~Lakes and Rivers we Swim
I wanted to send a quick follow up to your water work blog. Don’t be discouraged if your Weim prefers not to swim in the pool. Moxie Blu prefers to float in the pool rather than swim. She will swim a bit in the pool but it’s not the same as the lakes and rivers we often frequent. I remember seeing other blogs with Weims relaxing on pool floaties.
Thank you, Chrissy, for sharing these Moxie Blue Waterwork photos. Of course, we love her sitting atop the Flamingo. Who wouldn’t? Enjoying the pool, the lake, or whatever wherever you find it however you prefer is a good theme. There is no room for single-minded ideas. (Haha) Moxie shows us her classy style.
Of course, floating doesn’t expend much energy. (Haha) Regardless, what fun it is for her and her family. Thanks for the share. We truly appreciate it!
Water and Your Weimaraner
Most of you know that we try to swim puppies–time and weather permitting. Above is a GoPro Video of a litter swim taken a couple of years ago. It gives you a different perspective. Some pups are excellent swimmers; others struggle a little. Nonetheless, we have never had a puppy fail to be able to swim. Does this mean they will naturally take to the water? No! If you expect them to jump and take off, you may be disappointed. It will most likely require work to get them into the water and swimming. This effort is work we hope you invest. We deem this an essential part of the puppy raising process.
The Why and the How
Over the years we have written extensively on how to achieve the swim. More and more of our clients have managed to do this. Sometimes to their own surprise. It is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the Weimaraner.
To expend energy. The growing Weimaraner has boundless energy; however, they cannot be beating the pavement to run off this energy. Until the growth plates close, you need to limit high impact exercise. Many experts agree that about three miles is the limit. Imagine how quickly the Weimaraner puts in the three miles. Seriously, about a mile into your run they have probably gone this far. Using the swim is the ideal way to exercise without causing damage to the growing joints. We would go so far as to suggest it probably helps your Weimaraner get more years and miles from their body. That is something that serves everyone’s best interest. We think you can agree.
Hunter or not you need to master the recall. You say what do you mean by the recall? That is coming when called. Getting the retrieve to hand is also a part of the recall. The rock solid come when you call or give a command–verbal or otherwise. The bringing of a bumper or toy back to you. Keep away it funny and laughable; however, we don’t feel this is ever in the best interest of the Weimaraner or you.
Cliff and I suggest you find an area where there is no escape route. For example–a hallway (closing all the adjoining doors) will work for this exercise. You want to make this an exciting event. Something that they look forward to doing with you. Sit down in that hallway and work on the retrieve at least every day. You want to ingrain the love of the retrieve as well as getting them to bring the dedicated item it to hand. This discipline will serve you well and help you achieve the swim.
The hallway exercise should begin as soon as they arrive. Make it an event–the same person, the same bumper or toy, and somewhat a routine. Five-Seven throws blocking the exit with your body. Toss and retoss keeping the excitement going. This activity should be fun, short-lived, and you want to stop while they are still excited. Once you have the rock solid recall—then you can move to the yard. You may need to use a check cord in the larger venue. If you don’t know what that is, ask us. It is a long line that attaches to their collar and allows you to reel them back to you. Always giving them praise like it was all their idea.
Why the Retrieve
The Weimaraner that is in loves the retrieve then can be worked along the water–at first shallow water. A pond or something similar is ideal. Slopping sides even better. That way they can play at the water’s edge and retrieve. Eventually, you can edge them out a bit, and they will take off and swim a couple of strokes. This process takes patience. You might wonder how long. Can we say it takes as long as it takes? Typically, Cliff gets the water-retrieve in two weeks or less. The rewards are almost endless. You can do this! Believe in the process. Stay optimistic. Keep it fun. Stay at it until you achieve success.
For the long distance runner, this is the best way to set the Weimaraner up as your running companion. The growth plates typically close around 15 months. By then you should have them swimming. The waterwork can keep your running companion in the tip-top shape you need as well as help them develop muscles which may help prevent injury.
To Burn Off Energy
For those less inclined or find themselves challenged to keep up with the Weimaraner, this is an excellent way to burn off the excess energy. The Weimaraner will still be able to join you on walks, etc. But tiring the Weimaraner out is challenging. The waterwork helps and does it without injury. Of course, there are other pros to having the water-friendly Weimaraner.
Imprinting the Idea
We swim the pups with the idea that it imprints this experience. If you wonder, the Weimaraner has webbed toes. There are hundreds of updates on our blog that feature OwyheeStar pups and adults enjoying the water–swimming, retrieving, and playing in it. We hope you will achieve the swim.
