Category Archives: Gracie X Dusty
~The Much Loved Duke
Friday, April 5th –It is with a heavy broken heart I wanted to let you know we lost Duke (Dusty x Gracie) last night. I knew this day would come but are we ever ready to lose part of our heart and soul?? Foster came home from school to bloody urine and diarrhea. Duke has turned 13 January 2nd and I couldn’t see him suffer. I had a vet come to the house so he could die peacefully on his couch.
It has been a rough couple of days. The news of Duke’s passing came less than twenty-four hours before Dusty’s departure. We appreciate how much he was loved. Thank you, for the beautiful life your family gave him.
Slater is Incredible
~We are Considering adding a Longhair
I purchased a puppy from you many years ago–he is getting up there in age. Slater has been a wonderful blessing in our home he was born 12/27/07 from Gracie….boy does he love our kids. He is the love of our life! We hope you enjoy the photos we included.
Oh, we think we are going to need to get another OwyheeStar pup from you folks. This time we were considering a Longhaired boy. How soon would we need to fill out an application in order to purchase another puppy? We think our timeline would be sometime next year might be a good time to add a puppy to our family.
It has been quite a while since we last heard from you. What a pleasant surprise to receive your note. The last update you sent you shared a lot of photos of him with the kids and talked about him being a Versatile all-around Weimaraner, too.
To answer your questions —
- How Soon Do We Need to Fill out the Application? There is no simple answer. The application is considered good for about a year. Information can time out–things change within the household, your life, and sometimes even where you live. So, then I need to ask for an updated application. This process also refreshes things in my mind and heart–oh, and my memory. Balance that with the fact that names go on the list in the order we receive a Wait List Deposit after the Application has been reviewed/or reproved. In your situation, the application is more of a formality, but nevertheless essential. There are other facts — none of which we can ever predict.
- We Think our Timeline would be sometime next year — The Longhairs often take us a bit more time to get. This may well change in the future because we acquired a new Longhair Stud –Manfred (but he is not old enough to use just yet). We have folks waiting for a Longhair. We are trying to get a litter of Longhairs. We have to wait until we have the right female in season. It would be complicated to try to explain all the ins-and-outs of the making of a litter. It is even more so with our Longhairs. We do not breed back to the same lineage. There is a lot of careful planning required, and then, as I said, we have to have a female ‘in heat’ to be able to do the mating. Every mating doesn’t result in a litter–when it does, we cannot predict the number of pups born, their sex, the coat color, and sometimes the coat length. We frequently send off for expedited DNA testing on the mixed litter to ensure we are accurate in saying how many Longhairs are within the litter.
We look forward to working with you again. We cannot be happier to know that Slater is well and much-loved. Thanks ever so much!
All The Details
Diesel had his first camping trip this last weekend. What a trooper! Diesel had a German shepherd puppy to play with along a few other dogs.
Diesel stayed close to camp and when he got tired went to the tent to nap or found a sunny spot to stretch out.
We hiked up to some lakes on Saturday and Diesel did amazing! Puppy power to the fullest!
I did let my friends daughter take Diesel to her tent Saturday night since a queen air mattress with myself, Foster, and Duke is pretty full. Apparently, Diesel woke up and started whining so she had to bring him home and she said as soon as he got to our tent his little tail went to wagging, he came in and plopped down between Duke and Foster so I had to move my sleeping position lol!
On a sadder note, this will be Duke’s last hiking trip, It is just too hard on him. He can go camping next year but the hike is just too much for him, I won’t put him through that again.
It was a great weekend and excited to see how Diesel does next year-I am sure he will be thankful not to get high centered on logs 🙂
This is at the trailhead of the hike up the mountain, I take a picture of Foster there every year, it will be fun to compare these and next years.
Cliff and I are glad this could work out for you–that we got a hunt-potential blue male pup in time for Foster to have the summer to spend some time with him. Thank you–for all the extra effort you put into making this work Sheila. You are an awesome Mom and a great Weimaraner person.
A Boy and his Weim
Foster is so smitten with Diesel! Foster wants to be Diesel’ s world!
I am just so excited for Foster and so pleased with Duke’s reaction-he is a good boy 🐾❤🐾
Duke is the original OwyheeStar (a Blue Weimaraner) that has been a part of the family since Foster was young. He has done everything –hunted, slept with, and hung out with Foster for a goodly number of years. It was a concern bringing home a new baby; however, Sheila reports that Duke is doing well. Last night they both slept with Foster.
