Category Archives: Penny X Dusty


In Ireland

Winston is doing really well, he’s working on his Irish citizenship! My husband and I moved to Ireland about 1.5 years ago and, of course, Mr. Winston made the trip too. He loves it here – lots of big parks to play in and he comes to work with me on Fridays and I WFH 3 days a week.  We’re in Ireland for the next few years so we’re glad that he’s in such ideal conditions – getting to be with his owner(s) 5-6 days a week!
Unknown-1The actual move was stressful and expensive – $3000 to fly him here in an XXL crate. Weims might not weigh that much, but those darn legs really shoot up the crate requirement!
Winston is 8 now and slowing down a little bit – I think he’s at “normal” dog levels now.  We’re contemplating another puppy next year which I’m sure he’ll hate.  8 years of being the sole center of attention is his preferred way of life.
Anyhow, just wanted to shoot you a quick email to let you know Winston is happy, healthy and a little farther away than the PNW these days!  I’ve enclosed a few photos of him being a Weim – first to volunteer to clear up any spilled food.Unknown-2

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Rebecca, for remembering us. Cliff and I remember well when you came to get him. You and your sister in our front yard. I knew you would do well with him. There have been life changes–quite a few. Nonetheless, you have been faithful to keep the promise. We appreciate your commitment and dedication to Winston.

OwyheeStar Global

Well, he is not the first OwyheeStar to move from the Pacific NW overseas. Jorga just moved back from Belgium, and Dakota returned home to the Seattle area after being in Paris for several years. Another Weim (Tiga) returned home from Italy, but I believe he and his new sister are both in Europe again—the father is a Colonel in the military overseeing operations. The new pups it named Lotte. So, I am sure the military pays for all this to happen. A long time ago we had a client who lived in the Seattle area marry a man who was from NZ and they relocated on the South Island. Recently, Atticus and his Mama did the same – she is the Veterinary health director on the South Island. There is the infamous first Blue (Gabriel) we allowed to go to Russia–possibly more headed that direction in the future. We are still trying to work out the details for this transfer. So, I am sure I have missed some of the International Weims, but these stand out to me. Now we have Winston in Ireland. Oh and lest we forget the two Blues to the UK, click here.

How We Spent Easter

Day of Rest

17992317_1301969653186338_5810763892627142803_nWe have to get our beauty rest. We share our bed with our humans. It is vitally important that we have a good bed and plenty of room to stretch out.

Later (Emma and Alice)

A little sunshine and more comfort. Sometimes it is musical chairs we play.

Breeder Comment

Clearly, the weather is beautiful in this photo too! Cheryl reports these two girls are the best of friends and sisters. What more could we ask?

Looking Good

Happy Easter!

Wischeman's Miles--1212_n   ~No Matter How You Dress

We wish you a special blessing on this celebrated Sunday!

Breeder Comments

The photos were taken of Greta (OwyheeStar’s No Regrets) the week of Easter Sunday 2012. The lovely Gray Ghost wearing the bow tie is an OwyheeStar. His name is Miles (Livee X Blue).


He’s Amazing

waltons-sterlingWe purchased Sterling from you in 2004. I believe he was born in early 2004. He’s been an absolutely amazing companion and family member. Our two girls who are 8 & 10 grew up with him as their big brother, and what a good big brother he has always been. 

Still Going Strong

He’s in good health, and still very energetic. We recently had to put our dog Gracie to sleep, and have been thinking about bringing another Weim into our family.

Breeder Comment

We are delighted to receive news of Sterling–and thank you, for including a photo. Of course, we would love to work with you again. For everyone considering this same thing, here are a few considerations.

  1. Even repeat clients must fill out the application. This fresh information is needed to provide us with a clear understanding of your current lifestyle.
  2. There is a small fee to lock in a place on the Wait List.
  3. Yes, we typically have a waiting list.
  4. Predicting the time we will get the puppy for you can be difficult, if not impossible. Although we realize everyone wants to plan and speculate, there are too many factors out of our control.
    1. There is always the unknown; a mating may not produce a litter.
    2. How many pups will be born?
    3. The sex of the pups.
    4. In some cases, we cannot know the coat color or the coat length.
    5. The Wait List folks also have priority in the order they are on the list but keep in mind people change their mind along the way about a lot of things–timing, color, sex, etc.
    6. We do not do picks. Our matches are based on the information you provide, and the finding gleaned from our Discovery and Placement Test process.
    7. The Discovery and Placement findings effect the availability.
  5. We always consider the pup’s best interest first. Nevertheless, this is in everyone’s best interest.
  6. The importance of locking in a place on the Wait List cannot be understated.
    1. We use this list to plan future litters.
    2. Priority is based on your place on the list.
    3. We adhere to the order even when no one is looking.
    4. Plan to wait for an average of six-months. On occasion, there is no wait at all. Other times, depending on your preferences the wait might even be longer.

