Category Archives: Weimaraner puppy news
At One Week
Griffey is doing absolutely fantastic and fitting into our family perfectly.
Commands: He is very good with the “sit”, “fetch”, and the “here” commands. We were pleasantly surprised with how easy these were to him. A couple 10-15 minutes sessions the first week did the trick. We are still working on “drop it” and “stay” but I am sure he will get it as we are more consistent with him. He loves his bird toys and tennis ball.Eating: He eats like a champ. We make him sit before we allow him to his bowl and he is now used to that and eating in one sitting (generally 2-5 minutes).Potty training: He is a dream when it comes to potty training. Because I work from home I am able to keep him consistent and he has only had 3 accidents in the house (all of them being my fault). We never punish him for this as it’s not his fault at all. When we do take him out he immediately eliminates. I generally kennel him a few hours a day while working and we always use the backyard afterwards.His brother Nordy (the cat): They still are warming up to each other but Nordy has made huge progress. Nordy will lay in the middle of the living room while we love on Griffey. He sits up on top of the couch and watches Griffey. Nordy is patient with Griffey when he paws at and nips at Nordy. I am optimistic they will be great friends very soon.Crate training: The first few nights were rough, but that is to be expected. The last couple nights have been great where he sleeps from 9:30ish – 5:00 or 6:00 when we normally get up. We have slowly moved his crate back to the far corner of our room (where he will remain).Leash: He is getting more comfortable on the leash. We leave his lead on a couple times a day to get him use to the tension and we walk him around the house and yard when he eliminates so he is used to that as well.Quirks: A couple of the funnier things that he does are…
- He loves to put bark in his mouth (our backyard has bark in it), which we obviously disallow and don’t want him swallowing.
- When he sleeps hard he rolls over on his back with all four paws extended out and sometimes snores which we think is adorable.
- He likes to play hide and seek under the bed (which we tried to keep him from but the cat goes under there and I think he wants to play).Griffey truly has stolen our hearts and we cannot wait to give more time and love to him to make him the best dog we can. Thank you very much for breeding amazing family members and all the hard work that goes into delivering amazing dogs to your clients.
Alex & Morgan
P.S. I will be going down to Roseburg next week for work and plan on bringing a couple of my sheds home so he can start smelling and touching them in hopes we can get him out (after shots) to find more for us.
Happy May Day!
We are saying goodbye to the April Showers and the fickle weather, right? Most of us are hoping we have seen the last of the snow and some relief from the pounding rain. Who can guess? In reality, as we move through life we learn there are many unknowns. There is no way to plan for every unfortunate situation.
OwyheeStar received notice that Puppy #5’s family has such a situation and they cannot bring him home. It was an eleventh-hour notice. That is never a good thing for us or the pup. So we say May Day-May Day-May Day. Is there anyone who contacted us before about a Longhair or that has been secretly hoping for one that is ready? Cliff is meeting two families with their pups on this coming Friday in Burns, OR.
Of course, he is an awesome little pup. He has a very good nose–would do well for the shed hunter, etc. Here is his first swim!
We are sending out a little May Day distress signal to you all. It would be ideal (for the puppy and our situation) if he found a home where he could join his family at the same time the other pups are leaving. Thank you, for your consideration.
May Day–May Day–May Day
It derives from the French ‘venez m’aider’, meaning ‘come help me’.
It is repeated 3 times ‘Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.’
“A Mayday situation is one in which a vessel, aircraft, vehicle, or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Examples of “grave and imminent danger” in which a Mayday call would be appropriate include fire, explosion or sinking.
Mayday calls can be made on any frequency, and when a Mayday call is made no other radio traffic is permitted except to assist in the emergency. A Mayday call may only be made when life or craft is in imminent danger of death or destruction.”
In aviation, in addition to fire, a ‘Mayday’ distress call could be used for engine failure, electrical failure, fuel starvation, disorientation, control failure, or any condition where the safety of the flight is in question.
The First Swim
I posted this video on Facebook yesterday. I never gave it much thought, but it deserves an explanation. There are six puppies; four are Longhairs. Of the six, five have the natural European-style tail–full length. This tail length is typical around the world for the Longhairs–and it is the Breed Standard. You may have noticed that the one Blue Ghost puppy has a full-length tail too. It was by request.
The traditional undocked puppy requires advance notice. We have a very specific protocol for this situation. I will forego the details here, other than to say we require a larger deposit for the obvious reasons. The number of inquiries regarding the undocked tail continues to increase each year.
Introducing Something New
The pups had never seen more than their water dish. Cliff set them in the water as gentle as possible. They all swam. The Weimaraner has webbed toes, and it should be noted that they are often excellent swimmers. When introducing them to water, it is important to be sure they don’t get spooked. Cliff uses lots of patience when he is working an older pup or an adult into the water. Obviously, you cannot carry them out into the water and then set them gently as Cliff did with the pups.
It is important not to spook them. The best technique is to engrain the love of the retrieve from and early age. This obsession with the retrieve works in your favor to get them into the water. A pond with sloping sides is ideal. First, get them retrieving along the water’s edge. Gradually you will ease them out where they must go beyond the bottom. This process could take a couple of days or weeks. With patience, any Weimaraner can learn to swim.
