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Tango

~The Ladies’ Man — Part Two

Tango’s “girlfriend” moved into the house across the street at the end of March. She’s three quarters Border Collie, one quarter Miniature Australian Shepherd. Her “dad” and I enjoy cracking a cold one in the field down the street, so if the weather is cool enough, one of us will text the other: “Field?”

Lily has a definite speed advantage on Tango, and a tight turning radius on her little legs. Because they met when Tango was around her size, he perceives her as equal in size, rather than less than half of his. She’s a sweetheart, but she’s good at keeping him in check when he gets a little too eager.

You realize Tango is very social this is his friend Abby–she’s half chocolate lab, half silver lab.


What a big adventure we embarked upon together just six short months ago, never expecting that fate would offer us so much more bonding time during these early months. He’s quite the little playboy. And not a day goes by without some stranger informing us how gorgeous he is.

Breeder Comment

Well first spoke to you six months ago and helped you plot a plan to raise the Weimaraner. You have excelled –for this, we are exceedingly happy. The Weimaraner is not the breed for everyone. As you well know, there are challenges. There are other breeds less challenging to get raised, but Tango is doing well. (Hurrah!) Of course, a Weimaraner is a puppy for three years. What can I say, and then they act puppy-like even longer. Some act puppyish for their entire life. They are full of life and energy, but this scenario helps to keep us young and active. Then there is that thing where they burrow deep into our heart and soul. What else can I say?

Tango

~The Ladies’ Man — Part One

As we continue to limit our exposure outside the house, the bulk of my social life consists of daily trips to the nearby dog park, sometimes supplemented by another outing if the temperature is tolerable. Tango has fun with lots of dogs, but it does seem as if he especially enjoys his time with the ladies.


At the dog park, he’s especially fond of three regulars: a Beagle, a Samoyed, and a Golden Retriever. Given the size difference, he’s fairly gentle with the Beagle, but the other two sure run him ragged. (That’s the point of a dog park run, right?)


We have a standing invitation to visit Judy’s co-worker’s farm. When we’re there, his running and wrestling matches with their Labrador turn positively ballistic. She really terrified him the first couple of times that we visited, but now he’s taller than her (she’ll have the weight advantage for a couple more months), so the tables are turning. A couple of weeks ago, her “parents” were away and we stopped in to let her run around, so that turned into four straight play dates in a row.

Breeder Comment

As we read your update, we were impressed on so many levels. You have managed an excellent socialization process despite the current COVID issue. And secondly, how Tango has changed your life–it is incredible how the Weimaraner changes a family structure and each of us in unpredictable ways. I like to think they make us better humans.

For our readers–watch for part two of Tango’s update. We know you look forward to hearing more about Tango’s life and experiences.


Carefree Hattee

~ Running Loose

Here are a few snapshots of Hattee who has the current litter which is featured on our Website. It is the Early Summer Litter –we are not expecting pups until Fall or Early Winter. Thanks to Hattee for the eight beautiful babies–all have been promised.

Nutz

~ More Hugs Please

After a long day of Mark and I at work, sometimes she just wants hugs..

Breeder Comment

The Weimaraner can rarely get enough hugs or touching. For those who desire space–this breed is probably not going to work.

Loki and Erica

~Summer Snow on Mt. Hood

Thought I’d share some of our fun so far this summer.

A few weeks ago we did some training on Mt. Hood— you have to work a little harder to find snow in the summer! 

This is Loki peering into the cave at the subject he just found— he had to dig in to get his toy!

Yesterday (on the 4th of July) we had a chance to participate in our American Hero’s parade. It was by far the largest group of people we’ve been around— Loki just wanted to say “hi” to everyone along the route… not our best loose-leash heel haha. 

After Hood, I decided to start training Loki to wear Rex Specs for super bright conditions… the first step is to introduce him to the frames without the lenses… I think he is less than impressed. But he gets lots of treats when he has them on!
Hope you and Cliff are doing well 🙂

-Erica (With Loki –Search and Rescue Training)

Breeder Comment

We are always amazed at your success–you are doing an excellent job with Loki. We loved the share from your work on Mt. Hood as well as the American Heroes Parade. The both of you make us proud.

It seems the Rex Specs probably seem like a punishment (Haha), but they are an excellent idea. Let us know how it comes along. I think it is like everything else you are doing with Loki–keep after it, and you will master it. He will learn to accept the goggles. I am positive. Anyhow you can tell Loki he is not the first OwyheeStar to don these goggles–click here.

Colorado OwyheeStar

~Office Help

All is well.  All systems are working and we have had only one accident (my fault), otherwise, she’s going outside regularly. She does well at the office and actually asked to go out!

