~I saw reports
I saw reports of snow in certain locations. I am going to tell you that we (Cliff and Shela at OwyheeStar) are in no way ready for winter woes just yet. I ran across this photo in the archives, and it spoke volumes. A few weeks we will be talking Thanksgiving and then maybe snow along with expecting Christmas’s arrival.
It’s coming all too quickly. So, I think the only thing to do is to plan snowballs. That is a bit like laughing in Mr. Winter’s face, don’t you agree.
In the meantime, we can think pumpkin and the spooky nonsense of Halloween. Some of you may not celebrate the event. Others might say it is your favorite holiday. Then we will see your Weimar wearing their costume.
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~October 6, 2018
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Our hay is cut laying in the field. It got a pretty good wetting with the recent storm. We are hoping it is soon dry enough to get baled. (OMG) We are not alone. Cashiers say it is a common theme as they check out the farmers.
I’ve wanted to get to the farm stand to pick up some corn for Cliff. I best be hurrying–the last is going to be available probably this week, or maybe next. I have not been to the farm stand but once or possibly twice this summer–we ate out of our garden. Nevertheless, Ted farms along the path we travel often. So, we can see his various fields.
Of course, there are the Corn Mazes and Farm events gearing up throughout the Treasure Valley. I have never been in a Corn Maze. It gives me a bit of anxiety thinking about it–but I know many of you have a blast doing those things. I am more of the person who enjoys the senior corn maze–the one stalk to walk around situation.
We have the three little fat Deja puppies that by all appearances are thriving. She is the ever happy doting mother. Maybe you read elsewhere–we are working on the outdoor puppy yards. These pups will be able to take advantage of those locations. I hope we get our sod replacement done by mid-week. Their feet are about to experience grass for the first. The Great Granddaughters were here to help us with early socialization. Isn’t that just the cutest thing ever? Oh, and Ashley’s forever friend, Maddie, was here as well.
We took Manfred on his first outing. I will be blogging on this experience soon. His debut was a big hit–we had a lot of fun. He is growing up so fast! Here are some photos of Manny (and part of them include the infamous Stackhouse). The one photo was taken on our outing—we dropped by our son’s shop. Manfred saw his first kitty.
This Week on the Blog
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We had a huge variety this week–our Weims are entertaining if nothing else. I think I will let the posts speak–forgo making additional comments. Please remember we can use an update if you feel you can Email or Message us something –email@example.com. Thank You!
Sunday—September 30 — Waiting (Mesquite)
Monday–-October 1 — Hummingbirds (Pushin and ZooBoo)
Tuesday —October 2 —Is Your Weim (Winston)
Wednesday —October 3 — Duke at One Year
Thursday –-October 4— Say What? (Duke)
Friday — October 5 — Jorga
On a very personal note
Cliff and I are doing well. We are busy preparing for winter’s arrival. There are quite a few things we need to button up before Mr. Winter decides to push in on us. October arrived and we are still gardening–mostly it is the harvest. We hope things continue to ripen and that we can protect our tomatoes from the frost. So, the temperature has not dropped all that low, but we know it is only any matter of days until we have to watch more closely.
Ashley and I are planning to replant the herbs and to bring them inside for the winter. We hope to have some to enjoy all winter long and then to plant them outside come spring. I planted an artichoke–actually three. I have managed to keep two of them alive. At the time, I thought we would have the greenhouse winter-worthy. It is not going to be possible this year, so Ashley is going to take that to her home and see if she can keep it going. They take eighteen-months to mature. I don’t know much about growing artichokes–this was an experiment. (Haha)
I am still doing the pottery–learning more thanks to Lynda who is a fabulous blessing. We have completed several pieces–some of which have been bisque-fired and are ready to be glazed. Others are set to dry to be bisque-ready. I am learning a bit about trimming–making the foot, etc. Lynda is amazing. She makes it look easy. (Haha) Anyhow, I am over the moon excited about the opportunity. I am still hoping that I can get bulb-forcing pots done in time to use them. I don’t know yet, it that can happen. I need to get after making some handmade pots this coming week. It is the only hope of getting enough in time. There is no guarantee but I will continue to work toward this goal.
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Eye On You
~I’m Waiting, Waiting, Waiting
I Give Up! Yawn…
Our Boy, Duke
~Who Did That?!?**This turd turned 1 yesterday! We love him so much, but there is this!
He also loves chewing on ginormous logs, rocks, the siding of our house, our deck and our walls. Oh and every. single. dog bed. 🤷🤦 In the life of a Weim! ❤️**As I knew it would be, it’s been difficult to train him with us and the kids not being consistent with commands, expectations etc. But, he has really changed (better) the last couple months.
At The End of the Day
~This How It Looks
We love these folks–they are dedicated Weimlovers. Nevertheless, we would prefer everyone to avoid this kind of behavioral issue. I am so very glad they shared it though. And, they were kind enough to allow me to make a post that might help someone else avoid having this kind of situation.
I can only guess what lead to this–but the best way to avoid having this type of situation is to follow through with constant supervision at the early stages. If you are not watching them, all kinds of bad things can and do happen. Duke is not the first, nor will he be the last Weim to much on the sheetrock. The exterior siding, flower pots, carpeting, dog beds, wood posts, and just about anything they can get their lips on is a target.
The trick to avoiding it is not to let the behavior start. The crate-training is essential. It only takes a moment for the Weimaraner to get into trouble. My mantra is freedom is earned. Just remember that habits (good and bad) are quickly ingrained, and then nearly impossible to change in the concrete-thinking Weimaraner.
