Category Archives: Topper X Blue
~Weimlover at Heart
Dear Reader, you might remember this family–they have three OwyheeStars–Taun, Bacchus, and Bella. Grace is the daughter who flew into Boise to pick up the latest addition (Bella) not so long ago. Now, she is moving out and needs her own Weimaraner. I am hoping we can work something out. Well, read on…
I hope you’re doing well! All of our furry friends are doing fantastic here, they are quite the pack and Bella is growing like a weed! (We think she might end up being bigger than Bacchus haha). I’ve attached a couple pictures of the trio for you.
I’m actually reaching out because I’m going to be pursuing a PhD at the University of Tennessee starting this fall and I’ll be moving to Knoxville in August. For the first time since I was maybe 8 years old I will be dog-less… I know at this point in my life I don’t have quite enough time to manage a puppy but once I have moved to TN, I would really like to provide a home for an adult dog in need. There are certainly plenty of rescues down south but there is always some uncertainty with a rescue of unknown background… because of this, I wanted to reach out to you and Cliff before making any decisions. I know you find yourselves with dogs in need of a new forever home from time to time and I would love to be considered the next time you have a dog in need. The house I’m moving to is a two-story, three bedroom home, which I am sharing with two other people, one of which has a very friendly, mixed-breed, dog named Maya. The house has a large wood fenced backyard with a dog door. It’s in a sweet little neighborhood very conducive to long walks and there are many great hiking locations in the area which I plan to take full advantage of. The landlord has already approved another dog in the house and I think it would be a great home for him or her. I look forward to hearing from you soon and if you have any questions or information I can provide, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you for all you do in breeding and homing these wonderful Weims, I know our family wouldn’t be the same without them!
All the best,
You might remember seeing Bella Rae and Grace on a recent Blog. This update is a bit late. We had several updates come all at once. Please do continue to send the updates. We will soon be out of them –haha.
Just a little update on Bella Rae. After a week home, she has really settled in. Our flight went great, she slept on my lap most of the way. I started with the carrier on my lap and my hand inside the bag and she sort of worked her way out and onto my lap where she slept happily the rest of the way. Since she’s been home she has slept through the night very well in her crate, we’ll go out to potty for the last time around 10 or 11 and then she sleeps until 4:30/5ish.
She isn’t too fond of being in the crate during the day unless someone is sitting by her but we are working on that. Bella is quite the cuddle bug when she’s not playing she loves to run and jump into your lap and snuggle there, she also loves cuddling in bed (of course) before she goes into the crate at night.
Her and Bacchus have become great friends. They play quite a bit (always supervised since he doesn’t really know how big he is) and when she cries in the crate he’ll go into the room and check on her, which usually quiets her right down. Bella is definitely an alpha, she climbs all over Bacchus and puts him in his place whenever she can. She’s also very brave and loves exploring outside. Taun is taking a bit longer to warm up to her but we’re making progress…
Here are a few pictures of her from the week. She is a great addition to the family, thank you both for all you do!
