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Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Winter Warmness

In Malheur County, it is not uncommon to experience subzero temperatures in January, but this winter, we have unseasonably warm temps. There is no complaint, even though we do not appreciate the mud that prevalent around the farm. Cliff has improvised and drives the 4-wheeler to the sidewalk at the back door. I do so appreciate his efforts.

We see the deer less than we did, but the last couple of days, they have appeared again–and made their way closer to the old farmhouse. We love watching them. There are nine in all–sometimes we see them all, and others not..

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The Discovery and Placement Test happened on Monday as planned. This litter–well, they did a fantastic job and impressed us at every juncture.

They are delightful, loving, and engaging. Of course, this is Martee’s first litter–making the news ever so sweet. With the Discovery and Placement Test in the rearview mirror, we gather everything together for the exit, which happens next Saturday.

This Week On the Blog…

We hope you enjoyed the various posts this week–two that we have not heard from for awhile–Jameson and Zula Blue (a client’s Zula–not ours in the Golden Year Place with Marie and Pushkin).

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. 10 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Jan. 11 — Rogan

Tuesday – Jan. 12 — We Have A New Baby

Wednesday — Jan. 13 — Mesquite

Thursday –- Jan. 14 — Jameson

Friday — Jan. 15 — Zula Blue

On a very personal note

Cliff and I continue with the purge–eliminating and rehoming things. We have acquired a lot of stuff–basically, we were handed down everything from our parents. Cliff’s sister didn’t want anything. I was raised as an only child. Then, over the years, we entertained and whatnot–I have collected quite the assortment of serving pieces. Old habits die hard, and when you consider we have only moved once in the last 50 years (and that was next door), you can see how we were not forced to get rid of things.

I am thinking about the garden. Cliff has so many plans in the works for this spring–meanwhile, we continue the purge. That is the focus–and doing the usual stuff we do.

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Winter Wetness

In Malheur county and here at the old farmhouse, we have an Early Spring-like scenario. Yes, it is freezing, but warming up during the day. We have mud–a lot of mud. It is not the time to flee cabin-fever and go out the sagebrush-covered hills searching for the devilish Chukar. Even with four-wheel drive, the most skilled of drivers might find themselves stuck beyond all hope of getting out without assistance. Some are escaping to the upper country and exploiting the snow –snowmobiling and skiing, etc.

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Atti’s pups are ready for the Discovery and Placement Test–at least by all appearances. Christina had them out on the lawn–any more extended travel plan (around the farm) is out of the question. We are anxious to see how they perform come Monday. To us, they seem very advanced and undaunted by the unusual–an excellent scenario.

This Week On the Blog…

We hope you enjoyed the various posts this week–including the one featuring Cliff–The Man Behind OwyheeStar.

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. 3 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Jan. 4 — Bailey Blue

Tuesday – Jan. 5 — Bella

Wednesday — Jan. 6 —The Man Behind OwyheeStar

Thursday –- Jan. 7 — Bella, Again

Friday — Jan. 8 — Duke is Not the Newest

On a very personal note

There is not much to report–things are per usual. Cliff is still working cleaning his shop and eliminating things he figures he will never use. He is working on the Jeeps–no surprise. Of course, we celebrated Cliff’s 70th birthday modestly. I made a homemade gluten-free bundt cake that was deep with chocolate flavor and moist. I have to make an effort not to lose that recipe. And I must admit that for once, I followed the recipe exactly–the author warned that it was the best chocolate bundt cake ever, but you had to follow the steps exactly to get that outcome. (OMG). Fortunately, I had the ingredients essential and didn’t improvise.

COVID-19 is on a rampage, and we are staying in as much as possible. I have bought groceries through the curbside delivery–at least, it was better than sometimes in the past.

Ambrosia has been somewhat busy this week. There were cheesy crotons along with freeze-dried hamburgers, chicken fried steak, and liver. The latter is for our pregnant female Weimar gals. We have four more trays of the croutons and one tray of grated carrots–the carrots should be excellent for dropping into a homemade soup.

The Man Behind OwyheeStar

~ 70 Candles Who Needs the Oven?

I hope you get the joke–70 candles would bake a cake. Well, probably not, but it is a funny idea.

