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Atticus in New Zealand

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How did Atticus deal with the loss of Squiggle?…

It was a weird time for us, which probably helped him out. At that time I was doing small animal weekend and relief work in Texas, so I had a lot of free time I was spending with them at home. I knew the time was getting close. Squiggle had major muscle atrophy in her hind ends and was having trouble getting up or going for extending walks. She had a couple of accidents while sleeping. She also had several large masses of her spleen and several other health problems. I spent a couple days with them doing their favorite things, and let her eat a lot of people food. I set up an appointment early in the morning on my day off and I decided to take Atticus with me. Atticus and I were in a room with her and a vet tech. Atticus just laid down while I did everything with her. He licked his paws the whole time but didn’t get visually or vocally upset otherwise. We spent about a half hour in the room with her and then we left. He didn’t seem very interested in her; didn’t go over to her to smell or nudge her or anything.
Afterward, I took him to the dog park, had lunch with a friend and then just chilled at home. At this time, when I wasn’t home I was taking them to a dog daycare/boarding place every day I was working. So he had no time to be at the house alone. He was either with me or with the staff and other dogs at the daycare center. He never searched for her or seemed otherwise upset.
I’m not sure if this is a normal response, or just him, or what. Hopefully, that helps.
Marika

Breeder Comment

 

I wonder if Atticus didn’t take his cue from you. Maybe you had resolved this, and while you were sad, you knew it was inevitable. Plus you work with this kind of thing (being a Vet) and help others deal with the loss. Each situation is unique. He was busy with his normal life. You were sad to say goodbye to Squiggle. Nonetheless, you knew there was no turning back. It is beyond sad to lose an old friend.

Willow and Jan

Winning Again

        ~ Jan writes

Jan & Willow UKC BIS June 2017AWillow is amazing!!! She won TWO Altered Best-In-Show awards yesterday (Saturday June 3rd) at the UKC shows in Chehalis, we are all so excited! Big Thanks to judges Judy and Jim Jones for the wins and the nice comments, to Julie Lechuga for putting on the wonderful shows, and to Hillary Tregillus for the fabulous pro photos! Jan & Willow UKC BIS June 2017B
Willow is such a gorgeous, sound girl, and is so sweet- she enjoys visiting with everyone at ringside, getting petting and giving kisses to little kids!

Breeder Comments

Congratulations to Jan and Willow. They continue to net ribbons and titles as well as to make friends wherever they journey. This is most certainly not the last of their adventure. They have competitions slated for this summer.

AKC Trick Novice

Willow Does It Again!

~Willow attained her AKC Trick Novice title today, what a good girl!

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She is now—
UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Trick Novice, UKC Rally Obedience I, Therapy Dog International certified!

 

ABOUT TRICK DOG

 

From the 1920’s and 1940’s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, trick dog training has become one of the most exciting new areas in dog training today.

 

TRICK DOG TITLE INFO:

AKC Trick Dog titles are official AKC titles listed on the dog’s title record.

The processing fee for each title is $20. Multiple titles for the same dog can be sent in together, each one will be processed in succession after each previous title has been added and printed.

Dogs must have an AKC, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number to earn a title.

All dogs can get a number including purebreds and mixed breeds.

 

4 TRICK DOG TITLES –  

  • NOVICE TRICK DOG (TKN)

The dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title.

  • INTERMEDIATE TRICK DOG (TKI)

The dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks.

  • ADVANCED TRICK DOG (TKA)

The dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 5 tricks from the Advanced list.

  • TRICK DOG PERFORMER (TKP)

I n this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks previously learned.

 

THERE ARE TWO WAYS YOU CAN EARN AKC TRICK DOG TITLES:

1) Perform the tricks (from the check list in the Title Application) in the presence of an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator. The Title Application will need to accompany the check list for the particular title you are applying for.

2) AKC will recognize Do More With Your Dog!™(DMWYD) titles at Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The Title Application will need to accompany proof of the DMWYD title being earned, such as a copy of the actual title.

****GRANDFATHER NOTICE****

DMWYD Titles Grandfathered Until End of 2017

If you have a DMWYD title that is above Novice, (i.e. Intermediate, Advanced, Expert) until December 31, 2017, you may send proof of the title (copy of DMWYD certificate) and pay only the $20 title fee for the highest level title for which you are applying to earn the equivalent AKC Trick Dog title.

Examples:

If you have a DMWYD Intermediate certificate, send the AKC Intermediate Trick Dog application with the $20 title fee and AKC will issue your AKC Intermediate Trick Dog title.

