2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

 ~March 23, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

Everywhere you look farmers have equipment out, and they are doing all kind of farm work. Between here and the Stop sign on Alameda, they planted onions. That seems about right–we live on Onion Avenue.

Until recently, the morning temperatures were very cold and frosty. Even at midnight last night the temperature was still above 50-degrees. We spend a lot of time watching trains. I guess we are fascinated.

AT OWYHEESTAR

Well, pups have been leaving–Jackie couriered a puppy to the Oregon Coast for us. How fabulous it was for them to snag a ride with her. Today, his sister leaves –the family cannot wait to meet Astra!

This Week On the Blog…

We put out a call for help with material for our blog, and a few of you came through big time. We do so appreciate you understanding our need. Of course, it is an ongoing need. (Haha) I will most likely continue to beg.

We celebrated the fact that Ace is off to a fabulous start, but this week was covered in Cabela’s Celebration of Life. What a fabulous life she had too! Oh, and then we heard about Bella is who equally loved and getting a new sister on Sunday.

Sunday— March 17 — Breakfast Buddies

Monday–-March 18 — Cabela (Part One)

Tuesday — March 19 — Bella

Wednesday — March 20 — Cabela (Part Two)

Thursday –- March 21 —  Cabela (Part Three)

Friday — March 22 — Ace (Part One)

On a very personal note

The Gardening Girls were here and we got our peas planted. What great help we had, too!

The garden is still calling–we have to get after it soon. What fun it is going to be again this year to garden with these girls–what a privilege. Cliff is trapping gophers–there is no shortage of them it seems.

Ace Update

~ Grandpa Will Reports–Part One

Day 1 with Elle and her fur baby!  Welcome Ace!

Since we got Ace on Feb. 8, 2019, the Spight household has been a whirlwind of activity!  I’m happy to report my first stint as a “Grandpa” has gone well.  Elle (Ace’s Mom) has been doing an outstanding job and continues to show amazing patience for her first very own puppy!


Since day 1, Ace has slept in Elle’s room and she’s the one who’s been getting up at night and taking him outside.  Every now and then she asks for an assist from Grandpa or Nana when she’s had a tough night with Ace or if she has Volleyball tournaments the next day.  So we swap rooms for the night and let her get some much needed rest.


Ace has done wonderful, we are following the Owyheestar protocol to the letter and have gotten him to the vet for his first round of shots (for us), and has his 2nd appointment soon for his 2nd set of shots.  After that we plan to do the tieter test and am excited to explore the lower cost option you mentioned in a blog awhile back.  We appreciated the BLOG article a week or two ago, concerning one of Ace’s litter mates who was getting more food and got soft stool.  We observed the exact same thing, Ace was asking for MORE food, and when we increased it, his stool got MUCH softer, so we reduced it a little and it’s a little better.  Still softer than we would like, but we continue to monitor.

Breeder Comment

We are so proud of Elle–it is a lot of work to raise the Weimaraner puppy. Of course, she has the best ever parents to help out when things become difficult. Nonetheless, Ace is turning out fantastic because of her expert care and attention to detail.

I know everyone loves seeing the photos–and they look forward to reading more about Ace and his adventures. Thank you, Grandpa, Will for the update.

Cabela

~Part Three

~ We Miss Our Sweet Girl

This video (click here) was a couple years ago, after Cabela had had her teeth cleaned and a small growth removed from her eyelid. Ella (our middle kiddo) was all about taking care of her.

Thank you so much for chatting with me, I’ve found comfort in sharing our memories of Cabela. Like you, I feel like it was just yesterday that you were emailing me to tell me her miraculous birth story. She is so very missed. 

Jessica ❤

Breeder Comment

I know we can relate to the loss or the fear of the loss of our beloved Weimaraner. No one is ever prepared to say goodbye. Cabela had the best possible family and life–for that, we are ever so thankful.

Her family knows she cannot be replaced, but Caleb (the gray male they got from us some years ago), needs a new sister. So, soon Clover (another Blue Female) will join this family. We are honored to know them, and touched by their loyalty.

