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Puppy Fix

With Mesquite

Stackhouse-4964-2 11.08.45 AMYou know we have been working on our Utility Bath. It is spacious for an old farmhouse. We had room for a large wire crate at the end–this is where Mesquite is enjoying solitude with her babies. She is never far from us, but she doesn’t want Stackhouse examining her babies.

He is interested, and he is the sire of the litter. There are two Longhair Pups in this litter. Here is one of the two at Three Weeks.

Mourning

Colby Finds Comfort 

Kletzi's Colby Baby SnugglesI don’t really send much on Colby these days. But I wanted to take a moment to share a couple photos I snapped of our youngest with him the other day.
Kletzi's Colby Baby KissesIt’s been a little rough for Colby with the passing of our older dog, Sable.  It hit him worse than anyone, since the rest of us were prepared for this to happen.  We’ve been giving him lots of loving and he is milking it pretty well.  Case in point: letting him on the bed with the baby.
He doesn’t know of to be cognicent when she is laying around and stepping on her is a possibility I’d rather avoid.  When he came up to attempt a nap, I charged him a few photos. He grumped off shortly after he realized no nap would be happening here.
The weim grieves loss just like we do. But a little love can help to mend a broken heart.

Breeder Comment

I think Weimaraners, just as humans, process loss in different ways. Some seem to go on with life and adjust quickly. Others suffer intensely.

It never ceases to amaze me how most Weims adapt to life changes. I truly believe much of this is due to their inclusion in the family. When some add a baby, they forget that the Weimaraner was the center of the universe before the baby arrived. Others include the fur-family members without expecting them to be relegated to the background.

Many times a pup who comes into a family with children will be fueled by the energy of the toddler and younguns running around. Unwanted puppy nipping and also jumping up are typically the issue. It can be challenging. In the same family, if there is a baby, it may well never be a problem. The Weimaraner often are more careful and found to cuddle in with the baby. I used to have a photo of a baby sleeping on the Weimaraner. The family said it calmed the baby. Our relationships are complicated and amazingly unique.

Juniper Spring 2017

NAVHDA Natural Ability

Navhda Spring 2017

Cliff and Juniper made their debut at the Treasure Valley NAVHDA (North American Versatile Dog Association) Spring test. They entered with high expectations; however, as often happens with versatile field work, everything didn’t go perfectly. There are many ways to hit a snag in such a test. The result can be summed up in one word– disappointment or absolute elation depending upon conditions and performance. Nevertheless, more often than not the experience falls somewhere between the two extremes. You might remember George recently netted a Prize III in the Natural Ability. His owner was somewhat disillusioned, but after the dust settled, it is clear that earning a prize is the goal. Everyone wants the Prize I but if it were easy (and a sure thing), it would not be the standard. Then too–there is perspective. Things get missed by judges, and it is in their discretion to award points.

Prize III

Juniper also netted a Prize III. She would not enter the water without a dummy. When this happens, you cannot earn anything higher than the Prize III. Her bird work was excellent in the field. She didn’t do great on her track even though it is something she does excellent in training.

The NAVHDA Experience

The NAVHDA experience can be challenging. The process requires systematic training and development of various versatile field skills. It just makes you better all around. We highly recommend this to all our hunters. The first time can be a bit intimidating, but once you figure it out, you see the value. Here are some photos of her working around OwyheeStar in preparation for the big event.

Thank You to NAVHDA and the local folks that make this club work!

 

Not Expected

Longhair’s Tail Fluff

        ~ Weim Tales

 

Heerman's Two on the bed

Skeeter Valentine and her Longhair brother Virgil

Virgil got a sticky fly trap thingy stuck on the last 1/5th of his beautiful, gorgeous, lovely tail!!!! What the Whaaaat. He was wagging the thing so much that it swung around where it had no business being and bam! Fly strip on the tail. First I have to say it’s not easy trying to get a weim to stay put. 

First I have to say it’s not easy trying to get a Weim to stay put when something like that happens, however, I did and was able to remove said fly strip. Washed tail to no avail. Had to trim some. The question is will it fill back in? I feel like I should know this but I do not.

Breeder Comment

Yes, Kaliece, the tail will grow back entirely. It might take months but the Weimaraner sheds hair (even the smooth coat), and new hair comes in from the follicle. During the first couple of years, the feathering fills in and for those that love the look–the tail becomes a beautiful flag.

We knew a person who used to shave their Longhair Weimaraners during the summer. Their coat came back full and lush, but they were cooler during the heat of the summer. We often clip the tail a bit (on the underside) before they whelp. This trimming process saves a lot of mess because there is a considerable amount of blood and ewe during the whelp. You don’t want this flipped all over the walls etc. It always grows back. So, for all you who are concerned about losing a little fluff–now you know. It will grow back. Some folks also groom the toe hair during the muddy season. They just have a groomer remove it. The toe tassels always come back. If you ever are worried, just clip a spot that is not noticeable and document it with a photo. Look at it over time.