If you have a DMWYD Advanced Trick Dog title, send the AKC Advanced Trick Dog Application with the $20 title fee and AKC will issue your AKC Advanced Trick Dog title.

If you would like to earn the AKC Trick Dog Performer title, send a copy of your DMWYD Expert Trick Dog or Champion Trick Dog certificate, along with the $20 title fee, the AKC Trick Dog Application for the Performer level, and, YOU MUST INCLUDE A VIDEO.

 

For more information about the Trick Dog Program check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Congratulations Willow and Jan!

Agility

Waiting Patiently

      ~ Time for Agility!

Magnuson's Willow Waits PatientlyJan and Willow (UKC Best-In-Show and High-in-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, UKC Rally Obedience I, Therapy Dog International certified ) are well-known. They have earned a basket of titles. The achievements together are many. They spend a lot of time doing public service events.

Breeder Comment

We thank Jan and Willow. We sincerely hope her career finds longevity. What these two have earned speaks to Jan’s ability as well as Willow’s skills set. Very few OwyheeStar’s earn titles. We are not (per say) raising show dogs. Some do win hunt titles as well as various event titles. Most are companion dogs who share in their families activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atticus Update, Part Two

 

Chance of a Lifetime

Note: This blog is the second in a series to update us about Atticus. If you missed the first update click here to catch up. 

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In August 2015, I had the chance of a lifetime to move from Texas to New Zealand. We (Atticus, the three cats, myself and the luggage) road tripped from Texas to Florida. Atticus and the cats stayed in Florida with my family, while I got situated in New Zealand and arranged to move them across the world!

Pierre and Atticus road tripping

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Quarantine

Quarantine.pngThere was a ton of planning, vet visits, tests, paperwork and nervous anticipation. Atticus and the three cats flew from Orlando, Florida to Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand. Thankfully, they arrived without incident and only had to spend 10 days in quarantine.

At Home in New Zealand

They arrived in April 2016, and have been settling in nicely. Not sure it’s possible to make him more comfortable. 

Backyard Intruder and our neighbors

Atticus has met the local hedgehogs (see the photo of him meeting our late night intruder) and some of the neighboring livestock (our neighbors).

 

Breeder Comment

We met Marika when she was studying Veterinary Medicine in the State of Washington. She, like several other students over the years, was searching for a Weimaraner. She was not new to the breed. Squiggle was already her precious beloved girl. Adding a second Weimaraner means different things to different people. There were many considerations but eventually, we moved forward. Anyhow, their adventure began not so far from where most of our readers live. Watch for part three of their story–coming soon to the OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog.

Atticus is a Blue Longhair. Squiggle was the traditional gray ghost.

Atticus Update, Part One

Hello, everyone!

A lot has happened since the last update. Atticus just celebrated his 4th birthday, and overall, things are great. (First and second update https://owyheestarweimaranersnews.com/2013/02/11/featured-weimaraner-atticus/)

If you’ve seen the other two updates, you know that Atticus is the baby of the fur family. In February 2012, he joined Squiggle and 3 cats. Atticus and Squiggle quickly became constant companions. In June 2015, Atticus and I said a tearful goodbye to Squiggle. She was just shy of her 15th birthday.

 

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Squiggle and Atticus in Washington 2013  

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Squiggle and Atticus in Texas 2015

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Breeder Comment

It was a happy event to hear from Marika as well as to catch up with her and to learn more about their adventures. We keep up with some of it on Facebook. That is the greatest part of the social media–being able to connect with other folks. We know more about the OwyheeStar pups and their adventures.

This is part one of five that will bring us up to date with the New Zealand experience. We truly appreciate that Marika included the previous link in for us.

 

 

 

 

Feeling Off

I Guess it is Cabin Fever

phillips-lulu-and-lyla-ghee2Snow days kinda make me naughty… Even Lulu Jo looks disgusted at Lyla Ghee for helping herself to a seat at the table.  Snow days seem to bring the worst out in little Lyla Ghee but man she sure is a cute rule breaker!  She would sit at the table all day if we would let her.

phillips-lyla-ghee-asleepAs I write this Lyla has now fallen asleep on the chair.  It is tough being a naughty little Weim it tends to wear one out so you just pass out wherever you are 😳

Thanks, Shela and Cliff, never a dull moment with these two in our home!  We love them so so much 😘

Heidi Jo 

Personality Plus

Moxie Blue

img_9115We wanted to reach out and send you an update on our Moxie Blue.  She will be 4 years old in December.  I cannot tell you how much love and joy she has brought us.  We adore the Weimars and she has such an amazing personality.  Moxie brings in the newspaper for me every morning.  She goes where we go.  A big thank you to both you and Cliff for introducing us to the long haired, blue beast that has taken over our lives in the best way ever.  

