Category Archives: OwyheeStar Weimaraner Puppy

Puppy Fix

With Mesquite

Stackhouse-4964-2 11.08.45 AMYou know we have been working on our Utility Bath. It is spacious for an old farmhouse. We had room for a large wire crate at the end–this is where Mesquite is enjoying solitude with her babies. She is never far from us, but she doesn’t want Stackhouse examining her babies.

He is interested, and he is the sire of the litter. There are two Longhair Pups in this litter. Here is one of the two at Three Weeks.

Snacking

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It begins from the day you bring them home. Chewing and mouthing everything the pup challenges you to keep them away from your household and personal items. After all, they all contain your scent and what do they love more than you? Nothing!

Many people are frantic to find something that occupies their young Weimaraner and at the same times satisfies their need to chew. Flavored Chews are popular. While we never use rawhide, a lot of folks swear by it. You might ask why would use the all Natural USA Pig Ears for a young Weimaraner but refuse to incorporate the rawhide. Both are made of the outer hide so to speak; however, the pig ears are digestible. They are primarily fat. In our experience, the Weimaraner often has a tender gut. Bits of rawhide can cause irritation leading to diarrhea or even a bloody stool. Worse yet, these can lead to an intestinal blockage.

If you opt to use the rawhide for your voracious chewer, there are things you ought to do.

Monitor them when they are chewing to make sure they are not tearing big chunks off and ingesting them.

  1. Make sure you get the product of USA–this doesn’t guarantee they are chemical free. If fact, there is no such thing when it comes to rawhide.
  2. If you have children and your dog is guarding their food and bones, only allow them to have them in their crate. You need to work on getting them to allow you to pick up their food, etc., however, never take a chance with your children.
  3. Be alert! If they are vomiting or lethargic put the rawhide aside and keep a vigilant watch. Go to your Veterinary office if this doesn’t pass quickly.
  4. Rawhides are not the only concern — socks, trash finds, shoes, stuffed toys, and the list goes on and on.

Weimar Parents Know

Extracting a bit of fabric from their bum is not our idea of a good time. Nonetheless, you cannot have the Weimaraner dragging that disgusting bit around the house. (Ewe) Shoes are expensive–they like designer leather, but a good tennis shoe works as well. These carry your scent which is a huge plus if they miss you, but they also can carry the Parvovirus and other bacteria, etc. that can be ingested. The trashcan is choice shopping. A paper that smells so chicken–yum. My personal favorite was a discarded artificial Christmas Tree limb. Fortunately for Turbo Mama was in tune with him and caught the issue in time. It required surgical removal. Other extractions included bits of a rope bone, rocks and part of a Kong toy. Even those heavy duty rubber toys eventually crack–toss them when they start to wear. As you see, we are not limiting the concern to the rawhide items; however, they are something we don’t recommend with a clear conscience. Yesterday, we saw a post where golf balls were removed. The list is endless.

Please note that although Waylon escaped his crate and got into things, nothing was destroyed. What a good boy!

 

 

Stella Blue

Busy Enjoying Central Oregon

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We sure love our girl!  She’s been enjoying a lot of central Oregon things.  She’s been on hikes, in rivers, dog parks, and breweries.   She’s great on bike rides and trail adventures.  We are keeping her mileage around 3.5 miles since she’s so little, but she can go and go and go.  Here are some photos of her relaxing and adventuring! 👍🏼

We’ve been trying to get her to stop jumping on everyone she meets, but it hasn’t happened yet.  It’s a good thing she’s cute….🤔😜   We’d love a tip for helping with this if you have one handy. Thank you for our four-legged family member. ❤️

I must mention as I type this I can hear her snoring.  Stella might be a dainty girl, but she can snore like a bear!  It’s quite hilarious.
Enjoy the day!
Jill, Timothy and Stella

Growing Too Fast

Waylon

~ Yesterday you were so tiny

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I can’t handle the puppy phase is nearly over 😦 of course, we won’t miss the nipping, biting, and chewing – but the puppy breath, kisses, and sweet puppy snuggles are the best!!!! And those precious blue eyes are also nearly gone (( sigh ))

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Cristi, for the email update on Waylon. Of course, you have his antics on Facebook non-stop. There is always something good for a laugh–often at his expense. We do so love seeing his cute face and your staged fun–his reaction to all you do.