Here is Stackhouse — a strong swimmer
~ From The Same Parents
Olli does not share his sticks with anyone…except, now, his sister Indi. After we got the good news of Indi’s titer test, we took her to Olli’s favorite dog park along the Mississippi River. He loves to swim and amass a stick collection; Indi is learning to do the same. She is not at the point of wanting to swim but she goes deep into the water to help Olli carry back his stick prize.At just over 4 months, Indi is growing like a weed and highly trainable. She hates to have Olli go anywhere without her so going for a run in the morning can be a challenge as she wants to run after us. She is a snuggler and keeps hoping that we will give in and let her just sleep on the big bed. Olli gives her the “been there done that” look…!All in all, she is doing fine and the crate training concerns of the early days are a distant memory. We are so happy that Olli and Indi are a part of the family!Hope all is well with both of you.MaryPS: The connection that these animals bring us is amazing. From western Oregon and beyond – it is a community that comes together over the love of a breed. You and Cliff have done an outstanding job of keeping the connections and ensuring that the puppies are of the highest quality. Every day is not always perfect and there are plenty of trying times but the sun always comes up and we start all over again. With the tails a-wagging and puppy licks for everyone 🙂
We are thrilled to hear that Olli has adjusted and that he more than accepts Indi. We are happy to hear that the Vaccine Titer Test came back with good results. It is always a good feeling to know the titers indicate they have good immunity.
I am confident that the two get a lot of positive comments. We are ever so thankful for people like you–our loyal Weim-loving folks mean more than words can express. We are indeed blessed. There are more and more people discovering the Longhair. We love all things, Weimar. What can we say? I suppose as addictions go, I prefer this one to others. (Haha)
~ Hello Detroit
We made the move to Detroit, Michigan from California early in his life and he quickly adapted to snow and weather. In fact, he truly loves snow he can chase/catch snowballs for hours if we let him. When the summer heat gets the best of him, he jumps in the water and fetches anything we throw out there (a twig, a ball, etc). He is a strong and very graceful swimmer. Along with all his athletic abilities, he is a cuddler, and never quite adapted to crate life since he always wanted to be in bed with us. So we compromised and he now takes up the majority of our cal king bed, we don’t complain though. We are truly blown away by his sweet and gentle demeanor and could not ask for a better addition to our little family.
Stephen & Kim
Can You Believe It?
~Last Saturday, she celebrated 11 Candles
Yesterday was Siena’s 11th birthday. Hard to believe. She shows little sign of slowing down except for a bit of arthritis at the base of her tail. We take great hope that we’ll have her around for a few more years because both of her parents, Storm, and Dusty, lived past their 13th birthday and Dusty is still around.Siena’s life changed three years ago when we left Whidbey and moved back to Seattle to be closer to our kids and health care providers. We were concerned about the change on Siena but she adjusted with hardly the blink of an eye. We still manage to walk at least 5 miles a day, around the neighborhood or at Green Lake or Woodland Park. As a result, Siena has become more social, well-known by many of the people along our walking treks.Siena’s adult weight, 55 pounds, has varied little and she is still getting yogurt and a probiotic as part of her morning meal. Her favorite treat is the pumpkin cookies that Connie bakes for her.Thanks for letting our beautiful girl become a part of our life. We wish we could have her for 11 more years but will cherish every single day that we have with her.
~of seeing the cuteness
Well, I must admit I never grow weary of puppy faces. I know I am not alone. While they are not mine to keep, for a day or two I care for yours.
What can they become you ask? Well, for the most part, it remains to be seen. The journey on which you embark may have twists and turns. Sometimes the desire to get everything right this time is your undoing. Well, isn’t it the truth that we overcompensate and create a new issue in all likelihood? Or so it seems.
Quirks and quandaries are a thing. You cannot go far when exploring the Weimaraner before you run across something downright silly. Their antics are celebrated. Well, these are for the most part celebrated. There are the hair-pulling crazy times I suppose. Yet we are addicted. What can I say? You know what I mean.
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
We are at Mid-September already. The days begin darker and colder than just a few short weeks ago. There is an ever-increasing number of fields laid bare after the crop is harvested. Meanwhile, our one field is preparing to be planted–alfalfa again.
You might wonder if all we do is look at the crops growing or bare fields. I do write a lot about them. (Haha) We also watch the trains. The mainline of the Union Pacific is about 1/4 mile east of our little farmhouse–in clear view. We see all kind of interesting things go by–for example, this load of tanks.
This Week on the Blog
You might remember that Manfred went for his sixteen-week check which included getting the titer test rather than a puppy shot. We want to know he has immunity and avoid a potential sixteen-week vaccine reaction. All our puppy folks receive the same recommendation–get the vaccine titer test instead of the sixteen-week puppy. Then, only vaccinate if the titer count is low indicating a lack of immunity.
The series about Rocky and Mickey (being re-homed) probably is the most popular blog: however, the updates that featured Tiga and Lotte, Berkley and finally Jedi (aka Jed) were spectacular. I think you will agree. Cliff and I send out a virtual hug to those folks who took the time and effort to Email us something for our blog. We truly appreciate it.
Sunday—September 2— When We Know (Willow–which Water is Best)
Monday–-September 3— Tiga and Lotte
Tuesday —September 4— Re-Homed (Part Two–with Rocky and Mickey)
Wednesday —September 5— Sixteen Weeks (Manfred)
Thursday –-September 6— Berkley
Friday — September 7 — Jedi
On a very personal note
Cliff and I are well enough. Sure we have our little health struggles but who doesn’t? Well, I suppose a lot of folks. (Haha) Regardless, we are very fortunate to be able to do what we do. Those Grandkids and the two Great Granddaughters are indeed a blessing.
