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~Five Monday and Growing
Happy Memorial Day!
A little update on our buddy Nixon, now 5 months. He is happy, so loved, growing like a weed (65 lbs), loves the beach and loves to swim and chase his kids! We spent the day cleaning graves and he was a great helper and quietly watched over us. Socially he is getting so good in public and behaves so well! He gets excited to go for rides and walks and is learning lots of tricks and commands. We wouldn’t trade this laid back snuggle buddy for nothing! We love him!
Nixon, while your update comes on the heels of the extraordinary six-segment Sherlock update, you are no less stellar. You are lovely and larger than we would expect. Many of the Weims in Fern’s DNA pool were the sort that you would have called undersized; however, even though Fern was around 63 pounds and Boone around 83, your boy is big. He is lovely. He doesn’t look fat–growing a pup slow is in their best interest, but they get most of their size in the first six months, so it might be that Nixon ends up to be about his papa’s size. We will see in time.
~Lucas – Age 18
In a few months I’m going to go off to college and I don’t think anything can prepare me for how much I’m going to miss Sherlock. When people say dogs are man’s best friend, they’re right. I’ve spent more time with him over these last four years than anybody else besides my family. How am I going to fall asleep without him curling up in my bed at night? Who am I going to play tug with? Who am I going to throw the Chuck-it to? Nothing feels as freeing as dropping everything and sprinting down the trail or the beach with Sherlock. A boy and his dog running as fast as they can, feeling the wind rush past, overjoyed to be with each other. He loves nothing more than to run, play, and be really weird. He always accepts me, no matter what. I never have to filter myself or tone myself down when I’m with him. In fact, I don’t even think about it because his love is unconditional. I didn’t understand what this word meant until I had a weimaraner, and now I can never forget.
One of the purest things I’ve ever seen is the excitement that comes out of Sherlock when we get ready to go on a hike. As soon as I put my socks on, he perks up. When the boots are getting laced up, he is now standing next to me. He then leads the way downstairs, nudges his leash hanging from the coat rack, and sits down. He begins to whine when I start filling up the water bottles. But he’s not yet sure if he’s coming or not. The best part is when I grab his leash. His tail becomes a blur, his ears tuck back, he spins in circles, and he yelps with excitement. It is the happiest thing in the world for him. It fills my heart every time I get to witness this. Sherlock constantly reminds me how much joy there is to be found in life. He inspires me to be myself and do what feels right. I’m in awe of him every day.
Lucas–thank you for taking the time to share your experience. You are right about missing Sherlock–do they not worm their way into your heart? Oh yeah! During a time such as this–our fur family members keep us covered with a special love and acceptance that is not easily put into a few words. I am positive that your absence will affect Sherlock as much as you–but he will have other family members there to help him adjust. It will not be quite as easy for you, but with the leaving, a new chapter in your life begins. Thanks again for the share–it is most appreciated.
~Meghan – Age 15
Sherlock changed all of our lives completely. He has such a big personality that I had never seen in a dog before. He is absolutely hilarious and never fails to make us laugh with his strange ways of life. Although he barks really loudly, which can be a little hard to manage, he is so sweet and loves cuddling. He taught my siblings and me how to be responsible dog owners and how to care for a living thing. I think that having a dog has brought our family closer together because with him we go on road trips, hikes, and visit some of the most beautiful mountains. Having a dog requires a lot of exercise which is great because now we’re always outside hiking or running with him. I personally love to go running with Sherlock because he does a good job staying by my side and can run for a long time.
Meghan–what an excellent post you created. We love how Sherlock has meant so much to each family member and how everyone mentions his big personality. Oh my gosh–your family has given him everything he needed to thrive.