As difficult as it might be to accomplish, rubbing peanut butter in something sticky like gum will dissolve it. This tip that might save needing to cut chunks of hair.

        ~ Swimming is Exhausting

We love him so much. Such a sweet boy. He is now LOVING to go swimming and he loves running with me. He is training up very well for that, he runs by my side nicely. He is fearless and very protective of me so I’ve really had to work on him relaxing on that aspect. I love knowing he’s watching out for me and he’s learning to watch my cues for leave it and quiet and learning to trust me and where I put him as much as I’m learning to trust his judgment as well. I don know if you know but he is my first male dog ever. So, Thank you for sending me such a nice boy. Just he needs to hush when asked and that is progressing very well. Thanks again for another great OwhyheeStar companion.

 Breeder Comment

This breed is different from other breeds in many ways. Many people who decide to get their first Weimaraner end up with a male. They might have wanted a female, but possibly there were none available. It is then they discover the truth–the boys are very sweet. Oh, they can be headstrong. The females can be tough to manage too! Regardless, they have a quality that catches a lot of folks off guard. It is not something you can put into words; however, in many cases, the way they bond to you wins you over. After being forced to get a first-time male dog, many end up having the male Weimaraner preference.

We have talked a lot about the difference between the male and female. Of course, there are exceptions. Regardless, in many cases, the female Weimaraner tends to be less engaged in their owner’s agenda and to value less the desire to please. (They can be such a prima donna). While all Weims can be manipulative, the female takes it to a new level. This trait can manifest in many different ways, and much of what happens depends upon their human and the relationship. Yes, it depends on the type of leadership role and your ability to evoke the desire to please you. How this expresses itself can vary. Each time it is a bit unique, and at the same time, it always sports a lot of the similar expression.

Just for Reference

Max Summer 2014-3

Some Weimaraner tails are fuller than others. Here is a photo of Max (at five) showing his beautiful plumage. Max Summer 2014-6

Availability

The Waiting Game

        ~June 2017

4-Mesquite X Stackhouse 2017 WK1-24We find ourselves waiting and wondering like some of you. We had the opportunity to mate for one spring litter–a mixed coat-length litter. So, there were Longhairs. Four were not Longhair; therefore, we have four lucky persons–who needed (wanted) the traditional smooth coat. We could have used more Longhairs. There is no doubt we need tradition Gray Ghost puppies. Regardless, there is no question whatsoever that we are not in the driver seat. We still are of the mindset that the crazy winter threw off the girls heat cycle. So, they came into season later than usual.

We have a couple of summer litters in the works, and we hope all goes according to the plan. Livee (who produced the lovely Russian Blue Gabriel) when mated to Blue, has been mated to Stackhouse. In 2016 we mated her to Stackhouse, and they produced a litter of seven (three males and four females). That doesn’t guarantee anything, but we have a little history. Livee is due mid-July.

Sage is expecting a litter sired by Boone. Yes, his name is new to many of you. It is his first litter. Sage had a litter in 2015 (sired by Blue) that produced eight pups (five males and three females). Sage is due toward the end of July.

        ~ When Will You Have a Pup Available?

We receive many inquiries regarding the Weimaraner puppies. Of course, people want us to answer a simple question. Sometimes they say, “when is 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.

Mequite X Stackhouse 2017 Day 6-7It is simply true that we cannot guess if a mating will result in a litter. Secondly, we are unable to predict with certainty the number of pups that will be born or their sex. In many cases, we are unable to predict the coat color or even the coat length. Coat length is something we do DNA testing to ensure we get it accurate.

Once the pups arrive, we start at the top of our Wait List and work down in the order your name appears. All things being equal (your specific wants and needs) the first person on the list gets priority. Beyond that explanation, it gets more complicated as we move down the list; everyone has preferences, timelines, etc. No one can guess how this will shake out. Sometimes a person considerably down the list gets a puppy while someone who is a the top of the list is left waiting.

        ~We Welcome Your Inquiry!

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.

        ~ How Long is the Wait?

Predictions are impossible. A lot of folks write us numerous times wanting us to suggest an approximate timeframe. Even when we make our best guess, there isn’t any guarantee.

Mequite X Stackhouse 2017 Day 6-27Currently, fewer people waiting for a Male as well for a Blue. In fact, having gone through the entire Wait List for those listed wanting a Blue we didn’t find a ready applicant. So, we have opened the inquiry process and contacted some who recently touched base with us. It isn’t always the case. Many time we have the opposite situation. Depending on what is born, we expect that potential availability ( either a Male or a Blue) may open up some opportunities between now and December. The only way to make this happen for you is complete the application process and secure your place on our Wait List with a deposit. We sincerely hope this explains the situation and we look forward to hearing from those of you who are serious about an OwyheeStar.

Finding ourselves short on females isn’t a constant. Many times we have the opposite situation–we are short on males. Depending on what is born, we expect that potential availability ( either for a Male or for the Blue) will offer opportunities between now and December. Interested? The only way to make this happen for you is complete the application process and secure your place on our Wait List with a deposit. We sincerely hope this explains the situation. We look forward to hearing from those of you who are serious about an OwyheeStar.

