Category Archives: Dixie X Boone
Can you find the Weims in the pictures?
Push loves blueberries and & helps himself on occasion. The fence keeps the deer out but not a couple of wiley Weims! ZooBoo (aka Zula Blue) has also found that blueberries are a tasty treat. She has finally settled in and understands that this is her home. She got out of the fenced area yesterday and I almost panicked to find her gone. However, I called her and she came running from the area of the blueberry patch.
Thank you for such a great “golden age” girl.Marie
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
~Healthy and Smart
We wanted to give you a Dasher update. He is just shy of 11 months and he is one happy, healthy, smart pup! He’s not too hard on the eyes either. We have had two other Weims and Dobermans before Dash, but I can’t remember any of them being this intuitive. He figures things out faster than any other dog I have ever had, sometimes he’s too smart for his own good!
He is also super obedient. When out in the woods, he stays close to us on walks and when I let him run free he always comes back immediately on the first call, even if he’s playing with other dogs. Of course, this took some training but he picked it up at light speed. I can’t emphasize this enough. A couple of months ago I had put up sections of fencing to keep him out of certain areas of our backyard. One day I accidentally threw a toy in one of these areas only 3 ft from me, and this toy was visible on the other side of the fence. Dasher went to the fence and within a few seconds realized that he couldn’t get to it, even though it was right in front of him. He then paused, looked around, and then ran to the opposite corner of the yard where there was a missing panel I had just removed earlier that morning while gardening. He ran around the yard navigating through the fenced off areas to get to the toy, and this was no easy feat. He then retrieved it to show it to me. I was stunned. He was proud of himself for figuring it out. Seriously what dog does that? None that I have ever had in 50 years of dog ownership.
Thank you again for all of your love, effort, and hard work at OwyheeStar! Dasher is a special boy and proof that you are special breeders!!!
Dave & Audrey
Dave and Audrey–we so appreciate you thinking of us with this update. This week we got an inquiry from a less than cordial person. They picked apart what we do–I sent them packing asking they not write me back. Life is too short. Even though we know what we have going, their words were hurtful–but absurd. I am glad they will be someone else’s problem. And then along comes your update. Wow! Thank you, for that endorsement.
We know it is impossible to avoid every issue. I don’t care how much health testing you do–something is going to catch up with you. Anyone who breeds long enough will find out this truth. There is no escaping it. Regardless, having the same DNA pool for generations (in my way of thinking) is a huge advantage.
We are thrilled to hear how delighted you are with Dasher on every level. May he live long and bring you joy for all those years. Did I say that we meet the most incredible people through our Weims?
Now that spring seems to finally be here Loki and I are having all sorts of adventures. For the last month or so I’ve been working on introducing Loki to water. First, it was getting his toes wet, then the ankles, and so on. I’ve attached a video from this evening— we headed out to the lake after work. Needless to say, we’ve come a little ways from not getting our paws wet. You may notice the cord on the bumper— sometimes Loki needs to remember that the game is retrieving, not keep away, but the water work has seemed to really help this. Also great insurance in case he doesn’t go for it, so I don’t have to swim.
Other adventures include hide-and-go-seek at lunchtime on a trail system near my office. It’s a great game for anyone to play to help their pup remember to check in on hikes, but with Loki, in particular, we want to develop the idea that he can use his nose to find people. When we’re out on the trail, I wait until he gets just a little too far ahead of me, and I hide in the bushes next to the trail where I can still see him. He is quick to notice that I’m no longer in sight, so he runs back down the trail. He usually goes past me until he hits my scent (in the air), and then he usually works the scent cone back towards me. When he finds me, we enthusiastically play with his favorite toy.Another new thing is teaching Loki to pull me on my longboard. I keep it short and easy so as to not stress his joints, but it’s a great way to practice verbal directive commands. And to take the edge off the wiggles!Loki is also turning into quite a camping dog. Last week was his first tent camping adventure in Glacier National Park over Memorial Day weekend.The two pictures I’m sharing here show our work on the down-stay (he’s not tied in either). You can see the drool starting to come with the cheese! That’s what happens to those who attempt to counter surf. He got no cheese.
As always, we constantly incorporate sit-down-stay-heel-come into our daily routine. The heel is finally taking hold— at least 50% loose-leash on a flat collar, and his off-leash heel is almost better. The red harness he’s wearing in the picture is his working harness and includes a handle to help keep him safe on the chairlift. We are working on associating it with good listening and lots of fun search games.Anyway, I can’t believe he’s 6 months old already! It has gone so fast. ~ Erica
A Good Fit For Us
~Loves Her Routine/Gets Into Everything!
In Mesa, Arizona
The travels with Pushkin are going well. We arrived in Mesa yesterday morning. The photo is of a sunrise somewhere in Nevada. I am not sure where we were when I took it as we were driving from Susanville to Las Vegas. I do know that we had crossed the state line into Nevada.
I had to stop a little more often than I normally would to let Push exercise a bit but really no complaining on his part about the long ride. The picture of Pushkin was taken in my mother’s backyard in Mesa.I know that I have said this multiple times, but thanks for the wonderful companionMarie
Training for Avalanche Rescue
Loki and I have spent much of the last few months frolicking in the snow. We’re training for avalanche rescue which means at this point that we’re spending as much time as we can on the mountain. Loki loves schmoozing the skiers and boarders around the main lodge, and yesterday he had his first ride on my shoulders while I skied.
This weekend we’ll be riding the chairlift. It’s hard to say what Loki’s favorite thing is about the ski hill, but riding down in a gondola filled with ski patrollers has got to be near the top of the list. As we say on the hill, he’s a real little powderhound.
When we’re not on the mountain, I’m working on developing his toy drive with short little breaks of fun, fun play throughout the day. We’ve also started some simple tracking drills and hide-and-go-seek games.All the best, ~Erica