Our California Blue Longhair Girl

She is a California dog that gets to frequent the beaches, lakes, vineyards, mountains and snow this state has to offer.  Both my husband, Brian, and I follow your blog.  It’s packed full of helpful information and we enjoy the updates from other Weimar families.  Thank you for your passion.

Have a wonderful day. ~Chrissy & Brian

Breeder Comment

         ~ Champion Willow is Moxie Blue’s Littermate

 

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Champion Willow and Jan Magnuson (click here to read more about Willow)

Longhair Availability

There have been quite a few folks in the last five years that have been offered a Longhair when they asked for the traditional smooth coat. No one has ever been sorry–or unhappy in the least that we mentioned the Longhair.

 

The More Technical Explanation

      ~ The Hattee X Stackhouse 2016 Litter

When we mate a Longhair (such our Stackhouse) to a traditional smooth coat (eyelash-length shorthair) Weimaraner there is potential to have some Longhair pups in the litter. We have learned over the years that statistically speaking the expectation might be to get 50% Longhair; however, you can see a wide variance. We have mated the same pair and gotten not a single Longhair and the next time we got a 50% result. In other cases, the percentage of Longhair pups in the litter was closer to 20% and the next year the same pair produced 75%. This unpredictable outcome makes guessing pretty darned difficult. Predictions are kept to a minimum–we expect some Longhairs. On occasion, like at present, we get mostly the Longhair. Hattee (Zula Blue X Blue) has produced her first litter. Her DNA test came back showing us she was a carrier–which was again hard to guess without testing. She was mated to Stackhouse, and seven of nine pups are the Longhair. All of them are gray of silver gray because neither parent was a Blue. Click Here to view the one-week litter update and click here for the two-week update.

We are accepting applications for the Longhair–there are more males than females. These pups will be ready to depart OwyheeStar (and to join their forever families) before Thanksgiving. They are the early winter litter for 2016. Once again, we will have immediate availability for the Longhair; however, a wait for the traditional Weimaraner.

Therapy vs Service Dogs

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I do Therapy Dog visits with my dogs; my dogs are certified and registered through Therapy Dogs International   http://sunstardogtraining.com/recommended-links/  .  Please note that there is a difference between “Therapy Dogs” which provide comfort to anyone, and “Service Dogs” which are classified federally through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are trained to do specific tasks to assist people with their disabilities like Guide Dogs for the Blind and Seizure Alert Dogs (contact the ADA for more info).

To work toward Therapy Dog certification, you need a sound, stable-temperamented dog that is highly socialized and trained; so, start the moment you get your pup!  Contact a recommended humane trainer in your area http://sunstardogtraining.com/how-do-i-choose-the-right-dog-trainer-for-me-and-my-dog/  and start your puppy off on the right “paw”!  Jan~

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Like any job or career, there are many different types of people who train dogs, and the range goes from fabulous, professional, quality trainers to abusive, ego …

 

Jan Magnuson
SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog Training

Best-In-Show Champion American Bulldogs & Weimaraners, LLC
P.O. Box 98072, Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 241-2908

Willow

Dressed In Purple

Champion Willow Dressed in Purple

040916 Gorgeous “Willow”- UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, UKC Rally Obedience I, Therapy Dog International certified

Breeder Comments

Thank you, Jan Magnuson, for all you do for and with Champion Willow. We truly appreciate the life you are giving her; the journey is extraordinary. We knew it would be; however, you have exceeded any expectation we might have held.

As we approach the opportunity to work with you again, and to see you bring home a second OwyheeStar, we are excited. It is always an adventure. You know us and our methods well enough by now to know what to expect; however, we both know there are many variables we cannot control. We await the opportunity to place the best possible choice pup in your arms once again. You are in no way average–the new Weimaraner must learn to conduct their self in the same manner as Willow. Respect and a steady but gentle demeanor are a must. You work with disabled and special needs children. You find yourself in large crowds where the unexpected can and often does happen. You bless the elderly with a Willow visit. Willow is not only lovely; she is a working Weim.

You have afforded many OwyheeStar prospective clients a visit to your class to meet Willow. Thank you, for extending that opportunity. We are excited to hear that Reznor is attending Sunstar All Breed Dog Training with you. He will most surely become a superstar and pass the class with flying colors. We look forward to his parents updating us on the experience.

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