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Siena

Can You Believe It?

    ~Last Saturday, she celebrated 11 Candles

Winberry_1850Yesterday was Siena’s 11th birthday. Hard to believe. She shows little sign of slowing down except for a bit of arthritis at the base of her tail. We take great hope that we’ll have her around for a few more years because both of her parents, Storm, and Dusty, lived past their 13th birthday and Dusty is still around.
Siena’s life changed three years ago when we left Whidbey and moved back to Seattle to be closer to our kids and health care providers.  We were concerned about the change on Siena but she adjusted with hardly the blink of an eye.  We still manage to walk at least 5 miles a day, around the neighborhood or at Green Lake or Woodland Park. As a result, Siena has become more social, well-known by many of the people along our walking treks.
Siena’s adult weight, 55 pounds, has varied little and she is still getting yogurt and a probiotic as part of her morning meal. Her favorite treat is the pumpkin cookies that Connie bakes for her.
Thanks for letting our beautiful girl become a part of our life. We wish we could have her for 11 more years but will cherish every single day that we have with her.

Breeder Comment

IMG_1387Dear Phil and Connie–thank you for the Emailed update with the photo. It means so very much. Yes, Dusty is still with us, and in a few months, he would celebrate 14 years. We, like you, count every moment a blessing. He likes to hide away in his special spot–where he can see my workstation from the crate. Here is a recent blog featuring Dusty–click here!
Manfred @ 16 Weeks-12We are happy to hear she is doing well. Have you tried the Duralactin — we get ours from Chewy.com. It makes a huge difference. Have you seen our new Longhair Stud Dog–Manfred? Like Dusty, he made a recent appearance on The OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog–Click Here.
Thank you, for your love and care for the sweet Longhair girl. We appreciate you keeping in touch over the years too! Here’s to hoping for quite a few more years.

This Face

Never Tired

     ~of seeing the cuteness

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Well, I must admit I never grow weary of puppy faces. I know I am not alone. While they are not mine to keep, for a day or two I care for yours.

What can they become you ask? Well, for the most part, it remains to be seen. The journey on which you embark may have twists and turns. Sometimes the desire to get everything right this time is your undoing. Well, isn’t it the truth that we overcompensate and create a new issue in all likelihood? Or so it seems.

Quirks and quandaries are a thing. You cannot go far when exploring the Weimaraner before you run across something downright silly. Their antics are celebrated. Well, these are for the most part celebrated. There are the hair-pulling crazy times I suppose. Yet we are addicted. What can I say? You know what I mean.

2018 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

At OWYHEESTAR

This Week on the Blog

You might remember that Manfred went for his sixteen-week check which included getting the titer test rather than a puppy shot. We want to know he has immunity and avoid a potential sixteen-week vaccine reaction. All our puppy folks receive the same recommendation–get the vaccine titer test instead of the sixteen-week puppy. Then, only vaccinate if the titer count is low indicating a lack of immunity.

The series about Rocky and Mickey (being re-homed) probably is the most popular blog: however, the updates that featured Tiga and Lotte, Berkley and finally Jedi (aka Jed) were spectacular. I think you will agree. Cliff and I send out a virtual hug to those folks who took the time and effort to Email us something for our blog. We truly appreciate it.

Sunday—September 2— When We Know (Willow–which Water is Best)

Monday–-September 3— Tiga and Lotte

Tuesday —September 4— Re-Homed (Part Two–with Rocky and Mickey)

Wednesday —September 5— Sixteen Weeks (Manfred)

Thursday –-September 6— Berkley

Friday — September 7 — Jedi

On a very personal note

Jedi

Two Years

     ~Loving Dedication

IMG02We got Jedi (Jed) from you almost two years ago now! I hope you see the pictures I post on Instagram and Facebook sometimes. He has really grown into a great dog for us. He is very protective, adventurous, and of course, is dedicated to his people. He goes to daycare about once a week so he gets a lot of socialization with other dogs and loves going out in the woods with dad on the weekends.
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Justin and I got married last October and Jedi was able to be at the wedding for a bit. He is very much an essential part of our lives as you can see.

