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2016 Spring Fun Hunt - April 23rd!

Mar 5, 2016
2016 Spring Fun Hunt April 23rdThe 2016 Spring Fun Hunt will be April 23rd. We will be using Chukar and the format will be very similar to previous fun hunts... It has been a long winter and we are looking forward to getting out with our dogs and visiting with friends. Call George today to sign up. 269 463 2826

2015 Fall Fun Hunt - October 10th!

Sep 30, 2015
2015 Fall Fun Hunt is October 10th.The 2015 Fall Fun Hunt will take place on October 10th... Four pheasant, one dog, two hunters and lots of low pressure fun! Awards will be given for both pointing and flushing divisions. The cost is $100.00 Call George for more details and to sign up!

2015 Spring Fun Hunt: Teams and Winners.

Mar 29, 2015
The 2015 "Spring" Fun Hunt was perhaps our best one yet! It was a little chilly, but was sunny and beautiful all day. We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who brought a dog to the line. We always enjoy spending the day with our "dog family" and cannot express how much it means to us. Click here to veiw photos of all the teams and also the winners.

Fun Hunt Schedule for March 28th!

Mar 25, 2015
"Spring" Fun Hunt - March 28th, 2015The schedule for this Saturday's Fun Hunt is posted. Click here to view the schedule.

We are Expecting!

Feb 6, 2015
We are expecting puppies. March 2015We are hoping to have puppies whelped near the end of March, which would mean ready to go home around the end of May. This is the first pairing of Shadow (Ranger x Ella) and Kurt (repeat breeding of one that produced Gretel). Stay tuned for more info.

We had some fun in the snow.

Jan 17, 2015
We had some fun in the snow today... it was windy and the snow had crusted over, making it hard to pin down the pheasants. Luke and Ella made short work of it.

Click here to view some photos. 

Training Grads for 2014 Updated.

Jan 15, 2015
Gun Dog Training GraduatesIt was another great training year in 2014. We have updated the Training Graduates page for 2014 and created a new page for each year since the site has been running to make things load faster.

Check out the 2014 Training Graduates here. 

Awesome Hunt Today!

Jan 11, 2015
We had an awesome hunt today. Due to some really good shooting and the valiant efforts of Apollo, Wagner and Zoey, the group got 23 birds, three more than we put out for them. Great fun!

Click here to check out more photos of the awesome day. 

2014 Winter Fun Hunt - Results and Photos

Dec 8, 2014
Well, the 2014 Winter Fun Hunt is in the books and we got to share a wonderful day with some great people and amazing dogs. A heart felt thank you to all who attended and spent the day with us.

Click here to view the results and some photos of the event.

2014 Winter Fun Hunt - December 6th

Nov 22, 2014
We still have spots available for the 2014 Winter Fun Hunt on December 6th. We will have two fields, one with chukar and one with pheasant. You can sign up for either or both.  

Call George today to sign up. 269 463 2826

Click here for more information. 

2014 Opening Weekend Success.

Nov 16, 2014
We had a great opening weekend with two 10-points shot. We saw lots of deer. The club has instituted a new self imposed antler restriction - must have at least four points on one side. 

Click here for some pictures. 

Dixie Wild Chukar Hunting.

Oct 7, 2014
We were sent some awesome picutres of Dixie, a Ranger x Ella pup, who was wild Chukar hunting with her owner in the west in some interesting conditions. Thanks for the wonderful pictures.

You can view them here. 

2014 Fall Fun Hunt was AWESOME!

Sep 27, 2014
The 2014 Fall Fun Hunt is in the books and it was a beautiful day with our awesome VWK friends and family. Thanks to everyone who were able to come out and share this fabulous day with us. We really are blessed to spend our time with such awesome people and dogs.

Check out the raw and unfiltered pictures here. 

The Dock Diving Dock is Ready to Use!

Sep 11, 2014
The dock diving dock is built and ready to use... Check out some photos here.

Fun Hunt Scheduled for Sept. 27th!

Sep 4, 2014
September 27th Fun Hunt Scheduled. $100.00 per Entry. 
One Dog.
Two Hunters.
Six Chuckar.
Thirty Minutes.
Call today to RSVP your spot(s)!

