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Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

November 28, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Farmers, for the most part, have put their operations to bed; of course, if they have livestock, there is that. We had some snow arrive Wednesday morning–it seemed almost to speak of Christmas. Many who had been holding out, jumped onboard getting decorations up.

We had contact with many people through social medial who, like us–stayed home from the family Thanksgiving. Our kids already planned Christmas without us–a sad COVID reality. We feel as if we could take part; however, the underlying health risks are not worth it for us.


This week it more of the same and other things like a bath and ear cleaning. We (Christina and Gran) are not so popular.

This Week On the Blog…

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). We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode.

Sunday— Nov. 22 — Face Make Me Happy

Monday–- Nov. 23 — First Snow

Tuesday – Nov. 24 — Loki and Erica

Wednesday — Nov. 25 —Indiana (part one)

Thursday –- Nov. 26 — Thanksgiving

Friday — Nov. 27 — Indiana (part two)

On a very personal note

On the horizon, we have some resident deer. Last evening the group became more brazen and bedded down in the alfalfa field near the sanctuary. The biggest concern is the train tracks–the Union Pacific’s mainline, but they stayed on our property, as you see.

We enjoy watching the deer, the birds of prey, and even Cliff’s Homing Pigeons when they fly by. Other critters wander by from time to time, such as a stealthy fox.

Cliff got the parts to repair the 1995 Jeep Cherokee that we bought for Christina to drive–the problem is the heater doesn’t work. But we bought a new heater core for it–and hopefully, that will fix the issue.

As we mentioned above–our Thanksgiving was a stay-at-home two-person one. Something we would have never imagined but felt was for the best. I had a medical procedure the day before, but I nevertheless could get us a reasonably decent meal–I would not call it my best. (Haha) We came home feeling positive, but we await the official report.

It is the last Saturday of November 2020–a couple of days, and we move on with December. We are all doing everything possible to create joy and the season’s magic. Cliff and I sincerely hope you are well, happy, and feeling much-loved.


~ Daddy’s Boy (part two)

Indiana has also been spending time going for walks through out our neighborhood where he has grown quite the fan club from other dogs and neighbors. I always get someone commenting on how beautiful he is or try and pronounce the name Weimaraner as we walk by.

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At home Indiana loves to sleep on my bed, under the covers. Any time he gets excited he will grab a pillow, his blanket or something and parade around the house with it. I can’t tell you how many times I would have to clean these things or my shirts and others clothes from his kennel.

Other than that what Indiana loves most of all is to give me kisses and be by my side. Right next to me, no matter where I go! He is such a Daddy’s boy.

Breeder Comment

Rick, thank you for all the effort you put into giving us this update on Indiana. From the beginning, you made him an integral part of your life, watched out for him in ways some fall short. It didn’t go unnoticed. I think you will agree that the Weimaraner is life-changing and somewhat addictive. Here’s to eleven candles–deep breath. May he live on and do well.

Happy Thanksgiving

~ To Our Radial Weim-loving Friends

The list of things for which to be thankful would be long, but most assuredly, if you are reading this includes your name. Well, I am sure a few of you are unknown (anonymous), but even those readers we have not yet met are appreciated. We are thankful for puppies–2020 was kind, and the girls were producers. We can tell her there have been seasons when we mated girls and got nothing or only a pup or two. That doesn’t make for a happy Waitlist crowd. (OMG)

Cliff and I wish you a lovely day–we hope your list of blessings is lengthy.


~ Daddy’s Boy (part one)

Indiana just turned 12 years old! (Topper/Dusty) 

2020 has been quite the year for our boy. In early march we had to pay a visit to his vet after Indi some how broke open a small growth on the side of his head and had to have it removed. He is not a big fan of going to the vet or having to wear a cone but he pulled through it just fine.

Because of our states Covid restrictions our adventures were limited this year but we did manage to go camping where Indiana liked to spend his time sniffing along the beach, taking long walks and trying to get the squirrels.

He also loves to play ball, climb on top of the picnic table and keep watch over the camp site as well as playing the never ending game of throw the stick into the water! 

Breeder Comment

Rick–we appreciate reading about Indiana. It reminds us of the two great parents–Dusty and Topper, who have departed planet earth and are running wild. What a remarkable life Indy has shared with you–and we are thankful for every moment, knowing how life-changing it was. May he live on for more adventures, and we hope 2021 is kinder.

Loki and Erica

~Modified Training/Staying Positive

Loki and I are making the best of things during these unusual times. Modified training moves forward, and this summer Loki got to try out the ATV’S. Apparently it’s not so different from the snowmobile– a couple of treats, and we were off! The goggles (RexSpecs) are not his favorite, but they were helpful in the dust. 

One of the biggest things we worked on this summer was obedience. I’ve learned a lot in my time with Loki, and we’re getting close to where we want to be, which is strong off-leash reliability. One of the most important things we have to do is a remote down, which we use as an emergency stop. I use a voice command and a hand signal that he can see at a distance, and no matter what he is doing he must immediately drop into a down. We really struggled with this until I figured out to use his ball as motivation, and we made it into a game with fetch as his reward. I’ve learned for Loki that his obedience training needs a balance of games, while also firmly enforcing the commands when needed.

We had a nice little adventure this summer on a backpacking trip. Loki has his own pack so that he can carry his bulky (but light) sleeping bag and pad. The best part is that he can now carry out his own poop bags!

Happy early Thanksgiving 🙂
Erica + Loki

Breeder Comment

As you might remember, Loki is involved with Search and Rescue; therefore, absolute obedience is a must. While he is in training, nothing could be more accurate than Erica is also growing and learning how to get compliance. Their journey together is different than the average pet person–but every experience is fraught with potential issues. It is nothing short of amazing to see what they have achieved together. We know it has required a lot of dedication and hard work. Erica, thank you for what you and for remembering us with the update.

