In the News

Puppy Carryon

     ~ Common Sense Lacking


Sen. Marisol Alcantara speaks to protesters demanding justice for Kokito outside LaGuardia Airport. To her right is one of the dog’s owners, 11-year-old Sophia Ceballos.

Cliff and I have watched, listened, and been saddened by the recent news of the United Airlines craziness. Honestly, I have carried a puppy home on the airplane before. My ticket was with Delta; however, on one leg of the flight home, I was diverted to a United Flight. It was not necessarily a good experience. I received a less than welcome attitude and got a lecture about carryon protocol–it was a rather demeaning lecture. I bite my tongue because I needed to get home with the puppy.

Would I carry on again? Indeed I would. It is an excellent way to travel with a puppy. OwyheeStar has more clients than you can imagine who fly into Boise and bring their puppy home as their carryon. You might be shocked to hear us say it is much safer than a road trip. Avoiding exposure to the deadly Parvovirus is one of the reasons. Nevertheless, getting them home and off to a grand start with the least amount of stress (and risk) possible is essential.

What went wrong? United Airlines Flight Attendant told someone to put their dog in the overhead storage. How insane is that? Honestly, I would have gotten off the plane. I would have made a formal complaint. What is worse is this is a short-snouted dog. Anyone who has dealt with the airlines knows they ask about the breed and they have a specific protocol for these breeds who are prone to breathing issues. (OMG) This loss should not have happened–the owner has to protect the dog’s life always. You are responsible for the ultimate decisions whether you are at a Vet office, a dog park, or planning to fly with a puppy.

We are beyond saddened by this incident. The bulk of the blame is on the flight attendant. Whatever was she thinking? Nevertheless, we are the gatekeeper. You have to make sure your dog is safe. The carryon protocol has always been to use an appropriate airline approved bag which fits under the seat. We have put the bag under the seat for takeoff and landing. Otherwise, I held the bag on my lap–sometimes inserting my hand into the Sherpa Carrier. In twenty plus years of folks flying into to get the puppy as a carryon, there was one incident where the airline was being crazy. The person booked a flight home on another airline. The airline (not United) got a letter from this family who travels extensively with their dogs because they use them as therapy dogs.

Click here to read United Airlines response to this heartbreaking incident.

Two days later there was another mixup. This time due to a connecting flight error in Denver. Honestly, a large number of live animals fly without incident. Nonetheless, connecting flights increase the risk. The scenic route (via Japan) was a pretty significant mistake. Regardless, they were chartered to the new Kansas family awaiting their pet’s arrival. (OMG)



Mark and Robin

Crazy for Nutz

20180131_135629This is what my girl looks like now, beautiful and 50 pounds of puppy fun and only about 8 months old. Her name is Nutz and it fits perfectly, she is one crazy girl and she makes us happy and she brings us laughter every day.  A big ball of energy and our old Wiemer wants nothing to do with her.  That is Jet, she is about 12 years old and just likes going on short walks and sniffing the backyard–she was always laid back.

20171005_131810Nutz still wants to do what she did when she was a puppy like sit on my lap. She is a crazy girl and believes she controls the house, come to think of it, she does. Haha

And when we get another Weimar pup it is vital that they want some Chinese food because that’s where she is headed.  (LOL) Here’s Nutz leading the way.20180218_110447

Breeder Comment

We have a long history with you folks. It is our joy to hear how much you love Nutz. We look forward to working with you once again.



     ~ The Battle of the Wills

20180311_125527It has been awhile since I have sent you an update. Push is all Weim in every sense of the word. He is a manipulator par excellence! We are still working on the check cord that Cliff recommended. Pushkin will come 90% of the time. It is the remaining 10% that comes to a contest of wills, and mine is stronger! We started puppy classes about 3 weeks ago he is doing well with everything but the “down stay”. Again it becomes a contest of wills. Last week we worked on agility. He did great in the tunnel. I would run, he would run and he would be sitting outside the end of the tunnel waiting for me and of course his treat. He is feisty, stubborn and completely lovable. Thanks so much for the great dog!
P.S. he now weighs 36.5 pounds.

Breeder Comment

We are so happy to hear you and Pushkin are engaged in various activities. Getting compliance with the recall is vital as you know. All these other things are crucial too! You have the perfect mindset–ah, Pushkin this is happening sweet boy. Thank you, for the update and all your work at raising this lovely Gray Ghost.

At Six

The Amazing Dodger

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I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing dog, hunter and companion Dodger has been over the years. As he approaches 6 years I could not be happier to have him as a pet.

