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Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

January 18, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

For all those hoping for a lot of snow, it appears they got their wish. The upper-country has plenty for skiing, snowmobiling, and such. Locally, on the valley floor, we had snow–but it was minimal. Nevertheless, snow and dangerous driving conditions closed the Interstate between here and Pendleton and other roads. Fortunately for us, the roads appear clear for today’s drive. There is some chance of snow showers–but they are talking less than 1/2 inch.

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Bernie’s pups are leaving this week. That meant a trip to Nampa, and another trip today to meet Pacific Northwest people near Pendleton. It has been the usual–a lot of behind the scenes work–as well as clean up.

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. 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— January 12 — Behind the Scenes with Christina

Monday–-January 13— Luna

Tuesday – January 14 — Salty

Wednesday January 15 — Therapy

Thursday –- January 16 —  Play Date

Friday — January 17 — Naomi and Sage

On a very personal note

Jackson had his first encounter with Great Grandpa Cliff–and I held this sweet little package for the first time, too. And as you can see, Grandpa and Christina looked over her new wheels together.

We picked up the little PT Cruiser in Boise on the day that Jackson was born. That same day, Cliff’s cousin (Bill Nielsen) said his final goodbye and departed this world for a better venue.

Meanwhile, there is always the basketball–last evening the Ontario Tigers went down to LaGrande; however, Bradley Nielsen had numerous blocks, rebounds, etc.,–plus 23 points. It was a good night for our grandson.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

January 11, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

And Mr. Winter is throwing around the white stuff–snow. We didn’t have a white Christmas–I do so love snow for Christmas. It seems magical. I love it everywhere but the roads–because there are always folks who make driving unsafe for everyone near them. Why is it some of these have big 2-wheel drive pickups–they pass you some way, and soon you see them in the ditch. (Go figure.)

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This Week On the Blog…

Last Sunday we posted news that jaeger’s Mom was looking for votes. If you have not yet cast your vote, there is time.

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. 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— January 5 — Jaeger

Monday–-January 6— Knobby

Tuesday – January 7 — Training Advice

Wednesday January 8 — Colleen Writes

Thursday –- January 9 —  Lap Weims

Friday — January 10 — While We Wait

On a very personal note

What could be bigger news that our first Great Grandson’s arrival? Jackson James arrived yesterday–safely. We are so thrilled–can not wait to meet him. I don’t know precisely when that will happen, but soon.

Yesterday we purchased some basic transportation for Christina, whose car has been failing for a long time. Did I mention it is a simple get around town and to Boise and back type of ride–commuter situation. We hope it turns out to be a bargain–finding reliable, inexpensive transportation can be tricky.

Basketball is still a thing–Brad (#13) is playing well. The team got a much-needed decisive victory the other day. Then they got spanked when playing an outstanding team–but they played a very good game. So, overall the team is coming together in light of overwhelming circumstances. Character building situations are not all that delightful when you are enrolled in the program. (OMG)

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

January 4, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

And just like that, we arrive at the first Saturday in our new year. It (the year 2020) sound magical to my heart and ear. Every new year holds magic until trouble spoils that feeling, but I think we ought to hold on to the magical and get past any trouble that knocks on our door as quickly as possible.

Our January is temperate –at least we don’t have sub-zero type temperatures. I can most certainly do without them. So far, things are damp as well as chilly. We hover around the freezing mark but warm up every day.

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It was a week of exits for Bettee’s Longhair babies–and oh, what a few days we had. Making dreams come true–but first, there were baths and other whatnot. This preparation includes learning to settle in the carryon bag–for those pups flying. We had three flyers this time around. There are fewer options for those folks wanting to bring their puppy home as their carryon–Delta and United have made this option impossible. Nevertheless, Alaska-Horizon, American, and a few others are still making it doable. We appreciate that because, for many of our clients, it is the best approach.

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. 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— December 29 — Christmas Wish

Monday–-December 30— Charlee

Tuesday – December 31 — Brady

Wednesday January 1 — Sunny

Thursday –- January 2 —  Griffey

Friday — January 3 — Remy

On a very personal note

There is not much to share on a personal note. Hopefully, this coming week will include more moments to share. With me sick and the puppy exits happening, there was little to no outside activities.

I sent my registration to the college online because I was too ill to get to the campus. (OMG) I will see if they received it come Monday because so far I have heard nothing back. I much prefer to walk in and take care of business face-to-face.

