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We all Know her

But Do We Really?

~Can We Comprehend the work she does? Probably not!


Jan and Willow we know them. Willow’s official Name: UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Novice Trick Dog, UKC Rally Obedience I, UKC Agility I, Therapy Dog International certified!

When Jan isn’t showing Willow, she can be found out and about the community where she works for Des Moines Police Department as an Animal Control Officer. In her spare time, she teaches obedience classes, visits her mother at a care facility, and volunteers. We are honored to know her and to call her a good friend. Our Weim business has factored into our relationship. We have joint-ventured on a couple of things. All of this might be of interest to you, but did you know she is a local town hero? I am sure she would blush at that description–forgive us Jan. The only bigger hero here is Rex, the German Shepherd. What a heartwarming story. Thank you, Jan, for your service. We are all blessed indeed to share the love of the Weimaraner with you.

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     ~ Joins Turbo and Sophie


Happier Times — Turbo, Hemi, and Sophie

I haven’t talked to you guys in quite a while and I thought I would drop you a line or two. Hope guys are doing well. We are doing pretty good here but tomorrow will mark 2 weeks since we had to put our Hemi down. She was 13.5 years and pretty lumpy and bumpy. Her arthritis was getting pretty bad and she developed a chronic cough with sometimes bloody phlegm.

Peaceful Exit

Our vet came out to the house and she went peacefully over the rainbow bridge.

Zoey and Magnum


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From the Archives — Zoey and Magnum enjoying life on the sofa

Zoey and Magnum are now settling in with the new adjustment. Who will be the boss now? They are saying. Zoey still drags Magnum around by the collar at times. Do I think she might be the boss? They are very much like siblings.


Final Thoughts

Putting Hemi down was such a hard thing to do but I knew it was time. She still ate well and did her business outside and still wanted to go on walks, short ones. She was on pain pills 3 times a day and Rimadyl twice a day. We wanted to say thank you for such beautiful blessings in our lives.

Breeder Comment

What can we say? The passing of Hemi is a huge loss, but we all knew it was only a matter of time. You gave her the best of everything. Of course, she endured the new whipper-snapper crew of Magnum and Zoey. It is good those two had each other. I am sure it gave Hemi a bit of relief.

Thank you, Monica. You folks are more than OwyheeStar clients. It is like extended family to us. We have a lot of history, and I still chuckle at the stories of Turbo’s antics. All the joy and fun and yet it has to come to this. It is how the world works. Anyhow, we sincerely hope that Zoey and Magnum live a long and healthy life. Thank you, again, for being loyal and so much more.


The Basics

     ~Part Two– Off to a Grand Beginning

  • Learning

play drive.jpgNow that Loki’s had a solid start on the basics (potty and crate training), we’re adding some simple commands. He’s beginning to learn the house rules that my roommate’s dog is expected to follow—sitting and waiting before charging out the door, not jumping up on furniture and being respectful at mealtimes. For the last few days Loki has had to work for his food—he is now responding to “sit,” “down”, “wait”, and “ok!”. When he’s doing well I add something new, and if he’s having a more difficult time I go back and do something easy. I’ve noticed that he’s been more positive and respectful since I began this new meal routine. It also slows down his eating! More importantly, he is learning to settle and look to me– we began with that before I added any verbal commands.

  • Training


elevator rideLoki doesn’t know it yet, but there are some big plans for him. Right now he’s focused on being a puppy, but I’m learning and preparing for training a search and rescue canine.  Loki’s formal training will begin once he’s passed the CGC test. For now, we are working on socialization and doing as many new things as possible (that are safe for him at this age, of course). He voluntarily walked for most of a two-hour hike in the snow, had a blast playing with his toy and riding an elevator up and down, and observed the other dogs during an HRD (Human Remains Detection) training. His best-behaved days are the ones where we’ve done something new and exciting, so I’m doing my best to keep him busy!

