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Hi Miss Shela (and Cliff too!)
It’s been awhile since we sent you a picture of Bella.
She is still the love of our lives and spoiled rotten, as you can see.
She had her wellness check last week and her physical went great. So her health is good and she is as well. We couldn’t have asked you for a better girl. She loves her walks each morning and especially enjoys chasing the rabbits we encounter
Hope this finds you and Cliff blessed,
Bella’s mommy Kelly in Arizona
Click Here to read the previous update for Miss Bella
Carrie Reports: This is Wellie (and our little girl Quinn) from February when we got the snow. He really looks like he’s protecting her, but I think he was waiting for someone to throw his ball. 🙂
Wellie has not been hunting recently. He recently ripped off a toenail jumping out of the truck in our driveway, and has been out of commission as it heals. Of course, he and Tyler have brought home many birds over the last few years. Wellie is versatile–he hunts upland game, and waterfowl. He also is an integral part of our family.
Breeder’s Note: Carrie and Tyler wanted their Weim’s tail undocked. They like the way it looks; and the fact the docking was not necessary. The American breed standard calls for the docked tail; in some countries, it is illegal to dock tails. OwyheeStar docks tails as per the breed standard. There are a couple of exceptions: 1. The Longhair is never docked. 2. A person can make arrangements in advance to have their pup’s tail left intact.
Dearest Cliff and Shela:
Just a short note to say “hi” and to tell you we are still nutz about our doggie!
He is an opportunist for “tuning you out” but takes correction in stride 🙂 He and Shorty (as you remember, he is a rescue Beagle) love playing together and he is no longer mesmerized by the cats. He is great around chickens and turkeys.
I never thought I could feel so mushy about a dog again but I do. Mike and Otis go for long walks in the orchard….Mike walks and Otis runs. Mike likes when Otis drags all his bedding out and lies upside down next to him:-)
Previous Info on Otis that you might want to check out!
Breeder’s Note: Life happens. Sometimes the twists and turns of life do not treat a person (and their beloved Weimaraner) well. Such was the case of Otis. Through a series of events, he found himself coming full circle back to OwyheeStar (reluctantly dropped off) because his family was no longer able to keep him. Cliff and Shela would rather forego this type of thing altogether, but rehoming a Weimaraner is not something to be taken lightly. It is unthinkable to have such a wonderful family member find themselves being passed along from household to household, and ending up who knows where? (Shelters, Rescue, for sale on Craig’s List, or worse are things that come to mind.) OwyheeStar is committed to not letting something like this happen. Otis has found a wonderful home, where he fits–is beloved by the entire family. He is thriving! Much of his on-going success is due to his family’s effort toward taking the right approach. Other factors that helped Otis transition smoother than some (Weims) were many, including his temperament, his former families care and training, his time spent with Cliff preparing for the transition, and did we mention his new family’s ability not to let him run things. He knows the boundaries and like any good Weim, he pushes them. He is in a good place. :O)
Hello Cliff and Shela,
I just wanted to tell you how very much we appreciate this wonderful doggie!! He is just a big INTELLIGENT, AFFECTIONATE baby! We still have some minor things that need work but overall, what a terrific doggie. Patrick and MIKEY rough house with him. (Otis always wins). We all throw balls or toys for him to retrieve and he runs his heart out.
Otis and Mikey’s Cat
MIKEY brought his cat who is nonplussed with Otis and Hector still hisses and smacks Otis daily:-) Otis is fascinated with the cats!! Cannot figure that one out! Here is the most recent scenario regarding Otis and Mikey’s cat. Otis and I walked into house. Otis went right for Mikey’s cat on couch. Otis stared and cat did not move. Otis just put his paw on cat and started licking his head!!!! Cat simply laid there like rubber kitty!! Is he entertaining or what?!?
Otis and his Orchard Walks
Everyone takes him out for walks. He loves running the filbert orchard and he likes playing with Shorty (the Beagle). At night (when we are out for the orchard walk) I cannot see him but he stays close to me in the dark so off with the leash. Otis only has this amazing freedom because we sit in an orchard and back up to farmland and trees with fencing.
Otis and the Crate, etc.
He likes his crate and it is a good place for him out of the traffic pattern. Funny thing is: when he wants out , he makes a noise so out we go. I figure we must spend several hours a day out exploring. He hasn’t caught one yet but he really enjoys chasing squirrels. Sure helps keeping them away from the chickens and free food.