First Snow

~Sugar Snow-Nose is a Weim Thing

Gracie (Greta and Blue) and Harley (our rescue) were back in their fleece for the first snow here a few weeks ago! Gracie loves to put her nose in snow – Sugar-nose – I think it’s a Weim thing. We love all the baby dog photos. I say “ohhhhh they are so cute”, Tony says “shark biters”!

Best to you, Nancy & Tony

Breeder Comment

We agree the Sugar Snow-Nose is a Weim-thing. I hope some OwyheeStar folks will share their Sugar Snow-Nose captures. Thanks for the great photos and this fun update. We know our readers will love hearing about Gracie and her Rescue Brother enjoying this year’s opening snow event.

Faces Make Me Happy

~ At Least these faces do!

Breeder Comment

This litter is a very busy and driven group — as we would expect. A couple of exceptions, but even those will find ways to get into trouble. (OMG) We cannot tell a lie–it is why the Weimaraner is too much for some people. It is why the why Weimaraner is perfect for others.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

November 21, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Farmers are still working — most of the crops are harvested, but not everything. There is some preparation, and the loose ends to tie up before equipment can be stored away.

People are putting up outdoor lights in some locations–anything to bring a little joy. Grocery stores are overrun with shoppers preparing for Thanksgiving. People are still arguing about Oregon’s COVID mandate and the limits imposed. Not everyone plans to comply–not sure what that will mean. Cliff and I will be staying home for Thanksgiving–it makes us sad, but we may not join the family for Christmas either.


This week it was the Discovery and Placement Test for Juniper’s current litter. We had to work on the lawn rather than going to the sanctuary. The mud and wetness precluded a trip to our usual location. Nonetheless, we got this accomplished despite the bitter, damp cold weather. The pups shivered along with us.

This Week On the Blog…

We began with the puppy photos on Sunday–I may have to start digging into the archives to keep this up. I should have plenty –that is my hope. We heard from Oscar, which has been silent for quite a while–more than a year or two. I am once again looking for additional blog material. It seems endless, but somehow we manage–thank you for your help.

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). We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode.

Sunday— Nov. 15 — Sunday Sunshine

Monday–- Nov. 16 — Oscar

Tuesday – Nov. 17 — Soaking Up Sunshine

Wednesday — Nov. 18 —Flo and Dazee

Thursday –- Nov. 19 — Earlier

Friday — Nov. 20 — A Tired Dog is a Good Dog

On a very personal note

Cliff and Jerry went out scouting and took what they needed in case they found some Chukars. They didn’t, but they found fresh air, fellowship, and much-needed time away. Bernie went along. She wasn’t too sure about getting into a stranger’s car–but once they were on the way, all was good.

For me–it was a week focused on my work. With the Discovery and Placement Test (as I mentioned above), it meant a lot of extra work to compile our findings and getting that information out to our clients. On a week such as this, I am often left scrambling to keep up with the basics. On the day I worked the longest, Cliff graciously brought home takeout. We have been doing that more lately–for months, we didn’t even consider it, but at some point, even I need relief in the kitchen. (Haha)

On the horizon, and I positive Cliff will shudder when he reads this, we have more shelving issues. The greenhouse needs work–soon. Ambrosia is on rest for a few hours–starting her back up today. And Cliff has his jerky making to manage, too. So–we have the usual things that keep us busy with the extras tucked in as possible. It is always pretty much the same. All is well, and we are happy to have the beautiful sunshine despite the bitter cold temperatures.

A Tired Dog is a Good Dog

~Compliments of Jan Magnuson

We like to say “a Tired Dog is a Good Dog”- DAILY exercise like walks, playtime, and training help keep our dogs (and us too!) healthy and happy!  
My dog trainer friends and I all agree that a majority of dog owners we deal with do not provide enough daily exercise for their dogs, hence why they have so many behavior and training issues.  There are many aspects to having a well-behaved and well-trained canine companion, the first and foremost is tiring them out each day!  When dogs are sufficiently exercised, mentally and physically, they are less inclined to misbehave like jumping up on people, chewing inappropriate articles, and running away…keeping them “pooped out” makes them better pets!     

Pictured above are my three sweet girls all tuckered out and snuggled in after a fun, busy day~

Jan Magnuson~SUNSTARAll-Breed Dog Training
P.O. Box 98072Des Moines, WA 98198206 241 2908

Breeder Comment

Most of you know Jan and Willow. We are so blessed to have her expertise to share, and as a friend–fellow Weimlover. If you are not familiar with their accomplishments–Click Here.

Also–keep in mind that a young Weimaraner is challenging to raise for a lot of reasons–they have endless energy. They also have limitations–they cannot be run hard until those growth plates close. Click Here to learn more!


~Tarmac not so long ago

You should see how he races around the yard. By the way Tarmac and Serena both know “ tennis” even when my husband spells it… not actual tennis… he’ll get them chasing four tennis balls at once.

Tarmac and the sticks… he’s dragged in tree limbs and been very possessive. We have a vacant lot next door and he acts like we’re tossing his best friends over there. We get a lot of deer over there and he likes to perch on a little high spit in our yard and he just watches them eat. Right now wild plums by the ton over there… the deer love them.

Breeder Comment

This post is a little delayed in getting posted–it may be timely. We are all in need of sunshine and news of sunny weather. (Haha) Tarmac has a lot of work–cleaning up limbs and branches is exhausting. OMG