Chance Encounter

Amee Shared

Hi Shela and Cliff,
Sham and I went to Bend yesterday with Gretel, and she finally met another Weim other than her litter mates.

We actually met two, Jade, a rescue pup that is now 13 years old, beautiful senior lady, and Winston, an Owyheestar pup. He’s five now. The owner had great things to say and we feel so good about our choice to go with you guys. I’ve attached a couple of pictures for you. Gretel is the one on the right, and the single shot is just Winston. His owner said he was a year old when he got him? He’s gorgeous!
Warmly, Amee

Breeder Comment

What fun to receive a note like this from Amee (who is on our Waiting List for a future OwyheeStar puppy). We are positive there was a miscommunication because Winston left here at 8-weeks, but you know–meeting another Weim person creates a bit of excitement. It is the Weims that get the attention. We so appreciate these photos too!
Here is the One-Year Update from Winston’s Mom–Click Here!


Saying Goodbye

     ~ A Sad Share on Black Friday

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Nov 5, 2015
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that my best buddy died today. The previous Saturday I carefully hunted with Schultz. It was hard, he got one bird, but hurt too much and mostly justed walked along with me.  Sunday was OK; however by Tuesday he was obviously sick.
The vet thought his kidneys were in trouble but offered no treatment. I took him to Cornell University, where they tried to restart his kidneys but were unable to do so. I can’t tell you how sad I am over this loss, but I know I must leave him go. And cherish the memories.
He provided more joy in my life that one could imagine, and I wanted to thank you for all you have done to help me remember this wonderful friend. I’ll write more when I feel better, right now it just hurts too bad.
Nov 19, 2015
Monday I received the remains of Schultz and the renewed pain of such a loss. Nonetheless, I have included a few nice pictures of our last good times together.
I am left to wonder whether I can ever come close to the experience he has given me? There are many memories as we spent our time together. I see him everywhere. I look at my cars sitting in the garage, knowing how he would love to go with me. Schultz loved one in particular. His favorite was my 68 Charger R/T. It is a loud beast of a car that he seemed to prefer. He was always in the front seat. His expression caused me to believe he would wonder what made it rumble so loudly. At the same time, I liked to watch as his ears would fly in the wind on our fast rides. Schultz would never lie down. Instead, he would peer through the windshield as though we were free from all trouble.
In our garage, we have a room used for escape from phones and pressure of business where Schultz’s now empty collar rests on a chair.  I can still smell his familiar odor on it. I ache for his companionship. Hunting season has been hell for me without him, but as my family and
friends have assured me that I have given him a grand life.
While I know, he now belongs to the category of my good memories it tough going on without him. My brother on a recent visit to work on our
smokehouse said, “this place is not the same without Schultz.”
I am left to wonder if I have it in me to make another commitment. It was an extraordinary thing this type of relationship–doing as I did for Schultz. He loved everything about me and I about him. We shared beds, meals, hobbies, work and play. Our time was our time, and I didn’t let much get in our way.
Shela, can I move on and hope another good one comes my way, or just cherish what I had? I really didn’t think this would hurt so bad I now know I loved him more than I knew.
                                               Best regards– Russell
Breeder’s Comment
Approximately one year ago–click here!
For those wondering and aching with this man suffering a deep loss, he had made a decision to move ahead. It was not easy, but once having something it is hard to go without such a friend. It will never replace Schultz, but the journey will take them to new places. Some of what they share will be the same or similar. Other things will be new and unique to this relationship. 
The biggest downside to having these relationships is they don’t last long enough. Even when they outlive the odds, it is far too short-lived. We ache with Russell and feel his loss. 

