Category Archives: Bringing home the Weimaraner

Puppies

7-Bernie X Boone WK1-18Many of you who were waiting for a puppy arrival know it has been an unusual year at OwyheeStar. The girls didn’t come into heat around their typical cycle–leaving us to wonder why. We felt it was due to the harsh winter, but we will never know for sure. The typical spring puppy thing didn’t happen, but we have summer pups. It seems to work.

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Our Wait List is officially short for the expected Fall pups. We have a couple of summer Blue Males not yet promised–we are accepting applications for them. Preferences run in cycles like everything. We go through times when we cannot get enough Blues and then, like now, it has been the Silver Gray (mostly females) people are wanting.

Whatever your preference, the Weimaraner is not for everyone. That being said, nothing else will do for others. If you are one of those folks doing research, we hope you understand it is tough to determine the fit by merely reading about them. Regardless, there are many blog posts that reveal the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly side of the Weimaraner. Living with them is different than you might imagine. They require attention–and supervision. They simply are not the get trained and throw in the yard dog. The Labrador adapts to that situation more readily than the Weimaraner. Some folks resort to using a daycare situation for their fur-baby; this can hold true even when they are well beyond adolescence.

 

 

 

 

Lily

A Little Blue Longhair Girl

Lily-2-26-17Just wanted to drop a note to let you know Lily’s doing well. We had our initial vet visit this past Tuesday & she weighed 13.5 pounds. She plays and plays and plays & can’t figure out why Sis’s 14-year-old Daisy doesn’t want to play. Daisy is so patient with Lily’s nipping at her haunches and trying to grab the scruff of her neck…there’s only been a couple of big ‘woofs’…..and they have played, but Daisy’s arthritis makes it hard for her.

Lily finally sat still enough for Sis to get a decent picture, although the angle makes her looks HUGE…..she’s not the big (yet) Lol

Anneliese

Breeder Comment

Lily looks happy and like she is loving her new life. She is fortunate to have a very patient big sister in Daisy.

Our First Day

With Griffey

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The Name Change

Thank you again for all of the hard work and love you put into these pups. (We re-named “Otis” to now call him “Griffey, and he is already taking commands/ recognizing his new name.)

A Learning Experience

I think yesterday and today have been as much of us learning how to take care of a pup as it was for the pup learning how to adapt to his new environment. With out a doubt Griffey had stolen our hearts from the moment we met him.
Griffey is such a loving, sweet, INTELLIGENT pup.

The Trip Home and Nordy 

He did fantastic on the ride home! When he got to the house he was calm/relaxed. (The cat Nordy currently has his own opinions about Griffey 😂) He has been used to being an only child.

How It Went

Griffey has only had one accident in the house, but other than that he already knows what “go potty” means and essentially eliminates on command.
Yesterday we played so much that today has been very lazy. Not to mention the fact that we were up at five to potty, eat, play a bit, then nap.
The first night of crate training seemed like a long one (although he only cried for about 15 min initially and then woke up and needed to eliminate around 3 am then cried for about 15 min to go back to sleep again. We will be consistent with the crate training and see how long it takes for him to adapt.
Thank you two again for everything! We are so blessed to have this pup and your Support.

Breeder Comment

It is a joy to do this for a family such as yours. We look forward to hearing about your future adventures. May he live long and we hope the journey is life-changing in a good way.

