Category Archives: OwyheeStar Weimaraner Puppy

Elle and her Preparation

~For the new puppy (Ace!)

Once Elle found out we were getting Ace this Friday (2/1/2019), she had to stop and get his name tag made!

For the past couple of years, we have been talking as a family about getting a 3rd Owyheestar puppy for our family (primarily for Elle our Daughter).  The thought of a 3rd dog is a little daunting, but early this last summer, Elle started to try and sell this hard to Jill and I.  Her final proposal went something like this… “So, I’m likely going to college in about 5 years, so if we are thinking of getting me my own dog, if we wait too long, I won’t have as much time with him.  Also, I will pay for as much of him as I can working small jobs and babysitting over this summer.”  


With that. we were sold and we told her the target amount we wanted her to provide (20%) and she agreed.  We sent our deposit with our puppy desires to our friends at Owyheestar and got onto the waiting list!

Note the matching Collar/Leash that Elle got from Mom and Dad for Ace.  Orange and Volleyball themed.  There are pictures and toys for Elle to look at while she waits for her new puppy!


On Dec 9th, 2018 we saw that Winnie had delivered and we saw that there were a couple pups that met our hopes and sure enough Sheila gave us the news that one of those would go to us.  The excitement for the arrival of “Ace” began.

Elle’s best friend at school is about as excited as Elle and has been giving her one of these sheets every day in anticipation of Ace’s arrival.


Every Sunday it was a family event to look at the updates (pictures) from Shela on the TV and ohhhhh and ahhhh on how cute Ace (and the rest of the pups) were.

Charlie Mae and Murphy are like “YOU ARE BRINGING WHAT HOME ON FRIDAY??!?!!!” Hehe.. they will love him eventually I have no doubt, but we fully expect some initial shunning of him (especially from Charlie Mae who doesn’t really seem to like puppies).  Murphy will be more open initially, but I expect him to be “done” with him quickly and wish he would go back where he came from….


Well –the 3rd Owyheestar furry baby is home —already Facebook famous!  

This photo was taken early Sunday morning. Jill is a good sport and has a great morning looking–her and the puppy. It seems all that preparation paid off–good job Elle. We look forward to receiving your forthcoming updates.

Every Breath You Take

~ Sounds Like

I often wonder how we do it. You know–raise a puppy. We bring the little bundle home and hover over them. It is essential to do the hovering thing–otherwise, how can you accomplish the housebreaking, etc.? But this obsession with our new fur baby runs deep–some of this never goes away.

Their every sound–a rattling, a snore, a hacking sound is cause for alarm. We watch breath-abated wondering if we need to run to the Vet. Ah–it is hard to know sometimes. We always suggest you wait and watch a bit–possibly take their temperature. Remember that a pet’s temperature is much higher than ours–typically around 101 degrees. Anything above 104 degrees is emergent. Of course, if you were monitoring their temperature and it was 102 degrees and then within an hour 103 degrees, there might be cause for alarm. Always err on the side of caution–but rushing to the Vet for everything is probably not necessary. In fact, your alarm will be internalized by the puppy increasing the stress-factor. Try to stay calm.

A lot–and I do mean a lot, of our concerns, are for nothing. Puppies can cough, they snort, the sneeze, they can reverse sneeze (something we recently learned), they choke, and create a myriad of noises. Many of which are concerning. Most of which are in the end nothing at all. Thank goodness.

Keep your eye on them. A pup can ingest something in quick order–so despite saying not to overreact, there is vigilance. Recently, Henri went under my recliner and came out with a packet –that must have been attached underneath the chair. We didn’t realize it was there, but Henri found two–probably toxic packets. Oh my gosh–it is good we heard the crackling sound and asked what she had. We retrieved each package and tossed them in the trash. Thankfully they were not broken open.

Faces

Speak Volumes

Here I am wrinkled up face looking like I have an attitude.

I think we all read too much into a puppy’s face. Often people write they can tell a pup’s personality. For me–having seen so many over the decades, I tend to believe faces speak volumes–but mostly humans react to what they see. (Haha) Honestly, some of the best temperament ones might have smushed up face that looked like they have their mad-on. Can I suggest that they have not quite grown into their face?

This speaks of happiness, doesn’t it?

This makes us laugh!

At Two Days
At One Day

The mouse-sized newborn Weimaraner puppy leaves us breathless–always. We never tire of seeing them come into the world–wondering what will become. We hope that everyone has the best possible life.

That Puppy Look

One Too Many Flashes

~Are We Done Yet?