For as long as I can remember, Cliff and I have been raising pups–all our married life. My parents raised a few when I was growing up in the 50s–the world was very different back then. Patti Page was singing her hit tune, “How Much For That Doggy in the Window.”.

The man, the legend, and his expertise are essential to OwyheeStar. Since I field the inquiries, keep up with the social media, the blogging, the website posts, etc., people forget that this would be impossible without him.

And the reasons are many–he is a Weim Whisperer. How many times have Christina and I tried to get a Weimaraner to do something, and along comes Cliff, and boom–they just do what seemed impossible moments ago. He is the team’s technical expert–more than once, a pup has been born that didn’t seem viable. He would calmly take measures to breathe life into them, and they would live and thrive. I am constantly in awe of him–from the moment we first met until 50-plus years later.

Beyond breathing life into pups, he keeps all our equipment running, keeps up the farm, trains Weimaraners, and competes in the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) events. Recently he took two OwyheeStar Weims to an event (Martee and Hope)–both prized.

He consoles me when I am totally overrun or overwhelmed with my side of things. When he can, he helps clients who need assistance–but as you might guess, he is not sitting around waiting for a request. He has to fit these things in around his schedule.

Above, he is preparing for a puppy swim in the Nielsen Farm Pond. When the weather permits, pups swim before joining their families. This swim is a top-rated event. The pond is not the usual farm pond –we have to fill it for each puppy swim.

This blog doesn’t begin to cover all the things Cliff does to keep us going. Those things that allow us to raise the Weimaraner. It does give you some insight as to what goes on behind the scene. Thank you for helping me celebrate Cliff’s 70th Birthday. ~ Shela

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ A Geography Lesson

Map Compliments of Oregon —Travel Guide at Wikivoyage

Those of you who refer to Bend as Eastern Oregon, consider this–Ontario is 260 miles east of Bend. Jordan Valley (which is about 90 miles south of Ontario), is 267 miles from Bend. Now, put this in reference–

–Salem to Bend is 132 miles, Portland to Bend is 175 miles, and Corvallis to Bend is 128 miles

So, those in Malheur and Harney Counties (especially) disagree with anyone labeling Bend as part of Eastern Oregon. According to the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, Eastern Oregon includes only the following eight counties:  MorrowUmatillaUnionWallowaGrantBakerHarney, and Malheur. Some definitions of the region are more restrictive,[4] while others include the base eight counties listed above plus several adjacent counties. Harney County is the largest (at 10,133.16 sq. mi), but only has a little over 7,000 population. The second-largest county is Malheur (where Ontario is located) ( 9,887.52 sq. mi) with around 30,000 residents.

Another interesting fact for those living out of the area is that Ontario is located in the Mountain Time zone. OwyheeStar is located just slightly south of Ontario, which is also about 60 miles west of Boise, Idaho–and we are included as part of the Treasure Valley.

The Treasure Valley is located primarily in southwestern Idaho, where the PayetteBoiseWeiserMalheurOwyhee, and Burnt rivers drain into the Snake River. It includes all the lowland areas from Vale in rural eastern Oregon to Boise.

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As you know, every Saturday, we report on what is happening at OwyheeStar. We manage to keep busy–we have ideas and projects, plus training even when we do not have a litter of pups.

COVID-19 made us wonder if we would have a problem with placing the pups–but the opposite thing happened. Our pups were in demand, and people who had talked with us over the last few years but had decided to wait wrote to say they wanted to get the process going. We had somewhere around a thousand inquiries–I will let you imagine what that meant from our side of the fence. (Whew) Nonetheless, we were miraculously blessed with more pups than usual–mothers who we didn’t know if they could produce a litter or not–did. We made some new friends, reconnected with some longstanding friends, and helped many families add a Weimaraner.

Currently–Atti’s pups continue to do excellent, and Miss Atti is so connected with them. She is that kind of mother–the best kind. Sadly this is her final litter. It is Martee’s first litter–so, we get to see how his DNA swirls through our lineage. So far–we love what we see. Their coats are lovely–with a silvery glint to the blue. Of course, it will be some time until we learn more, but Martee is a happy, excited, crazy loving boy. We adore him!

This Week On the Blog…

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.

