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The Last for the Year

At the Nielsen Farm Pond

Atti X Boone Swim.jpgWe promised an OwyheeStar client who is getting one of the Atti X Boone pups that we could swim the pup before they depart. Any promise is subject to being derailed by circumstances beyond our control. Mr. Winter could push in and steal the stage. He has already made it evident that he is intent on an early arrival. We didn’t get snow; however, other not so far away places did–Cotton Mountain for one. The forecast has been for a warmer fall, and we hoped for the Indian Summer weather that we love so much.

The icy temperatures departed, and the pups came of age. Isn’t it grand when the stars align? The pond filled and despite the straw-like trim that floated around the edge it made for the perfect opportunity to get the swim accomplished. The last induction to water for the year. We don’t have access to an indoor swimming pool.

We love adding the puppy swim to the list of early life experiences. Nevertheless, many OwyheeStar Weims swim without the benefit of this imprint experience. Therefore, folks getting a winter pup should not fear their pup won’t take to the water. In fact, any Weimaraner can become an excellent swimmer. Some are more natural swimmers than others. It takes knack and patience. The right setting also helps you achieve the swim. A love of the retrieve is an invaluable tool. If you are patient and keep working on this discipline, we have no doubt you will achieve a positive outcome.

It’s That Time of Year

Pumpkin

     ~ Or Banana Squash

I was at the farm stand and saw the humongous banana squash. I was a hmmm moment. Why not go with it instead of the pumpkin. The yield is smaller for the pumpkin, and it requires more work prep. We came home with the squash–sliced it in half both ways–giving us four long quarters. I baked them and then cut them into good-sized chunks, and froze them. Well, we had to have a sample all around–the kids really enjoyed them.

IMG_8047I got three one-gallon bags of pumpkin-chunks. That is probably not enough for us, but my guess is it would be more than enough for you. Slices can be made whatever shape or size you want. I did what was the least work for me.

The same benefits apply to the banana squash as to the pumpkin. By now you might have read about canned pumpkin often being squash–it is nearly impossible to tell them apart once it is processed. What we care about here is the ease of processing.

 

Shoes

Retriever At Work

 

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Funny Thing–Roxy decided to get in Sage’s Crate, and Sage joined her.

Roxy a returned OwyheeStar who has found her second-chance family is thriving. She and Sage (the recently retired OwyheeStar girl) move to the Spokane area. They are two very different personalities, and each brings their own style to the family. Roxy is the dominant one–the front-and-center; look at me first gal.

 

Mama Lara has been faithful to keep us posted on the girls and all that happens. There is a lot always. She has a big heart and embraces the antics as they come. We are thankful to have made this incredible Weim-loving connection.

Roxy likes to bring you something. It appears her favorite thing is a shoe. Maybe she is a shoe-diva or just a finder. At least, she is not a finder’s keeper type.

Just Happy

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It is smokey here from the northern Ca fires, but Lily wanted to run so she had the dog park to herself

22449225_10214171281018568_1147312698_oI call this her happy face. She is so happy whenever she is playing. Thank you for her. She makes us so very happy ~ Catherine

Breeder Comment

We are so happy (and there seems to be a lot of that going around) that everyone is elated. We can see it is the perfect match for all concerned. Thank you, for celebrating and sharing your joy with all of us!

Berkley

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Berkley is having fun in the leaves!

Growing, Learning, and a lot of Fun!

 

Berkley is growing like a weed. Sometimes we call her “bean stalk” because she is growing so fast.

She’s learning more and more every day and we are enjoying her so very much. She is sweet with a twist of feistiness!

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Berkley is excited about learning Latin along with our daughters.
Peck's Berkley_144726Then, she is showing off her ability to heel alongside our 7-year-old. We use the Starmark Collar you recommend on your website and taught our girls how to use it properly.
Until next time,
Amanda

Breeder Comment

We are delighted to learn that things are going well with Berkley. It is great she is such an integral part of the family. Then too–it is beyond surprising that she is heeling for your 7-year-old daughter. Many of our adults (write us) that they are unable to achieve the loose-leash heel. When you understand how to use that collar, and it is used (correctly) a lot of good things can happen.

We sincerely appreciate you thinking of us and sharing a window into your life with Berkley. Keep up the consistent effort and things will continue to move forward positively.

Will Work

For Popcorn

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Lucy LOVES popcorn! She learns new tricks very easily with this motivation!

Breeder Comment

Popcorn is a Cliff favorite and sharing it with the Weims makes it more fun. Stackhouse can count for his; Dusty can catch–sometimes. Cliff likes to put it on the end of their nose and get them to hold it unless he says, “OK” and then the pop it up and try to catch it. We mostly laugh.

