Category Archives: Re-homed Weimaraner
Crazy hunting dogs!
You know these critters we love and adore. Yes, I am speaking of the Weimaraner. We adopted a couple of adults from Cliff and Shela–one was Roxy. Let it suffice to say they each have their things–one chews plastic. There is the toting of gloves, shoes, etc. You know quite possibly for what I speak. A person has to be on alert always, and it seems never to end. Roxy had been restless for some time at night. Mothers hear the rustling and the moving because our ear is attuned to it. I had been wondering what might be the problem. Anyhow, I spotted this critter thanks to Roxy.
Mike had to work yesterday, which is unusual for a Sunday. There sat the porcupine gnawing on a log in our back “yard” about 30 feet or so from the house. This taunting action (that troubled Roxy to no end) went on for a couple of hours. Roxy was very excited and drove me crazy.
I finally went out the front door and walked the two Weim kids (Roxy and Sage) because Mike was taking forever to get home. He came home and got rid of it for me. Now there are quills everywhere. Roxy was on high alert up until she finally crashed for the night.
Last night was the first night in a long time when Roxy wasn’t stirring… Maybe this is what has been bothering her, though it could have been anything like deer, raccoons, coyotes, etc. Putting up the 7-foot fence up was worth every penny.
I think we need to shut off the sensor light Mike put in at night, though if there is a full moon, it doesn’t matter.
The Weimaraner has an incredible scenting ability. They also seem to be able to spot critters. Who can guess if the night light turning on is her alert? Maybe not, but quite possibly. In our experience, it doesn’t take much to trigger the sensor lights, and they flip on. Many a night I have gotten up to see what triggered our light to find nothing and to conclude it was probably a night prowling kitty.
At Her New Home
Many of you remember that Mesquite was fortunate to find a fabulous golden-year-placement. She is soaking up the experience inside and out. There are the walks as well as field work where she loves pointing rabbits. She is a bit reluctant to leave sight of Lyle in search of the elusive pheasant, but she does love birds as well.
This year she sits Christmas Tree poised as asked while Lyle snaps a photo. What a good girl. As you can tell, she is much loved and well cared for too! Her eyes speak volumes. OK—I wear the scarf and sit by the tree. Now, can we do something else–snuggle, go for a run, or play a game?
We cannot thank Mesquite’s family enough for all they have done and are doing for this delightful retired OwyheeStar girl. It means the world to us. I guess this is what you call a win-win situation. She went to work at her new position–filling a big hole left in a Washington family’s heart. Good job Mesquite!
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.
And Her New Family
~ Serious Limbo Skills
Just a quick update that Francee is doing great! Here she is either practicing her limbo skills or keeping the critters away 🙂
At work, she has also become a great dog in the costume shop and gives love to all the students who visit. We enjoy our breakfast and lunch walks around the college .
Hope you and cliff are well and thank you again for such a beautiful, smart and loving dog.
Thank you for giving an Outstanding Francee a Golden Year Home. It seems she has adjusted and thrived. We heard you made the Weim gathering in Salem. Everyone was thrilled to meet Francee.
Progress and Improvement
We have both Luke and Cador in training these days. Luke is back to a healthy weight and his coat and ears have totally cleared up. He’s no longer in his crate and has been great with Lilly and Cador. He barks a lot, but we have been working on that and have seen some improvement.
The Young Longhair
Cador is getting big! His coat is beautiful and he’s been a pretty good boy (other than annoying Luke whenever he can). He will reliably sit, lie down, and come. His retrieve is great. Working on his leash skills now.
We took both to the Applegate River last month and are taking them to the coast next week.
These angels not only recently brought home Cador (a Blue Longhair) but they adopted Luke. He has been here for quite some time. His family got into a situation that left them no choice but to return him to us. Thankfully that doesn’t happen often. This return scenario was not an ordinary case–this senior couple was saddened beyond words not to be able to get him back. So, he has found a family and home. Everyone is happy for Luke.
(7/16/2016) Home safe and sound. He slept the whole way and is exploring the yard now. Thank you so much! I attached a picture with Luke, Cador, and Lilly.
This lovely family adopted Luke a return/rescue that could not be kept by a senior family. Isn’t it grand that he has a Blue Longhair brother? He might not love it at the moment; however, soon they will be co-conspirators and inseparable.
Things are Going Well
(7/19/2016) So far housebreaking and crate training have been pretty easy. Luke is scared of Cador, though. It’s pretty funny.
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
The clover has been in bloom. Our neighbor has a two-year clover crop right across from our property. Our hay is looking equally good. The weather is conducive to crop growth; we are not speaking of water shortages so much. The last five years this has been a great concern. It appears that farmers have enough water for this year’s crop.
A not-so-recent-returned Weimaraner (Luke) found a new family. We were so happy that someone would consider him. He is a sweet boy. Our photo features the location of future garage. We would like to get concrete poured for parking but for the present, it is what it is–not so lovely. The happiness of Luke loading up to meet his family is what is important. The report thus far is he is adjusting well.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you review or visit them today! It was a mix of topics–Beginnings, Birthdays, Fun, Finds, left behind, and the concern over the upcoming holiday. The importance of getting your microchip registered cannot be overstated. It is so much less expensive than in the past; past programs charged an annual fee. The lifetime charge with AKC Reunite is reasonable, and their program is effective. There is no reason not to enroll. Just do it!
Monday — June 20 — Kaboom Talk (Register the Microchip)
Tuesday — June 21 — Summer Fun
Wednesday — June 22 — Close Your Eyes (Luna’s Gopher)
Thursday — June 23 — Zeke (Birthday happiness)
Product Review (new review coming soon!)
OwyheeStar blog. It is the only daily blog. There is a somewhat different blog located on our Primary Website–www.OwyheeStar.com. We are doing a once a month product review for www.Chewy.com. Our product for May found favor with Dusty–click here to read more about the Bayou Biscuits.
On a very personal note
We had to add an air conditioner to the dog porch. Scorching heat is on the way and opening the door to the house doesn’t cool that area enough, and it saps the cool from our kitchen. Dining and workstation areas. We had to adjust the puppy yards already too! They proved to need more space than we originally planned. So, it is done and done. We are going to buy some sod this morning and make a few repairs. With puppies, this is an ongoing situation. They are tough on the lawn. This area didn’t have the best grass anyhow.
Cliff has moved his air compressor to the front of the house in the hope of repairing the siding. We removed a window and the original door from that end of the house. It has been boarded up since then. He is going to replace it with the original siding even though there may be other changes in the future. From there the hope is to move to our new entrance and to get the door trimmed as well as a better walkway from the parking area. It won’t be fancy, but new and improved will be appreciated. Time to work on this has to fit around the farm work, the Weims, and the constant battle of the weeds. Why is it weeds thrive with no attention?
(Note–thank you to all of you who continue to send us updates. There is a lot to be learned from other Weimlovers; it puts a smile on our faces too!)
There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are immensely grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. There is no end in sight of our farmhouse remodel. We are doing it ourselves, and it is the installment plan–we are not borrowing to do this. We buy something and install it. Therefore, having the updates is greatly appreciated than usual–it is always a blessing!
Then The Two Blue Sisters
Four years ago we rescued this beautiful girl–a sister to our first OwyheeStar. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. When Cliff and Shela let us know they might get her back, we asked for the first chance to adopt her. We had met her and her mother on several occasions at the dog park, etc. It has been a beautiful, entertaining, and wacky journey.