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Grace & Bella Rae

              “Shela and Cliff — I made it to New Hampshire”

After a flight recovery day(flight went smooth and easy, no issues) everyone tired but now settling into day to day….Grace and Bella Rae are totally bonded❤️

Breeder Comment

You might remember that yesterday’s blog featured Roger and CW–they flew to Salt Lake City. Yes, we get quite a few folks that fly with their Weimaraner puppy. Nonetheless, it is getting more difficult to make these kinds of flights happen. Smaller planes and different carry-on criteria are the reason it is not as easy as it once was. Nonetheless, here are two families who were able to pull it off.

Why fly, you might ask. Well–in many cases, it is the best option. A road trip is not always in the best interest of the puppy. Nor, is it in many cases the best way to start–get the routine going to ensure you are on the right track. The road trip means you have the concern of where to potty your puppy–it is essential to be extremely careful. Parvo has most likely infected every roadside potty area–read up on this dreadful situation, and you will agree. Being very careful is essential. Every year, more pups are lost to this disease than you can imagine. I hold my breath as I write we have never lost an OwyheeStar to Parvo. We want to keep this way.

Another perk with the carry-on experience might not be as evident. People who fly must get their puppy to settle in the travel bag. If you can teach a puppy to settle–you can teach them anything. It is also a great time to bond. There is something about the travel experience of this sort–it sets you up for an extraordinary transition.

And It Begins

Note: Before CW there was Melvin

The plan was in the works to add a second Weimaraner when Melvin crossed over the rainbow bridge. He could never be replaced, but he had the best possible life–was loved and cherished. Now, Roger and Camille begin a new journey with C. W. They have shared a few comments about their life thus far. It is a bit late in coming. CW left here January 3rd–Roger flew in and carried him home as his airline carryon. Thanks, again for your loyalty Roger. Now, for the story…

Shela and CW on the morning of the flight

Roger Reports — It was a long trip and day.  The dog is more than perfect.  He is adjusting so well.  He is velcro.  I got him to go down at 2:00 A..M.   I covered the crate with a black sheet for darkness.
He cried for 15 minutes, then he slept.  He woke up at 6:00 and cried for 5 minutes.  And, then he slept. 
It was important that he just cried without being rescued.  I’m trying to remember from 11 years ago.  We want to be around him 24/7.  So, the compromise is hard at first. So, he is bonding really well.  I even have him going out the dog door.  Trust is the first elementary factor in the process—I think.  Thank you again for such a wonderful companion.  

I hung the bells and prepared the crate area before I flew up to Boise.  We are ringing the bell with him, and out the dog door, he goes into the fenced area.  We are starting out right. 10-minute training in the hallway comes tonight.  We are determined to get off to a good start. 

From Camille — We are in puppy heaven!! Thank you for CW. He is so cute and Roger has him on the way to house trained already. These dogs are so smart. Above is a photo we took of CW and Eliel. It looks like the puppy has trained the baby to hold toys in his mouth!!!

Dunkin

Happy New Year!  Thought I would give you an update on Dunkin…he turns 2 in January.

He is a great family member…he does not consider himself the family ”pet”  ha ha…Smartest family member we have ever had!

He loves water…will launch in after a stick, Frisbee…whatever.  Love pheasants, could care less about quail,  is totally into ducks.  We run into them a lot on our walks but have never hunted them because I would rather go fishing.  He loves fishing in the boat.  

He is great around other dogs; my son has a 6-month-old female pound puppy…she is feisty, pretty aggressive……and the two of them can play for hours.

He is an excellent retriever…loves to play Frisbee…is really good at catching it out of the air…we do this when I get home from work…whether I want to or not…..

I hope all is well with you.  Scott

Breeder Comment

Thanks for the fabulous update. We are so happy to hear that Dunkin is doing well. Sorry, I could not get the video to turn–I hope it works okay.

That Puppy Look

One Too Many Flashes

~Are We Done Yet?

The wiggles, the squiggles, and let’s not forget the squint. Yes, the puppies find the camera too demanding. They try to escape. We squeak a toy, clap our hands, and try to get them to look at the camera. Sometimes we get the look–oh the process is so exhausting.

Seven Steps to Success

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Note: This is a repost of an article we have shared several times. Our pups are ready to acclimate to their new environment upon arrival. We recommend not over-thinking at the early stages.

