Category Archives: Getting an OwyheeStar Puppy

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.

 

 

 

 

Former Dog Atheist

Gibson Changed Me

20227140_10159237879455434_996088219_nGibson is my first dog. I grew up afraid of them and never thought I’d want one in a million years. Gibson has completely changed me.

I’m a Pile of Goo!

There’s a part of my heart I wasn’t using until we got him and I often say that I feel sorry for myself for the life before Gibson and what I was missing. I saw this written by someone else a while ago, and it’s definitely true for me!: “I used to be a dog atheist and now I’m just a pile of goo!”. ❤️

20289630_10159237879460434_1366154918_nWeims are definitely special. They are so intuitive and I’m pretty sure he can read my mind.

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to hear how Gibson changed your life. There is nothing we could add to what you have shared. Thank you, for loving him and sharing with us.

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.

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.

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.”
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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.

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.

Litter Socialization

Interaction Counts

     ~ Human and with Littermates

Evie and River-Sadie X Stackhouse 2017 Week Five Adventure-13The raising puppies and litter socialization has seen a lot of ink. There are different philosophies. Some variances are due to a particular breed. Personal preference, and in some cases scientific evidence define the protocol. It was once commonplace to pick up a puppy at five or six weeks of age. We now this is not in a pups best interest.

B-Sadie X Stackhouse 2017 Week Five Adventure-4Important things are happening within the litter from day one; however, from day thirty-five to the departure (around eight weeks of age) the litter hierarchy and interaction is vital to development. These lessons impact the Weimaraner’s future. It doesn’t mean that raising the Weim pup will be easy; nevertheless, these lessons cannot be short-changed. They are the foundation for socialization and the maturing process. Litter interaction is not the end of the socialization process. The first three years of their life (and especially the first eighteen months) require a concerted effort. Regardless, what seems like play is invaluable.

Considerations

A breeder has to manage the socialization and at the same time balance it with risk. Parvo being tracking onto the property would be a tragedy. Shoes must be sanitized, and access has to be limited. A constant stream of visitors would not be a healthy situation. Nevertheless, it is important to take advantage of the perfect opportunity. We believe it is important to have a child touch or handle a pup somewhere along the way as well as to have both female and males in the loop. The pups gain a lot of the experience, and their senses pick up on the different types of handling as well as the scents. Evie and River-Sadie X Stackhouse 2017 Week Five Adventure-6

Ongoing Socialization 

Exposing the pups to various experiences is also important. Not every litter can have the same exact experience. Summer pups are not going to experience snow. They should experience water–we like to swim the pups when possible.

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Jan Magnuson’s SunStar All Breed Training Graduation

 

Once they join their forever family, the process continues. Some recommend one hundred touches in a hundred days. This process has to be carefully managed too. Limiting risk (exposure to the Parvo virus as well as other dangers–aggressive dogs and some scary humans) is vital. Knowing how to react when something goes awry is equally important. Pups need to learn to love to meet people and other dogs. Each experience should be a building block. They also need to acquire skills that make them good citizens. Socialization takes place whether you guide it in the right direction or not. We want the best possible outcome–this is going to require you being an excellent handler/leader and getting involved in a positive classroom setting.

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!