Category Archives: Undocked Tails

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)

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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.

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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!

 

Atticus Update, Part Two

 

Chance of a Lifetime

Note: This blog is the second in a series to update us about Atticus. If you missed the first update click here to catch up. 

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In August 2015, I had the chance of a lifetime to move from Texas to New Zealand. We (Atticus, the three cats, myself and the luggage) road tripped from Texas to Florida. Atticus and the cats stayed in Florida with my family, while I got situated in New Zealand and arranged to move them across the world!

Pierre and Atticus road tripping

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Quarantine

Quarantine.pngThere was a ton of planning, vet visits, tests, paperwork and nervous anticipation. Atticus and the three cats flew from Orlando, Florida to Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand. Thankfully, they arrived without incident and only had to spend 10 days in quarantine.

At Home in New Zealand

They arrived in April 2016, and have been settling in nicely. Not sure it’s possible to make him more comfortable. 

Backyard Intruder and our neighbors

Atticus has met the local hedgehogs (see the photo of him meeting our late night intruder) and some of the neighboring livestock (our neighbors).

 

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We met Marika when she was studying Veterinary Medicine in the State of Washington. She, like several other students over the years, was searching for a Weimaraner. She was not new to the breed. Squiggle was already her precious beloved girl. Adding a second Weimaraner means different things to different people. There were many considerations but eventually, we moved forward. Anyhow, their adventure began not so far from where most of our readers live. Watch for part three of their story–coming soon to the OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog.

Atticus is a Blue Longhair. Squiggle was the traditional gray ghost.

Virgil

Joins Skeeter Valentine 

          ~ At the Pool

 

January 23, 2017–Kaliece wrote 

          Hi! Wow, time flies.

heermans-virgilSo Virgil is doing great and I just can’t be more pleased with my Skeeter girl. She has accepted him so well and for the most part is really helpful in his training…except when she’s not haha. They are going to be best friends forever. So I have been doing loose leash training with Virgil and it is soooo beneficial to start from the get-go. He totally gets it, now the human needs to continue to follow through haha.Skeeter is really helpful in this area as she stays by me for the most part. So, super excited about this…

I booked Virgil’s swim assessment at Paw’s aquatic on February 2nd. I’m trying to make it so Skeeter can swim at the same time.

We captured this you tube video so we could let you know how it went. We’re excited to see him swim–thought he did great for his first time. 

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It is great to hear from you and to see Virgil doing so well with training. We are glad you were able to have them swim in tandem. It is going to be great fun for all concerned. Thank you, for keeping us in the loop.

Atticus Update, Part One

Hello, everyone!

A lot has happened since the last update. Atticus just celebrated his 4th birthday, and overall, things are great. (First and second update https://owyheestarweimaranersnews.com/2013/02/11/featured-weimaraner-atticus/)

If you’ve seen the other two updates, you know that Atticus is the baby of the fur family. In February 2012, he joined Squiggle and 3 cats. Atticus and Squiggle quickly became constant companions. In June 2015, Atticus and I said a tearful goodbye to Squiggle. She was just shy of her 15th birthday.

 

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Squiggle and Atticus in Washington 2013  

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Squiggle and Atticus in Texas 2015

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It was a happy event to hear from Marika as well as to catch up with her and to learn more about their adventures. We keep up with some of it on Facebook. That is the greatest part of the social media–being able to connect with other folks. We know more about the OwyheeStar pups and their adventures.

This is part one of five that will bring us up to date with the New Zealand experience. We truly appreciate that Marika included the previous link in for us.

 

 

 

 

Coffee Anyone

At The Pearl with Mom

16114744_607516862774158_2605732107544346067_nWe knew Monday was around the corner. Yesterday, Mom and I went out and about.

She took me solo. She said it was to give me a break from the pack. She tells everyone I am very sweet. She loves to take me as a conversation piece if you ask me. One cannot be antisocial when there is a longhair weim at the end of the leash!

 

Feeling Off

I Guess it is Cabin Fever

phillips-lulu-and-lyla-ghee2Snow days kinda make me naughty… Even Lulu Jo looks disgusted at Lyla Ghee for helping herself to a seat at the table.  Snow days seem to bring the worst out in little Lyla Ghee but man she sure is a cute rule breaker!  She would sit at the table all day if we would let her.

phillips-lyla-ghee-asleepAs I write this Lyla has now fallen asleep on the chair.  It is tough being a naughty little Weim it tends to wear one out so you just pass out wherever you are 😳

Thanks, Shela and Cliff, never a dull moment with these two in our home!  We love them so so much 😘

Heidi Jo