Category Archives: Atti X Stackhouse

Sassy Francis (part two)

She is SO energetic and if my last Weim was any indication, I don’t expect a slow down for several more years.  She is finally accepting crate time easier when I leave for work (I am lucky to work at home part of the time so her longest stretches are 5 hours), and at night she prefers my bedroom floor to the bed – though at some point early in the morning she usually hops up and lays at my feet.


Next on my agenda is to get her in for a swim test – there is a dock diving spot near me and for some reason, I think she will excel at it.  She is stubborn, smart as hell, an incredible athlete (you should see her jump!) and enjoys playing in sprinklers.


We fought over my blueberries, she loves when my plums fall on her side of the fence (fortunately the tree is in the front yard) and she is suddenly interested in my figs – I guess they must be ripening. 


She is a stunner and training her is keeping me on my toes.  She definitely tests me on a daily basis, but boy howdy – when they are getting it, and they look at you with trust and love there is not a whole lot better in life.  I love my Owyheestar girl. 

Breeder Comment

Many have written how their OwyheeStar pup has been their sanity during these crazy last few months. I love how you have continued to work and develop together –plan for the future. Oh, dock-diving would be so excellent. Have fun!

Sassy Francis (part one)

Franny the Kracken

Sassy Francis, Franny the Kracken, turns 9 months this week if my calendar is correct. (bd 12/30/19)


She has been with me 6 months and what a ride it has been.  First, there has been no end to the compliments – even from smooth coat Weim owners. The longhairs are unique and they seem to know it. 


In her first 6 months here, Franny has grown in so many ways – tall as can be, she is over 50 lbs now, but all legs.  Sometimes she moves like a dressage horse with a lovely angled trotting step. Often, that is followed by a completely graceless tumble from trying to stop quickly after a full run.  


I am so fortunate to have a maybe 4-acre field next to my house and many neighbors bring their dogs out almost every evening.  Humans stand apart and our regular entertainment is watching their antics.  Franny and friends, many of them are also young dogs, look for each other to wrestle and fetch and simply play chase. They welcome new dogs and are so fun to watch.

K Marie

Breeder Comment

Thank you, K Marie, for this lovely picture into your life together. I divided into a couple of blog posts–I hope you don’t mind. She has such a lovely life with you–so happy you adore her.

Julie’s Willow

This is a recent photo of Willow on her way to the vet to get cheatgrass removed from between her toes. We absolutely adore her and am very excited to add another OwyheeStar to our family. Thank you!

Breeder Comment

Hello, Julie–we are happy to see the photo of Willow–as well as to hear how much you love her. Sorry to hear about the cheatgrass–it is an evil menace waiting to happen. We are delighted to be working with you again.

Luna

Luna is an amazing girl, and a great addition to my life, and I ended up naming her luna. She’s definitely a handful but, she’s super sweet and great motivation to keep me active lol

I am also starting to think about getting a second pup for a good companion for luna. I’m curious about a blue long haired. How rare are they and how long of a wait for one?

Breeder Comment

We were so happy to get this update on Luna. We look forward to working with you in the not too distant future. Have a beautiful summer!

Bart’s Life

Most afternoons Dan & Bart nap.  Today’s photos are of Bart waking up from his nap.


Stay well! Dan, Polly & Bart

Breeder Comment

Who wouldn’t love to be Bart?

Franny

Franny is living her best life.  With work I have gotten creative with my hours and enlisted the help of a few friends with dogs, so that she can keep meeting friends, even if the humans have to remain separate.  Starting Thursday, a couple hours after I leave for work, one of my friends will be picking her up from her kennel at my house and taking her to her hobby farm.  Completely fenced, she will get to run, play with the other dog and meet some farm animals.  She lives better than me!  

We walk every day and other than flopping down when she loves a special spot of grass, she is doing great.  

This dog could not be sweeter.  She is confident but not aggressive, she already know several commands, and I don’t know if it is the NuVet, the food choice or both, but her waste is still firm.  I have never had any dog with as consistent belly as hers.  She is a bit bitey – but I am pretty sure she is teething her big girl teeth, so we are finding every possible thing for her to chew on that isn’t my arm, leg or the sneak attach to my butt!  
I hope you and Cliff are well.  I love reading your daily updates and I this pooch like crazy.  

Breeder Comment

We could not be happier to hear the news that you are getting along so well. Most Weimaraners lead extraordinary lives–often better than their human counterparts. Puppy biting is the bane of getting them raised. Click here to read Anne Taguchi’s article on managing the biting Weimar puppy. Mouthing is also about ownership, and one way the Weimaraner controls their human–think on that a bit. It is charming, but you might want to rethink allowing that behavior if it becomes a thing as she grows out of the puppy biting–shark baby stage. 

