Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~October 7, 2017
Welcome 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.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. There was a bit of information. A few updates. One crazy-fun post with Mav’s new hairdo and my post on how to get off to a great start with your Weimaraner pup.
Sunday—October 1 — And There Way (Cypress)
Monday —October 2 — New Hairdo (Mav’s Mohawk)
Tuesday —October 3 — 7 Steps to Success
Wednesday —October 4 — Two Years (With Ringo)
Thursday —October 5 — Living In (Willow’s Shadow)
Friday — October 6 — Apollo
On a very personal note
Cliff finished the small Utility Bath Cabinet (except for the shelving). The rest of work is mine except the shelves and installing the towel rings–on the back of the cabinet. I think he did a great job. It is rock-solid and something of a size you don’t find anywhere–custom. Now, I have to do a little filler and painting. Did I mention I am blessed?
Cliff changed the oil in the Patriot for the first time. That went well. Typically, we had taken it in to get serviced, but he did it himself instead. I had my hair refreshed. Becky (Roots to Boots Salon in Vale, OR) could not get over how long my hair has gotten. I don’t make it to the salon very often these days. Christina and I usually go together as we did this time. She had her hair trimmed but a bit longer for the colder weather that is on its way. The same day as the salon visit we had the church directory photos. We knew that would be challenging for me, but it went better than we expected. I had an episode while waiting for our turn, but when I got in there, all was calm for the few moments it took to capture us. The photographer only snapped four photos, and then he asked if we wanted individual photos, etc. He probably made the right assumption–we were not going to make a purchase. Our goal was to be in the directory.
A fun thing we can add here is that they allowed us to bring Stackhouse. We chose the photo we liked best of him. I would call us true Weimlovers. We won’t get that photo for a while, but I am excited about it. Our life is wound tightly with the OwyheeStar Weimaraner. Last evening we watched the Boise State Football game. Stackhouse is the mojo OwyheeStar cheerleader. Instead of pushups, he plays a little ball when something positive happens. He has become to appreciate the football games and the fun associated with them.
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 TransitionApollo 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 VisitApollo 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.
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.
~The Birthday Boy
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!
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.
Note: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
You can not have, just throw.
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.
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~September 30, 2017
Harvest continues. We are about to be naked to the north. The second cornfield is seeing action–trucks pulled in early Friday morning. The progress was slow; came to a halt. We don’t know why but later it continued. As Cliff says, he will be glad when we can have a better view. Nevertheless, I will miss the green. The sound of wind singing as it ruffles the corn. The knowing birds are hiding from us just across the road. I won’t miss the dust of harvest–a necessary part of the process. I hear them working on the cornfield again this morning. Yup–the nakedness is in the works–or as I like to say, back to Weimar Gray.
The weather has been pleasant. I overheard someone say that yesterday was the nicest weather day of the year. That might be true at least here in the Treasure Valley. We best bet enjoying and appreciating the warmer fall days. All too soon they are planning to slip away. Nevertheless, this morning we have 57 degrees.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. We had a bit different week on the blog with me writing two posts–but it was information we wanted to share. Of course, Smokey wearing the goggles proved popular. Then too, Lu and Lucy at Priest Lake turned into something extra fun. We began with Waylon who is no longer a baby. There were a few tears, and many could relate to Waylon’s Mama.
Sunday— September 17 — What Happened?
Monday — September 18 — Understanding the Application Process
Tuesday — September 19 — Smokey
Wednesday — September 20 — Chance Encounter
Thursday — September 21 — Our Review
Friday — September 22 —What’s Behind (The Photo Shoot)
On a very personal note
Cliff has been building a small cabinet we need for the utility bath. I have not seen it yet. He says that he is working on the two cabinet doors. I am anxious for it to arrive. In the meantime, many of you are aware that LeRoy (the large frontload washing machine) coughed and needed surgery. The amazing Cliff took him apart and fixed what was wrong–got us going in quick order. I am so very thankful that he knows how to repair things.
Our son came to help us with some of the heavy lifting associated with the washer repair. He also helped us with the storm windows. We didn’t get them perfect, but without help, it would have been impossible to vacate the spiders who had taken up residence. Isn’t it amazing how fast webs come this time of year? (Whew) Anyhow it was a quick lick and a promise of something better in the future. Who knows when? For now, they are much improved.
My health seems to improve but never get me back to something close to what you would hope for. Nonetheless, we move on and do what we can do. Oh, and we continue to enjoy the cyclamen. It is in full bloom.
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.