Update on Gretel and Milo!

Jul 21, 2014
Gretel and Milo were sold to the same family. They are having a great time and getting ready for hunting season. 

Click here to see some images of Gretel and Milo playing, along with some additional photos. 

Apollo and INdy have a Great Weekend.

Jul 20, 2014
Von Weider dogs had a great weekend. Apollo had a first place finish at a Michigan Region National Shoot to Retreive Association field trial and INdy had a first place on Sunday. Great job Apollo and INdy.

New Photo Gallery Added!

Jul 5, 2014
Photo Gallery added.We added a new photo gallery to the site. It has been a struggle keeping caught up with the site. Check us out on Facebook for more updates.

Check out the Gallery here. 

Be Careful of Fireworks!

Jul 1, 2014
Fireworks are fun for children and adults alike, but can be VERY scary for dogs, especially young dogs. Backyard fireworks are a common cause of gun shyness. Don’t let your dog be frightened by fireworks as you celebrate Independence Day.

Hans Gets a New Family!

Jun 23, 2014
 Hans went home this weekend with his new family. We are so happy Hans will get to share such a loving family. 

Make us proud Hans!

Wyatt Takes Second in RGS Fun Hunt!

Jun 9, 2014
Wyatt takes second in RGS fun hunt.Wyatt, VW bred (Ella x Ranger) and trained, owned by Rick and Ashley Van Dam placed second at the Ruffed Grouse Society Highland Chapter Fun Hunt and has qualified for the Ruffed Grouse Society Gun Dog of the Year trial later this year. Great Job Wyatt! Congrats Rick and Ashley!

Current Photos of Well Started Dogs.

May 11, 2014

It was a beautiful day and we had a chance to get all of the currently available "Well Started Dogs" out in the field today. It was warm, so all of them showed off their water retrieving skills before running in the field.


Check out the gallery here.

Blitz and Christina go to the Dog Show.

Apr 29, 2014
Blitz and Christina did great at a recent dog show. Blitz earned first place in his division. Great Job Blitz and Christina. You both look great!

Click here to view a gallery from that day.

Thanks for sending in the pictures. We appreciate it.

March 29th Fun Hunt Cancelled.

Mar 3, 2014

Bad News! We are cancelling our March 29th BDC event.


It appears the fields will still be in full Polar Vortex mode and the fields will still be covered in thick, ice crusted snow. We will be scheduling an event (or perhaps two) for late Summer and/or early Fall before too long… so stay tuned.

New Hats Available!

Feb 25, 2014
We have new hats available! If you are interested, give George a call! We are selling them for $20.00 each.

Fun Hunt March 29th!

Feb 8, 2014
Fun Hunt.Don't forget about our Fun Hunt scheduled for March 29th.

Download a Flyer Here.

Year in Review Photos.

Dec 25, 2013

We had another very good year at Von Weider Kennels. We have much to be thankful for... Mainly the great people and dogs we have the privilege of knowing and spending time with. Here is a gallery of some of our favorite photos. 

You can view the gallery here.

March 29, 2014 Fun Hunt Event

Dec 24, 2013
We will be hosting a BDC Tournament Event, very similar to our typical Fun Hunts, on March 29, 2014. There will be awards for Amateur (any dog who graduated from our Board In Training program can do this), Doubles (fun for couples, we can help get you a partner if you need one) and Top Gun (same as amateur but a bit more competitive - experienced hunting dogs will do well here). All are welcome, save the date. Give George a call (269)463-2826 or shoot us a message if you have questions.

Updated Training Grads!

Dec 20, 2013
 The Training Graduates page is updated for 2013. Lots of great memories putting those galleries together. It was another great year at Von Weider Kennels.

Click here to see the Training Graduates.

Only TWO Puppies Left!

Nov 30, 2013
 We have two puppies still available... one liver and white male (with two to choose from) and one liver female.

See some pictures of them here.


Oct 27, 2013
We have a new gallery up of the puppies at 3 weeks old. They are so cute.  You can check them out here.

