I’m Back

…and Making Up For Lost Time

Well, we did it! We survived another 6-month deployment. As I write this, Colby is snuggled up next to me.  Happy I am home! I haven’t left his sight since I walked through the door! 

I managed to successfully get a video this time.  My mom was happy to record it. About half an hour or so (I’m guessing) later, I went upstairs to change and get unpacked.  He jumped up on the bed and started crying.  So I laid down with him and gave him some more lovins.  Here is a video I compiled with the footage mom and I shot.  I’m so happy to be home! 

Breeder Comment

We all salute you and your service. Thank you, for all the notes and photos, etc. that you shared while you were away on deployment. We are all happy to hear of your safe return.

Lovable and More

My Pushkin

It has been a little while since I have sent an update on Pushkin. How can I resist this face of anticipation? Push loves to play fetch. As soon as we get up in the morning he has his ball in his mouth, even as he heads out the door to take care of his morning necessities. I can hardly remember what it is like to have a morning cup of coffee without having a ball dropped in my lap and Push waiting, rather impatiently, for me to toss it to him. He loves to catch it in mid-air.

Advanced Obedience Again


I have decided that we are going to take the advanced obedience class a second time, more for my benefit than for Push. When we took it previously I was in an orthopedic boot due to a broken foot. The foot has healed so maybe I can keep up with him this time. 

The Ease of it is not lost on me


I also want to let you know that when the local feed store closed down the in December, I decided to try Chewy to get the Diamond Naturals dog food. The food was actually a few dollars less from them. It was delivered as promised and in good condition. I would highly recommend them to anyone.


Push is a high energy, stubborn, independent, and totally lovable boy. Thank you for such a great dog. ~Marie 

Breeder Comment

Hello Marie! Thank you, for the regular updates on you and your OwyheeStar Weims. We love the effort you have put into Pushkin’s training–even when you were challenged to keep up. You are a great Weimlover!

Readers–if you want to revisit the last Pushkin update–click here! If you don’t remember the backdrop to the earning of the certificate, you will want to take the time to read Marie’s story. I think it will put a smile on your face.

First Weimaraner

~We love our Eazy

I’m sorry it has taken us so long but I wanted to send you an update. Eazy is fitting in sooo well here. Our boxer, Opie, has adopted him and has been teaching him the ropes. He loves his new humans and vice versa, as well.


We are still working on potty training so that is a struggle. He has already learned to sit and has lost 3 or 4 teeth! 

We took him for his first neighborhood walk today and he was so excited! He loved smelling and experiencing new things!
I have attached some pictures for you, too.


I did have one concern you might want to be aware of. It looks like his front ankles are turned in and paws are turned out. He is still growing and may grow out of it but, being a breeder, I thought I would let you know. You can see it in one of the pictures attached. Take a look and let me know what you think. This is our first Weimaraner so it may be normal.
I feel really bad for not sending any updates sooner so please be assured he is loving his new home and we love him so much it hurts 😍 haha!

Thank you,
Andrew

Breeder Comment

Andrew, we are so happy to hear from you. Of course, we can never say enough how much we appreciate our Weimaraner folks. This is your first, as you say. It is a bit different.

The joints–we don’t believe it is anything to be concerned about. The lineages here have produced quality pups–Deja’s lineage is one we have had for several generations–almost twenty years. We do want to mention that a person needs to be very careful with vaccine–the reason we talk about our protocol is it is in the best interest of the Weimaraner. To venture outside that protocol could trigger a reaction which may result in inflammation of the joints. Sometimes the vaccine reactions can be life-threatening. It is why we make a big deal out of following our protocol. (Haha) No one wants to risk something happening that would compromise the well-being of their beloved fur-family member.

Housebreaking–most folks have very few problems. On occasion, the Weimaraner can get a different idea. (OMG) The trick to raising the Weimaraner is to get them to do what you want–and to think it is their idea. They are very concrete-thinking. A lot of folks think the occasional accident is okay–and it is, but with this breed if they get the idea they prefer an indoor spot to somewhere outside you have an ongoing issue. I am positive you will get this handled, but I wanted to mention it here. Any unwanted behavior is best avoided–this concrete-thinking thing often works in your favor when the behavior is one you want to encourage.

