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How It Began

This Fall Marks Two Years

     ~ Here is that first Christmas photo for Cliff and Shela

Meet Up Beginning

Here is the photo captured for Cliff and Shela

Two years ago this fall Holly (unknowingly) arranged an event that would lead to our monthly play dates. Holly & her Mother (who is a professional pet photographer) set out to get as many Owyheestar Weims together to take a Christmas photo for Shela and Cliff.

It was amazing and those of us who came had to have more, to see that many Weims in one place! I would never have dreamed it would grow to what it is now, we had 24 Weims at one of our events!
Some of talked about getting together again, a few months later Holly invited someone to her mother’s house to play. I not only invited myself to go but offered to host as well as arrange a meal to share; thus the monthly play date was born!
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One Crazy December

From that day forward we’ve only missed one month (December, due to crazy schedules!). Some times we do Saturday, sometimes Sunday, we always share food and there are several friendships that have formed that extend well beyond the play dates.

Support, Sharing, and So Much More

We’ve lost some dogs, seen several humans go through surgeries or illness, used each other as sounding boards and support. The family that we have formed through the Weimaraner breed is priceless. Our family very open and welcoming, we all come from very different beliefs and backgrounds but we all have Weims in common and that has been enough to support our family!

Play Date turned Camp Out!

         ~August 26 – 27th

If anyone is too far out of the Salem area, you are always welcome to crash at our house.
This month we are trying something different, we are hosting a camp out–Saturday, August 26  to Sunday the 27th. We will be BBQ-ing, roasting marshmallows & hopefully, someone will bring a guitar & will lead us in song! Bill will make his famous waffles for breakfast!

You are Invited to Join in the Fun

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If you wish to join in the fun, contact me via text, email, or on Facebook to get the details. We are very excited about the upcoming camp out. ~ Nancy

Nancy Garin, Owner
Garin Maintenance LLC

(503) 930-6226

WWW.GarinMaintenance.com
nancy@garinmaintenance.com 

Breeder Comment

What can we say? We cherish the photo–all but one of those Weims originated from OwyheeStar. We have been privy to other photos and stories. There have been connections made and Weimlovers helping Weimlovers. Isn’t that grand? Thank you, every one who has graciously remembered us in any way. We truly appreciate the recommendations, referrals, and your endorsements.

We are happy so many of you can participate. Nancy and Bill are gracious hosts. Thank you, every one who has graciously remembered us in any way. We truly appreciate the recommendations, referrals, and your endorsements.

 

Moments

Etched on the Heart

      ~of the Weimlover

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Where do we begin? For the Weimlover there are inexplicable moments etched in our psyche. There is no ready made explanation to those who don’t get it. We nod to those who think they understand but never have experienced the Weimar. They say, “it is just like my Labrador.” We nod and smile and our thoughts spin. We think something like if they only knew.

20842143_10214275589950551_509192260212099536_nWhat we share extends around the clock. For many, this includes snuggling in the bed and waking to something like ‘Dunkin’ looking at you expectantly. Sometimes the look is more of a seriously it cannot be time to get up look. Or possibly there is the look that says are we going to do something fun–like eating people breakfast together.

Yesterday, we delighted in Tripp’s story. He and Rachel share a special connection. If you were to know the backdrop on both sides, it would bring tears to your eyes. Call us silly, but we believe the Good Lord brings the most incredible people across our path. Sometimes we are allowed to share something extraordinary. It might be that we are afforded the opportunity to help a dream unfold, to bring a little healing, or to take part in a minor miracle. What a privilege it is indeed.

OwyheeStar Meet Ups

You never know whether Tripp and Dunkin might meet up in one of their many adventures. Tripp gets around Oregon. Dunkin (as far as we know) hangs closer to the Bend area. I am sure he makes it to the Oregon Coast and the other major venues. Maybe their paths will cross, or they will connect with another OwyheeStar Weim. We are positive that there is a special look for that experience too! Oh, how these guys delight our heart in ways words cannot capture.

Beginnings are special. The young ‘Dunkin’ enjoyed plenty of snuggles early in life. You might want to check out this very early Dunkin Blog Post–Click Here!

 

Adventures

With Tripp

Companion Weims are the best! We can agree on that can we not?

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Rachel says, Tripp is amazing, I am so thankful to have him in my life! As you can see, he shares life with me on every level.