Possible Referral

My parents are thinking about getting a Weimaraner puppy. I thought I would check to see if you still have puppies available this year? I will let my parents know to put in an application if they are serious. Thanks again.  ~Katie

Breeder Comment

We send our congratulations on the nuptials. We love seeing Jedi (Jed) involved even if it was only a moment. There have been a few other couples over the years which involved their OwyheeStar Weimaraner/Weimaraners in the Wedding ceremony. We are always so amazed and blessed to know they are much-loved as well as an integral part of the family.

Availability–I should put this out there, now. Our Wait List is much shorter than is typical. Of course, we get inquiries all the time. The list can snowball and take on a life of its own. That being said–we expect Fall and Early Winter pups. We have more people on the list (at present) wanting the Silver Gray or Gray traditional coat Weimaraner. Also, of the ten listed, seven want a female. Therefore, those wanting a Blue or a Male are apt to get a puppy sometime between now and the end of the year if things go as planned.

A typical wait is about six months for the traditional smooth coat–a bit longer for the Longhairs. Occasionally, we will have a puppy not promised before they are born. Maybe no one on the list wants a pup that matches their sex, coat color, or their timeline. It happens. Not often, but every once in a while. It is not a significant concern. As I mentioned, we get inquiries all the time. Many of these are of the highest caliber, and a goodly percentage are via either repeat or direct referral.

We sincerely thank you for your recommendation as well as your loving care of Jedi. Having this update is lovely. Instagram is new to us. We recently started posting a few photos here and there of the pups on there. We keep an eye on Facebook; however, it is challenging to catch everyone’s post. Thanks again for this Email update. It is more helpful to me than you can imagine.

Our Berkley

In The Woods

     ~And More

Hello!
I just wanted to send this video of Berkley I shot the other day. She loves the woods.
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Hope you are well. Thanks for all you do for so many! Berkley is never far from us–like now, she is snuggled up next to me. Here is a photo of her with our daughter, Nora. They make a cute pair, right?
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Breeder Comment

If ever the exhaustion overtakes me, it is folks like you that remind me all the effort is worth it. Thank you, for thinking of us. We truly appreciate it.

Sixteen Weeks

Manfred

     ~The Titer Test Happened

Manfred @ 16 Weeks-11

I was getting ready to have sixteen candles when I learned that you don’t get them for sixteen weeks. Seriously, I don’t think that is right. (Woof!) Okay then, how about sixteen cupcakes. That works. Instead, Shela and Cliff loaded me into that thing they call the Patriot–is’s a large white rolling wagon. We drove to Nampa, Idaho. They said it was a big deal I meet Dr. Calhoun. I don’t see what the fuss is all about, myself.

They talked on about me getting a Vaccine Titer Test (to be sure I am protected). No one said there was a needle involved. They took some blood. My Mom and Dad dropped some cash –don’t you get money for donating blood? Just asking a simple question here and thinking we could stop for ice cream with the coin earned!?!

Bridget loved me and said I had the best personality ever. Cliff and Shela were chatting on like old friends with this Bridget woman. Seriously, she is the one that stuck me with the needle. I think it is a conspiracy. Dr. Calhoun said I was the whole package–testicles are down, too! I guess that is a big deal. What did they expect?

Greta-12Cliff made all these promises that girls would fawn over me at the Idaho Veterinary Hospital, but it was pretty darned empty. I saw three or maybe four hot chicks. Oh and then there was that Greta girl. I think she is a bit odd as birds go. I didn’t give her a look and seriously why was Mama Shela get all up in her face and fuss over this silly bird? She plucks her feathers–what’s up with that.

I guess you could say there is a Stripper Bar at the Idaho Veterinary Hospital in Nampa– look at this nut case. (Woof!) For some reason Mama Shela loves this silly Parrot.

