Category Archives: OwyheeStar Weim
Sorry Pops, we need both rafts cause Coopers getting bigger, you can sit on the steps….
Never a dull moment. The addition of Coop has sparked new interest in Luke and our lives. We are gearing up for many new adventures as we navigate selling our home, moving to an apartment a few blocks away and then transitioning to our place in the desert eventually to retire. Our boys have proven time and time again just how versatile they can be and remind us that we should be too and to not take things so seriously.
The boys focus on the fetch regardless of sirens, fireworks wind and waves…
We had the gray ghost, the blue, then there were long hairs ,,, what that a polka dot Weim?
These guys are getting comfortable sharing whatever they are dealt,,,
They will take whatever they are given,,,, guess I sleep at the foot of the bed
As always Shela I hope you and Cliff are doing well. We so appreciate the care and kindness you 2 put into everything you do for these adorable creatures and those whom you guide through the rearing process.
Love and Light ~ Cal
We so appreciate the update with all the photos, etc. Thank you, for the exceptionally kind words and endorsement. Of course, we have known each other for a very long time–all due to our Weimaraner connection. Who knew this would become a thing? And, indeed it is as well as being entirely life-changing. We would have never guessed. We are glad the whole experience blesses you.
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~JULY 28, 2018
This blog marks the 30th Saturday synopsis of 2018. I find it hard to believe how quickly 2018 races toward to goal of passing the baton to 2019. Wow–it is beyond amazing to think how close we are to the year 2020.
The bare fields speak of harvest. The grain combined and hauled away–all the details to be revealed soon. Our hay is looking lovely and preparing for another cutting. Of course, the back field stripped of the grain and straw awaits attention. Next year, another first-year crop of hay will be in the works.
We continue to process applications. We all wait together for the news. The question remains, when will we get a puppy–that meets the family’s specific criteria? That is always the question. So, we wait and hope for Fall or Early Winter pups to arrive. Predictions are fickle. Even when a female is mated, she may well produce nothing. (OMG) We most certainly hope to beat those odds. Nonetheless, we are in a Waiting Game and sit here breath-abated along with those on the Wait List for which we have no particulars to share.
Meanwhile, the business of raising Manfred continues. There are the walks and adventures. He is growing like a weed. (Haha)
This Week on the Blog
Sunday— July 22 — In Tennesee (Our Macey)
Monday–- July 23 — Remembering (Jake of NZ)
Tuesday — July 24 — Smokey
Wednesday — July 25 — Jorja (Back in the USA)
Thursday –- July 26 — Raising (the Weimaraner litter)
Friday — July 27 — It’s Me (Bella Blue)
On a very personal note
The gardening girls were here this week. What fun we had. Their favorite is the cucumbers, but they also love the cherry tomatoes. Isn’t it amazing that they will eat the cucumbers as a snack?
We have been problem-solving and whatnot. Our new cell phone bill arrived with a shocking amount owed. In review, there was a sizeable error. We called, and the correction was made in quick order. Anyhow, we have been taking care of a few business matters. I’ve made a couple of batches of Gluten-free cupcakes for Mr. Cliff. So far, we have not been overrun with zucchini–that is amazing. On Thursday, Evangeline helped me whip up the chocolate cakes. She liked the frosting the best. Imagine that!?! Later I started a couple of jars of pickled peppers. We will see what happens.
I’ve been busy with annual doctor visits. I have one remaining–it was supposed to happen next week, but it has been postponed until closer to the end of August. It is the Oncologist visit. I am hoping when it is done; I can say I finished with everything except for Integrative Medical Visits which help with the healing process. Cliff has a follow up with the Oncologist between now and the end of the year. We hope things stay about the same, or improvement would be fabulous.
This week, Kimi Seals, (a young mother of four) who had been diagnosed with breast cancer after I had completed my treatment completed her work here on earth. Maybe I should put it this way–she is enjoying a well-deserved rest after a valiant battle. It is hard to know why some are granted a stay, a miraculous healing, additional time, and others are not. Everyone desperately wanted Kimi to stay–there were so many reasons to justify doing so. Nonetheless, it was not possible, and she was called to the other side. Her children, husband, and other family members left to await a reunion in eternity.
Cliff and I count our blessings every day. We have been afforded time as well as the opportunity to invest in the world. We laugh with the great-granddaughters often. What a privilege it is. Thank you, Ashley Petersen, for making that possible.
Not a person goes by that doesn’t say she is the best looking dog they ever saw.
Macey and our son are best friends it could not have worked out better. Thanks for your hard work. ~ Don
Don, we appreciate your loyalty. After your first OwyheeStar Versatile Hunting Weimaraner passed, you could have gone anywhere. The long distance and the logistics of making this all come together make this all the more amazing. We look forward to hearing about her antics as well as her success in the field.
Joined her family
~ a few days ago
Thank you guys for the followup emails as we get going with the new pup.This is all great. I got her chip registered this AM and she’s on the DN puppy food you recommend — the online Chewy.com shipping option looks nice for future reference. So thank you.
We also have a Vet appt next week and we’re so thankful for the clearly outlined vaccination protocol you recommend. We’ll work with the vet to get this completed without the unnecessary workups.She’s been a blast so far and kennel training has been a breeze. What a joy to have around!Thank again and we’ll be in touch. -Michael and Michelle
What Is the Most Frequent Inquiry?
You know the answer to that question. It is about the current availability for our puppies. I pasted in the information I shared not that long ago about how things work. It is not as people imagine. Regardless, I wanted to drop a universal message that we have a couple of males that are not yet promised.
