturday and sunday, and we participated both days. This is a test that is only for pointing bird dogs, and no Stabijhoun has ever gotten a prize in any kind of hunting tests for pointing bird dogs here in Norway before. Until now. Becaus both Beretta and Rozzie got prizes! Rozzie got a 3rd prize in AK (Open Class) on Sunday, and Beretta got a 2nd prize in UK (Junior Class) both Saturday and Sunday! This means that Beretta and Rozzie are the first in the world of the breed Stabijhoun who has been awarded prizes on a Norwegian test for pointing breeds. There were difficult conditions that weekend with hot and dry weather, and almost no wind, so we are very proud of these results! We also hope, of course, that we can see more Stabys on such tests in the future, as we think this is a test that fits the bred well. Here you can see some glimpses from the dog show and the test:
Spring is here
The ice-cold and long winter is finally over, and we now enjoy more tolerable temperatures and calm weather. The dogs has started theis spring shedding, and with the warm weather came Beretta’s first heat. She recently visited the veterinarian for the annual health check and vaccine. Everything seemed to be okay with the vigorous one-year-old. Rozzie has recently been operated and appears to be well on her way to successful rehabilitation. She has had a vague limping on a hind foot for a long time without any obvious reason. There was suspicion of everything from ACL-fracture to tension or twisting. After an extensive round with a specialist, we finally found out she had a small fracture in a sesmoid-bone in a toe. The fracture was complicated, and after so long, calcification had also occurred around the toe joint. We chose to take the advice of the specialists to amputate the injured toe, as it gives the best prognosis that she becomes completely painless. The operation was successful and after a couple of weeks, Rozzie was on her feet again. She uses the operated foot perfectly and does not seem to limp anymore. A little tense and stiff after the walks, but it will probably improve as the muscle mass is rebuilt. Dogs will usually live perfectly fine without a toe, so we are confident that Rozzie will become 100% again shortly. Otherwise, we have refreshed some retrieveing exercises and had some rounds of tame bird training lately. It seems like everything is still nailed for Rozzie despite a long break. Beretta has also begun a little with retrieving and tame birds, and so far it looks very promising. Now we have begun the countdown to summer and look forward to some nice days in the mountains and in the cabin the next months.
Blue Monday all week
Night to Monday 12th of February, Rozzie gave birth to a single little female puppy. The puppy weighed only 184 grams at birth, and otherwise seemed weak and dehydrated. Despite intensive care at the veterinarian for several days in a row and constant monitoring around the clock, the puppy died after a week. It was an exhausting week with a very sad outcome. The reason that only one puppy came, who was also not viable, is still unknown. There can be many different reasons, and it’s almost impossible to figure it out based on pure observations. Therefore, the puppy is sent to autopsy so we hopefully can get an answer to what caused this tragedy. Good news news is that the UK Stabyhoun Association have approved a new attempt with the male Arjen on Rozzie’s next season. We will await the formal application until we have received an answer from the autopsy. Cause if it turns out that this may be genetic / hereditary which was unfortunate in this combination, of course, we will not repeat it. Nevertheless, we are aiming for a successful mating in the nearest future with a suitable male dog.
Thank you for the little time we got together… Sleep well little sweetheart… ♥
Rozzie is inseminated with Arjen (Mac)
Just before the weekend in week 49, the «noble drops» arrived from the handsome Englishman we chose for Rozzie. Skilled veterinarians at Anicura Stjørdal Dyreklinikk made sure that they were utilized in the best possible way. Now we can finally start the exciting wait and hopefully we will start the new year with good news. We cross our fingers for the result to be a litter of healthy and beautiful puppies.
Succsessful hunting season
The 2017 hunting season is coming to an end and there is no doubt that this has been our most successful hunting season ever. Both our Stabys has shown enormous development in their own way. Rozzie has been brilliant with a wider, more active and more independent search compared with last year. She has been incredibly steady when pointing, and it seems as she has stoped flushing birds on her own as we saw a lot of last year. One example is a point she got over 160 meters away from me, and she held it rock steady until I arrived to give her the flush command. Good girl! In addition, she has performed several nice retrieves. Keeping calm in flush and shot has been good, but far from perfect. Anyway, I think it’s starting to get at an acceptable level for hunting. Little Beretta was only 4 months old when she joined the hunt for the first time. From day one she showed her great interest in the game, and it did not go long before she flushed her first ptarmigan all by herself. She surprises with a very independent and relatively wide search for her age, this is very promising! She also quickly realized what was waiting when Rozzie and Raya was pointing, and was quickly on the spot to flush the birds. It is safe to say that Beretta has spoiled some chances for us this way, but at the same time we think it is important that such a young dog gets a lot of joy in the hunt to start with. Still, it seems she has begun to keep more calm, as we have seen on the last trips that she stops and freezes occasionally when the other dogs point. Very much promising to see this season in other words, and it’s really fun to experience that many hours of exercise is starting to give results. Below is a collection of photos from our hunting trips this year, enjoy!