Breeder CommentWatch for Part Three. Coming Soon!


Breeder Comment

1-Bettee X Boone Week Five-16 1Just when you think you have seen it all, along comes something well, not new per say, but unexpected.

Jaeger (pictured at five-weeks here to the left) doesn’t have young photos of him sticking out his tongue. We all know; however, I have shown you some of my favorite such pictures with the same gesture. Who doesn’t laugh?

Not long ago, he was using the Cat Tree–as well as doing some field training. You have to admit he is entertaining. Oh, and pretty darned cute. However, did you get such a snapshot of Jaeger?

Taking It Too Far?!?

      ~ Ed Writes

FB_IMG_1517371994631Jaeger is sticking his tongue out at me, I know he can be stubborn,  but this is taking it too far lol.

The Balanced Weimar

FB_IMG_1517372030987He also ended up standing totally on that bota with all four feet.

And There are Two

Winnie Meets Colt

Winnie meets Colt

Here are a couple of pictures of Colt’s first interaction with Winnie.Winnie meets Colt-3

Breeder Comment

We are not sure what her first impressions were.

“What is this?”  “We drove all this way to meet this little blue upstart?” “I don’t think so.”

Despite what she is feeling at the moment, they will become inseparable.


  1. Meet up in a neutral location. Don’t just show up home with the new Weimaraner.
  2. Don’t let your emotions run amuck. If you are concerned, then the Weimaraner will be equally worried.
  3. Monitor things and give it time. The adjustment is tough.
  4. Make sure the resident Weimaraner gets as much if not more attention than the new baby. Bringing home the new puppy and displacing the original will not go well. They have been at the center of the universe for a while. Why should it change now?


At Six

Our Beloved Zeus

     ~ Celebrating Six Years (December 10th)

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6 years ago yesterday we brought Zeus home! I just want to let you know how thankful we are to you and Cliff. He is such a wonderful dog! We love him so much! He has a personality like no other dog we have ever had.
my baby boyFrom the moment I saw him, I fell in love with him, and my bond with him grows even stronger every day. He’s such a silly boy… always keeping us entertained. He is also a perfect companion for me and enjoys doing things with me. Hiking and swimming are his favorite things!
I have him enrolled in a class now called “Obstacle Course.” He loves being in school again! In it, he learns to go over and through all sorts of obstacles. He has to learn to go through it slowly… ha-ha that’s funny! Zeus go slow?? He thinks it’s an agility course and buzzes right through it!
In the last class, we had he learned to stop in between each obstacle and stand and wait before he moved on. He was such a good boy! Another challenge for him is to wait his turn while the other dogs have their turn. He loves it so much he doesn’t want to wait. I bring lots of stuff to keep him entertained while he waits and that seems to work well. The teacher has been very impressed with him!
Thank you again for 6 years of happiness… I am looking forward to lots more!
Have a very Merry Christmas also!
Jeanne & Zeus

Breeder Comment

Dear Friend and Weimlover–we are thrilled to hear from you. We remember the day you picked up Zeus (as well as Gibson). Gib need a ride north because of issues that with his families travel from Canada south. It was so gracious of you to help out another family.

We have enjoyed the many updates on Zeus life, and your Facebook snaps too! It warms our hearts to know he has brought you so much joy and is so loved. Of course, we hope he lives a long life–so we wish you many more birthdays to celebrate. Thank you, for all you do with and for him. We are indeed blessed to know you!


All Muscle




November 27, 2017 — Cypress and Willow



~Veterinary Visit News

(November 14, 2017) — I weighed Cypress at the vet today, she weighs 31 pounds!!!  OhMyGoodness!!!  And there is not a speck of fat on her…


(December 1, 2017) — Cypress had her sixteen-week titer and it came back fabulous so she won’t need another DAP right now.  We did her rabies vaccine, so she is set for a while.  I plan to do the two-vaccine Lepto in a bit, as we do have Lepto in this area, it is not a combo vaccine (I did that with Willow too).  Cypress is very healthy, no signs of parasites and she is gaining weight. Her condition and coat are beautiful.  She is very clumsy, she is like a foal or a fawn, she trips over her own feet and legs sometimes!  She is around 35 pounds now at four months.