P.S. please put me down for a blue female with the tail.  Let me know when I need to send a deposit.

Breeder Comment

First, we want to thank Steve for being such a fantastic Weimlover. Now, some of you might wonder he what he means when he says, “with a tail.” Don’t all Weims have a tail? Yes, they do.

Steve means he wants an undocked tail on his next pup–which is what this one has by request. We have a particular protocol we follow for this type of request. For one thing, the deposit is sizeable–because if the person happens to walk away, then finding another home for the pup is an arduous task. It can be done, but it requires a lot of extra work. Therefore, we need more to get on the Wait List for the undocked tail, as well as to reserve such a puppy. Once the decision has been made, as about one-week, then docking the tail also becomes more involved.

First Christmas

    ~With Chester in Oregon

Chester has been helping Mama wrap presents and when I say help, but I mean stealing all the presents and trying to run away with them. Luckily I have caught him before the presents are ruined. I think Chester is worried he is on the naughty list because he has decided to bark at my Santa on the mantel then proceed to run away. He brings me so much joy and laughter. Brandon and I both love him so much! Happy holidays!

Yuppers I am having my first Christmas

Breeder Comment

We are ever so thankful to you folks–and happy for Chester.

Santa–well maybe we can consider that a fat guy dressed in red who suddenly appears to stare at Chester, is a bit disconcerting. Where did he come from? He wasn’t there before. And he just stares at me with those twinkly eyes, Mom. What’s up with that?

Love

What Does It Look Like?

It doesn’t require an explanation if you know what we are talking about–such a loyal friend is not one you come by every day. Maybe you are blessed indeed. We sincerely hope it is true.

Birdy Girl

First Hunt

     ~For Milly

Nose Working — On Point!

Just wanted to share some pics from Milly’s first hunts as requested.  Her first hunt was at a release sight, and she did fantastic.  Pointed a few, didn’t range too far and listened well.  She had her first wild bird hunt this weekend and did amazing.  Pointed several birds, worked methodically, and most importantly had a blast.  

Look What We Got Today

Chris and two others hunted behind her and both couldn’t believe how well she performed, especially for being so young. Chris and his hunting companions are looking forward to many more hunts behind this extremely birdy girl! 😊

Breeder Comment

We are happy to get this update with the photos. Thank you, ever so much for taking the time and effort to record her first hunt. You are off to a fabulous start. We could not be happier. Go, Milly!

Winston

It’s been about a year since I last wrote and man, has it been a hectic year for Winston.  Last November, he got sick and after being rushed to the vet, underwent an emergency exploratory laparotomy as his tummy was full of lots of gas and bile and they believed something was causing an obstruction.  In the end, they did not find anything but relieved the pressure and some of the ickiness that was in his belly.  He recovered very nicely, but it was a major surgery and really hard to see his body put through so much.  The entire family slept downstairs on an air mattress for 2 weeks to avoid the stairs in our house as he healed.  I think the biggest effect of the surgery was the psychological toll it took on myself and my husband.  For about the next 8 months, if Winston would so much as burp weird and wake up in the middle of the night, we’d find ourselves stressing overly much about it.  Thankfully, that hyper-awareness has really mellowed out and we worry about him a more healthy amount.
We’re expecting our first child in early May of next year (strange time to be looking for a puppy, I know!), but what we finally decided is that there is no perfect time to have a Weimaraner puppy join your family – they’re always a ton of work and drive you near insane sometimes, no matter what.  We figure it’s better to get a puppy before we have a toddler also running around the house, destroying things.  One bringer of destruction at a time!

Our Year in Pictures

The first trimester was very rough on my body and I was bed-ridden for most of it. Winston was a great snuggle companion but had to wait for his dad to come home for walks.  He didn’t always like the wait and found this subtle way to remind me that he usually gets a lunchtime walk as well as his long evening walk.



Winston is no worse for wear after his surgery, Winston still loves to romp in the park.  Even if you examine him really closely, you can barely see the incision scar.  The vets did an amazing job with him.

My husband got me a pregnancy panda bear to help cheer me up during my weeks of bed-rest, however, an unintended consequence is that Winston hates the bear as it takes a small portion of my attention occasionally.  

For Winston’s 9th birthday, we spent the whole day doing Winston-friendly things. He’d never had one of those silly doggie beers, but we decided to buy into the kitsch and get him one at the pet store when we went with him to get a new birthday toy and he actually loved it.

Breeder Comment

Thank you for thinking of us and especially for taking such fabulous care of Winston. With you move to the UK looming large, we sincerely hope all things go according to your plan.