The Eleventh Hour Scenario

Happy May Day!

We are saying goodbye to the April Showers and the fickle weather, right? Most of us are hoping we have seen the last of the snow and some relief from the pounding rain. Who can guess? In reality, as we move through life we learn there are many unknowns. There is no way to plan for every unfortunate situation.

IMG_0553OwyheeStar received notice that Puppy #5’s family has such a situation and they cannot bring him home. It was an eleventh-hour notice. That is never a good thing for us or the pup. So we say May Day-May Day-May Day. Is there anyone who contacted us before about a Longhair or that has been secretly hoping for one that is ready? Cliff is meeting two families with their pups on this coming Friday in Burns, OR.

Of course, he is an awesome little pup. He has a very good nose–would do well for the shed hunter, etc. Here is his first swim!

We are sending out a little May Day distress signal to you all. It would be ideal (for the puppy and our situation) if he found a home where he could join his family at the same time the other pups are leaving. Thank you, for your consideration.

 

May Day–May Day–May Day

It derives from the French ‘venez m’aider’, meaning ‘come help me’.

It is repeated 3 times ‘Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.’

“A Mayday situation is one in which a vessel, aircraft, vehicle, or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Examples of “grave and imminent danger” in which a Mayday call would be appropriate include fire, explosion or sinking.

Mayday calls can be made on any frequency, and when a Mayday call is made no other radio traffic is permitted except to assist in the emergency. A Mayday call may only be made when life or craft is in imminent danger of death or destruction.”
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In aviation, in addition to fire, a ‘Mayday’ distress call could be used for engine failure, electrical failure, fuel starvation, disorientation, control failure, or any condition where the safety of the flight is in question.

Henry

At One YearFilger's Henry Special

Question From a Weimar Mom

Okay, so Henry is 1. And I’ve learned that 18 months is when you can start running with your dog. I’m kind of confused by this because “run” is so vague with this breed. When Henry is playing catch, and darts across the yard with the speed of wind, I consider this running. It’s strenuous, fast, he breathes heavier, etc. I’ve taken him on a few short runs with me, less than 2 miles, and my observation, even though I run at a 9 minutes/mile pace, he appears to just be walking fast. Obviously I don’t want to cause health issues for him in the future, so I am wondering if you could give me more information. Are short runs with me, less than 5 miles, going to cause joint issues for him if I don’t wait another 6 months? And do you think a 9 minute mile pace is really considered a running pace for a weimeraner? ~Kiley

Breeder Comment

Knowing when and how to add age-appropriate exercise is hard to define. Being a serious runner means you want to get the maximum benefit from the time you have together. Longer distances and frequent runs will eventually affect their body–just as it does with humans. The extreme athlete typically would benefit from a major medical insurance policy. A torn ACL or ligament can mean a sizeable Veterinary bill. One such injury often leads to another. No one wants to face such a situation. Nevertheless, this type of thing is a reality even if you have done everything right along the way. Insurance–another consideration when speaking of you and the Weimaraner.

Joint development is affected by various things–their DNA, how fast they grow and the amount of high-pact exercise they see before the growth plates close. Typically, we expect the growth plates to close sometime between a year and a year and a half. During this time of development, recommendations are to keep the runs shorter–about 3 miles a day. With the very high-energy Weimaraner, this seems like too little. It is easy to forget the caution when you are trying to achieve a tired Weim pup. In light of this dilemma, we always suggest swimming. The water retrieve is the best and the safest way to burn a lot of energy without causing harm to the developing joints.

