Category Archives: Previous Pup Update

The Early Stage

Our Maelee

~Enjoying Life

3062

She loves playtime with the kids, fetching & retrieving every day. Introduced her to the sheds, though we’ll wait a little longer due to height and she can still be a bit clumsy at times.

She is very smart & likes to test us (repetition is key); we’ve used hand signals along with voice commands throughout her training (helpful for hunting later on, we prefer this method over whistle training). Overall she is very loved, happy, healthy and has made her place in our hearts. We look forward to every new adventure, and with our very active family, she has much to look forward, too!

3116Training is going great! 1st time playing in the sand this week, too!

Breeder Comment

We love the photo documentation. Thanks for that! We love seeing she is working at the Versatile lifestyle thing–all terrain Weimar.

Reporting

From The East Coast

     ~Taun and Bacchus

Just wanted to give you an update on the two East Coast pups:
Taun is doing very well; we spend a lot of time hiking in the woods (and removing ticks). The other day we were walking down a back road and Taus suddenly froze and pointed toward the woods.  I figured he was letting me know that there were squirrels out in the woods and urged him on.  He refused to break point and turned to me and gave me this look that said,  “well … ? “   Then he turned back and gave a sudden short lunge towards the woods and up flew a grouse that had been sitting in the roadside leaf litter not more than 4 feet from me ….  He seems a much more accomplished hunter than I am.

 

Bacchus continues to incorporate himself into every aspect of our lives and Taun has really come around in the last week or so.  They play together a lot now.  I think Taun is trying to instill respect in him now in case he ends up bigger than him.

Killroy Bacchus
Bacchus is quite adapted to time in his crate.   We have one in our bedroom for night time and downstairs for the daytime so he doesn’t feel isolated.
Challenges at this time are really working on the Piranha syndrome; he always needs to be biting or mouthing something.
Laura is working on fetch and recall and he is doing really well unless something in the compost pile catches his eye.
He will still pee in the house at times despite us getting him outside very frequently but he’s pretty well got it.
He excels at untying my shoes from double knots.
All in all, Bacchus has been pretty easy.   He is quite smart and has a very loving demeanor.
Killroy Tug_of_war
Killroy DetenteLaura and I hope you are all doing well and we are looking forward to submitting our next application and deposit in the near future.
Best,  Jon and Laura Kilroy

Letter

From Asher

    ~ guess we found our niche

Hey Shela and Cliff, Asher here.  It has been awhile but I wanted to update you with a Paw-Awesome report.  My days are filled with many adventures from joy rides to the coffee shop, Farmers Markets, and any store that allow dogs.  Funny thing about coffee shops is a friendly hello bark gets me treats.  Seriously, that is all I have to do to get a treat.  Love it!  (Psst, if any other Weim’s are reading this—heads up Chick-fil-A does it too.)

Sniff, sniff, sniff…there is a game that my mom and I play it is called Nose Work.  She hides treats and I find them.  I know right—more treats—love this game!  However, my mom tells me that she created a nose detective monster.  Asher_ORTAs I built my confidence in sniffing it came time for the Odor Recognition Tests (ORT’S).   My mom questioned, if she was ready and if she should enter all three or just the one.   I told her, “Mom—we got this!”

Paw-Awesome isn’t it?!?  My mom and I make such a great team.  We passed all three odors birch, anise and clove.  She was so happy—I thought, “stop-it mom you’re embarrassing me” but don’t tell her. I was really jumping up and down inside!

And that is how it all began, mom and I trained for the next event our very first trial.  She was nervous because it was the first time she has done anything like this.  She said, “Okay God calm my butterflies and let Asher do what you created him to do!”  She whispered in my little ear, “Okay, handsome—you got this!  Let’s go have some fun!”

We had some fun all right.  My mom was so excited; I think I even saw tears in her eyes—Gesh, woman!  I tell ya!  Well, here it is, nine months of preparation of training and confidence building.  We received our first title in Detection Dog Class Novice.Asher_1st_Trial

Asher_whoMENow that is my superstar moment but let me tell ya—the game of Rally-Obedience not so much.  My trainer told me, ”My focus has been upgraded from a gnat to a small fly.”  I know right, “Are you talking about me?”

Well that is a quick Paw-Awesome report, we have some more trials coming up later in the year and working towards our first competition in Rally-Obedience.  A small fly—I’ll show them!  Keeping my eye on the prize!!Asher_focus

But first, I am going back to bed!Asher_Sleep

 

Love,

Asher Von Owyheestar, DDCN

Birthday

Celebrating 

   One Year!

Peck's Berkley_191814
Here she is, the big one year old, enjoying her birthday bone 🙂
Thanks for all you do, Cliff and Shela!
We love our spunky and affectionate girl!
Sincerely, Amanda

Breeder Comment

Wow! A year happens so quickly. To think of the tiny bundle –easy to hold in one hand at birth. It was not that long ago. Thank you, for all you have done with Berkley. People like you make all the time, effort, and expense worth it.

Home

With Indi

Loeffelholz Indi1Well, we finally made it back safe and sound to Minneapolis.  Indi was such a trooper on the 25+ hour drive home.  Admittedly, she did not want to be in her kennel at all when we got home – we figure that is the same as us not wanting to get into a car again!  Nevertheless, we have committed to getting her crate trained and while she has been protesting she eventually calms down and goes to sleep. We are also abiding by the “freedom is earned” motto! Having gone through this 3 years ago with Olli, we know that this is a marathon and not a sprint and there will be setbacks.

