Front and Center
~ A Place of Honor
Here is a quilt my wife just finished showing all the bird dogs I have owned.
Mesquite is the star in the middle of the quilt. She is the only one who isn’t a Vizsla.
She is doing well, she is quite a card, has a super personality. She is very well mannered and likes her daily morning walks. She gets to hunt that way. She knows all the rabbits and quail and they know her. She points them but doesn’t chase after they flush or run.
I think she is more than happy here. I try and stick to the routine.
Thank you, for giving Mesquite the fabulous Golden Year Placement. I am glad she fills your heart and your home with joy. We truly appreciate your updates, too! The quilt is quite the treasure. Thank you, for sharing this with us.
~AKA Captain Cadaver
Breeder Comment: Our contract states that if a person cannot keep their Weimaraner, they need to return them to us. That being said–sometimes unfortunate circumstances engulfs a person. It would be unkind to point the blame at someone who fell on hard times. In this situation, this OwyheeStar Weimar found the ultimate placement. We appreciate hearing from the family and what they have done for the OwyheeStar offspring. Read on to learn more. And heartfelt thanks to this family–we appreciate you!
We adopted Gio back in 2011/ son of Blue from your breeding program. He’s now 7/ 8 as of 10/10/18.
The first year was a bit rough, he was a bull-headed pup who wasn’t sure how anyone could be considered more important than him-Be they dog or human. Every year with this boy has been a gentle ease into being an extremely loving family dog! He’s an amazing athlete- loves running with us while we mountain bike or ATV. His most comical trait has been earning the title Captain Cadaver! He finds bones & body parts wherever we ride or walk. He must have an excellent nose. I feel guilty for not getting him into search & rescue.
Via Oregon Weimaraner Rescue
He came to us via Oregon Weimaraner Rescue. His owners lost their home & livelihood back in the crash of 2008. We were volunteers for a Weim rescue waiting for our big blue to come in, it took three years before the right guy came along. All that said- we wanted to get in touch with you to let you know how great and beautifully your blue boy is doing and how loved he is, two to make sure that when there is a need in our small pack we know where to find another one similar to him.
He was never a true rescue situation in that there was no pressure to hurry and place him, they wanted verification that he was going to a qualified loving family before letting him go. The couple, from what I understand, lost their employment and home. They were trying to make it work keeping him and living with their parents and their parents 5 Pomeranians, but it was chaos.
~ Our Story
To this day Gio/Yeager gravitates to those small fluffy dogs like- let’s be friends- they look at him & his 93-pound body like is he out of his mind. I just wanted to contact you to let you know a positive story of one of your pups and what a full and wonderful life he is leading. We live on a 5-acre farm in South Salem, he loves joining us for feeding the chickens, ducks, sheep, and goats. He is amazing a following us on mountain bikes, running, or riding or swimming next to paddle boards.
The thought of not having him in our life is depressing. Our close friends just lost their two big boys to cancer last weekend and it makes you scared to imagine life without such a great friend by your side. Hence, here I am establishing contact with you and making sure there is a chance to find a boy similar to him someday again. As of now, he’s healthy and by my side, most of the day and that’s the way we like it :O)
**The couple who gave him up were friends with one of the staff of Weim rescue and she vetted us extensively. She knew we were athletes, I worked at home, had Weim experience, and knew what we were getting into and that he was a prize of a rescue dog. I contacted the woman who volunteered for Weim Rescue to get his info to contact you. She mentioned that he was a son of Blue.
**Having a papered dog is not really important to us. During our time with rescue, we helped place and transported close to 20 dogs in just a few years. I know that’s not epic, but it gives you an idea of us looking for a good fit for our family while trying to fit people with the right Weims for their families. BTW I loved your note on explaining how some people are Weim people and some just aren’t- it was comically honest yet beautifully written!
The urban retrieve!
When Luke is not swimming in the pool in the desert he doubles as a backyard urban retriever in between runs in the park.
Well Deserved Rest
~toy corraled between his legs
He has proven to be one of the most adaptable dogs we’ve had … Cal
and his Tiny Hyoomans
Its been awhile since I sent an update. So I thought I’d share a couple of tidbits with you.
Colby decided that there was juuuuust enough space to squeeze into my chair with me for some lovins. Then, the tiny humans decided that there was room for them, too. So we took a few photos. You can see his enthusiasm as the photo shoot progressed. He still refused to budge from his perch, though! He’s a very patient big brother. As soon as the tiny humans left, he got comfy again and stayed a while longer. He got up for a potty break, but as I am sitting here writing this, he has found his place back on my lap for another morning siesta. What a ham!
Here is a video of him eating an ice cream cone. This is something I have never done. But after a series of events that led us to the vet’s office, I decided to help him unload his stress by hiding his first dose of meds in an unexpected treat. He had no complaints. Feel free to share on your blog if you’d like!Colby is a little lonely since our lab passed away and we have been looking into finding him a new companion. We are considering another weim and would like to look into possibly getting on the waiting list for another pup when I get home from my deployment in January.
Guess who’s birthday it is!
We are heading to the beach this weekend for his birthday weekend at his favorite place! He literally goes crazy and into a frenzy at the sight of the sandy beaches.