BDC Tourney/Fun Hunt Scheduled

Oct 21, 2013
 ITS OFFICIAL... We are hosting a BDC event on Sunday, November 10th and you are invited. We will be having an informational seminar at our clubhouse on Saturday November 9th for those of us who are new to the BDC to learn the ropes. 

You can download a flyer here.

Puppy Pictures - 13 days old.

Oct 21, 2013
Puppy pictures are posted. 13 days old. Their eyes are coming open and they are AWESOME. Check them out here. 

Puppies are 10 days old.

Oct 17, 2013
The puppies are 10 days old today and we will begin taking deposits at Noon. We have 13 beautiful puppies available... Nine boys and four girls. Please call George starting at noon to reserve your pick.

Ella X Ranger Pups due Oct. 6th.

Sep 26, 2013

Gretel x Ranger Pup due Nov. 16th

Sep 25, 2013

Something new to the site.

Sep 10, 2013
 We have added a feature where our Facebook photo albums are also displayed on the website. Check back often to keep up if you are not a Facebooker.

Check out the galleries here. Feedback is appreciated. 

More Photos Added...

Aug 22, 2013
BlitzAnother misc. photo gallery has been added...

You can check it out here.

25 Days Until...

Aug 20, 2013
Ruffed Grouse25 days left until Grouse Season opens in Michigan.

September 15th, the fun begins... where will you be?

New Puppy Testimonials Added.

Aug 5, 2013
We have been sent a couple of new testimonials from our last litter of puppies. Nothing makes us happier than to see our puppies healthy and thriving in loving homes.

You can check them out here. 

New Image Gallery Added,

Jul 29, 2013
We have added another gallery from recent training, etc.

You can check it out here.

Water Test Results.

Jul 29, 2013
The Water Test crew did fantastic Sunday, July 28th. Bullet performed some magic and passed his RD along with Briar. Apollo, MoosE, Ranger and Kaiser all easily passed the NRD test. We were very proud of all the dogs and even more so of the handlers for performing so well in their first ever formal dog event!

Interested in getting involved?  Give us a call!

Ella is in Heat!

Jul 29, 2013
Great News! Ella is in heat. We are planning on repeating our Ranger x Ella breeding from 2011. We were thrilled with the results. Pictured is Abbey, a pup from that breeding, taken during her time in the Board In Training Program.

Click here to learn more about our breeding program.

Kurt has a new family!

Jul 15, 2013
We are very pleased to announce that Kurt has found his new hunting family and will be enjoying the comforts of a great new home. Make us proud, Kurt!

New Training Photo Gallery Added.

Jun 17, 2013
We added a new gallery.

Check it out HERE.

New Photos Added! May 2013

May 23, 2013
We just added another photo gallery from this month's training. 

Check them out here.

Training Day Photos (catching up!)

Apr 29, 2013
Training Day Pictures from April 20, 2013Here are some training day photos from April 20th. Sorry for the delay. I am getting caught up!

Click here to view the gallery.

2013 Spring Fun Hunt Photos

Apr 27, 2013
2013 Spring Fun Hunt PhotosThe 2013 Spring Fun Hunt was a huge success. We want to thank everyone, human and dog alike who participated... we really enjoyed you spending the day with us. Thank you.

Click here for the large and unedited photo gallery.

2013 Spring Fun Hunt!

Apr 22, 2013
2013 Spring Fun HuntSign Up Today!

The 2013 Spring Fun Hunt is coming up this Saturday! Don't be left out of this fun event, Call to Sign up today.

Click here for more information.

Mocha x Ranger Pups Going Home

Mar 31, 2013
Mocha x Ranger puppies ready to go home.
Mocha x Ranger pups ready to go home... picks are starting to happen. Male 1 is already home.... 

Check out more pictures here.

Puppy Picking Party Pics

Mar 18, 2013
13 year old Ripp and puppy.We had a great day on Saturday with lots of folks out to play with puppies and start making the tough choices on which pup is right for them. 

You can check out a few pics here.

Apollo takes another First Place.

Mar 11, 2013
Apollo places first.Apollo placed first on Saturday in a 32 dog field in Day 1 of the 2013 NSTRA Michigan/Ohio Regional Field Trial Challenge in Wooster, Ohio. The Michigan Region was able to grind out a victory!

