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Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

September 26, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

In Treasure Valley, we have fall weather–farmers are still working although many of the fields are emptied and prepared for the winter. We still have our beautiful alfalfa.

As you can see, our sky is somewhat gray–although a bit of rain arrived last evening. Possibly this will clear out some of the hazy smoke that has settled in the valley.

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The pups have our attention–and from here on out until they leave, we will be extraordinarily busy with them. Here are two of SnowAngel’s pups–a Longhair and a smooth coat. They are two weeks old but look at the difference in size. We have one tiny pup–call it a runt if you want, but he is healthy and thriving by all appearances.

For those wondering, the little guy is already promised. The only thing we have left is one Longhair–and we are positive she will be promised soon. (Haha)

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— Sept. 13 — Puppy Faces

Monday–- Sept. 14 — Availability

Tuesday – Sept. 15 — Coop and Levi

Wednesday — Sept. 16 — Availability (part two)

Thursday –- Sept. 17 — Sassy Francis

Friday — Sept. 18 — Sassy Francis (part two)

On a very personal note

Cliff and I have been doing some food preservation–more than we have done for the last few years. As you know, we have the Freeze Dryer. That is an entirely new adventure–we are enjoying it a lot. Our shelves are too sparse, but we are making progress.

We have freeze-dried watermelon, mandarin oranges, mango, and cantaloupe–and let’s not forget the candy. Tootsie rolls are Cliff’s favorite. I love the new pantry shelves–they are sturdy, functional, and nice-looking.

Otherwise, what little time Cliff has remaining finds him in the constant battle with goat heads (puncture weeds). It only takes a moment, and you have a crop coming–if only farming were that easy.

Availability

~Part Two

Monday, we discussed OwyheeStar puppy availability and how 2020 was puppy inquiries on steroids. For Cliff’s well-being, it was a good thing. He mated a couple of extra girls because he was positive two were not going to produce anything –he guessed wrong. They all did whelp a litter, but even so, we didn’t have enough pups to make everyone happy. Nonetheless, we got it done even though the Spring workload was a killer. (Haha)

Three Longhairs

The uncertainties we discussed on Monday are always a reality. We use our Waitlist to decide what we need–but even so, there are many factors we cannot control. Nonetheless, you cannot get a Blue pup without one of the parents being a Blue.

Our Longhair folks tend to be fewer, and sometimes less outcome-driven. What does that mean? It means we mate to get the pups they are waiting for only to discover (when the puppies arrive), the Waitlist folks are not ready. Or they are unable to move ahead for any number of reasons. Such is the case once again–we have three beautiful Gray Longhairs not yet promised.

We hope to get another litter between now and December–all smooth coats. By now, you realize I don’t count the puppies until we see them arrive.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

September 19, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Temperatures have dropped, some places more than others. Overall the Treasure Valley has remained well above freezing, with 80ish type temperatures. We are still watering our alfalfa and expect a fourth cutting.

The fires continue to burn west and north of us–and the smoke settles in the valley as per usual when fires are burning. Even California shares their smoke with us–but even so, the air quality has never gotten as bad as it was recently in Western Oregon where it was globally the worst. (OMG)

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Their eyes are open, and they are getting a lot more active. The Fluffies (or we ought to call them Longhairs) are clearly evident and easily distinguishable.

Not long ago these pups looked identical.

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— Sept. 6 — Puppy Faces

Monday–- Sept. 7 — Porsche

Tuesday – Sept. 8 — Miranda

Wednesday — Sept. 9 — Rocky

Thursday –- Sept. 10 — From Jan Magnuson

Friday — Sept. 11 — Murphy

On a very personal note

We have been busier than expected since that Freeze Dryer arrived. We are scrambling to save as much garden produce as possible. We also bought an enormous Hermiston Melon to cut up and freeze dry. A lot of people love watermelon and cantaloupe freeze-dried–it is a healthier candy-like sweet treat. I was surprised at how long it took to prep the watermelon. (OMG)

I also got the new pressure canner running–it is a small canner that does either four pints or quarts. So far–I have only done pints (a dozen last evening–pasta sauce with meat). Next, I plan on canning chili. At first, I was reluctant when I realized that the loads were small, but the cooling down process is quick by comparison. The pasta sauce pints take an hour to process, but even so, I could get a dozen pints completed between 4 and 9 PM. (Not bad at all.)