Sunday— Dec. 27 — After Christmas Cheer

Monday–- Dec. 28 — Nixon

Tuesday – Dec. 29 — Zelda

Wednesday — Dec. 30 —Oh, Henry

Thursday –- Dec. 31 — Stone

Friday — Jan. 1 — Willow

On a very personal note

It is the first Saturday of 2021–my new packages (pictured below) are labeled to reflect such. We most certainly join everyone that is seeking better days ahead. For all the bad things we faced in 2020, we had so many positive things. I mentioned quite a few a couple of days ago, and they included the birth of our first Great Grandson. He is nearly a year old, and we have hardly seen him–that is a sad reality, and of course, it is the same for the two Great Granddaughters. It must be hard for them to understand.

Cliff has finished second panty shelving–my Christmas present. He wants to get the trim done, but we need to order some pine. But for now, I am working on loading the shelves–and figuring out how we will keep it organized.

The last batch of apples is in the freeze-dryer. We even checked to see if the local Fujis were still available, but they were gone. Most likely, we will move to staple foods–vegetables, for one. We will have to figure this out–but the biggest surprise is that we prefer our freeze-dried hamburgers to any other. It is kind of crazy. I recently freeze-dried individual meatloaf servings. So, we will see if it transfers over the same for them.

COVID-19 is on a rampage in and around our county–despite what any of us want to believe or acknowledge. Therefore, I am picking up groceries curbside this morning–and hoping I get what I ordered. (Haha) We pray and hope for those stricken to recover quickly and completely–and for the rest of us to avoid exposure.

Hello From OwyheeStar


~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

December 26, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Snow arrived late on Christmas Day–only skiff. It felt as if we didn’t have a white Christmas, but seriously a white Christmas doesn’t make it Christmas. Many areas never see snow–they still have Christmas. We live in a place where we often get snow for the holidays– love it. Predictions are for more snow to arrive in the next day or so. We hope for safe travels knowing that many are on the roads to see family despite COVID.

We have spoken to several people in our age bracket who are hunkered down. The reasons are many–but it seemed essential. No one is happy about making this choice. Christmas 2020 is unique in so many ways. Meanwhile, Boise State Football Coach has taken the helm at Auburn–their colors are also blue and orange. It was a chance of a lifetime–we wish Brian Harsin and his family all the best–thank him for what he gave to Boise State. He was clear in the announcement that he would still do anything he can to help Boise State and stated once a Bronco, always a Bronco. The university finds the need to search for a new Athletic Director and a new head football coach. There may be more significant changes ahead.

Finally, they picked up our hay a couple of days ago. So–that was excellent. Our small herd of deer continue to frequent our property–we love watching them. There are usually eight–every once in a while, one or more are not with the herd.

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Atti’s pups are doing excellent, and Miss Atti is so engaged with them. We have had them outside some, and this week we will have them out in the elements more. It takes extra effort with winter weather–but it is equally essential to the process.

We thank everyone who updated us or remembered us with a photo of their OwyheeStar family member. Our hearts were warmed and filled with joy at seeing these posts and receiving the notes and your cards.

This Week On the Blog…

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.

Sunday— Dec. 20 — Postively Poised

Monday–- Dec. 21 — Dutch

Tuesday – Dec. 22 — That’s our Mr. Wilson

Wednesday — Dec. 23 —Happy Birthday, Luna

Thursday –- Dec. 24 — Nixon

Friday — Dec. 25 — Murphy

On a very personal note

Cliff is working on the second panty cupboard–my Christmas present. I got him a couple of small things–no gun this year, but not so long ago a couple of Jeeps, etc., so maybe he had an early Christmas. IDK We are simple with our gifts–there is no new car for birthdays, etc.
We mailed a few packages to the family (including some of the new biologicals)–three have not yet arrived. Two should come today, but Cousin Neil said the post office was a mess thanks to Trump has not yet gotten the parcel–it was one mailed early enough to arrive before Christmas. I guess the postal service heard him–Haha.

