OwyheeStar Thoughts

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We recently made a few people happy; and a few others not so much. We had summer puppies born, after we failed to produce a late spring litter. Some of you have been watching the news. You may have seen some of the photos. Here are some photos taken just prior to the last puppy exit. There is a lot going on behind the scenes when we have pups getting ready to join their forever families.

There is always the backdrop of pressure. This is because first a person is found waiting to get a pup from us, and then it is not always clear if we can make the whole thing work. We call it the OwyheeStar Formal Waiting List, but in truth if might be better called the OwyheeStar Juggling List. We understand things can change on a dime. People can have things arise, and sometimes in the last hour they change their mind numerous times. The moment we are speaking about is when we are in the thick of our Discovery and Placement process. We try to be as flexible as possible for those who have waited the longest.

It can be very difficult, because we might have a female, and the person had their heart set on a male. The coat color might not be as they desired. There might be other factors that seemed really big, until they realized it meant another period of waiting. It is a complex situation, because we don’t want a person to compromise; however, bringing home a puppy is not like picking a package off the shelf. There are many unknowns. There are factors we cannot overcome on our end. Some folks, in the eleventh hour realize the coat color, the size, the sex, etc. doesn’t matter as much as health and temperament. 

This can leave those that thought they might get the last potential pup not solidly promised reeling. It can leave us feeling happy-sad. In the end, Cliff is right. This is as it will always be, because each person will have to work through the process in their own way. It is a huge decision. In the end, someone is always going to feel short-changed, and someone else is going to feel blessed beyond words. There is no getting around this scenario.

Maintaining the integrity of our word, and sticking to the process when no one is looking creates extra pressure. Overall, most of the folks are more than understanding. It is heart-breaking when we have someone desperately wanting a pup, and it doesn’t work out. The folks caught on the cusp-of-maybe, or probably are the ones that take a hit. For that we apologize. We do care, but in the end, those that were waiting the longest, get priority. This is true even if the wait was largely in part to their circumstances. We all know that stuff happens, and things don’t turn out as planned. For example, the house-closing didn’t come together. That is one that happens often. Down the road a bit, it won’t sting as much. In the short-haul, it can wreck havoc on the plan, and leave a person feeling a sad loss. Ultimately, in our experience, things seem to end up for the best. Hindsight is always the best mode of sizing up what occurs. Over the years, so many people wrote us later, that despite the fact that they wanted a pup much earlier, the timing turned out for the best. The pup was perfect for them. This is a heartwarming statement that we wish will always be true. 

It is possible to do what we can do–no more. We cannot control certain facets of this puppy raising, and placement. We appreciate our fans, and those that are understanding (as well as patient). 


About OwyheeStar

We are Professional Weimaraner breeders--with forty years experience at raising puppies. For many years, we have focused exclusively on the Weimaraner! If you are considering the Weimaraner, or live with one, we welcome you to sign up to our blog. We sincerely hope you will find the information, the stories, and varied posts insightful (as well as entertaining). To those who live with an OwyheeStar Weimaraner, we send special thanks. We appreciate the photos, the news, and your friendship. Thank you for being a part of the extended OwyheeStar family.

Posted on August 29, 2014, in Information and Education and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. maybe because it’s a natural thingy, like to say with certainty when it will start to rain. I hope all of your pups will find a super home and many thanks to you that you always do the best for the pup :o)

  2. We meet the best folks via the pups. Secondly, we have all the pups promised, as well as a Waiting List. This doesn’t make everyone happy. It make a lot of stress not matter how the process unfolds, but in the end I believe it is best to have the vast majority of the expected pups promised before they come into the world. Then we can focus on the babies. :O)

  3. Cheryl Wertheimer

    Getting a pup is worth the wait. It is all about the pup not the potential pups parents

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Thank you Cheryl. Sometimes things are such a bunch of craziness. I am sure those on the outside looking in think I am pulling funny-business. Regardless, it is huge. We do what we can for the people who are first in line. It seems the fairest solution to us. Those who might be alerted of a potential pup, and the ones caught short. I could not do that, but on the other-hand, then they would not even know that this potential was there. More often than not it produces opportunity; however, when it doesn’t the person sitting the wing is sad. In the end, I have to believe it all works out for the best. It makes me nervous, and sometimes upset because I disappoint someone. Sometimes I forget everything, and all who are involved, because in the thick of the moment if physical (as well as emotional) exhaustion. You have gotten two Weims from us, and know we put a lot into the process. Thank you for this comment Cheryl.

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