Speaking of high impact exercise–things like playing the frisbee is equally hard on the young Weimaraner. Jumping and beating their feet on the pavement should be avoided. The dirt or grass path is much easier, but still, we feel it is wise to hold off on the pounding regime of a long distance runner until they for sure have those growth plates closed. Only an X-ray can determine if the growth plates are closed. So, for the longevity you want, please take to exercising the young Weimaraner with care. Also, we mentioned it earlier–make sure they grow slow. Feeding the large breed (rather than the regular puppy) food is vital to the hips and joints. That puppy chow stuff will fill them out like a butterball and cause them to grow even faster. Slow growth is preferred. Regardless, they grow to adult-looking before the six month birthday. It is shocking!

Rule of Thumb–about three miles should be fine from day one until about a year. From there on out, you have to kind of guess. No one can speak to your exact situation. Of course, the Weimaraner is capable of running more than a nine-minute mile. The biggest concern is the pounding of the pavement or whatever surface on which you run. It is the impact factor because the growth plates are at the end of the bones. Click Here to read a blog on this topic.

More From Kiley

17425926_10155017109079564_5112457838743378612_nPs. I wanted to pass along too how Henry excels at being an active and lazy dog. He loves his walks, loves being outside, but he doesn’t mind being lazy either. Last night I worked and Kevin was out of town, so Henry was in his kennel. I got home this morning, let him out, fed him, and then took him to bed with me this morning. He contently slept with me until 1:30. Exercising him is ideal, but on the days it doesn’t happen, he doesn’t get restless or destructive, he just goes with the flow.
Other than the above questions, Henry has done well with our few runs. He stays to the left, remains mostly focused on me and what is ahead, and doesn’t pull. Henry will be a fabulous running partner for me!!

 

More Comments from Shela and Cliff

 

We like to say the Weimaraner has two speeds–on and off. Wiggle your toe while watching TV and they might assume you are getting ready to do something and in turn fly off the sofa.

More than anything the Weimaraner is all about the relationship. If they want to please you and they respect you and you them, it is a beautiful thing. You are off to an awesome beginning. We wish you all the best on your journey.

Dharma

Sawry's Dharma_2417Dharma was a bit antsy in the car on the way home at first but soon settled right in.
When we got home we went right out for a walk with big brother Simian. Then in the house to check out the new digs.
At first, big brother was a bit stand-offish, but soon he let me cuddle by he and Papa on the couch.
I knew right from the start the little bowls are my bowls, but now I like to drink from the big dogs bowls. It only took me a week to figure out, I just need to stand on my hind legs to reach.
After only two meals I quickly learned my food is in the tall cabinet, so I sit by the cabinet when I’m hungry.
A few other things I am good at… I always go to the door when I have to potty, and it only took me 4 days at work with Papa to figure out the stairs. Next goal, I want to be able to get on the couch by myself*. I could get this soon because I practice as much as possible.
Had my first vet apt. today, and was a very good girl, now I’m napping.
More later  X🐾X🐾
🙂 Kari
PS: *This happened (one day later)! She made it on the couch today. She is determined!

Breeder Comment

Dharma’s brother (Simian) is also an OwyheeStar. It is so great to see them getting along and Miss Dharma making a quick adjustment into her new life. Thank you, we appreciate the informative and cute update. I am positive those who have a littermate appreciate hearing about her too!

2017 12th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

     ~ our hay field is growing

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The week was wet but today is showing glorious promise. The sun is here, and the 45 degrees vows to rise to a spring-worthy temperature. It might be teasing us a bit. Spring has its dance. Often we get lovely weather that causes the trees to bud out only to get a frost that nips at the buds–leaving us with less fruit than was expected. Beyond the rain, we saw a few interesting things–one being the Union Pacific blocking the crossing just east of our place. We cannot remember seeing them do this with two engines. I ran out and got a quick snapshot on the phone. We thought it was interesting that they parked two back-to-back engines and blocked the road. They use this entrance a lot for the equipment (pickup truck and other things rail-ready), but there is only one rail, so there is no way this would benefit a work crew. We will never know the purpose of the engine parking. Beyond the train parking, we had a lot of various birds come to our hay field this week. To mention a few of those we saw–8 turkeys, Wild Geese in various numbers, Doves, Pheasants–roosters and hens, blackbirds, and the seagulls.