Cliff has been trying to get Christina’s Jeep fixed–I am not sure what the hold up is precisely, but it is never as simple as you think. And it is not like we don’t have the usual workload and other things breaking. The mere thought of it is overwhelming to me, who is challenged by the simple hose bib. (The truth)

Ambrosia is on a well-deserved break, but it needs to be short-lived. We still have a box of Fujis to freeze-dry. The greatest joy this Christmas was sharing with others — Pastor Doug was delighted, and a few others also blessed. We were not sure how everyone else would feel about Ambrosia’s goodies. This process retains more nutrients than traditional dehydrating–and with the candy, one-fourth of a piece of saltwater taffy poofs up the regular-sized jawbreaker candy–and the flavor pops (melts in your mouth). Cliff’s favorite freeze-dried candy is the tootsie rolls–they do not poof, though. They become like a delightful lozenge. Others favor the freeze-dry skittles, nougat, bit-o-honey, and caramel. Not every brand works equally well–some people also like gummy bears–we didn’t care for them.

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~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

December 19, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Snow arrived, and some still of it sticks around on the fields, lawns, and in piles here and there. More snow is slated–we will see what comes. When you go into town, the stores look busy–it seems almost normal for this time of year. People are out buying groceries and gifts. I hope they are supporting the small businesses –other than the pot shops and the liquor store, which are always busy. Here is Oregon; the Governor has extended the lockdown until March 3rd –we are all COVID weary, and cabin fever will surely hit hard after the holidays. Of course, many are escaping to take advantage of skiing, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities.

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We cleaned Weimaraner’s ears this week and found a few that needed treatment. In particular, Hormonal females seem to develop ear issues–but any flop-eared dog is more apt to have this problem. We have some preventative measures that work well, but even with them, on occasion, we get behind the curve. We are not popular when we bring out the supplies. (OMG)

Of course, Atti’s pups are our focus. Several things require attention each day–happily, Atti is an excellent mother and keeps her babies clean, fed, and whatnot. So, there is that –which makes our work easier. And at two weeks of age, the pups now have their eyes open.

This Week On the Blog…

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.

Sunday— Dec. 13 — New Collars

Monday–- Dec. 12 — Kobe

Tuesday – Dec. 15 — Melinda Shares

Wednesday — Dec. 16 —Martee

Thursday –- Dec. 17 — At the Window Together

Friday — Dec. 18 — When Mama Sweeps

On a very personal note

While most everyone I know has had Christmas decorating done since Thanksgiving or before, I just got a few things up yesterday. Every day I would think I was going to do something–and time would run out. There were more pressing things. (OMG) Finally, I got a few little Christmas touches up–including our faux trees.

Cliff and I are having the old fashioned type of Christmas that we love–homemade. If it is not homemade, then it is cash for Grandkids (what they prefer). Of course, if we bought cars, drones, electronic devices, etc., they would be readily accepted. (Haha)

We are mailing a few packages this year, no Christmas cards–but we have received several from family, businesses, and OwyheeStar clients. Some are extraordinary–featuring the OwyheeStar family member. Thank you for that.

Cliff has been trying to take a day here and there to get out to the hills. Fortunately, he has a new friend to do that with because his old associates have moved on. Sadly, in most cases, this was more than merely relocating. Their journey on earth came to an end. He has many memories and adventures –some of these include the kind of events known as bonding. You know when things went sideways. (OMG)

Ambrosia–has been busy. We have completed five trays of candy–four of which were filled with Raspberry taffy. Each piece of taffy must be cut into quarters–or at least thirds. Otherwise, they puff up so huge they stick to the upper shelf and make a mess. Plus, if not cut, they would be the size of a giant jawbreaker. We also did one tray of Skittles (AKA Unicorn Poop)–these are very popular among the younger crowd. Cliff’s favorite is tootsie rolls–we cut the mini tootsies in half, and they do not puff up. The texture is changed–it more like a chocolate drop.

Other than that, we (and Ambrosia) have been working on apples. We have done different varieties (Old fashioned Heritage, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and a few other misc.). We have a box of Fujis left to process–then we are done with apples. Some have been dipped in cinnamon and Truvia, others prepared in Red Hot Cinnamon Syrup, dusted with cinnamon, and more often than not just sliced and freeze-dried plain.

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~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

December 12, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

While snowing in the mountains (not all that far from here), we have only seen a little snow that didn’t stick around. The prediction is for snow this weekend. I peered out the dining window, but in the darkness, the glint coming back at me only looked like a skiff of snow–it was morning frost. I went to the front door and turned on the light to be sure. I am not opposed to snow if it melts off the roads. It never fails with slick roads –there are also related accidents. I think we can all agree that 2020 can leave without slide-offs, pile-ups, and road closures.

