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2018 Weekly Synopsis

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

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Grandpa Cliff is trying to do a myriad of things. He is stretched thin. The list includes preparing for the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) Natural Ability Hunt Test. We are blessed to have the membership opportunity for both the International NAVHDA as well as the Treasure Valley NAVHDA. It is a great group with which to train. We share the love of the Versatile Hunting Dog and the Treasure Valley lifestyle. We are blessed indeed. Beyond the hunt test preparation, there is the planting of the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary–the grass seed has been spread, and the corrogates are in place. He still has to work on the ditch–otherwise getting the water to the seeded area will be impossible. He has his birds–you know all those quail — the Bob White as well as the Coturnix. Do we dare mention the garden? Probably not, but as you read on, you will discover he has been making the gardening project possible.

Let’s not forget the pups and the Weims in general. There is a lot going on at OwyheeStar. Much of which doesn’t allow us to forget or to escape the responsibility. We are honored to serve you and share our life with you.

This Week on the Blog

3-Juniper X Boone 2018 Wk3-17We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. We started off talking about the ins and outs of puppy availability. This week saw movement on that focus–it is quite possible that the couple of males that were potentially available have found a placement. All of the details will be worked out in the next ten days. Otherwise, on the blog, we had a message from Jacie, saw Goldee tucked in, and there was some sharing of information. We hope you found the blog informative as well as entertaining. Thank you, for sending in your updates (the photos along with a short story) and for following us, too!

Sunday— May 7 — Availability

Monday — May 8 — Tucked In (Goldee)

Tuesday — May 9 — A Note (from Jacie in Atlanta)

Thursday – May 10 — What About (worms and parasites)

Friday — May 11 — Buzzwords Aside (Holistic)

On a very personal note

Celebrating

Boone

    ~The Birthday Boy

We had planned to try to do a Blog Featuring Boone this week. He celebrated a milestone–his second birthday. He was born May 1, 2016. Can we just say we could not be happier with him? His temperament, health, and overall all performance is everything for which we hoped.

 

Here are a few of the photos we took a few weeks back. You might remember Boone appearing on the Blog (March 14th), then. If not, or you wish to review that information — click here!

2018 Weekly Synopsis

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

At OwyheeStar

IMG_0853The crops are growing as you can see here our wheat is doing well. Cliff has been clearing out debris at the sanctuary in the hope of getting some grass coming.

IMG_0839We will be making use of this magical place for the pups very shortly. More than anything it is vital to get rid of the cheatgrass. Puppies and the girls are best of friends. They are never happier when the pups are friendly–not puppy biting or scratching. Of course, the sad fact they cannot understand is when we have no puppies. Where did they go? Why did they leave? There are so many questions, and our answers are inadequate–we don’t know what to say.

This Week on the Blog

20180501_072751We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. You might have noticed the theme–Swimming Weimaraners. The comments were busy. Those who have had no luck getting the Weim to swim seemed to make the most comments. Nonetheless, we hope something here will inspire you. We closed on Friday with news of Pushkin and Marie having made it to Mesa, Arizona. The photo was lovely, don’t you agree?

Sunday—April 29 — Hikers (Finding Antler Sheds)

Monday — April 30 — Looking Ahead (puppy swim)

Tuesday — May 1 — This Can Happen

Wednesday — May 2 — Extraordinary

Thursday – May 3 — Water Weims

Friday — May 4 — Pushkin & Marie

On a very personal note

2018 Weekly Synopsis

  Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

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The puppies and the general farm needs require a lot of time and effort. A small hobby farm might demand more energy per acre than a much more significant spread. Cliff has been cleaning up the sanctuary. He wants to plant grass and get rid of the cheatgrass issues.

This Week on the Blog

We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. The week began with Earth Day and Stackhouse showing his take on how to manage things. We had some fun posts and a couple of fantastic updates –Darcy and Charlie Blue.

Sunday—April 22 — Positive Thoughts (Stackhouse)

Monday — April 23 — Memes (Loki)

Tuesday — April 24 — Life (with Two Weims)

Wednesday — April 25 — When in the Southwest

Thursday – April 26 — Versatile (Darcy)

Friday — April 27 — Charlie Blue

On a very personal note

2018 Weekly Synopsis

 Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

At OwyheeStar

5-Juniper X Boone 2018 Wk1-42The Spring pups are keeping us busy on every level. It is a joy. At the same time, it requires our constant attention. Each step of the process we have things to check off the list. A lot of these things involve the clients, and others are things we have to schedule—like the Veterinary Wellness Exam.

