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At Her New Home
Many of you remember that Mesquite was fortunate to find a fabulous golden-year-placement. She is soaking up the experience inside and out. There are the walks as well as field work where she loves pointing rabbits. She is a bit reluctant to leave sight of Lyle in search of the elusive pheasant, but she does love birds as well.
This year she sits Christmas Tree poised as asked while Lyle snaps a photo. What a good girl. As you can tell, she is much loved and well cared for too! Her eyes speak volumes. OK—I wear the scarf and sit by the tree. Now, can we do something else–snuggle, go for a run, or play a game?
We cannot thank Mesquite’s family enough for all they have done and are doing for this delightful retired OwyheeStar girl. It means the world to us. I guess this is what you call a win-win situation. She went to work at her new position–filling a big hole left in a Washington family’s heart. Good job Mesquite!
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~December 16, 2017
The morning brings us to the season’s actual first snow at OwyheeStar. We have seen a few fleeting flakes before last evening’s deposit, but nothing that covered the ground. There was no overnight accumulation. We got just the frosted coverage that left some of the fields peeking through here and there. At 13-degrees (and the windchill factor putting us closer to well below 10-degrees) it chills our bones. When I got up, it was 16-degrees. The forecast for a high of 40-degrees. We can only hope for predictive accuracy. The good news is the sunshine is up and pushing against the dreary-gray overcast inversion of yesterday. Welcome, Mr. Sunshine. You brighten our day and lift our spirits.
I think we can safely say the farmers have put their equipment to bed. We see the neighbor depositing the after process onion liquid on their fields. The steam rises from the area even at a warmer temperature. The trucks come from Top Onion who produce highly concentrated essential onion oil. So, although the farmer is depositing the after production residue, it is in conjuncture with the manufacturer–rather than conventional farming. It means we have to be even more vigilant with the large tanker trucks on the roads between here and the south of Ontario.
We take heart against the bitter cold temperatures. They come, and they go. We bundle up as needed. We stay thankful for our little farmhouse and the heating system. We have the pellet stove for backup, and so far we have not ignited it, but coming soon for sure. As I arrive a few paragraphs later, things have changed. The beautiful Mr. Sunshine has gone into hiding. We are enveloped in a thick and prevailing fog. We sincerely hope the obscuration of the big globe in the sky is short-lived. Otherwise, there is no hope of seeing the promised warmer temperatures.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. Special thanks to all of you have remembered us with great updates. These really saved my life this week. Thank you, every one who thought of us during their busy December schedule.
We hope you enjoyed hearing the news and seeing the photos as much as we did. Thank you, for the likes, the comments, and to the new subscribers. We have three this week.
Tuesday — December 12 — Luna
Wednesday — December 13 — Growing like a Weed
Thursday —December 14 — The Sofa
Friday — December 15 — The Duo
On a very personal note
The week can best be described as super social for Cliff and Shela. In the last fifteen-plus months (especially with Shela’s health crisis) there have been only a handful of events where the both of us attended. This week alone–we went to our grandson’s basketball game, had dinner with our long-time friends–Danny and Shirley. We attended our small home group meeting on Thursday evening. Friday morning (bright and early) we met another couple from our past in Payette for breakfast–then our daughter dropped over for lunch. These events lifted our spirits and brightened our week. It wasn’t all planned. The week took on a life of its own such as they tend to do.
Cliff continued to work on the carport enclosure and did a few other repairs. He was called back to the doctor for another blood test last week, and we heard that his white cell count is higher than it should be and rising. So, we have a bit of concern there, too. We are hoping for improvement and covet your prayers. Thank you, each one for all you share with us. Your support means a lot.
Oh, and our friends Bob and Linda gave us a large container of local honey from their property as well as a beautiful poinsettia. We have even more color gracing our dining area. We are blessed, indeed.
Maverick and Goose
What could be more fun or work than raising the Weimaraner? It is vital to get the basics done right, so you can have years of enjoying your early effort. Housebreaking, crate training, the recall and walking on the leash are some of the most fundamental achievements.
~ Cute Faces
Cypress weighs 40 pounds now, she is growing like a weed! She and Willow and Daisy play and play, they get along great. I have been taking Cypress to my dog obedience classes and she is already doing well as a demo dog! I will take her to puppy classes in January at my friend Kathy’s dog training center, as I will enjoy being a “student” and socializing Cypress. She is very healthy and beautiful, I get tons of comments on her. She is still quite shy but we are working on that, and I socialize her daily, I think she will come around as she gets older. She is very bonded with me and doesn’t wander at all, she likes to stay near me which is great.