There will be basketball this coming week, too. Brad played out of town, and the results were a demoralizing loss–it breaks my heart. I think there will be other decisions made for next year, but we stay out of it. We will support whatever they decide.

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

~December 28, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

I try to write something relevant to what is happening locally every week. Sadly, last Saturday (what they are calling a hate crime) occurred in Ontario. An African-American man was at Arby’s when he was attacked, being stabbed repeatedly in the neck area. The attack happened without provocation. While it is true this is a redneck country type of setting, it is also true we are culturally diverse. So, this is totally unacceptable. The attacker was from Nebraska but working at a local trucking company. The victim had recently relocated from North Carolina.

Despite the horrendous event, the community is pulling together to make a difference in the victims circumstance. Several businesses have rallied to raised funds to help Ronnel Hughes with his medical costs and his loss of income during recovery. We send positive thoughts and prayers for this man’s recovery.

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We took photos as well as worked with puppies. It was insanely crazy tucking the work around the Christmas holiday. It got done–which is what counts, right? Here are some of Bernie’s babies to enjoy. Maybe it will be the perfect fix if you are suffering from holiday stress. (Haha)

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. 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).

And–yes, I believe I have used nearly everything you have sent to us. So–we can use your story if you are willing to allow us to do so. Thanks to those who continue to make my life easier when it comes to the blog.

Sunday— December 21 — Holiday Cheer (Martee)

Monday–-December 23—Stackhouse (ready for the game)

Tuesday – December 24 — Second Christmas

Wednesday December 25 — Merry Christmas

Thursday –- December 26 —  Waiting for Cliff (Stack)

Friday — December 27 — Sunbathing in Texas

On a very personal note

A few moments with family–especially the grandkids.

Our Christmas was spectacular in many aspects– we spent time with family. Being included in events means the world–we no longer are the hosts, so the agenda has changed. The time and opportunity to spend a portion of Christmas with grandkids and the great-grandkids means the world to us. Each one delights us when they share something–anything. I guess, like all grandparents, we are easily amused. Isn’t it just grand? The moments shared –how can we say what they mean?!?

I want to thank our son and our oldest granddaughter, Ashley, for hosting the family get together. I know all too well what it takes–and with Ashley expecting (due in January), it was especially exhausting. The food was fabulous, and everything was perfect.

I suppose the biggest disappointment was that I didn’t get the decorating done–and from discussions with others, it might have been that kind of year for them as well. I think we are going to rethink our Christmas decor and make it simpler–as my very wise (and older) sister commented–with the two of them, she doesn’t do as much. A wreath at the door–that would be a good start. I purchased a tiny little tree for our table that sat nakedly adoring our meals, but somehow I loved it. Next year, decorations are happening. I think miniature ornaments and possible some time packages below it would be a nice touch.

Aunt Lil–taken yesterday

Finally, I want to say something about the family discovery–because this is the last Saturday of 2019. The finding out that I was adopted (and the secret kept from everyone so aptly) has brought an array of emotions–shock, disbelief, dismay, wonder, and especially the desire to find out where this story began. Who were my birth parents? There were many questions–quite a few have been answered. I sincerely hope to discover more information, especially about my parenteral lineage. After waiting for about two months, I did receive a pre-adoption birth record from the State of Oregon. To my surprise, it did list my actual birth mother and father. Now, it is time to prove or disprove the listed father–why does it matter? Well, if it is true, I have at least one full brother, and if not–then I would like to figure out who my biological father is and whether he might still be alive. I highly doubt it is possible, but I do have Aunt Lil, who is just lovely, and 92 years young. I hope that I can meet her, and my brothers and sisters–possibly a few other family members in 2020.

Merry Christmas

~ From all of us at OwyheeStar

This photo was not taken all that long ago–myself with Christina, our current puppy handler girl. She is doing such an excellent job–and seriously, she saved our life when Cliff was hospitalized.

She did things she never imagined possible–including whelping a puppy when we were gone.

There have been more photos taken and processed this year than I can count–than you can imagine. Christina took nearly every picture except for these phone snapshots.

And, she hand-raised and save Dink–the undersized pup who was getting bumped off the teat. She slept with him in a Sherpa Bag on the bed–feeding him during the night as he needed. Yesterday, when Jacob was here for lunch–he had to have Dink-time. But of course, Christina had to have her extra time and get loves, too.