The food and supplements we suggest have worked well across the board for so many Weimaraners. It is the truth that no one food is perfect for every dog, but our pups have loved the food, and they consider the supplement yummy. I love the powdered supplement–just my preference. Together, this mix seems to help the immune system and keep the stools better. Weims can have such a finicky tummy–so glad to hear Franny is doing excellent.

Social Distancing

~On the Oregon Coast

Bart practicing social distancing on the Oregon coast, he’s not a big fan of not seeing his friends. He spends his day on the couch, playing on the beach, lying the deck (he looks like Stackhouse) or getting wet/dirty. Everything is very slow here. We live in a tourist town and it’s deserted. Hope this finds You, Cliff and the Weims safe and sound.

Stay Healthy–Dan, Polly & Bart

Breeder Comment

It is excellent to see Bart in the fresh air and enjoy the coastal area. I should say, mountain tourist locations here find it very difficult–people have escaped the city and flooded those areas. So, it is a very different situation.

Baby’s First Week

Oh babies!  LOL  They are the cutest thing in the world and a reminder that everything has to be explored and possibly tasted.  I clearly had forgotten this stage: we are making 20 trips outside a day, praising every outside potty, and the only accidents have been me not getting her downstairs fast enough in the morning and twice in her kennel when i was at work.  Can’t take my eyes off her in the house.  Oops, move that cord.  Oh, better put those books up higher.  What’s in your mouth?  She loves the bark chips that surround her new kingdom, it is loaded with baby size sticks.  


She has met her first new friend, played chase, found toys to last a lifetime (some new, some hand-me-downs), gone on a couple short walks, and loves just surveying the yard. Her Whistle device that tracks her movements and also has full GPS tracking should she ever get loose (not likely by any stretch!) is now on a smaller collar and her little walking harness should last several months.  She is about 17 lbs of almost pure love – i think a couple of those pounds are razor blade crocodile teeth!! 


We are following Cliff’s suggestions to the tee and she is eating three times a day.  She loves the puppy food.  NuVet supplements, check.  She is starting to respond to her name, but not consistently.  She likes going upstairs, but I have yet to entice her to come down on her own.  I have some friends nearby with an aging dog and a one year old that might take Franny one day a week while I am at work – one of the adults in the house is retired and home all day.  


So – the updates from our first few days are great.  I will probably be exhausted before we leave potty training stage, but it goes by fast enough, i will miss this little snuggle face as she gets bigger.  🙂
If you want to use for the blog – feel free – edit as you like.  I mostly wanted to let you know all is well out here in Hillsboro!! I am thinking about the whole naming thing now.  Not sure yet what I want her to be “officially”. 

I hope you are well.  K Marie and Franny

Breeder Comment

We are happy that you could bring her home–we had the Longhairs that were not yet promised. She is a lovely girl–but a baby as you say. Thanks for the update.

Bart and Dad

~Training (Yachats River Road)

Bart and Dan

Bart in his 2nd session of training.  He is off leash in an open field up Yachats River Rd.  It was a big deal for us to have him off leash and he did really well–it gives us confidence. We had another first when Bart jumped into the SUV by himself, finally.

Bart was very compliant because he did not like having Dan out of reach or sight.  I am glad we shared the moment with you expressing how grateful were are about you making it possible to have Bart in our lives.  These guys get under your skin–well, sometimes the deep sentiments surprise me.  But again thank you for everything –we adore him.

Bart, he is a pisser! Full of piss and vinegar….brimming with energy and the next moment is never known.  We have compared him to having a chimpanzee.  Smart, manipulative, out spoken, clownish, bossy, snuggly and absolutely delightful!

Love, Polly

Breeder Comment

Nothing makes us happier than hearing about the OwyheeStar Weimaraner–especially in endearing terms. Polly–quite possibly Bart was a bit easier to get going than a lot of Weims. We had worked with him more because we didn’t have a placement for him. But, along came you folks–it seemed like a good fit. We knew he would be challenging–after all, we are talking the Weimaraner. And, this was your first. (Haha)

Thank you for always thinking of us and for doing great things with Bart. You rock!

Bart

~ A pleasant Surprise

Dan took Bart to have his nails trimmed yesterday and we expected it to be traumatic for everyone because Bart can be hinky about his paws sometimes.  3 minutes later the technician emerged with Bart and Dan was shocked.  Bart offered up his paws and was praised for how good he was.  What a pleasant surprise!  He weighs 58 pounds and he continues to grow like a weed.  We had a beautiful sunny walk this morning.

Dan & Polly

Breeder Comment

We cannot believe you said Bart could be hinky–Haha. (Just kidding.) Well, it is excellent news that he rocked the nail trim–good for you keeping those nails in good shape. Timely nail trimming is always a smart approach–and can help avoid split nails as well as the need for a painful trim to shorten them.