Baby’s First Week

Oh babies!  LOL  They are the cutest thing in the world and a reminder that everything has to be explored and possibly tasted.  I clearly had forgotten this stage: we are making 20 trips outside a day, praising every outside potty, and the only accidents have been me not getting her downstairs fast enough in the morning and twice in her kennel when i was at work.  Can’t take my eyes off her in the house.  Oops, move that cord.  Oh, better put those books up higher.  What’s in your mouth?  She loves the bark chips that surround her new kingdom, it is loaded with baby size sticks.  

She has met her first new friend, played chase, found toys to last a lifetime (some new, some hand-me-downs), gone on a couple short walks, and loves just surveying the yard. Her Whistle device that tracks her movements and also has full GPS tracking should she ever get loose (not likely by any stretch!) is now on a smaller collar and her little walking harness should last several months.  She is about 17 lbs of almost pure love – i think a couple of those pounds are razor blade crocodile teeth!! 

We are following Cliff’s suggestions to the tee and she is eating three times a day.  She loves the puppy food.  NuVet supplements, check.  She is starting to respond to her name, but not consistently.  She likes going upstairs, but I have yet to entice her to come down on her own.  I have some friends nearby with an aging dog and a one year old that might take Franny one day a week while I am at work – one of the adults in the house is retired and home all day.  

So – the updates from our first few days are great.  I will probably be exhausted before we leave potty training stage, but it goes by fast enough, i will miss this little snuggle face as she gets bigger.  🙂
If you want to use for the blog – feel free – edit as you like.  I mostly wanted to let you know all is well out here in Hillsboro!! I am thinking about the whole naming thing now.  Not sure yet what I want her to be “officially”. 

I hope you are well.  K Marie and Franny

Breeder Comment

We are happy that you could bring her home–we had the Longhairs that were not yet promised. She is a lovely girl–but a baby as you say. Thanks for the update.


This inside stuff is too much–

Pushkin is very needy this morning. He has tried to crawl into my lap twice. I think the isolation and the rain are beginning to wear on him a bit as they are with me. Unfortunately there is no end in sight for either the rain or the isolation.

Breeder Comment

Rain, rain go away come again another day. We are still asking for sunshine.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

March 28, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

COVID-19 is still the focus–staying close to home, or at home, for the most part, is the best way to prevent being exposed. Of course, it is still tricky because we do have to eat, and we need supplies. Therefore, there is some risk–no matter what.

Meanwhile, farmers are busy–out in the fresh air. There is the work of raising crops, and the livestock, too. Sunshine is good for the soul and provides vitamin D.

I just read where Vitamin D from sensible sun exposure appears essential in preventing 16 different types of cancer. In fact, optimizing your vitamin D with sun exposure may cut your risk of dying from all causes in half.


We are busy with the Spring Pups, but also with inquiries. People have more time to think about a puppy. Then too, people are looking at this as an opportunity to add a fur family now. That is great as long as they don’t end up castoff after this storm passes.

Cliff and Jacob (Christina’s brother) have been busy building some fences in the outdoor puppy yards. The work never seems to end–even when we do not have pups. Then too, Cliff raises the Bob White quail–he got his first egg yesterday. So, he will be collecting eggs to get going in his incubator.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. (Haha) We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. We hope everyone noticed the post regarding vaccine. We hate to keep bringing up this topic, but it is a Weimaraner thing.

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).

Sunday— March 22 — In Our Arms for a Moment

Monday–-March 23— Dutch

Tuesday – March 24 — Nixon

Wednesday March 25 — You Might Have Heard

Thursday –- March 26 — Social Distancing

Friday — March 27 — Layna

On a very personal note

We are doing well –staying close to the home, except when we have something we must do outside the house. Unfortunately, we are going to need some groceries. It is a thing. I need to plan very carefully so that we don’t need to go into the store for another couple of weeks–just what we need to make it through.

Cliff has been doing a lot of tractor work. He finally got the John Deere running again–new batteries did the trick. Thankfully, they were under warranty. (Hurrah)

Due to the COVID-19 thing, we have not been able to help Ashley with meals –she doesn’t want to have any contact with us–even inadvertently with proper social distancing. It is a good plan as her family has become infected. So far, no one has come down sick except for Nick (Ashley’s husband), but it has meant closing their business–which is economically difficult, as you might guess.


Six Candles and a Cupcake

Just wanted to send you some pictures of our beautiful girl turning 6. It’s times like this it’s nice to slow down, and focus on things that matter and that are precious to us.

Collette Bauer & Family –Kalispell, Montana.

Breeder Comment

Thank you–we love these photos and the video. I know everyone will enjoy it. We desperately need positive upbeat news in light of COVID-19.

Social Distancing

~ In the Rockies

We are very lucky to all live near each other during these weird times! On Sunday, me, my sister (and her GSP), and my folks (Carmella & Martin) met up at Horn Ranch in the Red Canyon and had a nice hike. The dogs were over the moon to be walking off leash with all of us. They got plenty of obedience practice as they are required to come and sit whenever a bike or person goes by.