The wiggles, the squiggles, and let’s not forget the squint. Yes, the puppies find the camera too demanding. They try to escape. We squeak a toy, clap our hands, and try to get them to look at the camera. Sometimes we get the look–oh the process is so exhausting.

Seven Steps to Success

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Note: This is a repost of an article we have shared several times. Our pups are ready to acclimate to their new environment upon arrival. We recommend not over-thinking at the early stages.

  1. Be committed — Commitment to the process is primary. Training your pup will take time. Think of this as a journey (a road trip) with a destination in mind. Don’t set timelines; instead, take this adventure together. It will take as long as it takes for each achievement. Sometimes just when you think, you have arrived; your Weimaraner will hit a snag or transitional phase. There are many of these stages in the first couple of years. As with an adolescent, they can be going along well and suddenly regress. Please take this in stride it is nothing personal. The first occurrence could well be prior to week twelve. Stay calm and move ahead–this is how to avoid ingraining fear or some unwanted behavior.
  2. Keep your eye on the young puppy at all times—This is vitally important for at least the first 2-3 weeks, or until you have the housebreaking part accomplished. Use a crate, bag, or soft-side crate to confine the pup when you cannot be vigilant. The crate should not be too large. If it is more than they need they may select one end for a potty area.
  3. Be consistent–Do everything in the same manner! For example, the pup wakes up and stirs. At first, you would pick them up and carry them out to the area where you want them to go potty. Each time you see them circling or rousing from a nap go to the potty-area. If you use the bells hung at the door, then ring them as you go out the door. Soon they will be ringing the bells as a signal for you to open the door.
  4. Keep it simple — Although your pup can learn amazing things, it is best to do a few simple things and build upon those experiences. The process will unfold naturally if you allow it to do so; start with getting them to come. Although they all follow and come to us, it is different once they start to mature. Do the hallway exercise (5-7 retrieves each night). By using a hallway (with adjoining doors closed) there is nowhere for them to escape with the toy, ball, or dummy. Some people treat them when they bring the item to their hand. It is not necessary. The activity is a reward in and of itself. Have a couple of bumpers or toys (designated for this activity). Make it an event every day until you move to the yard because you have compliance.
  5. Keep it fun — Weimaraners are brilliant and learn quickly. A trainer might tell you to work for an hour and even a half hour doing one exercise every night, but we suggest ten minutes. Do it for ten minutes and then do something fun. This approach works for us! If your Weim pup loses interest, you lose ground in the training process.
  6. Remember it is about your relationship — No matter what you are doing it is important to remember that Weims are all about relationship. If they get their feelings hurt, things can go sour quickly. Your bonding experience is vital to the success of this relationship. Take time to think and see things from their perspective. You are the center of their world. They not only want to control you, but they want to own you. Weimaraners are the ultimate Velcro dog and must learn how to stay alone. Your relationship is a double-edged sword. They need a lot of time, attention, and affection. They also need to find ways to cope when you are absent. We recommend starting this process very early, or they will come to expect you will be there 24 X 7. Separation anxiety can be a huge issue in this breed.
  7. Be patient — When you go out to teach your pup a skill, make sure it is a learn-able task. Plan enough time to accomplish the task–but keep your training focused to ten to twenty minutes maximum. The short bursts of success are more effective than lengthy sessions. Your attitude and demeanor play into the equation too! If you are feeling stressed, forego training your Weimaraner. There are many methods of training. Nevertheless, choose one that enhances your bonding experience and one that creates a respectful environment for all concerned.

The best Weimaraner people are those that are natural leaders. Anytime you feel your relationship is stressed then you are going down the wrong road. The persons that are neither too strict nor too lenient are usually, the ones that excel. Regardless of what happens, it is always best to pro-active than to be reactive. Stay calm. Keep it simple. Get results. Plan little steps of learning and build upon them. Try our 7 steps to Success, and we believe you will be on the right path.

Wishing you fewer puppy bites and more puppy kisses

One Last Love before he leaves…..

~ Shela and Cliff

Birdy Girl

First Hunt

     ~For Milly

Nose Working — On Point!

Just wanted to share some pics from Milly’s first hunts as requested.  Her first hunt was at a release sight, and she did fantastic.  Pointed a few, didn’t range too far and listened well.  She had her first wild bird hunt this weekend and did amazing.  Pointed several birds, worked methodically, and most importantly had a blast.  

Look What We Got Today

Chris and two others hunted behind her and both couldn’t believe how well she performed, especially for being so young. Chris and his hunting companions are looking forward to many more hunts behind this extremely birdy girl! 😊

Breeder Comment

We are happy to get this update with the photos. Thank you, ever so much for taking the time and effort to record her first hunt. You are off to a fabulous start. We could not be happier. Go, Milly!

