Category Archives: Birthday
~The Titer Test Happened
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?
Cliff 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.
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.
Celebrating Two Candles!
~The All-Around Versatile Weimaraner
Greetings from San Jose, California! Maverick celebrates his 2nd Birthday today and I wanted to give you an update. He is very energetic and non-stop, like the Energizer Bunny! A little 5-10 minute rest and he is ready for another round. Funny thing… about 8pm at night, he is ready for his snuggles with me on my bed. Once he has about 30 minutes of that, I tell him “it’s time to go to bed” and he jumps down and heads right to his crate.
He has been crate trained since he was a puppy and sleeps in it every night and spends a few hours a day on it as well. Our 13-year-old Weim, Sawyer, has learned when it’s cold it is better to tolerate Maverick and let him cuddle for body heat.
He LOVES going nuts from inside as he sees squirrels and birds out in our yard and does his “cry” to let him out for the chase. Bill, my husband, takes him pheasant hunting and reports that he had the natural instinct the first time he went out in the field last year and this year did an even better job of pointing, flushing and retrieving the birds. He is a fantastic family and hunting companion. Maverick is exactly what we wanted in a Weim and you delivered!
We are thrilled Maverick is as advertised (so to speak). I think you folks know we take this process seriously. It is not our first placement with you. Of course, along the way to here and now, you have had a couple of Rescue Weims, too.
We realize that it is a significant risk to trust us to do what is best. Thank you, for your loyalty and this update on Maverick.
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~August 12, 2017
Our beautiful summer is in the works. For all who want to complain I think it is important to remember the harsh Treasure Valley winter that stuck around far too long. Now we are engaged in all that is summer including the fire season. Our valley has been socked in with haze due to fires burning in every direction. In case you didn’t guess, we have a burn ban in place too! That should go without saying; however, some people need the notice to know they cannot burn
We are busy with summer puppies I am trying to map out all the little details for us, so everything is on our schedule. That way we don’t need to think about what needs to be done–we have it on the calendar. There are many aspects to this whole process. We are fortunate to have a puppy handler–our Granddaughter Christina is doing a fabulous job for us. Everyone benefits from her skill and careful eye. She also takes the puppy photos. What a gal!
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort! Thus far, we have been getting enough to keep us in business.
Sunday—August 6 — 2017 30th Recap
Monday —August 7 — Shelli Reports
Tuesday — August 8 — Willow (Jan at the UKC Dog Show in Tigard)
Wednesday —August 9 — Cyclamen
Thursday —August 10 — Former Dog Atheist
Friday —August 11 — Puppies
On a very personal note
The Cyclamen watch continues–I still think those buds look suspiciously white. I tried to get a closeup with the iPhone, and it is not perfect, but you can see what I mean. I see that the first Bud’s stem is rising in what seems hopeful. Like it is preparing to open –I look so forward to the first blossom. Then the mystery of the color will be manifest. There are many more tiny buds in the works too! How exciting! In my warped mind, I hear, “this Bud’s for you!”
While Cliff slaved away, I had a fun week. Of course, we both celebrated the 48th Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday; but Thursday was my birthday. It has never been sweeter. After the long health-crisis, to be well enough to go out with one of my best friends was indeed welcome.
First, we drove out to our oldest Granddaughter’s place. She and her helpers (Evangeline and River) gave us an expert pedicure. From there we went to lunch at Wingers in Ontario–I had the Blue Strawberry Salad. I love it and especially love the fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette, but the Blue Cheese Crumbles, the candied pecans, mixed greens, strawberry slices, and grilled chicken are not shabby. We made a couple of stops for things I needed and called it a day. I think it is official that I overdid, but I have bounced back.
While I was gone, Cliff removed the toilet and grouted behind it. There is still plenty to be done in there, but I am happy for his recent effort. There have been other attention grabbers such as his battle with the little red tractor. He has had it apart more than once. He has narrowed down the issue and trying to problem solve the design flaw. He is amazing. In the meantime, he moved the wheel line, and the chain broke–then he misplaced it and bought a new one. I think that it turned out to be serendipitous in nature. The new chain wasn’t all that expensive. The wheel line moves much easier–which is fantastic.
