Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

October 24, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Naked fields are everywhere, but some of them that appear to be bare ground may not be–if you look closely, you will see winter wheat popping up. The sugar beet harvest is in full bloom–between here and town, we saw a few fields ready for harvest.

Our hay is coming back, but there won’t be another cutting this year. Nevertheless, I love looking at the green field compared to bare ones.

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We have puppy exits going from now until the end of the month. That will keep us very busy–on the road and around the home front, too. We use the wagon quite a bit–it works well for pulling to the sanctuary and when we need to move pups around.

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.

It is a considerable challenge to get new (fresh) information for this blog. I even contemplated giving up–because most everyone posts their OwyheeStar Weim’s story directly. So many people write saying how important these stories are to them–often beginning their day with the new OwyheeStar News Blog. We appreciate your faithfulness. If you can help, send me a note. It would be much 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— Oct. 18 — Sunday Faces, Again

Monday–- Oct. 19 — A Decade of Colby

Tuesday – Oct. 20 — Sophia

Wednesday — Oct. 21 — Maverick

Thursday –- Oct. 22 — Dyson’s Big Win

Friday — Oct. 23 — Golden Year Placement

On a very personal note

Our new pellet stove is up and running–but we are using the old pellets we bought two years ago. It runs well, but the start-up is not perfect. The experts agree with Cliff; it is because we are using up the old pellets first.

Ambrosia (our significant 2020 investment)–the Freeze-dryer is running endlessly so far. She cranked out the first load of apples–they were Old Fashion Delicious (aka Spore). I am not a big fan of Delicious but getting them from a local person picked and box packed for an excellent price was worth the risk. She said she uses them for pie (IDK–I think I would have to add a lot of lemon juice), but they freeze-dried nicely. I sprinkled them with cinnamon and drizzled some with homemade caramel. We don’t think they need the caramel–the freeze-dryer makes them very sweet.

Freeze-dried apples are such an excellent snack that we may try to buy a few more boxes once we get caught up with the pumpkin and banana squash. I would love to do pears, too–not sure if we can still get them or not. There is local cold storage that might even have some available–we will check and see.

Cliff got the waterlines winterized, just in time. We didn’t get the garden cleared out as we wanted–I hope to do that before winter sets in proper.

Golden Year Placement

~Mesquite

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I have enjoyed trying get information on Mesquites pups. The thing that amazes me is that more of your dogs don’t go to hunting families? Even at 10, Mesquite has a lot of fire. You have to let her rest, when out in the field, but heck I need a rest also.

We go a lot of places together. She sure isn’t hard to manage out in the field. She works in close and minds easily. The only reason I use the electronic collar is for skunks and porcupines. I never shock her, using the tone is enough.

Mesquite is the smartest dog I have ever owned. She is family and doesn’t want to be left out of anything. I am sad to hear you are struggling to get people to send you information on their OwyheeStar Weimaraner, so you have enough to easily keep the blog going. I hope you can work something out as far as your blog? It would be ashamed to see it go away. Lyle

Breeder Comment

We cannot say often enough how much we appreciate you, Lyle. You have been faithful to keep up posted and sending information for our blog. More than anything, you have given Mesquite a fabulous Golden Year Placement.

Dyson’s Big Win

Hello!
It’s not your typical hunting dog brag but Dyson won a cover photo contest for Oregon, Washington and Idaho Weimaraners Facebook group with this double derp picture.  He was waiting intensely for a ball to be thrown.  He’s such a lovable clown. 

Cheers. ~Mardo

Breeder Comment

Mardo–thanks for sending this along to us. What a fun and funny photo capture. Way to go, Dyson. You are a winner!

Maverick

~Perfect Fit For Us

Maverick is now 7 months old and is the perfect addition to our family. Although in the beginning Mav was an irritation to our 9 year old Silver Weimaraner, Mav is now Tebow’s best friend. Tebow always watches out for Maverick.  Our family loves to be out doors and so does Maverick. We have taken him fishing, riding at the dunes, deer hunting in Eastern Oregon and today bird hunting in the mountains. He is everything we ever wanted in a puppy. Thank you. We love him so much. 


Randy & Becky

Breeder Comment

We are so happy to hear that Maverick has fit into your life–and that Tebow has accepted him, as well. I am sure your report will resonate with a lot of other readers.

Sophia

~Living the Life in Weiser, Idaho

Hi !  Hope you and Cliff are well!  I want to give you an update on Sophia.  10 months old now (can you believe it?!) and she weighs 75 pounds.  Martha (vet) said “Keep doing what you’re doing, she’s healthy and at a perfect weight.”  😁

Breeder Comment

We love hearing the news that Sophia is doing well–and the Vet endorsement that your diet is perfect for her. Thanks for keeping us apprised. Keep doing what you are doing — it is a journey, and in time we will see what you become.