Puppies

Handling

~Helpers

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Our helpers (Granddaughter, Ashley, and her two girls–Evangeline Grace and River Rose) have been giving us a helping hand. Of course, this is not every step in the handling process–more of an add-on thing. I think you can agree it is precious, but also that we are blessed to have these young puppy handlers to assist.

Young hands mean a different way of touching the pups. Well, there is the gentle touch and then the less than tenderness from children this age. All of it is essential in the early stage of development. Even the various human scent–it matters that both women and a man handle the pups. Cliff is involved in the process as well. On the weekends, it is the Cliff and Shela Show. (Haha)

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These girls take their work very seriously–examining and commenting on the least of concerns. We have two stools so both can assist at once. Now, imagine this–they believe this the norm. On occasion (when they come here), we don’t have puppies. Then they are not too thrilled with us. Since spring, we have had pups born–the girls have been here a lot because of the garden.

It was not too upsetting, because between litters we have a couple of females we kept for the future as well as acquiring Manfred (the new Longhair Stud Dog). Now, it is excellent to have the babies because the keepers are a bit rough on these girls–SnowAngel jumps up and easily overpowers River. (Haha) She will learn as time passes, but for now—the three youngsters (Manfred, Gladys, and SnowAngerl) are a bit much.

Milly

At Sixteen Weeks

     ~We can Report

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I wanted to give you a quick Milly update.  She is 16 weeks old today and weighing in at 28lbs.  I’m so curious as to how big she will be, how large was her mom?  She is such a sweet girl with the perfect amount of spunk!  image4
She is patient (mostly 😉) with the kiddos and is such a quick learner!  The piranha syndrome is slowing down a bit too which is great.  She has taken to her crate like a champ and enjoys most everyone we meet, person or dog.
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We have been working with her on pheasant scent and a wing and she has a beautiful point! I have included a picture of her pointing below.  We plan to expose her to some live birds soon.
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She had her titer test today in lieu of the 16-week vaccine and her vet says he predicts she will have good numbers!  Thank you for such a wonderful pup!  All your hard work is evident!  We had such an amazing experience with our last Weim, I was worried I would never have such a wonderful experience again.  Milly is proving that she is up to the challenge of taking over where her predecessor left off!

Breeder Comment

~and your answer

How large is Bernie? Bernie is smaller than a lot of Weimaraners–she has the more compact body style. I cannot be sure, but a good guess is she weighs around 55 lbs
I must say—I find this the most obnoxious thing about the Weimaraner puppy—the mouthing and biting. Even though it is shark-like (despite what some folks think), it is not aggression. They are a very mouthing-type of a puppy—possibly the worst of all.

How delightful it is to have an engaging and friendly Weimaraner. Not every Weim welcomes those outside their inner circle.

You folks are doing fabulous with her.  Thank you, for doing the titer test instead of automatically doing a 16-week puppy shot. And for staying on top of other things as well. Once they arrive, the work begins afresh. Thank you, for all you are doing and have done with her. I am excited to hear more in the future.

In Tennesee 

Our Macey

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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

Breeder Comment

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.

What a Beginning

Macey

     ~Friends for Life

I got a Weim a number of years ago from Cliff and Shela. They passed on and every since I have been trying to get another Weimaraner from OwyheeStar. As it happened, we now live in Tennesee; however, right when the puppy was old enough to fly as it would happen, we were in California. Cliff and Shela shipped the puppy to me — a direct flight. The next day we boarded the flight with our new family member (as our carry on) to fly back home. It could not have worked out better.

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Our Son and Macey

My son wasn’t too fond of dogs before meeting Macey. This disinterest was because he was never really attached to any we have had; probably because they never came to him. Then, there was the Cocker Spaniel who was outright mean to him. Thank you, for putting a huge smile on his face.

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The puppy was amazing on the flight home. There have been no accidents in the house. She is great, we couldn’t ask for anything more. Tonight will be her first journey on the boat and maybe she will get in the water. Thanks, again–Don

Breeder Comment

Don, we are so happy to hear that your son has a dog. There are so memories being made even as I type this note. A boy and his dog. Isn’t it fabulous? Cliff and I wish you all the best with Macey–we hope she shapes up to be a fabulous versatile hunting companion. May she live long and bring in the birds, too! We look forward to hearing about your adventures as they unfold. Drop us an update whenever you find the time. We appreciate your loyalty. People like you make what we do worth all the effort. Thanks ever so much!