2017 28th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~July 22, 2017

 

This Week on the Blog

20116807_10213083004133048_2234169274065277173_oHere are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  We started the week with Willow and her winning ways. She is amazing. We had more updates come in this week–just in time. Cliff and I cannot thank you enough. We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort!

Sunday—July 16 Willow ( This time a Triple Perfect Score for Agility)

Monday —July 17 What Could Be Better?

Tuesday —July 18 — Princess (Bella Celebrates 3)

Wednesday — July 19 — Not So Long Ago

Thursday  — July 20 — Much Loved 

Friday  — July 21 — Alli

Product Endorsement

There is no one product that works for every situation. Trainers each have their preferences. Certain Weimaraners will respond more to a particular approach. Regardless, we have known countless people who have struggled to get loose leash compliance succeed using this type of collar. Understanding how it works and getting the desired outcome takes a bit of knack, but when used correctly, this tool can be your best friend. We cannot emphasize how important achieving the loose leash compliance is on so many levels. Relying on head halters, front-hooking leashes, and pinch collars can seem like a Godsend; however, they can actually fuel the desire to pull. When used correctly, this collar can lead to compliance on a regular flat collar which is the ideal outcome. The folks at Chewy asked us to review this collar for them, and we were happy to do. We hope someone out there finds this helpful.

On a very personal note

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The Cyclamen watch continues. .There is at least one bud lifting its head. I cannot wait until it blooms.

The heat has been taking its toll on Cliff. I have issues with it and have had for years. Since the cancer treatment, there are additional things that make the heat bad for me–and we are talking 80 degrees and up.

We had friends visit this week. It had been a long time since we saw them. What a wonderful gift to have them stop in to see us.

I had a better week than any for the last ten months. Nevertheless, I may have overdone things a bit. Cliff and picked a few plums from our son’s tree. It is amazing how many jars we got with not all that much fruit. We have some juice for the future, plum sauce, Plum-Apple Syrup, and Plum-Berry Syrup. There are 35  jars. Now, we need to live 30 years because we have enough plum product to cover us. (Tee Hee)IMG_6334

 

 

Alli

Spooky Spoiled

     ~Nonetheless, Much-Loved

Scartozzi's Alli-2Thought you might enjoy to see how my girl Alli is doing! She is a love bug, but boy is she afraid of everything! As a pup I exposed her to everything and she is still afraid of every loud sound, the lawn mower, and gun shots (which we have a lot of) just to name a couple. She is terrified of getting her nails clipped even though that is also something I worked on with her as a pup. She is just a dog with her very own ways. She loves me to no end and her whole butt wages when I am near. She shares my pillow with me and we cuddle when she is scared. She loves my kids and gives them lots of kisses.
She has been a huge part of our family and I am so blessed you’ve allowed us to have this sweet girl!
~Ashley

Breeder Comment

There are many ways to end up with issues–especially loud noise sensitivity. We humans and I am not saying Ashley did or didn’t do this, tend to do the very thing that ingrains the fear rather than alleviates it. It is the most natural response in most cases. Well, nuff said. (Yes, I know it is more correctly enough said). Maybe it will be a topic of discussion one day soon. We have spoken about it before.

Thank you, Ashley, for loving this sweet girl and sharing with us.

Much-Loved

Koda

Hartung's Koda_1244Oh we love him so very, very much!!!!   He’s super loving, smart and just ornery enough to make you laugh often!!!  Wouldn’t trade him for the world.
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Koda still doesn’t like being in a crate while we are gone!   A carabiner solved the getting out issue but I have no idea how he got the zipper on his bed open to tear up the foam.  I guess we take out everything except his stuffy while we are gone now. His crating seems to be going backwards.  Koda doesn’t realize how stubborn his dad is though. Ha-ha! 🙂

I just wish he would do better when we were gone.  I’m sure part of it is due to how much time he spends with me during the day. Working from home isn’t always a good thing. We are talking about taking him to the doggy day care one day a week some friends of ours take their dogs to. I think that would be good for him.  Don’t worry, he’s not going anywhere!!!  🙂

Breeder’s Comment

I don’t suppose Koda can blame this on the neighbor’s dog.

Not so long ago

River Joined Our Family

     ~ So Tiny that there was room for two!

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She Loves the Drive Thru

      ~ She has Grown but not outgrown Dutch Bros.

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On the close up we were in the drive through for Dutch Bros, we’ve been taking her to the same location since we got her as part of her socialization and now she gets all excited and happy whenever she sees that we are pulling up into their drive through. She is one of the most popular pups there and everyone is always so glad to see her, it probably helps that she gets a nice dog treat from them every time.
Breeder Comment
Thank you, for letting us know that River is doing well. It is great to hear she is so popular too!

Princess

Bella Celebrates Three!

