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Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~JULY 21, 2018
The wheat harvest happened. Yesterday, Darci and Chris Payne’s crew came back to bale and cart off the straw. Now we wait to learn more from Detingers in Vale. Soon the back field will see work–preparation for going back to alfalfa.
The temperatures are hovering close to the triple-digit thing–hot. We are pouring the water to our garden as well as the lawn.
Manfred arrived –the future OwyheeStar Longhair Stud Dog. It remains to be seen how this saga unfolds. We intend to have him come alongside, and eventually fill Stackhouse’s position. He is adjusting nicely. We are working on socialization.
This Week on the Blog
Sunday— July 15 — Living the Life (Mesquite)
Monday–- July 16 — Home (with Indi)
Tuesday — July 17 — Birthday (Berkley at One)
Wednesday — July 18 — Letter (From Asher)
Thursday –- July 19 — Reporting (Taun & Bacchus)
Friday — July 20 — The Early Stage (Maelee)
On a very personal note
We are well–staying out of the heat as much as is possible. I am most certainly not heat friendly anymore. (Haha) Well, less so than even a few years ago.
We have tried to keep the gardening work for the very early morning. We have the area reasonably well cleaned and looking neat–I think. At least we have the weeds cut, don’t you agree? Our garden–it might not be your cup of tea; however, we are using various farm finds. We think it is interesting. We are working on a budget. We don’t have unlimited time, cash, or opportunity to pull this project together. Some things were more successful than others. We hope to add and improve over the next couple of years. Then, we will see if Ashley still wants to garden with me or she attempts her our project.
Cliff is busy here and there–around the farm and with the Weims. The new air conditioner we purchased for the shop went out. Since we moved, some of the Weims have to stay out there and run the backfield. This situation means we have to have the shop air conditioned. Of course, we didn’t know what to expect. I hunted the receipt. We bought a top of the line unit from Home Depot. He went in to speak with them about the problem. They made it right–thank goodness. Regardless, Cliff had to manhandle the unit out and install the new one. He was feeling it last evening.
She loves playtime with the kids, fetching & retrieving every day. Introduced her to the sheds, though we’ll wait a little longer due to height and she can still be a bit clumsy at times.
She is very smart & likes to test us (repetition is key); we’ve used hand signals along with voice commands throughout her training (helpful for hunting later on, we prefer this method over whistle training). Overall she is very loved, happy, healthy and has made her place in our hearts. We look forward to every new adventure, and with our very active family, she has much to look forward, too!
Training is going great! 1st time playing in the sand this week, too!
We love the photo documentation. Thanks for that! We love seeing she is working at the Versatile lifestyle thing–all terrain Weimar.
From The East Coast
~Taun and BacchusJust wanted to give you an update on the two East Coast pups:Taun is doing very well; we spend a lot of time hiking in the woods (and removing ticks). The other day we were walking down a back road and Taus suddenly froze and pointed toward the woods. I figured he was letting me know that there were squirrels out in the woods and urged him on. He refused to break point and turned to me and gave me this look that said, “well … ? “ Then he turned back and gave a sudden short lunge towards the woods and up flew a grouse that had been sitting in the roadside leaf litter not more than 4 feet from me …. He seems a much more accomplished hunter than I am.
Bacchus is quite adapted to time in his crate. We have one in our bedroom for night time and downstairs for the daytime so he doesn’t feel isolated.Challenges at this time are really working on the Piranha syndrome; he always needs to be biting or mouthing something.Laura is working on fetch and recall and he is doing really well unless something in the compost pile catches his eye.He will still pee in the house at times despite us getting him outside very frequently but he’s pretty well got it.He excels at untying my shoes from double knots.All in all, Bacchus has been pretty easy. He is quite smart and has a very loving demeanor.
Laura and I hope you are all doing well and we are looking forward to submitting our next application and deposit in the near future.Best, Jon and Laura Kilroy
~ guess we found our niche
Hey Shela and Cliff, Asher here. It has been awhile but I wanted to update you with a Paw-Awesome report. My days are filled with many adventures from joy rides to the coffee shop, Farmers Markets, and any store that allow dogs. Funny thing about coffee shops is a friendly hello bark gets me treats. Seriously, that is all I have to do to get a treat. Love it! (Psst, if any other Weim’s are reading this—heads up Chick-fil-A does it too.)
Sniff, sniff, sniff…there is a game that my mom and I play it is called Nose Work. She hides treats and I find them. I know right—more treats—love this game! However, my mom tells me that she created a nose detective monster. As I built my confidence in sniffing it came time for the Odor Recognition Tests (ORT’S). My mom questioned, if she was ready and if she should enter all three or just the one. I told her, “Mom—we got this!”
Paw-Awesome isn’t it?!? My mom and I make such a great team. We passed all three odors birch, anise and clove. She was so happy—I thought, “stop-it mom you’re embarrassing me” but don’t tell her. I was really jumping up and down inside!
And that is how it all began, mom and I trained for the next event our very first trial. She was nervous because it was the first time she has done anything like this. She said, “Okay God calm my butterflies and let Asher do what you created him to do!” She whispered in my little ear, “Okay, handsome—you got this! Let’s go have some fun!”
We had some fun all right. My mom was so excited; I think I even saw tears in her eyes—Gesh, woman! I tell ya! Well, here it is, nine months of preparation of training and confidence building. We received our first title in Detection Dog Class Novice.
