We’ve had a busy month. Toby is doing well. He has the biggest ears! Every time he drinks, they get dipped in the water and a drippy trail is left in his wake.
He’s so very cuddly, which we love!! We get a lot of good cuddle time in around here, as you can see. Max, Lucy and Toby can often be found snuggling together and Lucy and Toby are a crazy whirlwind of play when they aren’t snuggling and Max is very happy to be left out of the chaos!
Toby has retrieved the ball naturally without instruction inside, but outside he chases and then leaves it for other more “sniffable” things.
Lucy is definitely the bossy older sister! She has issues with sharing toys and attention. We’re trying to teach her that everyone gets a turn playing fetch and getting hugs and kisses. She absolutely adores Toby and is constantly sharing all of her habits, good and bad haha. She plays a bit hard with Toby. Nevertheless, Lucy is the first to check on him, clean him up. He is hers. Always down for a game of tug-of-war, chase or property line inspection (weims are really Velociraptor in Jurassic Park. “Always testing the fence,” both literally and otherwise).
As always, thanks for providing such amazing family members!!
Our hearts are filled with news of Toby doing well. Sliding into a family with a resident female and the Old Man Max (a rescue you graciously acquired) could have been challenging. Nevertheless, you and Toby, are thriving. It is so grand to hear. We feel you did the right thing moving from the female to a male. Sometimes two females can struggle to take control of the environment. Most people work it out; however, this scenario tends to be smoother sailing.
Our relationship spans two-decades. We so appreciate your loyalty. I believe Toby is the fourth OwyheeStar. There might have been another one or two connected to you–possibly someone closely related. Over time, it becomes hard to remember all the details.
Our applicants come from nearly everywhere. Repeats or referrals from OwyheeStar loyals comprise a significant percentage. We are blessed.
The retrieving indoor and outdoor will prove vital. This skill becomes even more critical as you move forward. Some Weims who can retrieve but choose to do otherwise. They will let another dog do the work. They will just ignore the ball–or whatever. They would rather play keep-away. Absconding with the toy seems fun and most humans just laugh at the antics. We suggest that despite the fun, you make every effort to get them bringing the find to your hand. It is worth the trouble. Sometimes it requires a check cord attached to the Weim, and you reel them in and praise them for the retrieve as if they came on their own. Other times, an enticing reward or praise will do the trick. Whatever it takes, our recommendation is to ingrain the love of the retrieve. It is useful on so many levels–getting them in the water, hunting, and much more. A tool (skill) every Weim should sport.
Undaunted by Adverse Conditions
Tough conditions yesterday for wild birds.
High winds made it tough on the dogs.
The above short clip show what I mean.
Notice the high wind and thick cover. Wellie isn’t afraid to find birds. It’s funny how he knows the spots to look. He’s got the drive. Hope all is well! ~ Tyler
Reporting on Duke
Duke is 9 weeks, 3 days now and adjusting well with us. We are working on the puppy biting, potty training, fetching and walking on a leash. He loves running with the other dogs in the backyard and learning which cats he can and can’t mess with! 😉 He especially loves our cat Tiger who tolerates being tackled by Duke daily! He also loves our walks down to the bus stop to pick up his human siblings. We are really enjoying him, he’s got so much personality and sass already!
Thanks for staying in touch and giving us this update on Duke. We know how much it is to manage the household, a small business, and everything else associated with the family. You are doing great!
If you are reading this and live in the Treasure Valley Sandy has a cake business. You can connect with her on Facebook–Cake Creations by Sandy! You’ll be glad you looked her up.
On Charlie Mae
~The Annual Tradition
You can tell it’s Christmas time at the Spight house!!🎄🎄🎄. We got Charlie Mae 5 years ago just before Christmas and she wouldn’t leave the lights alone when I was trying to fix them and I wrapped her up. Been a traditional activity ever since!
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~December 2, 2017
The week was a blur. At the same time, feelings and moments were ones of warmth and significance. For example, gazing at puppy faces, participating in family events, and anything with the grandkids. What could be better?
Last week Dixie’s baby looked like the photo to the left and below is the two-week snapshot. The eyes are opening. The difference in a week is startling. Each week’s development makes us smile. We hope you are equally enchanted.
December might be about a lot of things–many Americans get intense about their views. I doubt there is any other event that brings stronger feelings on either side of the fence than that of Christmas. On the one hand, we see those speaking of the reason for the reason. The opposers demand the removal of all that speaks to a God and the virgin birth. The complexities threaten to divide us as a people even more.
Whatever side you embrace, we sincerely hope you are found to be kind, generous, loving, and with a sizeable amount of joy. It is just sad to see something that once filled our homes with so much expectation become a battleground. Instead, may you know peace, love and all that is right and true with the holiday season.
Maybe we can agree that nearly everything in the universe and our lives point to the miracle of life. Puppies speak to my heart and remind me of this truth. We hope these cute faces delight you as well.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. Special thanks to all of you have remembered us with great updates. We realize raising the Weimaraner can be a bit tricky and undaunting. It takes a bit of knack even with the proper approach and the must-have follow through. We appreciate you sharing your insights and journey–as do our readers. Sunday, we had a pleasant dose of puppy faces. Who knows–maybe this will be a December thing. Stress relief for times that demand a lot.
