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Molly born and trained at Von Weider Kennels turned a year old this week. First time in the Grouse woods went very good.

Thank you.

- Michael and Cindy Self

Mollys first grouse hunt went well.
 

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Family Companion Gun Dog

We owe our most sincere gratitude to George, Stephanie and Mike for their help with our GSP Wyatt. Wyatt became part of our family 2 years ago and was part of an Ella/Ranger litter. A family companion gun dog is a perfect description of what Wyatt has become. My wife and I recently had twins Jase and Addy our first children. They were born early at 32 weeks and after a month in the hospital we were able to take them home. We were nervous at first to see how Wyatt would react to them. From the picture I included you can see he is great with the kids, very gentle and is protective of them. However, once the collar goes on, he knows its "game time". He completed the board in training program at Von Weider Kennels which was fantastic! Wyatt hits his points hard with style and has a strong desire to retrieve. A terrific home pet but also a dog the guys are clinking their glasses cheering to after enjoying a day in the field!

Thanks George, Stephanie and Mike.

- Rick and Ashley Van Dam

Wyatt Loves the Twins.


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Rowdy Is Proud Of His Vets For The Day!!!

- Don & The Rowdy

Rowdy did great at the Veterans Hunt.
 

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That pup you raised and trained won two amateur field trials today. He scored an 834 in the second one, which was the high score of the day out of both trials, amateur and open. He had a retrieve that scored 92!!!! Highest scoring retrieve of the day.

He scored a 644 in the other one, which beat the second place amateur dog by 200. Scent conditions were horrible, yet he didn't crowd a single bird. It was a true thing of beauty. He'll be the talk of the region.

I'll never be able to express to you how important this dog is to me. What a day! Thank you, George!!!!!

- Ben Tiller
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I had my eye on Von Weider Kennels for about a year or so, after my heart was set on a GSP puppy. Although my husband is a hunter, he has never had a dog before, so it took some convincing (ok, a lot of convincing, several years worth). Needless to say I knew my puppy would be from Von Weider. I followed the site watching for litters. When I saw the Ranger x Mocha litter (born 2/14/13) I persuaded my husband to take the 2 hour drive for a look. We had a great time talking with everyone that day and I knew we were in the right place. I fell in love with those puppies; and although I could sense my husband was not completely sold, we left our deposit. On 4/14/13 I was back at Von Weider to pick up my pup. When they brought her into the room, full of people, she ran right to me. I was a mamma! (insert BIG smile).

We named our girl Brit and she has been the greatest joy. She is smart, playful, loving and the sweetest puppy you could ever meet. She fits into our family perfectly and puts smiles on our faces every day. And wouldn't you know who her best buddy is... my husband : ) They run every morning and snuggle every night. Brit will start training at Von Weider next week (8/7/13) and we're so excited to see what she can do.



I know she's going to love it!

- Lisa Keith



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My first experience with Von Weider Kennels was 13 years ago when I went with my brother and parents to pick up our first family dog, Ripp (born 6-01-00). Truly encompassing the family companion gun dog motto of VWK, Ripp quickly made me fall in love with the athletic, smart, loving and high energy German Shorthaired Pointer breed.

When my husband and I first started talking about getting a dog, we knew that we wanted to get a GSP puppy, and that our newest family member had to be from Von Weider Kennels. We could not be happier with our decision, as Blitz (Mocha X Ranger male, 2-14-13) has become such a blessing in our lives. When we went to see the litter, it was clear that all of the puppies were healthy and wonderfully socialized. Blitz is a happy, sweet, handsome, adventurous puppy who is great around kids and other dogs. We could not have asked for a better pup. I can tell already that he is going to be a wonderful hunter, as he points Robins and bugs in our yard. Soon, Blitz will be going back to VWK for their board-in training program. As much as we are going to miss him it gives me comfort to know that Blitz, along with some of his litter mates, will be in the skillful hands of George Daniels - who considers them all to be family.

Here are a few photos of Blitz.

Thank you again for a wonderful puppy and family member,

- Christina Carlson

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George,

Just a quick note to let you know Abby (Ranger x Ella puppy from the 2012 Winter Litter) has been great. She has 4 days of pheasant hunting behind her and the obediance and desire to please has been fantastic. Several points and retrieves all by herself. No need for a shock collar and good with the whistle. She came off the excitement of bouncing a doe w/nothing more than the whistle and a quick command. Glad you talked me into the extra couple weeks training....thanks!

- Brian Kelm

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Hi George,

Here are a few more photos of Raji. Thanks again for the best dog ever! I'm so excited for this fall!

-Lee Marana


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George,

Ben is still doing great. Here are a couple of birds from yesterday. As you can see, he is taking this stuff pretty seriously. We got socked in by the biggest blizzard since I've lived in Montana (about 10 days ago), and it came the week of my weeklong trip. So we are trying to reschedule. We are heading to southern Washington in January for some chukar, so we're looking forward to that. Hope all is well, and have a happy thanksgiving!

- Ben Tiller
Ben with Pheasants.
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George,

Our puppy, Raji, from your Winter 2012 Lulu and Luke litter is doing great!

