Cypress

All Muscle

 

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November 27, 2017 — Cypress and Willow

 

 

~Veterinary Visit News

(November 14, 2017) — I weighed Cypress at the vet today, she weighs 31 pounds!!!  OhMyGoodness!!!  And there is not a speck of fat on her…

 

(December 1, 2017) — Cypress had her sixteen-week titer and it came back fabulous so she won’t need another DAP right now.  We did her rabies vaccine, so she is set for a while.  I plan to do the two-vaccine Lepto in a bit, as we do have Lepto in this area, it is not a combo vaccine (I did that with Willow too).  Cypress is very healthy, no signs of parasites and she is gaining weight. Her condition and coat are beautiful.  She is very clumsy, she is like a foal or a fawn, she trips over her own feet and legs sometimes!  She is around 35 pounds now at four months.

~At Class With Jan

I took her to obedience class this week, she is just learning her basics and I was able to use her for demos.  I am happy now that Cypress’s immunity is in full swing, she can meet more (safe) dogs.  She is kinda shy and reserved at first with people and new situations, she is more that way than Willow was, but she is coming around.  With that type of temperament comes the very positive aspects where she stays close to me and doesn’t wander off, checks for my approval constantly, and is VERY bonded with me.  She is VERY biddable.

~Cypress and Willow (with Daisy)

24172987_10214230882749296_630886405484584027_oCypress and Willow and Daisy adore each other, they all play and play, and they all have similar gentle play styles.  I chuckle that at first Daisy was unimpressed with a new puppy in our family, but within a very short time, they became fast friends!  Willow is the best big sister ever, she is so gentle and patient with Cypress, I am so happy.  I always make sure to give each dog their separate, special time with me, while I leave the other two outside or whatever- I feel that is one of the reasons I have always had multiple dogs that get along.

Talk to you soon, Hugs, Jan  

PS: I am always happy to be a reference as you know!  

Jan Magnuson
SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog Training

P.O. Box 98072, Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 241-2908
-Home of “Willow”- UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial
Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, CGC, TKN, URO1, UAG1, TDI

 

I love her so much ❤️    Jan

Breeder Comment

We are beyond blessed. Thank you, for all your help over the years–support, encouragement, referrals, endorsements, and what you do with your OwyheeStar Weims. It means more than words on a page can express. We wish you continued success in your journey. We are ecstatic about the titles and the joy you find in all you do with the girls.

Big Ears

Happy December!

IMG_4582We’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!!

Breeder Comment

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.

Wellie

Undaunted by Adverse Conditions

Boyle's WellieTough conditions yesterday for wild birds.

 

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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

Breeder Comment

Dear Tyler — You and Wellie have done well over the years. Thank you for keeping us apprised from time-to-time. Not many of our hunters are as faithful as you with updates.
Here are some memories for the readers who don’t recognize Wellie.

Duke

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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!

 

Breeder Comment

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.

 

Draping Lights

On Charlie Mae

     ~The Annual Tradition

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“Woof” “and now, every year it this with the lights.”

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!

 

2017 49th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

     ~December 2, 20171-Dixie X Boone Week Two-24

 

1-Dixie X Boone 2017 Newborn-7Hello December!

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.1-Dixie X Boone Week Two-24

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

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The tall blond-haired boy playing Post is our Grandson

Brad's 1st OHS High School Game-13We 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dasher

We Could Not Be Happier!

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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

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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.

Breeder Comment

It is a joy to hear that Dasher is doing extremely well on every level. We agree he is a lovely boy; however, we are not unbiased. Thanks to both of you.
Dear Readers–this pup is a littermate to Jan Magnuson’s Cypress.

Moving Up to Two

The Bonding Process

     ~ Nancy Reports

 

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Tikka and Bill on the SUP (Luna rides with Nancy)

 

The Bonding Process

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Shared Moment

Bill is working very hard to help his bond with Tikka. He gets up very early (twice a week he’s up at 2:30 AM). Now he has added Tikka to his morning routine; he gets her up with him (which isn’t too hard since she sleeps in bed with him!). He feeds her, plays with her then before he leaves he brings her back to bed & tucks her in beside me (and Luna :).

When he gets home after working 10 to 14 hours he spends more time with her. Puppies are exhausting and require quite a bit more energy than older well-trained dogs do, but he’s determined. I do coach him and remind him to do things sometimes, but she does seem drawn to him. If she comes up with a stray sock it’s always his, she also enjoys getting into his work bag and dragging out his work items, not to chew on just to carry around.

Tikka likes the grandkids and other critters too!

When You Drop the Ball

     ~ or change doesn’t work well

Also (along the bonding line) last week Bill broke his routine with Tikka and it messed her up! He put her back to bed right after going potty, instead of letting her stay up to do whatever they do when they get up in the wee hours of the morning. She tried & tried to get comfortable (she usually goes right to sleep). Luna ended up moving to the end of the bed. Teek was being entirely too squirmy! All of the sudden she heard the coffee grinder and sat straight up. I said, “do you want to go see dad?” She was off the bed and at the door,  before I could blink an eye, when I opened the door she was full speed to see dad! 😊

Breeder Comment

Tikka is very fortunate to slide into your family without a hitch. Luna has adapted about as well as anyone could ask. We realize that a lot of this occurred due to the human element.

Typically a Weimaraner gravitates to one of two persons in the family and picks them. They might have a very different relationship with each family member. We have known of a Weim that would only play ball with the son, would just hunt with the father, and only snuggled in bed with Mama. Not every family structure works out like that, but it does make you laugh. Bonding with the Weimaraner implies more than being friends. In this case, you would be their human of choice. Not that Tikka doesn’t love Nancy and she is glad to be with her when Bill is gone, but when he comes home it is a different story. Why? It is because he made it fun. Not only that, he was able to get her to want to please him. We are delighted to hear about his investment in the relationship. The story speaks for itself. Bill put a lot of work into the relationship. I guess all relationships require such an investment to thrive.

The Human Element

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

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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

 

Garin_3154Luna 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.

Two

Hello Owyheestar!  

 

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My two beautiful Weims

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. 

 

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The lovely Longhair-Virgil

Virgil is such a beautiful dog and I’m so glad to have him as a member of our family.

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Skeeter Valentine

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.

Breeder Comment

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.