Category Archives: OwyheeStar Next Generation

Dry Land Mushing

Ruger and Willow

I wanted to give you an update on dry land mushing training. They are doing great, Ruger more than Willow. Ruger is wiped out after the run. I’m pretty sure it was less than a mile, but they did great and also jumped right into the creek 1/2 way back. I should’ve taken a picture. Next time… 🙂 I’ve included a couple of pictures of our progress. Today I figured out which side Ruger goes best on. Love my babies; I can’t thank you enough.

In Him, Jenny

Where’s Dad?

Uh, You Forgot Me I Think!

Smith's Maggie with Mike-7045_n

Mom Reports on Maggie’s Behavior

Here is our Maggie when Mike leaves the house!

Here is story that Maggie prefers .

Breeder’s Comment

Maggie is much loved. She is also a hunter. We appreciate this cute photo, and the videos. Thank you, Jo Ann!

OwyheeStar Week Three 2016

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

 

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The doting Sadie nurses her ten babies!

The Western Treasure Valley has the promised blanket of snow. It is a lovely scene; however, we felt you might prefer this photo. Yesterday’s photo was too cute to pass up. Typically, this litter does not pile on their Mom at once. Usually, you will see some on one bed and others with their mother. They seem to change off–it most likely works best. It was funny to watch them switch off. We used one small bed and another larger bed that morning. You can see a piece of the large bed located to the right. Sadie opted to use the tiny bed. 

Promises Made

Promises made mean each pup will soon meet their forever family. Therefore; current availability for this litter is zero. Nevertheless, on occasion something can go awry.  So, we welcome inquiries. The next most asked question is when will have another litter. We really cannot be certain. The explanation (as to why) is lengthy. You will just have to trust the short answer. We have not got a clue–if we did have, it would be unwise to get hopes up until we are positive. Being a Weimar parent in waiting is tough. Ask anyone who has waited. It is agonizing watching the process to unfold. First, there is the waiting for the potential pup to be born. Then there is waiting to find out which one is yours. Even once you know, there is further delay. The puppy must complete the necessary in-litter socialization. An early departure is not possible.

OwyheeStar Folk

We have the most extraordinary Weimaraner homes. These folks are patient. They work with us and often go to extreme measures to make things easier on us. We cannot say enough about what this means. Thank you, to all our Weimaraner fans, clients, and the faithful.

This Week on the Blog

For 2016, we have a theme going–a plan to keep us on track. It may or may not work. Keeping our blog post fun and light on Sunday is something we hope to continue. People seem to like these short Sunday morning posts. Other than that we will be writing an informational post for Friday’s blog, and posting updates or stores as it is possible between Sunday and Friday. The Saturday Synopsis (like what you see here), has a personal flare. We comment on the local news, weather, and what is going on at OwyheeStar. In addition, we include these easy to access links for the once-a-week-reader, or for the person who wants to review something or pick up something they missed. The more personal news or comments are below this section. So many of you have been our friends over the years. Thank you for that. We like to keep you in the loop as it is possible. Here are those links from this week’s blog posts:

Sunday—January 10 — Skeeter Improved

Monday — January 11 — Winston & Bennett

Tuesday — January 12 — Hemi, Magnum, and Zoey

Wednesday — January 13 — Kula & Pilikia

Thursday  — January 14 — Osha

Friday  — January 15 — OwyheeStar’s Succeeding with the Weimaraner.2

On a very personal note

We are doing well. Two of Shela’s classmates have passed on suddenly. Both since the New Year began. Yes, we realize we are not young; however, both were not expecting to check out. Mike had overcome Stage IV Melanoma. He was doing fabulous and was making plans to marry soon. A sudden heart attack took him quickly on Thursday. Rosemary died in her sleep. She had been well but was called home in a blink of the eye. It is a grave reminder that our days are numbered. One never knows what will happen next.

These two beautiful people were of the kindest order. They always had the time to bless everyone. Rosemary was sweet, caring, and devoted to her family and children, etc. Mike was too; however, he was the guy who has never met a stranger. When you ran into Mike in a store, you would feel as if you were his best friend in high school. That is a quality and gift we do not all possess. He was an amazing person, and he is going to be missed by so many–none less than his immediate family. He was in an excellent place on every level. He was happy and feeling life had much to offer. We should all live like him.

As Always

(Note–thank you to all of you who continue to send us updates. There is a lot to be learned from other Weimlovers; it puts a smile on our faces too!)

