Category Archives: The Weimaraner
Lucy LOVES popcorn! She learns new tricks very easily with this motivation!
Popcorn is a Cliff favorite and sharing it with the Weims makes it more fun. Stackhouse can count for his; Dusty can catch–sometimes. Cliff likes to put it on the end of their nose and get them to hold it unless he says, “OK” and then the pop it up and try to catch it. We mostly laugh.
We’re writing to update you on River who joined our Family last Spring. We love her so much and she gets along swimmingly with her sister Lagoona (our five-year-old Blue Weimaraner). We thought of sending an update to you both since it’s been seven months now since we picked her up from Cliff in Oregon. Also, I ran into one of your other clients at the pet store the other day who I believe has two short hairs from you both. One is an award winner. Anyway, we can’t express how much joy River has brought to our family and so we wanted to say thank you again to you both and your family for helping to bring so much happiness to our lives.
Here are photos of our fun times at the beach this past September. You can see how happy River is with her sister Lagoona.
All Our Best,
Conor and Erin
We are thrilled you love your new OwyheeStar Longhair Girl (River).
Jan dropped us a note saying–“Hi- I was at PetSmart today (I did not take my dogs in), and I saw a woman with two Weimars, one LH and I knew it had to be one of yours because I know the look. She was Erin with River, we chatted for a few minutes, and I told her about Willow and Cypress. It was nice to meet her.”
We agree that it is special to have two Weims who love you and each other. Many hope to arrive at such a place as you find yourself. We are extremely thankful to receive the update. Thank you, too–for reading the blog and following us.
The New OwyheeStar is Here!
~ Kamikaze (AKA Kaze)
Robin Shares her lap and her chest becomes a pillow later.
We are dropping you a quick note. All went great yesterday with the meet up in Salem. Nancy is awesome. Puppy is eating, drinking, pooping and peeing outside, yeehaa. Had her Vet appointment this morning, the heart is strong, paws and ears are big and she has a stubby tail, oh yes the perfect Wiemer. She received her puppy shot and didn’t even know it happened. You two never cease to amaze me, great job again. Thank you, Mark.
The young pup with a developing immune system should not visit high-risk areas. This idea is open to interpretation; however, if you study the Parvovirus and understand how it is transmitted you would be cautious. The virus is packed on clothing and transmitted with touch. It stays in the ground for months–even survives the hot, dry weather as well as the freezing cold. Your pup can pick it up where infected pups have been. Suspect places are anywhere people frequent with their new puppy–pet areas, parks, pet stores, etc.
At the same time–socialization is essential. You must get the pup out in the environment but do it in the safest manner possible. The youngster needs to experience positive interaction with humans of all sort and other dogs. Be wise about the choices you make.
At the sixteen-week birthday, we recommend doing the vaccine titer test (instead of another puppy shot). The test is more costly than a puppy shot. Nonetheless, vaccine reactions are a threat to your pup’s health. Knowing your puppy has developed immunity invaluable.
How to take a Mud Bath
Every Weimaraner loves a mud bath more than their regular bath right? Stackhouse is related to Atticus and most certainly shares his love of the mud bath. Even in the dead of winter, if he can find a mud puddle he belly flops in it for the sheer delight.
Dear OwyheeStar Applicants
Communication is tricky–no matter whether you are writing, texting or having a discussion. The goal is communicating our idea or thought, or possibly trying to educate someone. I reply to a lot of emails. Then too, there are the application responses. Sometimes this involves a follow-up query to clarify the applicant’s answer or to fill in something left blank. A recent encounter left me feeling cold and licking more than a few wounds; however, I am sure my intent was misunderstood. Maybe I should have added some emojis–honestly, I am not too skilled at using those cute add-ins. That would set a tone rather than leaving the recipient to guess what I mean and the voice behind the ink.