Dakota Blue

Newman's Dakota Blue_1863Hard to believe Dakota will be a year old this Wednesday. He is quite the character and at times a handful. But I enjoy every moment, even when he digs up a flower I just planted or attacks my pillow and then looks so innocent. He’s my best friend and I thank you and Cliff for bringing us together.
                                        Connie and Dakota Blue

Breeder Comment

Happy Birthday, Dakota Blue. Your brother Benson was featured on the blog yesterday.  I am glad you have an innocent look going for you. We love it too. I notice the dog bed is on the floor ready for your human.

Planned

Lazy Saturday For Ellie

Robert reports on Ellie, “She’s doing well, sleeps in on Saturdays.”

Davidson's Ellie on Saturday_0439

With the weekend around the corner, Ellie shares her typical Saturday look.

 

Davidson's Ellie resting_0153More Chilling (if the snapshots stop)

 

Davidson's Ellie cat_0057More resting with the cat

 

Davidson's Ellie Ignoring_9976if I ignore it, maybe it will go away

Breeder Comment

Apparently, Ellie lives the dream life that many of would enjoy. Thanks for thinking of us Robert!

Chloe

Update

Summer weather in upon us and Chloe is enjoying the warmth, though also appreciates getting in the water or sitting in front of the air conditioning when outside temperatures reach the 90’s. Here are some pictures of Chloe with other furry friends and family members.Brtiches_1816

Our cat Britches lays where she wants, including Chloe’s bed, but she’s usually willing to share. They get along well enough, occasionally playing together but Chloe still needs to be reminded sometimes that the kitties are not for chasing. We got our two cats as kittens before bringing Chloe home so she has grown up knowing them as other household members.

Foss's Chloe and Wilma_1727

From a trip down to Central Oregon, Chloe has a great time running around with my brother’s dog.
Cooling off after a good game of chase.

Chloe playing with Wilma who lives up the road. A few days a week Chloe goes to Wilms or Wilma comes to our house and they spend the day wrestling and running. A tired dog is a good dog!

We find ourselves discussing more and more lately not IF we get another dog but WHEN we get another puppy. As I know the process can take many months I figured I should reach out to you now and get things started. We would love another longhaired female, blue would be great but gray is lovely as well. Please let me know what all we need to do, another application, deposit, etc.
Hope you are well,
Brittany, Don, and Chloe

Breeder Comment

Thank you, ever so much for the fantastic update on Chloe. She has quite the life. We are delighted you are interested in another Longhair.

Mama’s Girl

Francee

We are coming up on a year with our girl and she has finally decided she likes my husband…sort of. More of a love don’t love cause mama is here, ok love again , type of thing. Attached is a clip of her talking to Seth in hopes of getting some attention.

Hope you are well,
Alissa

Breeder Comment

Francee is one of our OwyheeStar retired females that found a Golden Years placement. And what a placement it is too! She has gone to work with her Mama and done all kind of wonderful things with the family. Nonetheless, she has been slow to warm up to Daddy.

We cannot thank this family enough for all they have done for and with Francee!

Insurance

Consider This!

_Rhune's Kula Bleu _1280px[1]The price quotes below are just a sample of what can go wrong. We have heard quotes hovering around the $ 4,000 mark for some procedures–for example, GVD intervention. Bloat can be sudden and is always an emergency. The Weimaraner is one of the targeted breeds for this horrendous life-threatening health issue. Click here to read more. As with humans, there are the typical ailments that can come and rob us of time. We want to eke out as much time together as is possible; insurance can help us get more.

The athletic Weimaraner can suffer a torn or ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). Possibly if one side goes, then the other will too–according to the experts. Joint replacement is possible. If this happens, you want to be able to take care of your fur family member and best friend.

We don’t make a fee if you sign up for insurance this or other insurance. AKC doesn’t have the only gig in town. Our Vet office prefers Pets Best, but they have had a result with other insurances as well as the AKC recommended.

We received this from AKC

Thanks to amazing advances in veterinary medicine, treatment for your pet’s accidents and illnesses are more successful today – but often at a high cost.

Below is a list of claims paid to our current policyholders. As you can see, it can be expensive to keep our pets healthy! Luckily our pet insurance can help keep costs down for a low monthly premium.

 

Breed Accident/Illness State Total Cost Amount Paid
Old English Sheep Dog Lymphoma TX $1,290 $1,003
Doberman Pinscher Cruciate Tear CA $2,800 $2,202
Beagle Foreign Body Ingestion NC $1,988 $1,500
Bichon Frise Bladder Stones NY $1,301 $1,010

You probably received this from AKC too! We suggest that checking into Major Medical Coverage for your beloved Weimaraner. You don’t want their life cut short, nor for them to have to limp along with a career ending injury. All too soon the end will stare you in the face. All this goodness last but a season it seems.