Cabela

~Part Two (not alone)

I just heard from a friend that her dog Bruno, Cabela’s buddy from puppyhood passed last week as well. Gives me some comfort that she had a buddy for her journey home. They were our neighbors for a number of years…we built our houses together while our pups frolicked around! Cabela was known to steal breakfast right off their coffee table if they left their door open and she would often make her way to their house (with us chasing her) and eat Bruno’s food out of his bowl! 😆

Breeder Comment

I am sure everyone will enjoy this memory along with the news that Cabela has her old friend with her for the journey over the Rainbow Bridge.

Bella

~My Sweet Girl

I hope you are well. I got my beautiful Bella from Owyheestar back in April 2014. She is the love of my life. If I recall correctly Bella’s parents were Livee x Blue. Bella had a sister named Ruby who looks exactly like Bella. I sometimes wonder if they are twins. Bella is such a wonderful companion. Her personality is very sweet, calm and loving. We run together almost every morning.  

I used to have two weims (both passed away some time ago) and always knew I wanted a second. As I was visiting your website today I saw you have two longhairs available. I’ve always wanted a longhair. I was wondering if they were still available. I would be very interested in learning more about them. I can complete an application but thought the first step would be to see if they were still available.  

One quick story. Bella and I were hiking at Smith Rock State Park and came across another blue weim. We stopped and chatted and the owners said they also received their weim from you. Blue was the father but they had a different mother. I was so happy to run into another weim from Owyheestar.

At Eagle Crest –March 10th

Thanks so much!
Kim

Breeder Comment

There are quite a few OwyheeStar Weimaraners around the Pacific Northwest. It is always fun to have a chance encounter with another one. There is the group of Weimlovers who meet in Salem once a month–quite a few OwyheeStar’s typically are there.

We look forward to working with you as this process unfolds. Thanks for your loyalty.

Cabela

~Part One

It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that our sweet Cabela, our very first baby, has passed away. 

We are greatly saddened, but so thankful for the wonderful memories we had with her.  I am so thankful that she passed when she did, after a weekend together, filled with playing outside, eating horse poop (her, not us!), and stealing donuts off the counter.  She had been declining and I had been preparing myself for a couple years now, but of course you’re never completely prepared for the day that it finally happens.  She passed in her sleep, after enjoying a dinner topped with leftover mac & cheese and tuna sandwich scraps (she had become a bit of a picky eater). 

As a family, we laid her to rest yesterday evening, overlooking our creek, where she loved to splash around and explore.  The kids wrote her letters and Ella blew bubbles for her.  Hunter also gave her his certificate of achievement from school for his math test.  And of course, they both gave her a stuffie to take along on the journey (she loved to steal their stuffed animals!).  As sad as we all are, I am grateful for the lesson of saying goodbye to a family member in such a beautiful way.  

Thank you for choosing us to be her people.  We will forever be changed by the way she enriched our lives. 

Love to you, 
Jessica 

Breeder Comment

You might remember I mentioned Cabela in a recent blog–click here. I remember Cabela’s arrival like it was yesterday–and all that occurred after she arrived left an impression on our hearts. We entrusted into your care, and here we are many, many years later celebrating her life–grieving her departure.

Isn’t it the truth that these wonderful creatures make us better humans? I believe it is true. Thank you for the photo array of Cabela–each snapshot speaks volumes. Our hearts ache for you and the family’s loss.

Breakfast Buddies

~Never Miss an Opportunity

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day according to the experts. Well, it is all the better when you have a Breakfast Buddy, don’t you agree?

2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

  ~March 15, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

The mornings are frosty, but soon it warms to Spring-like sunny weather almost every day. It is delightful. Our hay guy was working in the back field. I think they plan to get that alfalfa planted in the next couple of weeks. We are ever so happy to hear the news.

It is hard to believe that St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow. Where has the time gone since it seems like yesterday we began spending bits of 2019?!? Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day tradition–we always think of the green as the color associated with the holiday. Historians say that St. Patrick’s color was blue, not green. The use of green on the holiday became common during the 1600s and 1700s, when the clover became a symbol of nationalism and wearing green on lapels became the norm.