This Week on the Blog

We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. We wept with Dewey’s family and rejoiced with Lily’s fan club. It was great to receive news about Pushkin and Remi. We shared information about the importance of pet identification as well as introduced you to Deja Vu. It was a diverse and fun week. Thank you, to the contributors that make this so much easier for Cliff and Shela.

Sunday—April 15 — Dewey (Oh, so sad)
Monday — April 16 — Have You Seen this? (Lily with Balloons)

Tuesday — April 17 — Pushkin (Traveling Weim)

Wednesday — April 18 — Remi

Thursday – April 19 — Introducing (Deja Vu)

Friday — April 20 — Did You Know (the Importance of Pet ID)

On a very personal note

2018 Weekly Synopsis

 Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

At OwyheeStar

Deja X Boone 2018 Day Three-3

The Spring pups arrived. We are in the promising phase. It takes days if not a week or longer to work through the Wait List. We go in the order names appear on our list. There are always those who cannot get a puppy–something is not going to work. Many times it is a vacation plan that preempts them from moving ahead. Or some fail to inform us that they have changed their minds. Whatever the reason, it is always enlightening to discover things are different than we expect. Then, it is someone else who is the beneficiary of their schedule snafu or changes made.

We have turned a corner and our Spring will be labor intensive–or as expected. I am sure you will see some cute faces along the path to their departure. Waiting is our game. We wait to mate. We wait to see if we got pregnant girls. We wait to see what will be born. You get the gest. Finally, then we wait along with those waiting to find out which pup is theirs. No, that is not the end because the pups have to be old enough to leave.  The final wait period is for the first meet up. Oh, how glorious it is.

This Week on the Blog

McIntosh's Bella_2463325381055217664_nWe hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. We got updated in detail on Henry. He was in the spotlight three times. Each time Cliff made a positive comment about this family and their particular approach to raising Henry. We also heard from Maverick and Bella’s Mom–Debbie. She dropped some great Weim fun on the OwyheeStar Facebook Page. If you didn’t notice it, you might want to check it out.

Sunday—April 8 — Henry (the Optimist)
Monday — April 9 — Henry (part one update)

Tuesday — April 10 — Henry (part two update)

Wednesday — April 11 — Look Into My Eyes

Thursday – April 12 — Maverick

Friday — April 13 — Bella

On a very personal note

2018 Weekly Synopsis

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

At OwyheeStar

The Spring puppy watch is in full swim. The imminent arrival of pups expected means we are staying close to the home front. Special consideration is made on every level. If you are on the list for a puppy, and near enough to the top of the list, news should be forthwith. Please hold off writing us. Our Magic Ball is broken–we will contact you once we have pertinent news. Thanks for understanding. We appreciate your patience and zeal for the process. Ah, it is a bit like being pregnant–don’t you agree?

 

This Week on the Blog

Aamodt_2262We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. We heard from Cliff a bit about the essential training points. Loki made a couple of appearances on the blog this week. He is training for Search and Rescue (SAR). We didn’t know he would be working on the Avalanche SAR skill set–he is going to be a bit too large to travel on Erica’s shoulders going forward. Regardless, he is getting rave reviews. We are so happy that she is sharing the story with us and it unfolds.

Sunday—April 1 — Beautiful Greta (Easter Bunny Ears)
Monday — April 2 — What Did You Do? (Loki in training)

Tuesday — April 3 — Getting Respect

Wednesday — April 4 — On the Snow (with Loki)

Thursday – April 5 — On Target (more from Cliff)

Friday — April 6 — The Question (sad truth about humans)

On a very personal note

At Garden 369 with Ashley & the Girls-6At Garden 369 with Ashley & the GirlsGrandpa Cliff is a rockstar. Just ask Evangeline Grace and River Rose. They went around the farm with him. It is like a carnival ride I suppose. They helped a bit in the Greenhouse, but mostly it was River who wanted to help us plant.

This week Cliff meets with the Hematologist to see what he has to say. That is all we can say about this topic without more information.

Beautiful Greta

Happy Easter!

 

We wish you a special blessing on this celebrated Sunday!

Note: The photos were taken of Greta (OwyheeStar’s No Regrets) the week of Easter Sunday 2012.

2018 Weekly Synopsis

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

At OwyheeStar

Cliff is still doing the Spring maintenance on our smaller farm. There is no escape. We planted some grass seed in the puppy yards. We are sincerely hoping it comes on strong. The little puppy feet stomp out grass.

