Eye-Opening Experience

314161_10151458105751159_1043693600_nDear Cliff and Shela,

Bliss is such a beautiful dog, I always get compliments everywhere we go.  Many people ask where I got her and I say “OwyheeStar.”  Of course I can never remember how to spell it correctly.  I should get some business cards for you and hand them out; not that you need any help finding people that want one of your Weims.

My husband and I love our Weimaraner, and we realize we aren’t quite up to the task yet of two.  I have to laugh at myself now recalling my early emails to you both before I embarked on the journey of owning a Weim.  I’d get another Weimaraner; but Bliss is exactly the dog I wanted and this next pup is for my husband.

I want to thank you and Shela for the all of the work you do.  I am so grateful I got Bliss from you!  You guys are tops, great dogs, great breeding program, the best information, and stellar response.  I didn’t realize how spoiled I was with OwyheeStar as the breeder, until this eye-opening search for a GSP puppy. ~

Please take care of yourself!  If you don’t already, think of your body as a puppy that needs special care.  You are instrumental to bringing happiness to 100s if not 1000s.

~Thanks again, Katherine

Dear Katherine,

You and Cliff have been in dialogue over the last few weeks. We have appreciated your predicament, as well as your encouragement directed toward our efforts. Many people who inquire about getting a Weimaraner from us, are skeptical. We understand the lack of trust, because they do not know us. It takes a while to figure out some of what we have done. The puppy-results are varied; this is due to breeding, and the new environment. Not everyone is the same. We feel that those who follow through (not making excuses) can get their OwyheeStar puppy house-trained very quickly. Once you get the training process going, if you do it in short-bursts, intermixed with fun highlights, it can move along quite well. There are always challenges. Nonetheless, it is our goal to set each pup for success. The feedback makes us believe our foundation process is well-laid.

The placement process is frustrating to a lot of folks. Those who get on our waiting list, and have to trust to do what is in their best interest sometimes experience a lot of anxiety. This can present as troubling-emails trying to tip the scale in their favor, or just a lot of banter. We understand, and appreciate the excitement. The seemingly endless waiting (which probably in most cases is not nearly as long as it seems) is hard to accept. Nonetheless, it often takes waiting to get an OwyheeStar pup. It takes about four-months for the process–from mating to the puppy exits. A mating might not produce a litter. We have a systematic process, and our goal is treat each person fairly. We cannot explain every detail of how we do this, but it ends up being based on priority (waiting list order), as well as preferences. During the unfolding of the process it often gets a bit crazy. Everyone has preferences, and their agenda. It is impossible to predict the outcome–we can guess. Sometimes making a prediction actually creates additional pressure, and leads to further misunderstanding. We have found it best to let the process unfold. In the end, most of what transpires will not matter. Thank you Katherine for sharing with us your endorsement. ~ Shela (and Cliff)

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 February 23, 2015, in Megan X Zee, Previous Pup Update and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I always get leaky eyes when I read this letters… I’m glad they love their Weim so much and I’m glad that your pups bring so much joy to the people …

  2. True sooooo true! Best breeders, best weims, best support simply and truthfully Shela & Cliff OwyeheeStar — THE BEST!

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