There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are especially grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. There is no end in sight of our farmhouse remodel. We are doing it ourselves, and it is the installment plan–we are not borrowing to do this. We buy something and install it. Therefore, having the updates is greatly appreciated than usual–it is always a blessing! DSC_0134edit

OwyheeStar’s Succeeding with the Weimaraner.1

Meet The Weimaraner

64151_10200572638061715_1147811218_n-2The elegant Weimaraner is considered eye-candy by those loving the large sporting breed.  For many, nothing other than this breed will do; however, others find their quirks and temperament challenging. The Weimaraner Club of America (WCA) Breed Standard is is listed as follows by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Weimaraner Breed Standard

Sporting Group

General Appearance
A medium-sized gray dog, with fine aristocratic features. He should present a picture of grace, speed, stamina, alertness and balance. Above all, the dog’s conformation must indicate the ability to work with great speed and endurance in the field.

Height
Height at the withers: dogs, 25 to 27 inches; bitches, 23 to 25 inches. One inch over or under the specified height of each sex is allowable but should be penalized. Dogs measuring less than 24 inches or more than 28 inches and bitches measuring less than 22 inches or more than 26 inches shall be disqualified.

Head
Moderately long and aristocratic, with moderate stop and slight median line extending back over the forehead. Rather prominent occipital bone and trumpets well set back, beginning at the back of the eye sockets. Measurement from tip of nose to stop equals that from stop to occipital bone. The flews should be straight, delicate at the nostrils. Skin drawn tightly. Neck clean-cut and moderately long. Expression kind, keen and intelligent. Ears–Long and lobular, slightly folded and set high. The ear when drawn snugly alongside the jaw should end approximately 2 inches from the point of the nose. Eyes–In shades of light amber, gray or blue-gray, set well enough apart to indicate good disposition and intelligence. When dilated under excitement the eyes may appear almost black. Teeth–Well set, strong and even; well-developed and proportionate to jaw with correct scissors bite, the upper teeth protruding slightly over the lower teeth but not more than 1/16 of an inch. Complete dentition is greatly to be desired. Nose–Gray. Lips and Gums–Pinkish flesh shades.

Body
The back should be moderate in length, set in a straight line, strong, and should slope slightly from the withers. The chest should be well developed and deep with shoulders well laid back. Ribs well sprung and long. Abdomen firmly held; moderately tucked-up flank. The brisket should extend to the elbow.

Coat and Color
Short, smooth and sleek, solid color, in shades of mouse-gray to silver-gray, usually blending to lighter shades on the head and ears. A small white marking on the chest is permitted, but should be penalized on any other portion of the body. White spots resulting from injury should not be penalized. A distinctly long coat is a disqualification. A distinctly blue or black coat is a disqualification.

Forelegs
Straight and strong, with the measurement from the elbow to the ground approximately equaling the distance from the elbow to the top of the withers.

Hindquarters
Well-angulated stifles and straight hocks. Musculation well developed.

Feet
Firm and compact, webbed, toes well arched, pads closed and thick, nails short and gray or amber in color. Dewclaws–Should be removed.

Tail
Docked. At maturity it should measure approximately 6 inches with a tendency to be light rather than heavy and should be carried in a manner expressing confidence and sound temperament. A non-docked tail shall be penalized.

Gait
The gait should be effortless and should indicate smooth coordination. When seen from the rear, the hind feet should be parallel to the front feet. When viewed from the side, the topline should remain strong and level.

Temperament
The temperament should be friendly, fearless, alert and obedient.

Faults
Minor Faults–Tail too short or too long. Pink nose.

Major Faults–Doggy bitches. Bitchy dogs. Improper muscular condition. Badly affected teeth. More than four teeth missing. Back too long or too short. Faulty coat. Neck too short, thick or throaty. Low-set tail. Elbows in or out. Feet east and west. Poor gait. Poor feet. Cowhocks. Faulty backs, either roached or sway. Badly overshot, or undershot bite. Snipy muzzle. Short ears.

Very Serious Faults–White, other than a spot on the chest. Eyes other than gray, blue-gray or light amber. Black mottled mouth. Non-docked tail. Dogs exhibiting strong fear, shyness or extreme nervousness.

Disqualifications
Deviation in height of more than one inch from standard either way.
A distinctly long coat. A distinctly blue or black coat.

Approved December 14, 1971 (from the WCA Website—click here!)

OwyheeStar Note: The Breed Standard is copied from the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA) Website. The photo (of Willow and Jan Magnuston is compliments of Jan Magnuson SUNSTAR All-breed Dog Training.Jan and Willow9562_o

Gabriel

 Blue-tiful!

 

Gabriel began her life (on February 28, 2012) at OwyheeStar. She was one of seven pups born to Livee’s litter (which was sired by OwyheeStar’s Once In A Blue Moon). Some of her littermates have made an OwyheeStar Blog News appearance; none more than the amazing Maizie. There are some other pups from the same parents; however, they were born a year later. Possibly, the most famous of these lives in Idaho (Charlie Blue). Gabriel was the first blue to arrive in Russia. She traveled via courier and arrived safely. Of course, there was a huge adjustment period after the relocation. Nevertheless, she came through and shines bright. The judges like her beauty and conformation. Two participations and two positive outcomes. You can read more on Igor’s website (click here )!