Sunday— November 26 — Just What You Need (Puppy Faces)
Monday — November 27 — Berkley (In the Groove)
Tuesday — November 28 — Two (Skeeter and Virgil the Longhair)
Wednesday — November 29 — The Human Element (Adding Tikka)
Thursday — November 30 — Moving up to Two (Tikka and Bill)
Friday — December 1 — Dasher (Healthy and Happy in California)
On a very personal note
We have received countless blessings this week. As I speak for some of them, they are not found in the order of significance. I can barely think where to start. I suppose I should start with our grandson’s basketball game. I got to attend. (OMG) I no longer got seated, and I had a terrible bout of coughing and spasms. I wondered if I could make it through without having to go to the Jeep and sit out the game. Things calmed. I was able to stay for the game’s entirety.
Grandpa and I enjoyed the game immensely. Returning to our high school gym for the first time since we memorialized my classmate (Michael Maeda) brought mixed feeling to the surface. I was thinking how Mike was always an Ontario Tiger. He would have found us to say something about Brad’s game had he been here in body, but we are sure he was with the Tigers and us from the great beyond. Secondly, the overwhelming reality of how long it has been since we sat in the student section and participated in the events of our day. Then too, the joy of watching Brad (wear #42) make some clutch plays. He was rewarded with playing time in the second game and did well there too–this we learned from our son.
Eleanor who has been a friend for decades presented me with a gift I could never repay in kind. See the huge bag? It was filled with her original creations for us. She has gifted me the exclusive right to use this art and market it any way I choose. This includes the owning of the originals. I am humbled and speechless by this sizeable gift. You will see more of this in the days ahead.
The carport enclosure is progressing. Next week I will include some photos of the progress. Cliff has the backside (the west) and the end (the south end) completed. He is starting across the front. He plans one overhead door so he can drive the Gator inside. Then we will have some barn doors and probably some walk-in doors on the south end. I am not sure exactly, and some of what he is doing has to be figured out as he goes along. There has been a lot of progress this week.
We Could Not Be Happier!
Our boy sure is growing up fast! He’s been super healthy and we just recently had to move him out of his original wire crate, he just got so long!!He is just a specimen of the breed. His temperament, smarts and at 35 lbs is a muscular lil dynamo. All of this in an adorable/handsome package too!
Piercing and Intense
In this second picture( with my brother in law) he looks so intense, his stare is just piercing.Thank you, Shela and Cliff, for our Dasher. We are more than impressed with what you have created for us and blessed to be part of the OwyheeStar family.Thank you once again and Happy Holidays.Dave and Audrey.
Behind the Scenes
~ Luna and Me (Nancy)
The backdrop–we wanted to add another Weimaraner. I admit contacting Shela many times wanting to get our next puppy; however, behind the scenes I had some apprehension. As Shela knows, I shared with her my reluctance regarding the addition of a second weim. Of course, I kept that to myself until Tikka was safely in our home. But as the day approached and then it became a reality I worried. One significant concern I had was about the household relationships. Luna is bonded to me, and Bill wanted the next (as I did) to bond with him. Now, we faced our plight to influence who the new pup’s “person” would be.
Then There Was Tikka
We’ve had Tikka in our home for almost a month and a half. As I stated, I had two major concerns about adding Tikka to our pack. First and foremost Luna. I didn’t want to compromise or change her status or our relationship. Secondly, I wondered if and how we could we actually “make her” Bill’s dog.
~ Here is how that worked out
Luna and Tikka are awesome together! I still spend a lot of time with Luna and our relationship hasn’t changed much, she is and always will be my #1 dog and seems to know that. Tikka is learning some things just from watching Luna. This second Weimaraner learning from the first makes a lot of things easier. But we also want Tikka to be her own dog, (or person) so we ensure sure that Tikka gets to do her “own things.”
Luna is obsessed with her chuck it balls no other dogs get to play with or retrieve her balls, so every few throws Luna is put in a sit stay, and Tikka is allowed to retrieve the ball, good for both dogs! One of the first “cute tricks” we teach our dogs for treats is a sit stay. Tikka who isn’t even four months yet has a pretty decent sit stay already; I am currently working on having them sit together and releasing them individually.
Tikka and Bill are doing pretty well, things that are a habit for me (like every time I go anywhere Luna goes with me), Bill has to be reminded, but he’s learning too! He has realized how much work and patience go into raising a well-balanced puppy.
Tikka loves us both (as does Luna). Last night both dogs were asleep (On the couch!!), and Bill went outside for something; Luna didn’t bat an eye, but Tikka got up and went to the door wanting to go with her dad! It may not be a monumental sign, but I think we are all heading in the right direction 🙂 ~ Nancy
Watch for More on Bill and Tikka and how they are bonding.
We’re coming up on a year since we acquired our Virgil from you. Skeeter is now going on 3 1/2 yrs old. I love these two so much.
Virgil is such a beautiful dog and I’m so glad to have him as a member of our family.
He and Skeeter get along well. They run with me, swim at the pool, and visit the dog park. Virgil gets along with all dogs. He’s like this huge mediator…if things start to get weird, he will run at top speed with that fancy tail flying, getting everyone running around once more.
No one can catch him or Skeeter, they’re soooo fast. People always comment on how nice they are and how beautiful they are. I always say it’s the Owyheestar breeding! Happy Holidays to you and thanks again, for my lovely friends.
We appreciate the news and the update. It is always good to hear that the OwyheeStar Weimaraners are thriving and much-loved. Virgil was a spur of the moment addition (because he became available) and we are so very delighted to know you love your Longhair. Getting your endorsement means, even more, when it comes from a person like you–a licensed, practicing Vet Tech.
We wish you continued health and wellness. It is a great comfort to know Virgil and Skeeter have so much going for them. Below are the links for the two from their previous pool work posts. Maybe one day there will be the opportunity to update us on their progress further.