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Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

June 20, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

After weeks of Western Oregon like rain, we have had some beautiful sunshine. It is not flooding our window this morning, but it is a lovely morning, nonetheless. The crops are drinking up the liquid gold much as they did the rainfall. We love watching the corn grow–but it may be a push for it to reach head-high by the 4th of July. Like our garden, some crops are a bit behind.

We are especially happy about the recent sunshine and the lack of rain because our hay is drying–it was raked a couple of days ago. It should be baled soon. If you have an eagle eye, you can see the fox in the bottom photo–running away once he spotted me.

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We have a short reprieve–a little time to catch up on various things. The puppy yards (the grass areas) can take a breathe, too. Our focus is on updating the records and taking care of any loose ends. It has been quite the spring. Inquiries are at an all-time high. This scenario is not unique to us as AKC records the highest puppy search numbers ever. People have the time and opportunity to add a puppy to their household. We understand, but it is going to take some patience to get a puppy from us. Of course, a few lucky folks will get one between now and the end of the year; otherwise–we cannot guess how soon we will have pups ready. That is a truth that envelopes everything we do.

To manage this situation, I created a note to send in response. Here is a portion of what I try to explain to this desperate folks–wanting a puppy sooner rather than later.

We are happy to accept applications for a future puppy. The expected wait should be somewhere between six months to a year–there are many unknowns as well as variables. Keep in mind breeding females come into season every six to eight months–a mating doesn’t ensure pups. So, there are no guarantees. And keep in mind, once mated if they carry to term, it will be about four months until the puppy joins their ‘forever home.’

No one can guess the number of pups, the sex of the pups in the litter, and in some instances, you cannot predict the coat color or the coat length. For the litter with the potential to produce both Longhairs and the traditional smooth coats, typically, we send off DNA to be tested. So–it gets involved.

People ask who we plan to mate–but we prefer to decline to make these and other predictions. We have been breeding for more than fifty years and the Weimaraner exclusively for about twenty-five years. If you are interested in getting one of our pups, you should expect to complete the application and, once approved, to give them a non-refundable deposit. Then plan to wait–and we understand it requires a lot of patience and trust, but that is how it typically works.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. This week we find our supply of material running lower than it has for some time. Who can guess what might come in our inbox?

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).

Sunday— June 14 — Saluting Christina

Monday–- June 15 — Raein

Tuesday – June 16— Saying Goodbye

Wednesday — June 17  Pepper

Thursday –- June 18 — Thor

Friday — June 19 — Freya

On a very personal note

I mentioned the garden earlier, the lateness. I suppose I need to give it some fertilizer and an extra dose of love. I have some lovely daisies that wintered over–I love the daisy. I am anxiously hoping that the Hibiscus I started from seed might produce a few blooms this year.

Cliff and I ordered a new sectional–nothing fancy, but it and a cocktail table will be an excellent addition once they arrive. Now, we wait. Once again, I have gone through the living room and began eliminating a few items here and there–books, miscellaneous small furniture, and a couple of cabinets. One of these is slated to become our master bath vanity–I cannot wait.

We had a scare this week. Cliff was hospitalized last December–you might remember. He has been doing reasonably well until the last few days. We are trying to stay out of medical facilities, etc.–exposure to COVID-19 is more likely there in our way of thinking, but there was no escape. He was feeling so poorly and having trouble breathing, so he drove over to Fruitland to St. Luke’s Clinic. After the necessary exam and tests were completed, we learned he has pneumonia in both lungs. It was good he went in when he did, or it could have gotten a lot worse. Thankfully, he was sent home with medication.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

June 13, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Ontario seems to be opening up–getting closer to the old norm. I fear, getting to that friendly hand-shaking hugging Far Eastern Oregon manner might not happen anytime soon–but it is who we are at heart.

The hay guy arrived –the first cutting is exceptionally late, but the weather refused to cooperate. Soon it will be stacked at the end of the field, and then we will see where that leads.

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We have been extraordinarily busy with the Early Summer Pups as well as inquiries.

Of course, the pups make us smile–and sometimes laugh. Sure we will miss them, but knowing that each one is placed in a fabulous home, is enough for us.

Maybe you saw that we swam pups this week too. If not–here is a video clip of one of the pups swimming.

This Week On the Blog…

Clover Makes a Huge Adjustment

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. This week we find our supply of material running lower than it has for some time. Who can guess what might come in our inbox?

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).