Our First Solo Hunt

        ~When it takes a bit for the human to catch onLaPrelle's Dodger at 6

On our first solo hunt together for pheasants, I learned something. Before then, I never knew how good Dodger was because all the other dogs were just a little bit more on track during past hunts. This time, when it was only him and me when his first bird jumped early (as most wild birds do now) I took two shots. I grounded the pheasant but it took off running. So, we began our search. I kept Dodger close to me as we walked in circles back and forth in the direction I thought the bird went. Dodger kept wanting to go back behind us but I was sure the bird could not have circled back. I finally gave in and all of a sudden Dodger put one leg up, nose to ground and tail as straight as an arrow. I looked at him with a puzzled look on my face mostly of frustration as the grass was short and I could see nothing, I stood next to him trying to get him to move–to do anything but point at the ground. He kept looking at me as if I’m the one who needs to do something, It finally clicked. It was my job to flush the bird it’s his to point and retrieve. I took two steps forward and the rest is history.

Breeder Comment

Cliff nor I will ever correct one of our hunters who is insisting their Weimaraner needs to flush the birds. Nonetheless, it should be noted that the Weimaraner is a Versatile Hunting Dog that points. This story and a perfect example of what you want the Weimaraner to do in the field. Thank you, for sharing this and updating us on Dodger.


With Berkley

I have a little clip of Berkley on the bike attachment. She loves it. It’s funny, when we are on more remote trails we will let her off leash and she still prefers to run next to Stephan.


Breeder Comment

pecks-berkley-9374You might remember Berley last September. She looked like this. Her family is very invested, and they stay in touch. We love it! She does a lot of things very well. Like a lot of Weim; however, there are challenges. She still wants to be mouthy, but this family is smart. They won’t settle for that behavior.

Maybe you didn’t know that dogs gain power with their feet and their mouth. They like to show their acceptance and gain control by putting their mouth on you. They choose to gain control by using their mouth–snipping and snapping are only a part of it. That is often a form of play you want to eradicate. It is typical for a dog to play with other dogs in this manner and their engagement with them involves this kind of thing.

Jumping up is another behavior a lot of Weim folks struggle to control. All these things are challenging even with the best of Weims. Some are more high energy types that push the envelope. Nonetheless, you never know what will come with the package. Most true Weimlovers are entertained and love the challenges. Other folks not so enamored with the breed don’t get it.



Feeling a Little Irish


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Had to send this along to you! We got such a laugh today when I picked up Gracie (R) and Harley (L) at daycare. St Patrick’s Day crafts for all.
Gracie just turned 4. It has flown by. She is such an elegant sweet girl!
Best to you  –Nancy and Tony

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Nancy and Tony, for remembering us and sharing this lovely snapshot. For those not familiar with Gracie click here. Along the way her family rescued Harley.

2018 Weekly Synopsis

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

                and Happy St. Patrick’s Day

At OwyheeStar


March 2018 at OwyheeStar-11Cliff is making plans to train. He was out with Cypress working her on birds for the first time this week. She is bird-crazy. We hope she continues to train well and excel in the field. Otherwise, he has been working on improvements and repairs. This list includes making puppy yard repairs–he seeded and rolled the third yard. The other two just got broadcasted with fill-in seed. Thank goodness we don’t get rid of everything. The old retired lawn tractor started and worked great to pull the roller.

This Week on the Blog

We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. We seemed to get a lot of interest, and some of you loved seeing our new Blue Stud Dog (Boone). Of course, Bo, Luke, and Schatizi are all from a litter he produced with Bettee (a Blue Longhair). (As you can see) The Bettee-Boone pups are quite stunning, and therefore the future looks bright. Nevertheless, it is excellent to delight in those from the past. It was especially remarkable to hear about Troy and Macy.

Sunday—March 11 — Two Blue Gems (Troy and Macy)
Monday — March 12 — Remy

Tuesday — March 13 — He Knows  (Reznor)

Wednesday — March 14— Our Blue Stud (Boone)

Thursday – March 15 — Bo and Luke

Friday — March 16 — Weimar Life (Schatzi)

On a very personal note

It is Spring on a small rural piece of property. There is a lot to get done. I won’t bore you with the entire list of must-do items. To many, it would not make sense anyhow. Rural life is hard to understand unless you lived it.

I had been thinking of this treasure that got stowed during the moving process. It kept coming to my heart, and I felt like I should give it to a friend. Funny–we are cleaning up the cabinets in the old carport area. Fixing them and moving them to a permanent location. I unloaded the second cabinet. When I opened this small box, there was the Art Deco Beer Stein. It had been a gift many years ago. Nonetheless, we cannot keep everything, and I felt a need to pass this along. It should be enjoyed not boxed away. So, finding that was so much fun. Cliff and I dropped it in the mail immediately. It arrived in LaGrande yesterday. My childhood friend was delighted. All the better. I don’t want to pass off things that are not wanted. Of course, I told her she was welcome to sell it, give it away, or keep it if she loved it.