  1. Be committed — Commitment to the process is primary. Training your pup will take time. Think of this as a journey (a road trip) with a destination in mind. Don’t set timelines; instead, take this adventure together. It will take as long as it takes for each achievement. Sometimes just when you think, you have arrived; your Weimaraner will hit a snag or transitional phase. There are many of these stages in the first couple of years. As with an adolescent, they can be going along well and suddenly regress. Please take this in stride it is nothing personal. The first occurrence could well be prior to week twelve. Stay calm and move ahead–this is how to avoid ingraining fear or some unwanted behavior.
  2. Keep your eye on the young puppy at all times—This is vitally important for at least the first 2-3 weeks, or until you have the housebreaking part accomplished. Use a crate, bag, or soft-side crate to confine the pup when you cannot be vigilant. The crate should not be too large. If it is more than they need they may select one end for a potty area.
  3. Be consistent–Do everything in the same manner! For example, the pup wakes up and stirs. At first, you would pick them up and carry them out to the area where you want them to go potty. Each time you see them circling or rousing from a nap go to the potty-area. If you use the bells hung at the door, then ring them as you go out the door. Soon they will be ringing the bells as a signal for you to open the door.
  4. Keep it simple — Although your pup can learn amazing things, it is best to do a few simple things and build upon those experiences. The process will unfold naturally if you allow it to do so; start with getting them to come. Although they all follow and come to us, it is different once they start to mature. Do the hallway exercise (5-7 retrieves each night). By using a hallway (with adjoining doors closed) there is nowhere for them to escape with the toy, ball, or dummy. Some people treat them when they bring the item to their hand. It is not necessary. The activity is a reward in and of itself. Have a couple of bumpers or toys (designated for this activity). Make it an event every day until you move to the yard because you have compliance.
  5. Keep it fun — Weimaraners are brilliant and learn quickly. A trainer might tell you to work for an hour and even a half hour doing one exercise every night, but we suggest ten minutes. Do it for ten minutes and then do something fun. This approach works for us! If your Weim pup loses interest, you lose ground in the training process.
  6. Remember it is about your relationship — No matter what you are doing it is important to remember that Weims are all about relationship. If they get their feelings hurt, things can go sour quickly. Your bonding experience is vital to the success of this relationship. Take time to think and see things from their perspective. You are the center of their world. They not only want to control you, but they want to own you. Weimaraners are the ultimate Velcro dog and must learn how to stay alone. Your relationship is a double-edged sword. They need a lot of time, attention, and affection. They also need to find ways to cope when you are absent. We recommend starting this process very early, or they will come to expect you will be there 24 X 7. Separation anxiety can be a huge issue in this breed.
  7. Be patient — When you go out to teach your pup a skill, make sure it is a learn-able task. Plan enough time to accomplish the task–but keep your training focused to ten to twenty minutes maximum. The short bursts of success are more effective than lengthy sessions. Your attitude and demeanor play into the equation too! If you are feeling stressed, forego training your Weimaraner. There are many methods of training. Nevertheless, choose one that enhances your bonding experience and one that creates a respectful environment for all concerned.

The best Weimaraner people are those that are natural leaders. Anytime you feel your relationship is stressed then you are going down the wrong road. The persons that are neither too strict nor too lenient are usually, the ones that excel. Regardless of what happens, it is always best to pro-active than to be reactive. Stay calm. Keep it simple. Get results. Plan little steps of learning and build upon them. Try our 7 steps to Success, and we believe you will be on the right path.

Wishing you fewer puppy bites and more puppy kisses

One Last Love before he leaves…..

~ Shela and Cliff

From our Home to Yours

We are honored to share with you something we hold dear. Thank you, all of you who have followed along and shared so many moments during the last year. As 2019 opens, we find ourselves having another 365 days –if all goes according to the plan. What will we do with our time? Who will we share our life with–what kind of relationship will it be?

If we think about it, it is like a writing a chapter in our book–we have laid the foundation and set the plot in action. Nevertheless, there are twists and turns. We are free to change, improve, adapt, and squeeze every moment to make the most of it. We cannot control as much as we would like–hopefully, we can manage our attitude and stay positive even in the darker moments.

Sharing our life with the Weimaraner or two is extraordinary–I choose to believe that they bring the best out in us. Yes, there are challenges–some we could not have imagined. Most of us Weim-lovers weather the issues well. Sometimes the mishap to our chagrin is unwelcome–others we find entertaining. Friend, I hope you are walking into the new year with at least one fur-family member. Everyone needs that kind of friend. I think it is safe to say that here because the non-dog loving crowd doesn’t read our blog, right?!?

New Year Resolutions

~ The Weimaraner Kind

As explained by OwyheeStar’s Boone

The New Year brings thoughts of starting fresh. “Woof”

We fur folks are not a whole lot different. We put down the best-laid plans. So, I want to share my ideas for 2019 with you. Well, you might notice these are more for my human’s entertainment–or let’s say these are suggestions–the kind that accompanies a strong wag.

Diet

I like my kibble just fine–Cliff, Mama says I need more calories because I burn more than the average dude. So, I am thinking a few extra add-ins are coming for 2019. I like that high-calories topping, the NuVet, and the occasional chunk of steamed pumpkin. “Woof” I, like a lot of guys don’t need to watch my waistline unless we are talking about getting too skinny. I need a little fat right by my tail. I think it gives that hubba-hubba-look the girls like. Feel free to throw in the occasional cookie–thank you!