All our best,
Grace, Laura, and Jon
Greetings from the Northeast
We are in the gradual process of making a move from 2 acres in a fairly busy “rural” area to 54 acres on a dirt road in a very rural area surrounded by woods with our nearest neighbor a half mile or so away. The Boys are loving the move. When we arrive at the really rural home, we open the car doors and out they hop, not to be leashed again until we leave. Romps in the woods and hikes on a myriad of class 6 roads with a very responsive recall to our side whenever we request.Taun has played a (sometimes unwilling) role in mentoring Bacchus with the recall.This morning was another chapter in young Bacchus’ life-long course of learning: He was taken out at 0500 this AM only to dash off toward the garden oblivious to the recall. Two aggressive barks and then silence. He returned shortly, foaming at the mouth like a long rabid dog. The scent in the air reached us at the same time as the pup did … crap !! he got hit by a skunk and it appears that he was making a grab for it when it must have spun and sprayed him in the mouth. Oh my word … the smell is too much to describe. Best I could, it would be like dumping a 5 gallon bucket of mushy rotten onions on to your living room floor. Clean it up you might but that smell isn’t fading soon.Off to the deep sink but there was really nothing to wash off … it was all in his mouth.Ah well; that is what we sign up for.Taun has been a bit slow to accept Bacchus as a sibling but now makes a fuss when he is absent and they have become a reluctant pair. We prepare for another northeast winter (snow today); the dogs eagerly watching the making of any fire in the fireplace or getting the cookstove fired up.Bacchus is now 6+ months old. He is brave and very protective of Laura and Grace if they are out alone with him. His mouthiness has been gradually improving although he has been markedly less mouthy since the skunk encounter this morning … He is always willing to get involved and lend a helping “hand.”These guys are stereotypical Weims in every way and we couldn’t be happier. They make it abundantly clear that they are sad when we leave and they welcome each of us home every day as though we were gone for a year.No (really) destructive behavior ever (Bacchus does have a fondness for glasses and pens and Taun is an underwear and sock thief) … and they are happy, loving members of our family … we couldn’t ask for more … except maybe another one.We wish you guys the very best and we keep you in our hearts.Jon, Laura, and Grace in New Hampshire
From The East Coast
~Taun and BacchusJust wanted to give you an update on the two East Coast pups:Taun is doing very well; we spend a lot of time hiking in the woods (and removing ticks). The other day we were walking down a back road and Taus suddenly froze and pointed toward the woods. I figured he was letting me know that there were squirrels out in the woods and urged him on. He refused to break point and turned to me and gave me this look that said, “well … ? “ Then he turned back and gave a sudden short lunge towards the woods and up flew a grouse that had been sitting in the roadside leaf litter not more than 4 feet from me …. He seems a much more accomplished hunter than I am.
Bacchus is quite adapted to time in his crate. We have one in our bedroom for night time and downstairs for the daytime so he doesn’t feel isolated.Challenges at this time are really working on the Piranha syndrome; he always needs to be biting or mouthing something.Laura is working on fetch and recall and he is doing really well unless something in the compost pile catches his eye.He will still pee in the house at times despite us getting him outside very frequently but he’s pretty well got it.He excels at untying my shoes from double knots.All in all, Bacchus has been pretty easy. He is quite smart and has a very loving demeanor.
Laura and I hope you are all doing well and we are looking forward to submitting our next application and deposit in the near future.Best, Jon and Laura Kilroy
Our Two Weim Family
~in New Hamshire
We wanted to send you a quick update on Bacchus. He is doing great, and is a total Love! Crate training is going very well. He asks to go out by sitting at door and giving a little whimper to go potty. The recall is pretty excellent–, about 80% coming when called, maybe actually a little better than that. Taun went into a pretty severe depression first week of bringing Bacchus home. He is slowly coming around and beginning to play. He’s not thrilled but is realizing he’s here to stay.
I do have one question for you though, Bacchus is a total chow hound, frantic when being fed is pretty much inhaling his food. I got a slow feeder for him which has done just that, slowed him down. I feed him 3 times a day with little snackie servings in between. I guess My question is…..will he outgrow this, or just a wait and see? Assuming maybe because he was one of the smaller pups he had to try a little harder to get his share. Just wondering your thoughts…..
We couldn’t be happier with this little guy, thank you! ~ Laura and Jon
Laura made the trip out west to visit family and to pick up Bacchus. She flew into Boise and back to Seattle. Then she boarded a flight to take them home where Bacchus would meet his brother and Jon who anxiously awaited their arrival. By the way, she flew with him on Jet Blue–and gave an excellent recommendation for the airline’s pet-friendly nature.
Finally, we are happy the journey went well, and that Bacchus is settling into his new life. Too bad about Taun’s depression. Nonetheless, soon they will be the best of friends sharing everything–well maybe not dinner.
The Gulping of the food is an issue in this breed. Many cite it as a problem that could lead to bloat. Of course, you want to do everything possible to break Bacchus of eating fast–or inhaling the food. It is a hard thing to change. Who can guess why one does it, and another always picks at the food? The special bowl (designed to make them eat slower) is a great idea. I would stay vigilant and try to find ways to keep him from being determined to eat quickly. He may also be growing (and hungry). It is hard to know how much to feed a growing pup. Too much can cause gastric issues. Not enough leaves them famished and searching for anything to ingest–even rocks. (Eke) There is no simple solution. Let us know how it goes. We sincerely hope it gets better as he gets through the initial growth spurt. By the time he is four months old, he will look adult-like and yet still be very much a puppy. (Haha) Thank you for taking the time to write and to let us know all is well.