Stella has been swimming since March this year–she learned to swim a few summers ago really well, and we can’t keep her out of the water–even when we think it’s freezing that early! She’ll swim for hours (3 or more sometimes :)), and then when we go home she passes out…lol. She still loves her healthy food, has her fun little quirks, and definitely keep us busy 🙂 She still gets plenty of attention when we’re out and about too…people love her! Can you believe she is right at five years old?
Breeder’s Note: Once the Weimaraner gets the idea to swim, they love the water. If they get the notion that they are not going to swim, then there is some work to do. The person who works with them must coax them in the right manner to break the barrier. Cliff has great success with his water-training, but he relies on getting them to be a solid retriever first. Then it is all about, consistency, the right location, and patience.
Just wanted to send you an update about Stella, as well as us! Stella is almost 4 1/2, and still the love of our lives 🙂 She is also going to be a big sister here in August, as Kenny and I are expecting a little boy or girl in late August! We both know that she is going to love “her” baby, as she is so amazing with kids, and with babies in particular…she just loves them.
Stella has been swimming since March this year…she learned to swim a few summers ago really well, and we can’t keep her out of the water…even when we think it’s freezing that early! She’ll swim for hours (3 or more sometimes :)), and then when we go home she passes out…lol. She still loves her healthy food, has her fun little quirks, and definitely keep us busy 🙂 She still gets plenty of attention when we’re out and about too…people love her!
Lots of love and doggy kisses…
Kenny, Christy, and Stella
Lucy and Rascal are a pair.
Rascal used to have a Labrador sibling, but when Sadie passed over the rainbow bridge, Ellen took home Lucy. It is Ellen’s first Weimaraner. Rascal is a rat terrier. Ellen, Bob, Lucy, and Rascal live on a small hobby farm (south of Ontario), much like us. Ellen captured this photo of Lucy, which tells Rascal a thing or two.
The Weimar is …….
The Weimar wants to be top-dog no matter how many humans (or critters) live in your home. They have style. They have savvy. They find ways to entertain you, control everyone and everything, and to manipulate their situation. Recently, a person commented on this blog that the Weimaraner is actually a Mentalist–like Patrick Jane on the popular TV series with the same name.
Methodology might vary
Some Weims sulk and pout when they do not get their way. Others, chew, and destroy things. Non-compliance and destruction are common topics for many people who live with the Weimaraner. The Weimaraner that withholds their affection to get what they want, can upset the entire household. You might see this behavior personified is when you add a second Weimaraner. The dream of bringing home a playmate can turn to disillusionment. Eventually, they will become best friends, (it will come to that), but in the short-haul, the Weimaraner often makes their human pay for making them share the limelight.
There are other behaviors which can surface during stress-points, or in an effort to manipulate (as well as to get the upper paw). Displeasure (or anxiety) can lead to shredding bedding, furniture, or even gnawing of the Sheetrock. Acting out behaviors can take many forms. More than one dog-savvy person has been caught unaware.
Some things are best avoided…
The best approach is not to let the bad behaviors begin. The use of crate-training can help facilitate housebreaking, but also keeps the Weimaraner from having the opportunity to be destructive. Some people view the crate a doggy-jail, and nothing more could be further from the truth. Yes, initially, the puppy will rebuff their human for thinking of leaving them in a crate. However, eventually most learn to love it. The reason they pitch such a fit during the crate-training is they are prone to separation-anxiety. It is painful for them to have to be separated from you. This includes having to be in the crate instead of your bed. Some people do sleep with their Weimaraner. Others, do not. Regardless, there are times when the crate is invaluable–when traveling, when they are upset about a certain person, when you must be gone, and in situations where you are not sure how they might react.
Mentalist or Manipulator?
Ellen’s photo hints to the entertaining and manipulative behavior a family might see. They like to control and manipulate not only the humans, but the other critters in the house. This can happen in some pretty unique ways. Years ago, we had a big Manx kitty. We had two Weimar girls running free. One was on Cliff’s lap, and clearly the more manipulative one was on the floor wanting on Cliff’s lap. The cat pranced by the recliner, and what happened next left Cliff, and I mouth agape (and laughing for quite some time). Deli pointed the cat, and Callie jumped down to follow the cat. Deli deftly slipped onto to Cliff’s lap. Callie was shocked; she had lost her coveted spot.
These things happen to good people. The Weimaraner is a life-changing experience. They make us a better person.
Lucy here and I am just saying………….
I have a lot of work here. I live only about two miles as the crow flies from OwyheeStar. So, I don’t live far from where my life started. This is me laughing. I have a lot of things to laugh about, and to talk about really. First, I have two humans that are laughable, and then there is a little pip-squeak thing (they call a dog) named Rascal.