Now that is my superstar moment but let me tell ya—the game of Rally-Obedience not so much. My trainer told me, ”My focus has been upgraded from a gnat to a small fly.” I know right, “Are you talking about me?”
Well that is a quick Paw-Awesome report, we have some more trials coming up later in the year and working towards our first competition in Rally-Obedience. A small fly—I’ll show them! Keeping my eye on the prize!!
But first, I am going back to bed!
Asher Von Owyheestar, DDCN
Here she is, the big one year old, enjoying her birthday bone 🙂Thanks for all you do, Cliff and Shela!We love our spunky and affectionate girl!Sincerely, Amanda
Well, we finally made it back safe and sound to Minneapolis. Indi was such a trooper on the 25+ hour drive home. Admittedly, she did not want to be in her kennel at all when we got home – we figure that is the same as us not wanting to get into a car again! Nevertheless, we have committed to getting her crate trained and while she has been protesting she eventually calms down and goes to sleep. We are also abiding by the “freedom is earned” motto! Having gone through this 3 years ago with Olli, we know that this is a marathon and not a sprint and there will be setbacks.
Olli and Indi had a good initial meeting. Olli was not that thrilled but at the same time he was curious and wanted to play. Today, they were chasing each other around the yard and playing. Olli loves to be chased and he finally has a sister that will do that!!! We were so happy to get a sneak preview of what this brother/sister duo can be together and we think that it is filled with great promise.Thanks for all of the information, support, and check-ins! As we have never had a female before, we appreciate your insights and advice. From our perspective, we came back to you for a second dog because we trust your program and yours and Cliff‘s commitment to rewarding relationships.All the best and we will be sure to keep you informed of their escapades!Mary and Ralf
~ Can and Old Girl Learn New Tricks?
You can see the Cottontail right in front of her. I think the rabbits enjoy her also.
Mesquite snoozing after breakfast and her walk.
My shot-shell reloader helper. I can’t get very far away from her. She is happy and doing well.
She can’t wait to get after the Quail every morning. I have to keep a good pace to stay up with her, she knows right where they hang out.
How could we ever thank you, folks, enough? Mesquite has the best possible everything.
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~JULY 14, 2018
The grain harvest has begun. We noticed the crew grabbed the straw they had baled and stacked it already. We hear the harvest will ensue within the next few days. Cliff’s wheel line has a problem. It is old like everything at 369 Onion Avenue. (Haha)
He had to purchase parts to fix it so he can move it out of the field. ()MG) As you can see, it is essential as they will be coming to harvest our wheat, too! The alfalfa is coming back nicely after the recent cutting. Things grow rapidly–the Treasure Valley summer heat is a plus. Our garden tomatoes seem to ripen within hours of starting to lighten (from the solid green to a silvery color).
Cliff left earlier to train in New Plymouth, Idaho with the NAVHDA guys. We are happy for this opportunity. It is about a twenty-minute drive to the training-area–not all that far.
The week found our schedule was a bit more demanding than usual. We had the last Zula Blue litter depart. She found a Golden Year Placement. We could not be happier. The mostly Longhair Litter joined their respective families. Some of these folks had waited a very long time to get the Longhair. We hope to raise a few more in the future. Despite a few Weimlovers aversion to the longer coat, these are catching on. Yes, there is more grooming–and if they are a mud baby, then there is more mess. In town, with a grass yard, the additional care is not all that much. It is not anything like the Labrador. I cannot lie, though–they do take grooming. A furminator-type of brush used monthly makes a huge difference. Well, despite the extra care, people often repeat the Longhair experience once they have embraced it. Or, should I say that of the five longhair pups, three were repeating the longhair option. I think that speaks volumes.
This Week on the Blog
Sunday— July 1 — Henry
Monday–- July 2 — Winchester
Tuesday — July 3 — Tikka
Wednesday — July 4 — News (Re: Jake in New Zealand )
Thursday –- July 5 — Freya
Friday — July 6 — Luna
On a very personal note
We are more than happy to get the news from the Oncologist that Cliff’s blood disorder is not life-threatening. Nevertheless, it does slow him down a bit. I have posted on Facebook a couple of times the details. If you follow us, you may have read the more detailed report. We appreciate all the support and prayers. It means the world to us. Thank you, everyone!
The gardening girls have been faithful. With the busy week I mentioned, Ashley and the girls came to make sure things were more than Okay–yesterday I was at an early morning mammogram, they were here tending and harvesting. It takes a great deal of effort to load up two little ones and travel even a few miles to the garden. I am so very impressed with their commitment and follow through.
I waited to pick the first pear tomato until Evangeline and River were here. (OMG) We washed it off, and Evangeline took the first bite–she proudly declared it delicious. I then told her the little pear tomatoes are grandpa’s favorite. She seemed pleased. We will share a few snapshots of how things looked on Friday.
Joined her family
~ a few days ago
Thank you guys for the followup emails as we get going with the new pup.This is all great. I got her chip registered this AM and she’s on the DN puppy food you recommend — the online Chewy.com shipping option looks nice for future reference. So thank you.
We also have a Vet appt next week and we’re so thankful for the clearly outlined vaccination protocol you recommend. We’ll work with the vet to get this completed without the unnecessary workups.She’s been a blast so far and kennel training has been a breeze. What a joy to have around!Thank again and we’ll be in touch. -Michael and Michelle