Category Archives: Information and Education

Naomi and Sage

This picture of Naomi is from last summer. She had found a hankie and put it on Sage like a blanket. Sage has such a sweet way with children. She seems especially fond of them. (Naomi, my Goddaughter, is now seven but only weighs 35 lbs.) Naomi’s Spina bifida means she sometimes has required special medical care–most recently a surgical procedure to replace both ends of the shunt. Naomi is doing great, getting back to her old self. Praise God.

Naomi gets around with crutches that fasten to her wrists now. She can walk a few steps without them but then falls on her butt. She is always so excited and has such a zest for life.

Naomi also loves the dogs. When she was younger, she would beg to go into the penned area with them, but once in there, with Copper towering over her licking her face, she would cry. Then she would want to be with them again. Naomi and Sage do well together–Sage has such a sweet way with children. She seems especially fond of them.

Breeder Comment

When Lara shared this photo and a bit of information, I asked permission to share it with our readers. She said I could. This story is such a sweet one. You might remember that Sage is a retired OwyheeStar and Roxie was a return–both were rehomed with Lara. We are ever so thankful and glad to hear that Sage loves children.

Salty

~Memories and His Departure

Saturday we had to say goodbye to Salty. We had 14 amazing years with him full of adventure and love. He has been my shadow for all of those years and the house and my heart feel empty without him. In honor of Salty I’m naming today (and everyday) Kiss Your Dog Day.

Breeder Comment

Christmas 2019

Salty could be seen on this family’s Facebook wall–that speaks volumes to us. Over the years, we received Christmas cards and the occasional update. We never doubted that he was an integral part of the family and much-loved. What more could we wish? Thank you! You are the reason we do what we do.

Behind the Scenes

Christina and Babe

Before the pups arrive, the Mamas have our full attention–we work to ensure they eat well. We watch for any sign of a problem, etc. The whelp-window is typically from day 59 to day 64. The pups must be at least 59 days old to survive–although we might use extraordinary measures to save a puppy–there are limitations.

Once the pups are here, Christina and I do most of the hands-on work. We do like to involve Cliff when possible–a man’s touch is a good thing. Some pups require a lot more than others–case in point, Dink. You might remember the tiny undersized puppy which Christina took to feeding and caring for around the clock. Sometimes intervention doesn’t work–because there is something wrong. Other times such a pup starts to thrive and eventually catches up with their litter.

Day One Photo

From Day-One, there is a lot of hands-on work. Thankfully, Christina is a skilled puppy handler-whisperer sort of helper. Recently, she whelped a pup when we had to be away from the house. She has an eye for details–watching and looking the puppies over constantly while she adjusts their collars, handles them, and works with each one. As you might imagine, this kind of process is labor-intensive–but we believe it works–is essential.

There are many stages and steps involved in the raising of the Weimaraner. We hope to have them set up for success–but once they transition to their ‘forever family,’ the work continues. No matter our efforts, it is almost as if you are starting from scratch–it is a new environment. They have to adjust and adapt, which they will do very quickly, and at the same time, the humans must take control of the leadership role, or the puppy will rule the house in short order.

Training Advice

~ Jan Magnuson has this to say–

I like Carol Lea Benjamin’s training books, I have not read them all but the ones I have I liked, they are trusty training manuals.  I like Dr. Sophia Yin’s website- she has passed, however they continue to maintain her website; I went to training with her in person, she was amazing.  Also, CanisMajor.com, Pam Young, and PerfectPaws.com.


These are not Weimar-specific, I recommend them to folks with all breeds.  Having owned the Weimar and getting info from Shela and Cliff, I am sure you can tailor the training info to our breed with the knowledge you already have.


Best Regards~  Jan
Jan Magnuson SUNSTARAll-Breed Dog Training
http://sunstardogtraining.com
P.O. Box 98072 Des Moines, WA 98198206 241 2908

Breeder Comment

We believe everyone begins with good intentions–some get into trouble. There are several ways to allow a problem to start with this concrete-thinking Weimaraner. We won’t list those here–we often pass out a sheet that talks about avoiding the pitfalls to our prospective clients–but no matter how you decide to proceed with your training, it is essential to get the basics accomplished.

Everything that you achieve requires you develop a special relationship where the Weimaraner wants to please you. Finally, remember this is a journey–it is about what you can accomplish together — one step at a time building upon tiny successes and that underlying relationship.