Cliff has been working on the trim and repairing his irrigation pump (again). He has another door nearly finished for the hallway coat closet. We have been living open ever since we moved in. (Haha) I will try to get photos next time. Otherwise, his CT scan came back clear–what a relief. My annual health visit wasn’t as stellar as I would like. I am being sent for additional testing–most of which is expected at my age. Not to worry–for the most part, we are talking about follow up testing to ensure I am clear of cancer.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

September 12, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

I was born in Oregon, and for the most part, I have always lived in Oregon. For a few months, we lived on the Idaho side because, in 1956, there was no single desk left in a classroom when we arrived in Ontario. My parents enrolled me in the first grade in Fruitland. My parents toyed with the idea of moving to Denver before they settled here in Ontario. Oregon is in my heart and soul–and I am beyond sad to see what is happening to our beautiful state. Cliff was born a few miles from where we live, and he has never lived anywhere but in Oregon.

The fires have decimated our forests and burned small communities. I was beyond sad to see that Blue River and Vida were gutted–my earliest memories were there–and along the MacKenzie River. Please pray for all the displaced people–those who have lost everything. And as if COVID 19 and the Rioting has not caused enough issues, now entire communities are being burned. Let’s remember the firefighters who are bravely fighting against overwhelming odds.

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Henrietta’s babies are two weeks old, and most of them have their eyes open. I think you can agree that it is impressive how much the pups have changed in no time.

The photo on the left was taken of the same pup a week earlier.

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— Sept. 6 — Julie’s Willow

Monday–- Sept. 7 — The Beloved Mesquite

Tuesday – Sept. 8 — Nicki and Annie (part one)

Wednesday — Sept. 9 — Mr. Wilson

Thursday –- Sept. 10 — Nicki and Annie (part two)

Friday — Sept. 11 — Porsche Happily Groomed

On a very personal note

Last week you probably remember Cliff was working on the middle pantry cupboard. He got the trim up and the bi-fold door installed. Then he installed a pocket door across the way into our whelping area. It is all quite useful and lovely.

Beyond that, he has got Ambrosia, our new Freeze Dryer, up and running. We will start the first proper run today–so far, so good. Honestly, there is no way I could have gotten it up and running. It takes a bit of knack and mechanical ability. (OMG) The door had to be more than adjusted–but he got it right. If you don’t get it fitted correctly, it will not pull a vacuum–not run. Also, the plexiglass door, in some cases, has shattered or crazed from the adjustments. We got it done. Here are the photos of her much-celebrated arrival (after the 11.5-week wait).

This nice man said he had recently delivered two united to Payette and one to Weiser. Our unit arrived in excellent shape–unlike some people who have had freight damage.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

September 5, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Last Friday, they arrived to cut our hay–and a couple of days ago, it was raked and baled. Cliff said that we got another 59 bales, which joined the previous 190 (4′ X 4′ X 3) large bales. We expect to get another cutting. Now, we hope it will be worth something. Of course, our fabulous hay guy takes care of all that for us. We do so appreciate it, too.

The onions across the road are mostly harvested. Wow–they are gorgeous colossal onions. Cliff picked up one on the road–it was quite lovely. I keep thinking I should get across the road and grab a couple of onions. I have not yet done that.

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Last week I mentioned that Henri whelped a fall 2020 litter–and the pups and their humans are our current focus. If you click on the link, it will take you to see their one-week photos.

It is Henri’s first ever litter –Manfred sired the litter, and I am waiting for fresh photos of him. Time flies by and sometimes we don’t get everything done the way we hope.

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— August 30 — Henry’s First Baby

Monday–- August 31 — At Lake Roosevelt

Tuesday – Sept. 1 — A Boy and His Dog

Wednesday — Sept. 2 — Willie

Thursday –- Sept. 3 — Addie

Friday — Sept. 4 — Dixie

On a very personal note

Last Saturday I was talking about the new pantry shelves. We were pleased with them, but our son who is the pro informed us we needed to add strength to the front edge of each shelf. (OMG) The photo on the left is the new and improved version. There are two short shelves at the top that do not show, but one of the two is nearly filled with pickles, mustard, and pepper jelly.

As you can see, I have canned 61 pints of peaches, and made bread and butter pickles this week. We were fortunate that we only had to move two shelves to make the upgrade. Cliff has purchased the trim and the pantry door. So, that is in the works.

Our new furniture arrived, and as some of you know we have a very long narrow configuration. So, it was tricky finding something that worked. We are very happy —and Mr. Moosie agreed with the seating.

Stackhouse was not so amused that his bed moved–we think it is a much better location. (Haha) On another note, Cliff is busy preparing for the late fall hunt test as well as irrigating, and repairing things. We always have things that need to be fixed.

Henri’s First Baby

Here is Henrietta a few days before she whelped with Christina. I loved both their smiles in this photo.

And two days ago, this happened. I wanted to share the snapshots we took of the firstborn puppy–not long after this little boy arrived. It is always a challenge to get photos of these tiny Weimar pups. They typically don’t cooperate.

