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~ Knows Her Place
The only tough thing about a Weim is you don’t own the couch anymore….they do!!!
You might remember this little girl earlier this year during our resolution-making season. Click here to see her then, and to read more about her and the sofa. You might also like to know that she is a sister to Luke and Bo–featured yesterday. We hear that Schatzi and the two blue boys are planning a play date sometime in the future.
The couch is shared in most every household despite efforts to prevent this from happening. Some do, but most don’t even attempt it. You might remember that Weimar rule list that used to be prevalent. It would start off where the Weimar is not going to come into the house. (Oops–then we are not placing a pup with you.) Then, it would quickly follow up, with–alright the Weimar is allowed in the house, but only by the back door. And this would go on and on, and pretty soon the Weim owned the house and was running things. (Ha!) We tend to share almost everything with our Weimaraners. Don’t you agree?
So, the sofa is in use. Well, if the human arrives first, they are welcome to be used as a pillow. Otherwise, you might have to try to squeeze in somewhere or opt for the recliner.
Not For Everyone!
~Two At Once
As I sit down to write this Bo (red harness) is figuring out how to sit in my lap ( he barely fits anymore) and Luke (gray harness)is finishing up his laps around the house. I LOVE them, even when they are driving me crazy, I love them! They are so different and so funny and have adapted so well to my life/ our life. Sometimes when I think that I am not sure how I am going to make this work they remind me that they are only 5 months old and incredible!
They still jump some although it is getting better and everyone is always impressed by them and how well they behave. Not to mention they are stunning! Everywhere I go, every time I am at the dog park, it is non stop they are beautiful, lovely, stunning pups. Luke is like silk he definitely got some of Bettee’s coat and Bo is SO athletic!
I did buy them a house with a yard 🙂 We move in about two weeks, they will get their own yard and we will have chickens and be very close to the dog park. They have definitely helped me keep my sanity, lose my sanity and remind me what is important in my life and important to me.A million times a day I am in awe at how silly and adorable they are. They make me smile all the time and bring me such joy! They are privileged pups and don’t spend much time in their crates anymore.
Getting two Weimaraner pups at the same time is rarely a good idea. Nevertheless, a few people convince me they can do this thing. Honestly, we were a bit concerned when her life suddenly changed right after they arrived–she pulled it off with style. Not everyone could do that. Those of you challenged by one can only imagine the dynamics of two. Getting them both trained and compliant is just for the strong of heart.
Yes. These two were very different. We think that is a good thing, too! Thanks Erika for the update and all you are doing with and for the boys. And, maybe you didn’t notice, but the sire of the litter was ‘Boone‘.
Waiting At the Bus Stop
Just a quick update on Remy. She is doing so great! She has a very sweet personality, and she sure is smart. She enjoys getting out for little walks and is getting much better at walking on the leash. Every day she waits with me at the bus stop for the kids to get home and she now starts her excited tail wagging as soon as the bus rounds the corner. She has so easily fit into our family.
She is still doing great with potty training and being in the crate. She has also learned to sit, stay, come and even shake. We haven’t worked with her much yet but she picks up the commands quickly. She is getting better with the biting, a few times we have used a little spray bottle to spray a bit of water in her face to stop her, but she usually can be redirected with a chew toy. I cannot believe how much she has already grown! She has a big appetite.😀 She is a joy and such a beautiful dog. We are so happy she has joined our family.I hope you are all well and we’ll stay in touch!Haley
Troy and Macy
~(March 9, 2018)
Here’s a photo of Troy and Macy today!
I just wanted to see how you guys were doing since I haven’t spoken to you for so long. I also wanted to let you know how much we love Troy! When we first got him from the guy in LA in 2009 I was sure it wasn’t going to work. But after keeping to Cliff’s advice of letting him learn from the other two dogs – he melted right in with our home, and into our hearts! Just wanted to touch base with you. God bless!
It is nice to hear from longtime OwyheeStar Weimlovers! Brad has been a faithful fan for more years than we can remember. Troy was his third OwyheeStar. He took the risk to pick him up when things went sideways with his original family. Typically, we don’t do that kind of thing–ask for help. Nonetheless, everyone needs a bit of help from time to time. This rehome situation seemed like something that might be a win-win situation. We are so happy to hear our assessment was accurate. It is outstanding to get this photo and to learn they are doing well. Thank you!
The Weimaraner Coat Color…
~Sometimes folks ask
Can you tell me the difference between the blues, grays, and silver color?
The coat color for the Weimaraner technically (according to the breed standard) is either Gray, Silver-gray or Blue. People are sometimes confused. A part of this confusion might come from unscrupulous breeders who identify their pups in terms that they believe will net a sale. More than one person has written to us saying they have a Silver-Gray Weimaraner and the photo they sent along was of a Blue. What’s up with that? A breeder should know the coat colors — even at birth, they are easy to identify.
