Waiting At the Bus Stop
Just a quick update on Remy. She is doing so great! She has a very sweet personality, and she sure is smart. She enjoys getting out for little walks and is getting much better at walking on the leash. Every day she waits with me at the bus stop for the kids to get home and she now starts her excited tail wagging as soon as the bus rounds the corner. She has so easily fit into our family.
She is still doing great with potty training and being in the crate. She has also learned to sit, stay, come and even shake. We haven’t worked with her much yet but she picks up the commands quickly. She is getting better with the biting, a few times we have used a little spray bottle to spray a bit of water in her face to stop her, but she usually can be redirected with a chew toy. I cannot believe how much she has already grown! She has a big appetite.😀 She is a joy and such a beautiful dog. We are so happy she has joined our family.I hope you are all well and we’ll stay in touch!Haley
Troy and Macy
~(March 9, 2018)
Here’s a photo of Troy and Macy today!
I just wanted to see how you guys were doing since I haven’t spoken to you for so long. I also wanted to let you know how much we love Troy! When we first got him from the guy in LA in 2009 I was sure it wasn’t going to work. But after keeping to Cliff’s advice of letting him learn from the other two dogs – he melted right in with our home, and into our hearts! Just wanted to touch base with you. God bless!
It is nice to hear from longtime OwyheeStar Weimlovers! Brad has been a faithful fan for more years than we can remember. Troy was his third OwyheeStar. He took the risk to pick him up when things went sideways with his original family. Typically, we don’t do that kind of thing–ask for help. Nonetheless, everyone needs a bit of help from time to time. This rehome situation seemed like something that might be a win-win situation. We are so happy to hear our assessment was accurate. It is outstanding to get this photo and to learn they are doing well. Thank you!
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~MARCH 10, 2018
The serenading of the Snow Geese fills the air morning as well as each evening’s otherwise quiet. The white flock is sizeable and when the light reflects off them as they fly close to the ground is quite the sight. These angelic-looking birds circle and sound out an announcement of their arrival before landing and take off. We enjoy it so. Soon they fly north. For now, they clean up the leftover corn and whatnot.
The Snow Geese melody is not the only noisy whiteness of the week. This week’s hominy snow did an Irish dance on our metal roof. I loved the sound in response to its arrival. Heavy rain, hominy snow, or hail bring with it the rat-a-tat-tat kind of tapping that gets your attention.
Last winter we saw a lot of snow bring down farm buildings. Businesses also took a hit but more often than not it was agricultural buildings which went down. Yesterday, as we drove toward Nyssa, we discovered a Quonset hut that has stood the test of time had recently gone down. It was surprising in light of the lack of snow this winter.
We sit waiting and monitoring the girls we mated in hope of getting a spring litter. Predictions can be fickle like spring weather. We still hope to have babies born. In the meantime, we are doing repairs to the grass as well as to anything else that catches our attention.
This Week on the Blog
We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. It seems there was quite a bit of variety. More than sometimes. Once again, I am running a bit low on updates. I am confident it will all come together. I could dig around on Facebook. Many folks only post them there. :O)
Sunday—March 4 — Busted (Maizie)
Monday — March 5 — Talking About (Longhairs, Again)
Tuesday — March 6 — Gone (Devo)
Wednesday — March 7— The Celebrated (Reznor)
Thursday – March 8 — We All Know Her (Jan Magnuson)
Friday — March 9 — Are You Wondering (Coat Color Info)
On a very personal note
Cliff has gotten the greenhouse functional. Ashley and I are going to work on sealing up some of the gaps, etc. Tractor work is calling Cliff.
Ashley and I did shop for seeds. We spent some time planting a couple of trays–tomatoes, peppers, etc. We also planted a box of leaf lettuce. More lettuce and greens are slated to go out in our raised beds. First, we have to find the old raised beds and get them ready to plant. I think they were taken apart when we moved two years ago this coming May. We have some other building materials stashed that we can use for new beds. We will need more that is for sure.