Smokey, Dusty, and then Stormy

From Virginia

I have something I want to share about OwyheeStar Pups and Breeders Cliff and Shela.


Are you coming Mom?

Are you coming Mom?

965473_10201188396416309_1231343651_oA little over 4 years ago, I lost my Weimy “Smokey”, it devastated me. I wanted another one and my best friend Margaret, and my son Forrest, pulled their money together and told me to find a great breeder and I would get a replacement to feel the void in my heart and soul. God works in mysterious ways, because I found Shela, told her about my Smokey and how broken hearted I was. Lo and Behold, someone just a couple of hours before, backed out of buying a Weim, and was I interested in a silver grey male. I immediately said yes and flew out to Boise, Idaho. There I met Shela and Cliff, and of course my new puppy “Dusty”, named after his dad…
Then 2 years later I go another one, a blue female “Stormy”… Down the road I will get another one from them. They are the best and well worth the wait for a pup. No breeder is better.


Cliff and Shela  thank Virginia Publicly!

Virginia, we thank you for posting these comments on our blog, as well as Facebook. People like you are why we do what we do. Thank you for all you do for these wonderful creatures. Here are a few photos — past and present.

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Emma and Alice

Two Sisters for Cheryl and Dave

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Alice is really really smart I was working on the down-command.  She saw Emma do it,  and then she did it. Alice follows that command now easily, like her sister Emma.  She also loves retrieving tennis balls. Alice is socializing well; she has a curious but cautious nature about her. She is never still, except for when she sleeps. Her addition to our home, has benefited Emma’s health. Emma is in better physical condition. She has slimmed down from participating in joint ventures with Alice.

Stacked SistersThe girls are inseparable. It is fun to see the differences Emma and Alice have too! ~ Thanks again Cheryl and Dave

Note: In general, it is rarely a good idea to bring home a second female Weimaraner. Traditional wisdom tells us that a neutered male, and a spayed female has the best chance of avoiding fur-flying situations. It is a well-documented fact that two female Weimaraners will (more often than not) vie for top position. The art of vying to be the alpha female Weimaraner, can take on an ugly-look, even when you have a nice couple of Weimaraner girls.

A breeder has to be the gatekeeper. It is important to determine if a placement has an excellent chance of working. There are always going to be ups-and-downs with the raising the Weimaraner. There are many factors to consider when puppy placements are made. Those who work with the Weimaraner know there is any number of ways things can go sideways in a heartbeat. The folks that work with Weim rescue need us to do a good job. They should not need to run after us cleaning up bad decisions we make. :O)

More than Friends

Emma and Alice

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They are great together Emma and Alice are really getting along well we are all a great pack Merry Christmas 🙂

Emma meets Alice

Alice and Emma are having a wonderful time getting to know each other and bonding. Alice seems to watch and mimic Emma a lot.

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Seven years ago I brought home Emma.

She has been perfect for me in every way.  Emma was my favorite all-time Weimaraner, and I thought maybe OwyheeStar could do it again, and get Dave and I another gem. Alice arrived not long ago. We have been super busy since we got home with her, but Alice and Emma are doing well. They are getting to know each other, and bonding. Alice seems to watch Emma, and then mimic her a lot. It is very cute! Dave I love her, and she is my first blue. It is going to be fun have two Weims—one for each of us to snuggle with. When we are not available they will have each other.

 Alice came with great instincts.

She will hide, bury anything that Emma might want such as a toy or antler – she will find a place in our out of the house. She used to bite everything and now she is gentle or licks anything. When she would bite I told her to stop it, now if she bites I say stop, she does. Some of this I feel she is training me and some I am training her. So far she is very easy and tries to please. Sleeps all night, uses the outside for her bathroom and doesn’t like to be watched when she is doing a #2. They are both so precious. Dave and I are having a wonderful time watching Alice grow and develop.

Breeder’s Note: Bringing home a second Weimaraner can mean unforeseeable challenges. Dave and Cheryl have managed to move forward very quickly. Emma is accepting of Alice. This is a huge plus, but even though many people hope for this scenario, it is not always the way the process happens. Sometimes the resident Weimaraner sulks, and acts-out. The humans, then must not over react. As with all things concerning the Weimaraner, it takes a knack. If you have a weak spot, the Weimaraner is probably aware of it, and know how to push your buttons.