I hope you are having a wonderful week, take care, Jan~
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Luna is awesome. She is smart, sweet and confident but not aggressive at all! We just love her personality. At 3 months, she is potty trained, comes when called and has learned to sit. Most of this she learned from our 7-year-old Weim, Scout! She has stolen our hearts! What a great dog.
Dear Weimlovers, you are the kind that makes what we do so worth it. Not just your success, but your heart and approach. We value it! Maybe you did have it easier with one training the other. Possibly Luna was extremely trainable, too! Who can guess? Regardless, you are off to a fabulous start. Thank you, for thinking of us. We so appreciate the photos and the news. It means more than you can know!
Our Beloved Zeus
~ Celebrating Six Years (December 10th)
6 years ago yesterday we brought Zeus home! I just want to let you know how thankful we are to you and Cliff. He is such a wonderful dog! We love him so much! He has a personality like no other dog we have ever had.From the moment I saw him, I fell in love with him, and my bond with him grows even stronger every day. He’s such a silly boy… always keeping us entertained. He is also a perfect companion for me and enjoys doing things with me. Hiking and swimming are his favorite things!I have him enrolled in a class now called “Obstacle Course.” He loves being in school again! In it, he learns to go over and through all sorts of obstacles. He has to learn to go through it slowly… ha-ha that’s funny! Zeus go slow?? He thinks it’s an agility course and buzzes right through it!In the last class, we had he learned to stop in between each obstacle and stand and wait before he moved on. He was such a good boy! Another challenge for him is to wait his turn while the other dogs have their turn. He loves it so much he doesn’t want to wait. I bring lots of stuff to keep him entertained while he waits and that seems to work well. The teacher has been very impressed with him!Thank you again for 6 years of happiness… I am looking forward to lots more!Have a very Merry Christmas also!Jeanne & Zeus
Dear Friend and Weimlover–we are thrilled to hear from you. We remember the day you picked up Zeus (as well as Gibson). Gib need a ride north because of issues that with his families travel from Canada south. It was so gracious of you to help out another family.
We have enjoyed the many updates on Zeus life, and your Facebook snaps too! It warms our hearts to know he has brought you so much joy and is so loved. Of course, we hope he lives a long life–so we wish you many more birthdays to celebrate. Thank you, for all you do with and for him. We are indeed blessed to know you!
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~December 8, 2017
It is 29-degrees. That is warmer than we expected. The prediction is for a high of 32. (OMG) The outdoor potty area is made so we can wash away the pooh and whatnot. Isn’t that a grand topic for this Saturday morning? Well, unless it gets warmer, and I hope it does–I will not be able to do the thing with the hose. It means chipping away and carting off rather than the washing. Ah, Winter has its challenges.
The farmers are tuning up their snowmobiles and thinking of escaping to the mountains. We live on a farm. I call it a hobby farm and some of you would wonder why. I am not sure how many acres it takes to make a living. It used to be around 300. It has to be a lot more than that, and we have what we call a short-forty. That means a few acres less. We won’t be escaping to the mountains anytime soon. The Weims would not appreciate our absence, and we don’t have anyone to cover for us.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. Special thanks to all of you have remembered us with great updates. Sunday opened the week with Charlie Mae’s annual wrapping of the Christmas lights. To her dismay, we enjoy this holiday event. She is a good girl and allows it to happen.
Friday and Wednesday’s blogs are connected. In case you didn’t know Lucy and Toby were adopted by the same extraordinary family. One interesting thing about this that might also be confusing. On Facebook (who has its own protocol) the one photo of Toby was selected represent Lucy. If you see the gray pup photo–it is not Lucy. She is the stunning Blue sister. Toby is wearing the scarf. Finally, we heard from Wellie’s family. It has been awhile since we had an update. He is quite the Companion on every level–netting birds in tough terrain. Special thanks to Tyler for the update. It is great to see Wellie is still at work and doing fantastic.
Sunday— December 3 — Draping Lights (Charlie Mae Christmas Tradition)
Monday — December 4 — Duke
Tuesday — December 5 — Wellie (Undaunted and Effective)
Wednesday — December 6 — Big Ears (Toby)
Thursday —December 7 — Cypress (All Muscle)
Friday — December 8 — Happy Birthday (Lucy)
On a very personal note
We have scurried around this week because we have a litter exit today. We also were at Brad’s basketball games too! A Freshman wearing size 18 eighteen shoes and standing at least 6′ 2″. He is taller than the other listed teammates that are the same height. BTW-he is #42.
As for us, we are doing well. Nothing new to report.
She even reads us the riot act now and then when she’s been a patient girl for long enough. 😁 and she hides her bully sticks in the strangest places, like inside Jeff’s overnight bag and under the couch cushions!