Category Archives: Weim Tales
~No Cats Allowed
Ellie loves to rest on the couch by the fire with her blanket covering her. Unfortunately, so do the cats. The black cat likes to “knead dough” on the blanket, especially if Ellie is under it. This really annoys Ellie. In this picture, Ellie is pretending the cats aren’t there.
All the Best, Bob
Thank you, Bob, for sharing Ellie’s dilemma. I am sure she is not the first to cope with unwanted attention in this manner. You’d think though, that she would relish the idea of the kitty-kneading away. What a silly girl she is–and those cats make sure they are never too far away. (Haha)
~Pilikia and Kula Bleu
~Our Mud Boy
Murray loves to hunt, dig gophers get muddy, filthy dirty, jump in the water and roll in the pasture. He is always on guard for anything out of the norm around our place. He is Mr. personality and is so stinking smart.
When digging up gophers he will rip chunks of soil up and end up with a mouthful of dirt.Crazy dog, good thing he doesn’t live in LA
Thank you, for sharing about Murray and his affiliation with mud. He comes by it honestly, Stackhouse can be going along at a good pace; however, should he come upon a mud puddle flopping in it is essential.
For those who don’t remember Murray, he lives near Baker, Oregon. He has several fur family members who reside and work the ranch with him. The list includes another OwyheeStar Longhair Bodhi. Watch for the lengthy detailed report (coming soon) featuring the two Longhairs who live the excellent ranch life with Rebecca and Jerry.
~Healthy and Smart
We wanted to give you a Dasher update. He is just shy of 11 months and he is one happy, healthy, smart pup! He’s not too hard on the eyes either. We have had two other Weims and Dobermans before Dash, but I can’t remember any of them being this intuitive. He figures things out faster than any other dog I have ever had, sometimes he’s too smart for his own good!
He is also super obedient. When out in the woods, he stays close to us on walks and when I let him run free he always comes back immediately on the first call, even if he’s playing with other dogs. Of course, this took some training but he picked it up at light speed. I can’t emphasize this enough. A couple of months ago I had put up sections of fencing to keep him out of certain areas of our backyard. One day I accidentally threw a toy in one of these areas only 3 ft from me, and this toy was visible on the other side of the fence. Dasher went to the fence and within a few seconds realized that he couldn’t get to it, even though it was right in front of him. He then paused, looked around, and then ran to the opposite corner of the yard where there was a missing panel I had just removed earlier that morning while gardening. He ran around the yard navigating through the fenced off areas to get to the toy, and this was no easy feat. He then retrieved it to show it to me. I was stunned. He was proud of himself for figuring it out. Seriously what dog does that? None that I have ever had in 50 years of dog ownership.
Thank you again for all of your love, effort, and hard work at OwyheeStar! Dasher is a special boy and proof that you are special breeders!!!
Dave & Audrey
Dave and Audrey–we so appreciate you thinking of us with this update. This week we got an inquiry from a less than cordial person. They picked apart what we do–I sent them packing asking they not write me back. Life is too short. Even though we know what we have going, their words were hurtful–but absurd. I am glad they will be someone else’s problem. And then along comes your update. Wow! Thank you, for that endorsement.
We know it is impossible to avoid every issue. I don’t care how much health testing you do–something is going to catch up with you. Anyone who breeds long enough will find out this truth. There is no escaping it. Regardless, having the same DNA pool for generations (in my way of thinking) is a huge advantage.
We are thrilled to hear how delighted you are with Dasher on every level. May he live long and bring you joy for all those years. Did I say that we meet the most incredible people through our Weims?
If Your Weim
~ Doesn’t Swim
Yesterday, we shared what happens during our puppy swim–something we do weather permitting with each litter. Doesn’t this guarantee the Weimaraner will take naturally to the water? No. Nonetheless, it expands their experience, imprints the idea of the water, and gives their family inspiration to keep them swimming.
Not every Weim that swims at OwyheeStar takes to the water. This concrete-thinking breed can get a notion that they don’t want to do that. They can get spooked–that is never a good thing. If that happens, don’t make the mistake of ingraining the fear by babying them. Stay matter of fact and move forward as if everything is just fine–because it is.
The extremes our OwyheeStar folks to achieve the Swim is impressive. The benefits are too many to list here. You know–it is a great way to get a lot of exercise without damaging the young Weim’s joints. It is a fabulous way to expend a lot of energy–speaking of the water retrieve. (Once the Weimaraner embraces that activity), then you have a lifetime of tossing the ball for the retrieve. We used to use a rocket launcher to toss the bumper way out in the reservoir. Cliff’s arm could only make so many throws–this solved that solution. Even then, we stopped sending before the Weims were ready. They would swim for the bumper until they could no longer go if allowed.
If you are looking for Inspiration, look no further.
- Skeeter Valentine
- Earlier Skeeter Water work
- Emma’s Swim
- Tomorrow — I want to post the pool/pond built for our Client’s Two Weims. Watch for that!