Tripp is such a great travel companion and water buddy. Lol as soon as I put my paddle board in the water Tripp jumps right on and is ready to go! Once we’re out in the water he feels so comfortable he gets up walks around, hangs out on the back of the board for awhile and then comes back up to the front and lays down! He’s amazing and I’m very lucky to have e him!

Thank you for Tripp! He truly is an amazing dog, he has so much personality and has adapted to my lifestyle for sure! He loves the outdoors and I’m so happy he loves the water as much as I do!

(lol) I still remember you (Shela) laughing at me through an email that I bought him a life jacket! You were absolutely right, he’s an amazing swimmer! (Lol, again) he swims better than I do and faster too!

I wish you could see him on the paddle board, he’s so good and I don’t even have to encourage him to get on the board, as soon as I put the paddle board in the water he runs over and jumps on, ready to go!

Breeder Comment

Tripp was rehomed with Rachel when his original family suffered a brutal loss during the last economic downturn. They lost their home and were struggling on every level. It was heartbreaking, but they felt finding him another family was in his best interest. We could not have gotten more fortunate for him.

Tripp is a companion Weimaraner sharing life on every level with his Mama. He is the best kind of friend–one who keeps all the secrets, keeps up with you, and celebrates everything you do together.

Just Information

Salty is Better

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I have been meaning to write for a while now.  I know that you are a great resource for information and I wanted to share some things that have been working for us.  About two years ago we started salty on a prescription diet and it has really made a difference.  My vet recommended a new product called Derm Defense from Science Diet.  Since she had never used it (it was brand new) we were a bit of a ‘test’ (we were both a bit skeptical).  Since he has been on it his allergies have been better and he has not had to go on medication or had any skin infections!  We were sold on it!

The second product we tried is called Solliquin it is made by Nutramax.  It is a ‘behavioral supplement’, meaning it is a more ‘natural’ way to curb anxiety.  While the results are not ultra-dramatic, they are real.  I know you like to research things before recommending them but I thought I would let you know about these two products that have been surprisingly great.  Hope you guys are well and staying cool!

~Sarah

 

Breeder Comment

True Confession–We have never been a big fan of Science Diet, but they make food that targets specific health issues. No one food is ideal for everyone. There are other foods people have mentioned that have worked well. We have had very good luck with the Diamond Naturals–note we say the Naturals. Diamond makes lower quality foods too!

Anyhow, I wanted to pass this information — you never know what will work. Sarah asked me to share this information. Maybe it will help someone.

Cyclamen

It’s On The List

IMG_3128Yes, I own the Cyclamen that my friend Ellen gave me in June of 2012 when I had major surgery–one of two during the last few years. I love this plant, but I thought since I keep mentioning it I also should say it is toxic to dogs.

Cyclamen (Sowbread) | Scientific Names: Cyclamen spp | Family: Primulaceae

Before we moved into the Farmhouse, I kept the cyclamen in a big bay window not easily accessed by the Weimaraner. Sure if they jumped up on the counter and walked behind my kitchen sink they could have gotten to it. Here I have no such place, so it resides on our kitchen table. If I thought it was going to be a problem, I would need to make a hanger for it and get it up away from their reach. The Cyclamen is one of many plants toxic to the Weimaraner. We often forget the danger.

Click Here to check out the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List

Find out if your houseplants are toxic and if so, take the necessary precautions. Also remember that a lot of common flowers, shrubs, and garden plants are also toxic. I love the above link because it also lists the Non-toxic plants. For example, the African Violet is an excellent choice.

African Violet (Cape Marigold) | Scientific Names: Saintpaulia spp. | Family: Gesneriaceae

Possibly the best way to select a new houseplant is to choose from the Non-toxic plant list. No one wants to see their beloved Weimaraner sick from eating a toxic plant.

Shelli Reports

Cookies and Rosie

 

 

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What are you looking at Mom? I am not really in the kitchen…

20621844_10212893962519225_7186283693976040662_nI made cookies this evening. Rosie is not supposed to be in the kitchen. Note where she is. She is just WAITING for me to go back to binge-watching West Wing so she can sneak in and eat the entire batch. Pain in the butt.

 

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Breeder Comment

I always say if you are looking for a perfect dog–and you define perfect as one who would never manipulate or trick you, keep looking. The Weimaraner is not for you. People who have other breeds imagine that you could just get after them and the behavior will stop. They don’t understand at all.