I am not frantic–this type of thing always shakes out as it is meant to be and I have not said much for several reasons. One—we have been insanely busy with the pups, the garden, the farm, and life in general. You understand I am confident your life is similar. Secondly, we only want the right type of inquiry. On the car lot, you have tire kickers–those who spend a lot of time but never are going to buy a car from you. Here, we have puppy-crazed folks who are either looking for the perfect pup and maybe their ideas are off the chart or those who are in love with the idea but they know they are not getting a pup. They can fill out the application and write me somewhere between 50-100 times. They are not willing to invest a small amount to get on our Wait List–that is a clue.
We have a Wait List that leans toward the female. That will color the future availability. Of course, as you read on you will discover we don’t have a clue how things will shake out. What if we get an entire litter of females? It has happened. Then too, what if we get mostly males–we won’t have a pup for these folks. We do have quite a few families who might favor the female, but they are willing to accept a male if that is what they can get. That kind of situations is more natural (and tends to work best of all) because we have so little control over the situation.
Please skip to the bottom to read about our Spring 2018 Status if you read this explanation before. If not, please consider investing the time to understand our situation. Thank you!
The inexplicable craziness associated with raising the Weimaraner cannot be precisely defined. Nonetheless, we would like to shed some light on things from our side of the fence. We understand that many folks who come to us in search of the Weimaraner have waited until the eleventh hour and now they are in the hope of finding a pup sooner rather than later. On a rare occasion, we might see ourselves with an available pup upon your inquiry. This scenario could happen if the folks on the wait list are not ready (have a different timeline). There are the other factors too–the sex, the coat color, and the coat length to mention the three biggies. Also, for example, some folks want to hunt upland game, truffles, or sheds. We are looking for the Weims with the most hunt-potential for those engaged in hunting. During our Discovery and Placement Test process, we ascertain whether the pup is more inclined towards scent, and other cues. That doesn’t mean the less hunt-potential pup could not be a suitable hunting companion; however, we hope to place those pups with the Companion Weim folks. Other than the Weim-seeker’s preferences, availability and litters are affected by factors we often have little to no control over.
The female’s heat cycle might not be entirely consistent. Certain age-appropriate females will come into season every six months–others not so much. We figure on average any female might cycle about every seven months; however, there are times when our best guess is off. Last winter, for example, all the girls came into heat way behind schedule despite the chagrin of many. The lateness caused the arrival we got to be later and for some people, this time change was not going to work.
The complexity of mating cannot be understated. There is a reason we have more than one sire–we don’t keep breeding back to the same lineage. The right sire choice is essential. In some situations, we have had the luxury to use multiple sires; however, many times we have but one option. Or, where we have mixed in the Longhairs, we might have one option if we don’t want any Longhair pups in a litter. For example, Boone doesn’t carry the Longhair DNA marker–whereas, Stackhouse is a Longhair. Any female that carries the Longhair marker and is mated to Stackhouse would produce some Longhair pups. All this planning doesn’t always end up producing a litter.
When You Get Nothing
There are times when a mating happens, and it doesn’t produce pups. We suspect this happens a lot more than anyone talks about because we get inquiries from folks who have waited elsewhere and after two matings they never got a puppy. We also know, as we talked about with the four (from the Callie X Zee litter), not every female is a good producer. Vidalia never produced a single pup despite many efforts. Ginger and Cindee inconsistently produced small litters. Only Mousse produced the average-sized litter consistently. Who would have guessed? The lack of litters from a mating thing is not the end of the challenges.
To list a few other things–some females do not carry the litter to term. You watch their tummy grow, and they miscarry. Yes, it happens to the Weimaraner just as it does to some women. Or the litter might only produce one or two pups. All that time spent hoping, and you have not much to show for it. Those folks waiting for a puppy can become disillusioned. We can experience these feelings too! We have to shake off anything negative quickly. After waiting, and the pups arrive new information is available. Sometimes it is not as we hoped.
We have the pups–but possibly not what some wanted. You know, the silver-gray female is the most popular choice at this point in time. Many times in the past, we have had a lot of silver-gray females born and everyone seemed to want a blue or a male. We cannot just mate endlessly. We have to have homes for pups–so there is a limit to what we can do. This applies to the workload as well as the placement process. We (Cliff and I) wanted to make you aware that if you are thinking of getting a male, we might have one available very shortly. If you are serious, we would love to hear from you.
~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!
Training for Avalanche Rescue
Loki and I have spent much of the last few months frolicking in the snow. We’re training for avalanche rescue which means at this point that we’re spending as much time as we can on the mountain. Loki loves schmoozing the skiers and boarders around the main lodge, and yesterday he had his first ride on my shoulders while I skied.
This weekend we’ll be riding the chairlift. It’s hard to say what Loki’s favorite thing is about the ski hill, but riding down in a gondola filled with ski patrollers has got to be near the top of the list. As we say on the hill, he’s a real little powderhound.
When we’re not on the mountain, I’m working on developing his toy drive with short little breaks of fun, fun play throughout the day. We’ve also started some simple tracking drills and hide-and-go-seek games.All the best, ~Erica
~ Loki Speaks–Somebunny loves you!
Woof! And Hello Peeps! My Mama has written to Cliff and Shela with an update that I am confident you will see on the blog in the next day or two. I thought I might drop in and show you what I have been up to on the mountain. First, I was the Easter bunny as you can see. I make a cute one they say.
Then There is This
Woof, Again! Well, I am impressed with what we do. I never imagined this happening when I was back with Mom and the littermates. Here we are flying above the ground (on what they call a chairlift). I guess my ears are handy. Did you see how far down it is?
Thanks, Loki for sharing your exciting news with us. It seems you are busy training with Mom every day. We are excited to hear the news of your achievements as they unfold.