- Lee Marana
Raji.
Raji.



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Hi George,

This is John James. I just wanted to keep you updated on Cody. I have taken him hunting 4 or 5 times now and he just keeps getting better and better! I can't thank you and Mike enough on the great job of training him and give him such a good foundation on his skills. Not once has he jumped point or not listen to my commands. I'm going to hunt him more this fall for sure.

Thank you for making me a great hunting dog!

- John James
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George,

This picture was taken in the Northwoods in October. Swedee's first hunt for wild birds. My buddy and I shot our limit of woodcock before noon. I shot two grouse over Swedee that afternoon.

She got to choose her side of the bed. Cheers!

- Soren
Swedee and Soren get limit.

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Dear George and Stephanie,


I wanted to share some of the photos of the dogs and some cool grouse hunting stats for them.

Gunner and Gwen are two of the most phenomenal grouse / woodcock dogs in the midwest.......not my opinion but one mentioned to me by long time grouse hunters in the midwest. Gunner was bred, born and trained at Von Weider Kennels, Gwen was trained at Von Weider Kennels.

Both dogs have developed over the years into a true compliment to each other. Gunner does more of the farther out ranging, Gwen stays tighter. Both dogs honor each other's points and both equally share the retrieving - though Gunner seems to "tolerate" the gamey taste of woodcock better than Gwen. To watch them work a grouse covert is true art in itself. They both hold their points well, but both have also developed an uncanny ability to keep up w/ the running grouse - for those of you who don't grouse hunt...yes, grouse run and believe me when I tell you they can move!

How successful are Gunner and Gwen??.......well, here's our fall flush rates for the last four years......2008, 165 grouse, 194 woodcock.......2009, 130 grouse, 127 woodcock........2010, 131 grouse, 99 woodcock and then this past fall - 2011 - 275 grouse and 116 woodcock. While Gunner and Gwen still love their hunts at Upland Meadows w/ chukar's and pheasants, their true love - and mine as well - are the grouse coverts of the midwest.

- Bob Gillenwater and Family

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Dear George and Stephanie,


Here is another picture of Klaus and Hans. This one is after a great wild chuckar hunt. They are doing wonderfully I am having a great time with them.

Thanks!

- Alton
Hans and Klaus after a wild Chuckar hunt.
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Dear George and Stephanie,


A little update for you on how our new puppy Avery is doing. We flew home with her 2 weeks ago today and she did absolutely outstanding on the flight home. We didn't so much as hear even one whimper. We were both shocked. She has been eating and drinking very well and is adjusting to potty training very well. Getting her used to a leash was a bit of a challenge, but she has done an excellent job with that one also. Jen even took her out for a short jog the other day and she did awesome. Mom, the kids, and I are adjusting very well and Avery has been nothing short of an awesome addition to our family. Thank you both very much for giving us this blessing.

- Jerry, Jennifer, Austin, and Peyton

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Hi George and Steph –


Miya is doing great…and continues to perform extremely well. She loves being in the field. We just completed a European Hunt this past weekend at “The Huntsman” in Dryden, MI. Miya came out for the afternoon (clean up) field hunt and really put on a show. We had a guide with us…but she was the only dog used for our portion of the hunt. She held one point with a rooster about 12” from the end of her nose……awesome!


Hope things are going well for you both.

- Bill Wycoff


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Greetings Stephanie and George,


All I can say is THANK YOU ! from the bottom of my heart!


She is a sweety. Fast learner, and a bottomless pit! Fully paper trained- thanks to you guys starting her that way. She hates the cold--sits on the register waiting for the blower to kick in, bout 70 in here...


I just love her to death!

- Dan Haneline


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Hi George,

The first night went OK as "Wyatt" walked around his new home getting familiar with his new surroundings. It is really neat to watch him observe, learn and grow with each breath. Ashley and I had a hard time leaving for work today as we have found we love a dog more than what we ever realized we could. We played all night with him until he got tuckered out and is out cold right now. We are extremely grateful for Wyatt and the insights you have provided. We feel very blessed to have Wyatt in our lives and I'm excited to share many great memories with my new hunting "buddy". I'm also excited for you guys to work with him out in the field in a few months even though we will miss him like crazy!

- Rick and Ashley Van Dam


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Hi George & Stephanie,


I just wanted to thank you again for our puppy!! We named him Murphy. We thought the name was different, until 2 days later when we looked at his papers and saw that it was his grandpa's name..=) He is such a great addition to our family!!


We will keep you updated on his progress!! (OH...and he is pretty much potty trained already!!)


Thanks Again!!

- Michelle & Gregg Barr


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Dear George & Stephanie,

God Bless!!

Hope You're Enjoying The "Fall" Weather Too!!

- Don and Rowdy


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Dear George & Stephanie,

Just thought you may enjoy a few pictures Gail took of Dan.

I cannot thank you enough for Dan. He is my life.

- Dan Exner


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Dear George & Stephanie,

The picture of Liebe was taken on her third hunt, November 12th. The birds are ones that she pointed and retrieved solo. She is watching my other dog Blaze, the nearly twelve year old champ pheasant getter who is just out of the photo.

