Category Archives: Undocked Tails

Angelic

Fluffy Faces

 

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The debate continues about the coat length. Understandably, many are shocked even to discover there is a Longhair Weimaraner.

Nevertheless, the number of inquiries are on the rise. The number of folks that have always had the traditional gray ghost finds that they are beginning to embrace )something other than) the Blue or a Longhair. Many conclude that they are equally addictive. Quite a few folks have one of each–a Gray Ghost, a Blue, and a Longhair.

Your decision is a personal one.

Chloe

Sandbar Escapade

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Here are some photos from an outing to the sandbar in Hood River. The sand bar is technically a launching point for windsurfers and kiteboarders but in the colder winter/spring months, it goes to the dogs. Chloe loves romping around in the water, running back and forth between Don and me.
We haven’t had much opportunity to work on getting Chloe to swim yet but we’re hopeful that with the warmer weather we can go in the water as well and she’ll follow us in. Chloe has no reservations about trudging through creeks, ponds, and puddles, so we’re anticipating that once she’s more comfortable we can expand our retrieving exercises to the water.
Hope all is well, take care!
Brittany, Don, and Chloe

Breeder Comment

It is so much fun to see her having this much fun with you. As for getting her to swim. The key is the steady retrieve–if you ingrain the love of the retrieve you can get her to swim. It might take patience– work her in the shallows, and in time just a step beyond her reach should ease her into the water.

2017 17th Saturday Recap

If You Don’t Like the Weather

      ~ Wait ten minutes

Spring weather has been interesting if nothing else. After 5 PM we received about a half and inch of rain. I know–for those who live in Western Oregon and Western Washington, this would be typical. However, in the high desert country of far Eastern Oregon, we don’t expect this type of downpour. The above video was taken on 18th Avenue–south of Ontario. We only saw two other vehicles and both pulled off because the pounding rain made it difficult. Not all that far from Ontario, they got snow. Later we received a dose of hail. Winter wants to have the last word with its threatening snow. Of course, this all followed on the heel of the summer-like weather.

Traveling To Boise

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Yesterday the last of the 2017 Sadie X Stackhouse Litter (mostly Longhairs) joined their forever families. Christina and I met Dave at the Boise airport with Winston. What a trooper. Dave’s flight was delayed, so we waited longer. Then he was delayed getting out of Boise. Fortunately, he made it way from Boise before this storm hit or there would have been yet another delay.

Waiting At the Airport

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you!

Sunday— April 30 — Don’t Eat the Tulips

Monday — May 1 — The Eleventh Hour Scenario (May Day Pup you see above at the airport)

Tuesday —May 2 — Debbie’s Bella

Wednesday —May 3 — Growing Too Fast

Thursday  —May 4  — Hank

Friday  —May 5 — Meet Elio

On a very personal note

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I purchased some paint for the utility bath. It is called Butter Rum–it might look a bit like Calf Scours. (oops) I put one coat on a small section of the wall to see what it might look like. It will (definitely) need two applications. I think we will like it when it is done.

I also went a more Holistic medical practitioner this week. I felt I had to do something because the medication I got from my doctor was seemingly making me worse. I honestly believe their diagnosis was partially wrong. I know they meant to help me, but in many ways, I got worse. I am on a super restricted diet and additional supplements to spark healing. I have already seen improvement, but I have a long way to go.

I am still doing the acupuncture every week. I have to drive to Meridian because the person slated to work Fruitland left the practice. They have a new hire; however, the process of getting them going is lengthy. They are hoping to have someone back at St. Lukes in Fruitland by June.

Meet Elio

Lorenzen's Elio-2Elio is settling in well to city life and has started to make friends with his older brother, my cat Etienne.  🙂 He is such a sweet, even tempered puppy, I cannot express how happy I am with him!
We made it home without incident. Little Elio slept in my lap most of the way and is seeming to have no trouble adapting to his new home! He is currently sleeping after having eaten and played for a while. Lorenzen's Elio
I am already head over heels for the little guy and couldn’t be happier with my OwyheeStar experience! We will be visiting the vet tomorrow and I will be working from home for the first part of the week to ensure he gets fully settled in.
Thank you again for everything, I will be sure to keep you posted periodically as our life together unfolds!  🙂
Best regards,
Erik and Elio

 Thank you again!

