2017 39th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~October 7, 2017

Nielsen Farm 2017 4th Hay Cutting-5Welcome to October! It seems as summer has flown by and that was after a longer than typical wait. None of that might be true; however, there is no denying the last winter saga has cast a shadow forward. Winter-loving sorts are looking forward to the snow and all that goes with it. Others who work in the element, drive a lot or remember the extraordinary Western Treasure Valley snowpack are not so ready. The collapse of buildings is still in our recent memory. Driving through Vale, there is the lot with the collapsed building fenced–it is a sad reminder. Many of these losses have not been replaced, and several are not yet cleaned up. Predictions are for something similar, and we can hope that the loses are not as impacting.

Our hay guy showed up with the John Deere Steamer-Baler sporting the American Flag. I love patriots. The American Farmer has recently gotten a bad wrap. You may not agree with everything that surrounds the farming industry, but we ought never forget America has had the best food supply in the world. Today we salute area farmers who work long hours and raise a variety of crops.

Apollo

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Our Story

Apollo joined our family September 30th. What an adventure it has been! Apollo comes to our family after many, many, many years of research, discussion, and patience. Our 12-year-old son, Simione has been the most patient and has had dreams and big plans for our Mr. Apollo. And now, the adventure begins. Apollo’s arrival comes just three days before Simione’s birthday, so there has been much to celebrate!
 
Anthony (dad) went to Pendleton to pick up our beloved boy Apollo (Blue Weim) while mom was helping with a lab fair event for our local community and Simione was getting ready for another football game on a bright, sunny Saturday. Simione was anticipating Apollo’s arrival but knew that more than likely he would not be home until well after his football game was over. To his surprise, Apollo showed up at halftime and only moments later did Apollo catch the watchful eye of Simione after he came running off the football field and to the sidelines with the rest of his team. I am not sure I have ever seen a boy have that big of a smile on his face! Once the game finished, it was time for an eager boy to finally meet his dog Apollo. The moment is one our family will never forget.
 

The Transition

Apollo has done an amazing with the transition to our home and becoming such an important part of our family. He lets us know when he needs to go potty and is keeping our kids very active. Simione spends every second of his time playing and even snuggling Apollo and often begs to bring him to school pick-ups and drop-offs just to get those extra few minutes with him each day. Apollo will start being introduced to some fresh sheds we found earlier this spring in hopes to get him started early on shed hunt training. We have a pretty busy lifestyle between community events, sports, school activities, hunting, etc. but Apollo is a champ and has been with us participating and getting lots of attention in the process from friends and strangers. Apollo is one loved puppy!
 

The Vet Visit

Apollo had his first veterinary appointment on Wednesday, Oct. 4th – he was confident and content and rocked his vaccination! More love and affection must have contributed to this because our local vet staff already adore him. Apparently, we only have a couple of other weims in our area, so they did mention that it is very rare they get to see such a beautiful boy!
 

Overall, it’s safe to say that we are head over heels for Apollo and so grateful that he is a part of our family. 

Breeder Comment

This pup is one of the Bernie X Boone 2017 Litter–a littermate to Cypress. We are excited to hear he is doing well. We hope everyone will stay in touch as the process unfolds. I think all the readers will agree that it is fun to join in the fun–and sometimes the not so lovely antics.

Living In

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Cypress, Willow‘s new Weimar sister, is learning the ropes from her big sister.  Jan expects that she will follow in the very large paw-prints Willow has left in the sand. There big plans in store for little Miss Cypress with the long ears and big toes. She is already busy winning friends and influences others.

First Vet Visit

     ~Jan reports

22136876_10213786131310788_46916378947920942_oI just wanted to let you know that Cypress had her vet appointment today, Dr. Onorati loves her temperament and health!  She is 100% healthy, negative stool sample, had her DAPPv and got treats and hugs from vet staff.

I also took her to DMPD for a quick visit, of course, everyone adored her! It was an exhausting day for the newest superstar.

Breeder Comment

We are happy that you two are off to a great start. Getting in the 100 hundred touches in a hundred days–all in low-risk locations. We know how important it is to avoid the places that people unknowingly frequent with their infected pups–leaving behind the dreaded Parvovirus. At the same time, we need to continue the socialization process. Where Cypress is going to be working with the public, it is even more vital. We are sure she is going to take to all the attention.