Grace & Bella Rae

              “Shela and Cliff — I made it to New Hampshire”

After a flight recovery day(flight went smooth and easy, no issues) everyone tired but now settling into day to day….Grace and Bella Rae are totally bonded❤️

Breeder Comment

You might remember that yesterday’s blog featured Roger and CW–they flew to Salt Lake City. Yes, we get quite a few folks that fly with their Weimaraner puppy. Nonetheless, it is getting more difficult to make these kinds of flights happen. Smaller planes and different carry-on criteria are the reason it is not as easy as it once was. Nonetheless, here are two families who were able to pull it off.

Why fly, you might ask. Well–in many cases, it is the best option. A road trip is not always in the best interest of the puppy. Nor, is it in many cases the best way to start–get the routine going to ensure you are on the right track. The road trip means you have the concern of where to potty your puppy–it is essential to be extremely careful. Parvo has most likely infected every roadside potty area–read up on this dreadful situation, and you will agree. Being very careful is essential. Every year, more pups are lost to this disease than you can imagine. I hold my breath as I write we have never lost an OwyheeStar to Parvo. We want to keep this way.

Another perk with the carry-on experience might not be as evident. People who fly must get their puppy to settle in the travel bag. If you can teach a puppy to settle–you can teach them anything. It is also a great time to bond. There is something about the travel experience of this sort–it sets you up for an extraordinary transition.

And It Begins

Note: Before CW there was Melvin

The plan was in the works to add a second Weimaraner when Melvin crossed over the rainbow bridge. He could never be replaced, but he had the best possible life–was loved and cherished. Now, Roger and Camille begin a new journey with C. W. They have shared a few comments about their life thus far. It is a bit late in coming. CW left here January 3rd–Roger flew in and carried him home as his airline carryon. Thanks, again for your loyalty Roger. Now, for the story…

Shela and CW on the morning of the flight

Roger Reports — It was a long trip and day.  The dog is more than perfect.  He is adjusting so well.  He is velcro.  I got him to go down at 2:00 A..M.   I covered the crate with a black sheet for darkness.
He cried for 15 minutes, then he slept.  He woke up at 6:00 and cried for 5 minutes.  And, then he slept. 
It was important that he just cried without being rescued.  I’m trying to remember from 11 years ago.  We want to be around him 24/7.  So, the compromise is hard at first. So, he is bonding really well.  I even have him going out the dog door.  Trust is the first elementary factor in the process—I think.  Thank you again for such a wonderful companion.  

I hung the bells and prepared the crate area before I flew up to Boise.  We are ringing the bell with him, and out the dog door, he goes into the fenced area.  We are starting out right. 10-minute training in the hallway comes tonight.  We are determined to get off to a good start. 

From Camille — We are in puppy heaven!! Thank you for CW. He is so cute and Roger has him on the way to house trained already. These dogs are so smart. Above is a photo we took of CW and Eliel. It looks like the puppy has trained the baby to hold toys in his mouth!!!

Berkley

Our Life Made Better

We wanted to share some new pictures of Berkley. We love her so much… Even though she still does very puppy-ish things! Bless you! Amanda

Breeder Comment

Wow–it is great to see some new photos of Berkley. There is nothing that makes us happier when it comes to the Weimaraners than seeing the fabulous life they are leading — being included in activities as well as being an integral part of the family. Thank you ever so much.

2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

    ~January 12, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

Temperatures have been hovering around freezing and slightly below for our early morning temperature. By afternoon, we have been enjoying spring-like temperatures in the high 40’s and even the low 50’s. (Wow)

The Hawks (Kestrels and Red Tails) are busy hunting–we watch them quite a bit. There has been a few Snow Geese as well as the Canadians–but not in the groups we expect soon. Some days we hear the duck hunters trying their luck on the Snake River–we also have noticed some of the ditches and canals have more than what would be considered the typical number of ducks–the species a bit more varied, too.

AT OWYHEESTAR

We are busy with the puppy thing. Cliff is working on our new nursery annex area–I try to stay out of his way. Christina, Ashley, and I spend our time working with, cleaning up after, and socializing puppies. We have plenty to do without micro-managing Cliff’s projects. We have the best puppy handlers ever! Oh–you might notice Dr. Evangeline–who likes to borrow Grandpa Cliff’s stethoscope to examine the puppies. (Too Cute!)