Sunday— May 31 — Willow Says

Monday–- June 1 — Ruger

Tuesday – June 2— Frida and Clover

Wednesday — June 3  Water Dog

Thursday –- June 4 — Mando (Part One)

Friday — June 5 — Mando (Part Two)

On a very personal note

In the garden, things are coming along. We found this sizable pod–we think it might be a cocoon of some sort, but we didn’t have time for research. The daisies are in bloom, but we are awaiting the roadside burst of color. We hope to have the appealing array of flowers–some suitable to cutting.

Cliff has been moving dirt–he has had the old John Deere out with the large blade. It is handy to have that when cleaning up a larger area. It helps to manage the puncture weeds as well as the foxtails, which are abundant. (OMG) Jacob is doing the trimming and keeping the puppy yard mowed–a couple of things Cliff doesn’t have to do. That is good news.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

June 6, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Ontario hosted a well attended peaceful Black Lives Matter event on Thursday. Our community is not home to many blacks–but we know something about diversity and acceptance. After World War II ended and the Japanese had to begin a new life –because they have been detained, many settled in this area. We have the highest per-capita percentage of Japanese in the Pacific Northwest.

There is also a high percentage of Hispanics. Many originally came to the area to work in the fields–later becoming year-round residents. Our culture is a carefully weaved cultural pattern that is unique–which I also think serves us well. I would be amiss not to mention the Basques who also chose the Treasure Valley to call home–more stories about cultural diversity and the impact on our area are showcased at the Four Rivers Cultural Center here in Ontario.

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I have spoken before about the COVID-19 situation and how it is impacting us at OwyheeStar. We have not been able to make everyone happy that contact us–we have a canned reply that explains our current situation. The avalanche of inquiries continues–I am not sure how much longer it can go on, but recently we have gotten on average about five inquiries a day. That is more than a hundred for a month–honestly, it is closer to one-hundred-fifty.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. This week we find our supply of material running lower than it has for some time. Who can guess what might come in our inbox?

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).

Sunday— May 31 — Feeling Safe

Monday–- June 1 — Bayou

Tuesday – June 2— Shed Hunting

Wednesday — June 3  Liesl and Hank

Thursday –- June 4 — Greta (fifteen candles)

Friday — June 5 — Liesl and Hank

On a very personal note

Our garden was whipped in the wind last night after a scorching Friday afternoon heat. Fortunately, it was well watered, and I sincerely hope it more than survives this wind storm. Meanwhile, the cyclamen has never been happier–look at those blooms.

We went out to dinner again last evening. There are a few places open for dining in–but we went back to the same Mexican restaurant. Everything was fabulous, like always.

One other note of interest–Cliff is getting his quail and chukar eggs to hatch. So, he will have birds again this year. Well, he always has birds–but we are excited about this new hatch.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

May 30, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Malheur County continues the opening process. There are places where you can eat, more places to shop. The downtown businesses weathered the Covid-19 virus closure. However, now a couple of blocks are closed for renovation. The business owners report the shutdown is impacting the traffic and potential income–they are not sure they can weather the improvement process. I sincerely hope they can. Meanwhile, we had these social-distancing hang gliders fly by our home. It was fun to watch.

They have been cutting hay nearby. Ours is slated to cut as well, but possibly today’s thunderstorm will delay us a day or so. Otherwise, the summer-like triple-digit temperatures arrived earlier than expected. So far, the tender garden plants have adapted to the heat–we will see how they faired this morning’s storm a bit later.

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We are busy with the last of the pups–it is going to be extra busy, and then we will take a break. The break–however, is not from inquiries which continue at an all-time high. People are desperate to find a new fur family member–we hope that after things go back to a more normal pace, that these additions will be able to adapt, adjust, and learn how to stay home alone.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. This week we finished the series featuring Sherlock. We appreciate the fabulous update, as well as the Nixon news. Thank you!

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).

Sunday— May 24 — Down Stay

Monday–- May 18 — Sherlock –part three

Tuesday – May 19— Sherlock–part four

Wednesday — May 20  Sherlock –part five

Thursday –- May 21 — Sherlock –part six

Friday — May 22 — Nixon

On a very personal note

Our garden is planted–well, we planted a few more things early this morning. Now, we wait and see how this turns out. There are not as many types of vegetables, but we have various tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, and banana squash. Oh, and we have a few pepper plants, too.