St Denis's Bella 3YRS-AThis princess is 3. Whoa …how time flies.

Seems like just yesterday we brought her home. This girl stole everyone’s heart from day 1.

She is so adorable and cute.

She barks and chases everything, birds, squirrel, dragon flies ,,, in the water at the dog park 😉 We love watching her and her facial expression is priceless.

We thank you, Cliff and Shela, for giving her to us. She completes our lives.  

Love, Sri, and Kevin

 

Breeder Comment

We love how you celebrate Princess Bella –her birthday, her daily activities, and whatnot. The fact that she is cherished is all we can hope for any OwyheeStar offspring. Thank you, both for the photos and the videos. We know everyone will enjoy seeing Bella celebrate her birthday. You have a way of bringing an elegant flare to everything you touch Sri. You bless us with your generosity and kindness. We count ourselves fortunate to be connected. Our wish is that Bella lives on and does well for many years to come. Thanks again for staying in touch too!

What Could Be Better?

Fellig Updates Us

           ~He is on Facebook Too!

Fee's first nightIt’s quickly coming up to the two-year anniversary of meeting The Mummy at Boise airport and knowing she was all MINE! She has given me all kinds of loving nicknames – Monster, Fidgety Fee, The Terrorist, Worse Dog EVER, and in exchange I have shown my appreciation by biting, body slams, practicing my ‘downward dog’ on her thighs when she least expects it, ripping out the screen door, and reworking the garden’s landscaping. I know she’s just joking when she says she’s going to send me back to The Grandma or put me to sleep.

But a few months ago she took me to a big warehouse in the eastern reaches of the Coachella Valley and introduced me to a life-changing activity. Now, I must admit that despite everything, I have the best The Mummy. She has spent thousands of those dollar thingies sending me to an amazing day camp facility, gives me the BEST dead animal parts, and puts up with me hogging the bed, but this is beyond anything she has done and has quickly made me want to give up my less desirable habits.

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The warehouse is full of this amazing equipment – tires to jump through, planks to walk along, tables to sit on, A frames to launch over, and a curious device called a teeter-totter. While the other dogs shied away from using the equipment, I embraced it – show me how it works, The Mummy, and I will conquer the concept on the second go! Don’t bother about baiting me with treats – I’ll do it for FREE!

Fee and his agility toy prize

I cannot WAIT for each Sunday! Last week we brought home two certificates that prove I am the BOMB! And guess what? Last week The Mummy took me to my first ‘scent’ class! A bunch boxes and puzzles strew around the warehouse where the trainer thinks she is hiding treats from me. Pah! Doesn’t she know I can smell a drop of blood in five gallons of water?!  I’m going to LOVE this!Fellig and chip

Breeder Comment

Wow! Another Agility Weimar report. This time a Blue Boy! And now you are moving into the nose work–excellent stuff. A lot better than the garden bulldozer status you were excelling at. Every Weimaraner needs a job, and it can vary according to the lifestyle and temperament of the Weim and their human. Thank you, Fellig for taking the time to write with your busy schedule.

Willow

In The News Again

~ Jan Willow Set the Standard at Perfect!

20116807_10213083004133048_2234169274065277173_oUKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Novice Trick Dog, UKC Rally Obedience I, UKC Agility I, Therapy Dog International certified!

Breeder Comment

What can we say? Congratulations hardly seem to be enough. For all the natural ability as well as Willow’s excellent temperament none of this would have been possible without Jan. It takes dedication and a lot of hard work to garner a prize, ribbon, or title. When the list of titles continues to grow, it is beyond impressive–the stellar performance makes us so proud too!

PS–what a fantastic photo!

2017 27th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

           ~July 15, 2017

 

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Sage and Cliff went for a walk on Thursday morning

The summer weather is bearing down on the far Eastern Oregon Treasure Valley. Yesterday as we traveled to town we found one of the wheat fields was gone and another the edges were taken. So, we see a lot of the bean fields and now the wheat in the midst of harvest. I have said many times that I dislike having a barren look before winter; however, the harvest is ever so important. The unsung farmer labors to make us the food and often to eke out a living. Some years might yield a bumper crop that sells at an excellent price. Other times, paying the expenses can be difficult. Of course, our lives are time close to rural living (the farming and the ranching is close to our heart). You can see our hay has rebounded and is nearing another cutting. It would be great to make a little something (which is much-needed) from the hay this year. The price is down is which is perfect for those buying and not so helping to those raising it. We have a smaller hobby farm, but growing hay is preferable to crops that require more chemicals.
 

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  Honestly, we have had just enough come in to keep us going. When I wanted to freak a bit, one of you came through with something just in time. Cliff and I cannot thank you enough. We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort!

Sunday—July 9 Loving (Raider and the Grand baby)

Monday —July 10 Rogue & Rebel

Tuesday —July 11 — Where to Drink

Wednesday — July 12 — In Missouri (Blue the Longhair does it all!)