(As humans go) these have been some work to manage. My Mom, well she is Shela’s helper. I think I have her well bamboozled, but she believes she has me somewhat managed–checkmate. (Seriously, what human can manage a intelli-critter like me?) Then there is this big guy (my Dad) that people call Bob. I call him the cookie-man. He thinks a cookie will cure all that ails me. I think Dad is a sharp cookie too! He loads me up, and we swing through McDonald’s. I see a lot of other things on the menu, and some of them end up between my Dad’s lips, and in his credit, he never forgets to get me something. So, as you can see I have this family pretty well-trained.
Did I say this is a job with a lot of overtime???
There is a lot of work at this home other than managing and training the humans. Rascal and I, we have a love-hate relationship. Racal is not gray, he is not blue, nor is he a longhair. He is red. What’s up with that? He is squat to the ground. I think he must be a super runt, or possibly a rat posing as a dog. Humans what do they know? He is sometimes a good bun-warmer, and he gives me someone else to outshine. That is a good confidence builder.
Yesterday, I went for a run in the yard. Seriously, these folks live on a farm and there is a lot of work here. I tracked in a little mud, and I think it was a Federal offense…. As I said, “What freshly mopped floor are you talking about?”
“and then I pointed the chickens, chased the cat, and told that stray dog to get lost!”
As you can see I have my work cut out for me. You know what I am saying…..thanks for your concern. ~ Lucy
Hi Shela and Cliff,
We came across Slater’s old paperwork and we wanted to share his life with you.
Therefore, we are saying…….
Hi from Vacaville California!
He’s been a lovely addition to our family. We have 3 children who absolutely adore him. He has 2 playmates that keep him company on runs and hikes.
Slater is a Versatile All-Around Weimaraner/Lover Boy
Slater loves to run, hunt, and swim, although it took a little coaxing at first but now he loves it. He thinks he is a lap dog and is our shadow around the house, There is never any privacy at our home with Slater on our heals. We get a lot of compliments of how beautiful he is and we owe the credit to Owyheester and Gracie.
Note: we have attached several photos we want to share from Slater’s life with our family–see them at the bottom of this post. Thank You again — Kim (and all here in Vacaville, CA)
Breeder’s Note: Although the Weimaraner is a versatile hunter (meaning they retrieve prey from the water as well as upland birds, etc.) turning them onto the water takes a knack. Once they get the idea they are amazing in the water.
The Weimaraner is all about the relationship. Privacy, if that is important, you do not want a Weim for a family member. They are not a throw-in-the-backyard type of dog. If they could climb under your skin (close to your heart) that would be ideal for them. One of the keys to success with this breed is understanding them, and working with their natural traits.
Our Arnie’s first duck hunt happened this past weekend He is a natural duck hunting dog. I am now going to get him on Pheasants as well as soon as possible.
Since things went so well, I thought I would send you a couple of pictures of our Arnie on his first duck hunt. I was not able to take him hunting last year. However, my son Mark and I were able to go duck hunting this weekend. We went to the Moses Lake, Washington area; and we took Arnie with us. He was great for his first time and retrieved several ducks for us.
Arnie is a Blue Weimaraner
Arnie is our first Blue; he is a BIG boy weighing 90 lbs. I would agree with you that he is a “typical” Weimie except for his coat color. He is one of the most gentle Weims we have ever had in our 40 years of having Weims. He never growls at other dogs and we exercise both he and Stella about 4 times a week where they can run off leash and also come into contact with other dogs. Both he and Stella never initiate aggressive postures against other dogs. We have had just a few other dogs initiate aggressive behavior but fortunately nothing that became a big dog fight.
Stella and Arnie get along really well and thanks for your recommendation to get a boy weim when our Leela (our beloved Weimaraner that lived to be sixteen years and three months) passed.
It has worked out great. Both our OwyheeStar Weims are doing well–Stella stayed home on this trip.
Breeder’s Note: Gil and Fran are experienced with the breed, but even then this breed can be challenging to get raised. They have done a great job with these two wonderful Weims. As they alluded to, the Weimaraner can be territorial and almost aggressive. A person has to be able to work them through these potential pitfalls. Placing too much emphasis on these behaviors can be counterproductive. The person who is matter-of-fact rather than reactive is going to have the best results. It is important to think of these actions in the right way–Cliff says these behaviors are more possessive than aggressive by nature. Therefore, labeling or looking at the behavior as aggression (and overreacting) can ingrain the behavior rather than get them past it. Finally, respect is earned, and the smart handler/trainer learns to elicit in the right manner. Severe correction can only be used in extreme situations. The Weimaraner has a very tender nature. Good leadership skills will take you in the right direction, whereas the heavy-handed approach can damage your relationship.