This Week at OwyheeStar

Owyheestar March 2015 Notes

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The OwyheeStar Neighborhood

Spring brings varied weather, and new hope. In this end of the valley farmers are planting with the water-shortage in mind. All too many are going to be affected, because the Owyhee Reservoir is not going to fill. That is a huge understatement. It will not hit the halfway mark. In other Treasure Valley areas they depend on different water sources, but a goodly portion of the crops get water from this very large reservoir—the largest man-made reservoir in the State of Oregon.

Owyhee Irrigation District

Water Outlook Report 2015

  Here we go once again, we are unable to break this dry cycle that seems to keep plaguing us. Current reservoir storage is 158,249 AF which is 43,678 AF more than last year at this time. We started the 2015 water year with autumn rains and snow from late December 2014, with our peak inflow of 7,000 cfs in late December and warmer temperatures through most of January.

Our snowpack was depleted early in February. Spring runoff was a couple months earlier than normal and time is running short for fill from the watershed. Spring storms would be very welcome prior to the start of the water season.

 We are fortunate that our farm water is from ground water. Cliff’s family has farmed this property since 1951, and the ground water has never failed to provide what they need. Of course, the ground water accumulates from runoff. The entire farm is planted in hay, and we will be pumping the ground water for irrigation purposes. We are thankful for our good fortune, but we care about the impact the drought will have on the local economy, and our fellow farmers.

Spring Pups

More directly, we are engaged with the spring pups. It is keeping us extra busy, but the puppy-breath energizes our efforts. We sincerely appreciate everyone who is a fan. Ultimately, it leads to what you read here. The pup pictured at the top of this page belongs to a California couple that is not new to the breed. He was featured on this week’s blog, and his name is Ghost. They understand that a well-socialized pup takes a lot of work. Getting the socialization process rolling once they arrive, is also a challenge. There is always the risk of Parvo looming on the horizon. They have put together a masterful plan that allows them to socialize their young pup without risking exposure to disease. We applaud their efforts, and they will reap the rewards from today forward. People like them, and you make the work we do worthwhile.

The Week on our blog….

We are once again thankful for the updates that make this possible!

Sunday March 8 — Is this a Weimar? and Sleeping Beauty

Monday March 9 — Interpreting Expressions

Tuesday March 10 – Hensley

Wednesday March 11 — Koa Pie

Thursday  March 12 — Princess Gracie

Friday  March 13 — Ghost Tales

On a very personal note……

I love spring–well not mud. We don’t have much mud this year. I am still facing a lot of challenges. These are varied, but I have been quite ill this week. Unrelenting around the clock hot-flashes, and the sweats associated with the drug they insist I take is a big part of the problem. Lymph-edema in my left arm, and upper body is another real challenge. We are working with several professionals to try to keep this manageable. This week was a bigger than usual challenge. The convergence of the post-cancer treatment factors, has affected my ability to function. Cliff continues on, and tries to make up for all I cannot do. We have acquired a helper, and he is a blessing. We will speak more about him in the future. He came in a nick of time.

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. They brighten our day; and allow us to have something to share. We think it was an extraordinary week on the blog, and we hope you agree.

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 March 14, 2015, in News, OwyheeStar. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Sheila, Thinking of you. The medicines are such a challenge. I’ve cut back to 2 aromatase inhibitors a week instead of 7. I don’t recommend this decision to anyone else but basically the question is an existential one for me. On the medication, exemestane, i have severe headaches, no energy, and sleeping challenges.Feeling good is such a blessing. Off the medicine i bike and hike miles and miles. just wanted to empathize, Susan

    Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:49:24 +0000 To: svbray@hotmail.com

    • Thank you Susan — the cure is killing me. I have been so ill; unable to sleep as you put it. I am on arimidex. I stopped taking it days ago, because I have to be able to function. Like you said, I cannot tell someone else what to do. I am not saying I won’t ever take it, but we have to come to some kind of balance. Thanks for the empathy.

  2. I hope it will be better every day a little bit, Easy sends a big Weimaraner hug to you…

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