Crate Training Journal

One Family’s Journey

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Chris Reports

May 3, 2017

Hi All!  Koda slept through the night on Saturday.  I woke him up at 2:00 to go out then he woke us up around 5:30-6:00 to go out.  The last couple of nights it’s been more of what I expected.  He wants out every 2.5 – 3 hours.  During the night he does great in the crate.  It’s rougher during the day for sure.  Patience is the key along with staying on the plan but wow, does this boy have a set of lungs! LOL.  He’s been doing so good for the most part.  When we go out to potty he does his thing then goes and sits in front of the door to let you know he’s done and ready to go back in.  We’ve been setting him down then standing off to the side of the dogs “bathroom” and he sniffs around then goes.  We have a separate yard that we’ve rocked for the dogs to use as a bathroom.  He did have a couple of accidents this morning but I’m pretty sure he was stressed a bit.  We had a tough morning with my son.  Most days he wakes up great but occasionally he is a total bear.  Argues, is mean, etc.  Today was that day.  After everybody settled down so did Koda.  We all got puppy kisses and he fell asleep on the couch with his blanket and a stuffy. J  He’s asleep right now under my desk, between my feet.  He is so smart, cute and loveable!!!  Thank you so very much for helping bring him into our family!!!

May 4, 2017

Hartung's Koda_0993I got 6 hours of sleep last night!!!!!!!   I was feeling reeeaaalllyyy tired, to the point I was just running on auto pilot.  Koda and I fell asleep between 10 and 10:30, he was in his kennel which I moved closer to my side of the bed.  I woke up about 4:30, amazed that it was that late and wondering if I should wake him up.  He must have felt that I was awake, he gave a couple small scratches at the gate to let me know and off we went to the bathroom.  Of course he didn’t want to stay there when we came back in so we snuggled on the floor in front of the kennel. I know he fell back asleep and I must have because my wife’s alarm woke me up about 6:15.  He is such a good snuggler.

May 5, 2017

I wish I could say that sleep was my friend last night but Mr. Koda had other plans.  He didn’t want to settle into his kennel at first.  Finally around 11:00 or so he did.  Woke up at 2:30 wanting out then really didn’t want to be in the kennel.  Took about 30 minutes and me laying in front of it for him to sleep.  Up at 5:30… no way was I going to fight that fight so snuggled him for 30 minutes until it was time for us to get up.  I need coffee 🙂
May 6, 2017
Koda threw a fit for a long time last night. Julie thinks it was almost 2 hours. My wife and the kids were sleeping upstairs and I was with Koda downstairs. After about 45 minutes I fell asleep. LOL!  I was tired and I have some good ear buds.  Tough love it is. Thanks again!!!
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May 8, 2017
Great night last night!!!  Slept from 10:30 to 6:25 this morning!!!

Breeder Comment

We have found the most important aspect of crate training is the human element. By that, we mean that if you feel sorry for the pup, they will play on that until they get the upper paw and you let them out. The slightest waver or questioning of your methodology is something the intuitive Weimaraner can work with–use to manipulate you. Oh, you might think it impossible for them to start that process at 8-weeks-old. Do not be deceived. The moment they come to you the dance begins. You wrap them in your arms, and they find a way into your heart. It is not all bad; however, winning the small battles is important. Good job Chris–one down and others to do.

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!

Availability

What Can We Say?

             ~ Always the same question; rarely a definite answer.

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Our Mailbox

We receive many inquiries regarding the Weimaraner puppies. Of course, people want us to answer a simple question. Sometimes they say, “when in your next litter.” Even if we know, which we most likely do not, we might not have a puppy available for placement from the litter. The vast majority of our pups are promised before the arrive. More often than not, people are willing to wait regardless of how long it takes.

The Waiting Game

We are waiting for the girls to come into season. It is like watching a pot boil. You understand though; we have less control over this process than a kettle on the stove. We know the heat cycle will happen. When it does, there are many factors to consider. It is far too complicated to put into a few short sentences. For example, some matings will only produce Longhair pups. If we are not looking for a litter (or partial litter) of Longhairs, then we need to wait for a different female.

We Thank You!

We appreciate the interest and the inquiry. We are particularly grateful for the return clients and the referrals. Then there are those that hold tight on the Wait List awaiting the arrival of a puppy. There again it is complicated. You might be high on the list, but if we don’t have the puppy born that correlates to your specific needs, then the waiting continues. Your patience and understanding are much appreciated. The trust our Weim folks bestow on us is not taken lightly. We know everyone is anxious when their timeframe arrives, but it might not always happen as planned.