Hey you guys! I just want to let you know how things are going on the other side of the world …Having a best with my new family. They have some weird rules like … “out of the kitchen Taun.” I don’t get that one ‘cause that’s where all the good food is.Anyway, we’ve settled into a consistent routine with lots of fun stuff mixed in. It’s Fall now and it is really pretty.
I go out on walks every day, lots of times out in the woods. I have to wear this really LOUD coat now since it’s hunting season but that’s OK since it’s nice and warm.
One thing we never had out West … ticks !! lots of ticks. Dad is always looking for them on me.
My family has cats … I didn’t grow up with cats and personally, they look a lot like squirrels to me but they are part of our family so Mom and Dad say I need to get used to them. Speaking of squirrels, there are a lot of them out here. Dad says I lose my mind when I see one.
I get to help do chores.
I like my life out here !
Best to all out West, Taun and Family.
The More Invested Family
~A Move Worth Making
We now have Taun, a 5-year-old (Topper x Blue) Weimaraner pup. Having him with us floods our life with all the wonderful memories from our beloved Nadja (a former Weimaraner girl whose life was cut way short). Our family returns to life with the Weimaraner at the arrival of Taun. This breed has very distinct personality traits that no other breed we’ve owned or met duplicates. They are not for everyone, but that’s OK.
This joyous happening of Taun joining our family occurred by chance. My wife who is related to Chris was in Oregon visiting her Dad when she met Taun. It turns out, Chris and Freddy are moving, and it was not going to be the best situation for an energetic dog like Taun.
For the joy and the fun of it, Laura took him on a few walks and spent a fair bit of time with him while she was out there. When she was asked if we would be open to bringing Taun home, it didn’t take but a second to decide. We are delighted to have him in our household.
I wanted to introduce myself and say how incredibly wonderful fate sometimes works, i.e., Taking Taun was the bestest decision ever. It feels now as though he’s always been a part of our family. He settled in nicely–we have added a fair amount of structure from the start, so he knew what to expect from day to day after the big transition. I love your blog from Taun’s perspective and seems pretty right on.
What I love about Taun: He’s a family dog, he’s happiest when he can be with any one of us, but he’s ok when no one is home (for short periods of time). He doesn’t appear to have been anxious, seems to nap on any one of his many dog beds. Nevertheless, upon our arrival, he is quick to greet us with his sleepy face. He often sleeps in our daughter’s room, but every so often he sleeps in our room. He just likes to be near one of us when we’re home. He may never be an off-leash dog, but when we move to the bigger farm we will work on that, as for now, he walks every morning and evening (round trip 2.2 miles twice daily) to the barn to take care of horses. He’s an awesome communicator as far as needing to go out and when we’re behind schedule with breakfast/dinner. He has an abundance of enduring expressions, as Weim’s do!
On the walk to the barn this morning Jon and I discussed the new puppy, and although it’s hard not to jump right in, we want to be settled into the new property and to have more time to devote to the needs of a new brother……Hence, Jon’s and I discussed when/who that happens. Jon filled in application male or female but I think we’d prefer another male, boys will be boys, and I’m also opting for another Blue. I had never seen a Blue till I met Taun and I/we do love his coloring, so if that’s
I understand that Tauns parents have been retired, but something akin to those personality traits is what we are looking for.
Thank you for what you do, bringing wonderful Weim’s into the world and look forward to working with you toward expanding our family.
A Few comments about our Nadja
We had a Weim a few years back that broke our heart. Nadja had the extreme misfortune to develop severe degenerative disc disease at an early age. By the age of 5, she had deteriorated to the point that she was in severe pain and essentially paralyzed in her back end. I made the decision to put her down, and it was one of the bleakest days of my life. I had raised her from a poop-covered pup, and she was a very special dog. She never needed a leash except for her own safety. We could be anywhere, and all I had to say was, “Nadja, come.” and she would race to my left side and sit waiting for me to say, “OK,” before bounding off again. The loss was heartbreaking, but we could not continue on without a Weimaraner or two forever. We will never forget our Nadja.
