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Hi guys, just wanted to touch base. George had his NA (NAVHDA Natural Ability) test last weekend. He pointed 3 chukars during the field search (even grabbed one on the wing) and, taking after Stackhouse it sounds like, has turned into an enthusiastic and strong swimmer, but blew the tracking phase. He’s tracked dozens, maybe hundreds of birds this year so that was disappointing. I have my theories but it is what it is. only took home a Prize III and we were hoping for more but it’s just a trial and he’s already a proven field dog. I thought I’d send over some photos we got. I hope everything’s going well.
Richard and George
Earning any Prize is noteworthy. We always have to remind ourselves even though the Weimaraner has a steady skill set that on a given day any number of things can go awry. Everyone covets the Prize I and some folks travel from NAVHDA test to NAVHDA test to snag one. We don’t have that luxury.
The most important thing is the field performance. He is a young Weim with a solid set of skills. We are positive that competing in the NAVHDA event even though it didn’t net you the top prize helped cement the skill set even more. Thank you, for doing that and reporting back to us. Also, we love the photos you shared. Keep up the good work with George, and we wish you many years of success in the field.
It has been a long hard winter at OwyheeStar. Most of you know the snow was piled high and the remaining meltdown lasted until early March. The snow was not user-friendly–Cliff got some snowshoed which helped, but later it was nothing but a slick wet surface that was not conducive to travel. Therefore, exercise was limited.
Dusty had the best romp since late last fall a couple of days ago. He made a trip to the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary (the natural unfarmed corner of our property). Our Original Blue Boy also got a chance to swim in the pond. We didn’t capture photos, but he enjoyed the water.
Nose to Ground–there have been birds and other critters here.
At twelve-and-a-half years of age, he is still looking good. One never knows how long one of the extraordinary soul-buddies will remain with us. Each moment is precious. So many of you have Dusty in your pup’s lineage. We are positive you would like to see him doing well.
~No Matter How You Dress
We wish you a special blessing on this celebrated Sunday!
The photos were taken of Greta (OwyheeStar’s No Regrets) the week of Easter Sunday 2012. The lovely Gray Ghost wearing the bow tie is an OwyheeStar. His name is Miles (Livee X Blue).
When We Travel
We spend quite a lot of time in the car. My brother has things to do that takes him away quite often. I have quite a few toys–some I confiscate from the laundry, etc. “Woof!” You know what I mean. I was looking this VTech thing and thinking that those icons should be slightly larger to accommodate my nose bumps.
Chickens were tapping out music on the xylophone on Facebook. If they can do that surely, I could master this game. “Woof!”
~ The Russian First Blue Weimaraner
International Show Champion Title
Here are some photos of Gabriel taken in Russia–some when she was younger and the others are recent outdoor snapshots.
Gabriel’s owner sent a courier to bring her to Russia. We get quite a few International requests, but very few receive much consideration. There is a myriad of reasons we don’t seek these type of arrangements.
It is a lot of work to prepare for the International Transport of a pup. There are legal requirements that have to be met.
We will not export where the pup is traveling to a location that requires quarantine.
There are a lot of things that could go sideways; they are across the ocean from us.
- A health issue could arise–no one can guarantee a living creature will not develop one. Of course, it is our goal, but after so many years, we know it is impossible.
- The prized Weimaraner might not produce offspring.
- Anything could happen when this DNA pool is joined with their current DNA pool.
- The distance for the pup to travel and the obstacles are many. Even with a courier they arrive disillusioned and stressed.
- We live near Boise, ID–the west coast is a long way from most locations. Being near Boise complicates things. There are fewer direct flights, out of Boise. That means additional plane changes are required to get anywhere.
- The paperwork we acquired for the International flight is time sensitive. If anything stalled, it might have to be replaced.
- The cost is considerable. The workload for Cliff is an added burden.