The Weimaraner’s coat can take on different hues. The time of day, lighting, and surroundings seem to reflect on a gray or silver-gray coat. Colors can be either darker or lighter than they would typically appear. We have used several methods for our photography. Natural lighting and a good photo box. We have our cabinet that uses auxiliary lighting. At times, it challenging. Just know that we attempt to get our photos true to color, but as I said–conditions affect the final product.
Now down to the nitty-gritty!
Here are two litter mates at three weeks of age. You can easily see the pup on the left is a blue and the one on the right is a silver-gray.
Color is somewhat subjective. People see it differently or describe it in their own terms. It varies in different settings and best seen in the outside light. Nonetheless, you can easily see that there is a vast difference between a young gray, silver-gray or blue Weimaraner.
In our opinion, color is not the most critical factor. Your preference might be one of the three colors. Nevertheless, the color choice pales in comparison to health, temperament, and other such factors.
All Weims are beautiful. There are pros and cons to coat colors. These tend to be all but minor unless you a Show-Person. A blue does seem to get hotter in the field during the heat of the day. A blue shows the cuts and scars and often has white hairs where the accident happened. A blue can be called a “tire screecher”. More than one person has reported a car screeching their tires when spotted roadside. This scenario can play out with the Silver-gray or Gray Weimaraner, too! Regardless of whether you prefer the blue or not, the gray and silver gray are equally lovely. The gray as we see the color is more a taupe color than actual gray. Of course, many old-time diehard Weim folks are all about the gray or the silver-gray. They have no use for the Blue.
Dog Park in the Sky
~pass the kleenex
This is still very surreal for us, but I thought I needed to let you know that Devo has left us for the great dog park in the sky, where he will hopefully have tennis balls and sticks to play with until the end of time.
He was not feeling well Tuesday night, and first we thought it was just because he had gotten into something, but by 5:30 in the morning yesterday I could tell that something was seriously wrong, and took him into the only emergency vet in town. He was having problems breathing and was very cold, and by the time I got there, he could not even move. I was hoping it was bloat (treatable), but soon was given the news that it was much worse – a pericardial effusion, which likely meant cancer. They performed a Pericardiocentesis, to relieve the fluid build up and waited for the cardiologist to do a more detailed exam.
After the initial procedure he seemed to be doing better (got up to greet me, tail wagging), so I went home to wait for the news. A few hours later, the cardiologist called me and our worst fears were confirmed – he had a tumor in his heart (hemangiosarcoma).
And the fluid (blood) kept filling around his heart, so there was no point in even attempting treatment.
Surrounded By Those Who Loved Him Most
We pulled Montana out of school and went to go see him for our goodbyes. He was surrounded by the people that loved him most on this planet, and we will miss him so terribly that it makes our hearts bleed too – but we know that we did the best we could for him, and I am happy we had him in our lives for 9+ years.
With grief and gratitude, ~Christine
We have spoken a few days back. There are no words to cover Sweet Devo’s departure. We are saddened to hear of the loss. Our heartfelt prayers extended your direction. Oh, Devo, you were much-loved.
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~March 3, 2018
The weather keeps things interesting. Mr. Winter wants to hang around a bit longer and trouble us with colder temperatures and the threat of snow. Spring is dancing with joy. She brings us a bit of warmth and sunshine and pushes back the harsh reality that Winter is not over just yet.
There are splotches of green here and there. Some of the greenness is no doubt weeds taking hold with an early start. The signal of Spring’s soon arrival is welcome. We know the battle for the ground will begin not long after. Isn’t it amazing how weeds and unwanted bugs survive almost anything? They thrive despite our attempts to eradicate them.
Yesterday afternoon was sunny and pleasant. All too soon, the temperature dropped dramatically. I made quick work of winterizing the hose and the washing system. Ah, the ups and downs of March are a reality.
We are receiving news from those who recently picked up their OwyheeStar Winter puppy. It is always heartwarming to get a good report. If you are a faithful reader, then you know that two updates were on the blog this week. How fun is that? Meanwhile, we prepare for Spring pups. Of course, we have not a clue as to what will arrive. It is the always the same. The frustration for us as well as for our folks who Wait patiently for a puppy is palpable. Can’t you at least give us some idea they ask? These folks have no idea the complexities of such a prediction and how little control we have. (OMG) Honestly, it is inexplicable.