It’s been a few years, but opening day was yesterday. I took this picture of Hana and wanted to send your way. She was a very proud girl. (from Rick in Colorado 11/10/2014)
Breeder’s Note: Many OwyheeStar clients are not hunters. Their Weims will have another primary job. It might be as the family therapist. They be as a training partner. Then, there are those that complete in other avenues–agility, Trieball, dock diving, shed hunting, etc. Some non-hunters make it their business to hunt non-game–some of these treasures are not appreciated. Regardless, for the hunter, the Weimaraner is a companion in the field, as well as integral part of the family. Hana’s early beginnings are noted in the slide show. We hope you enjoy them!
Breeder’s Note: Rehoming a Weimaraner is not something to be taken lightly. At least, that is the case if you want them to thrive. There is a process that we go through, and we have had great success. We believe a breeder is responsible for the critters they raise, and it is their duty to ensure they find a good home. No matter what you do, a few (or the pups you raise) will most likely fall through the cracks. Regardless, this aspect of raising pups should not be taken lightly.
This is about Otis and what is happening in his life. Here is a new beginning for Otis. His family hit a serious hiccup, and were devastated when they needed to give him up. They brought him, his records, and worldly goods back to us. Cliff worked to prepare him for a second-chance placement. Please read on about Otis and his new life.
Hello Shela and Cliff,
I wanted you to know the trip went good. Otis seemed to be comfortable with both me and Mike. He likes to be touched and petted. Now that we have arrived home, we are all about settling into the new homestead. There is plenty of room here as you well know. Like his former placement, we have chickens.
Then he came out to play. He ran after his balls and to the boys and back to me. He found a tennis ball under the couch but I took it away. He is so powerful, I was afraid he would take it apart.
Back to the powerful item: I am training him and anyone who opens the door of kennel, he must sit and stay first before coming out and only on command.
And in and out of the door, he must stay at door until told, ” okay, come in” or ” okay, come out”.
Hope I do not sound totally controlling but him flying out either our front or back door could put someone down the stairs either at the end of leash or waiting to come into house.
This morning started at 5:00 am with a great walk.
Oh, hey why did I not do this years ago with larger dogs!! His water dish is a big rectangular Tupperware type bowl. NO WATER on the floor when he drinks!!
Ok, we are off to a great day and Big O just hangs where we are:)
Glad you care so much!!!
Otis was testing the waters this morning but he realized I can just about stand there all day in a quiet voice until he responds. Stinker!! I know he is checking out the territory and new smells but I expect him to respond. I really want to start out right with Otis so we all are happier.
He had loose bowels yesterday but things looking good this morning.
Appreciate the heads up on saying, “ok” when it is not. He barked yesterday about every time someone walked into the room except for me. I would go stand somewhere in the room in his line of vision and say quietly, “Otis, no barking.” and he would stop and lie down.
This morning he hasn’t made a peep at anyone.
He has shown no interest in Shorty (our rescue Beagle–which may be finding a more suitable placement) since the first meeting out front when they were both on their leashes. They kennel in the same room. We are waiting to hear from Mike’s friend who is due back anytime.
Outside yesterday, Shorty so wanted a playmate and Otis turned his back to him and it was business as usual.
Good thing I have a long stride but tell me again the appropriate collar for him. He is really improving about taking me or anyone down the front stairs as I say, “easy” and he slows his pace.
I wish I had had a video of him this morning. He knocked his food dish which was in my hand and (20 pieces of) food went all over carpet . I placed his bowl and told him he could eat and when he finished his bowl, he gently picked up every piece on the carpet.
I love the fact my boys are interested in him and enjoy having him in the house and taking him out for long walks. Even though they are grown adults, they come and go. The fact that it is a good fit for Otis, and them is a huge plus.
We have complained this house was built by little people because of the toilet height and counter height. Funnier still because the second and present owner and his wife are quite tall and he is a builder. Their new home has tall counters; but this one has those designed for a midget–yesterday when Mike was preparing breakfast, Otis came up next to him and placed his head on the kitchen counter. Hilarious!