Breeder Note:

Yes, we drive to Nampa, Idaho. Dr. John Calhoun and his expert staff are worth the drive. Manfred is Longhair Weimaraner–our newest Stud Dog. Many of our females (the Longhairs as well as the Longhair Carriers) are related to Stackhouse, our current Longhair Stud Dog. By the way–Stackhouse will be eight years old this November. His siring days are numbered–he has a couple of good years left at least. The biggest issue is we don’t breed back to the same lineage–Stack is related to most of these girls that will produce the Longhairs. Without Manfred, we would be very limited in our ability to produce those Longhair puppies. That would be a sad reality.

ReHomed–Part Two

A New Chapter Begins

     ~With The New Family

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Rocky Kisses

In the first episode of ‘ReHomed,’ we shared about finding Rocky and Mickey a Rock-solid placement. Yes, we got a lot of interest. Nonetheless, not everyone was going to be in the best interest of the two–but we do so appreciate everyone who had the heart to want to help.

As the transition began, Kirsten was kind enough to keep us in the loop. We realize she puts in long hours, and there was the Weim-thing, but she thought about updating us frequently. We had discussed that neither Rocky nor Mickey were supposedly swimmers. Of course, both Kirsten, as well as Cliff and I hoped she could get the both of them at least in the water, if not swimming.

This Water Thing Happened


Not long after they arrived home, Rocky made himself at home in the wading pool.

 

 

Tiga and Lotte

Their Companionship

     ~ and So Much More

40768612_10216859279859502_4020557931333287936_oThe neighbors, hogs, deer and especially the neighborhood foxes will be thankful the dogs are headed back to Seattle (me not so much). Thanking two dogs for their friendship over the last few months might sound odd to some, but until you learn the love of not only one, but two Weimaraners you just can’t comprehend their healing nature despite the high energy approach. Have fun with the kids Tiga and Lotte and GO HAWKS!

Breeder Comment

Dear Mike, we thank you for your service and the sacrifices made. We are glad that Tiga and Lotte are much loved. We understand what you mean about the healing nature of such a relationship–so happy that you can benefit from all they have to offer.

For those reading this update–Tiga and Lotte have been residing in Germany with Mike, but they will be returning to the Pacific NW again soon. He will sorely miss them, but the demands of life require them to go home to Mama and the kids.

When We Know

What We Want

    ~Even When Mom Gives us the Best

 

41269090_10216595651947048_5384589040022454272_oThis water tastes so much better from the Watering Can. Oh Yeah!

2018 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

At OWYHEESTAR

The Veterinary Wellness Exam happened Tuesday. All the kids passed. (Hurrah!) We made a couple of trips to the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary– (it is located on the southeast corner of our property). I think it is a magical place–at least for our family, and wild critters. It is also fabulous for the puppies. That is something Cliff’s father and uncle didn’t imagine when they planted it for the birds.

The Great Granddaughters and both Granddaughters just happened to be there for the second adventure of the week. I did post some of these photos on Instagram. Isn’t this just grand for the puppies. It does our soul good too!

This Week on the Blog

20180905_082302Stackhouse was thrilled that Boise State Football is once again a thing. He loves everything associated with the process–treats, games, and our almost undivided attention.
Beyond the Stackhouse thing, we had the fun, the heartwarming, and the excellent Rocky and Mickey news. The last two blogs of the week got the most likes and garnered several comments–ZooBoo, as Marie calls her made us all smile with her bold bath after the pooh-roll. We have all been there.

Sunday—September 2— Go Broncos (Stackhouse)

Monday–-September 3— Labor Day (Mousse Nursing)

Tuesday —September 4— Celebrating (Mesquite)

Wednesday —September 5— From Jan (About Willow)

Thursday –-September 6— Smelly (ZooBoo)

Friday — September 7 — Re-Homed-Part One (Rocky and Mickey)

On a very personal note