Category Archives: Storm X Dusty


~ Our Bailey Crossed Over the Rainbow Bridge

Today we had to let our sweet, amazing Bailey boy go. Stormy and Dusty we his parents– he was the only Silver Puppy in their litter.

We had 13 wonderful years with him for which we will be eternally grateful. While our hearts are broken, we will always remember the adventures, cuddles and all the love we shared.

Our lives wouldn’t have been the same without him.
Thank you so much for such a special gift, Mandee and Lee

Breeder Comment

Dear Mandee–thank you, for remembering us at time you are grieving over this loss. As I thought about the details, I remember so well you picking him up and a few email conversations we had. Of course, the only silver-gray pup in the litter defined him, too. Thanks for giving him such an outstanding life. We appreciate you!


Can You Believe It?

    ~Last Saturday, she celebrated 11 Candles

Winberry_1850Yesterday was Siena’s 11th birthday. Hard to believe. She shows little sign of slowing down except for a bit of arthritis at the base of her tail. We take great hope that we’ll have her around for a few more years because both of her parents, Storm, and Dusty, lived past their 13th birthday and Dusty is still around.
Siena’s life changed three years ago when we left Whidbey and moved back to Seattle to be closer to our kids and health care providers.  We were concerned about the change on Siena but she adjusted with hardly the blink of an eye.  We still manage to walk at least 5 miles a day, around the neighborhood or at Green Lake or Woodland Park. As a result, Siena has become more social, well-known by many of the people along our walking treks.
Siena’s adult weight, 55 pounds, has varied little and she is still getting yogurt and a probiotic as part of her morning meal. Her favorite treat is the pumpkin cookies that Connie bakes for her.
Thanks for letting our beautiful girl become a part of our life. We wish we could have her for 11 more years but will cherish every single day that we have with her.

Breeder Comment

IMG_1387Dear Phil and Connie–thank you for the Emailed update with the photo. It means so very much. Yes, Dusty is still with us, and in a few months, he would celebrate 14 years. We, like you, count every moment a blessing. He likes to hide away in his special spot–where he can see my workstation from the crate. Here is a recent blog featuring Dusty–click here!
Manfred @ 16 Weeks-12We are happy to hear she is doing well. Have you tried the Duralactin — we get ours from It makes a huge difference. Have you seen our new Longhair Stud Dog–Manfred? Like Dusty, he made a recent appearance on The OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog–Click Here.
Thank you, for your love and care for the sweet Longhair girl. We appreciate you keeping in touch over the years too! Here’s to hoping for quite a few more years.

Winston & Bennett

Share the Same Papa

Winston and BennettWinston and Bennett are both from litters sired by Dusty. Winston is eight years old; he is always a little gentleman. We always joke that if they were humans, Winston would have a monocle and a top hat, and Bennett would be a frat boy, lol!

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You’ll notice most of the photos are of Bennett with the kids because wherever the kids are is where that is where he is as well 🙂 He is a very relaxed, laid back family dog. Like all Weims, Bennett loves to be with us. He is also a workhorse. This boy will retrieve until we force him to stop. We noticed he was also very birdy by nature. He is a great dog! I have


Duck In Norfolk with Abe

We are making a good adjustment…

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Duck has been adjusting well. Everyone who works in my apt building say he has the best personality of all the dogs that live here. He is very mellow when he meets new people, and pretty good when it comes to meeting other dogs — but sometimes that gets him a little hyper.

I have a  dog park on the water about a mile away and he didn’t hesitate to take a swim, that’s not something that he liked doing before. I got him playing fetch a little bit too, just down the hallway of my building, but again not something he ever really showed interest in at all before.

He really doesn’t like being in the crate during the day, so I’ve started just letting him roam in the apartment. Other than making a pile of my stuff on his bed, he seems to do fine with that.

What did you give him for treats? I’ve tired giving him rawhide bones and he eats them too fast and throws them up. But I’ll like to leave him with something to work on while he is home alone…

I’m going to be at sea for the month of April, but I have several people who want to watch Duck, so I think things will be fine.

 IMG_1649Breeder’s Note: You might remember the blog that featured Duck and Abe not so long ago-Click here to read that blog.