Preparation includes checking our supplies and making sure the whelping area is sanitary. There are Whelp records to be created. Longhairs expected in at least one of the projected litters. Therefore, it is essential to have the DNA testing kits on hand. That is an expedited process. Without the materials to take the samples, we would be at a loss. Finally, looking outside, I need to get some grass seed sowed in the yards to see if we can fill in where the pups stomped out the lawn. If not, then we will have to purchase some turf. There is no turf available yet. We hope the seed comes up and flourishes before there is the puppy feet stomping scenario. It is likely we will need sod sometime between now and summer.
This Week on the Blog
Did we say how much we appreciate these updates? If not, please know they mean more than you could possibly know. Our readers are somewhat addicted to living vicariously through others. How often can you add the Weimaraner to the household? Indeed–it is not practical and getting them acclimated is a lot of work. Even when things go as expected, there are challenges. Thank you, for sharing your experience and for keeping us apprised.
Sunday—February 18— Our Mantra (Freedom Earned)
Monday —February 19— Skye and Haze (Part Two)
Tuesday —February 20— How Important is It? (the Fetch)
Wednesday —February 21— Skye and Haze (Part Three)
Thursday –February 22 — Life Changing (Velcro Dog)
Friday — February 23 — Introducing (Bear)
On a very personal note
Cliff was out working on the greenhouse as the sun was preparing to set. After dinner, we took a look together joined by Cliff’s flashlight. I am loving the progress. I dream of being out there working and enjoying my fill of seeing the seedlings develop. I ordered horseradish. I have never grown it before. It is on the list of garden additions (which also includes a spiral herb garden). It arrived much earlier than expected. I found a container and cut off the top and planted it a couple of weeks ago. It seems it is going to thrive. It looked like nothing upon arriving here; however, it already has the sign of being prolific.
This week was special. We had been trying to get together (since before the February 18th birthday) with our son to celebrate his 48th years. Life has been challenging on his side of the fence, too! Finally, we were able to make and keep the date on Wednesday evening. He and his friend joined us at Brewsky’s Broiler. The meal and the time of sharing were outstanding. It was good to spend time together rather than opting for a gift of another sort.
We continue to tend to little upgrades and repairs in the old farmhouse. I bought some organizers to see if we could improve the kitchen situation. Cliff put them up. I love the difference they made. Making the most of the space we have is essential. I am nowhere near done with the process, but each improvement helps.
I just want to thank you both again for bringing this little boy (“Bear”) into my life. He had a rough time in his first few weeks of life, and it was questionable if he would pull through. But he is a survivor and is definitely making up for lost time.We are having a great time bonding and getting to know each other. He is super smart and has already learned to retrieve to my hand (amazing!). He is such a fast learner. I’m impressed. We have many more things to learn together.You both do a great job and I am thankful for your gift.
This pup is the little boy who gave us so much concern. A round of antibiotics and he bounced back with no sign of an issue. He has such a great personality. Not every pup gets off to the perfect start. No Breeder wants to talk about mortality rates. Places like AKC publish those statistics. We secretly are thankful our numbers are below average. Nonetheless, no one can avoid every problem. It is impossible.
We are happy that you folks wanted ‘Bear’ even knowing full well about his early challenges. We are blessed indeed to meet some of the planet’s best humans. Thank you, for loving this boy so much.
You might remember reading about Skye and Haze a few days ago–Part One of the Three Part Series. Then Part Two featured Skye. Here is the final segment featuring the lovely Haze. It is good news that there are not two dominant (run-the-show) girls.
About Nancy’s Haze
~ Part Three
Haze is very submissive and larger. She weighs about 70 pounds. Hazey loves to hunt… her instincts are incredible. She will track the smallest feather on the ground. She stalks and catches birds… woodpeckers on our decks, turkeys in the yard. It’s too bad we aren’t people that hunt with dogs!!
Haze competes in Rally as well and also is working on completing her Excellent title by this summer.
We keep the girls in weekly classes at our dog training club to keep them socialized, and to give them something for their minds to work on. We are delighted with our pups and can’t imagine life without them! Blessings to you! ~ Jean & Nancy
About Jean’s Skye
~ Part Two
Skye is dominant, small but mighty. She weighs about 50 pounds and petite. Her size doesn’t matter as she controls all the goings on in the house as well as the other dogs. Fetch is her game, although she doesn’t like to give the ball back, so it takes 2 balls to play with her. She keeps one in her mouth and chases the other, which we have to go retrieve ourselves once she “tags” it with her foot. Oh well, keeps us in shape too!
Skye loves to compete in AKC Rally competitions and also AKC Nosework competitions. She is competing at the Rally Excellent level currently and should complete her title by this summer.
Skye is amazing and challenging. Jean, you have done a fabulous job with this girl. It takes knack, follow-through, and more. Despite the challenge, you have been able to achieve great success–these titles are no small thing. You know all too well what is required to achieve merit in any competition. Great job–we are honored to call you our friend, as well as an OwyheeStar client. Thank you, for all you do!