Please enjoy the puppy photos taken from our archives. Have a beautiful day.

Dharma

Sawry's Dharma_2417Dharma was a bit antsy in the car on the way home at first but soon settled right in.
When we got home we went right out for a walk with big brother Simian. Then in the house to check out the new digs.
At first, big brother was a bit stand-offish, but soon he let me cuddle by he and Papa on the couch.
I knew right from the start the little bowls are my bowls, but now I like to drink from the big dogs bowls. It only took me a week to figure out, I just need to stand on my hind legs to reach.
After only two meals I quickly learned my food is in the tall cabinet, so I sit by the cabinet when I’m hungry.
A few other things I am good at… I always go to the door when I have to potty, and it only took me 4 days at work with Papa to figure out the stairs. Next goal, I want to be able to get on the couch by myself*. I could get this soon because I practice as much as possible.
Had my first vet apt. today, and was a very good girl, now I’m napping.
More later  X🐾X🐾
🙂 Kari
PS: *This happened (one day later)! She made it on the couch today. She is determined!

Breeder Comment

Dharma’s brother (Simian) is also an OwyheeStar. It is so great to see them getting along and Miss Dharma making a quick adjustment into her new life. Thank you, we appreciate the informative and cute update. I am positive those who have a littermate appreciate hearing about her too!

Baili Speaks

“Woof”

Hughes_9231“I got a new sister!”

My Dad had his education thing–he is into bees. Right after it got done, we loaded up and went on an adventure. We stayed in a place (forgot what you call it) and got up the next morning to travel further. The air was buzzing something like it does when those little flyers of dad’s get excited.

We stopped at Baker City. Mom and Day got out and talked for awhile. There was this little peanut girl out there, and then they got me out too! She and I went for a little spin around the yard, and wow can she get after me. I love other people and other critters, too! What I didn’t know was she was going to load up and come with us. Somehow I get the feeling things have changed. ~ Baili

Kim wrote

The puppy is doing really well. We wore her out yesterday and I think she would have slept through the night, I got her up and took her out and she peeped 3 times. She has been so good in the crate. So happy and pleased with her.

 Baili Gets the Last Word

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“Woof!” I will write again very soon to let you know how this unfolds. We have exchanged a few kisses and Mom says I am a good girl.

Bella the Beautiful

Enjoying the Moment

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I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart she’s beautiful. 20170228_060908Here’s a pic of Bella and Levi. We continue to do well and my fur kids make me exceptionally happy. Thank you!

Breeder Comment

Not every update is a minor novel. Some are straightforward and heartfelt comments. I cannot fill in the blanks with a photo only, but for those that are challenged at finding the words—simple works. It is the same with the snapshots. Some of you have a knack. Your photos make you seem as if you are a hobby photographer. Nonetheless, I believe I speak for all of us. We appreciate your update and your efforts—regardless, of your talent as a writer or with the camera. You capture the essence of something we all celebrate. Thank you, Debbie, for letting us know that Bella is much-loved and doing well.

 

Progress

Baby Steps

cranes-lucy-2Lucy is doing very well. She knows how to sit and wait for her food (most of the time). She gets to go for short walks in the woods every day with Max and absolutely LOVES antlers and bully sticks to chew on.
Her stools are normal (I think maybe the soft ones were from stress for the first few days) and she eats calmly and often will walk away and come back to finish. We’re so glad she doesn’t “hoarf” it down!!
cranes-lucy-3Best of all is that she’s ringing the “potty bell” at the door and Max is pretty okay with her! 80)
Lovin every minute of it!
Melissa and Jeff (02/22/2017)
How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world. ~Anne Frank
PS: We have been watching the recent posts. We LOVED seeing the blog and responses from Lucy’s siblings’ new families!