Thursday  — July 13 — Meanwhile (In Alaska…)

Friday  — July 14 — So Many Caption Possibilities

Product Endorsement

There is no one product that works for every situation. Trainers each have their preferences. Certain Weimaraners will respond more to a particular approach. Regardless, we have known countless people who have struggled to get loose leash compliance succeed using this type of collar. Understanding how it works and getting the desired outcome takes a bit of knack, but when used correctly, this tool can be your best friend. We cannot emphasize how important achieving the loose leash compliance is on so many levels. Relying on head halters, front-hooking leashes, and pinch collars can seem like a Godsend; however, they can actually fuel the desire to pull. When used correctly, this collar can lead to compliance on a regular flat collar which is the ideal outcome. The folks at Chewy asked us to review this collar for them, and we were happy to do. We hope someone out there finds this helpful.

On a very personal note

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I keep watching the Cyclamen. It is thriving but the floral array still alludes me. My heart longs for the beautiful red flowers that make me smile. Nonetheless, going from the top breaking off to several very nice looking leaves and more stems coming up is encouraging.

Hope comes in many forms. I think the silly cyclamen thing is something that keeps me going. It should have died, but instead, it thrived. We don’t control everything and even when something seems as if it is a lost cause, we can be shocked.

The Farmhouse Remodel vs. the heat

Cliff (for the most part) is derailed on working inside the farmhouse. We have been able to add some much-needed shelving. Otherwise, he has been busy outside, and the heat is really getting to him. When we were young, we both loved the heat. Then I found myself intolerant–probably due to a heat stroke. After the cancer treatment, the heat issue became bigger–anything beyond 80 degrees has to be extremely limited. Unless you have experienced the instantaneous swelling caused by Lymphedema (due to the removal of Lymph nodes) you cannot imagine this. We take so many things for granted until they no longer work. The lymph system is amazing.

The Lymph System

My lymph issue has improved more than I was told would be possible. At one point, my physical therapist said we might well have arrived at the limit of what was possible. My left arm was about an inch plus larger than the right on a good day. Since then, things have continued to improve. I think we are talking about a miracle. When George (the massage therapist) first started working on my arm, there were hardened tissue areas, and I developed cellulitis on two occasions. Now the harness is gone, and wrinkles of the best kind are a part of the healing process. My wrist had no wrinkles, and you could not see any veins even at what was considered a vast improvement. Now I have visible veins, wrist wrinkles, and a dip above my elbow. My body is coping with the lymph issue. I still have to be careful about the heat, and I continue to get therapeutic massages to ensure nothing hardens, but I am very thankful not to be having major issues with the Lymphedema. The lung issues remain. Nevertheless, it gets better, and like the Lymphedema issues, I believe that my body will heal itself.

Cliff

Cliff is out in the heat way too much. He has struggled with Shingles for a number of years. Recently it has not surfaced, but with his extra load (due to me being not 100%) and the extreme heat they are flaring up. I feel his pain. He is busy moving the park-like lawn this morning. Every day brings a lot of things -the Weims, the farm–including irrigating, his birds, and the constant repairs. The problems crop up from every direction. We are indeed blessed that usually, he can fix what is broken.

 

So Many Caption Possibilities

This Photo

19260790_10156337223419838_4727383142732298426_nI can relate to these three that are so ready for bed. There are so many captions that could fit this snapshot–maybe you can comment what came to mind. That would be great.

  • Let’s get this show on the road
  • Find a place if you can Mama–don’t disturb us.
  • Are you going to get this bed made so we can call it a day?
  • We need our beauty sleep.

There is no doubt the snapshot speaks. It is a special one. Two Weims and a Kitty–both Weimaraners are Blue. One is a Longhair and the other the traditional smooth coat. Behind the obvious, there is a magical backdrop. If you don’t remember the story, or you missed it, less than two months ago Blue (the smooth coat Blue Weimaraner) joined the family. Click here to get the scoop. Things happen for a reason seems to be the appropriate mantra. What an amazing family (fur and human) to pull all this off during a busy baseball and golf season. Many thanks to Beth and all that made this fairy tale ending possible.

Where To Drink

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     Jan Reports on Willow

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I have multiple water pans around my place for the dogs which I keep filled daily with fresh, clean water. However, Willow’s favorite place to drink is from the watering can on the porch, LOL! Funny Girl!

Haze and Sky Offer Help

“We got you covered Willow!”

We have water pans outside for the pups, but if there is a puddle, they would prefer it. Sadly, puddle water is risky. A bird can track a one-celled parasite in that water, and it will take off like wildfire. That is never a good thing.

Other options for drinking are many. Outdoors is always a good idea when it is seasonally possible. Many the Weimaraner who has holes in their lips–if you get my drift.