AT OWYHEESTAR

Ashley and Ansell

We have been busy at OwyheeStar–just about in every way you can imagine. Cliff and Ashley laid a new puppy outdoor area with pavers and put up a nice-looking new fence. It may not be permanent fencing, but I love it. The paved area is going to be handy –and adaptable as it could be used for short term adult Weims.

Inside Christina and I have been busy with the business of puppies, cleaning, and paperwork–etc. Ashley and her two girls came to help us one day, too. I cannot say how much it means to have the help to spotlight a puppy or to spend time socializing them. Most importantly, Ansell found his forever home– he leaves Wednesday morning to begin his new life.

This Week On the Blog…

We put out a call for help with material for our blog, and a few of you came through big time. We do so appreciate you understanding our need. Of course, it is an ongoing need. (Haha) I will most likely continue to beg.

We wanted to draw your attention towards the Titer Test process– this the new option (for measuring immunity) that our Vet used for OwyheeStar’s Henri. It worked out great. Otherwise on the blog this week– there were a couple of mid-life Weims (Heidi and Lu) that made us smile. Of course, hearing about Luna was extraordinary. Every share is appreciated!

Sunday— March 10 — The Wait is Over

Monday–-March 11 — Lu Enjoys Winter

Tuesday — March 12 — Luna

Wednesday — March 13 — Polka Dot X Blue Gal

Thursday –- March 14 —  Henri’s (titer test)

Friday — March 15 — Blessings

On a very personal note

One of our grandkids and a great-grandkid had a birthday this week. It didn’t work out that we could see them for their birthday, but maybe soon. Next week is Christina’s birthday. It is interesting that two of five have their birthdays that close together–and the great-granddaughter is also tucked in the March birthday bouquet.

The garden is calling–but with other things pressing in Ashley and I have not gotten to work on it just yet. It must happen soon. Mostly our focus has been on cleanup and preparation for Spring. There is plenty to keep us busy.

Blessings

~Friendship and More

We have made a lot of connections through the Weimaraner. I don’t think that is a secret. So, I wanted to take this Friday to say thank you, again–so many of you have blessed us.

I never cease to be amazed at those who are generous–and just this week I am reminded of an extraordinary gift we received more than 12 years ago. Next week you will read of Cabela’s passing–but for a moment can we remember her full of life?

Not too long after she joined her family, I received this framed charcoal sketch. It still hangs near my workstation. I look up and remember her and the miracle of her life quite frequently. Thank you, Jessica, for this beautiful gift. I still have the basket you also sent–using it on occasion for a photo shoot. Unfortunately, one of the handles broke, but for now, it remains in use.

Friendship, gift cards, cash, and small tokens of appreciation have found their way to our doorstep. Nothing is more valued than our relationship. We just wanted to take a moment to say thank you–for the updates, and all you folks do for us–including the referrals. We had one referral this week.

Henri’s

~Titer Test @ 16 Weeks

Lounging at the Idaho Veterinary Hospital


Dear Weimlovers!

You might remember that Dr. John Calhoun’s Idaho Veterinary Hospital (IVH) agreed to start offering the VacciCheck Titer Testing. OwyheeStar’s Henri was the first to be tested using this system–and the fabulous Rebecca A Balls (Certified Veterinary Technician) handled all the laboratory details. We cannot thank IVH and their competent staff for their professionalism and making this possible.

The results are returned a little different than with the traditional titer test–but by all reports it is reliable. Henri’s results showed her having protective antibodies sufficient enough to provide immunity to

CDV — Canine Distemper Virus

ICH — Infectious Canine Hepatitis–Adenovirus

CPV — Canine Parvo Virus

This less expensive titer test is relatively new so most Veterinary practices may not yet offer this option. Please click here to read about the titer test, and ask your Vet if they can make this available to you–it is affordable, accurate, and helps you avoid vaccine reactions that are common in our breed.