Weimlovers are those who enjoy the antics for the most part. Some actually encourage them a bit too much. To us it is laughable that they divert their eyes and make certain faces–it is human-like. They hook our heart in ways we could never imagine happening, and there is no explanation. Even we can laugh at ourselves and mostly at the Weimar antics. Rosie is great! Many of us can identify with the missing pan of cookies; the pot roast went missing, etc. Despite the fact that the Weimar is middle age, this situation doesn’t change. Obedience is relegated to the leash, the recall, and other primary disciplines.

 

Kula Bleu

Cannot Get Enough

Kula can not get enough of the river and fetching sticks! when we go for a walk he practically drags me to the river to go for a swim, although when we are at the ocean, he hates the water because I think of the waves…..

Pilikia Has a Different Agenda

Rhune's Pilikia_8919Pilikia will swim, but only if we are going to the other side of the river and she will follow. She has no interest in fetching sticks, unless her brother has it in his mouth, then she will try to steal it!

Breeder Comment

They both swim. One does it when she ( Pilikia ) deems it necessary. Otherwise, Kula can do the work. (funny) The Weimaraner is the type when they get an idea it is often an obsession. For those wanting an avid swimmer, it is important to get the idea ingrained early. Below from an uncommon casual Sunday morning–when winter was our blog topic.

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One Sunday Morning of the Unusual Late Kind 

 

Social Butterfly

At Daycare

 

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Hmmm… this looks interesting. 🐾🐾🐾🐾

 

Maddy had her first 1/2 day visit/play day at Lucky Dog Daycare this morning. The first couple hours she observed and figured out the lay of the land. We were told once she got the hang of it all, she was a social butterfly!! Our sweet girl is just observing at the bottom of the first pic (it’s a screen shot of the in-house video monitor). The second pic is her now on the way home!

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Pooped out Pup!! 🐾💕🐾

 

A tired Weimaraner is a very happy Weimaraner!!! 🐾💕🐾

Breeder Comment

A lot of folks opt for Daycare. There are a number of reasons it works well–some need it during the work week. Others use this for a socialization outlet. Finally, there are daycare facilities that do training and boarding. A Weimaraner really needs to feel that where they board in your absence is a home away from home. In some instances, this can be a huge plus if the daycare offers this service too!

No one can guarantee they will never have to leave their Weimaraner. It is smart to have them affectionately happy about going to daycare or their alternative placement. No matter how you handle this situation, it takes planning. Knowing that the person who is watching them will ensure they are safe is important.

A few years back a young man had friends watching his Weimaraner and they forgot to secure the driveway gate. She went in search of her beloved human and was never seen again. We are positive someone picked up this lovely girl and made her their own because she was never found despite an exhaustive search.

Family

Edgar Celebrates One

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It’s Edgar’s first birthday 🎉
Happy ONE, Ed We love you!

 

Doug Writes

He and the kids are so close, it’s really neat to see how he treats each of the three a little differently. Thanks, Shela and Cliff! He’s a cool dog.

Breeder Comment

This makes us happy. The impact of these relationships will change the future. Isn’t it awesome?

Alli

Spooky Spoiled

     ~Nonetheless, Much-Loved

Scartozzi's Alli-2Thought you might enjoy to see how my girl Alli is doing! She is a love bug, but boy is she afraid of everything! As a pup I exposed her to everything and she is still afraid of every loud sound, the lawn mower, and gun shots (which we have a lot of) just to name a couple. She is terrified of getting her nails clipped even though that is also something I worked on with her as a pup. She is just a dog with her very own ways. She loves me to no end and her whole butt wages when I am near. She shares my pillow with me and we cuddle when she is scared. She loves my kids and gives them lots of kisses.
She has been a huge part of our family and I am so blessed you’ve allowed us to have this sweet girl!
~Ashley

Breeder Comment

There are many ways to end up with issues–especially loud noise sensitivity. We humans and I am not saying Ashley did or didn’t do this, tend to do the very thing that ingrains the fear rather than alleviates it. It is the most natural response in most cases. Well, nuff said. (Yes, I know it is more correctly enough said). Maybe it will be a topic of discussion one day soon. We have spoken about it before.

Thank you, Ashley, for loving this sweet girl and sharing with us.