Category Archives: OwyheeStar Weim
Etched on the Heart
~of the Weimlover
Where do we begin? For the Weimlover there are inexplicable moments etched in our psyche. There is no ready made explanation to those who don’t get it. We nod to those who think they understand but never have experienced the Weimar. They say, “it is just like my Labrador.” We nod and smile and our thoughts spin. We think something like if they only knew.
What we share extends around the clock. For many, this includes snuggling in the bed and waking to something like ‘Dunkin’ looking at you expectantly. Sometimes the look is more of a seriously it cannot be time to get up look. Or possibly there is the look that says are we going to do something fun–like eating people breakfast together.
Yesterday, we delighted in Tripp’s story. He and Rachel share a special connection. If you were to know the backdrop on both sides, it would bring tears to your eyes. Call us silly, but we believe the Good Lord brings the most incredible people across our path. Sometimes we are allowed to share something extraordinary. It might be that we are afforded the opportunity to help a dream unfold, to bring a little healing, or to take part in a minor miracle. What a privilege it is indeed.
OwyheeStar Meet Ups
You never know whether Tripp and Dunkin might meet up in one of their many adventures. Tripp gets around Oregon. Dunkin (as far as we know) hangs closer to the Bend area. I am sure he makes it to the Oregon Coast and the other major venues. Maybe their paths will cross, or they will connect with another OwyheeStar Weim. We are positive that there is a special look for that experience too! Oh, how these guys delight our heart in ways words cannot capture.
Beginnings are special. The young ‘Dunkin’ enjoyed plenty of snuggles early in life. You might want to check out this very early Dunkin Blog Post–Click Here!
Many of you who were waiting for a puppy arrival know it has been an unusual year at OwyheeStar. The girls didn’t come into heat around their typical cycle–leaving us to wonder why. We felt it was due to the harsh winter, but we will never know for sure. The typical spring puppy thing didn’t happen, but we have summer pups. It seems to work.
Our Wait List is officially short for the expected Fall pups. We have a couple of summer Blue Males not yet promised–we are accepting applications for them. Preferences run in cycles like everything. We go through times when we cannot get enough Blues and then, like now, it has been the Silver Gray (mostly females) people are wanting.
Whatever your preference, the Weimaraner is not for everyone. That being said, nothing else will do for others. If you are one of those folks doing research, we hope you understand it is tough to determine the fit by merely reading about them. Regardless, there are many blog posts that reveal the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly side of the Weimaraner. Living with them is different than you might imagine. They require attention–and supervision. They simply are not the get trained and throw in the yard dog. The Labrador adapts to that situation more readily than the Weimaraner. Some folks resort to using a daycare situation for their fur-baby; this can hold true even when they are well beyond adolescence.
Gibson Changed Me
Gibson is my first dog. I grew up afraid of them and never thought I’d want one in a million years. Gibson has completely changed me.
I’m a Pile of Goo!
There’s a part of my heart I wasn’t using until we got him and I often say that I feel sorry for myself for the life before Gibson and what I was missing. I saw this written by someone else a while ago, and it’s definitely true for me!: “I used to be a dog atheist and now I’m just a pile of goo!”.
Weims are definitely special. They are so intuitive and I’m pretty sure he can read my mind.
We are thrilled to hear how Gibson changed your life. There is nothing we could add to what you have shared. Thank you, for loving him and sharing with us.
With Our Leo
Good morning! We have now had Leo a whole year! He is a wild boy, loving and thinks he’s one of our kids! I thought you’d enjoy this silly photo of him I took yesterday, he was loving rolling around in these morning glory vines in the heat. We sure love this goofy baby!
You may or may not remember Leo’s previous posts. Here is a couple if you wish to look back.
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~July 29, 2017
We returned home last evening after having dinner in town to find the hay baled and they baler leaving the field. We are happy to forego any toad-strangling rain storms before it was captured into bales. It was an eventful week as weeks go. Not every situation was ideal as many of you realize.
The Sage X Boone litter was due at the earliest on Wednesday (July 24th), but they decided to make their appearance at least two days early on Monday. That is never a good thing. Many of you are aware we ended up with one living pup–tears have been shed.
Sage is shocked and trying to cope; we are all working to keep the remaining pup alive. Thus far, he is doing well. This example is yet another reason predictions (about future puppy availability) is nothing short of fickle. Anyhow, we wanted to share this cute little Blue survivor’s photo with you.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort!
Sunday—July 23 — Family (Edgar celebrates 1 Yr)
Monday —July 24— Cool Treat (Waiting for Watermelon)
Tuesday —July 25 — Social Butterfly (Maddy at Daycare)
Wednesday — July 26 — Our First Day (Griffey)
Thursday — July 27 — Kula Bleu (Loves to Swim)
Friday — July 28 — Dejah is Home (Who’s in my spot?)