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Friday was ‘move to the puppy collar day .’Christina and I like trading out the original collars for these adjustable ones- it makes things easier. Before then, we use specially coated paper ID bands. After using many different methods to keep track of which pup is which, we landed on these bands. The problem with ribbons and embroidery thread is they can cut into the neck–puppies gain weight quickly. Even with close monitoring, it is shocking how quickly the neck grows. And there is the phenomenon that baffles us–when you are working on them (putting on new bands), they sometimes puff their neck out. Then it is easy to get the collar too large. The result–a foot can get caught, making their mobility a problem. That is equally not a good thing.

This Week On the Blog…

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.

Sunday— Dec. 6 — Tiny Faces

Monday–- Dec. 7 — Flo

Tuesday – Dec. 8 — River

Wednesday — Dec. 9 —Auggie

Thursday –- Dec. 10 — Knobby

Friday — Dec. 11 — Birthdays Happen

On a very personal note

You probably remember–I received a report from the doctor regarding the recent medical procedures. There was no sign of cancer or a pre-cancerous condition. Other concerns were also eliminated. I figured that meant we were done–but Thursday, I got a call that my doctor wanted to see me in person. They got me in on Friday–it kind of took my breath away after feeling that was the end of things. He wants to double-check one more thing, and he came up with a suggestion. He says he wants to monitor the situation–I could hardly believe he was that invested.

Cliff has been working on various repairs. That seems to be an ongoing situation. He had a broken pipe in one of the dog areas–so it was a significant thing to get fixed. Of course, he got the water cleared out and the line ready to repair just as we got the call that the doctor wanted me to come earlier than I was scheduled.

Ambrosia–has been busy. She is taking a rest this evening because her humans could not get more apples worked up and ready. We did unload her late this afternoon. Our new favorite is red hot cinnamon apple slices. (Oh yeah!) I probably love them more than Cliff. We will try to get some photos of the outcome soon.

Hello From OwyheeStar


~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

December 5, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

A few days of untimely record-setting cold happened last month, and then we had what some would call a bit of an Indian Summer. The weather here in the Treasure Valley has settled into a typical winter. We await news as to whether it will be a White Christmas or not. I think everyone is holding their breath and hoping for a bit of magic during the Holiday Season.

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We planned for a Winter litter, and they arrived just after the Fall 2020 pups departed. So, we are back at it. It is a smaller litter of five puppies–all smooth coats.

We also were finishing up the last litter business. Cliff got the information report to AKC, and hopefully, folks took the time to complete the transfer. More importantly, we hope everyone has registered their microchip.

This Week On the Blog…

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.

Sunday— Nov. 29 — One Photo

Monday–- Nov. 30 — Layna

Tuesday – Dec. 1 — Gemma

Wednesday — Dec. 2 —Deja

Thursday –- Dec. 3 — What Can I Say?

Friday — Dec. 4 — Maizie

On a very personal note

We spent the week trying to wrap of loose ends — as well as trying to catch our breath. Cliff is still working on the Jeeps–as time permits. He is trying to get the one we bought for Christina drivable sooner rather than later. Cliff brought home the Gator, and we could not be happier–there are three farm-only vehicles to use in various ways. Along with these projects, he is promising to work on shelving. I cannot be happier to hear the news.

In other news–I received a report from the doctor regarding the recent medical procedures. The results are encouraging and yet perplexing. Thank goodness the biopsies were not cancer. The issues (esophageal spasms and coughing spells) continue without knowing the cause. I continue to improve at a snail’s pace–but we cannot be sure what that means. Anyone who has spoken to me on the phone knows what I mean–it often flares up during a conversation, also when I eat, or if I work too hard. Goodness–getting older has nothing to do with this, right? It is craziness.

We took the opportunity to experiment with candy in Ambrosia–she turned out some lovely fluff. We also did a tray of tootsie rolls–Cliff’s favorite. This week I received two parcels –both containing the beautiful Weimaraner Mug that is available at some Fred Meyer stores. I would pick up another if it were possible–but I am not going into the crowds. I genuinely appreciate these Weimlovers who did this lovely thing for me.

Hello From OwyheeStar


~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

November 28, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Farmers, for the most part, have put their operations to bed; of course, if they have livestock, there is that. We had some snow arrive Wednesday morning–it seemed almost to speak of Christmas. Many who had been holding out, jumped onboard getting decorations up.