Training Pics from this weekend.

Mar 4, 2013
Skeet shooting lesson.We had a great weekend of dog training and shooting lessons. Fun was had by all.

Click here to view some images.

Puppy Update! Pictures.

Mar 4, 2013
Puppy picture updates.We have updated puppy pictures. They are about two weeks old.

Click here to view puppy images.

2013 Winter Fun Hunt

Feb 24, 2013
2013 Winter Fun Hunt.The 2013 Winter Fun Hunt is in the books. We were thrilled with the turnout and we so happy to spend the day with such great people and dogs. Thank you to everyone who participated.

You can see results here.

You can see an image gallery here.

2013 Winter Fun Hunt Draw

Feb 19, 2013
The schedule for the 2013 Winter Fun Hunt on Saturday, February 23, 2013 has been posted.

You can check it out here.

Mocha/Ranger Puppies First Look

Feb 17, 2013
We have first look photos of the pups. Quality is not great as we were trying to hurry. They are three days old. 

Click HERE to see the pictures.

Training Image Gallery Added - 02/09/13

Feb 9, 2013
Training Day.
A new gallery of images from today's, 02/09/13, training. Apollo, Ella, Gunner, Indy and Zoey had a great day. What a blessing it is to spend the day with such great dogs and great owners.

Click HERE to view the Gallery.

Mocha is gettin' BIG

Feb 8, 2013
Mocha is getting big, big, big. She is in the house, getting used to the whelping box. Officially one week until PUPPIES!

Mocha is looking pregnant!

Jan 20, 2013
We had Mocha out today for a short run. She is looking very chubby and is almost certainly pregnant! She did great and looks great on point.

Click here to see a larger version of the picture.

Click here to learn more about the upcoming litter.

Kurt and Bullet Gallery Added.

Jan 19, 2013
A photo gallery of Kurt and Bullet (both available started dogs) on liberated pheasant has been added. Click here to view the gallery.

Apollo places First in NSTRA Trial.

Jan 13, 2013
Apollo places first.Apollo (Von Weider bred and trained) placed first in his Open Division debut at the NSTRA field trail at Crosswind Kennels in Maybee, MI today.

Good job Apollo.

D'Agostino Excavating Hunting Party.

Dec 23, 2012
D'Agostino Excavating Hunting Party.Thank you to Scott Grabowski and the entire D'Agostino Excavating Hunting Party for coming out and spending the day with us on Saturday, December 22. We had a great time and hope you did too!

Updated Training Grads for 2012

Dec 13, 2012
The training graduates page has been updated.The training graduate page for 2012 has been updated. 

Check out all the happy and talented graduates HERE.

Litter Announcement

Dec 12, 2012
Litter Announcement.
We have decided on our 2012/2013 Winter litter pairing. We have decided to have Mocha x Ranger puppies. Please see our Puppies and Planned Litters page for more information.

2012 Fun Hunt Image Gallery.

Oct 7, 2012
2012 Von Weider Kennel Fun Hunt.An image gallery from the 2012 Von Weider Kennels & Upland Meadows Fun Hunt has been posted. We had alot of great people and dogs out for this event and it was a huge success. You can view the images HERE.

Full results will be posted soon.

Dog Cam captures Grouse.

Sep 24, 2012
Apollo pointing Grouse as seen from Dog Cam.

Dog Cam (worn by Apollo, a Von Weider Kennels bred and trained dog owned by Mike Kibby) captures Grouse.

See the video HERE.

Grouse Season Started!

Sep 16, 2012
Grouse season started.Grouse Season Started on Saturday. Remember, though, woodcock season does not start until next Saturday, September 22nd.

We recieved this video of Luke (trained at Von Weider Kennels) on a woodcock point/flush. Check it out here. We would love to see your pictures of the Grouse/Woodcock season fun!

New Photo Gallery Added.

Sep 9, 2012

New Photo gallery added from training this weekend. We had a very full weekend with lots of dogs and visitors. Just the way we like it.

Click here to view the gallery.

Avery and Dee Photos Added.