On Roy’s Birthday
~ We Got Engaged!
Roy is two this weekend and Nicholas and I are ENGAGED!
More news about Roy soon; however, we stop to celebrate this fantastic event. Congratulations to a fabulous couple. Thank you, for keeping us apprised on Roy and all his antics. We truly appreciate it. Dear Readers–watch for the update. It is coming soon!
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~MAY 19, 2018
The weather has cooled off to spring-like. We noticed the hay was down across the road–cut when the rain came. We were extremely thankful our hay has not been cut yet. Yes, the first cutting of hay is in the works.
We had a couple of downpours. The first netted us a half an inch of rain in no time; the second was closer to a quarter inch. That is sizable for the Treasure Valley. Our metal roof always gives us storm music. I love that roof roaring noise.
Grandpa Cliff continued training for the NAVHDA event–he left early this morning with Winnie. Wish them luck. She is not wanting to point, and she went through a phase when she was fickle in nearly every discipline. (Haha) Poor Cliff. She is a lovely girl but she is making him dig deep. Of course, he is juggling everything else. He has to drive to Vale to purchase grain for the birds. They seem to think they need to eat. he is focusing on the Bob White Quail. The incubator is busy–new batches emerging every couple of weeks. He uses these for training and sells a few to help cover his expenses.
We have the business of puppies converging. It is either a drought or avalanche it seems. So, we find ourselves scrambling. It is a good thing. For those on the Longhair Wait List, the wait seems unbearable. This video reflects your hope and we intend to make it happen.
This Week on the Blog
We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. We began and finished the week with a Longhair. We loved Olli playing with the balloon. Chloe’s is such a lovely fun-loving Longhair girl, too. We got a couple of water (swimming) related updates. That is especially fun after we had our recent discussion on the Swimming Weimaraner. Finally, on Monday, we shared Jake’s photo and a bit about his life. What fun to reconnect with his family.
Sunday— May 13 — Mother’s (Bernie)
Monday–May 14 — Laughing (Olli)
Tuesday — May 15 — Connecting Again (Jake)
Wednesday — May 16 — Talking About (Stackhouse and Luke)
Thursday – May 17 — Water Again (Jaeger)
Friday — May 18 — Our Longhair (Chloe)
On a very personal note
Cliff has made the time to help us with the garden. There is more yet; however, only so much one person can do. He has promised one longer raised bed at the end of the garden. This one is designated for our cutting flowers and at least one Pink Hibiscus for me. I am anxious to get those planted. We can work only so fast.
You might notice the taller posts in each garden bed–this is so we can raise the bed higher. I hope it can happen next year. It would make the gardening easier for everyone.
Lindsi, the gal next door, took a few plants we had that were extra. She said the Bok Choy is doing the best of everything. It is the same for us. It won’t be long to harvest. The Zucchini is blooming so they should set on as well. There are cucumber blooms. I should look more closely, but so far that is what I remember. Yum, fresh veggies from the garden. Is there anything better? Sliced bread pales in comparison, I think. Finally, I returned from the garden with one strawberry in my tummy and another in my hand. We don’t have all that many plants. We have an offer of free plants, but we have to dig them. We hope to do that on Monday. Only time will tell.
Chloe will be 2 in September and has been doing so well lately with obedience- the key seems to be exercise and planning for variety in her routines. She definitely is prone to the concrete thinking so we make sure to mix it up.Photos: Chloe trudges through any river, puddle or lakeshore she encounters- but does not freely swim. She can swim and will if we are also in the water but she seems to mostly prefer wading in up to her chest. And at the Oregon coast-Chloe’s happiest place on earth. She will run for hours chasing birds on the beach and especially enjoys climbing rocks.We’d really love to add a puppy before Chloe gets too much older and too set in her ways.
It took about 6 tosses and Ruger going in before he’d go beyond chest deep.
He’s been introduced to and been in the water all spring, just nothing swimmable until today…. Annnnnd here are a couple more just goofy Weimie pics.
Jaeger is about four months old. We feel this is exceptional. He didn’t swim at OwyheeStar before leaving–it was too cold. Jaeger was born in mid-October of 2017. Cliff is dually impressed that he is swimming and water retrieving. We appreciate the video capture of the moment as well as these great photos. Thank you!
~ and the Weimaraner (photos of Stackhouse)
Recently, we have been discussing the Weimaraner and water. Many of you have succeeded beyond your wildest dreams. Others have doubts that you will ever see such a thing happen. Comments from some naysayers include the struggles with water in any form–the bath, the sprinkler, and for heaven’s sake that stuff that falls from the sky. It is out to get your beloved family member. Nevertheless, there are some that are Okay with a bath, and not with a pond. Some wallow in every puddle they find–the muddy ones are their favorite. Swimming has nothing do with their joyful mud bath.
We have exhorted you to get the Weimaraner water-friendly. Achieving the retrieve and working them into a pond is how we at OwyheeStar approach this process. Nonetheless, Weims may swim for many reasons.
For Example, This!
~Cal’s Luke in the Pool
Cal writes, “he loves – loves – loves the pool – he even jumps without a
Retrieve task just to be with me”.