New pack member to Kennel Mirozzie
On Friday 14th July I went to Stavanger to bring home our new pack member Anortositts Dine Beretta. Beretta comes from the same breeder as Rozzie, Kennel Anortositt, run by Arne and Sølvi Irene Havsø in Hellvik. Beretta also has the same mother as Rozzie, lovely Clarissa. Father is beautiful Duplo (StabyWorld’s Duplo Frost Fan Leffe) from Denmark. There are several reasons why we chose to buy our second Stabijhoun from the same breeder and same mother. We are first and foremost very pleased with Rozzie who is from their first litter, with her lovely temperament, good mentality and good hunting qualities. We have a close cooperation and good contact with Kennel Anortositt, and we know how much work they put in their puppy litters. They put mental health high and work to maintain the hunting qualities of the breed. The litter was mentally tested and received the following description in its puppy analysis: «A wonderful and mentally even litter. Several show very good hunting and working abilities. Shows good adaptability in new environments. New owners can go as far as the owners themselves are capable in all dog sports with these puppies.» In addition, this is a very exciting combination between two dogs who have good bird interest and good hunting genes in the lines. You can read more about Clarissa and Duplo, as well as the rest of the gang in Kennel Anortosite here. Having two dogs from the same lines in a kennel may not be so common. But considering how the situation is for our small breed today we have no worries about this. According to numbers from NVSW (Dutch breed association for Stabijhoun and Wetterhoun) at least two puppies from each litter should be used for further breeding in order to see a significant advance in the genetic variation of the breed.
Beretta is lovely, definite and tough little Miss who does not seem to be afraid of anything. She is affectionate and friendly and goes along very well with our other dogs. Rozzie and Raya welcomed her and seemed to have settled down with their new pack member. Rozzie thinks is very exited to have little sisters here and seems to have taken on some kind of motherhood for our new little friend.
Rozzie’s father Marrondales Yerke impresses with both «beauty and brains»
There are lots of good news coming in from Rozzie’s breeders Arne and Sølvi Irene Havsø in Kennel Anortositt these days. Rozzie’s father Marrondales Yerke has really impressed lately. Here is what Sølvi writes on her Facebook profile about the latest results:
«Today we finally received the confirmation that Yerke also has the title of International Beauty Champion. This title is high, as there are very few Stabyhouns who have achieved the working demands for this. Yerke is, as far as we know, the only one in the Nordic region of Stabbyhoun, and among the three who hold this all over the world by Stabyhoun. And Yerke can do more than look nice and find/retrieve birds, he became the first blood tracking master in Eigersund Hunting and Fishing Association. Full title/name will be: CIB, CIE NORD UCH, NL CH, N SE VCH, NORDJV-10, DKV-11,15, NORDV-12 Marrondales Yerke. «
We are really proud to have an offspring from this beautiful gentleman. We congratulate so much!
The hunting season is planned
Today we received the last confirmation of applications for hunting cards, thus this year’s season is finally planned. This year we have focused on a somewhat later hunting start than before. One of the reasons for this is that we are expecting a new pack member in July, and we would like the puppy to grow as much as possible before we start hunting. With a puppy on the hunting team we have to take some shorter and less challenging trips this year. Another reason is what we’ve been having unusually hot and dry weather in early autumn in the past few years. Such weather type is unfavorable to any hunting dog, and extra challenging for young dogs. The heat makes it very tiring in itself, and dry conditions minimize the amount of smell in the terrain. Therefore, we have set the hunt until the end of September this year. We will hunt both on state and private grounds this year, and on the last weekend in September we will bring more acquaintances with Stabyhoun for hunting with us in the mountains of Verdal. So now the training for the season can begin. We really look forward to it!
New training comrades
In mid-May 20 quail chickens came to the farm. They grow and thrive in the barn, and will gain access to a fenced outside area as soon as they get a little bigger. Once they have become able to fly, we can start using them to train the dogs. Tame birds are suitable for educate young dogs and for training and perfecting obedience in bird situations. By training with tame birds, repeated and controlled bird situations are obtained. The birds are never in direct contact with the dogs, and with many birds the sessions are evenly distributed, giving minimal strain on each bird. Tame bird training is not something one should do too often, the main exercise should take place in the mountains and woods.