Training Done Right

~Luna Laundry

Here’s one of just her climbing in and enjoying my freshly dried and warm laundry when I placed it on the kitchen floor for a moment. 

Breeder Comment

It is so cute to read about Luna (forever known as Dink’s sister)–and to know that your laundry gets pressed. You are off to a fabulous start.


~Is Perfect for Us!

Thank you so much! We are so excited. I’ve wanted to get a puppy from you for about 10 years now. I’m glad you made it home safely. We’ll be home in about an hour and a half. I’m obsessed with Christmas so we are naming him Buddy (Buddy the Elf).

Breeder Comment

Cliff and I were delighted to place Buddy in your arms yesterday. It is our joy to carefully raise each pup and then to see them move on–and to begin a life with their forever families.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

January 18, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

For all those hoping for a lot of snow, it appears they got their wish. The upper-country has plenty for skiing, snowmobiling, and such. Locally, on the valley floor, we had snow–but it was minimal. Nevertheless, snow and dangerous driving conditions closed the Interstate between here and Pendleton and other roads. Fortunately for us, the roads appear clear for today’s drive. There is some chance of snow showers–but they are talking less than 1/2 inch.


Bernie’s pups are leaving this week. That meant a trip to Nampa, and another trip today to meet Pacific Northwest people near Pendleton. It has been the usual–a lot of behind the scenes work–as well as clean up.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. (Haha) We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. 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— January 12 — Behind the Scenes with Christina

Monday–-January 13— Luna

Tuesday – January 14 — Salty

Wednesday January 15 — Therapy

Thursday –- January 16 —  Play Date

Friday — January 17 — Naomi and Sage

On a very personal note

Jackson had his first encounter with Great Grandpa Cliff–and I held this sweet little package for the first time, too. And as you can see, Grandpa and Christina looked over her new wheels together.

We picked up the little PT Cruiser in Boise on the day that Jackson was born. That same day, Cliff’s cousin (Bill Nielsen) said his final goodbye and departed this world for a better venue.

Meanwhile, there is always the basketball–last evening the Ontario Tigers went down to LaGrande; however, Bradley Nielsen had numerous blocks, rebounds, etc.,–plus 23 points. It was a good night for our grandson.

Naomi and Sage

This picture of Naomi is from last summer. She had found a hankie and put it on Sage like a blanket. Sage has such a sweet way with children. She seems especially fond of them. (Naomi, my Goddaughter, is now seven but only weighs 35 lbs.) Naomi’s Spina bifida means she sometimes has required special medical care–most recently a surgical procedure to replace both ends of the shunt. Naomi is doing great, getting back to her old self. Praise God.

Naomi gets around with crutches that fasten to her wrists now. She can walk a few steps without them but then falls on her butt. She is always so excited and has such a zest for life.

Naomi also loves the dogs. When she was younger, she would beg to go into the penned area with them, but once in there, with Copper towering over her licking her face, she would cry. Then she would want to be with them again. Naomi and Sage do well together–Sage has such a sweet way with children. She seems especially fond of them.

Breeder Comment

When Lara shared this photo and a bit of information, I asked permission to share it with our readers. She said I could. This story is such a sweet one. You might remember that Sage is a retired OwyheeStar and Roxie was a return–both were rehomed with Lara. We are ever so thankful and glad to hear that Sage loves children.

Play Date

~at Luna and Tikka’s

Chester and Pushkin

On Saturday mom took my to see my friends at Luna and Tikka’s house again for our play date. It was so much fun playing with my friends in the mud. Mom looked like she was pretty cold but she let me play for hours. I also got to meet my half brother Pushkin. We have the same dad! Our Mom’s say we look like twins so they kept trying to take our pictures together, but Pushkin and I decided not to  cooperate don’t they know we just want to play not sit still. Lol silly mommy’s. At the end mom gave me a new toy from the gift exchange I love it a lot and I play with it all the time. I cant wait until we get to go play again.

Breeder Comment

Special thanks to Nancy and Bill for hosting these very popular events–we are happy so many OwyheeStar clients get to participate. It was great to read about Pushkin and Winchester (Chester).


~Who Needs a Weighted Blanket?

Imagines such as this appear across the Internet–and they speak to our heart and soul. Some might say the Weimaraner is too large for a lap dog. Ask the Weimar, and they will assure you that there is always room–if the human is willing. Well, shoot even if the human is not willing the Weimaraner can make the room.

If you are considering this breed and want to relegate them to the yard or out of the family area–we suggest you look at a different fur family member choice. The Weimaraner might be the ultimate Velcro Companion.

Whatever you are doing, the Weimaraner wants to be included–well, some will skip sharing the shower, but not everyone. Most certainly, they are the ultimate confidant keeping your secrets–and at the same time putting a paw on your weaknesses. Yes, they know how to exploit any situation. Our relationship is complex, don’t you agree?


~Memories and His Departure

Saturday we had to say goodbye to Salty. We had 14 amazing years with him full of adventure and love. He has been my shadow for all of those years and the house and my heart feel empty without him. In honor of Salty I’m naming today (and everyday) Kiss Your Dog Day.