With Our Leo
Good morning! We have now had Leo a whole year! He is a wild boy, loving and thinks he’s one of our kids! I thought you’d enjoy this silly photo of him I took yesterday, he was loving rolling around in these morning glory vines in the heat. We sure love this goofy baby!
You may or may not remember Leo’s previous posts. Here is a couple if you wish to look back.
Bella Celebrates Three!
This princess is 3. Whoa …how time flies.
Seems like just yesterday we brought her home. This girl stole everyone’s heart from day 1.
She is so adorable and cute.
She barks and chases everything, birds, squirrel, dragon flies ,,, in the water at the dog park 😉 We love watching her and her facial expression is priceless.
We thank you, Cliff and Shela, for giving her to us. She completes our lives.
Love, Sri, and Kevin
We love how you celebrate Princess Bella –her birthday, her daily activities, and whatnot. The fact that she is cherished is all we can hope for any OwyheeStar offspring. Thank you, both for the photos and the videos. We know everyone will enjoy seeing Bella celebrate her birthday. You have a way of bringing an elegant flare to everything you touch Sri. You bless us with your generosity and kindness. We count ourselves fortunate to be connected. Our wish is that Bella lives on and does well for many years to come. Thanks again for staying in touch too!
One Year Old
Hard to believe that Maverick turned 1-year old last week. He is a little tazmanian devil, always on the go, full of energy! Right when you think he is tuckered out, he is up and ready to go again! 🙂
Natural AbilityMaverick has been on at least 4 pheasant trips this past season. Each time he did better and better. Bill has high hopes for him in the coming years. He has such a hunt drive that he likes to stalk insects, butterflies, squirrels, etc. If it moves, game on!
Fun to WatchHe is so much fun to watch prance around the yard with his toys, tossing them up in the air and then bolting around at lightning speed. He cracks us up! He also still loves to knead his favorite pillow and cuddle up with me when he does.
Sawyer and MaverickOur old timer Weimaraner, Sawyer, now 12, tolerates him. Luckily our next door neighbor recently adopted a puppy and he and Maverick get along so well together. They can both go multiple rounds and wear one another out.
The Basics and Still LearningHe has been crate trained from the get go and knows several commands, both verbal and hand. It is lots of fun watching him learn new things.
Thank you for another wonderful dog from Owyheestar!
Jennifer, Bill, Ethan, Owen, Sayer & Maverick
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Maizie Celebrated Five Years
This beautiful girl is “5” years old today 2/28❣ Happy Birthday Maizie‼️💕😍😘🐾 — in Gladstone, Oregon.
Being the Diva
We want to wish you (Maize) and all your littermates a very happy birthday, albeit a bit belated. We love seeing your beautiful face and reading about the antics. You are very entertaining but more importantly such a sweet girl. Thank you, and your parents too!
Greeting from Kalispell Montana!
Miss Layna Blue ( Greta x Blue 3-3-14) is doing great! We have enjoyed camping and spending time with family. The summer in the Flathead Valley flew by so I am catching up on a belated birthday picture just for you. We can celebrate 2 1/2 years old too right!!??
I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your blogs. Enjoying special moments will other Weim lovers is priceless… I think the best parts are when I recognizing her litter mates! Have a wonderful fall and keep up the good work.
Blessings to you and yours,
The Bauer Family
Thank You for thinking of us and sharing Layna’s story. People like you make this blog and our work possible. She looks punished with the dunce-looking birthday hat. Poor baby. It makes me laugh–and probably others too! She is versatile in so many ways. The sofa looks comfortable. That is always a good thing.
San Francisco and Orcas Island
I just wanted to let you know that Addie turned two a few days ago, and she’s doing great. She splits her time between San Francisco and Orcas Island in Washington State and is a very happy, friendly and loving member of our family.
She’s not too keen on water, feathers on a beach drive her crazy and she has a skin allergy that we’re managing. But she’s easy to train, loves to play with other dogs and has an adventurous spirit.
Her water issues are more to do with the big waves. She’s fine on lakes and calm rivers. But she sits out the Pacific Ocean—too much for her and, to be honest, I’m okay with that as the currents can be strong.Addie is fed Orijen kibble and the vet thinks her skin allergy is probably caused by local grasses. She’s fine in Washington State, but the drought in California has affected many dogs in similar ways.