Here is Stackhouse
~ another Longhair
Keep In Mind
All Weimaraners have the potential to take to the water. It takes a bit of knack and patience. Our puppy imprinting does guarantee success–nor does it hurt the process. The retrieving and water-work sometimes get cast to the side during the flurry of early adjustment. There are so many things pulling at the process it is easy to forget a few. Socialization (a lot of touches in a safe way), exposure to noise, ingraining the love of the retrieve (not playing keep away) as well as engaging the pup with water are equally important. Balancing everything you are trying to accomplish–the basics we keep talking about and a lot more while doing it in the right manner is not a small task. It is important to spook them and create a fear of people, places, or situations. Some pups are more sensitive to stimuli, and others let it roll off their back. Approach the process with caution staying optimistic and upbeat. Small steps to success will get you results. Preconceived ideas should be shelved. See what you can become together.
~ The Russian First Blue Weimaraner
International Show Champion Title
Here are some photos of Gabriel taken in Russia–some when she was younger and the others are recent outdoor snapshots.
Gabriel’s owner sent a courier to bring her to Russia. We get quite a few International requests, but very few receive much consideration. There is a myriad of reasons we don’t seek these type of arrangements.
It is a lot of work to prepare for the International Transport of a pup. There are legal requirements that have to be met.
We will not export where the pup is traveling to a location that requires quarantine.
There are a lot of things that could go sideways; they are across the ocean from us.
- A health issue could arise–no one can guarantee a living creature will not develop one. Of course, it is our goal, but after so many years, we know it is impossible.
- The prized Weimaraner might not produce offspring.
- Anything could happen when this DNA pool is joined with their current DNA pool.
- The distance for the pup to travel and the obstacles are many. Even with a courier they arrive disillusioned and stressed.
- We live near Boise, ID–the west coast is a long way from most locations. Being near Boise complicates things. There are fewer direct flights, out of Boise. That means additional plane changes are required to get anywhere.
- The paperwork we acquired for the International flight is time sensitive. If anything stalled, it might have to be replaced.
- The cost is considerable. The workload for Cliff is an added burden.
We are very selective about to whom we share International breeding rights with for the above reasons plus others. We have limited time and resources. We are not Show Breeders. Igor wanted to bring the first Blue Weimaraner to Russia. That meant whatever happened it was going to draw attention. Dog politics are a thing. Over time, this has proven out well for Igor and those who have gotten Gabriel’s offspring; however, imagine if she would have failed to produce a litter? What if, she didn’t work out with his existing Stud Dog? Worse yet, if she failed to make a good showing, it would have been a lot of time and effort (and well as a huge chunk of change spent) for nothing. It is risky. We didn’t charge Igor more for Gabriel (even if we probably should have), but he had to pay all the expenses associated with getting ready to leave. They were substantial. He had to hire a courier because we would not ship using an International Broker Service. There are so many ways this could have gone badly, but it didn’t Gabriel (Livee X Blue) has made us proud. Thank you, Igor, for being a person of your word and doing great things with this Blue girl. We know it was not an easy task. It gets more complicated when you add the travel and the distance.
Darcy’s best friend, Lexi make a cute couple. When we go to visit, they play together for hours and hours. It’s fun to watch. Who knew a St. Bernard and a Weimaraner would make such good friends?
-Braydon and Julie
Not long ago, we met Darcy–here are the links for your convenience:
This photo of Darcy and her BFF helps us realize how quickly a Weimaraner pup grows. She was born April 11th–she is almost five months old. You can see she is adult-looking but just a powerful, active puppy. It is grand she has a lovely friend with which to romp.
While the folks picked huckleberries and filled their buckets, I filled my tummy!
Maizie, the Huckleberry picking queen! We didn’t do bad either.
I have been picking huckleberries at Lost Lake since the 70’s–and this is the best I have ever seen it! We came home with 3 gallons!
Maize is an amazing girl. She goes on many adventures other than berry picking. Here are a few of those adventures; however, life is a daily run. Those feet keep her going. Maybe she needs some Musher’s Secret–a year-round foot conditioner that protects the paws. Give it a try!
Mousse X Stackhouse
~ The Titer Test Results are In!
We had the titer test done last week. It showed positive so Maverick is good with the vaccines that he has had done so far. Our Vet recommended that we bring him in this week for his rabies.
I have attached a recent picture of him. He is getting big! If his paws are any indicator… he is going to be a BIG boy!
Western Oregon Gathering
A group of Weim-loving fans gathered last Saturday. Since then they have been posting photos and tidbits. No, this is not exclusive to OwyheeStar; however, the founders are tied closely to our Weims.
Wendy (Roo’s Mama) writes
Salem play date w/ Rupert! Mister was thrilled to meet a bunch of other weimers from our amazing breeder❤ Blue’s and Silvers galore, short & longhaired & all the dogs were incredibly sweet!
We held down the senior section being Roo still has to take it easy👵🏻 thank you Holly for inviting us & thank you Luna’s parents for hosting! *Clearly Terri’s pictures are the ones to watch for, I can’t wait to see them! 🐶💕😘👍🏻💛☀
This event was hosted by Nancy (Luna’s Mama) and spearheaded by Holly (who lives with Goldee and Maverick–two Longhair Weimaraners). If you are interested in joining the fun, contact Holly (on Facebook) to make arrangements for a future playdate. Or if you are looking to meet an OwyheeStar and live in the Salem-Portland area, you could probably connect with an event to get a feel for what the Weimaraners might bring to your life. Good news too–there is a variance of coat lengths and colors. You can see firsthand what they look like and talk to someone who lives with one of these quirky quandary producing creatures.
Holly’s Mama Terri has the pet photography business —Terri Jacobson Photography and we are positive there will be some of her professional photos coming soon. Nonetheless, these captures are wonderful. Don’t you agree?