The Eleventh Hour Scenario

Happy May Day!

We are saying goodbye to the April Showers and the fickle weather, right? Most of us are hoping we have seen the last of the snow and some relief from the pounding rain. Who can guess? In reality, as we move through life we learn there are many unknowns. There is no way to plan for every unfortunate situation.

IMG_0553OwyheeStar received notice that Puppy #5’s family has such a situation and they cannot bring him home. It was an eleventh-hour notice. That is never a good thing for us or the pup. So we say May Day-May Day-May Day. Is there anyone who contacted us before about a Longhair or that has been secretly hoping for one that is ready? Cliff is meeting two families with their pups on this coming Friday in Burns, OR.

Of course, he is an awesome little pup. He has a very good nose–would do well for the shed hunter, etc. Here is his first swim!

We are sending out a little May Day distress signal to you all. It would be ideal (for the puppy and our situation) if he found a home where he could join his family at the same time the other pups are leaving. Thank you, for your consideration.

 

May Day–May Day–May Day

It derives from the French ‘venez m’aider’, meaning ‘come help me’.

It is repeated 3 times ‘Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.’

“A Mayday situation is one in which a vessel, aircraft, vehicle, or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Examples of “grave and imminent danger” in which a Mayday call would be appropriate include fire, explosion or sinking.

Mayday calls can be made on any frequency, and when a Mayday call is made no other radio traffic is permitted except to assist in the emergency. A Mayday call may only be made when life or craft is in imminent danger of death or destruction.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayday_(dis…

In aviation, in addition to fire, a ‘Mayday’ distress call could be used for engine failure, electrical failure, fuel starvation, disorientation, control failure, or any condition where the safety of the flight is in question.

Our Life With

Bella and Daisy

Our adventures and love continue each day!

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Who doesn’t enjoy seeing the Weimaraner (or like in the case–the Weimaraners) engaged in life and all it brings? At the beach, checking out the water, playing in the snow and snuggling. Zonked (tongue out) making us smile. As one person on the Wait List wrote us yesterday, the shared experiences are a joy. Thanks to this great Pacific NW family for sharing their life with us.

Here it is their own words–

Shela and Cliff, I so enjoy your daily blog, it seems like we already have a pup with the opportunity we get by viewing all the wonderful dogs who have been placed. ~ Don

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Birthday Fluff and Fuss

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Happiest of Barkdays to my sweet, sassy, naughty, fluffiest girl. I can’t believe you are already four! Here’s to many more romps at Grammy’s, hunting quests of play dates and to getting your very farm. ~ Holly

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The very recent birthday celebration didn’t go unnoticed. Goldee (click here to read more about this amazing girl in previous blog posts) is a superstar. Of course, Grandma Terri, keeps us supplied with the professional photos. Holly and Joe keep us in stitches reporting her and Maverick’s antics.

She is the Poster Girl Extraordinaire for the Longhair. Join us in celebrating another year of fun. We sincerely hope she lives long, and continues to do well. Her sweet face is needed in the sometimes toxic world. Thank you, Holly, Joe, and Grandma Terri. You are awesome!

Chloe

At 7 Months

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Hello!

My how time flies! Our Chloe (from Hattee x Stackhouse) is now almost 7 months old and we can hardly believe that she’s been with us 5 months. You don’t quite realize as it’s happening but she has grown so much. We did her 12 week puppy shots then the 16 week titer check which showed positive antibodies so didn’t need the 16 week shots! She got her Rabies shot at 6 months and other than being a little lethargic the day after seems to have tolerated it well, she weighs 46.8lbs. Does that seem about on track for her age? I have hundreds of pictures but tried to narrow down for this update but will send more. The attached are of her sitting pretty for a photo at 9 weeks and 6 months.
She is so smart and has a very good recall-largely achieved in the early stages with the use of treats/praise for coming when called and now occasionally gets a treat reward but always praise. She walks calmly with loose leash about 60% of the time (our work is ongoing). We were prepared to put in a lot of effort for ongoing mental and physical exercise and I believe it’s been paying off. We have our pre-meal routine of 20 minutes playing fetch then 10-15 minutes obedience training before she gets breakfast/dinner.
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Nine Weeks