~At Class With Jan

I took her to obedience class this week, she is just learning her basics and I was able to use her for demos.  I am happy now that Cypress’s immunity is in full swing, she can meet more (safe) dogs.  She is kinda shy and reserved at first with people and new situations, she is more that way than Willow was, but she is coming around.  With that type of temperament comes the very positive aspects where she stays close to me and doesn’t wander off, checks for my approval constantly, and is VERY bonded with me.  She is VERY biddable.

~Cypress and Willow (with Daisy)

24172987_10214230882749296_630886405484584027_oCypress and Willow and Daisy adore each other, they all play and play, and they all have similar gentle play styles.  I chuckle that at first Daisy was unimpressed with a new puppy in our family, but within a very short time, they became fast friends!  Willow is the best big sister ever, she is so gentle and patient with Cypress, I am so happy.  I always make sure to give each dog their separate, special time with me, while I leave the other two outside or whatever- I feel that is one of the reasons I have always had multiple dogs that get along.

Talk to you soon, Hugs, Jan  

PS: I am always happy to be a reference as you know!  

Jan Magnuson
SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog Training

P.O. Box 98072, Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 241-2908
-Home of “Willow”- UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial
Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, CGC, TKN, URO1, UAG1, TDI


I love her so much ❤️    Jan

Breeder Comment

We are beyond blessed. Thank you, for all your help over the years–support, encouragement, referrals, endorsements, and what you do with your OwyheeStar Weims. It means more than words on a page can express. We wish you continued success in your journey. We are ecstatic about the titles and the joy you find in all you do with the girls.


Undaunted by Adverse Conditions

Boyle's WellieTough conditions yesterday for wild birds.


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High winds made it tough on the dogs.

The above short clip show what I mean.


Notice the high wind and thick cover. Wellie isn’t afraid to find birds. It’s funny how he knows the spots to look. He’s got the drive. Hope all is well! ~ Tyler

Breeder Comment

Dear Tyler — You and Wellie have done well over the years. Thank you for keeping us apprised from time-to-time. Not many of our hunters are as faithful as you with updates.
Here are some memories for the readers who don’t recognize Wellie.

Moving Up to Two

The Bonding Process

     ~ Nancy Reports



Tikka and Bill on the SUP (Luna rides with Nancy)


The Bonding Process

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Shared Moment

Bill is working very hard to help his bond with Tikka. He gets up very early (twice a week he’s up at 2:30 AM). Now he has added Tikka to his morning routine; he gets her up with him (which isn’t too hard since she sleeps in bed with him!). He feeds her, plays with her then before he leaves he brings her back to bed & tucks her in beside me (and Luna :).

When he gets home after working 10 to 14 hours he spends more time with her. Puppies are exhausting and require quite a bit more energy than older well-trained dogs do, but he’s determined. I do coach him and remind him to do things sometimes, but she does seem drawn to him. If she comes up with a stray sock it’s always his, she also enjoys getting into his work bag and dragging out his work items, not to chew on just to carry around.

Tikka likes the grandkids and other critters too!

When You Drop the Ball

     ~ or change doesn’t work well

Also (along the bonding line) last week Bill broke his routine with Tikka and it messed her up! He put her back to bed right after going potty, instead of letting her stay up to do whatever they do when they get up in the wee hours of the morning. She tried & tried to get comfortable (she usually goes right to sleep). Luna ended up moving to the end of the bed. Teek was being entirely too squirmy! All of the sudden she heard the coffee grinder and sat straight up. I said, “do you want to go see dad?” She was off the bed and at the door,  before I could blink an eye, when I opened the door she was full speed to see dad! 😊

Breeder Comment

Tikka is very fortunate to slide into your family without a hitch. Luna has adapted about as well as anyone could ask. We realize that a lot of this occurred due to the human element.