Breeder Comment

Christmas 2019

Salty could be seen on this family’s Facebook wall–that speaks volumes to us. Over the years, we received Christmas cards and the occasional update. We never doubted that he was an integral part of the family and much-loved. What more could we wish? Thank you! You are the reason we do what we do.


We made it Home

It’s been 1 week Luna has been with us and things are falling into place nicely. She’s such a well mannered girl and very sweet. She’s so smart and has a great little sniffer! I’m amazed how well she retrieves. It seems to come naturally to her. She’s very happy to bring back what you’ve thrown but tug of war is her favorite! She loves her big brother and is really enjoying playing with him now that he’s accepted her as part of the pack. He understands she’s just a pup and is very gentle with her. I can’t say she’s as gentle with him though but he’s patient with her. 

Crate training is starting to take shape. I’ve introduced her several times a day to it and reward her for going in. I close the door and stay with her for about 10 min and let her settle before I walk away for 5 and incrementally increase the time away. That’s when the fireworks start. Today,  however, I needed to go into the office for a few hours and both kids were unavailable so she had to work it out. Up until this time, someone has been here around the clock. 

To my surprise and despite all my worrying, I came home to a clean crate and somewhat of a changed girl. She was certainly happy to see me as always and seemed to have an air of independence and confidence she didn’t have before. She seems more relaxed and balanced. 
We’re still working on the house training. I’m trying to figure out her habits and triggers… she does everything in 2’s and 3’s when it comes to the bathroom and she’s quick!! I might invest short term in Bounty paper towels until we’ve mastered this. 😝 When I take her out, she’s rewarded when she comes back in. She sits right at the door as I praise her and waits for her treat patiently. The goodness though is she’s  sleeping through the night with me accident free and I’m not having to get up in the middle of the night to take her out. So we’re all getting some good sleep. 
Hope all is well and things have settled a bit now that you’ve delivered many of the puppies.

Take care, Kris

Breeder Comment

We are happy to know that you not only made the trip safely to Connecticut, but the first week went well. We look forward to hearing about your adventures unfold. Thanks for your loyalty–and for making the trip.

Behind the Scenes

Christina and Babe

Before the pups arrive, the Mamas have our full attention–we work to ensure they eat well. We watch for any sign of a problem, etc. The whelp-window is typically from day 59 to day 64. The pups must be at least 59 days old to survive–although we might use extraordinary measures to save a puppy–there are limitations.

Once the pups are here, Christina and I do most of the hands-on work. We do like to involve Cliff when possible–a man’s touch is a good thing. Some pups require a lot more than others–case in point, Dink. You might remember the tiny undersized puppy which Christina took to feeding and caring for around the clock. Sometimes intervention doesn’t work–because there is something wrong. Other times such a pup starts to thrive and eventually catches up with their litter.

Day One Photo

From Day-One, there is a lot of hands-on work. Thankfully, Christina is a skilled puppy handler-whisperer sort of helper. Recently, she whelped a pup when we had to be away from the house. She has an eye for details–watching and looking the puppies over constantly while she adjusts their collars, handles them, and works with each one. As you might imagine, this kind of process is labor-intensive–but we believe it works–is essential.

There are many stages and steps involved in the raising of the Weimaraner. We hope to have them set up for success–but once they transition to their ‘forever family,’ the work continues. No matter our efforts, it is almost as if you are starting from scratch–it is a new environment. They have to adjust and adapt, which they will do very quickly, and at the same time, the humans must take control of the leadership role, or the puppy will rule the house in short order.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

January 11, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

And Mr. Winter is throwing around the white stuff–snow. We didn’t have a white Christmas–I do so love snow for Christmas. It seems magical. I love it everywhere but the roads–because there are always folks who make driving unsafe for everyone near them. Why is it some of these have big 2-wheel drive pickups–they pass you some way, and soon you see them in the ditch. (Go figure.)


This Week On the Blog…

Last Sunday we posted news that jaeger’s Mom was looking for votes. If you have not yet cast your vote, there is time.

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. (Haha) We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. 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— January 5 — Jaeger

Monday–-January 6— Knobby

Tuesday – January 7 — Training Advice

Wednesday January 8 — Colleen Writes

Thursday –- January 9 —  Lap Weims

Friday — January 10 — While We Wait

On a very personal note

What could be bigger news that our first Great Grandson’s arrival? Jackson James arrived yesterday–safely. We are so thrilled–can not wait to meet him. I don’t know precisely when that will happen, but soon.

Yesterday we purchased some basic transportation for Christina, whose car has been failing for a long time. Did I mention it is a simple get around town and to Boise and back type of ride–commuter situation. We hope it turns out to be a bargain–finding reliable, inexpensive transportation can be tricky.

Basketball is still a thing–Brad (#13) is playing well. The team got a much-needed decisive victory the other day. Then they got spanked when playing an outstanding team–but they played a very good game. So, overall the team is coming together in light of overwhelming circumstances. Character building situations are not all that delightful when you are enrolled in the program. (OMG)