We laugh some and take joy in our simple existence. Funny little thing–we have traced some of Cliff’s maternal ancestry back to British Royalty–King Henry VII for one. Then, I discovered my paternal lineage takes us back to about the year 1,000 and the Kingdom on Namur–of course the French and English royalty were kin. But it is quite intriguing that my 33rd great grandfather was the first Count of Namur.
So, if we ever wondered about the craziness in our family lineage, I suppose we look no further. (Haha)
We picked up another interesting little note–our son is a Master Carpenter by trade. Interestingly enough, Francis Stiles came from England to American sailing on the ship Christian. He is listed as a Master Carpenter traveling with several apprentices in 1635. Despite this lofty family history, Cliff and I lead a simple down to earth life. That is the way we like it.
We got Jedi (Jed) from you almost two years ago now! I hope you see the pictures I post on Instagram and Facebook sometimes. He has really grown into a great dog for us. He is very protective, adventurous, and of course, is dedicated to his people. He goes to daycare about once a week so he gets a lot of socialization with other dogs and loves going out in the woods with dad on the weekends.
My parents are thinking about getting a Weimaraner puppy. I thought I would check to see if you still have puppies available this year? I will let my parents know to put in an application if they are serious. Thanks again. ~Katie
We send our congratulations on the nuptials. We love seeing Jedi (Jed) involved even if it was only a moment. There have been a few other couples over the years which involved their OwyheeStar Weimaraner/Weimaraners in the Wedding ceremony. We are always so amazed and blessed to know they are much-loved as well as an integral part of the family.
Availability–I should put this out there, now. Our Wait List is much shorter than is typical. Of course, we get inquiries all the time. The list can snowball and take on a life of its own. That being said–we expect Fall and Early Winter pups. We have more people on the list (at present) wanting the Silver Gray or Gray traditional coat Weimaraner. Also, of the ten listed, seven want a female. Therefore, those wanting a Blue or a Male are apt to get a puppy sometime between now and the end of the year if things go as planned.
A typical wait is about six months for the traditional smooth coat–a bit longer for the Longhairs. Occasionally, we will have a puppy not promised before they are born. Maybe no one on the list wants a pup that matches their sex, coat color, or their timeline. It happens. Not often, but every once in a while. It is not a significant concern. As I mentioned, we get inquiries all the time. Many of these are of the highest caliber, and a goodly percentage are via either repeat or direct referral.
We sincerely thank you for your recommendation as well as your loving care of Jedi. Having this update is lovely. Instagram is new to us. We recently started posting a few photos here and there of the pups on there. We keep an eye on Facebook; however, it is challenging to catch everyone’s post. Thanks again for this Email update. It is more helpful to me than you can imagine.
In The Woods
I just wanted to send this video of Berkley I shot the other day. She loves the woods.
Hope you are well. Thanks for all you do for so many! Berkley is never far from us–like now, she is snuggled up next to me. Here is a photo of her with our daughter, Nora. They make a cute pair, right?
~The Titer Test Happened
I was getting ready to have sixteen candles when I learned that you don’t get them for sixteen weeks. Seriously, I don’t think that is right. (Woof!) Okay then, how about sixteen cupcakes. That works. Instead, Shela and Cliff loaded me into that thing they call the Patriot–is’s a large white rolling wagon. We drove to Nampa, Idaho. They said it was a big deal I meet Dr. Calhoun. I don’t see what the fuss is all about, myself.
They talked on about me getting a Vaccine Titer Test (to be sure I am protected). No one said there was a needle involved. They took some blood. My Mom and Dad dropped some cash –don’t you get money for donating blood? Just asking a simple question here and thinking we could stop for ice cream with the coin earned!?!
Bridget loved me and said I had the best personality ever. Cliff and Shela were chatting on like old friends with this Bridget woman. Seriously, she is the one that stuck me with the needle. I think it is a conspiracy. Dr. Calhoun said I was the whole package–testicles are down, too! I guess that is a big deal. What did they expect?
Cliff made all these promises that girls would fawn over me at the Idaho Veterinary Hospital, but it was pretty darned empty. I saw three or maybe four hot chicks. Oh and then there was that Greta girl. I think she is a bit odd as birds go. I didn’t give her a look and seriously why was Mama Shela get all up in her face and fuss over this silly bird? She plucks her feathers–what’s up with that.
I guess you could say there is a Stripper Bar at the Idaho Veterinary Hospital in Nampa– look at this nut case. (Woof!) For some reason Mama Shela loves this silly Parrot.
Yes, we drive to Nampa, Idaho. Dr. John Calhoun and his expert staff are worth the drive. Manfred is Longhair Weimaraner–our newest Stud Dog. Many of our females (the Longhairs as well as the Longhair Carriers) are related to Stackhouse, our current Longhair Stud Dog. By the way–Stackhouse will be eight years old this November. His siring days are numbered–he has a couple of good years left at least. The biggest issue is we don’t breed back to the same lineage–Stack is related to most of these girls that will produce the Longhairs. Without Manfred, we would be very limited in our ability to produce those Longhair puppies. That would be a sad reality.