Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Winter Wetness

In Malheur county and here at the old farmhouse, we have an Early Spring-like scenario. Yes, it is freezing, but warming up during the day. We have mud–a lot of mud. It is not the time to flee cabin-fever and go out the sagebrush-covered hills searching for the devilish Chukar. Even with four-wheel drive, the most skilled of drivers might find themselves stuck beyond all hope of getting out without assistance. Some are escaping to the upper country and exploiting the snow –snowmobiling and skiing, etc.

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Atti’s pups are ready for the Discovery and Placement Test–at least by all appearances. Christina had them out on the lawn–any more extended travel plan (around the farm) is out of the question. We are anxious to see how they perform come Monday. To us, they seem very advanced and undaunted by the unusual–an excellent scenario.

This Week On the Blog…

We hope you enjoyed the various posts this week–including the one featuring Cliff–The Man Behind OwyheeStar.

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. 

It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

For Your Review

Sunday— Jan. 3 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Jan. 4 — Bailey Blue

Tuesday – Jan. 5 — Bella

Wednesday — Jan. 6 —The Man Behind OwyheeStar

Thursday –- Jan. 7 — Bella, Again

Friday — Jan. 8 — Duke is Not the Newest

On a very personal note

There is not much to report–things are per usual. Cliff is still working cleaning his shop and eliminating things he figures he will never use. He is working on the Jeeps–no surprise. Of course, we celebrated Cliff’s 70th birthday modestly. I made a homemade gluten-free bundt cake that was deep with chocolate flavor and moist. I have to make an effort not to lose that recipe. And I must admit that for once, I followed the recipe exactly–the author warned that it was the best chocolate bundt cake ever, but you had to follow the steps exactly to get that outcome. (OMG). Fortunately, I had the ingredients essential and didn’t improvise.

COVID-19 is on a rampage, and we are staying in as much as possible. I have bought groceries through the curbside delivery–at least, it was better than sometimes in the past.

Ambrosia has been somewhat busy this week. There were cheesy crotons along with freeze-dried hamburgers, chicken fried steak, and liver. The latter is for our pregnant female Weimar gals. We have four more trays of the croutons and one tray of grated carrots–the carrots should be excellent for dropping into a homemade soup.

Duke is not the newest

Duke is no longer the newest member…  such a sweet heart though! Yes, he is precious, but se’s more like a gentle clumsy giant

Not so long ago, he was worming his way into the family (who already had two Weims) —click here.

Breeder Comment

Thank you for being an extreme Weimlover of the best kind. Congratulations on your newest addition–and thanks for thinking of us, too!

Bella, Again

Click Here to read Bella, Part One

Here are some more pictures of Bella 😁 she honestly is the best dog.  It’s funny because I totally forgot some of the things she used to do (chewing, licking drywall) until I found old emails to you last night. We’ve been in this house for 9 years, so really the first 2-3 years are tricky and then after that it’s been pretty smooth. She does like to “nibble” my comforter, so I’ve had to replace that a few times over the years 😉  And really she was my first dog experience at all. But honestly, I feel like we’re spoiled now. I’d rather have an energetic dog who is super smart any day of the week. They are so much fun – almost like a person. 


She is so loving and also protective. And smart! She even knows the sounds of us getting ready to leave and will put herself to bed. If I start filling up my yeti cup, she knows she better run to the bed. And she has been amazing with the kids – gentle and patient … and she’s great at finding them during hide and seek 😁 We call her the queen because she will walk up to you and extend her paw, and she’s demanding that you pet her leg haha – it’s her signature move. We joke that she’s an 80 lb house cat – she would just really like to snuggle wherever you are. But she’s also protective. If my husband (who is a big loud guy) sounds agitated telling a story, she will get right up against me and start “talking” making sure I’m okay. It’s so funny. I have to tell her “I’m fine Bella!” 
Health wise she’s good – her only real issue is a bunch of fatty deposits we are watching. Our vet says they harmless, except she has one near her hip. So we have to watch that to make sure it’s not affecting her mobility. My hope is they just stay where they are for the long term!


Can you find her in this picture? She tries to blend in so no one notices she’s on the bed. Lol Here she is performing her after meal cleanup … apparently this day she needed to get completely on top of the table!

She loves being wherever we are … and enjoying warm grass!

Breeder Comment

The warmth sounds lovely–and the way she manages her little kingdom is admirable. Thank you for taking the time to update us.

The Man Behind OwyheeStar

~ 70 Candles Who Needs the Oven?

I hope you get the joke–70 candles would bake a cake. Well, probably not, but it is a funny idea.