First, we don’t recommend anyone use rawhide bones, or chews. Bits can break off, and once ingested a number of things could go badly. The bits could embed in the lining of the intestine, and cause inflammation. Pieces could cause an intestinal blockage–this can be life-threatening. We know some folks do use them, but we do not have peace about them. Secondly, we hate to see you must deploy again. As we mentioned, it will be so important to prepare Duck for your departure. He needs a second home; someone who understands his needs. Keeping Duck and you both safe during this time of departure will be important. Nonetheless, we are happy that you are back together, and that Duck is doing so well. Thank you for taking time to get these wonderful photos for us to share. Everyone loves Duck. For those that don’t know, Storm and Dusty are Duck’s parent. Here are some recent photos of them below–these were taken by Larry Cleveland (Portland Wildlife Photographer).

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Duck at Home in Virginia

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When Abe could not net a great job (despite garnering a Master’s in English from the prestigious University of Oregon) he made the decision to join the Navy. Duck came to stay with us (in Abe’s stateside-absence) for a lengthy period of time, while Abe found himself floating in the Indian Ocean, and working as a correspondent. I cannot remember his exact title; it doesn’t matter. Duck was here, and Abe was where the Navy wanted him to be—serving our country, and the world at-large. We rejoice in the reunion, and thank Abe for his service.

NW Football Fans watch in their Own Way

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Siena Watches Football in her relaxed Mode;

                      Snoozes during the One-Handed Catch

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What’s Up With The Snow?First Snow 2014

We woke up this morning (11/29/2014) with our first snowfall of the year. Siena isn’t sure that she likes it!

Siena 2014Thanks for allowing her to be a part of our family. She’s the best!!

~ Phil and Connie

Breeder’s Comment: Phil and Connie live on Whidbey Island with their beloved Siena. Please take time to learn more about Phil’s recent book by visiting his blog — Click Here!


bone guarding SienaI thought you would enjoy this picture of Siena and one of her bones “guarding” the stairs up to my office.  


Learn more about Phil…

Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?

Kari and Gob Compete in Agility

ribbon necklaceI just wanted to share our (Gob and myself’s) weekend adventures with you.


This marked the first agility trial for Gob. We have been training for a while now and I finally had the courage to enter him in one. This was a NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) trial and a much smaller trial than AKC. We were entered in seven courses and Qualified in two!

Gob had a blast running each course…we got side tracked on one or two occasions. Kurt (the Doberman brother) came out to cheer him on and even tried to keep the qualified ribbons for himself.

 Exhausted–but we have the Ribbons!Ribbon Array

After three days of being at the trial, Gob is a tired boy and was open to just curling up on the couch and snoozing.


Kurt speaks, "I think these are it a brother tax."

Kurt speaks, “I think these are mine…call it a brother tax.”

I will keep you posted on his future events and training. ~ Kari

Breeder’s Note: We want to send a note of Congratulation to the both of you. This is so awesome achievement. Gob is nearly 8 years old, and to achieve what he has at his age is impressive. You have done great with him Kari.

For those reading this, you might not remember that Gob started agility training late in life. Click here to see a previous post featuring Gob agility training. Click here to see them training in February of 2013. We are glad Kari took the risk and enrolled in the competition, and we thank her for sending along the photos (with the update). We look forward to hearing more about Gob’s future successes. 

Siena lives the good life

Siena_0107When Siena was discovered to be a longhair, it was too late. We had docked her tail. Storm and Dusty had produced two previous litters–neither contained any longhair pups. There was no known history of longhairs in their lineages. It was then we learned that they were longhair carriers, who had gone undetected for generations. This DNA marker can be passed along by the smooth=coats unknowingly. Anyhow, that was many years ago. Since then we have gotten hooked on the longhair; we love them as much as the smooth coats. We are going to be talking about them a lot in the next few weeks.

We were afraid that Phil and Connie would not want a longhair, but they didn’t even hesitate. It seems they believe things happen for a reason. Over the years, we have stayed in touch. Last week when Siena was watching her favorite football team, Phil snapped this photo. 1501127_10151909348375892_1111095233_o

Note: Although Siena’s tail was docked, we do not dock the longhair’s tail. You will have to trust us when we tell you that it is not as you imagine.