Cliff had another blood draw on Wednesday we await further news. I am still doing the same–I continue having some spasms every day. Regardless, we are thrilled to be as healthy as we seem to be. We feel like we are 20 or 30 at heart, but we realize that is just a pipe dream. Nevertheless, we work harder than a lot of folks half our age. We don’t feel that is a bad thing. One day, though, it would be nice to work a little less. Anyhow, life is sweet!
The Weimaraner Coat Color…
~Sometimes folks ask
Can you tell me the difference between the blues, grays, and silver color?
The coat color for the Weimaraner technically (according to the breed standard) is either Gray, Silver-gray or Blue. People are sometimes confused. A part of this confusion might come from unscrupulous breeders who identify their pups in terms that they believe will net a sale. More than one person has written to us saying they have a Silver-Gray Weimaraner and the photo they sent along was of a Blue. What’s up with that? A breeder should know the coat colors — even at birth, they are easy to identify.
The Weimaraner’s coat can take on different hues. The time of day, lighting, and surroundings seem to reflect on a gray or silver-gray coat. Colors can be either darker or lighter than they would typically appear. We have used several methods for our photography. Natural lighting and a good photo box. We have our cabinet that uses auxiliary lighting. At times, it challenging. Just know that we attempt to get our photos true to color, but as I said–conditions affect the final product.
Now down to the nitty-gritty!
Here are two litter mates at three weeks of age. You can easily see the pup on the left is a blue and the one on the right is a silver-gray.
Color is somewhat subjective. People see it differently or describe it in their own terms. It varies in different settings and best seen in the outside light. Nonetheless, you can easily see that there is a vast difference between a young gray, silver-gray or blue Weimaraner.
In our opinion, color is not the most critical factor. Your preference might be one of the three colors. Nevertheless, the color choice pales in comparison to health, temperament, and other such factors.
All Weims are beautiful. There are pros and cons to coat colors. These tend to be all but minor unless you a Show-Person. A blue does seem to get hotter in the field during the heat of the day. A blue shows the cuts and scars and often has white hairs where the accident happened. A blue can be called a “tire screecher”. More than one person has reported a car screeching their tires when spotted roadside. This scenario can play out with the Silver-gray or Gray Weimaraner, too! Regardless of whether you prefer the blue or not, the gray and silver gray are equally lovely. The gray as we see the color is more a taupe color than actual gray. Of course, many old-time diehard Weim folks are all about the gray or the silver-gray. They have no use for the Blue.
But Do We Really?
~Can We Comprehend the work she does? Probably not!
Jan and Willow we know them. Willow’s official Name: UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Novice Trick Dog, UKC Rally Obedience I, UKC Agility I, Therapy Dog International certified!
When Jan isn’t showing Willow, she can be found out and about the community where she works for Des Moines Police Department as an Animal Control Officer. In her spare time, she teaches obedience classes, visits her mother at a care facility, and volunteers. We are honored to know her and to call her a good friend. Our Weim business has factored into our relationship. We have joint-ventured on a couple of things. All of this might be of interest to you, but did you know she is a local town hero? I am sure she would blush at that description–forgive us Jan. The only bigger hero here is Rex, the German Shepherd. What a heartwarming story. Thank you, Jan, for your service. We are all blessed indeed to share the love of the Weimaraner with you.
Q13Fox News Reports
Hero dog Rex reunited with officer who saved his life
SEATTLE — Rex, the German Shepherd who was beaten and shot three times while defending his teen owner, was honored Tuesday at a ceremony in Seattle.
PETA presented Rex with a Heroic Dog Award and a get-well care package, “for going above and beyond — at great personal risk — to protect his family from armed robbers.”
“In risking his life to protect his young guardian, this brave dog demonstrated how intelligent and sensitive animals are,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA encourages anyone with the time and resources to care for an animal to adopt one from a shelter and reminds everyone to treat dogs like the loving family members they are.”
