Category Archives: Undocked Tails
We’re writing to update you on River who joined our Family last Spring. We love her so much and she gets along swimmingly with her sister Lagoona (our five-year-old Blue Weimaraner). We thought of sending an update to you both since it’s been seven months now since we picked her up from Cliff in Oregon. Also, I ran into one of your other clients at the pet store the other day who I believe has two short hairs from you both. One is an award winner. Anyway, we can’t express how much joy River has brought to our family and so we wanted to say thank you again to you both and your family for helping to bring so much happiness to our lives.
Here are photos of our fun times at the beach this past September. You can see how happy River is with her sister Lagoona.
All Our Best,
Conor and Erin
We are thrilled you love your new OwyheeStar Longhair Girl (River).
Jan dropped us a note saying–“Hi- I was at PetSmart today (I did not take my dogs in), and I saw a woman with two Weimars, one LH and I knew it had to be one of yours because I know the look. She was Erin with River, we chatted for a few minutes, and I told her about Willow and Cypress. It was nice to meet her.”
We agree that it is special to have two Weims who love you and each other. Many hope to arrive at such a place as you find yourself. We are extremely thankful to receive the update. Thank you, too–for reading the blog and following us.
How to take a Mud Bath
Every Weimaraner loves a mud bath more than their regular bath right? Stackhouse is related to Atticus and most certainly shares his love of the mud bath. Even in the dead of winter, if he can find a mud puddle he belly flops in it for the sheer delight.
~The Birthday Boy
Today is my dog Ringo’s 2nd birthday! I am routinely shocked and amazed that the creature greeting me at the door and sleeping on my sofa is my dog. We have a dog. When did this happen?? In honor of his birthday, here are some links to several guest submissions I shared to his breeder’s blog: And Then There Was More Ringo At Lake Michigan Happy Birthday, Ringo! Get your paws off the counter!
Ringo lives in Michigan. No, we don’t sell many Weimaraners to the midwest or the east coast. A few extraordinary people have convinced us on occasion to do so. These people tend to fly into Boise and to carry the puppy home as their carryon. Ringo began his journey in this manner.
He has been on our blog several times. We thank his family for making that happen. He is one of the special requests–having the undocked tail. So, his early beginning was unique in many ways. Yesterday, he turned two years. He continues to live the good life, and for this we are ecstatic.
You can not have, just throw.
Oh, and have a Mohawk.
Maybe you noticed the above Facebook post. For all those wondering about the Longhair; I suppose many might view this as over-the-top. Nevertheless, the Longhair addict has been known to indulge in activities not available to those having the traditional smooth coat. Now, I can hear some of you saying, “Thank God!” Regardless, it is all in fun. Goldee has been a Superstar–she models professionally but also for Grandma Terri Jacobson who has provided countless high-quality photos that we were able to share on our blog. Thank you, Grandma Terri!
What did I mean by indulging other than combing the occasional Mohawk? How about the braid that Holly and Goldee shared like twins? Click here to see that slideshow. It is all in fun. The non-longhair crowd imagines this hair is different than the reality. It doesn’t mean there is not a bit more grooming; however, with the grooming it is manageable. There is not the pile of hair along the woodwork, nor is the yellow oil stain on the wall. Neither is a thing with this breed. Your clothing, the furniture, and whatnot are not covered with hair. Even the traditional coat sheds, so yes, you can find hair. Nevertheless, in comparison with other breeds, I think we can call it nominal.
The toe fluff can be groomed if you want to get away from the extra tracking effect. Nothing can save you from the Weimaraner that chooses the mud bath. What can I say? That requires at least a rinsing. We have known people who get their Longhair shaved for the summer–yes, the hair comes back. And just in case you didn’t know, there is a double coat–the thick undercoat with the feathering that can vary in the amount and length. A smooth coat who carries the DNA marker for the Longhair might have the double-coat with not real feathering. Or they may have a little wavy hair down their back, on their tail, etc.
You cannot brush the hair up into a Mohawk style or braid it unless they are a true Longhair. Some celebrate these events and love the wavy ears. Toe hair gets photographed. Who knew, it would be a thing? While some detest what many call the Other Weimaraner, the number of fans continue to grow. It is a fascinating phenomenon.