We rejoice in the miracle of Christmas –and all the miracles that we get to be a part of –where beautiful friendships develop. Thank you for being a part of our lives. Merry Christmas, Weimlovers!

Holiday Cheer

~From our Home to Yours

Today we want to say thank you, once again, for everyone who has taken time out of their insanely busy schedule to drop us the email update. We are positive our readers also appreciate your effort.

This blue boy is Martee–the future of OwyheeStar’s Blues. Isn’t he lovely? We adore Boone, but the reality is we save girls for the future out of him–then we cannot (or we should not) breed back to them. So–fresh blood is essential. Isn’t he just grand?

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

~December 21, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

The weather has been wintery but not all that Christmas like–meaning we had snow, but it appears we will get no Christmas snow. The main activity is the same as everywhere–shopping. Well, then too–there are the Christmas parties.

Our gathering is slated for Christmas Eve Eve–yup a day earlier than we typically do it, but it is necessary. Here’s to hoping everyone is well and we can have our family gathering this year.

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We managed to get the Discovery and Placement Test completed for the Bettee X Manfred litter–it was freezing even in the afternoon. We seemed to freeze, but the pups were having too much fun to notice. We thought you might enjoy seeing the kids at the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary.

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. 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).

And–yes, I believe I have used nearly everything you have sent to us. So–we can use your story if you are willing to allow us to do so. Thanks to those who continue to make my life easier when it comes to the blog.

Sunday— December 15 — Deja

Monday–-December 16—Willow

Tuesday – December 17 —  Dexter

Wednesday December 18 — What’s A Sugar plum?

Thursday –- December 19 —  With Arliss and Arlene

Friday — December 20 — Do You Have One?

On a very personal note

Cliff is struggling with the arm issue–we are trying everything to make it bearable. He may have to breakdown and go to the doctor again. (OMG) Otherwise, he is getting things managed–albeit slower than usual.

We have had basketball games this week. This season is so very rough for the kids, the parents, and everyone involved. Here’s to hoping things will turn around.

All-in-all we are doing well, and like everyone preparing for Christmas. Our actual Christmas will be just the two of us. Forever we always had parents to include when the family events were over. But since Cliff’s father passed on, it has been very different. As the years pass–things evolve and change.

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

~December 14, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

The wet miserable type of weather that we folks in far Eastern Oregon typically avoid has pressed in on us this week. Farmers have put their equipment away–most of them looking forward to a well-deserved break. There are always things to tend–especially if you have livestock.

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It was a busy week at OwyheeStar, but unfortunately, Christina was not at her best. She missed several days, and she is struggling. (OMG) Nonetheless, Cliff and I have been busy with the business of pups. The work goes on.

We took Bettee’s litter for the wellness exam. Even little ‘Dink’ passed, but we are not accepting applications for him at this time. We are ever so happy that he is doing well–and of course, he was a rockstar at the Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Vet Tech Kendall was only one of the people who toted him around a bit. But in truth–the Longhairs are the office favorite. They love our pups, but those with extra fluff seem to capture their hearts. A couple of people there hope to one day get one from us.

Martee went along — he got his titer test. Dr. Calhoun was very impressed with him. He liked everything about this new blue boy. We are a bit later than the recommended sixteen-week titer test, but our situation was different. Martee is not out and about–so, he is not being exposed. We especially wanted to get him checked because he was not on our regular protocol–and because we got him from someone else. We learned he is not protected for the Parvo–everything else was covered. He got a Parvo only shot. We will retest him again to ensure he is immune.

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. 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).

And–yes, I believe I have used nearly everything you have sent to us. So–we can use your story if you are willing to allow us to do so. Thanks to those who continue to make my life easier when it comes to the blog.

Sunday— December 8 — Dasher

Monday–-December 9—Charlie Mae

Tuesday – December 10 —  Reviewing the Numbers

Wednesday December 11 — At Grandmas

Thursday –- December 12 —  Loki and I

Friday — December 13 — Our Astra

On a very personal note

Cliff is improving every day, but going without NSAIDs has been tough. His arthritis is kicking up a bit more than usual. (OMG) But overall, he is doing fabulous. He managed to get the gravel down and compact it, so we don’t have the mud out the back door. (Hurrah!)

We have been to several basketball games this week. I need to text Brad to tell him how proud we are of his effort–and his character. The latter is everything. He is making us proud–even though the team is not winning games.