Aug 21, 2012
Avery and Dee "in the field" photos added.
Another images gallery added!  This time featuring Avery and Dee in the field. Check them out here.

You can view more images on our archived image page.

Avery, Boone, Indy and Bullet.

Aug 6, 2012
Avery lookin' good.
Small photo gallery added of some of our dogs currently in training.

Check them out HERE>

There are Still Two Puppies Available.

Jul 22, 2012
Still Two Puppies Available.There are still two puppies available... a liver female and a liver male. Please contact George right away if you are interested.

Click HERE to see images of the puppies.

Ranger Places 2nd in Open NSTRA Trial.

Jul 21, 2012
Ranger places 2nd.
Ranger places 2nd in the Open Division NSTRA Trial at Pigeon River Kennels in Hudson, Indiana on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

He had four finds and a back. Great Job Ranger!

New Puppy Photos Posted.

Jul 2, 2012
New Puppy Photos posted.We have taken and posted some updated photos. The puppies are just over 4 weeks old in these photos.

Check them out here.

Updated Puppy Photos 06/24/12

Jun 24, 2012
Updated Puppy Photos - 06/24/12
We have updated the photos of the puppies. We still have lots of picks available!

Check them out here.

Family Visits Wyatt.

Jun 10, 2012
Wyatt gets family visit.

The Van Dams visit Wyatt.

Check out a couple photos here.

Gretel x Ranger Litter - First Look!

Jun 7, 2012
2012 Summer Puppies - First Look.
Check out our new litter here. Only FOUR days old. These guys are very squirmy... hard to photograph.

Image Gallery Added - Our Friend Baron

Jun 4, 2012
Baron.We took some pictures of our friend Baron tonight. He is here with us while his owner, Vic, is on vacation. He is having a great time, Vic.

Check out the photos here.

Gretel had her Puppies!

Jun 4, 2012
Gretel had her puppies on Sunday, June 3!Gretel had her puppies! 4 males, 4 females -- 3 all liver and 1 liver and white males. 2 all liver and 2 liver and white females. Momma and puppies all seem to be doing very well. More pictures to follow...

Pictured: Kim Kibby and the first born, a liver male.

New (almost) Started Dogs Added!

May 29, 2012
Started Dogs In Training Added to Site.Three dogs have been added to the "Well Started Dogs for Sale" Page. These are puppies from our litters last November. They just started our 'Board In' Training program and will be ready for this year's wild bird Season!

Check them out... all three are looking good!

Two New Image Galleries Added.

May 22, 2012
Two New Galleries Added.We have added two new image galleries. One of our puppies who are about to start training, Luke and Heide (Bullet will be added soon!) and one of our "After Skeet League" shooting. I hope you enjoy them.

Check them out here.

Ella takes two Firsts in Amateur NSTRA Trials

May 20, 2012
Ella takes two Firsts in Amateur NSTRA trials.Ella finished 1st in both Amateur trials at Rossco's Rooster Resort on Saturday, May 19, 2012. She found four birds in one field and three in the other and had nice backs (honoring) in both fields. In other positive news, Shadow (Von Weider trained Brittany owned by Marty Wlesh) took second in the B Field Trial Open Division. Great job Shadow and Marty!

New Skeet League After Shoot Gallery Added

May 17, 2012
Pistols vs. Crossbow after Skeet League.
Another image gallery of after skeet league shooting has been added.

Check it out here.

Another Update from a Recent Puppy Purchaser.

May 7, 2012
RajiWe received an update from another puppy owner. Lee let us know his puppy, Raji, is doing great.

We love hearing from you. So, no matter if you purchased your puppy from us or had us train your pal, or both, please drop us a note and include a picture if you can. Thanks!

Visited NAVHDA Natural Ability Test.

May 6, 2012
NAVHDA Natural Ability TestToday I visited and observed the Spring National Versitile Hunting Dog Association Natural Ability Test near Kalamazoo. It was a fun time and I saw some nice dogs and met some nice people. We are investigating NAVHDA as a way to help get our puppy owners involved in working their dogs in a more structured setting. Fun was had by all.

Click HERE to view some pictures.

Upland Meadows Member bags Turkey!