He Is Agile
Smokey is everything we could ask for and more! We can’t forget about his naughty counter surfing from jumping the baby gate to the kitchen. He’s a quick one. He lives for human food and quite possibly enjoys the chase I give when he escapes to the kitchen. But he’ll grow out of it, hopefully. He has graduated from electrical cord chewing, drywall eating, kids toys, toilet paper, to name a few. So we are quite pleased to say the least.
He is Popular
He has graduated from electrical cord chewing, drywall eating, kids toys, toilet paper, to name a few. So we are quite pleased, to say the least. He is such a sweet mannered boy. Very well behaved around other dogs and humans (maybe not so with tiny humans and food) and everyone that meets him can’t get enough of him.
His favorite things are: going to the off leash beach, finding pheasant decoys in the field, FOOD, treats, food, and terrorizing the yard with the boys.
We just recently got him involved in a Rally-Agility class for six weeks and I am so proud of him. He knows sit, down, and has done everything on the coarse with ease, except the weave pole. He’s just hasn’t quite figured out how to bend his big, bulky body around them. We just love him to pieces and can’t wait to see what the next year holds for him.
Thank you, Shela and Cliff, for such a wonderful furry family member!
We are happy that Smokey is an integral part of the family and much celebrated. So many things had to align for him to come to your home. It was probably nothing short of a miracle. He is a lucky boy.
For those reading this update, there is more to come. Watch for further posts in the coming weeks. Thanks!
~ Stackhouse Football Ready
Yes, I just learned this is game day. Does that me we have pizza for dinner or chip and dip? I thought when the Broncos didn’t pull out the win last week it meant I was done being a good luck token. I guess not!
Do you know it is an Orange-out night? I don’t think I own the right fan attire. Don’t get any ideas about pompoms. I draw the line in the mud a tutu and pompoms. I also am not doing push-ups for scores. That Bronco dude is amazing but I am more of a Go Broncos, and I think I’ll take a little nap unless we have popcorn and goodies.
I (Mr. Stackhouse) and some of the Football gang are getting our mugs posted on an OwyheeStar Web Page. Mom is running behind the curve. The new photo of Asher has not been added yet–maybe today.
Do you have an OwyheeStar Football Fanatic in their game attire? Join us–send your photo to Shela (firstname.lastname@example.org). “Woof!”
Alerting UsI have always known Weims were smart, but I think Porsche got an extradose. We tired of her imitation of the Hound of the Baskervilleswhenever she heard a leaf fall or other noise. As we explained this toher, she began to quietly alert us to our cell phones, the stove timer,microwave and dryer, by getting up and going to the source of the soundand sitting there. A cookie each time helped reliability. Still, wewere astounded by her ingenuity.
The TailAs you know, I have always had shorthair/short tailed Weimaraners, so I am fascinated with Porsche’s longfluffy tail. I started petting it as one might do with a cat. Soon, shewas allowing me to use her and her tail as a balancing aid throughoutthe house. The picture attached is the best one we could get, becausethe photographer was my daughter and Porsche wanted to play with herrather than performing.
PerformancesSpeaking of performing, Porsche and herhousemate, Pennie, have a Laurel and Hardy routine of going in and outand on top of each others crates, which they do only if I am in ahurry. It is so hard to keep from laughing.
Goldee’s note about her Grammy’s Garden adventure!!
Every week we load up into the back of the Subaru and go to our most favorite place in the world, Grammy’s acre. There’s a routine, dad does a five point turn to back into the driveway, we bark and make all kinds of ruckus, the Grammy’s open the drive way and swiftly get out of the way while mom opens the back hatch and we ZOOM out of the car and into the backyard.
The first stop is always the fresh kiddie pools that are poured just for us to splash and enjoy. Next up laps around the acre, make sure everything is still in place and try to spy all of the new garden trinkets the Grammys have added. And then it’s time for fetch. Mom and Dad know the drill, each armed with a Chuck It and Maverick and Autzen go back and forth around the acre chasing their balls. I prefer to stick to my heritage and hunt all of the small critters that are taunting me from the fence line and the chickens – oh the chickens!!! But we will leave that for another day, because today I want to tell you all about the delicious fresh veggies my Grammys have planted just for us!