Puppy feet–we do expect the arrival of Spring pups. We cannot even begin to guess what we will get; however, the whelping should commence soon. I have to create Web Pages, charts, etc. We have checked our supplies. I think we have everything we will need. Inquiring minds what to know who, what, where, and when. These are often things that elude us. That is a hard concept grasp. We have learned predictions are rarely accurate. It is wise for us to wait and see what arrives, and in turn work through the Wait List in order. We never cease to be surprised.

This Week on the Blog

We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. We started off with the ever popular Nutz. Of course, Tuesday was a total blur. I didn’t have a blog post ready. Cliff doesn’t write blogs. I had the flu and could not get to the computer.

Sunday—March 25 — It’s Nutz
Monday — March 26 — At Six (Jorja )

Tuesday — March 27 — No Blog — Sick Day for Shela

Wednesday — March 28 — Get It Done (The Basics with Cliff)

Thursday – March 29 — From California (Moxie Blue)

Friday — March 30 — Our Two Blues (Kula & Kailua)

On a very personal note

Grandpa Cliff is still working on much the same things as last week. Honestly, the amount of work this man does every day is mind-boggling. All the while, I am asking for this little thing and that. (OMG) There is no end in sight.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3c5d

He has promised to get me another shelf in the greenhouse. It is just in time as I am beginning to overflow. We also might create a couple more raised beds. He is considering how to make a hose connection to get me water inside the greenhouse–a faucet at the sink. It would mean I would not have to carry water. Dispensing it would be a lot easier.

I don’t know when I can expect Ashley and the girls at the Garden project. As you might know, I had the flu but so did Ashley. I think the whole family got it. Even if she cannot come, the project will go forward. I was so happy that Cliff tended things while I was down sick. I sincerely hope that is the last of the dreaded flu that visits our homes.

Cliff has found us more things to use in the garden. The farm has a wealth of this and that. Galvanized buckets for one. I used two to create strawberry gardens for the two Great-Granddaughters. There are other such buckets, and we will see how we decide to use them. When things come together, I look forward to sharing more photos with you.

2018 Weekly Synopsis

 Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

At OwyheeStarJeep & Weim Trailer NAVHDA Spring Training 2018-12

Grandpa is off to train with Winnie and Cypress. He and a few North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) guys are meeting near New Plymouth, Idaho to prepare for the Spring Hunt Test. Even the NAVHDA Natural Ability test requires a lot of preparation. Cliff has been working on the entry forms and other associated paperwork needed so he can participate. Timing is vital. The Weimaraner must be no older than 16 months. This window of opportunity makes it tough–tests happen twice a year locally. There are only so many slots to be had–if you don’t get one reserved it is likely the pup will age–out without a test. We cannot travel to Western Oregon or Western Washington like others might do. We get guys from that area coming here to get into our tests. On the other side of the US where states are close together, it is feasible to schedule three or more hunt tests so you can be sure to get your best shot at capturing the NAVHDA Natural Ability Prize.

This Week on the Blog

We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. Maybe you liked them enough to read them a second time. I think they speak to our heart in ways we cannot imagine. We see our Weim through another’s experience. We gain insights and possibly avoid issues. At least we identify with other’s struggles and their triumphs. Thanks for helping us and sharing with the OwyheeStar Community.

Sunday—March 18 — Gracie
Monday — March 19 — Biking (with Berkley)

Tuesday — March 20 — At Six (Dodger)

Wednesday — March 21 — Marie’s (Pushkin)

Thursday – March 22 — Mark and Robin (Nutz)

Friday — March 23 — In The News (the United Airline Debacle)

On a very personal noteStrawberries & Horseradish_0421

Gopher_0405It is Spring on a small rural piece of property. There is a lot to get done. I won’t bore you with the entire list of must-do items. To many, it would not make sense anyhow. Rural life is hard to understand unless you lived it. Maybe you saw the pregnant gopher Cliff captured–he has caught two such giants with the enormous round tummy. (OMG)

Otherwise, I am working every day in the greenhouse. I open and close it morning and night. Things are starting to cook you might say. I am sad to realize that a lot of what needs to be done is going to require Cliff’s help. There is no way Ashley and I can haul up everything or build some of the more extensive raised beds. He has to get it fenced–we have the Weims ya know. They don’t respect the boxes or plants.

I think we have our health challenges traveling with us forward. Nonetheless, we are making the most of life. We find a way to improve and manage the situation. I think that is enough about that for the time being–when there is additional information, I will talk about it.