Triple Weimar Life

~Weim craziness is our sanity

Just to let you know we are thinking of you all; you are in our thoughts and prayers

In these upside down times … its our faith and these three that keep us sane.

Thank you for all the joy and sanity that you bring to so many.

Jon, Laura and Grace (Bella Rae, Bacchus and Taun)

Breeder Comment

We meet the best people through the Weims. Thank you for being a loyal client–and remembering us with this thought. It means the world to us. We know the great lengths you went to acquire the three from us–no words cover it.

Sunday Faces

Breeder Comment

I hope you have enjoyed watching the changes in the litter over the last few weeks. Each Sunday, I grabbed three random photos of each pup to share. Who cannot use a dose of cuteness?

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

September 26, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

In Treasure Valley, we have fall weather–farmers are still working although many of the fields are emptied and prepared for the winter. We still have our beautiful alfalfa.

As you can see, our sky is somewhat gray–although a bit of rain arrived last evening. Possibly this will clear out some of the hazy smoke that has settled in the valley.

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The pups have our attention–and from here on out until they leave, we will be extraordinarily busy with them. Here are two of SnowAngel’s pups–a Longhair and a smooth coat. They are two weeks old but look at the difference in size. We have one tiny pup–call it a runt if you want, but he is healthy and thriving by all appearances.

For those wondering, the little guy is already promised. The only thing we have left is one Longhair–and we are positive she will be promised soon. (Haha)

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).

Sunday— Sept. 13 — Puppy Faces

Monday–- Sept. 14 — Availability

Tuesday – Sept. 15 — Coop and Levi

Wednesday — Sept. 16 — Availability (part two)

Thursday –- Sept. 17 — Sassy Francis

Friday — Sept. 18 — Sassy Francis (part two)

On a very personal note

Cliff and I have been doing some food preservation–more than we have done for the last few years. As you know, we have the Freeze Dryer. That is an entirely new adventure–we are enjoying it a lot. Our shelves are too sparse, but we are making progress.

We have freeze-dried watermelon, mandarin oranges, mango, and cantaloupe–and let’s not forget the candy. Tootsie rolls are Cliff’s favorite. I love the new pantry shelves–they are sturdy, functional, and nice-looking.

Otherwise, what little time Cliff has remaining finds him in the constant battle with goat heads (puncture weeds). It only takes a moment, and you have a crop coming–if only farming were that easy.

Sassy Francis (part two)

She is SO energetic and if my last Weim was any indication, I don’t expect a slow down for several more years.  She is finally accepting crate time easier when I leave for work (I am lucky to work at home part of the time so her longest stretches are 5 hours), and at night she prefers my bedroom floor to the bed – though at some point early in the morning she usually hops up and lays at my feet.


Next on my agenda is to get her in for a swim test – there is a dock diving spot near me and for some reason, I think she will excel at it.  She is stubborn, smart as hell, an incredible athlete (you should see her jump!) and enjoys playing in sprinklers.


We fought over my blueberries, she loves when my plums fall on her side of the fence (fortunately the tree is in the front yard) and she is suddenly interested in my figs – I guess they must be ripening. 


She is a stunner and training her is keeping me on my toes.  She definitely tests me on a daily basis, but boy howdy – when they are getting it, and they look at you with trust and love there is not a whole lot better in life.  I love my Owyheestar girl. 

Breeder Comment

Many have written how their OwyheeStar pup has been their sanity during these crazy last few months. I love how you have continued to work and develop together –plan for the future. Oh, dock-diving would be so excellent. Have fun!

Sassy Francis (part one)

Franny the Kracken

Sassy Francis, Franny the Kracken, turns 9 months this week if my calendar is correct. (bd 12/30/19)


She has been with me 6 months and what a ride it has been.  First, there has been no end to the compliments – even from smooth coat Weim owners. The longhairs are unique and they seem to know it. 


In her first 6 months here, Franny has grown in so many ways – tall as can be, she is over 50 lbs now, but all legs.  Sometimes she moves like a dressage horse with a lovely angled trotting step. Often, that is followed by a completely graceless tumble from trying to stop quickly after a full run.  


I am so fortunate to have a maybe 4-acre field next to my house and many neighbors bring their dogs out almost every evening.  Humans stand apart and our regular entertainment is watching their antics.  Franny and friends, many of them are also young dogs, look for each other to wrestle and fetch and simply play chase. They welcome new dogs and are so fun to watch.

K Marie

Breeder Comment

Thank you, K Marie, for this lovely picture into your life together. I divided into a couple of blog posts–I hope you don’t mind. She has such a lovely life with you–so happy you adore her.

Availability

~Part Two

Monday, we discussed OwyheeStar puppy availability and how 2020 was puppy inquiries on steroids. For Cliff’s well-being, it was a good thing. He mated a couple of extra girls because he was positive two were not going to produce anything –he guessed wrong. They all did whelp a litter, but even so, we didn’t have enough pups to make everyone happy. Nonetheless, we got it done even though the Spring workload was a killer. (Haha)

Three Longhairs

The uncertainties we discussed on Monday are always a reality. We use our Waitlist to decide what we need–but even so, there are many factors we cannot control. Nonetheless, you cannot get a Blue pup without one of the parents being a Blue.