On a very personal note
The Cyclamen watch continues. There is at least one bud lifting its head–possibly a couple more are in the works too! It is amazing when you consider the entire top sheered off when I tried to get it out of the root engorged glass container. I held out for a good outcome. Hope is a beautiful thing and it something we ought to have growing in any garden we tend.
In going through some of my canning supplies I found an old package of wide mouth canning lids (no bands included) priced at a $ 1.43, but I see you can purchase them at Walmart for $ 2.98. I am tossing this packet, but it has the price which made it interesting.
Cliff has been working on various projects including some laying pens for his Coturnix Quail which are producing a lot of eggs. The secret in using these highly nutritious eggs is to buy yourself a set of quail egg scissors. Yes, they are a thing. They make the task of opening the tiny eggs simple. He has been working on things at his shop–including the tractor which seems to hiccup all too frequently. The whelping room and the utility bath have also seen him this week. A little here and there plus all the farm and Weim requirements equal more than a full day.
Who’s in my spot?
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~July 22, 2017
The farmers are busy harvesting some crops and watering others. Our local farm stand is filling up with local produce. The corn we bought was scrumptious as always. They had fresh potatoes, corn, onions, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, berries, and more. Oh, don’t forget the fresh farm eggs. The Treasure Valley lives up to the name.
We will be busy with puppies. Summer will be what we hoped for this Spring. Availability for Blues and even Silver or Gray Males will be excellent between now and winter. The Wait List is jam packed with those waiting for a Gray or Silver Female. No, this is not particularly typical. Sometimes we have a lot of folks waiting for a male–many prefer them. Other times we have many waiting for a Blue–in recent years though getting them has been less of a problem. At one time we had people waiting a year or longer. It all depends upon what we have born and the influx of people and their preferences.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! We started the week with Willow and her winning ways. She is amazing. We had more updates come in this week–just in time. Cliff and I cannot thank you enough. We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort!
Sunday—July 16 — Willow ( This time a Triple Perfect Score for Agility)
Monday —July 17 — What Could Be Better?
Tuesday —July 18 — Princess (Bella Celebrates 3)
Wednesday — July 19 — Not So Long Ago
Thursday — July 20 — Much Loved
Friday — July 21 — Alli
There is no one product that works for every situation. Trainers each have their preferences. Certain Weimaraners will respond more to a particular approach. Regardless, we have known countless people who have struggled to get loose leash compliance succeed using this type of collar. Understanding how it works and getting the desired outcome takes a bit of knack, but when used correctly, this tool can be your best friend. We cannot emphasize how important achieving the loose leash compliance is on so many levels. Relying on head halters, front-hooking leashes, and pinch collars can seem like a Godsend; however, they can actually fuel the desire to pull. When used correctly, this collar can lead to compliance on a regular flat collar which is the ideal outcome. The folks at Chewy asked us to review this collar for them, and we were happy to do. We hope someone out there finds this helpful.
On a very personal note
The Cyclamen watch continues. .There is at least one bud lifting its head. I cannot wait until it blooms.
The heat has been taking its toll on Cliff. I have issues with it and have had for years. Since the cancer treatment, there are additional things that make the heat bad for me–and we are talking 80 degrees and up.
We had friends visit this week. It had been a long time since we saw them. What a wonderful gift to have them stop in to see us.
I had a better week than any for the last ten months. Nevertheless, I may have overdone things a bit. Cliff and picked a few plums from our son’s tree. It is amazing how many jars we got with not all that much fruit. We have some juice for the future, plum sauce, Plum-Apple Syrup, and Plum-Berry Syrup. There are 35 jars. Now, we need to live 30 years because we have enough plum product to cover us. (Tee Hee)
I can relate to these three that are so ready for bed. There are so many captions that could fit this snapshot–maybe you can comment what came to mind. That would be great.
- Let’s get this show on the road
- Find a place if you can Mama–don’t disturb us.
- Are you going to get this bed made so we can call it a day?
- We need our beauty sleep.
There is no doubt the snapshot speaks. It is a special one. Two Weims and a Kitty–both Weimaraners are Blue. One is a Longhair and the other the traditional smooth coat. Behind the obvious, there is a magical backdrop. If you don’t remember the story, or you missed it, less than two months ago Blue (the smooth coat Blue Weimaraner) joined the family. Click here to get the scoop. Things happen for a reason seems to be the appropriate mantra. What an amazing family (fur and human) to pull all this off during a busy baseball and golf season. Many thanks to Beth and all that made this fairy tale ending possible.
Jan Reports on Willow
I have multiple water pans around my place for the dogs which I keep filled daily with fresh, clean water. However, Willow’s favorite place to drink is from the watering can on the porch, LOL! Funny Girl!
Haze and Sky Offer Help
“We got you covered Willow!”
We have water pans outside for the pups, but if there is a puddle, they would prefer it. Sadly, puddle water is risky. A bird can track a one-celled parasite in that water, and it will take off like wildfire. That is never a good thing.
Other options for drinking are many. Outdoors is always a good idea when it is seasonally possible. Many the Weimaraner who has holes in their lips–if you get my drift.