For as long as I can remember, Cliff and I have been raising pups–all our married life. My parents raised a few when I was growing up in the 50s–the world was very different back then. Patti Page was singing her hit tune, “How Much For That Doggy in the Window.”.

The man, the legend, and his expertise are essential to OwyheeStar. Since I field the inquiries, keep up with the social media, the blogging, the website posts, etc., people forget that this would be impossible without him.

And the reasons are many–he is a Weim Whisperer. How many times have Christina and I tried to get a Weimaraner to do something, and along comes Cliff, and boom–they just do what seemed impossible moments ago. He is the team’s technical expert–more than once, a pup has been born that didn’t seem viable. He would calmly take measures to breathe life into them, and they would live and thrive. I am constantly in awe of him–from the moment we first met until 50-plus years later.

Beyond breathing life into pups, he keeps all our equipment running, keeps up the farm, trains Weimaraners, and competes in the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) events. Recently he took two OwyheeStar Weims to an event (Martee and Hope)–both prized.

He consoles me when I am totally overrun or overwhelmed with my side of things. When he can, he helps clients who need assistance–but as you might guess, he is not sitting around waiting for a request. He has to fit these things in around his schedule.

Above, he is preparing for a puppy swim in the Nielsen Farm Pond. When the weather permits, pups swim before joining their families. This swim is a top-rated event. The pond is not the usual farm pond –we have to fill it for each puppy swim.

This blog doesn’t begin to cover all the things Cliff does to keep us going. Those things that allow us to raise the Weimaraner. It does give you some insight as to what goes on behind the scene. Thank you for helping me celebrate Cliff’s 70th Birthday. ~ Shela

Bella

~Twelve Years Later All is Well

I’ve been meaning to send you this picture of Bella! She turned 12 in November … where has the time gone?!? She is the best dog! We have three kids now (10,7 & 5) and Bella is the self-appointed lifeguard. LOL. Here she is living her best life in the Arizona September heat 😁 She decided this pool float looked like a great place to relax!  She still hasn’t realized that all of the kids can swim and anytime they are jumping off the diving board, she barks like crazy to alert everyone 😁 I’m pretty sure she considers them her babies too!

She’s doing great … definitely getting older and no longer jumps in the pool willingly, but still enjoys cruising counters and sneaking onto the couch for a nap 😁

Take care,
Sarah Langenhuizen 

Breeder Comment

Twelve years for Bella–we are happy to hear she is doing well. It sounds like she has a full-time job as a lifeguard and monitoring her family. Nothing could be more critically important. Counter-surfing continues at 12 — of course, it does. Thanks for this beautiful update. Readers watch for part two of Bella’s newsy update.

Baily Blue

~ Gone But Never to be Forgotten

Our last beach visit

🖤

Thank you for 14+ years of companionship, love, and shenanigans!

It is with heavy heart that I’m touching base to let you know I’m releasing Bailey Blue today (12/28/2020)–I had 14 1/2 long happy years with her… thank you so much.

Of course, you may share this on your blog. If nothing else, to let others know that you provide a beautiful, fun loving family member for years to come…Chris Fisher

Breeder Comment

There are no adequate words to cover such a loss. We are happy she brought you so much joy and companionship. Thank you for letting us know of her passing.

Sunday Photos

~ Atti X Martee Pups

Breeder Comment

Sunday Photos is now a thing–even if we don’t have current babies, we have many archived photos. We should be able to post something every Sunday for 2021. We have gotten so many comments and requests to keep this coming–we hear you.

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ A Geography Lesson

Map Compliments of Oregon —Travel Guide at Wikivoyage

Those of you who refer to Bend as Eastern Oregon, consider this–Ontario is 260 miles east of Bend. Jordan Valley (which is about 90 miles south of Ontario), is 267 miles from Bend. Now, put this in reference–

–Salem to Bend is 132 miles, Portland to Bend is 175 miles, and Corvallis to Bend is 128 miles

So, those in Malheur and Harney Counties (especially) disagree with anyone labeling Bend as part of Eastern Oregon. According to the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, Eastern Oregon includes only the following eight counties:  MorrowUmatillaUnionWallowaGrantBakerHarney, and Malheur. Some definitions of the region are more restrictive,[4] while others include the base eight counties listed above plus several adjacent counties. Harney County is the largest (at 10,133.16 sq. mi), but only has a little over 7,000 population. The second-largest county is Malheur (where Ontario is located) ( 9,887.52 sq. mi) with around 30,000 residents.