Waiting for Cliff

~On Christmas

More often than not, Stackhouse will be found with Cliff. But in the evenings he sometimes stays in with Mama–watching me get dinner. I guess he might also be hoping for fallout–me dropping food, or sharing something. What Weim doesn’t?

Christmas was one of those nights when he stayed at the house with me–watching me get dinner and take care of the other Weim kids. He seemed to know that someone was coming to share dinner with us–and honestly, I can never remember him being so wild about Richard–he would not stop soliciting his attention. He got scolded a few times; it did not totally deter him from going back to the business of asking for love and attention–which he got.

Stackhouse

Ready for the Boise State Game

Well, the Boise State Broncos faced the Washington Huskies in their bowl game–there was a huge story behind this match up. I don’t know if I can do this justice in a few short sentences. I will make it brief–Coach Pete was in Boise before joining the Washington Huskies (Pac 12 Team). He is still beloved as well as celebrated in Boise. If the Broncos had to lose a game on the big stage, at least it was to Coach Pete.

Coach Harsen (was on staff with Coach Pete while he was in Boise)–during the phenomenal 2007 Fiesta Bowl upset–it is considered of the games of the century. We follow both teams (Boise State and Washington), but when we must choose, we are going with the Broncos. On this particular night, our beloved Broncos went down to the better (under-rated) Washington State Husky team. Of course, the players wanted this win for the retiring Coach Pete and to set the stage for the next chapter with their new coach. It was an impressive performance.

Waiting for the Game

It is the last game of the season and the last chance for Stackhouse to wear his Blue Boise State Tee. He enjoys these events, but as they go, this was disappointing–because it was extremely low-scoring. He gets a football toss when the Broncos score.

Thanksgiving

~ We are ever so Grateful

Dear OwyheeStar Friends, Fans, and Followers,

We want to take this time to send a heartfelt note to everyone who reads our blog. Of course, we are all thankful to those who have contributed a story–I believe we can all agree that we love hearing about the Weimaraner. Especially those related to ours. (Haha)

With Cliff’s recent illness, you folks upheld us with your prayers and positive vibes–Wow, we are ever so thankful for that too. We would be hard-pressed to write a short-list of things for which we are grateful. Our kids, our grandkids, and our great-grandkids would definitely top the list.

We continuously tell anyone that will listen that we have met some of the best folks on planet earth–all because of the Weimaraner. It never ceases to amaze us –you people are the BEST.

Thank you for the trust you share with us–for your loyalty and for sharing so much with us. Our OwyheeStar Community makes us smile every day.

And, let us not forget a little Puppy Fix from this week’s bit of business.

What Else

Stackhouse Ready and Waiting

Well, the Bronco’s offense made Stackhouse pretty darned happy. Every score means a football toss in the living room.

Kennel Cough

~This Time of Year

Click Here to Read our Kennel Cough Story

Just a quick note to let you know that Pushkin seems to have recovered from the kennel cough. Zula is doing better but still a work in progress. The amazing thing is that my 12 year old “mutt” had no symptoms and she and Push shared a kennel. ~Marie

From Lara–Kennel Cough

~Reaction to Kennel Cough shot when combined with other vaccine

Sage is doing better each day. I started a vaporizer Sunday night and the vet said I could give her half a Mucinex. He called back Monday, so I started that Monday night. She quit coughing up snot and foam sometime on Monday.

Boy did that snot smell bad.  I know I have a sensitive nose, but ewww! She never quit eating or drinking and was mad when we left her behind to walk the other dogs on Sunday.

Breeder Comment

One case in Salem and the other happened in Spokane. I think that speaks volumes–be careful in public places. The vaccine is not recommended for the Weimaraner, but it may be necessary. Please vaccinate separately–do not combine with other vaccinations such as rabies, or a booster. It costs more, but it is so worth the extra trip.

Asher

~and Our Friend, Michelle

When Michelle shared this video with us, I immediately wanted to share it with the OwyheeStar community. Isn’t it about the cutest thing ever?

Here is where I want to mention that Michelle did attend Jan Magnuson’s basic training. I highly recommend that class to anyone who lives close enough to take advantage of training with her–she has 45-plus years with the Weimaraner. We all know her and Willow–all they have done and shared with us over the last few years is much appreciated.

Asher has his AKC trick dog title – novice…this video is for a group called Do more with your dog….we are going to try for his next AKC one next.

Breeder Note–I could not get Michelle’s video to imbed properly so you will have to click the this video link. It is worth the view.