Dear Potential OwyheeStar Applicants
Here is an open letter from us explaining our situation. It is hard to put into words. Last year, Shela had breast cancer. She finished treatment in January. We count ourselves very fortunate. Nonetheless, there are changes necessary. To continue to do what we do–raise the Weimaraner, we must adjust and adapt. The limitation doesn’t mean the pup-raising will be any different. Even through our time of treatment, the pups have gotten the same intense care. The outcome has been as always. Regardless, we have to cut back. That means changes are in the making.
- We are remodeling the smaller farmhouse and moving there. The moving is like many rehab situations. It is more involved than we planned. It is taking a lot longer. We need to move in before winter, but we will be moving into an unfinished home. That is a bit scary because it has taken us so long for each step of the remodel. It also means we will be in continued disarray longer than we first expected. In the end, it is going to be for the benefit of everyone. A smaller, single-level home is ideal.
- We are packing to get moved. We have lived in the house where we reside for 45+ years. It saw a lot in its day. More than 500 at-risk teens went through the doors, and sometimes the windows. We raised our two kids, and we have spent family time here on holidays and whatnot. There are more than memories in this house. There is a lot of stuff to go through and get rid of, but each thing has to be handled. It is not something we can delegate to someone else. Our kids will be glad when we depart this earth that this was done now–oh, to leave so much to them would be unthinkable.
- Shela was fortunate with the cancer treatment. She did not have to do the Chemotherapy. We realize (looking back) the lack of Chemo probably saved her life. She doesn’t tolerate drugs. In fact, the hormone-suppressing drugs make her deathly ill so she cannot take them. The radiation was not kind to her body either, not to mention the loss of the 21 lymph nodes.
- Post cancer issues are something we face every day. There are on-going appointments to keep Shela tuned-up. These include physical therapy and special massages to alleviate the build up of the lymph fluids. We purchased our compression pump (at the physical therapist’s recommendation), so she doesn’t have to go to as many appointments. It takes an hour a day to manage the issue. Beyond all the appointments and whatnot, Shela must be careful about the amount of typing she does. She also has to limit the amount of work the arm sees in general. She is of little to no help with the remodel as you might guess. The other bugaboo has been the heat. Eighty degrees is way too hot for the arm. It swells and can double in size–this is a huge problem to get back under control.
- We still have the usual Weim things that have to be done. The chores are a given no matter what.
- Email, messages, Facebook Posts, and Blog Comments all have to have attention. New applicants want answers. Some seem to be put-off when Shela cannot type an answer to each question they might pose. Most of these issues are addressed on the blog or website–it does require looking for the links. We publish this blog every day. At the top of the blog are numerous page links that provide a lot of information. ( https://owyheestarweimaranersnews.com/faqs/)
- Despite all that is going on, the family is important. We cannot make more time or acquire more energy per say. Some of that must go toward our family. They cannot be left in the background–we have a grandson playing football. We need to make as many games as we can. We are expecting our second great-grandchild. These things are paramount in our estimation!
Last night on Facebook, Shela admitted she is running hugely behind on the application replies. This morning there were two comments from previous clients waiting to encourage her efforts. Here is what they wrote.
Virginia—Owyheestar is the BEST, Best breeders, best puppies, the best of the best, I know, I have two and I want one more, I need to fill out another application, but I want a blue male short hair, I have the other two, you know Shela, and by the way, I pray for you daily, because your the best and I love your posts.
Jenny — Agreeing with all that Virginia said below with the exception of having my application in for a second puppy. I think people tend to not plan ahead and that is where the problem is, not with how fast you are able to turn around an application. I started thinking about an additional weim this spring and knew I wanted paperwork in by end of summer. This gives “us” a lot of time to get the right puppy. The plan is for a puppy in the spring of 2016.
People say why not just make phone calls? Honestly, this takes even more time. It is not as succinct–meaning we might miss some essential point. There is no record to refer to if something comes up later. Writing things out is important. Phone calls take an hour and sometimes more time. A dialogue is something of value, but not always the best use of our time. We do make calls and spend time with our clients. We get an insane number of requests for a phone call. Then too; we get a lot of people just tire-kicking ( looking around the Internet) to see if they like us, or if we have what they want right now. We understand all of this; however, our clients are willing to work with our limitations. They are willing to wait. We believe our reputation speaks for itself.
It seemed important to write this out so others might understand some of what we are facing. There are a lot of endorsements and posts to read on the blog and our Facebook page. We cannot thank our OwyheeStar clients enough. If you feel, we are your breeder of choice we appreciate you. We have our protocol that you must follow. You have to trust us to do what is right when you cannot monitor us. We do not take this lightly. Thank you for your patience and understanding!