Speaking of the unusual–we had snow again in the Pacific NW and the Treasure Valley. Mr. Winter has had a wicked design to wreak a lot of havoc this time around. First, he stole some of our fall weather, and now he encroaches on our much-anticipated Spring. Can we say enough? I think so!

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  This week our blog started with news of a not-Weim kind.  Nonetheless, this K-9 Rescue lives with an extreme Weimar family. They are a three-Weim family–a Blue, a traditional Gray Ghost and more recently a Blue Longhair. All three are males and get along well.

Sunday—March 26 — Not a Weim

Monday —March 27 — Bathtime

Tuesday —March 28 — Co-pilot

Wednesday —March 29 — A New Chapter

Thursday  —March 30 — OwyheeStar Foundations

Friday  — March 31 — Henry

On a very personal note

     ~The Utility Bath

Cliff continues to work on the utility bath. The work has to surround everything else happening here on the farm and with his Weimaraner training. Yesterday, we purchased some trim. We got home and put it above the tile, for a look-see. We both liked it. I would call that a win-win situation. The tile is about 4′ high on the utility bath walls–we didn’t purchase the more costly bullnose pieces for the top. Thus the trim was needed. We also bought a new faucet–found a deal. The one that came with the utility sink (which is not a high-end purchase, but it fits the pups perfectly) doesn’t work. I managed to use it, but the hose is too short, and it has some kind of water restriction. It will be good to have one that works better the next time I bath pups or do anything for that matter.

     ~ My Health

My heath crisis has been quite an ordeal. The whole thing loops back to the cancer treatment, and it has been far worse than that ordeal. You know some folks say the treatment is what sometimes kills you. For awhile I was concerned.

I still cough a lot. I am not contagious, but I am sure those hearing the cough think I am. I have to worry about everyone else’s cough and them infecting me. (It is laughable when you think about it. I sound horrid, and I am no risk to anyone, but a little flu bug or a cold could set me back in quick order.) We are careful. We don’t eat at buffets. If we get me out for a meal, the location is picked to avoid exposure. I don’t shop when the store is full and move through as quickly as possible. It gives me a new appreciation for so many that have lived in this mode much longer than us.

     ~ Acupuncture

I cannot explain it. There is no need to understand everything. The acupuncture seems to spark my immune system and help me make strides that I was unable to make without it. One might assume that it is merely a coincidence; however, it did the same thing after the cancer treatment. So, I am going to continue to take advantage of this opportunity through St. Luke’s Integrative Medicine. I do so appreciate all these folks who are so accommodating and caring. They make my life better.

     ~The Cyclamen

Cyclamen-6Before the breast cancer, I had a precancerous condition that required major surgery. I won’t go into details, but it was something I had always hoped to avoid. That was in June of 2012. Our good friend, Eleanor, brought me a cyclamen plant to the hospital. I expected to enjoy it there and be done with it. That seems to be what typically happens–the plant doesn’t live a long life. I did nothing extraordinary. This plant is in the original pot and soil. The roots have to be so compacted it makes me wonder how they can thrive. This plant has bloomed every day except a two-week period in 2014. I am somewhat concerned that there is only one blossom left and no sign of new budding. Maybe it has bloomed itself to death. Or, perhaps it is merely taking another vacation. If it doesn’t come back soon, I will try splitting the roots and repot it. I would so miss those blooms. Each one tickles my heart. They remind me of my faithful friend who gets the same kind of attention this plant receives–not much. Thank you for those who have shown their kindness and heard very little back from me. What can I say other than I appreciate you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Chapter

Brandi–not forgotten!