~ From Lilah – Age 12
Sherlock has been a dream come true, honestly. The years leading up to him coming home, I wanted a dog SO BADLY!!! I remember the day he came home, from the way all three of us stacked up to peer through the tall window next to the door, to the way he stumbled as his frightened eyes caught the first glance of his siblings. He was right to be frightened, we would tear up his peaceful life with his little puppy siblings and his momma and change it into one full of adventure, kisses, hugs, and so many memories. He’s a crazy dog, one that lights up our lives so much. For the almost 4 years we’ve had him, I’ve looked forward to seeing him in the morning, coming back from my Mom’s to see him, and just doing anything with him. His reaction tells us he feels the same way, first howling as he’s awoken from his sleep, then catching a glance of us from the bend in the stairs, and then still howling but somehow whining and spinning in circles with his tail an invisible blur, as he rockets over to his bed where he waits while we make our entrance. Having that welcome home is always something I look forward to. Who knew, an animal, someone we can’t understand or be understood by, could love so much and just be such an individual.
He’s got this way of knowing when you’re upset, and just being there. He’s a cuddler, and can be found most of the time under the covers, taking up the entire bed in my brothers room, where he usually sleeps. When he’s not with Lucas, he’s somewhere else, laying on top of someone and being sooo cute. He’s an example of how loving we can all be – if all we do is think about food, hikes, sleep, and his hoomans. Even if we can’t all be like Sherlock, a cute little bug that is literally only a heart with legs, we can all think about how we can be happier and make people happier. I couldn’t imagine my life without Sherlock, and I’m so happy I don’t have to. He’s a part of our lives that brings us all together, from laughing at him being a nut, to all hiking with him, or taking him to the park and watching his victory laps as he proudly struts around, bragging that he caught his ball. He’s so incredible, and has taught me so much about life and living it. Thank you, Buddy.
We love your description, Lilah, of life with Sherlock. It is fabulous to have a different perspective. Cliff and I cannot be happier that he fills your life with joy and mirth–it is why we do what we do.
He has logged hundreds of miles of mountain trails with our family, and he has his own pack to carry when we do overnight trips. He loves to SUP and be in kayaks, but he gets upset if we are too far apart at any point – he is the epitome of a velcro dog and just wants his pack together at all times. If we leave the house for 10 minutes, you would think we were gone for a year by the full body wag and frantic circles we are greeted with when we return. This may be our most treasured quirk about him.
He does, however, have the worst bed manners. We just ordered a king bed because no matter where we move, he just moves closer so that his full weight is pressed up against us to snuggle. It’s super sweet and keeps our chiropractor busy. His snoring is impressive, and he’s spent more time in the cone of shame from his misadventures than we can count. His least favorite thing in the world is getting his nails trimmed – it takes all five of us to get it done…
He has brought so much love and joy to our family. He is the first dog for Beau’s kids, and they love him more than they ever thought possible. In fact, each of them wanted to write their own personal story about Sherlock which we will be sending separately. Thank you OwyheeStar (Shela and Cliff) for giving such a beautiful gift to our family!
Bambi and Beau
Life with the Weimaraner is much as you describe–for the most part. Thanks for the details. I am sure our readers are eating up everything you share.
Cliff has been working with Patti on a few basic skills. The Down Stay is considered essential.
~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners
May 23, 2020
Malheur County is opening up–but not open. In Ontario, the grocery stores, Home Depot, the dispensaries, and other places seemed to keep going–very little change. The lines outside the dispensaries are always ever-present–and typically lengthy. The parking lots are full. Momentarily supplies seemed disrupted–shelves emptying. But, it never got terrible for us.
We not only ate dinner out and bought some groceries, but we went to Staples looking for printer ink. Apparently, our printer is popular. The ink for that model was pretty much cleared off the shelf, and the clerk told us there would be a delay getting it shipped. (OMG) They had the black and blue cartridges–it got us printing again. Nevertheless, the other colors are dreadfully low, so our printing might be short-lived. The ink might be out of stock, but it appears we can print a bit. Impressively, I bought a 20 pack of the toilet paper we use, and the end cap featured various hand sanitizers. So, if you live in Ontario, you might check Staples for these items.
We have a very few puppies –all are spoken for, but not old enough to leave just yet. Inquiries continue to come– it is avalanche-mode. Of course, the desperation expressed means many of these are going to move along. They have decided to add the fur family member while sheltering. We get it. But we don’t have puppies tucked away. When we share that we cannot predict the future (who we will mate and what we expect to be born), it adds to their stress. Even the shelter in Caldwell, Idaho, is empty. That speaks volumes.