Rex was reunited with Des Moines Police Department Animal Control Officer Jan Magnuson, who saved Rex’s life by rushing the critically injured dog to a veterinary clinic.
Click here to read the whole story.
Hello Shela & Cliff, sorry it’s been so long since the last update. Our sweet Reznor is a little over 2 years now & is a healthy happy big goofy boy. We are so happy you brought him into our lives. He has been through 2 road trips down to California to visit with his extended family & does great on the road. His favorite thing to do is go to Marymoor Park which is a Disneyland for Dogs. He loves to be there to swim, play catch, run around ask humans for treats & pretty much ignore all the other dogs;)
Our Weimar Calendar
We decided to make a Reznor calendar this year as we got tired of not enough Weimaraners on other dog calendars & certainly not enough Blue Weims!So now we get to enjoy his face every day/week/month of the year😍We hope you guys are doing well & I’ll try not to wait so long until the next update. Thanks, Anthony, Michelle & Rez
Dog Park in the Sky
~pass the kleenex
This is still very surreal for us, but I thought I needed to let you know that Devo has left us for the great dog park in the sky, where he will hopefully have tennis balls and sticks to play with until the end of time.
He was not feeling well Tuesday night, and first we thought it was just because he had gotten into something, but by 5:30 in the morning yesterday I could tell that something was seriously wrong, and took him into the only emergency vet in town. He was having problems breathing and was very cold, and by the time I got there, he could not even move. I was hoping it was bloat (treatable), but soon was given the news that it was much worse – a pericardial effusion, which likely meant cancer. They performed a Pericardiocentesis, to relieve the fluid build up and waited for the cardiologist to do a more detailed exam.
After the initial procedure he seemed to be doing better (got up to greet me, tail wagging), so I went home to wait for the news. A few hours later, the cardiologist called me and our worst fears were confirmed – he had a tumor in his heart (hemangiosarcoma).
And the fluid (blood) kept filling around his heart, so there was no point in even attempting treatment.
Surrounded By Those Who Loved Him Most
We pulled Montana out of school and went to go see him for our goodbyes. He was surrounded by the people that loved him most on this planet, and we will miss him so terribly that it makes our hearts bleed too – but we know that we did the best we could for him, and I am happy we had him in our lives for 9+ years.
With grief and gratitude, ~Christine
We have spoken a few days back. There are no words to cover Sweet Devo’s departure. We are saddened to hear of the loss. Our heartfelt prayers extended your direction. Oh, Devo, you were much-loved.
To sum up our previous two discussions in a few words is difficult. We talked about the DNA factor. How it requires both parents to carry the fluffy coat (Longhair) DNA marker to produce Longhair pups. We talked about how difficult it is to see the difference at birth and the DNA testing we do to ensure we have the pups labeled accurately. Finally, we discussed the feathering and showed you a decent photo of what you might expect. What else is there to talk about? Read on to hear what others say about the Longhair Weimaraner–sometimes called the other Weimaraner.
W.W. Denlinger (*)
~In Regards to the Longhair
The ideal hair length is between long and shorthair in the range of the original coarse. It should be smooth and thick with a water repellent undercoat, resistant to weather and thorns. At the same time, it should not be too sensitive to dirt and burrs.
The long-haired Weimaraner has been described as conforming to the Standard for the short-haired dog in every respect except for the length of coat. At birth, the coat of the SH Weimaraner is inclined to be rather crisp, with definite stripes which disappear within a short time.That of the LH Weimaraner is soft and wooly at birth, and has no stripes. The coat of the mature dog, no longer wooly, has a silky texture, and is straight or slightly wavy. On the upper part of the body, the coat is tighter than on the SH dog; on the lower part, it is not so tight. The outer sides of the ears are covered with long, soft, silky hair. The tail, which is not docked as is that of the SH Weimaraner, is heavily feathered so that in the field the dog appears to have a graceful plume-like flag.There is soft feathering on the backs of the legs, and between the toes
*As reported for the Weimaraner Club of America by Deborah Andrews
Weimaraner Club of America Liaison to the German Weimaraner Klub e.V.
