“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”
I was raised in SW Oklahoma on a commercial cow/calf operation and fell in love with the breed after meeting my first Weimaraner, Rufus, that belonged to a family friend. I was the kid that always picked up stray dogs and we had a mix of mutts and ranch dogs growing up but I dreamed of having a Weimaraner. Like most people I loved their color, regal look and temperament. I finally got my own Weim when I was a freshman in college, living in the dorms. Knowing what I know now that could have been a recipe for disaster but I was very fortunate. She was the best dog ever and so easy to train. Somehow I never got caught with a dog in the dorms or maybe she was so great that it was just overlooked. She never had separation anxiety, destructive behavior or any health issues. She was my shadow for many years and my love for the breed was set. I lost Mackey shortly after my oldest daughter was born and went several years with another Weim. I knew I couldn’t replace her but I wanted my girls to grow up with the love of a Weim and they had only been around our ranch dogs. When my youngest daughter was one year old we added Dottie to our family. Dottie became my shop dog and went to work with me in town most days. In 2014 I sold my business and came back to the ranch full time and decided to breed Dottie. I was very fortunate that a long-time breeder of hunting weimaraners took the time to educate me and guide me in responsible breeding. She is still my mentor and a great source of support and encouragement. Thank you Dawna Miller, PM Weimaraners.
In September, 2019 we sold our place in NW Oklahoma to moved to Marlow to be closer to my family. We are in the process of renovating an old barn to use as a training facility. The barn is at the ranch that I grew up on so now my girls get to play in the same fields and swim in the same ponds I did.
Although we raise versatile hunting dogs I am not a bird dog trainer. I love to watch a dog work but I would rather be shooting pictures than birds. The training that we do at our kennel is basic obedience, manners and socialization to make the transition to your home easier and set a foundation that you can build on. If you are looking for a trainer for a specific discipline we can help you locate a trainer.
Although we do sell puppies at 8-10 weeks old we prefer to place started puppies that are crate, leash and potty trained that also have basic manners and obedience. The main struggle for new puppy owners is the first few weeks and getting a solid foundation in their training. No matter how well bred a puppy is and how many show or hunt titles their parents have, early and consistent training is key. Therefore, our program is based on breeding a good minded, structurally sound and correct, versatile dog that can come in at night and sleep at the foot of the bed. We pay close attention to temperament when choosing dogs to keep in our breeding program and we want to make sure that our owners get a puppy that fits their lifestyle and personality as well. Just like my girls, each of our dogs have their own uniqueness and it is very important to me to place our Rafter V dogs in the right home.
We have several Rafter V dogs listed on our website but some of them live with our co-owners, hunters or in companion homes. We like raising our young dogs and getting to know their personality while we evaluate their potential towards bettering the breed. Following their hip and DNA testing and training we will find homes for some of our dogs and keep them in our breeding program. That gives us more time to focus on training our puppies and give more attention to our retired dogs. We will also take in non Rafter V dogs, evaluate them and place them in companion homes when needed.
We are members of the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA), the Blue Weimaraner Club of America (BWCOA), North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA). We hip test our dogs as well as DNA to screen for SD, HYPM and HUU.
Available puppies as well as older, started dogs, retired females or rescue dogs can be found on our For Sale page. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please call us anyway. We don’t list on the website until we feel like they are ready to go and we may have other dogs in training that will be available soon. Phone calls are always welcome! I love to talk about Weims so I would love to hear from you.