Two Years

With Ringo

     ~The Birthday Boy

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Today is my dog Ringo’s 2nd birthday! I am routinely shocked and amazed that the creature greeting me at the door and sleeping on my sofa is my dog. We have a dog. When did this happen?? In honor of his birthday, here are some links to several guest submissions I shared to his breeder’s blog: And Then There Was More Ringo At Lake Michigan Happy Birthday, Ringo! Get your paws off the counter!

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Breeder Comment

Ringo lives in Michigan. No, we don’t sell many Weimaraners to the midwest or the east coast. A few extraordinary people have convinced us on occasion to do so. These people tend to fly into Boise and to carry the puppy home as their carryon. Ringo began his journey in this manner.

He has been on our blog several times. We thank his family for making that happen. He is one of the special requests–having the undocked tail. So, his early beginning was unique in many ways. Yesterday, he turned two years. He continues to live the good life, and for this we are ecstatic.

The 7 Steps To Success

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22137020_10213771625108142_1638204146398558713_oNote: This is a repost of an article we have shared several times. Our pups are ready to acclimate to their new environment upon arrival. We recommend not over-thinking at the early stages.

  1. Be committed — Commitment to the process is primary. Training your pup will take time. Think of this as a journey (a road trip) with a destination in mind. Don’t set timelines; instead, take this adventure together. It will take as long as it takes for each achievement. Sometimes just when you think, you have arrived; your Weimaraner will hit a snag or transitional phase. There are many of these stages in the first couple of years. As with an adolescent, they can be going along well and suddenly regress. Please take this in stride it is nothing personal. The first occurrence could well be prior to week twelve. Stay calm and move ahead–this is how to avoid ingraining fear or some unwanted behavior.
  2. Keep your eye on the young puppy at all times—This is vitally important for at least the first 2-3 weeks, or until you have the housebreaking part accomplished. Use a crate, bag, or soft-side crate to confine the pup when you cannot be vigilant. The crate should not be too large. If it is more than they need they may select one end for a potty area.
  3. Be consistent–Do everything in the same manner! For example, the pup wakes up and stirs. At first, you would pick them up and carry them out to the area where you want them to go potty. Each time you see them circling or rousing from a nap go to the potty-area. If you use the bells hung at the door, then ring them as you go out the door. Soon they will be ringing the bells as a signal for you to open the door.
  4. Keep it simple — Although your pup can learn amazing things, it is best to do a few simple things and build upon those experiences. The process will unfold naturally if you allow it to do so; start with getting them to come. Although they all follow and come to us, it is different once they start to mature. Do the hallway exercise (5-7 retrieves each night). By using a hallway (with adjoining doors closed) there is nowhere for them to escape with the toy, ball, or dummy. Some people treat them when they bring the item to their hand. It is not necessary. The activity is a reward in and of itself. Have a couple of bumpers or toys (designated for this activity). Make it an event every day until you move to the yard because you have compliance.
  5. Keep it fun — Weimaraners are brilliant and learn quickly. A trainer might tell you to work for an hour and even a half hour doing one exercise every night, but we suggest ten minutes. Do it for ten minutes and then do something fun. This approach works for us! If your Weim pup loses interest, you lose ground in the training process.
  6. Remember it is about your relationship — No matter what you are doing it is important to remember that Weims are all about relationship. If they get their feelings hurt, things can go sour quickly. Your bonding experience is vital to the success of this relationship. Take time to think and see things from their perspective. You are the center of their world. They not only want to control you, but they want to own you. Weimaraners are the ultimate Velcro dog and must learn how to stay alone. Your relationship is a double-edged sword. They need a lot of time, attention, and affection. They also need to find ways to cope when you are absent. We recommend starting this process very early, or they will come to expect you will be there 24 X 7. Separation anxiety can be a huge issue in this breed.
  7. Be patient — When you go out to teach your pup a skill, make sure it is a learn-able task. Plan enough time to accomplish the task–but keep your training focused to ten to twenty minutes maximum. The short bursts of success are more effective than lengthy sessions. Your attitude and demeanor play into the equation too! If you are feeling stressed, forego training your Weimaraner. There are many methods of training. Nevertheless, choose one that enhances your bonding experience and one that creates a respectful environment for all concerned.