Denlinger, W., The Complete Weimaraner, p. 183, retrieved from (http://www.weimclubamerica.org/worldweims/longhair/article06.html).
~Or What’s a Girl To Do?
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~March 3, 2018
The weather keeps things interesting. Mr. Winter wants to hang around a bit longer and trouble us with colder temperatures and the threat of snow. Spring is dancing with joy. She brings us a bit of warmth and sunshine and pushes back the harsh reality that Winter is not over just yet.
There are splotches of green here and there. Some of the greenness is no doubt weeds taking hold with an early start. The signal of Spring’s soon arrival is welcome. We know the battle for the ground will begin not long after. Isn’t it amazing how weeds and unwanted bugs survive almost anything? They thrive despite our attempts to eradicate them.
Yesterday afternoon was sunny and pleasant. All too soon, the temperature dropped dramatically. I made quick work of winterizing the hose and the washing system. Ah, the ups and downs of March are a reality.
We are receiving news from those who recently picked up their OwyheeStar Winter puppy. It is always heartwarming to get a good report. If you are a faithful reader, then you know that two updates were on the blog this week. How fun is that? Meanwhile, we prepare for Spring pups. Of course, we have not a clue as to what will arrive. It is the always the same. The frustration for us as well as for our folks who Wait patiently for a puppy is palpable. Can’t you at least give us some idea they ask? These folks have no idea the complexities of such a prediction and how little control we have. (OMG) Honestly, it is inexplicable.
Preparation includes checking our supplies and making sure the whelping area is sanitary. There are Whelp records to be created. Longhairs expected in at least one of the projected litters. Therefore, it is essential to have the DNA testing kits on hand. That is an expedited process. Without the materials to take the samples, we would be at a loss. Finally, looking outside, I need to get some grass seed sowed in the yards to see if we can fill in where the pups stomped out the lawn. If not, then we will have to purchase some turf. There is no turf available yet. We hope the seed comes up and flourishes before there is the puppy feet stomping scenario. It is likely we will need sod sometime between now and summer.
This Week on the Blog
Did we say how much we appreciate these updates? If not, please know they mean more than you could possibly know. Our readers are somewhat addicted to living vicariously through others. How often can you add the Weimaraner to the household? Indeed–it is not practical and getting them acclimated is a lot of work. Even when things go as expected, there are challenges. Thank you, for sharing your experience and for keeping us apprised.
Sunday—February 18— Our Mantra (Freedom Earned)
Monday —February 19— Skye and Haze (Part Two)
Tuesday —February 20— How Important is It? (the Fetch)
Wednesday —February 21— Skye and Haze (Part Three)
Thursday –February 22 — Life Changing (Velcro Dog)
Friday — February 23 — Introducing (Bear)
On a very personal note
Cliff was out working on the greenhouse as the sun was preparing to set. After dinner, we took a look together joined by Cliff’s flashlight. I am loving the progress. I dream of being out there working and enjoying my fill of seeing the seedlings develop. I ordered horseradish. I have never grown it before. It is on the list of garden additions (which also includes a spiral herb garden). It arrived much earlier than expected. I found a container and cut off the top and planted it a couple of weeks ago. It seems it is going to thrive. It looked like nothing upon arriving here; however, it already has the sign of being prolific.
This week was special. We had been trying to get together (since before the February 18th birthday) with our son to celebrate his 48th years. Life has been challenging on his side of the fence, too! Finally, we were able to make and keep the date on Wednesday evening. He and his friend joined us at Brewsky’s Broiler. The meal and the time of sharing were outstanding. It was good to spend time together rather than opting for a gift of another sort.
We continue to tend to little upgrades and repairs in the old farmhouse. I bought some organizers to see if we could improve the kitchen situation. Cliff put them up. I love the difference they made. Making the most of the space we have is essential. I am nowhere near done with the process, but each improvement helps.