Exercise

As you might know one of my favorite exercises is chasing the girls. I also like to run around and play with Manfred–you know, the new Longhair Stud guy. Cliff, I think we ought to include more stick-fetching work as well as a few more birds. You are getting lazy, my friend. Mama says I need some stellar photos–whatever that might be. It sounds like work to me. Let’s skip and go for walk to the sanctuary.

Cash

I must admit I have heard about the Puppuccino. Other OwyheeStar Weims rave about their parents driving through Starbucks to get a treat. Let’s add a little more pizazz into my life (relieve you of some weight of your pocket change). You could use a little more fun too. We could drive up (leaving the farm once in a while) for the occasional treat–it would not hurt you to let go of your wallet once in a while. “Woof”

Behaviors

I am a good boy. I don’t jump up. I don’t pull on the lead. I can sit, etc. I think I have it pretty well down–so I don’t need to brush up on my manners. Maybe we could fix you Cliff–it seems you bring the occasion clump of mud. “Woof” I should say you and Stackhouse do, and Mom doesn’t always find it endearing, so you see I have one paw up on you, dude.

Rain or Snow

~Ready to Go!

Walk or run–we usually do about 2 miles walking and up to 4 ish running. They love getting out although want to chase squirrels . This is usually in addition to the dog park. They have two different cold weather jackets and then their rain jackets. And yes, we try to get out every day otherwise the house becomes a race track/ jungle gym, lol!

This is our coats for cold with a chance of rain and we always wear the glow in the dark collars.

Cheers, Erika

Breeder Comment

We are so happy the boys love helping you stay exercised. We get it–you do it for your sanity more than your health. (Haha) We love their glow in the dark collars. It is essential when you are out for the early or late runs.

2018 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGOND

    ~December 22, 2018

Sunrise October 21 2017

Hello There!

Christmas is officially around the corner–right after the weekend. Are you excited? We sincerely hope that you are –and that you are able to share the experience with those whom you love the most.

Everywhere the stores are filled with people looking for the perfect something. Last night at Walmart, Ashley and I hit the jackpot. We went through the self-checkout to avoid the long lines. We waited only a moment for our turn. We had no sooner started to check out when Ashley noticed the long lines waiting for the self-checkout too. When we arrived at the movie house, Cliff and Nick were there sitting in the theater seats waiting for us. (Haha) The parking lot was packed–we were not the only ones there for a Friday night movie. 

AT OWYHEESTAR

This week was more of the puppy thing–as you might be aware it has been slow coming. Now that the pups are here we are ever so busy with them. It is surprising–all they require moment-to-moment.

This Week On the Blog…

Wow–thank you once again everyone–those who took the time to contribute. At one point I was starting to sweat the need for material and then I found the Emailed updates. You are beyond awesome.

Sunday— December 15 — Party Anyone

Monday–- December 16 — Looking For Birds

Tuesday — December 17 — Exploring

Wednesday —December 18 — When One

Thursday –-December 19 — Lucy & Toby

Friday — December 21 — Mesquite

On a very personal note

Cliff and I have been doing the usual sort of things–you know what I mean. Cliff gave the old pump house some love recently–the roof has been repaired and several gaps filled.

We have not gone all out with Christmas decorations–it is mostly our nativity and the two faux trees we have decorated. They met with the Great Granddaughter’s approval. They enjoy the fact that we have bells that they can ring. (Haha) They informed us that they have a fake tree this year. (OMG)

The two girls noticed that we have our small box of gifts ready for the Christmas Eve gathering. This was both troubling and delightful to them. They feel as if it has been a couple of years worth of waiting. Soon, it will be over for another year. Quite possibly the waiting is the best part of the whole thing–at least, next to the giving.

Oh, the places we have gone!

Charlie Mae and Murphy–Part Two

Are You Talking About Me?


Both Weim’s are happy and healthy, every now and then Charlie seems to get an upset stomach (we can hear it gurgling) and she isn’t as interested in food, but we’ve had luck so far with a 1/2 of a table of Pepto Bismol, some plain vanilla yogurt, and raw pumpkin (we rotate between the various items) and that seems to help settle her stomach and she is back to normal.  Otherwise, both are in excellent health and are MUCH loved!

Shopping is Part of the Plan

We continue to read your blog articles and love to see all the new puppies that get placed and the common antics shared by all these awesomely mischievous puppies we all love so much!
Happy Holidays and lots of love to you all! The Spight Family


We had a fun full summer with lots of camping (8 trips!), ending at the Oregon coast (a couple of the enclosed pictures are from that trip).  Murphy didn’t like the humid cool weather, so our daughter put her jacket on him so he would stop shivering at one point.



Breeder Comment

What a life! I love going to the Oregon Coast. Thank you, for giving them the best life possible.