Meeting Olli

Loeffelholz Indi2Olli and Indi had a good initial meeting.  Olli was not that thrilled but at the same time he was curious and wanted to play.  Today, they were chasing each other around the yard and playing.  Olli loves to be chased and he finally has a sister that will do that!!! We were so happy to get a sneak preview of what this brother/sister duo can be together and we think that it is filled with great promise.
Thanks for all of the information, support, and check-ins!  As we have never had a female before, we appreciate your insights and advice.  From our perspective, we came back to you for a second dog because we trust your program and yours and Cliff‘s commitment to rewarding relationships.
All the best and we will be sure to keep you informed of their escapades!
Mary and Ralf

Breeder Comment

Thanks for keeping us in the loop for the journey–a lengthy one for sure. Olli probably is not totally amused you were gone. Then, you came home with Indi. (OMG) Of course, by now things are probably vastly different. Soon, he will forget his less than thrilled response. They will be the best of friends.

Living the Life

Mesquite

  ~ Can and Old Girl Learn New Tricks?

Mesquite on Point_0446You can see the Cottontail right in front of her. I think the rabbits enjoy her also.

Mesquite Morning Nap_0456

Mesquite snoozing after breakfast and her walk.

Mesquite shot-shell reloader_0475

My shot-shell reloader helper. I can’t get very far away from her. She is happy and doing well.

She can’t wait to get after the Quail every morning. I have to keep a good pace to stay up with her, she knows right where they hang out.

Breeder Comment

How could we ever thank you, folks, enough? Mesquite has the best possible everything.

Luna

Joined her family 

    ~ a few days ago

 

Dapp's Luna3Thank you guys for the followup emails as we get going with the new pup.

This is all great.  I got her chip registered this AM and she’s on the DN puppy food you recommend — the online Chewy.com shipping option looks nice for future reference. So thank you.
We also have a Vet appt next week and we’re so thankful for the clearly outlined vaccination protocol you recommend.  We’ll work with the vet to get this completed without the unnecessary workups.
She’s been a blast so far and kennel training has been a breeze.  What a joy to have around!
Thank again and we’ll be in touch.  -Michael and Michelle

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Michael and Michelle, for the lovely update. We appreciate the photos and your comments. We are glad this could work out for your summer schedule. Who knew? We didn’t until it just happened. (Haha). We cannot be more delighted that you love her and that you are enjoying the experience.

Freyja

Taking to the Water

Thought you’d like to see a short video. Freyja really loves the water. She’s on the right trying to take the stick away from Odin…lol. She’s a love!! Have a great day😊

36813542_10211241118215216_1565521167144452096_o

Jeremy with Freya and Odin

News

Breeder Comment

It is with a sad heart we tender this note regarding Jake’s passing. No matter how many years we are afforded it will never be enough. I think we can agree on that fact. It seems like yesterday he departed OwyheeStar for Washington State. Like so many Weims, we remember a few antics and the story of how he became a dogged retriever—after he initially was not interested in playing fetch. (Pun intended!) Then the news arrived. He would be relocating with his family to New Zealand. Our son had married a New Zealander. We had a fair idea of the distance from the Pacific NW to his new home. He had to endure the trip plus quarantine. We were so relieved he arrived safely and adjusted to his new life. Over the years we have exchanged a few notes back and forth. Thank you, for staying in touch. While we most certainly are sad to learn that he has passed over the rainbow bridge, we are happy to know he was much loved as well as a cherished family member.

 

Thirteen Years

 

    Jennifer Writes: 

Hi Shela – Jake passed this evening with us at home in Tauranga, New Zealand. I believe he was one of Storm’s puppies?? He was the most awesome dog ever and I’d just like to say thanks for more than 13 wonderful years–June 26, 2018

Breeder Note

Jake (Storm X Zeke)–Stormy had litters sired by three different sires over a period of a few years–Dusty, Zee, and Zeke. I don’t have to even look up the sire because Jake was born prior to Dusty and Zee Era. We have a little information on Zeke (including a couple of photos)–click here. Stormy was infamous–especially because she was our first Blue Weimaraner–click here!

Tikka

 Encounters

     ~Of the OwyheeStar Kind

Yesterday when we were paddle boarding we stoped along the river at rouge brewery to have lunch. While we were there a family stopped me to talk about the dogs (this happens all the time!) and it turns out that they also have two of your dogs! They live in(or near) Jackson hole & have two longhairs. They were very excited to see Luna because “she’s a legend ” ; Bill and I called her Luna the Legend the rest of the day 😂 We were with my son and his family and later (totally joking) Justin said to me “I wanted to tell that lady, ‘did you know she has actual kids too?!'”
It’s amazing the people we meet because of the girls!

Well, there was This!

Tikka’s first paddle boarding trip, she was a little nervous but by the end of the day she was getting the hang of it! Then there was Luna the pro

Breeder Comment

Click Here to read a previous story about Luna and SUP experience. Poor Tikka must live in Luna’s shadow. (Haha) Don’t fret Tikka–you are fabulous! Oh — Nancy, that family is no longer on Facebook. So, we rarely touch base back and forth. Thanks for mentioning them to us.