This Week On the Blog…
As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. This week we began the series featuring Sherlock–there are several segments left. We appreciate the fabulous update. Thank you!
If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).
Sunday— May 17 — Carefree Hattee
Monday–- May 18 — Bisbee
Tuesday – May 19— Behaviors
Wednesday — May 20 OwyheeStar
Thursday –- May 21 — Sherlock –part one
Friday — May 22 — Sherlock–part two
On a very personal note
This morning’s Facebook greeting talked about our life in far Eastern Oregon–which does not resemble life in much of Oregon. I am positive many would call us redneck, conservative, and you fill in the blank. I have never been happier than to live in this area. We are not unaffected, but most certainly less affected and influenced by COVID-19.
Cliff and I have been doing what we do–right here on the farm south of Ontario with our Weimaraners. Cliff had been in a battle with our old irrigation system–but he is brilliant, so of course, he keeps it going. I am finishing up with the business of puppies. At the same time, thinking we need to get the garden planted–soon.
We have no plans –nothing on the horizon to mention. I guess I hope to see the Great Grandkids soon. They light up our life and fill our souls with everything good in this world.
He is Beau’s first Weim
We have had Sherlock now for 3 ½ years. He is Beau’s first Weim and my second. As a puppy Sherlock was nearly perfect – he was happy, social, adventurous and learned an amazing heel early on. Our one mighty struggle was crate training. He just wasn’t having it, and wrecked a couple of crates in the process, At six months we shifted directions, and Sherlock had free roam of the house. We feared for our furniture, but he couldn’t have been happier or better behaved. We learned that each Weim is individual and we just needed to adapt to him. This was clearly part of his master plan all along…
Our family is an active family, and Sherlock’s love of the outdoors drives almost everything we do. He’s travelled with us on all of our family vacations, and so far has visited eight states and British Columbia. He has his own Instagram account (@thewileyweim) so we can share his adventures with our friends and family. There isn’t a body of water he doesn’t love, from the smallest puddle to the Pacific Ocean. He is obsessed with chasing a ball and is the fastest dog we’ve ever seen. He likes to control the pace of the throwing by holding on to the ball when he starts getting a little tired, but when we start throwing a second ball he can’t help himself and just chases the second with the first in his mouth. He also does some hysterical preening by running around us in a circle when he brings a ball back – it’s always just a lot of fun and laughs.
Bambi and Beau
Yesterday your firsts segment rocked the world, Sherlock. Let’s see what happens today. Again, thank you!
~Greetings from Northern California!
We are long, long overdue to send you an update on Sherlock, so we are making up for it by sending you a lot! Beau and I have included about 15 pics from his pup days until now. Beau’s three kids each wrote their own update and we will send each of them along separately with a couple of pics of each kid with Sherlock. We know you love to have material on your pups and this way you have some you can send out as/when you see fit. Sherlock is wonderful and is a happy, healthy and active boy who brings so much joy to our lives – thank you so much and we hope you are both safe and healthy during these difficult times.
Bambi and Beau
We are thrilled to share several segments in the coming week that feature Sherlock (Zula Blue X Blue). We appreciate all the effort you and the kids put into sending this update. We know our readers will feel the same.
“Where Beautiful Friendships Begin.”
We want to stop and post a thank you to the OwyheeStar Community, Family, or whatever we want to call it. You are the best! We saw all the posts to break the COVID-19 news, and to brighten our days. Focusing on anything other than the constant news and the need for social distancing is welcome.
The OwyheeStar Group is a Weimaraner group exclusive to those who have the OwyheeStar Weimaraner. We appreciate you staying engaged, liking our posts, and sticking to all things OwyheeStar and Weimaraner. That was our goal when we created this group. We didn’t make it private, because others viewing our posts is welcome; however, only those of you who have the OwyheeStar are welcome to join. The two-different Facebook locations might seem a bit confusing–we regret any confusion. Some Weimar-fanatics are used to belonging to everything Weimaraner–we get it. This is different. Most everything (and even a few additional posts) can be found on the OwyheeStar Weimaraners Page–which is open to the public on every level–in this group we are OwyheeStar exclusive.
We hope you enjoy our information and the stories our OwyheeStar community so graciously provides.