We look forward to hearing more about Gabriel and her successful offspring– The Blue Girl O’Hara which netted the BJB (Best of Junior Breed).

 

Useful abbreviations

 

CW – Class Winner

CAC ( National Dog Show  Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat. Your dog will need 1-6 CAC certificates to become a National Champion. The number depends on the country of issue.

CACIB ( International Dog Show) Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat International de Beaute. Your dog will need 2-3 CACIB certificates which are highly compatible in order to become and International CH.

BOB – Best of Breed

BIS – Best in Show

 

 

Deja Vu

And Cliff

Kisses, Loves, and Contemplations.

Deja Vu

Goes to Town

 ~ D & B Supply (Ontario, OR)

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“Deja Vu” born August 1st, 2015 to Ginger’s litter sired by “Blue”. Sunday she made her first trip into town with us since she was pup visiting the Veterinary.

She was amazing! No previous leash training had been done with her–our schedule has been crazy! She didn’t get into things–even those at her eye (nose level). She greeted everyone with joy and was appreciated by all.

In Action

Deja is compact. She is also a happy and tail-wagging girl.  Here she is in action!

What can I Say?

Kirby G.

What can I say? This big beautiful 85lb boy is the sweetest, most laid back, don’t care what you do with me (unless it’s cutting my nails), doesn’t bark unless someone comes to the door, no separation anxiety kind of boy.

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Of course, he started out getting into EVERYTHING and nonstop “mouthing” the boys. As he has matured, he quit getting into things and only grabs the boys when they are playing hard. He is such a perfect fit for our family. He loves going to the park and for a ride to the drive thru at Dutch Bros for a cookie. Everybody that sees him loves him and is amazed at how big he is. Kirby does not know how big he really is. In fact, I don’t even think he knows that he is not human. Until he hit about 40lbs, he had to be carried to bed and tucked in like a toddler 😆 and now at 85lbs, his favorite spot in the living room is on mommy’s lap, all curled up like a miniature doxie. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. He is perfect.

Breeder’s Comment

How could we not love the way Kirby G is celebrated and included in this family’s every day life? He doesn’t know he isn’t human. What Weim does? If ever you need a confidant or a hug, you can count on him to be forefront and ready. We don’t think he is taking a backseat anytime soon. Thanks for the great share!

Stihl

Wears the Blaze Orange Collar

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Our puppy update is long overdue. We cannot tell you how happy we are with our beautiful boy. He is incredibly smart and is learning is jobs at home quickly. He immediately loved doggie day-camp and even as a small puppy he fearlessly played hard with the big dogs. He is extremely brave and tenacious. It has been so much fun to watch his personality develop. We have been using the ‘learn -to-earn’ method of training for basic obedience and it has been awesome for establishing a happy relationship with Stihl. These pictures span a couple months, so you can see his progress. We favor a blaze orange collar since his blue coat seems to disappear into the background.

Matt has been gradually working on hunt training. This fall Stihl at just four months old retrieved his first bird. Stihl is also doing very well with endurance-dog training. It only took a few rides for him to lean to stay away from the horses feet and he has not yet been stepped on! We love how bonded his is to us. Even out with the horses, Stihl is always ‘checking in’ to see where we are, and looking for his next command.

We’ll try to have another update to you soon since there is so much progress in so short a time span. I remember Cliff mentioning he is planning a springtime bird training session at the farm. We’re definitely interested in attending, so any information on that would be appreciated.

Thank you again for such a wonderful addition to our family.

~Matt and Veronica

Be Happy

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Our attitude makes all the difference on every level! For that reason, I thought we should share with you that we kept the two females from the Francee X Duck mating. One (Dazee) is a smooth coat; the other (Atti), is a longhair. Yes, these are sisters.

Does the longhair make your heart sing? It may sound silly, but for some folks who have discovered them, they could never be without one. There is something whimsical, but at the same time, all business about them. They are all-Weimaraner. Others of you have no use for seeing or hearing about them. Dazee is a sweet smooth-coat. If we mate her to Stackhouse (who is not related to her lineage), they will produce a percentage of longhair pups in the litter, as well as some smooth-coats. Of course, nothing can happen for a couple of years. They are too young. it might also be noteworthy to mention if either of them are mated to a longhair stud, there would also be a chance that they might produce a Stockhaar–another not so common coat length.

It is hard to imagine frowning at these cute photos. Even, our new assistant took them for us. We have to plan for the future. We cannot breed a female forever, so eventually you must add some new faces, and bloodlines.