We had contact with many people through social medial who, like us–stayed home from the family Thanksgiving. Our kids already planned Christmas without us–a sad COVID reality. We feel as if we could take part; however, the underlying health risks are not worth it for us.

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This week it more of the same and other things like a bath and ear cleaning. We (Christina and Gran) are not so popular.

This Week On the Blog…

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.

Sunday— Nov. 22 — Face Make Me Happy

Monday–- Nov. 23 — First Snow

Tuesday – Nov. 24 — Loki and Erica

Wednesday — Nov. 25 —Indiana (part one)

Thursday –- Nov. 26 — Thanksgiving

Friday — Nov. 27 — Indiana (part two)

On a very personal note

On the horizon, we have some resident deer. Last evening the group became more brazen and bedded down in the alfalfa field near the sanctuary. The biggest concern is the train tracks–the Union Pacific’s mainline, but they stayed on our property, as you see.

We enjoy watching the deer, the birds of prey, and even Cliff’s Homing Pigeons when they fly by. Other critters wander by from time to time, such as a stealthy fox.

Cliff got the parts to repair the 1995 Jeep Cherokee that we bought for Christina to drive–the problem is the heater doesn’t work. But we bought a new heater core for it–and hopefully, that will fix the issue.

As we mentioned above–our Thanksgiving was a stay-at-home two-person one. Something we would have never imagined but felt was for the best. I had a medical procedure the day before, but I nevertheless could get us a reasonably decent meal–I would not call it my best. (Haha) We came home feeling positive, but we await the official report.

It is the last Saturday of November 2020–a couple of days, and we move on with December. We are all doing everything possible to create joy and the season’s magic. Cliff and I sincerely hope you are well, happy, and feeling much-loved.

Hello From OwyheeStar


~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

November 21, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Farmers are still working — most of the crops are harvested, but not everything. There is some preparation, and the loose ends to tie up before equipment can be stored away.

People are putting up outdoor lights in some locations–anything to bring a little joy. Grocery stores are overrun with shoppers preparing for Thanksgiving. People are still arguing about Oregon’s COVID mandate and the limits imposed. Not everyone plans to comply–not sure what that will mean. Cliff and I will be staying home for Thanksgiving–it makes us sad, but we may not join the family for Christmas either.

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This week it was the Discovery and Placement Test for Juniper’s current litter. We had to work on the lawn rather than going to the sanctuary. The mud and wetness precluded a trip to our usual location. Nonetheless, we got this accomplished despite the bitter, damp cold weather. The pups shivered along with us.

This Week On the Blog…

We began with the puppy photos on Sunday–I may have to start digging into the archives to keep this up. I should have plenty –that is my hope. We heard from Oscar, which has been silent for quite a while–more than a year or two. I am once again looking for additional blog material. It seems endless, but somehow we manage–thank you for your help.

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.

Sunday— Nov. 15 — Sunday Sunshine

Monday–- Nov. 16 — Oscar

Tuesday – Nov. 17 — Soaking Up Sunshine

Wednesday — Nov. 18 —Flo and Dazee

Thursday –- Nov. 19 — Earlier

Friday — Nov. 20 — A Tired Dog is a Good Dog

On a very personal note

Cliff and Jerry went out scouting and took what they needed in case they found some Chukars. They didn’t, but they found fresh air, fellowship, and much-needed time away. Bernie went along. She wasn’t too sure about getting into a stranger’s car–but once they were on the way, all was good.

For me–it was a week focused on my work. With the Discovery and Placement Test (as I mentioned above), it meant a lot of extra work to compile our findings and getting that information out to our clients. On a week such as this, I am often left scrambling to keep up with the basics. On the day I worked the longest, Cliff graciously brought home takeout. We have been doing that more lately–for months, we didn’t even consider it, but at some point, even I need relief in the kitchen. (Haha)

On the horizon, and I positive Cliff will shudder when he reads this, we have more shelving issues. The greenhouse needs work–soon. Ambrosia is on rest for a few hours–starting her back up today. And Cliff has his jerky making to manage, too. So–we have the usual things that keep us busy with the extras tucked in as possible. It is always pretty much the same. All is well, and we are happy to have the beautiful sunshine despite the bitter cold temperatures.