2017 40th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~October 14, 2017

Nielsen Farm Hay October 2017Last Saturday our hay (the fifth cutting) graced our fields. The first cutting was chopped. This week the final 2017 cutting found its way into the stack. It was kind of a pathetic amount, but we subscribe to the fact that each bit adds up. As fields age, they produce less, and the back field is slated to be taken out. Winter wheat will replace it soon. Now, for those wondering–no Roundup herbicide will be used on our wheat. Honestly, the use of Roundup on wheat in the United States may be rare–unlike many health-gurus would have you to believe. At least locally we do not see this happening. To the north in Alberta, Canada (we read) about the practice of spraying the wheat in a field before the harvest. The purpose is to dry things enough to harvest. Here and most places in America, we don’t need to practice those measures–our stalks mature for harvest without the aid of a desiccant. And, just to set the record straight, farmers are not dousing their wheat at harvest in the truck as videos would have you to believe. Roundup is not used on wheat other than as a desiccant (as far as we know). It requires the crop be genetically altered (Roundup-ready)–this is a hot topic. We only mention it because we are planting the wheat and we have some insight into local farming practices. (Enough said!)

Atti X Boone Oct 13, 2017 Adventure-39.jpgWe prefer talking about happy topics–such as the Weimaraner. Weimlovers can all agree on their addiction to the breed.

River

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River with her sister Lagoona

We’re writing to update you on River who joined our Family last Spring.  We love her so much and she gets along swimmingly with her sister Lagoona (our five-year-old Blue Weimaraner).  We thought of sending an update to you both since it’s been seven months now since we picked her up from Cliff in Oregon.  Also, I ran into one of your other clients at the pet store the other day who I believe has two short hairs from you both.  One is an award winner.  Anyway, we can’t express how much joy River has brought to our family and so we wanted to say thank you again to you both and your family for helping to bring so much happiness to our lives.

Douglas's River_0295Here are photos of our fun times at the beach this past September.  You can see how happy River is with her sister Lagoona.

All Our Best,

Conor and Erin

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled you love your new OwyheeStar Longhair Girl (River).

Jan dropped us a note saying–“Hi- I was at PetSmart today (I did not take my dogs in), and I saw a woman with two Weimars, one LH and I knew it had to be one of yours because I know the look. She was Erin with River, we chatted for a few minutes, and I told her about Willow and Cypress. It was nice to meet her.”

We agree that it is special to have two Weims who love you and each other. Many hope to arrive at such a place as you find yourself. We are extremely thankful to receive the update. Thank you, too–for reading the blog and following us.

Walking

With Tikka

22291299_10210523866033859_1412669170486689341_oYou remember our previous blog post and my concern about Luna and my relationship–well, we are doing well. There are the fun challenges. Have you ever walked a pup?

 

Tikka: She is doing great! Like all of the other reports, she is super smart, healthy & fitting in perfectly! She is very good about house training (only one accident, but we were not paying attention!), not afraid of anything (except Luna’s bark, must be serious if Luna is concerned!), we are working on a small remodel project and she’s not even scared of any of the power tools! Beautiful little girl!

Accepted

 

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She’s also become friends with Luna’s kitty!

 

 

And There are Two

Luna and Tikka

   ~Our Story

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Well, Mama, we don’t need that little shadow after all. 

Luna has been our world for almost three years, the decision to add another weim did not come easy. You see I am not one who buys into “one weim amazing, two, three, four … the more the better!” Luna and I have a very unique relationship and I didn’t want that to change at ALL. We foster weims from time to time so she has lived with other dogs, but she does act a little different (many of our old games were put on hold until the foster left) and is usually glad to see them go. Her general response was to pretty much ignore the new dog.

 Luna loves both of us, but if she had to make a choice between me and my husband she wouldn’t think twice about choosing me; my husband want’s that with his own weim. I started thinking about it a couple years back and said (more than once 🙂 “I’m not ready to share Luna” About a year ago I got serious about thinking about adding another, I told my husband that it would take a lot of work on his part and even with a lot of work there will be no guarantee that our new puppy would be “his dog” because of course Luna will be #1 in the puppy’s eyes and Luna will tell the puppy how amazing I am & I will be around the dogs the most; so the odds are already against New puppy deciding that Bill is her person,
“OK Shela, pup us on the list”
About a year later we are home with our new puppy Tikka. As exciting as it was to finally have our new puppy, my heart was very heavy “Have I made a mistake?”IMG_2855.JPG
The day we (Luna & I) picked Tikka up Luna totally ignored her (except if the puppy got too close she would have to run!), this is what I expected likely for a few weeks or more.
To my surprise (and delight 🙂 the second day Luna started taking an interest in Tikka! it’s only been five days and the girls are already doing very well, playing & cuddling. The adjustment for Luna was amazing, I think she sensed that this one wasn’t temporary, I’m not sure how but that’s what it seems like.
I’ll have to get back to you on whether or not we can influence who the puppy “prefers”. Bill is doing a good job spending as much time as he can & taking care of all her needs when he is here.  It is common for Luna and me to go one way and Tikka & Bill to go another. I will follow up on that in a few months!
Tikka: She is doing great! Like all of the other reports, she is super smart, healthy & fitting in perfectly! She is very good about house training (only one accident, but we were not paying attention!), not afraid of anything (except Luna’s bark, must be serious if Luna is concerned!), we are working on a small remodel project and she’s not even scared of any of the power tools! Beautiful little girl!
Luna: She is doing better than I had hoped, still very connected with me & not pouting at all (I totally expected some pout!), she plays a little rough but I can see her already toning it down. One unexpected benefit that has happened is that I find Luna in my lap a little more! She’s not really a cuddle dog especially during the day, but if I sit down she’s right there and I kind of love that!