It has been a while since we received these emailed tidbits about Taun. He continues to settle into his new life and family. He has an ever-expanding role. Here are two more photos of him that speak volumes.
What an amazing companion. He was a trooper during the cross country trip. He spent more time in my lap than in the back seat. Always sweet, attentive, and loving. He is my teacher.
We were living in Western Oregon. I was picking a stick to take with me to North Carolina. As you can see, we made the trip. We have bought a beautiful home –peaceful and all Mom hoped.
We are settled in, and we are awaiting the arrival of dad and the human kids. Mom has been busy making this ready for their arrival and I think she has us covered.
I am adjusted and ready for the next chapter. Life with this family is one adventure after another. I have a good job here. There is the exercise –Mom and I hike, run, and play. Then there is hugs and sweet sharing we do.
Waiting is nearly Over
The school year comes to an end and that signals they will be coming soon. “Woof!”
I’ll Pack this Oregon Stick Mama
Our Amazing Beorn
Relocation and Change
We are getting ready to move across the country, to North Carolina. I am venturing back to my roots in the South and attempting to develop a more simple way of life for the family. We will be purchasing some land in the county there with the hopes of starting a small homestead. I will be working at a therapeutic boarding school in the DuPont Forest with the opportunity to bring Beorn to work. I’m sure he will love the wilderness environment. Beorn and I will be moving first to be the scouts for the rest of the family. I am so grateful that he will be my companion; I couldn’t imagine not having my best friend with me on this adventure. The kids and Alex will come along this summer, following the school year.
It’s been in the front of my mind how sensitive Beorn is to big changes. I’ve worked with my family in Tennessee to be available to help us during the transition. What a blessing they are going to be so much closer!
Thank you for everything, especially Beorn. I am grateful for the hard work and dedication that y’all put into the Weim–an amazing gift to the world.
Best wishes and good luck in all you do!
Greetings from Beorn’s Family!
I hope the summer has been a fun and fulfilling time for everyone at Owyheestar! It’s been a busy and eventful summer for us.
We celebrated Beorn’s 2nd birthday this past weekend. He has really loved being on the water this summer, so we took him out for a kayak trip for his party. Beorn’s favorite place on the boat is on the front so he an see everything that’s going on. Other passers-by are usually shocked, thrilled, and elated at this regal post. We’ve stopped our paddling a few times to pose for photo ops!
Being on the water has been an important task for Beorn in exercising patience. There are times when he just gets too excited about bubbles, ducks, or getting into Alex’s boat, that he’ll jump off into the water with no fear. He is always wearing life jacket, but his swimming is much improved this year. His instincts to track and point at birds, otters, and other wildlife are very sharp, even though we’ve never fostered this or actually do any hunting.
Mostly, Beorn loves being with his family. When Alex and I are on seperate boats Beorn can get a little anxious about who’s boat to be on. As long as he can see everyone he’s ok.
He is a wonderful greeter when I get home from work after a long 12 hour day. I will be transfering to a clinic closer to home soon, so my days will be getting shorter! Beorn is like a timekeeper for us. He will sit at the window and wait when he knows it’s time for me ro be there. He does the same for the kids when they are on their school schedule! One smart cookie 🙂
We are still running, but we took a break for about two months due to an injury I sustained. Beorn still needed his running time so he became an expert at fetch and playing tag with the kids at the neighborhood park. We are back to running about three days a week, 7-10 miles total. Beorn is at his happiest when running. He enjoys nature and stopping to smell all the smells. He is way faster than I’ll ever be. This is one of our activities that has helped us bond tremendously. Running off leash can be tricky depending who else in in the woods. Beorn does great most of the time, but I’ve learned that I have to be more worried about other dogs and protecting him.
As always Beorn is a big snuggler and lover. We have enjoyed watching his personality develop over the last two years! He’s quirky, silly, sneaky, smart, and sometimes even serious. Here’s to many more years together!
Best wishes for you and your family, and every Weimlover out there…….