3 Cliffs and 2 Docs
Keeping things simple works…
Ok being the primary blog author I must admit I am a late comer to the Nielsen family. At least I came a lot later than our Cliff–my husband and your Weim guru! To put things in perspective Cliff and I married 41 years ago. These events all happened before I met Cliff and became friends.
Summer band 1961 was our first encounter. It was more a brief encounter that meant we saw each other but stuck with the kids we knew from our own grade school. I doubt we said two words to each other–me with my clarinet and he with his Euphonium. If you, like most everyone, don’t know what an Euphonium is then think Baritone or click here to read more! Cliff still owns that Euphonium that his father (Clifford) also played in the Nyssa City Band.
Before summer band and before our Cliff got his first Weimaraner (1958-1959) Uncle Clifton obtained his first Weimar–Doc. Uncle Clifton was in love with the breed and shortly added a female. The plan was to raise a litter of pups. It was from here our Cliff obtained his first Weimaraner which he named Doc just like Uncle Clifton’s Weimaraner.
If you are getting confused we can understand. Clifford (our Cliff’s father) has a identical twin brother named Clifton. Therefore, you can see by the 50’s there were 3 Cliffs and 2 Weims both named Doc.
Note: If you are reading this and live in the State of Washington then you might have run across a Cliff Nielsen (Uncle Clifton). For most of his life he worked for the Department of Agriculture in many different capcities such as a Federal Produce Inspector. Over the years he advanced up the rungs of the ladder and when he retired he held the office of the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Washington.
For a season, after retiring Uncle Clifton lead agricultural tour groups around the world. They traveled to Australia, China, and South America. Eventually he and his wife Kathleen relocated to Yuma, AZ where they still reside. Cliff’s father stayed on the farm he bought in 1951.
Cliff’s Father and the Nielsen Farm
Cliff and I followed suit building a home on an adjacent piece of land (deeded to us by Cliff, Sr.) in 1971. Cliff’s father and his twin brother are still both living and will be 93 years old come June. For this we are extremely thankful!
As you can see our roots have sunk deep on the Nielsen Farm. It is here we and the OwyheeStar vision took hold of our hearts. We are truly blessed to have such a nice location in which to raise and work with the Weims.
Thanks Dad if you are reading this! Thank you Uncle Clifton for planting that early seed that grew into a passion for the Weimaraner……..
Now you know the story of 3 Cliffs and 2 Docs.
Again, being a late comer I found it unique that twins were both named Cliff. Then to have my husband also named Cliff tied him very close to his father and uncle. That close family feeling probably lead to naming our Cliff’s Weim first Weim after Uncle Clifton’s Weim. Some might think it was lack of originality but I feel it was more a feeling of tradition and loyalty. Quite possibly the Nielsen’s are also a bit concrete-thinking like our beloved Weim.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed our tale of the Weimaraner and the Nielsen family. ~Shela