Christina and I mostly whelped the pups. Cliff had other business going. At one point, Christina was tending to some of Cliff’s chores for him–and while she was out, for about an hour, we have five pups born. (Whew)

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

August 29, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Yesterday, they arrived to cut our hay. I love watching the process. It is incredible how fast they travel across the field. (Boom–and it is cut.) We only have about 25 acres of hay. So, far we have 190 (4′ X 4′ X 3) large bales. I love watching the stack grow–now, if they are worth something, it will be even better.

Otherwise, the harvest continues–onions, wheat, potatoes, beans, etc. Later the sugar beets will join the fun.

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No sooner had the summer pups left, than Henri whelped a fall 2020 litter.

It is Henri’s first ever litter and well, who could have guessed that she would produce ten puppies. Manfred sired the litter, and this means some of these pups will be Longhairs. Above is the firstborn pup within a couple of hours of his arrival. Isn’t he adorable?

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— August 23 — Ollie

Monday–- August 24 — Frida and Clover

Tuesday – August 25 — Earl Grey

Wednesday — August 26 — Porsche

Thursday –- August 27 — Luke

Friday — August 28 — Sasha

On a very personal note

Cliff put in the new shelves for our food storage pantry. We had shelves in there, but we used what material we had available when we moved in. The previous shelving was not as deep, not as study as these–no bend in the shelving here despite the shelf’s weight. We still need to install the trim and the door, but I am ever so happy to have this area upgraded.

The tomatoes we bought for making sauce came from the Malheur Nursery located near Cairo Jct. South of Ontario on the highway toward Vale. The variety she sold me was called Bobcat–and as you can see, they were quite lovely. There are 61 pints of homemade pasta sauce on the new shelves. It is a start.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

August 22, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

The onion harvest continues — Bringing the dust filling the air along with the smoke from California and area fires which has filtered and settled in the valley. It makes for some beautiful sunsets, but the air quality is a killer. Farmers are also burning off some of their fields. (Whew–makes it hard to breathe). Let’s remember to pray for those who are being evacuated and the firefighter’s safety.

It won’t be long and our hay guy will be here to cut the alfalfa, again. With fields emptying all around us, the hayfield green is extra welcome.

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The puppy exit is our focus–and Bernie’s last litter are joining their new forever families. It is a happy-sad moment. We love having Bernie pups, but she deserves to live out her life doing whatever we can offer. She is a favorite for Cliff to take hunting–so there is that in her future.

Jacob and Christina washed the pups, and one by one, the puppies got ready to make the big leap of faith to their new people (Haha) The reality is they don’t miss us but for a moment.

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— August 16 — It’s a Weimar Thing

Monday–- August 17 — Susse

Tuesday – August 18— Sophia

Wednesday — August 20 — Do You Want A Water Dog?

Thursday –- August 21 — Kenai

Friday — August 22 — Nixon

On a very personal note

The garden is doing great. While we were away on Thursday, Ashley and the girls dropped by to pick up some cucumbers and zucchini. Last year’s gardening girls went wild when they caught sight of the garden. (Haha) They are planning on returning one day this week for lunch and to pick the garden produce–we look forward to seeing them.

We were in Unity on Friday. As things worked out, we were able to visit a longtime friend (Patty). I joked when Cliff snapped this photo that we had not changed since grade school–of course, there has been quite a lot along the way to the here and now.

Funny thing–I was carrying around two coffee cups–I look like I am a caffeine addict.

I had plenty to smile about beyond the chat and coffee–Patty send us home with a bag of apples and some fresh eggs. What a blessing!

Do You Want A Water Dog?

~We Imprint Our Weimaraner Pups Whenever Possible.

Although it is our practice to swim pups when possible–meaning the weather allows us to do so, it doesn’t guarantee your pup will be a natural swimmer. Nevertheless, we believe the puppy swim imprints the idea into their mind and spirit, but it often requires work to get an adult to swim. It may also require knack, patience, and a bit of savvy. Cliff suggests that you achieve two things that will help you facilitate the water retrieve.

  1. The Love of the Retrieve
  2. A reliable recall–where they bring the tossed bumper or toy back to you–and come when called without delay.

If you do these two things, you will have greater success across the board–obedience, compliance, and a happy, well-adjusted Weimaraner.

It’s a Weimar Thing

~ Here is Sophia

I don’t know how this is comfortable, but it’s her favorite position!  Below is her when she was much younger–same sort of pose. Some things do not change.

Breeder Comment

We love seeing all the crazy positions the Weimaraner takes–I think most everyone can relate.