Don’t worry, we only broke social distancing for the group picture. _Julia

With Shiny (Blue Longhair) and Luey (Blue Smooth)

Breeder Comment

We are happy you are doing well, hiking, and staying safe. Thanks for remembering us. We are glad you love your OwyheeStar Weimaraners.

You Might Have Heard

~ We Adopted Jack and He is Coming Home with us Soon

Meanwhile, I went into town yesterday to grab some things for Jack. Bowls for food, bed, harness and a toy. Welp…. Benson found the toy and turned it into his!!! 😂🥳🥰😳

Breeder Comment

We are excited for Jack to join his new forever family. We also understand why Benson adopted the new toy for his own. (Haha) We have a couple of those –I am thinking we ought to buy a box of them. But with all the hoarding, I feel badly wanting to make sure we have these for the future. (OMG)

They are a favorite around here.


Nixon is fitting right in! Stays right by our side, adventurous, easy going, happy!!! We love him!! He likes to go on our hikes, got to adventure at the beach for the first time, loves our cat and now best buds with our Weiner dog 🙂

Here are some cute captures —


~Phenomenal Family Member and the Best Hunter

Dutch will turn 7 years old this April (Stackhouse-Cindee), and Sam and I would like to add to our family. Dutch is a phenomenal member of our clan and the best hunter yet of all our previous dogs. We would like to have a young pup to train with Dutch while he is still in his prime.

Dutch has trained us nearly as well as we have him. He can entertain himself and likes to maintain a schedule…letting us know when it’s time to eat, sleep and play outside. The only thing that has changed in the past seven years is that now we are both retired and spend even more time in Pendleton during bird season.

Sam takes Dutch on special hunts, where he generally out performs and out retrieves other dogs.

Dutch is also a good swimmer (really likes the Colorado river when in Arizona), but we do not use him for ducks or geese at our duck shack along the Columbia.Would appreciate hearing from you and the possibility of available pups similar to our “dear boy.” Looking forward to hearing from you,

Sam and Jane –Boring, OR

Breeder Comment

Thank you for the photos and the news about Dutch (Cindee X Stackhouse). It makes us happy to know he has performed well in the field as well as being an excellent family member.

Of course, you know we have spoken–and you have updated the application–a new family member is expected to arrive soon. We look forward to hearing how it goes–and sincerely hope that Dutch has years left to hunt with the new upstart.

In Our Arms for a Moment

In our heart forever–

They all too soon outgrow being carried around–this is not a purse-tote baby. The truth is your lap, scrunched into the chair, or snuggled on the sofa works well for the Weimaraner. Velcro closeness is a thing.

No one is happier about the work at home scenario than our Weimaraners. One word of caution, though–severe separation anxiety (or a feeling of abandonment) is a strong possibility when things return to normal. You must prepare them adequately for you to be gone. (OMG)

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

March 21, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

COVID-19 is in the Treasure Valley. There are several cases, but we continue to be optimistic. A few businesses are open, but a lot are closed–like restaurants. We could drive to Idaho, across the border, but can you imagine? I am sure people are dining there if the restaurants are open. Here in Ontario–it is the curbside or takeout type of thing. I sincerely hope people support our smaller independent restaurants.

Cliff and I are staying at the farmhouse as much as it is possible. We have supplies and food, but on occasion we pick up something we need from town. We will continue to do this as the need arises.


We have been busy with the puppies and taking care of inquiries. It has been an interesting mix of activities–some were more enjoyable than others. (Haha) Meanwhile, Christina celebrated 23 candles yesterday–this is where I joke that I was 12 years old when I married Cliff. (OMG)

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. (Haha) We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. We hope everyone noticed the post regarding vaccine. We hate to keep bringing up this topic, but it is a Weimaraner thing.

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).

Sunday— March 15 — From the Archives

Monday–-March 16— The Old Girl

Tuesday – March 17 — Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday March 18 — Bisbee News

Thursday –- March 19 — Its Been Awhile

Friday — March 20 — Luna

On a very personal note

Like everyone, I am out of school. No more pottery until the Fall term. I will focus on gardening–that will be more than enough to keep me occupied. Inside the farmhouse, my fern is thriving as well as the cyclamen.

Cliff is working on the puppy yards–we need some additional fencing. But more importantly, he bought us a new toilet, and this new set will include a bidet. All he has to do is to get it installed. I think that the lighted toilet seat is a plus.

Cliff is still trapping gophers–he is up to 19. That is excellent. Quite a few were pregnant–large bellies. That makes it even better to get them before they produce pups. He is also working on the old John Deere–it is taking an unplanned sabbatical. (OMG)

Ashley pulled in to see us for a moment on Thursday–well, she didn’t get out of the car. She came to pick up some Chicken Corn and Black Bean Chowder I made for them. I put it through the passenger window onto the seat. It was in a container, of course. (Haha) I heard back from them that they loved it a lot. We are glad to help out a bit.