Dear Fans, Friends, Followers
I have thought it might be interesting to give you a glimpse of what goes on here at OwyheeStar–other than the actual raising of puppies. It is hard to believe we have closed the chapter on January.
January yielded twenty-eight inquiries. Not every one of these followed up through. For some, our reply didn’t look promising enough. They needed a puppy now or very shortly. The OwyheeStar pup is typically promised when they arrive–the usual waiting period is, at least, four months–depending upon many factors it can easily be six to seven months. Nevertheless, there are always exceptions. Sometimes there is a litter of all females or males and most of those waiting want other than what arrived. Preferences affect how this process unfolds (and I call it a juggling act). Sex, coat color, coat length, temperament, timeframe, and a myriad of other considerations set the stage. Framed by OwyheeStar not being in control of what they will get–many times we cannot predict any of the afore listed factors, nor can we guess if they will get the litter and if so, how many pups will be in the litter. Then there is the sex of the pup. Murphy’s Law sometimes takes over, and there might be several folks wanting a silver gray or gray female, and most of the pups born are male. We have learned to rejoice over the litter even if it doesn’t match what all were hoping to see. At this point, people can either change their preference or opt to wait. (Keep in mind, priority is in the order your name went on the list.)
Everyone will eventually get the desired pup; sometimes they have to wait longer than anyone can guess. The most common email question is no surprise. When do you think you will have a pup for me? As you can see, it is impossible to respond to this despite the urgency of each note. Waiting is hard for everyone. As you can see, there is more than the inquiries calling for attention. There is a myriad of varied things to be handled– the application replies, client email, blog, social media, and more.
There are forty-three client folders. Will all these folks be getting a puppy? No–many of them have filled out the application during the last quarter of 2015. If they didn’t send us a Waiting List deposit, they are not on the list and eventually we have to cull the folders to effectively manage things. Some will come back later. We try to send everyone a note before removing the folder. Application replies take at least an hour each. There is a considerable investment in each applicant–it is important to know who we are talking with and determine if the Weimaraner and OwyheeStar are a match. Even those who are not right for the Weimaraner get information to help them understand the breed.
It is vital during the application process to ascertain if the person’s lifestyle will be a fit for the Weimaraner. Placing a pup in a home and seeing them fail is something OwyheeStar wants to avoid. The client email is a mixture of folks who either have an OwyheeStar pup or those seeking to get one. The latter is also a mix. Many of the people writing are wanting a second OwyheeStar Weimaraner. Repeats and referrals are at least one-third of the persons on the current Waiting List at any given time.
The second most asked question is one we hate to answer. Where I am at on the Waiting List. Telling someone they are number-twenty-five often freaks them out so to speak. When in truth, that might mean little to nothing. In all honesty, everyone’s unique preferences affect how this works. It is possible that number-twenty-five might get a pup and number-five may not. We have to all believe that things will work out as they are meant to be, and OwyheeStar is not above telling someone they need to wait longer even if the right sex, coat color, and whatnot is born if the pup is not a good match. The OwyheeStar Discovery and Placement Test is another time intense situation. This assessment process happens at the six-week birthday and by then everyone who is slated to get a pup from the litter is waiting for the news breath abated–to know which pup is theirs. To find out more about the pup’s temperament and personality.
Once a litter is born, the pups are the focus. Those getting one of these pups get the bulk of the attention. There are weekly updates, photos, and bits of information as well as coordination of everything for the litter. Those who have been through this process know and understand the outcome; some of you are wondering why we do this. Some days I wonder; however, the end result speaks for itself. We sincerely hope this gives you insight and understanding of some of what is happening at OwyheeStar. January has been extremely busy with the Sadie X Stackhouse litter and a wealth of inquiries. We count ourselves blessed. Thank you, each and everyone for your continued support, interest, and sharing with us.