We are so thankful that we crate trained her from day one and she now voluntarily naps in her crate and sleeps in it 3-4 nights/week (yes she sleeps on the bed with us the other nights). Chloe also spends some alone time in her crate often; whether its for an hour while we run to the store, half hour while I clean floors or sometimes for several hours while I’m sleeping during the day between work shifts. Overall Chloe is so incredibly sweet and has been such an amazing addition to our home and I cannot imagine life without her. We are immensely grateful for this wonderful Weimaraner puppy and have even started talking about when to add a 2nd-we think maybe once Chloe is about a year old.

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Six Months

I have whole collections of photos/updates about our trips to the Sandy river delta dog park, to the coast, and hiking around that I’ll send in additional emails in the next week or so in better format if you would like to include them on the OwyheeStar website. Hope you and Cliff are well and enjoying some spring weather!

Take care,
Brittany, Don, and Chloe

Breeder Comment

Thank you for the great update. It was good to hear you followed the vaccine protocol. As you can see, the Rabies is a very powerful shot. The Weimaraner Vaccine protocol, which ended at the twelve-week puppy shot (no Lepto) was more than enough to provide protection. It is well known that a percentage of Weimaraners have a severe reaction to the sixteen-week puppy shot–even when they have no response to previous vaccinations. We always believe it is better to be safe than sorry. In addition, there are many unknowns. Who can say what the vaccine reaction (evident or not) causes behind the scenes. We wholeheartedly believe in vaccines but the right protocol is a must.

Your training accomplishments are admirable. We know it requires digging deep and staying the course. It is so worth it. Keep up the great work. It is paying huge dividends. We look forward to working with you again.

Sunday Noted

Porsche’s Diary Sunday

      ~March 19, 2017

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The Sun shone today, a rare and welcome occurrence in the Willamette Valley.  I started the day with a hardy breakfast, then Mom and I were off to a play date with my Vizsla friend.  When we came, home Mom found lots of things to do outside while I romped in the kennel.  I helped with the backyard lawn mowing by putting my fetch toy down in the tall grass in front of the mower.  Mom stopped and threw it for me every time.  After dinner, I sprawled on the couch; put my paw on Papa’s arm, and said enough fun for one day. (~from JuneAnn)

Breeder Comment

It is good to know Porche keeps great note of her activity filled life. Senior flexibility exercise accomplished (by helping her causing the frequent dismount of the lawn mower). There is no end to the way the Weimaraner improves our physical and emotional fitness. Thank you, JuneAnn for the short updates featuring you and Porche’s life.

Atticus Update, Part Three

On the North Island

~Atticus and I have been exploring the north island.

In case you missed part one and two

Hiking Mt. Te Aroha —- Enjoying the sun and sand at Raglan

 

 

Finished the Mt. Te Aroha hike  —-  Swimming at Lake Ngaroto

 

Visiting kiwi fruit vineyards  —-  Camping in Northland

He was great in the tent. There was a huge rain and wind storm that had the tent whipping back and forth all night. He just snuggled closer and slept the whole night.

 

Lounging in the sun   —–  Trying his paw at dog modeling

Some of the pictures don’t show it very well, but Atticus is quite furry on his sides and they are a light grey/silver color, compared to the darker blue on the rest of him. It’s not visible when he is wet, and the difference is more striking when he’s in the sun, like the above picture.

It’s getting close to a year since they’ve arrived. Atticus and I will continue exploring the surrounding areas and getting to know our new home. If anyone is going to be traveling this way, let us know. We have some pretty good tips so far.

Breeder Comment

This third blog concludes the three part update from New Zealand featuring the adventures of Atticus and Marika. We greatly appreciate the effort and the details Marika provided outlining their transition and the new lifestyle down under. We know so many of you enjoyed the share too!