Another interesting fact for those living out of the area is that Ontario is located in the Mountain Time zone. OwyheeStar is located just slightly south of Ontario, which is also about 60 miles west of Boise, Idaho–and we are included as part of the Treasure Valley.

The Treasure Valley is located primarily in southwestern Idaho, where the PayetteBoiseWeiserMalheurOwyhee, and Burnt rivers drain into the Snake River. It includes all the lowland areas from Vale in rural eastern Oregon to Boise.

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As you know, every Saturday, we report on what is happening at OwyheeStar. We manage to keep busy–we have ideas and projects, plus training even when we do not have a litter of pups.

COVID-19 made us wonder if we would have a problem with placing the pups–but the opposite thing happened. Our pups were in demand, and people who had talked with us over the last few years but had decided to wait wrote to say they wanted to get the process going. We had somewhere around a thousand inquiries–I will let you imagine what that meant from our side of the fence. (Whew) Nonetheless, we were miraculously blessed with more pups than usual–mothers who we didn’t know if they could produce a litter or not–did. We made some new friends, reconnected with some longstanding friends, and helped many families add a Weimaraner.

Currently–Atti’s pups continue to do excellent, and Miss Atti is so connected with them. She is that kind of mother–the best kind. Sadly this is her final litter. It is Martee’s first litter–so, we get to see how his DNA swirls through our lineage. So far–we love what we see. Their coats are lovely–with a silvery glint to the blue. Of course, it will be some time until we learn more, but Martee is a happy, excited, crazy loving boy. We adore him!

This Week On the Blog…

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

Sunday— Dec. 27 — After Christmas Cheer

Monday–- Dec. 28 — Nixon

Tuesday – Dec. 29 — Zelda

Wednesday — Dec. 30 —Oh, Henry

Thursday –- Dec. 31 — Stone

Friday — Jan. 1 — Willow

On a very personal note

It is the first Saturday of 2021–my new packages (pictured below) are labeled to reflect such. We most certainly join everyone that is seeking better days ahead. For all the bad things we faced in 2020, we had so many positive things. I mentioned quite a few a couple of days ago, and they included the birth of our first Great Grandson. He is nearly a year old, and we have hardly seen him–that is a sad reality, and of course, it is the same for the two Great Granddaughters. It must be hard for them to understand.

Cliff has finished second panty shelving–my Christmas present. He wants to get the trim done, but we need to order some pine. But for now, I am working on loading the shelves–and figuring out how we will keep it organized.

The last batch of apples is in the freeze-dryer. We even checked to see if the local Fujis were still available, but they were gone. Most likely, we will move to staple foods–vegetables, for one. We will have to figure this out–but the biggest surprise is that we prefer our freeze-dried hamburgers to any other. It is kind of crazy. I recently freeze-dried individual meatloaf servings. So, we will see if it transfers over the same for them.

COVID-19 is on a rampage in and around our county–despite what any of us want to believe or acknowledge. Therefore, I am picking up groceries curbside this morning–and hoping I get what I ordered. (Haha) We pray and hope for those stricken to recover quickly and completely–and for the rest of us to avoid exposure.

Willow

~ Happy Birthday to You!

UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion/Altered Grand Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Novice Trick Dog, UKC Rally Obedience I, UKC Agility I, Therapy Dog International certified

I was thinking you may want to use this for your blog… Willow is nine today (December 30, 2020), she is healthy and is the most wonderful girl and I love her so much!  Thank You and Cliff for allowing me to have such a perfect Weimaraner!
I just took these pics of her~  


Hugs and Happy New Year, Jan

Breeder Comment

Thank you to you and Willow for the fabulous update (with photos) for our blog. Willow and Jan–you rock! And Happy Birthday–we hope for many more celebrated years–each is a special gift!

Stone

~ Celebrates Two Candles

Stone’s second birthday is today–December 29. He celebrated by a long romp on the beach chasing balls.

He continues to win everyone’s heart. Even the new vet can’t get over him! Blue is a rare color of Weim here in Santa Barbara! He is the friendliest, goofiest, sweetest dog I’ve ever known.

Even when he wakes me up at 5 am for breakfast I can’t get mad at that cute little face! We love him to the moon and back!  Still looking for a new house and then will be looking for a third Weim to add to the pack. His older brother, Blue, is really slowing down at almost 12. Hope you are well and ready for a New Year, we sure are! 

~Victoria

Breeder Comment

Some of you might remember Stone moved to California not so long ago–click here to read about the relocation. We are glad he is doing well and much-loved. Thanks for thinking of us and allowing us to post this story.