Category Archives: OwyheeStar Weim
~OwyheeStar’s Special Delivery
She was approaching sixteen candles when she suddenly departed planet earth–these photos were taken during her last romp. It was Spring 2017, and what a legacy she left. Her DNA is weaved throughout the OwyheeStar lineages–what a girl she was–we are so thankful for the time we had together.
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~ February Snow
Snow came to the valley floor–and in some places, they got more than we did. Cliff estimates that here at OwyheeStar, we probably got about a total of eight inches over the last week. About twelve miles east of here, our friends measured fourteen inches–and in the mountains, they have several feet accumulated. The latter is a good thing–last night, it rained, so there will be a lot of muck and mud.
We try to find homes for our retired females–and we have found an ideal home for Atti. She leaves this morning to travel to North Dakota, where she will live with a single woman frontline worker. Of course, she is a returning client who feels as if this is better for her than getting a puppy. It is a win-win situation.
This Week On the Blog…
I am always looking for new information to share regarding the OwyheeStar offspring..
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).
We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share.
It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.
For Your Review
Sunday— Jan. 31 — Sunday Photos
Monday–- Feb. 1 — Where Has The Time Gone?
Tuesday – Feb. 2 — Scout
Wednesday — Feb. 3 — Bisbee
Thursday –- Feb. 4 — Bacchus and Bella Rae
Friday — Feb 5 — Mia
On a very personal note
It was another week focusing on things we prefer to avoid–medical treatment and me facing the Breast Cancer return. It not a huge surprise, but we hoped to avoid it forever. Since everything is converging, I cannot remember what I told you last week, but I am sure I didn’t say that my liver showed no sign of invasion. The week ahead is more of the same–Cliff is doing his Light Treatments, running me to Meridian for a Thoracentesis on Monday, and then there is a full-body bone scan on Wednesday.
I wondered if we would plant a garden–but the garden is taking shape in my heart. I have most of our seed bought, but I have a few needs. These are things I need to get coming soon. Otherwise, Cliff has been working on the master bath remodel–that doesn’t cover this remake. It was completely gutted and being revamped to the studs, you might say.
We thank everyone for your love, prayers and support.
~ Finally She Claims This Bed
For 6 months no interest in a bed whatsoever. Have no idea what changed her mind but she clearly enjoys herself now. Her trust is incredibly moving.
Flo didn’t learn to love a bed–but I am going to be honest, Stackhouse (until very recently) refused to use any bed we put out for him. Weims are truly weird–if they get an idea, it can take a long time to come around to a change of mind and heart.
~Once Again, Just Puppy Faces For Sunday
“Where Beautiful Friendships Begin.”
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.
Hope’s First Swim
Hope is 13 months old, and yesterday was the first time she had been to the pond since she was a pup. I don’t remember exactly, but I am reasonably sure she did the puppy swim about a year ago.
Regardless, she has not been acclimated to the water until now. Cliff took her out to the pond on Monday evening. She got into the water chest high but didn’t swim. Tuesday, a whole different thing happened. Remember when we say to ingrain the love of the retrieve. Here is why–
Behind the Scenes
Before the pups arrive, the Mamas have our full attention–we work to ensure they eat well. We watch for any sign of a problem, etc. The whelp-window is typically from day 59 to day 64. The pups must be at least 59 days old to survive–although we might use extraordinary measures to save a puppy–there are limitations.
Once the pups are here, Christina and I do most of the hands-on work. We do like to involve Cliff when possible–a man’s touch is a good thing. Some pups require a lot more than others–case in point, Dink. You might remember the tiny undersized puppy which Christina took to feeding and caring for around the clock. Sometimes intervention doesn’t work–because there is something wrong. Other times such a pup starts to thrive and eventually catches up with their litter.
From Day-One, there is a lot of hands-on work. Thankfully, Christina is a skilled puppy handler-whisperer sort of helper. Recently, she whelped a pup when we had to be away from the house. She has an eye for details–watching and looking the puppies over constantly while she adjusts their collars, handles them, and works with each one. As you might imagine, this kind of process is labor-intensive–but we believe it works–is essential.
There are many stages and steps involved in the raising of the Weimaraner. We hope to have them set up for success–but once they transition to their ‘forever family,’ the work continues. No matter our efforts, it is almost as if you are starting from scratch–it is a new environment. They have to adjust and adapt, which they will do very quickly, and at the same time, the humans must take control of the leadership role, or the puppy will rule the house in short order.
Waiting for Cliff
More often than not, Stackhouse will be found with Cliff. But in the evenings he sometimes stays in with Mama–watching me get dinner. I guess he might also be hoping for fallout–me dropping food, or sharing something. What Weim doesn’t?
Christmas was one of those nights when he stayed at the house with me–watching me get dinner and take care of the other Weim kids. He seemed to know that someone was coming to share dinner with us–and honestly, I can never remember him being so wild about Richard–he would not stop soliciting his attention. He got scolded a few times; it did not totally deter him from going back to the business of asking for love and attention–which he got.
~ 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!
~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?