We are very selective about to whom we share International breeding rights with for the above reasons plus others. We have limited time and resources. We are not Show Breeders. Igor wanted to bring the first Blue Weimaraner to Russia. That meant whatever happened it was going to draw attention. Dog politics are a thing. Over time, this has proven out well for Igor and those who have gotten Gabriel’s offspring; however, imagine if she would have failed to produce a litter? What if, she didn’t work out with his existing Stud Dog? Worse yet, if she failed to make a good showing, it would have been a lot of time and effort (and well as a huge chunk of change spent) for nothing. It is risky. We didn’t charge Igor more for Gabriel (even if we probably should have), but he had to pay all the expenses associated with getting ready to leave. They were substantial. He had to hire a courier because we would not ship using an International Broker Service. There are so many ways this could have gone badly, but it didn’t Gabriel (Livee X Blue) has made us proud. Thank you, Igor, for being a person of your word and doing great things with this Blue girl. We know it was not an easy task. It gets more complicated when you add the travel and the distance.
Sherlock In Southern California
We are buried in snow and ice; however, Sherlock waits for the rain to stop. He wants to go outside and play.
Put it on the Calendar
Got a new pop-up and chairs today- Willow, Juniper, Daisy and I are looking forward to the upcoming UKC dog shows in Tigard, Oregon! Willow is entered in Altered Champion and Juniper is entered in Novice Puppy, we can’t wait!
Molly and Jim
We would not have guessed the role Molly would have played in Jim’s life. From the beginning, it was a different one than was planned. Honestly, we had our concerns about Jim’s request for a high-spirited Weimaraner. Who can rain on a man’s dream? A retired senior training their first Weimaraner is something that is more than a bit concerning. Old skin tends to be thin and a scratch can lead to problems. These folks can look like they are in an abusive relationship–getting hooked on the shark baby’s teeth as we call them or catching a toenail is never a good thing.
Despite our concerns for Jim and whether he could keep up with the Weimaraner, they soon proved to us they could do it. Not long after Jim took Molly home he had a stroke. It was then that Molly began her career as Jim’s personal therapy dog. Many years later she is still keeping him alive. We received this note yesterday. Here in Jim’s words, he describes a recent life-saving act by the amazing Molly.
Hi Shela n Cliff,It has been a long time since I last wrote to you. Molly has evolved into a loving companion and my best friend. But sometimes she is a bundle of energy. On Sunday February 21, 2116, she was bounding at her normal speed of “hell bent for leather”. When she got to the bed n jumped up to receive her morning kisses n hugs from me. She freaked out, I was not responding to her usual wake up. By licking my face, or by her pushing me around on the bed. She then started to HOWL N CRY. Tim came into the bedroom to find out, what all the commotion was about. According to Tim, he could not rouse me either. He said that he tried to call my name n shake me to get me up. But he had no luck either. So he called the paramedics. They arrived at the house about 5-10 minutes later, or so Tim tells me. They also tried to rouse me, but no luck either. They then tested my blood sugars and found them at a very dangerous level. My blood sugar level was at a LOW of 20. Which meant that I was very close to death, as anyone with diabetes could be. Maybe, I was dead n they brought me back to life. I don’t really know. When I came awake with 5 five paramedics around me, with a flask of glucose going into my arm. They were preparing me to go to the hospital. They then started to ask me questions about where I was. What city did I live in. And where I was. When I got to the hospital the Drs. n nurses all said I was very lucky to be alive. They have only seen a few people that were alive, with the level of sugars like mine. I spent the next two days in the hospital, trying to get the sugars to remain at a normal level. They would go up n crash down until they reached a safe level.I OWE MY LIFE TO MOLLY. I thank Molly and God for saving my life. She gets more kisses n hugs from me then before.Since then I test my sugar level when I go to bed and if I wake up around 3 AM, I retest my sugars. I am so afraid that I will experiencethat event again. When Molly is around me when I test. I have to tell her that I am alright. If I fail to tell her she starts to bark at me. As if shewas telling me to test again and to tell her.I know that I have told you before how great Molly is n that I thank you again.Jim (Central Oregon)
Thank You, Molly
The amazing Molly continues her work on a daily basis. She is a self-taught therapy dog.