Also, you have to consider the separation anxiety factor. People often spend 24 X 7 with their Weimaraner puppy and think they are doing a fabulous thing. Then, they leave for an hour to run to the grocery and come home to something like this or worse. It is the same for the yard–you cannot just leave a Weimaraner home in the yard–that is unless they have become adapted to that situation. So, that brings me to the point, even once they have earned a measure of freedom, it is essential that they also learn to be somewhat flexible. It is a lot better when they learn how to adapt to schedule changes–or being left behind when necessary.
Finally, can I mentioned that Dusty, back in the day, ate a $2,000 rock. Another time it was an $ 800 rock. One required major surgery, the other not. Rocks are hard on the teeth, and if ingested, they pose a life-threatening issue. Yes, the Weimaraner is not for the weak of heart. Even people who have the best intentions can get into trouble.
~The Innocent or maybe not so much
This turd turned 1 September 26! He loves going for walks, camping, playing in the water, chasing the kids around the yard and sleeping on the couch.
It took quite a while for our other dogs to stop being grumpy with Duke, but for probably the last 6 months, they’ve stopped growling at him and they often play together.Duke is a talker, he doesn’t bark excessively, but he definitely likes to voice his opinion! You can tell when he’s trying to get Laverne or Shirley to play with him, it’s a whiny bark.We got him fixed at about 10 months and he did really well. I tried to keep him rested and not let him run around too much, but he really wasn’t having any of that! He loves to be outside!
I guess it’s fair to say that Winston is obsessed with me (or my shoes?) 😃
As you see him here with his nose in my slipper. It is not just my shoes, Winston is obsessed with my husband’s vest pocket and such–really anything that belongs to us.
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This is a funny photo. Winston adores you and anything that might pick up your scent. What a sweet boy.
Taunting the Weim
~or Nector Seeking
I thought you might enjoy the picture of Pushkin. The hummingbirds sit in the large rose bush at the end of the patio and Push can see them through the sliding glass door. He seems to think that he could catch them if I would only let him out.
I have to clean the door daily with all the dog prints on it.
We started advanced obedience class this week. Part of the class is also agility. Push loves the tunnels, the table, and the plank. Next week we shall see if he will jump through the hoop. Great dog.
BTW ZooBoo is doing well
Thank you, Marie, for the fun update on the two Weims. We are happy with all you are doing. Keep up the effort–it pays huge dividends.
What’s For Dinner?
~I think you’re late~
Dear Cliff and Shela,
Mesquite wants to know when she can have dinner. She has plans other than ours–we keep her on a schedule. Otherwise, she gets us up at 5 AM. We adore her and think she is gorgeous. Look at her next to the hose–just lovely!
Thanks for all the updates. It is great to know she is doing well and very much loved.
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
Our hay was cut a couple of days ago. We never knew what caused the delay, but in the meantime, it grew a bit more. It won’t be long, and it will be baled and stacked. We can hope the storms stay a bay while we watch and wait. We have been very fortunate, maybe that will stay true.
Between here and town, harvest continues. Beans and corn today. We like watching the process. I am not thrilled with empty gray fields. It is; however, part of the process.
We were busy with the litter exit. Little Deja had another tiny litter–three pups. They are thriving — small piglet types. So, we continue to be busy. Next week we will be working on the puppy yards–a bit of patching and repair. I think the last mowing and a bit of trimming could be in order, too.
Cliff is working on the Weim annex area–just out the back door. We started it some time ago. Ashley was here to help us clean yesterday. Now, it is ready for Cliff to finish framing, etc.
This Week on the Blog
Well, we began with a special memory of Devo’s meeting with the Black Swan. We ended on yesterday with a sweet little celebration of Deja’s three babies. With the exception of Dejah (not to be confused with our Deja), the updates were from pups who just joined their forever families.
Cliff and I are ever so grateful for the updates. It means a lot to us, and to the readers.
Sunday—September 23 — Unusual (Devo and the Black Swan)
Monday–-September 24 — This Happened (Skye)
Tuesday —September 25 — Azula
Wednesday —September 26 — One Year Plus (Dejah)
Thursday –-September 27— Home Safe (Style)
Friday — September 28 — Precious
On a very personal note
Things are pretty much as usual. We are doing some work around the farmhouse, and the farm. Cliff has a table saw repair in process. He is moving some rocks and cleaning up on the east side of the property. The garden is still producing.
Above is the sculpture I created many many years ago when I studied with Bob Jensen. We just located it and I want to get it hung up today. It survived the move.
I have signed up at the college where I am engaged in ceramics. It is pottery 199 OG–something special for those who have experience. Thursday was the first day of working on the wheel. Lynda said it was like riding a horse–you never forget. Well, I don’t know. I think it takes a bit of knack, some instruction, and effort to center the clay. I was happy with how things worked out. Please don’t expect much. (Haha) I am ever so blessed to be working with Lynda Smith. She is a pro! Here are a few photos of our first day.
Deja Vu produced three tiny pups. Last time we mated her we ended up with one, so we are thrilled to get the three babies. These were taken the next morning after they arrived–day one. We just had to capture a few photos of the moment.
We all can attest to how quickly a pup grows. By four months, they are looking adult-like. They are powerful and fast as lightning. Yes, the young pup can look deceptively quiet, calm, and lazy. There are only two speeds–any Weimlover knows that is the truth. There is on–which is also known as full speed ahead. Then there is off–it might be a lazy stroll, a snuggle, or more than likely a flop. I’m done.
For now, they have one focus–nursing and staying warm. It is enough.