We had company this week–our daughter dropped by, and then our oldest granddaughter (Ashley) and the three great-granddaughters. We had a lovely lunch and had a chance to see Jackson, who was born in January. We had only seen him once before. He has grown so much, it won’t be long, and he is going to be crawling around–if he needs to, because his sisters are ever so vigilant and helpful. (Haha)

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

May 23, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Malheur County is opening up–but not open. In Ontario, the grocery stores, Home Depot, the dispensaries, and other places seemed to keep going–very little change. The lines outside the dispensaries are always ever-present–and typically lengthy. The parking lots are full. Momentarily supplies seemed disrupted–shelves emptying. But, it never got terrible for us.

We not only ate dinner out and bought some groceries, but we went to Staples looking for printer ink. Apparently, our printer is popular. The ink for that model was pretty much cleared off the shelf, and the clerk told us there would be a delay getting it shipped. (OMG) They had the black and blue cartridges–it got us printing again. Nevertheless, the other colors are dreadfully low, so our printing might be short-lived. The ink might be out of stock, but it appears we can print a bit. Impressively, I bought a 20 pack of the toilet paper we use, and the end cap featured various hand sanitizers. So, if you live in Ontario, you might check Staples for these items.

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We have a very few puppies –all are spoken for, but not old enough to leave just yet. Inquiries continue to come– it is avalanche-mode. Of course, the desperation expressed means many of these are going to move along. They have decided to add the fur family member while sheltering. We get it. But we don’t have puppies tucked away. When we share that we cannot predict the future (who we will mate and what we expect to be born), it adds to their stress. Even the shelter in Caldwell, Idaho, is empty. That speaks volumes.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. This week we began the series featuring Sherlock–there are several segments left. We appreciate the fabulous update. Thank you!

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).

Sunday— May 17 — Carefree Hattee

Monday–- May 18 — Bisbee

Tuesday – May 19— Behaviors

Wednesday — May 20  OwyheeStar

Thursday –- May 21 — Sherlock –part one

Friday — May 22 — Sherlock–part two

On a very personal note

This morning’s Facebook greeting talked about our life in far Eastern Oregon–which does not resemble life in much of Oregon. I am positive many would call us redneck, conservative, and you fill in the blank. I have never been happier than to live in this area. We are not unaffected, but most certainly less affected and influenced by COVID-19.

Cliff and I have been doing what we do–right here on the farm south of Ontario with our Weimaraners. Cliff had been in a battle with our old irrigation system–but he is brilliant, so of course, he keeps it going. I am finishing up with the business of puppies. At the same time, thinking we need to get the garden planted–soon.

We have no plans –nothing on the horizon to mention. I guess I hope to see the Great Grandkids soon. They light up our life and fill our souls with everything good in this world.

OwyheeStar

“Where Beautiful Friendships Begin.”

Dear friends

We want to stop and post a thank you to the OwyheeStar Community, Family, or whatever we want to call it. You are the best! We saw all the posts to break the COVID-19 news, and to brighten our days. Focusing on anything other than the constant news and the need for social distancing is welcome.

The OwyheeStar Group is a Weimaraner group exclusive to those who have the OwyheeStar Weimaraner. We appreciate you staying engaged, liking our posts, and sticking to all things OwyheeStar and Weimaraner. That was our goal when we created this group. We didn’t make it private, because others viewing our posts is welcome; however, only those of you who have the OwyheeStar are welcome to join. The two-different Facebook locations might seem a bit confusing–we regret any confusion. Some Weimar-fanatics are used to belonging to everything Weimaraner–we get it. This is different. Most everything (and even a few additional posts) can be found on the OwyheeStar Weimaraners Page–which is open to the public on every level–in this group we are OwyheeStar exclusive.

We hope you enjoy our information and the stories our OwyheeStar community so graciously provides.

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.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

May 16, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

I don’t think anyone is unaware of the current atmosphere and the stress COVID-19 has put on our American lifestyle. I, for one, miss casual gatherings, and the freedom to do whatever I choose–even getting my hair cut.

The reopening of certain areas is not a return to what we have known. I am ever so amazed at how quickly society has changed–and the intolerance of one another–panic, paranoia, and sometimes outright disrespect has become too commonplace. I do so hope for our freedoms to return soon–I long to meet my relatives that I recently discovered. Life is on hold.

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All Wrapped in Love and a Blanket

We are inundated with folks looking for a puppy–sooner, rather than later. We understand the reasoning, but there is only so much we can do. With COVID-19 work at home thing, and the added stress a puppy has never been more appealing. It is our sincere hope that folks remember their fur family member when the time comes that they must return to the office or work away from home.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. We have more than usual, but we will get them all used. Thank you!