The best Weimaraner people are those that are natural leaders. Anytime you feel your relationship is stressed then you are going down the wrong road. The persons that are neither too strict nor too lenient are usually, the ones that excel. Regardless of what happens, it is always best to pro-active than to be reactive. Stay calm. Keep it simple. Get results. Plan little steps of learning and build upon them. Try our 7 steps to Success, and we believe you will be on the right path.

Wishing you fewer puppy bites and more puppy kisses

~ Shela and Cliff

New Hairdo

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     Oh, and have a Mohawk.

Maybe you noticed the above Facebook post. For all those wondering about the Longhair; I suppose many might view this as over-the-top. Nevertheless, the Longhair addict has been known to indulge in activities not available to those having the traditional smooth coat. Now, I can hear some of you saying, “Thank God!” Regardless, it is all in fun. Goldee has been a Superstar–she models professionally but also for Grandma Terri Jacobson who has provided countless high-quality photos that we were able to share on our blog. Thank you, Grandma Terri!

What did I mean by indulging other than combing the occasional Mohawk? How about the braid that Holly and Goldee shared like twins? Click here to see that slideshow. It is all in fun. The non-longhair crowd imagines this hair is different than the reality. It doesn’t mean there is not a bit more grooming; however, with the grooming it is manageable. There is not the pile of hair along the woodwork, nor is the yellow oil stain on the wall. Neither is a thing with this breed. Your clothing, the furniture, and whatnot are not covered with hair. Even the traditional coat sheds, so yes, you can find hair. Nevertheless, in comparison with other breeds, I think we can call it nominal.

The toe fluff can be groomed if you want to get away from the extra tracking effect. Nothing can save you from the Weimaraner that chooses the mud bath. What can I say? That requires at least a rinsing. We have known people who get their Longhair shaved for the summer–yes, the hair comes back. And just in case you didn’t know, there is a double coat–the thick undercoat with the feathering that can vary in the amount and length. A smooth coat who carries the DNA marker for the Longhair might have the double-coat with not real feathering. Or they may have a little wavy hair down their back, on their tail, etc.

You cannot brush the hair up into a Mohawk style or braid it unless they are a true Longhair. Some celebrate these events and love the wavy ears. Toe hair gets photographed. Who knew, it would be a thing? While some detest what many call the Other Weimaraner, the number of fans continue to grow. It is a fascinating phenomenon.

And There Was

Cypress

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We Wish Jan all the best with her newest family member–Cypress. We are sure they will do great things together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 38th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~September 30, 2017

 

What’s Behind?

The Photo Shoot

~ or the glamor photos as I like to call them

A lot happens behind the scenes. The pups in this photo shoot are three-weeks-old.  They are not willing participants. We are not professional photographers. We have decent equipment–thank goodness. We take a lot of photos to get a few we consider good enough to post for the weekly update. Cliff and Christina run the camera. Sometimes there is puppy whispering involved or mollycoddling too. The pups see and hear so we make noise and try to get them to look at the camera–the result is often something entirely different.

 

Eventually, We Get Something Like This

Please Note: These are not current pups available for placement. They are pictures from a previous photo shoot.

Our Review

Dave’s Premium Canned Food

Dave's Premium Dog FoodOwyheeStar Disclaimer–We are reviewing this product in conjunction with our relationship with Chewy.com. They give us the great honor of being one of their influencers. What it means–is they (Chewy. com) sends us a product each month, and we review it with our Weimaraners.

We could never recommend a product and especially a company that didn’t excel in providing service. We have many stories (which we will forego here) about how they take care of their clients–OwyheeStar included. If you give them a try, we feel you will find their service is excellent and the price is always reasonable. Your order may have never shipped faster or arrived at your doorstep this quickly.

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Canned dog food is always a favorite. None of our Weims have ever turned their nose up to any brand offered. Some look better when you open the can; however, there are factors you cannot judge by smelling or looking at the food. It is a shocking study if you check our canned food–some is made from ingredients you do not want to think about.

We like to check with the Dog Food Advisor. You can learn a lot there about various foods. Click Here to read about Dave’s Premium Canned Dog Food. There are many reasons this brand of canned food gets such a high rating from the Dog Food Advisor–the quality ingredients plus more. Honestly, a few other canned seemed more tempting–looking like a good stew with big chunks of meat. Nevertheless, the ingredients are not premium. We like Dave’s Premium, and so does Zula Blue!