Our Longhair folks tend to be fewer, and sometimes less outcome-driven. What does that mean? It means we mate to get the pups they are waiting for only to discover (when the puppies arrive), the Waitlist folks are not ready. Or they are unable to move ahead for any number of reasons. Such is the case once again–we have three beautiful Gray Longhairs not yet promised.

We hope to get another litter between now and December–all smooth coats. By now, you realize I don’t count the puppies until we see them arrive.

Coop and Levi

The Boys Who Bring Us Life

They take us on a run every day, or else. They rule the roost. We cannot live without Weimaraners

I cannot thank you enough for making our lives whole. Even though they are pushy, loud and in control of me.

Breeder Comment

We enjoy reading about their life (and antics with you)–thanks for this lovely update.

Availability

~Part One

Thanks for contacting in regard to our OwyheeStar Weimaraner. We are getting a record number of inquiries–it has recently slowed down a bit. COVID-19 is puppies on steroids–we have had more than 300 inquiries since January. Answering everyone and their multitude of understandable questions is a daunting situation. I created a pre-scripted reply that talked about the situation. Here is some of what I have been telling people this year:

We are happy to accept applications for a future puppy. The expected wait should be somewhere between four months and as long as a year–there are many unknowns as well as variables. First, it is going to depend upon your specifications. The more flexible you can be, the quicker the process will go. So, if we have ten families who all want a Blue Female–then the wait for a Blue Female is going to be longer, etc.

Please keep in mind breeding females come into season every six to eight months (typically we don’t mate each time)–a mating doesn’t ensure pups. So, there are no guarantees. And keep in mind, once mated, if they carry to term, it will be about four months until the puppy joins their ‘forever family.’

No one can guess the number of pups, the sex of the pups in the litter, and in some instances, you cannot predict the coat color or the coat length. For the litter with the potential to produce both Longhairs and the traditional smooth coats, typically, we send off DNA to be tested. So–it gets involved. Yes, we realize you can use the ultrasound as well as X-ray, but we hear from people all the time that were waiting months for a Weimaraner pup from someone else, and the pups disappeared–this can happen for a number of reasons.

We have been breeding for more than fifty years and the Weimaraner exclusively for about twenty-five years. If you are interested in getting one of our pups, you should expect to complete the application and, once approved, to give us a non-refundable deposit. Then plan to wait–and we understand it requires a lot of patience and trust, but that is how it typically works.

To save time and help expedite the process, we ask you to put all the details on the application. That way, we do not need to write things out more than once–if everything is on your application, it’s perfect. Plus, I return to the application to review details during the process–you can see this application is essential to our process, and the information on it is invaluable. A scanty application or one that doesn’t have all the details can lead to a misunderstanding–it makes it more challenging to keep the facts straight.

So, if you can wait and are sold on getting a puppy from us–we need your name (first and last, please) and the email you want to use. If you are in a desperate hurry, you might be searching everywhere. Your rush means you will most likely not follow through with us quickly. The delay means that other people are probably making application and being added to the Waitlist–making your wait longer.

We hope this helps you understand our application process, and we want you to know we appreciate your inquiry and the interest in our OwyheeStar Weimaraner. Here is where we want to give our loyal fans a shout-out; we do appreciate you so much. –Shela and Cliff

Puppy Faces

~Something Other Than Fake News

Breeder Comment

It has become a Sunday puppy faces posting situation–better than Fake News, or even True News.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

September 19, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Temperatures have dropped, some places more than others. Overall the Treasure Valley has remained well above freezing, with 80ish type temperatures. We are still watering our alfalfa and expect a fourth cutting.

The fires continue to burn west and north of us–and the smoke settles in the valley as per usual when fires are burning. Even California shares their smoke with us–but even so, the air quality has never gotten as bad as it was recently in Western Oregon where it was globally the worst. (OMG)

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Their eyes are open, and they are getting a lot more active. The Fluffies (or we ought to call them Longhairs) are clearly evident and easily distinguishable.

Not long ago these pups looked identical.

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).

Sunday— Sept. 6 — Puppy Faces

Monday–- Sept. 7 — Porsche

Tuesday – Sept. 8 — Miranda

Wednesday — Sept. 9 — Rocky

Thursday –- Sept. 10 — From Jan Magnuson

Friday — Sept. 11 — Murphy

On a very personal note

We have been busier than expected since that Freeze Dryer arrived. We are scrambling to save as much garden produce as possible. We also bought an enormous Hermiston Melon to cut up and freeze dry. A lot of people love watermelon and cantaloupe freeze-dried–it is a healthier candy-like sweet treat. I was surprised at how long it took to prep the watermelon. (OMG)

I also got the new pressure canner running–it is a small canner that does either four pints or quarts. So far–I have only done pints (a dozen last evening–pasta sauce with meat). Next, I plan on canning chili. At first, I was reluctant when I realized that the loads were small, but the cooling down process is quick by comparison. The pasta sauce pints take an hour to process, but even so, I could get a dozen pints completed between 4 and 9 PM. (Not bad at all.)

Cliff has been working on the trim and repairing his irrigation pump (again). He has another door nearly finished for the hallway coat closet. We have been living open ever since we moved in. (Haha) I will try to get photos next time. Otherwise, his CT scan came back clear–what a relief. My annual health visit wasn’t as stellar as I would like. I am being sent for additional testing–most of which is expected at my age. Not to worry–for the most part, we are talking about follow up testing to ensure I am clear of cancer.