- Trigger — a Versatile Hunter who Water Retrieves
- Charlie Mae and Murphy
About Jean’s Skye
~ Part Two
Skye is dominant, small but mighty. She weighs about 50 pounds and petite. Her size doesn’t matter as she controls all the goings on in the house as well as the other dogs. Fetch is her game, although she doesn’t like to give the ball back, so it takes 2 balls to play with her. She keeps one in her mouth and chases the other, which we have to go retrieve ourselves once she “tags” it with her foot. Oh well, keeps us in shape too!
Skye loves to compete in AKC Rally competitions and also AKC Nosework competitions. She is competing at the Rally Excellent level currently and should complete her title by this summer.
Skye is amazing and challenging. Jean, you have done a fabulous job with this girl. It takes knack, follow-through, and more. Despite the challenge, you have been able to achieve great success–these titles are no small thing. You know all too well what is required to achieve merit in any competition. Great job–we are honored to call you our friend, as well as an OwyheeStar client. Thank you, for all you do!
Open and Shut
~ Still Learning New Things
Henry loves to let himself back in the house when he is outside. This morning I started training him to close the door. Tonight, he is closing it without me pointing at it, I’m confident he will be closing doors soon. Still such a smart boy.
Henry is amazing, but so are his humans. Kudos to both! Click here to read the last blog that featured this lovely Oregon Weimar.
~Or Maybe I should say Hoomans.
Welcome to 2018. Do I look like trouble? I think not! Whatever story you are posting on Facebook or Instagram I am not buying it. Not even for a nickel like my Mama used to say. What can you buy for a penny or a nickel anyhow?
The chewing, the puppy-biting, and whatnot are unfortunate. This OwyheeStar Blog has quite a few posts that discuss these topics. Well, before today there were 2623 posts–who is counting? That is a lot of updates and bits of information. In talking with Shela, we thought maybe it would be a good idea to post some links that might be helpful so you can get me on track.
- Puppy Biting Whoas
- Weimaraner Puppy Biting Revisited
- Miss Darcy (Shark Baby) Part Two
- 7 Steps To Success
- Berkley (update and what’s for dinner)
- Lap Dog (and the twists and turns)
- Stella (Not short on Adventures)
- Koda (at six months)
It is important to be pro-active instead of reactive. Remember the habits you allow me to start might be with us for a lifetime. Our relationship is primary to my wanting to please; however, if you allow me the upper paw, then you are duped.
From Cliff and Shela
We hope you find this post helpful as we begin a new year. If you are a subscriber to our OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog, we thank you. If not, maybe you want to consider subscribing. It is easy enough. Check out the top righthand column. If you are merely looking for information, we hope you find what you need. Directly below the subscription area, you will see a search box. You can search the blog for specific information. You may also click on any of the many listed categories. We realize there is a lot of information to sort through and read, but we hope you find this helpful.
Our clients and their updates are vital to our blog’s success. We could not manage without their gracious updates. We also believe that sharing information helps many with their own Weimar. Most people though just live vicariously through reading about your Weim’s antics and seeing the photos you send.
Until Proved Otherwise
It is said we are believed innocent until proven guilty. The Weimaraner knows how to play the role of innocence. Looks are everything, right?
And when all else fails, and you are caught in the act, what do you do? Then there is denial I suppose. It was the neighbor dog, the cat, the kids, or dad. Well, the fuss on my lip was from me cleaning up you know. Don’t you appreciate my effort?
Didn’t I say it was someone else? I am just the innocent bystander I tell you. Now, where is that Puppuccino?
~What We Don’t Want
The emergency Vet Vist probably tops our list. It is the quickest way to spoil our celebration. Nonetheless, is there a time when our attention is more divided? The snatch and grab Weimaraner could abscond with some spectacular finds. They are everywhere–the counter, the dining table, the plates, and possibly on the floor. One thing you might overlook–the rising bread dough or rolls. Bread Dough Toxicosis can prove life-threatening. Maybe a toddler is waving a turkey leg. Is that an invite? The opportunist Weimaraner will make the most of this food-driven holiday gathering.
The humans at your table–they are a significant threat to the Weimaraner. Who doesn’t want to sneak the pup a treat? But too many sneaks and the gut can become overloaded even with acceptable food. The sensitive Weim might have a bout of pancreatitis from too much fatty food. Then there are the cooked poultry bones–be sure if you throw them out it is where the Weimaraner cannot steal them.
You Might Consider
What if you made a plate for the Weimaraner that everyone could help share? This plating idea might work. Here are some excellent choices.
- Turkey — no bones
- Green beans (plain)
- Squash or Pumpkin (plain)
- Apple slices (without the seeds)
~ to mention a few
- Mashed Potatoes
- Corn on the Cob
- Nuts (pecans and Macadamia)
- Grapes and Raisins
You can bake a Weim cookie or a Weim pie that forgoes the seasonings. Eggs and pumpkin and a tiny bit of milk will bake up nicely. You could make the crust using treats. Possibly make them in a silicone cupcake pan or cupcake papers. We are not saying it cannot be a lot of fun for the Weimar too. However, no one wants the unthinkable to spoil all the fun.