Blaze's hunt mate, my partner's Brittany, Hope, acted funny two weeks ago, although hunted well. She was taken to the vet and diagnosed with cancer. She died a week ago today (November 14th) at the age of 11.5 yrs. Sad as that is, Liebe is up to the task of filling the brace. The almight does watch over us bird hunters.

Liebe's house training is progressing. There are fewer accidents and mischief each passing day. She is inquisitive and likes to explore everything. That's the puppy in her. But, she is learning what not to do in the house. I have her out each day heeling and retrieving to keep her sharp.

The other photo shows that she has been well accepted by the other two. The couch potato is Belle, the floor snoozer is Blaze.

Our best wishes to both of you and your family for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday

- John & Carol Edelblute


Liebe is doing great.
Liebe getting along with her new siblings.

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George,

Here are some picuters of Katie and Sage. They are both great dogs and we are very happy with them. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

- Erlin & Donna


Sage Pointing.
Katie Pointing. Katie and Sage Pointing.

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George,

Just found these pictures of Willa thought you would like to see them. We had a great season and shot more than fifty birds over her.

She is doing great loves the kids and has become a big part of the family.

- John Danca


Willa in late winter.
Willa in late winter.

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Hi George and Stephanie!

I am not sure if you remember me, but my name is Ripp. I turned 11 this past June and keep forgetting that it's ok to slow down a little. My family keeps me so busy, that I look forward to my naps. Dad Joe has taken me out to South Dakota more than once, where I earned "star dog" award; heck, I was just having fun! He also takes me fishing almost every weekend in the summer, and I always have to show him where the fish are by hanging over the edge of the boat and pointing. Fishing is my next love right after birds-I can barely contain my excitement when dad gets the rods and tackle box. I tore my ACL a few years ago, and that was rough going. But with Momma Barb's daily walks, (each one gradually longer and faster), I was able to run and jump again after a few months. I do a lot of swimming and fetching at my cottage with my boy and girl as well as their cousins. Too bad those dock jumping competitions weren't around when I was a few years younger because I would have schooled those young pups! I am looking forward to cooler weather and the snow. Helping out with snow removal is one of my responsibilities. Attached is an image after swimming at my lake. Let me know if you would like to see more pics of me!

- Ripp (owner of Joe and Barbara Kolling)

Ripp by the lake.

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George and Stephanie,

We thought you might like to see Rowdy in action on his third birthday. God Bless!!

- Don & Mar


Rowdy's Birthday cake.Rowdy blows out his candles.Rowdy shakes for his cake.Everyone enjoyed their cake.
Rowdy on point. Rowdy looking good. Rowdy proudly retrieves. Rowdy points in the fog. Rowdy retrieves rooster.


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George and Stephanie,

First, I want to thank you and Stephanie for boarding/training my Llewellin setter Annie Mae while I was on vacation. I know she was well taken care of and had the time of her life while you worked with her in the field on her backing abilities. When my friends asked me what I did with my dog while on vacation I told them Annie is enjoying herself in "Doggy Paradise". She was probably having a better time than I was.

Second, I also wanted to let you know how privileged I feel to be a member of Von Weider Kennels. As you know, 6 years ago when I first moved to Southwest Michigan I researched possible places to have someone work with me on the training of my setter and wanted to make sure she received the right kind of instruction. I want you to know you have by far exceeded my expectations and have delivered to me a companion that is well behaved, obedient, a great hunting dog, and a great family member. I know your dog of choice is the German Shorthair Pointer and that you've been breeding them for over 25 years with top quality results but I'd say you have done a pretty good job training "dogs with tails" too. I've seen you work with Retrievers, Brittany’s, Pointing and Setter breeds of all types, even a Labradoodle and produce excellent results. You're the best in my book. I haven't found anyone better.

Thanks for all you do!

- Duane Johnson

Annie on point at Upland Meadows.

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George and Stephanie,

Look how our little boy has grown up! Hudson is the best dog we have ever owned. He brings up joy every single day. Mark looks forward to hunting with him next year. Thank you again for all your flexibility as we went through the process of getting him. He has truly changed our lives for the better.

- Mark, Kelly, Delane, Clair & Hudson

Hudson

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George,

These pictures were taken 12/28/10. Alton and I were hunting north close to the Oregon border. Dixie was outstanding pointing and retrieving. Every trip she is learning more and more about how to handle these wild birds. Hope you like the photos.

- Louie
DixieDixie.Dixie

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George and Stephanie,

When I agreed to let my husband send our Von Weider puppy for the board in training, I was petrified he would come back to us a different dog and not remember us. Well, he did come back a different dog... he listens now! It took him all of about 15 minutes to get reacquainted with our house, especially our bed! I cannot imagine having another dog that does not go through this program. This picture was taken the day he earned his NSTRA Amateur Championship just before his second birthday.

- Kim K.
Ranger

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George and Stephanie,

Here is Rayce at base camp in Alaska. He is not quite a year old and is doing great. He is a wonderful dog. Hope you like the pictures.

- Tom

Rayce