Our Barrels Filled to the Brim
We each have our own half wine barrels planted to the brim with our favorite veggies, carrots!! But that doesn’t stop us from helping ourselves to the fresh beans growing on the fence line or Maverick jumping into the small veggie garden to help himself.
Emma’s Apple Tree
The Acre is also home to Emma’s Apple tree, Emma’s the girl that brought me into my mom and dad’s life. Now I get to enjoy the apples Emma once spent her summers eating-that really makes my mom happy!
Exhausted We Head For Home
After a few hours of playing and getting to enjoy our fresh fruits and veggies we say our good byes, get leashed up and wait for mom and dad to help us into the car – it’s a big jump after such an exhausting afternoon.
Snitching Tomatoes From My Other Grammy
(This ones from our other Grammy, I helped myself to about four tomatoes before dad hide the planter inside her craft room!!)I hope all of my Weim friends siblings and half siblings get the same royal, fresh treatment at their Grammy’s as we get at ours!
~ He has never known life without Rudi
Yesterday we made the difficult decision to put Rudi down. He was 14 and his back arthritis was worsening. It was the right thing to do and one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make. It was our turn to love unconditionally and he is now stalking rabbits with his buddies.Olli has not yet figured out the permanence of the change. He knew something was going on and that Rudi was not doing well. He wanted to snuggle with him on Rudi’s bed but Rudi was not having any of it. Re picture below is one we took several months ago in the distillery. Two very different temperaments and we love both of them dearly for their personalities and joy that they bring.Hope you and Cliff are doing well. ~Mary
PS – when we got Olli we started both dogs on Nuvet. Rudi had horrible allergies but they steadily improved over the last 2 years to the point of not needing any medication. Coincidence? I think not. We are sold on the benefits.
Eventually, something is going require us to let them go. This gut-wrenching experience is a personal one. A loss is never easy–it affects each of us differently. We process it in our way–honor them in a way significant to us. Some folks grieve for a long time and cannot entertain the thought of getting another. Others feel free to move forward. They are almost driven to find another and begin a new journey. Their take is the departing Weim would want nothing less for them.
Most of us want to extend the journey together as long as it is feasibly possible. With insurance knee replacements, hip replacements, and other major surgical procedures are within reach.
How Long Do We Have?
That is a good question. No one can guess. There simply is no guarantee you will get 14 years, or even 11. The only way to approach this risky relationship is to count every day as a special blessing.
From Our Side
If you sat where I sit you would feel what I feel. I read notes from people all the time; ………not always OwyheeStar people. In fact, these are usually not from our clients but people who are seeking and searching for other than what happened to them. They look to avoid whatever health issue took their fur baby away. I am quick to tell them that anything could happen. It scares me when we place a puppy with someone who writes me that they lost their last Weimaraner to a rare form of cancer. I secretly fear that rare cancer could strike again—even many years ago when it had never happened. Honestly, I only remember once it happened –cancer of larynx took a client’s six-year old Weimaraner. She got another from us, but it didn’t replace the first OwyheeStar in her heart.
This concern of someone having an untimely loss is only one of the many stressors in my life—I do care. I think when you adopt a rescue anything can happen. Also, when you bring home a puppy things can happen as well. The risk of loving our beloved Weimaraner is huge but worth it.
Garden Fresh Carrots
The Weimaraner loves their veggies. The fresher the better. Grandma Terri captured this photo of Maverick (a young Blue Longhair Weimaraner) Crazy for her Garden Fresh Carrots. His big sister (Goldee) is a fan too!
They can’t get enough of their carrots!! My moms have even planted each of them their own veggie half barrels. They can’t wait for things to start sprouting!
Many of you who live in Western Oregon know and love Terri Jacobson. She is Grandma extraordinaire and Holly’s Mama too! Beyond those two fabulous roles in her life, she is known to many for her pet and critter photography. She captured these photos last year during a visit to Grandma’s garden.