This Week On the Blog…

We continue to marvel at your kindness –keeping us apprised on the OwyheeStar happenings in your lives. (Hurrah–we are blessed indeed!) We had the new puppy updates but also news from (Idaho) Dunkin’s family as well as Miss Lu wrapped in her blanket. Then too we saw a family incorporate a second blue male into the household–what fun.

Sunday— January 6 — That Puppy Look

Monday–- January 7 — Two Blue Boys

Tuesday — January 8 — Athena

Wednesday — January 9 — Kimber

Thursday –- January 10 —  A Weim in there somewhere

Friday — January 11 — Dunkin

On a very personal note

Cliff celebrated his birthday last Sunday–it was a nice time with the family. We shared ice cream cake (homemade low sugar chocolate ice cream and gluten-free brownie) topped with a limited number of candles. Everyone loved the ice cream, but for some of us, the brownie was entirely too sweet. Our limited sugar choices changed our sugar addiction –at least that is my theory. (haha) Nonetheless, this was about Cliff’s preference–he brought home what as left and enjoyed it for the next couple of days.

Cliff had another blood draw and check-in in with the Oncologist-Hematologist this week–on Thursday. His news is as good as we could expect without miraculous healing–the numbers are stable. We are extremely thankful.

Lynda

I have signed back up at the college for the pottery class–Lynda decided she would return this term. At one point, she was sure she would not be there for the Winter Term, but she changed her mind. Christina had planned to take the class but now plans to wait another term. I snapped a photo of Lynda at the wheel–while she talked to her husband. (Haha) We sometimes get calls from the guys when we are working away.

Cliff and I attended two of Brad’s basketball games this week. Bradley (#31) is doing well–the team as a whole is improving. Here is a video clip if you are interested–and if it will upload. Sometimes they show on my screen but once I publish they disappear. (OMG)

Dunkin

Happy New Year!  Thought I would give you an update on Dunkin…he turns 2 in January.

He is a great family member…he does not consider himself the family ”pet”  ha ha…Smartest family member we have ever had!

He loves water…will launch in after a stick, Frisbee…whatever.  Love pheasants, could care less about quail,  is totally into ducks.  We run into them a lot on our walks but have never hunted them because I would rather go fishing.  He loves fishing in the boat.  

He is great around other dogs; my son has a 6-month-old female pound puppy…she is feisty, pretty aggressive……and the two of them can play for hours.

He is an excellent retriever…loves to play Frisbee…is really good at catching it out of the air…we do this when I get home from work…whether I want to or not…..

I hope all is well with you.  Scott

Breeder Comment

Thanks for the fabulous update. We are so happy to hear that Dunkin is doing well. Sorry, I could not get the video to turn–I hope it works okay.

“There’s a Weim in there somewhere”!

~Or, Where’s our Lu?

At Night

So – Lu doesn’t sleep on the bed with us at night but has her own crate and bed.

Daytime Naps


But during the day for naps, I bought a heavy muslin-weight couch cover that I put over the bed, and she has her own blanket. At 8 years old, she does like her creature-comforts (in fact in very cold weather she loves to nap on top of the heat vent!). Spoiled? Of course.


This morning is freezing fog in Central Oregon, and after her morning outing and breakfast, guess where she heads!
I’m titling this one: “There’s a Weim in there somewhere”!
Hope you and Cliff have a great 2019 – and thanks for all the wonderful posts.
Sharyl and Steve (McCulloch) in Sisters.

Breeder Comment

It is so good that you keep us apprised an Lu and her antics. This is a good one–where all of us might like to be on such a morning as you describe. (Haha)

For those traveling through the Sister’s Oregon area you might check out Sharyl’s handwoven creations.

Sharyl Parker McCullochTOO MUCH FUN! Unique designs in Handwoven and Knitted Art-wear
Sisters, OR maxsisters@msn.com

Kimber

~ At Home

Peach and Kimber are finally best buds! We can’t keep them away from each other. They love to play and rough house all day long! Kimber LOVES being outdoors! She also loves to snuggle. 


Thank you both again! Kimber is already part of our family and we are so happy with her.

Breeder Comment

We love you choice of Names–Kimber. (Haha) Isn’t it fabulous that Peach and Kimber are playing together already? We love hearing that we didn’t disappoint. Thanks for updating us.