A Decade of Colby

So Much Happiness Shared

Can you believe Colby is 10? It seems like we just brought him home! 
The last decade has brought us so much happiness.  It’s hard to think about everything having a weimaraner has done for us and sum it all up.  But if I had to sum it up in 3 words, I would say best. dog. ever!
These days, Colby prefers lazing around the house and snuggling.  He doesn’t ever hesitate to tell me when it’s bedtime.  Most nights, my husband comes to bed after me. So Colby takes his place and often nudges his face in my shoulder until daddy comes and kicks him out of his spot.  
As he develops more gray around the muzzle, I realize that our time with him is slowly becoming more limited.  Still though, we will continue to enjoy every moment we can for however many more years we are blessed to have him.  

These are some favorite photos of Colby over the last 10 years along with a video celebrating his birthday. We celebrated his 10 years with a little bit of home made (doggy friendly) ice cream and some peanut butter. He was a happy boy. 

Breeder Comment

Jenn, thanks for remembering us with this lovely update. You have been faithful to stay in touch all these years and give us photos, funny stories, and newsy reports. We do so appreciate it. While being deployed, you sent that great video of you Skyping with Colby–you are the best. Thanks ever so much for everything –and especially for your service.

Sunday Faces, Again

~ For Your Enjoyment

Comments

For a few weeks, we have been sharing an array of photos on Sunday. I have toyed with the idea of just pictures on Sunday–one less blog to write or figure out, you understand. (Haha) Of course, I have thousands of archived photos, but it might be more challenging to figure out an array than I think. We will see what the future holds–I have a couple of ideas. You seem to like the photos–and it is a pleasant break from everyday 2020 life.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

October 17, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Our first frost arrived yesterday morning, dropping our temperature to 31 degrees–but it felt colder, damper, and like autumn’s gripe. Our tomatoes made it through the frost. I picked another bucket this afternoon. There were more that should have been plucked from the bushes, but they are left waiting. Today, it is a warmer 44-degree morning.

Our tiny stack of hay (from the last cutting) was loaded up and hauled off–we are guessing it was a little damp and not suitable for long-term storage.

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We are still busy with puppy business–Henrietta’s first litter is getting ready to join their forever families at the end of this week. I am still hoping to swim pups–waiting to be sure the weather cooperates and we can get the pond filled. For fun, I posted the swim from Bernie’s litter earlier this year.

Just for fun–we have included this cute snapshot of two pups from the same litter. One is so much smaller than the other. We think it is super sweet.

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.

It is a considerable challenge to get new (fresh) information for this blog. I even contemplated giving up–because most everyone posts their OwyheeStar Weim’s story directly. So many people write saying how important these stories are to them–often beginning their day with the new OwyheeStar News Blog. We appreciate your faithfulness. If you can help, send me a note. It would be much 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— Oct. 11 — No Politics

Monday–- Oct. 12 — The Maternal Side

Tuesday – Oct. 13 — Bella is Good

Wednesday — Oct. 14 — Shiny Writes

Thursday –- Oct. 15 — Infamous (Tango)

Friday — Oct. 16 — Before Tango

On a very personal note

Cliff is working on the new pellet stove install. Of course, it didn’t go as planned–he had to cut the wall and adjust the chimney. (OMG) Does it ever go according to plan–the stove is the same brand as the one before, and the last two hooked up perfect; however, there is a design change that requires us to adjust, adapt, and revamp. (Bummer)

Zucchini flour and Zucchini Lasagna

Ambrosia has stayed busy Freeze-drying –and I expect no change anytime soon. We are learning and experimenting–we even freeze-dried raw hamburger patties. When prepared, they were excellent–better than we imagined possible. We also did potatoes, pasta, and more zucchini. The zucchini is rather sweet and very useful–I am making zucchini flour. (I know–it sounds crazy, right?!?)

A few people wrote they are getting off Facebook for the time being–all the political hoopla is causing too much stress. So, I am going to miss interacting with them, but I get it. On a very personal note, my paternal sister promised to send off her DNA this week. I am hoping and praying she could get it done–me turning up has been a bit stressful, too. Of course, she doesn’t owe me anything, and the fact that she is willing to do this is a great blessing. I am holding my breath that we get the results before the end of the year.

Before Tango

~Maizie in the Spotlight

I enjoyed today’s Infamous story about Tango. What a handsome guy!  I imagine there are many other OwyheeStar television celebrities out there too—because they are so awesome!  Here are two of Maizie’s television spotlights over the years!

Breeder Commentary

Many years ago, one of our OwyheeStar Weimaraners was in a local Oregon Dog Food Ad–but that was more than a dozen years ago. (Old News) He lived with a man who worked at the television station–so there was that, too. Thanks for sharing this with us, Linda. I know Tom and others will get a kick out of it just like we did.

Infamous

~Television Appearance

Fans of Tango may remember how much time we spend at the local dog park. Last week, one of our friends, Lucy the German Shepherd, showed up with “mom”, Beth, who told us that Tango had been on the local news. Fortunately, her husband got a photo of the TV screen, or else we would have missed it entirely. It turns out that at some point, I had commented on one of their meteorologist’s posts with a photo of Tango on our back porch from June, and they waited until last week to use it.

He’s even bigger and more handsome now! ~ Tom

Breeder Comment

Thanks for sharing this with us all–what a fun post. I am sure everyone will love it–and most certainly someone caught sight of Tango and wondered whose Weimaraner that was on the news. I see it shows he belongs to you, but —