Grammerly.com says, “If there’s controversy around emojis in business communication, then why do we feel compelled to use them? Why not forego them altogether? The simple answer: we want to be better understood. Email communication is notoriously problematic in that it lacks the emotional cues we rely on with face-to-face or phone conversations. Without tone of voice or facial expressions to guide us, there’s a lot of room for misunderstanding when we read an email. Messages meant to be positive are often interpreted as neutral, and neutral messages are interpreted as negative”.
Setting a Positive Tone
Well then, that leaves me being negative sounding a lot. Our application process is an area where I am positive more than a few persons have been miffed by the questions. In fact, someone said they were sick of my interrogation techniques–I was shocked because I was merely asking one question about a two-part question–the second part was left blank. I think the question is valid; they see my asking them as intrusive and are offended. In all honesty, I could have prefaced the question more tactfully–and the addition of emoji may have set a more friendly tone. Would that family have made a good puppy home? We will never know. Of course, I want to avoid these types of scenarios, but when it comes to matters of the heart a lot of things can go sideways. I was scolded and let know their money is good and their character the same. I am sure both things are true; however, that was not what was in question.
A delay may seem like I don’t value you or our application. It is in truth, nothing like that. Rather I am engaged with the must-do and the most pressing things. Some of these cannot wait. Each day I am amazed at the workload for both Cliff and I. At the same time, we give thanks for this opportunity to provide a service so many appreciate.
We Take This Process Serious
The importance of our application process cannot be understated. Asking clear and concise questions to get the information that will clue us about the pup’s future seems valid. Nevertheless, communication issues (being misunderstood) will probably always be an issue. There other factors behind the scene too!
1. Each inquiry has an agenda–sometimes these are hidden (you would be surprised).
2. Everyone has done research; however, no one can guess how deep you are going to be required to dig to get through the Weimaraner puppy phase.
3. Each person comes with experience–this is all too often not going to apply to the Weimaraner. It is hard for a diehard Labrador person to believe this breed is different.
4. Each candidate believes they are ideal. Implying anything less or inquiring about something is offensive. We understand.
5. Dog savvy persons fail with this breed–it happens for a myriad of reasons. Let’s not place blame; instead, let’s agree it happens too often.
6. First-time Weim folks sometimes succeed beyond our wildest expectations. A pattern seems apparent to us. Most of these listen to our advice on how to raise the Weimaraner and do their best to follow it.
7. Honestly, it takes patience and a measure of trust to work with us. We typically have a Wait List. We cannot guess exactly how things will unfold–whether a mating will result in a litter, how many pups will be born, what sex or what coat color they will be. Yes, we sometimes have an all blue litter or an all gray litter; however, most of our litters have mixed coat colors. Some litters will produce a few Longhairs–how many is always in question. There are statistics, but we have learned the hard way that it is an average. The same parents might only produce two Longhair (of eight) pups one year. The next they may yield six of eight. Therefore, when statistically it says you will get 50% or 25% depending on the situation, the percentage can vary more than we expected in a specific litter.
From our side of the Fence
We must consider the pup’s welfare first and foremost. If we don’t have peace about a situation, it might not reflect on you at all. It may mean that we are not the right breeder for you. Sometimes we dare to tell applicants that we feel another breed choice would better suit their needs. Should we ever say that? I think we should. It is our opinion. A person can take it or leave. They can buy the Weimaraner from someone else. If all else fails, they can get one online.
Despite Communication Hiccups
Over time we have forged some beautiful relationships with OwyheeStar clients. If we had passed on the street we might not have given each other more than a nod or a smile; however, our hearts are forever joined. It is amazing how a fur family member can impact our lives in ways we would never have imagined. So, when we delve into the ticky-tacky details we sincerely hope you understand our motive. We are not interested in how much money you have–just that you have enough to give adequate care. Yes, we realize having money means better food and unlimited veterinary care. Nevertheless, even when a person has plenty of money and the desire, it is not a rock-solid guarantee that things will not go sideways.