May 1, 2012
Upland Meadows member Tomasz bags a nice Turkey.
Upland Meadows Member Tomasz bags a very nice tom.

Check out some pictures HERE>

Dos and Zoey get First Place!

Apr 21, 2012
Dos and Zoey get First Place at Lakeshore RGS Trial.Dos Cheek and Zoey finished first in the Lakeshore Chapter RGS Trial in Zeeland, MI today in a field of 28 pointing dogs. Zoey had a flawless run with the longest retrieve of the day. Zoey is a graduate of our "Board In" Training program. Great Job Dos and Zoey, especially since this was their first ever competition.

Check out a few photos HERE.

Wyatt comes to visit.

Apr 14, 2012
Rick and Wyatt come to visit.
We got a visit from Rick and his pup Wyatt. Wyatt is a male from the Ella/Ranger litter last winter. He is about 4.5 months old now and is looking great.

Check out a few photos here.

RGS Trial Image Gallery Added.

Apr 8, 2012
Kalamazoo RGS Trial Image Gallery Added.
An image gallery with photos from the Kalamazoo Chapter RGS Trial has been added to the site.

You can view it HERE.

Ella Places First, Apollo Third in RGS Trial.

Apr 7, 2012
Ella retrieves during her First Place run at the Kalamazoo RGS Fun Trial.We had a good day at the 2012 Kalamazoo Chapter Ruffed Grouse Society Fun Trial today. Ella took First Place and Apollo finished Third. We had lots of fun, met some great people and both dogs qualified for the 2012 Ruffed Grouse Society Gun Dog of the Year Trial in December. You can view other placements HERE (scroll down once there).

Franz Goes to His New Home.

Apr 5, 2012
Franz is SOLD.We are pleased to announce that Franz has been sold. He went home with his new family today. He will be enjoying their company in the house and joining the staff on the Shooting Preserve they operate. He will get tons of exersize and birds! Exactly what we hope for with our dogs.

Make us proud Franz!!

2012 Skeet League Started.

Apr 3, 2012
2012 Skeet League has started.

Our 2012 Skeet League officially started tonight. We added a short gallery of images. You can check them out HERE.

New Photos Added to the Gallery.

Mar 31, 2012
Training Pictures from March 31, 2012.
We added a small image gallery from our training session today. We had an some old friends and some new ones come out today.

Check them out here.

Another Gallery Added.

Mar 17, 2012
Luke Jr.
Another gallery has been added.

Check it out HERE.

Photo Gallery Added.

Mar 11, 2012
Photo Gallery Added.
Another photo gallery has been added to the Photo Gallery Page. A litte bit of everything in there... puppies, training, staff.

Check it out here.

New Testimonial - Swedee and Soren Wild Bird Hunting.

Feb 28, 2012
Swedee and Soren get limit.
We got another great testimonial posted. Soren purchased Swedee as a "Well Started Dog" and we could not be more proud. Thanks, Soren for the great update. We are glad she is doing her job well for you and are happy to have her with such a worthy owner. Keep us updated this coming season.

New Photo Gallery Added

Feb 27, 2012
New Training Photo Gallery Added.
A new training photo image gallery has been added with pictures from Sunday, February 26, 2012. You can check them out here.

Puppy Gallery Updated.

Feb 20, 2012
Puppy Gallery posted on 02/19/12Photos of the pups from our last two litters have been posted (one we acquired to evaluate from another kennel). They are all looking great. They all seem to be curious, bold pups who were even going in the heavy cover. You can check them out HERE.

We also added some training pics from Saturday. Hope you enjoy.

All the puppies have gone home!

Feb 16, 2012
Big Boot goes to his new home!All the puppies have gone to their new homes. "Big Boot" went home with his new family on Tuesday. We are keeping three of the puppies (2 from Ella/Ranger and 1 from Lulu/Luke) to train and evaluate. We were pleasantly surprised with the incredible demand for these puppies.

Thank you for all of your interest and support.

Ranger Places Third in Field Trial.

Feb 5, 2012
Ranger places third.

Ranger placed third today in the NSTRA Trial at the Columbia Game Club in Sullivan, Ohio. He ran great and found five birds.