When we lost our beloved Weimaraner Brandi at the age of 14 1/2, we were filled with so much grief and sadness in our hearts.  Brandi was an awesome dog.  She was very much attached to us and tended to herself.  She did not go out of her way to really socialize with anyone else or other animals.  Don’t get us wrong, she was great with other dogs in her house, at the dog park, and on overnights at the free-range kennels.  But she had that Weimaraner “aloofness” that some people may know what we are talking about.

Then, Baili

Hughes_9231And then this happened… we got Baili last year from Owyheestar.  She is the sweetest, funniest, goofiest Weimaraner ever.  She has been so good with any and all other dogs, cats, goats, people, and whatever else comes her way.  She simply just loves every person and animal she meets.  She has no “aloofness” at all.  We had a cat for a while named Whiski and Baili was so sad when he started living at the neighbors house.  We couldn’t even say his name out loud or she would start to look for him and cry.  That’s when I knew she needed a baby sister Weim.  So I got a hold of Shela and Cliff to get our second Weimaraner from them! I knew we were on to something amazing with the way they breed and love these dogs.  Is it something with the long-haired genetics that gives them their causal demeanor and friendliness?

And Along Came Stella Blue

Hughes_9225We now have our new baby girl, Stella Blue!

Baili is so good with her and we couldn’t be more pleased with baby Stella.

Breeder Comment

A tragic loss as yours is all too often the reason we meet. Your previous experience will always be cherished; however, this is a new journey. Many things will be Weim-like. Some will be unique to these new relationships. Each day is a precious gift. Thank you for celebrating and sharing your joy with us and our audience.

Gus

The First Year

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Our first year with Gus has been eventful! He has the funniest personality and fits in perfectly with our little family.

We’ve definitely had our challenges but these boys are worth it! It was a slow go getting Otis to warm up to the idea of not being the only fur baby anymore but now he loves having a little brother (don’t tell him we told you that)! They’ve become so silly together and it’s hysterical how different they are. They really are the ying to each other’s yang.

 Fun Stuff

We’ve camped, we’ve hiked, we’ve snowshoed. We’ve ran at the beach, jumped through the tall grass, slept in tents, ate snow at the mountain and so much more! We keep in touch with some of our litter mates and sometimes we even get together for big play dates!

 Our Goofball Is

Gus is full of energy, curious about everything, and incredibly smart. He is always keeping us on our toes. He is currently 58 pounds of goofball and eats like every meal is his last. He is pretty petite in stature which only adds to the cuteness factor 🙂 We think he’ll be smaller than Otis (who just turned 5 by the way!!) and have no complaints about that!

We couldn’t thank you enough for another amazing weimy. They bring so much love and adventure into our lives.
We hope all is well with you, Cliff and the whole Owyheestar gang!
Much love,
Jason, Kim, Otis and Gus
 Breeder Comment

It is so great to hear from you folks. Incorporating the second Weimaraner into the family is always an adventure into uncharted territory. You cannot afford to assume that they will be like the first because each is unique. Approaching this journey with patience and letting it unfold is always the right approach. It ‘s nice to have two different personalities–especially if one feels they are in charge. You never want two vying for the top position. If one is content to follow the other and to be a co-conspirator, it is a good thing.

Two Weimaraner are a catalyst for the unknown. They can work together to open a gate latch. We used to watch a couple at work. The one would take the top latch and the other the bottom latch. If the gate came open, there was nowhere to go, but it was a game. We marveled at these and other plots over the years. To live with two is to understand the meeting of the Weimaraner intellect.

Two can become companions of the best kind–inseparable. They can burn energy off each other and then snuggle up on the sofa (if allowed). Typically, we recommend waiting for at least nine months to add a second puppy, rather than getting both at once–ideally 1.5 years to 3 years. The (adding of the second Weimaraner) timeline is a lengthy discussion we will save for another blog.