Typically a Weimaraner gravitates to one of two persons in the family and picks them. They might have a very different relationship with each family member. We have known of a Weim that would only play ball with the son, would just hunt with the father, and only snuggled in bed with Mama. Not every family structure works out like that, but it does make you laugh. Bonding with the Weimaraner implies more than being friends. In this case, you would be their human of choice. Not that Tikka doesn’t love Nancy and she is glad to be with her when Bill is gone, but when he comes home it is a different story. Why? It is because he made it fun. Not only that, he was able to get her to want to please him. We are delighted to hear about his investment in the relationship. The story speaks for itself. Bill put a lot of work into the relationship. I guess all relationships require such an investment to thrive.


In The Groove

Berkley is settling well into the routine of our family. She loves her walks. She likes to eat ice. She’s learning lots of commands and especially how to contain her enthusiasm by NOT jumping up on people. She thinks the living room is her jungle gym, jumping from chair to couch with very little effort. We’re working on curbing that. She has begun meeting other dogs and is showing an appropriate blend of curiosity and submission. She also enjoys riding in the car.

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Her naughtiest moment so far (which really is not her fault…Blame it on her nose and on my husband) : My husband got a pizza out to put in the oven. She was sleeping peacefully on the couch at the time. He intended to return promptly to put it in the over so it would be ready for my return home, but he got sidetracked and forgot. When I came home he remembered that he didn’t put the pizza in the oven. I said, “no problem, I’ll put it in.” As I entered the kitchen, I realized that Berkley had pulled the pizza off the counter and eaten half of it! Thankfully, other than a little gas and the need to go outside in the middle of the night (which my husband took care of), she was fine.

Preventative Action

Sooooo…our friends showed us a trick to keep her paws off of the counter and it’s working so far. The second she puts her paws up on the counter, we shake this thing we made out of foil pans. It is so startling she takes off running and several days go by before she attempts to put her paws up again. As you can see from the picture, she is sitting on the chair in the background quite content to be away from the scary shiny shaker. As long as we have it on the counter she remembers to stay down. Our former Weimie had the same tendency… Such a good nose and such a strong desire for food!
One of my favorite times of the day is when, after the kids are in bed, she snuggles up on the couch with me, tuckered out from the day’s activities.
Berkley is a tremendous source of laughter and entertainment in our family, and we are thrilled to be making memories with her!!!
Thanks again for making such a great match!

Breeder Comment

We are delighted to hear of your continued success and joy. We are in the business of making dreams come true–at least that is our goal. This breed is not for everyone. Anyone who loves the Weimaraner finds they both want to expound on the fabulous life with the Weimar and at the same time warn others it is not all that easy to raise one.

You are doing fabulous! I think it is vital to get the basics done; then you work on things such as counter-surfing, living room agility, and meet-and-greet techniques. Nonetheless, a friendly, happy, and active Weimaraner is a delight. I am sure we can agree on that fact.

Some of our readers recently began the training of a Weimar pup. They quickly learned that freedom is earned. You want to get the housebreaking, crate-training, and the desire to please engrained very soon. Then you can move on to other things–like compliance on the leash. We were so thrilled to see not all that long ago you had achieved excellent loose-leash-compliance. (Click here to read the previous Berkley update.) Those things go a long way toward having a well-adjusted and easier to live with Weimaraner. Keep up the great effort and thank you for thinking of us.

Final Thought 

For those embarking on a journey–remember not to compare your situation with others. They (like this family) can give you hope of what can be achieved. Nevertheless, each family is unique. This adventure is a journey. It takes as long as it takes. It is a one-step at a time thing. Achieve the basics, so you have the solid foundation. Then, together, you can see what you can become.