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).

Sunday— May 10 — Happy Mother’s Day

Monday–- May 11 — Bart’s Life

Tuesday – May 12— Dependable Porsche

Wednesday — May 13  My Birthday

Thursday –- May 14 — Enso Boone

Friday — May 15 — Protector of her Universe

On a very personal note

Everyone is doing pretty well. We miss seeing our grandkids, and especially those great-grandkids. Hopefully, that can change soon.

Cliff has got the irrigation system working–yes, he did. But then the pipeline broke, and he got that fixed, and then there was another snafu–beyond my pay grade and understanding. He has been in a battle to keep our outdated system working.

I picked up some fabulous strawberries from my favorite nursery–Malheur Nursery, which is located only a couple of miles away as a crow would fly. I also picked up a few other plants to fill in what I didn’t get started earlier this year. Today, we will survey the garden and see where that takes us.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

May 9, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017
By Eleanor H Pernula

I don’t know which was the more celebrated Ontario event–the Burger West opening back up–or this celebrated fly by to honor the health workers during COVID-19. What fun!

The Oregon Air National Guard has scheduled to fly multiple F-15 Eagle flyovers over hospitals and other locations throughout Oregon during the month of May. We love that they came to Ontario–to salute Saint Alphonsus Health Care Workers.

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Swimming continues at the Nielsen Farm Pond. This video says it all.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. (Haha) We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. We have more than usual, but we will get them all used. Thank you!

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).

Sunday— May 3 — Out Back

Monday–- May 4 — Benson

Tuesday – May 5— Campbell

Wednesday — May 6  Swimming

Thursday –- May 7 — Wilson

Friday — May 8 — Lulu

On a very personal note


Every spare moment is spent at the greenhouse–for a good reason. Before long, there will be a few strawberries. (Yum) I suppose the Great Granddaughters will pick those. Maybe they will share with their little brother.

Cliff has got the irrigation system working–so he has the water business on his list, too. There is the mowing, the battle with the weeds, and the Weimaraners. He wants to train Weimaraners–oh and he has his Bob White Quail hatching –the hunt club guys are asking when he will have some available. (Haha) There is no time to be bored–keeping busy is easy.

I am constantly amazed by this little cyclamen–thank you, Eleanor Pernula. It has bloomed nearly every day for years–since 2012. Of course, there was the stretch where it didn’t bloom because I repotted it–and it broke. I thought I had lost this plant, but then–it grew back. (OMG)

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

April 25, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

The water is in the ditch, and we see some farmers are irrigating. It remains to be seen how the crop thing works out this year–farmer have been hit hard by the COVID-19 thing. But that is not the only obstacle they face–wind did considerable damage to onions which were planted across the road. It remains to be seen how the crop does–another field may be replanted.

Our alfalfa is coming along–we don’t know how much value it will have since our primary market was local dairy farmers. Speaking of cutbacks, they have been hit harder than most. Having to cutback means less demand for hay.

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Well, it is that time of the year. Cliff got the water going and filled the pond. What does that mean–puppy swims. Well, as you probably know Hope and Martee have made use of the pond recently, too.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. (Haha) We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. We have more than usual, but we will get them all used. Thank you!

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).

Sunday— April 12 — Beautiful Greta

Monday–-April 13— Luna

Tuesday – April 14 — Maverick

Wednesday April 15 — Kenzie

Thursday –- April 16 — Look Who’s Two

Friday — April 17 — Franny

Sunday— April 18 — Bacchus

Sunday— April 19 — Shorsey

Monday–-April 20— Miranda

Tuesday – April 21  We are a Two Weim Household Again

Wednesday April 22 — Hope’s First Swim

Thursday –- April 23 — Tango

Friday — April 24 — At Home With Frank

On a very personal note

The greenhouse is seeing a bit more time. Yesterday, I attempted to do a bit of work, but found competition. The kind that buzzes you and warns you that you are in their territory–I think we have a problem. Something is going to give, and unfortunately for the resident wasps, I am claiming the greenhouse. They are out.

Cliff has been busy cleaning up, getting the water in the pond, and now the grass (as well as the weeds) are growing. (Haha) Every season has its challenges, but we much prefer Spring and Summer to Winter.

The cyclamen is reminding me about life. Just when the last blooms are fading and there is the wondering if there will be more, I discover about ten new buds ready to explode into bloom soon. OMG I love that plant so much.