“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”
We are located in Northwest Oklahoma along the edge of the gyp hills. I have two daughters who are as different in personality and interests as they can be but they both share a love for sports and the outdoors. Neely is a freshman in high school and Allie is a third grader. My love of the breed began with my first weimaraner in my early 20’s. I fell in love with the breed and I knew I wanted my girls to grow up with a weimaraner of their own. Dottie was our first family weim and when the girls were little I owned a business in town. Dottie went to work with me a lot and she was definitely “my”dog. Neely would get her feelings hurt when Dottie would leave her to come back to me so she asked for a puppy of her own to raise and train so we added Kori to the family. Neely did all the work and completely took on the responsibility of raising Kori and now she has her own Velcro dog and years of memories just as I had hoped for her. When I sold my business in town and came back to the ranch full time I wanted to breed Dottie before I got her fixed. I didn’t know anything about hip testing or DNA or specific bloodlines, I just knew she was a good dog. In my search for a stud dog 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.
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 older dogs.
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.