I picked up a few things I made. This wonky plate has two a two-color glaze that turned out interesting–Christina tried it out with a bit of lunch one day. I have used it a couple of times, too. It kind makes me feel happy when I eat off of it — silly me.

Otherwise, Ashley and I (you know she is the other granddaughter) got haircuts this week. We love Becki at Boots to Roots in Vale, Oregon. She is simply the best on every level. The two great-granddaughters made the trip with us, and they were allowed to try on hats–of course, we had to be careful with the caps, etc.

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

~December 7, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

The Christmas season is in Full Swing. Today is the Holiday Parade as well as the Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) Annual Art Sale. I was there to help a bit with the setting up–but I left the finish to the pros. I unloaded a box or two. (Haha) And there is a lot to like–that is all I am saying. The sale is at the Art Department from 9 AM until 12:30–stop in and pick up a few things.

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Pottery is not our OwyheeStar focus–but it is something starts with the letter ‘P’ as well–puppies. We have them and we are going to be extremely busy during the holiday season.

Dink next to a Littermate

Christina has managed to keep ‘Dink’ (the tiny Bettee puppy) going and he is seemingly doing more than okay. We have him with Bernie’s litter–size-wise he fits in. Bernie accepts him too. Yesterday, he had his first taste of kibble. He thought it was quite delicious. Cliff was so cute–he took a video of the event and sent it to Christina.

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. 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).

And–yes, I believe I have used nearly everything you have sent to us. So–we can use your story if you are willing to allow us to do so. Thanks to those who continue to make my life easier when it comes to the blog.

Sunday— December 1 — Bad Hair Day

Monday–-December 2—In The Snow

Tuesday – December 3  Sandwiched

Wednesday December 4 — Christmas Cards

Thursday –- December 5 —  Bart and Dad

Friday — December 6 — Maybe This

On a very personal note

It is that time of year again–basketball season. Our oldest grandson, Brad, had his first game of the season. They didn’t get the win, but the team played well. We were very encouraged. Brad is listed as a 6′ 5″ Junior (and he wears size 18 tennis shoes). That puts things into perspective.

Cliff continues to improve–but it is a slow process. Exhaustion is palpable and a constant challenge. Nonetheless, he is busy with the business of tending to the Weims, etc. We are ever so happy he is back to feeling a lot better.

I managed to get to the Art Department and finish a few items. A lot of these things will be held over until the next term. I picked up a couple of items, though, that pleased me. And I glazed the little things here and left them on the shelf for the next high-fire.

Otherwise, I have been busy with my bio-family. It is beyond surreal–that is all I will say here for now.

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

~November 30, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

Well, just like that we are at the end of November.

Thanksgiving with family made us smile–none more than the two Great-granddaughters who entertained us–but also who set the perfect table without incident. The leftover pie disappears from the counter and shows up on our hips. (Oops)

Pie is not the only thing that has gone missing–well, this is a good thing. Our haystack was loaded on the truck and hauled away.

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Bettee’s pups are maturing and changing every day. The dinky male still needs extra nourishment, but readily takes to bottle feeding. We will see what happens–it remains to be discovered, but for now, he is doing well.

Christina is busy–engaged in all things pups related. She also tends our needs as time permits. We are feeling very blessed.

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. 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— November 24 — What Else (Stackhouse)

Monday–-November 25—Run Away Kali Blue

Tuesday – November 26  May I Help You? (Waylon James)

Wednesday November 27 — Sharing Life (Bella & Daisy)

Thursday –- November 28 —  Thanksgiving

Friday — November 29 — Maggie

On a very personal note

Cliff continues to improve but finds his stamina lacking. It has been tough. Dr. Smith says for every day in the hospital to expect a week for recovery. If we count the four trips to ER (which were far worse for Cliff), then we are looking at about a month to get back on his feet. He is working and keeping up the essential things. As possible, he is taking care of the miscellaneous repairs, etc.

We don’t subscribe to Murphy’s Law, but somehow it overtakes us from time to time. (Haha) We were fortunate more things didn’t go awry during Cliff’s medical encounter. The Gator had to be repaired, a water issue developed and had to be fixed, and there is a small electrical issue, too. Let’s not count all the other things he does to keep things working–that we were spared during that week. All-in-all things went well.

I was able to get to the Art Department and work on a few of the things in progress. Sadly, one of my favorites imploded. (Oops)

I’ll make another when I get a chance. (Haha) Hopefully, the items awaiting the next firing will come through in good condition.