March 2018 at OwyheeStar-15The greenhouse work continues–both the planting and the work on the building. The garden is starting to take shape. It is a raised bed affair–what do you call it? Sheik finds will be an integral theme throughout. We have two bathtubs we are incorporating–one is the original bathtub that was in the house when they moved here in 1952. The other was an old antique that was stowed here as well. Both will make a fabulous raised bed. You will have to wait and see what we come up with, but it is going to require a lot of work on our part, and patience on yours. (Ha!)


Weimar Life


     ~ Knows Her Place

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Jeff Writes

The only tough thing about a Weim is you don’t own the couch anymore….they do!!!

Breeder Comment

You might remember this little girl earlier this year during our resolution-making season. Click here to see her then, and to read more about her and the sofa. You might also like to know that she is a sister to Luke and Bo–featured yesterday. We hear that Schatzi and the two blue boys are planning a play date sometime in the future.

The couch is shared in most every household despite efforts to prevent this from happening. Some do, but most don’t even attempt it. You might remember that Weimar rule list that used to be prevalent. It would start off where the Weimar is not going to come into the house. (Oops–then we are not placing a pup with you.) Then, it would quickly follow up, with–alright the Weimar is allowed in the house, but only by the back door. And this would go on and on, and pretty soon the Weim owned the house and was running things. (Ha!) We tend to share almost everything with our Weimaraners. Don’t you agree?

So, the sofa is in use. Well, if the human arrives first, they are welcome to be used as a pillow. Otherwise, you might have to try to squeeze in somewhere or opt for the recliner.

Bo and Luke

Not For Everyone!

     ~Two At Once

As I sit down to write this Bo (red harness) is figuring out how to sit in my lap ( he barely fits anymore) and Luke (gray harness)is finishing up his laps around the house. I LOVE them, even when they are driving me crazy, I love them! They are so different and so funny and have adapted so well to my life/ our life. Sometimes when I think that I am not sure how I am going to make this work they remind me that they are only 5 months old and incredible!

They still jump some although it is getting better and everyone is always impressed by them and how well they behave. Not to mention they are stunning! Everywhere I go, every time I am at the dog park, it is non stop they are beautiful, lovely, stunning pups. Luke is like silk he definitely got some of Bettee’s coat and Bo is SO athletic!

We Moved!

I did buy them a house with a yard 🙂 We move in about two weeks, they will get their own yard and we will have chickens and be very close to the dog park. They have definitely helped me keep my sanity, lose my sanity and remind me what is important in my life and important to me.
A million times a day I am in awe at how silly and adorable they are. They make me smile all the time and bring me such joy! They are privileged pups and don’t spend much time in their crates anymore.

Cheers, Erika

Breeder Comment

Getting two Weimaraner pups at the same time is rarely a good idea. Nevertheless, a few people convince me they can do this thing. Honestly, we were a bit concerned when her life suddenly changed right after they arrived–she pulled it off with style. Not everyone could do that. Those of you challenged by one can only imagine the dynamics of two. Getting them both trained and compliant is just for the strong of heart.

Yes. These two were very different. We think that is a good thing, too! Thanks Erika for the update and all you are doing with and for the boys. And, maybe you didn’t notice, but the sire of the litter was ‘Boone‘.

Our Blue Stud

Meet Boone

Boone at the Sanctuary.B-28Many of you are aware we have a new Blue Stud Dog–Dusty was our first and then we had Blue. Unfortunately, eventually, they are too old to produce litters. Long story made short–we found this lovely boy and we named him ‘OwyheeStar’s Boone’.

I’ve been bemoaning the lack of photos so we went to the sanctuary and captured a few.

What’s Not to Love?

‘Boone’ is unflappable, loving, happy and intelligent. He has already sired a couple of litters. Prior to using him, we did some health checks. More recently we got health certifications. These certified examiners submitted their tests to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).

  1. Preliminary Hip Rating was Good with good elbows.
  2. No evidence of thyroid disease was recognized.
  3. No indication of congenital cardiac disease.
  4. He was found to be free of observable inherited eye disease.

We also sent off DNA to AKC to get him on file as a frequent used Stud as well as to DDC Veterinary to check to see if he carried the Longhair (or fluffy coat) DNA marker. He did not–which means no litter he sires will ever produce Longhair puppies.

To answer your question–no all these tests have not been completed on our females. Most of them we have owned for generations. Secondly, while this testing is beneficial, it doesn’t always prevent things from happening. Honestly, we have purchased two Weimaraners from parents with both excellent OFA ratings only to find their offspring had the worst hips ever! It was extremely discouraging. Twice this happened. Regardless, it is essential to have our Stud Dog tested. We are thrilled with the outcome for our beautiful ‘Boone’. Thanks to the Idaho Veterinary Hospital for making this possible via their Breeder’s Day.