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OwyheeStar Summer Puppies

Mousse and her babies…

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We wanted to have a litter of summer pups. One can never guarantee these plans will come to fruition. There were folks waiting for a puppy, and we hope to help them fulfill their dream; however, it might take some time. We have the one litter this summer, and it is a doozy. Over the years, we have had so many small litters; this is not a small litter. Mousse’s litter has ten puppies. They are shown above nursing in the puppy yard. This photo was taken by Deven, our helper this summer. He is excellent with the puppies.

A mixed Litter

Our stud dog “Blue” was the sire of this litter; Mousse X Blue Wk4 Bonus_3therefore, we have some blue pups. You should easily be able to distinguish which pups are blue, and which are a shade of gray. There is something else in the mix. Did you notice? One of the blue females has the undocked tail–this is by request.

We had ten days of rain. I joked, we should bail the puppy yard, along with the hay. Pictured here you can see this little blue girl in the jungle, before we were able to mow it. She didn’t seem to mind the blade-forest. You will also notice she is the one with the undocked-tail. For those wondering, this is by request only. Mousse X Blue Wk4 Bonus_4The arrangements must be made in advance of the litter’s arrival. We require a larger puppy deposit. The reasons are many, and we won’t go into them at this time. We get several serious requests every year from folks wanting to forego the tail-docking. This (docking of the tail) is done within days of their birth. We might also note here, that Longhairs are never docked. We are willing to do the full-length tail (on the traditional smooth-coat), because in other-than-American Weimaraner Standards, they occur. In some countries tail-docking is illegal.

Sporting Breed Tail Docking

The sporting breed that sees field action is prone to tail injuries. This is the reason for the docking. It is cosmetic, and a safety factor. Tails, and ears that get nicked bleed profusely. They are difficult to heal. The reality is that fewer dogs see actual field action than in previous years. Many hunt clubs (Versatile Hunting Dog Federation, as well as the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) have mentoring programs. Whether you believe in hunting, or not–it is a deep American tradition. It helped establish this country, and fed our ancestors. Yes, they had gardens, but that would not have sustained life. More often than not, pioneers ate what they could get in a stew, or a dried jerky-pocket-meal. We should not forget this, in our day of supermarket shopping. More and more, folks are returning to natural foods.

The OwyheeStar Protocol

A lot of folks come to OwyheeStar wanting to investigate us. We understand this mentality. It is tough to trust people you don’t know with one of the biggest decisions you are going to make. Nonetheless, we must stick to our protocol, and way of doing things. It is the only way we can accomplish all the things we need to do. For those who have gotten and OwyheeStar puppy, we believe almost without exception they understand what we mean. The new person making a query, might consider us a bit too eccentric. We are always open to inquiries; however, even the initial inquiry is screened. It doesn’t require a lengthy email to net the application invite. In fact, a simple note stating a bit about yourself will do. You can save the lengthy description of who you are, and what you want for the application process.

Getting the details in the application is important to us. It allows us to focus on you, and to respond to everything is a systematic manner. Nothing gets forgotten, and everyone is scrutinized with the same measuring stick. The application reply, is where we look for information. During the process, and especially during the placement segment, we refer to this on many occasions. We like to ensure that we have the correct contact information, as well as all the specifics regarding the Weimaraner puppy you hope to bring home in this one location. Shela, normally spends at least an hour working up our application reply. We do not take this process lightly, nor are we less than grateful for your trust. It is in our heart to do what is in the best interest of the puppy, as well as for you.

Folks wanting to engage us, must be willing to do things in this manner. We believe our outcome speaks for itself. Thank you everyone for your vote of confidence, and willingness to work with our protocol.

You Want a Puppy

Our Application Process

6_Lacee X Blue 5WKSThe process starts evolving once you contact us with an inquiry; nevertheless, the most important step to get things rolling forward is to complete our application. It is an online application; however, you must get the password from us. We have a lot of folks that ask to complete the application. We answer each one, and provide comments as we do so. There is a percentage of folks that follow through by giving us a deposit to lock in a place on the formal waiting list. We ask for the small deposit, after we have approved your application, and before we add your name to the waiting list.

We get countless requests to save a person’s name, and to contact them when we get something. There is no way we can do that. If you completed an application, and you have not gotten us a deposit, you are not on the waiting list. The one exception is for our repeat clients. Otherwise, we keep adding names in the order we receive the Waiting List Deposit. This is the order of priority. It is still a juggling act to manage everyone’s wants, needs, and their timelines. It is also a guessing game; our crystal ball is certainly broken. We cannot predict the number of pups that will be born, their sex, and in many cases the coat color. There is always a risk that the litter will not be carried the full term. There might be no pups born.

 The Waiting List

7_Lacee X Blue 5WKS-32There is a waiting list. People want to know how long the wait might be, but we make reference to our prior comments. We cannot be certain what will be born. Interpreting the way the waiting list will unfold is another factor out of our control. Sometimes a client on the waiting list cannot move forward due to life circumstances. People change their mind about the sex, color, and timeline. Everything in the entire process is in a constant flux. There is little we can control. We make the best possible decisions based upon the projected need, and we stay thankful whatever is born. If we needed four females, and four males are born–they are still very precious.

 In the End

6_Sadie X Stackhouse WK5-1378_Millee X Stackhouse WK5-13When the puppy comes home it is always smaller than you imagine (or almost always). It is far cuter than expected; our photos don’t do them justice. The wow-factor melts hearts. In fifteen minutes, the pups begin to adjust, and bond with their new family. We are not even a fleeting thought. This is not a sad end; it is the beginning.