We thank you for your patience and your understanding. We are honored to think of some many of you are friends. Some of you are more like family. We share things others would never understand.
~ Shela (and Cliff)
Patos is Thriving; I am exhausted!
Weimar Disdain turned to Snuggles and Kisses
The 9-Week Puppy Shot
Big hugs to you and Cliff! ~Meg
We are happy that Sucia has turned the corner and realized that Patos is not only staying, but it is an excellent thing to have a sister.
I am glad you are sticking to the vaccine protocol. It has proven time and again to produce high vaccine titer results–in turn, keeping the additional vaccine at bay with the risk of a severe vaccine reaction.
We do encourage folks to worm their puppy on a regular basis. There are certain things we cannot speak to for a broad-based audience. Each person must decide what the real risk is when it comes to Heartworm–is it vital to start the new puppy on this medication. Well, maybe. If so, should you use the Plus version that covers the worming as well as guarding against the dreaded heartworm scenario? The one caution we do have is to not overload your Weimaraner’s system with a lot of chemicals. Be as Holistic as possible–this is even more important with the young Weimaraner; however, some adult Weims can react to various medications. Proceed with caution and do a bit of research–if there are reports from dog owners who have used a product and it caused seizures, we recommend choosing another option–different pain medication, etc. Weigh the risks and just because one person didn’t have an issue, keep in mind a percentage of Weims do have severe (even life-threatening) vaccine reactions–as well as a low tolerance for certain medications. One that comes to mind is the Rimadyl.
Need I Say More?
It’s crazy to see how much Koda has grown in the 4 months we’ve had him. He used to fit on my lap with no problems and now… well not so much. LOL! He’s doing great. Typical 6 months old.
You Know What I Mean
Ornery, loveable, too smart, counter-surfer and a huge cuddle bug!!! Every day I’m reminded why we added another Weim to the family.
Koda has taken on several behaviors from our 13-year-old, Gabriel. He drools while waiting for you to put the food in his bowl, has to be with one of us constantly and thinks the couch/bed is their property just to name a few. They are truly incredible animals!!! Thanks again for adding so much to our family!
Thank you, Chris, for the glimpse into raising your Koda. We know there have been challenges of the sort you would expect. Nonetheless, you have dug deep and accommodated the new fur-family-member. You are in the thick of adolescent behavior issues, but here you are working at the keyboard with your new kid helping you (tongue-in-cheek humor). The rewards are many, but we understand what it takes to make all this happen. Keep up the great work, and we appreciate your frequent updates on the process–as do our readers.
Some Friends You Choose
~Others Select You
Dear Ellie, I see your kitty is still stalking you—or more aptly getting in your space in your previous report ( click here to see Ellie and her kitty in an earlier OwyheeStar Blog).
It is hard to imagine how life could be more to your liking even though you share your space. The furniture looks comfortable, the blankets cozy. We know the stove will soon be lite to keep you toasty warm. What more could a girl want?
Kaizer is doing great!
He’s doing well with basic commands and loves fetching his toys. He acts all big and tough but is scared to death of kids waiting for the school buds in the early morning and freaks out when he sees his own reflection.
This guy is a tiny tank for now but the vet was shocked at how solid and big he looked at 9 weeks, they think he’s going to be huge.Went camping at the Sawtooth range over the weekend and he loved all the sticks to chew on. Did some swimming and had his first leech experience. I was pleased at how well he behaved around a bunch of strangers (only barking once the whole time) and recieved lots of admiration from all. Lost count of all the times someone would comment on how good looking he was, one comment was even shouted from the other side of a small lake.Thanks for pairing me up with this awesome little guy! ~Peter
It is always great to hear that an OwyheeStar pup is off to a good start. We thank you for remembering us and sending the update including the great photos. We know many of our followers are going to love seeing Kaiser.
We look forward to hearing more as he grows and develops.