I also think he may have been from the table. I think this because he sat next me very patiently when we sat down to eat. Regardless, of whether he ever garnered a table-morsel or not, I have forbidden anyone under the threat of death (you know I am speaking figuratively here) to feed him anything other than his food. Doing so would not be doing him any favors in several areas including diet and behavior. Mike told Otis, “down” and he laid down and then he told him if it were him, he would feed him a treat but he would starve waiting for anything from my plate:-)
Above is a photo I took of Wellie and his dad/baby sister on Father’s Day. That was also the week that he turned 5 — I can hardly believe that!!
Wellington is 5 years old!
He is doing well and I think has adjusted to having another center of attention in the house with the baby.
Quinn has won him over…
She has really won him over now that she’s into feeding herself finger foods as she is both messy and loves to share. He quickly realized that her high chair is the perfect height for him to supplement his own dinner. 😉
Wellie swims to stay in shape…
He’s been swimming a lot this summer and I’m certain he is looking forward to hunting season in a few short months.
Wellington is my project…
There is a place here called Vine Gogh that they call an art bar — where they teach you how to paint while you drink wine. They are having a Paint Your Pet night, so while Wellie is not exactly invited to come with, I am going to attempt to paint a portrait of him later this month. I will have to take a picture of that and send it your way if it turns out decent enough. I am looking forward to it.
Breeder’s Note: If you are a long-time OwyheeStar fan, then you might remember Wellington (AKA Wellie) who lives in the Portland, OR area. He is a versatile hunting Weimaraner. He is unique in so many ways, but maybe you would remember his main feature–he has the undocked (European-style) tail. Longhairs are undocked throughout the world, but the American smooth-coat (or shorthair) traditional Weimaraner, is always docked.
Tyler and Carrie had their heart set on having the undocked (European-style) tail. Although that takes a good deal of planning, and we require a larger puppy deposit, it can be done. Interestingly, some European Weimlovers, would like to be able to dock their Weim’s tails. There are pros and cons. That would be a much longer discussion. At the end of the day, it may be more about perception and preference than anything. There are some places other than America it is legal to dock a tail, but in many countries it is not. Once family that moved to Australia, had to prove their Weim came with them (already having a docked tail). Our exports to the UK had a docked tail, as did the Russian export.
Regen is a Versatile Weimaraner
Recently, we posted the article on how Regen is helping save her mother’s life. She serves in a lot of other positions as well. One of her duties is to be a chicken-pointer.
Regen had another birthday.
Regen is my girl and she is saving my life.
She is my jogging partner and with that and learning to eat better I have lost almost 100 pounds. I still have 40 more to lose and with Regen I’ll do it. She is still so playful and she just loves our new additions of backyard chickens. She is so gentle with them and at times a little scared. Ill send pics soon but here is one from yesterday. Adam and I always discussing getting another weim, but currently we are extremely enjoying our Regen girl.
Thanks a million. — Adam and Ingrid
From Carrie (August 6, 2012)
Just wanted to share a few pictures of Wellie as a proud big brother as we welcomed a new baby girl to our family last Thursday. He seems like he doesn’t quite yet know what to make of his new little sister but the introduction has been great so far. He is very timid around her, but so interested and protective of her as well. We couldn’t have hoped for anything better really. We brought home an item of the baby’s (hat & blankets) from the hospital every day before we came home and even then he treated them with a respect we don’t usually see with him of items of that nature — meaning he is 4 and will run off with small soft items like a left behind sock whenever he has the chance. 🙂 We’ve also been sure to make an effort to give him extra attention and stick to his regular schedule as he knows it the best we can. We were hoping for the best as we know what a great dog he’s been, but nervous about the transition in general as he’s really been the center of our family for the last 4 years.
Breeder’s Note: Any time there is a change it is good to proceed with caution. As Carrie said–Wellington has been the center of their lives, and he has to move over and make room for the new human baby. This is a huge deal, but many families pull it off–a few fail. Normally, failure happens because the Weimaraner was not conditioned right early-on. Since it is not one-size fits all types of conditioning, you cannot just say to do these three things, and you have it done. It is more about working through and finding your way. It is about having respect. If the Weimaraner is not well-balanced and respectful of its human leaders, then things can turn bad. There is no time more precarious than when the new baby comes home. Carrie and Tyler have done a great job of raising Wellie and making adjustments. There have been new photos with Wellie, but for some reason, we were unable to capture and save them. Here are some links that show Wellie before the newest arrival: