After we got home (from our SUP adventure) it was time to work on the property, as Bill and I were working on fences Luna was “hunting” … I was watching her thinking how cute she is thinking she can catch a gopher by digging a hole, just at that moment I heard a squeak and Luna had caught her first gopher!
This week she has also learned that she doesn’t have to be on my heels nonstop, she likes to pretend that she’s independent but most of the time if you see me you can spot Luna not too far away 🙂 but this week if she wasn’t included in the activity (like working in the fenced garden) she would wonder off and hunt or just find a nice cool place to rest, of course she still needed to know where I was, but as long as I was where I was supposed to be she was good! I’d like to chalk this up to maturity (she’s a year and a half now!) but maybe we just plain wore her out, it was a very active week:)
For those wanting a pristine and vermin free environment, this can be a mixed experience. The Weimaraner is a hunter. They may find a bird, a mouse, a bug, a frog, a toad, or (like in this case) a gopher. They also might roll in something dead given the opportunity. Keep in mind that they think it smells fantastic.
Sleek and Clean
A lot of folks were initially drawn to the Weimaraner due to the smooth coat. Possibly years of cleaning after the ultra popular Labrador left you wanting less hair. There will always be hair, but this is eyelash length. It is not found all over the furniture, the car, and in piles along the floorboards. Despite this fact, if you are a neat-freak it might be time to pause. This breed can be quite messy and they are attracted to some things you might not want to embrace.
Ewe and Oh No!
They love to raid the trash and play to toads–both could be deadly. Some toads are toxic; they trash may have dangerous bones, glass, metal, etc. For many the shredded paper is not a huge issue; however, the Surprises, Gifts, and Whatnot is not tolerable. It is never a good idea to assume you can train the Weimaraner not to roll on a dead something or the random cowpie. Keeping them being interest in vermin or the occasion Tweetie Pie is not realistic either. Some will simply keep watch while others plot how they will capture them. The Weimlover must be willing to accept the breed for what it is and to be vigilant to keep them safe–even from their own wiles.
SUP — No Problem!
Luna had a vacation packed with fun and firsts! Bill and I just got Stand Up Paddle boards (or SUP as those of us in the know say ;)!!) thinking it would be a great activity that we could do with Luna. We set out for the lake for a few days so we all could learn. Luna never disappoints, her “Auntie Linda” (Maizie’s mom) described Luna pretty well she said “Luna is so agreeable … such a good sport …always the best of companions” I was warmed by that comment, that is Luna. I never question “if” she will do something, I just ask her to do it and she does!
5 Hour Float
We spent our last day of vacation back on the water only this time it was a 5 hour float, again Luna had a ball, this trip out she learned to step from board to board and if mama’s board got too far away she would just (after she vocalized her displeasure) jump in the water and swim to me. At the end of that float I was waiting by the (in) the water with the babies (Luna & my grand kids:) and Luna started willingly swimming, I had to call her back a few times because she got a little far for my comfort!
Then The Two Blue Sisters
Four years ago we rescued this beautiful girl–a sister to our first OwyheeStar. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. When Cliff and Shela let us know they might get her back, we asked for the first chance to adopt her. We had met her and her mother on several occasions at the dog park, etc. It has been a beautiful, entertaining, and wacky journey.
The Breed History
~ As presented by The Weimaraner Club of America (WCA)
The breed history is posted directly from the Weimaraner Club of America’s Website. It is important to stick with the breed club’s version. There are many stories and interesting articles; however, we feel that it is in the breed’s best interest to not embellish or add to this history. Click Here to go to the WCA Website page.
Gabriel began her life (on February 28, 2012) at OwyheeStar. She was one of seven pups born to Livee’s litter (which was sired by OwyheeStar’s Once In A Blue Moon). Some of her littermates have made an OwyheeStar Blog News appearance; none more than the amazing Maizie. There are some other pups from the same parents; however, they were born a year later. Possibly, the most famous of these lives in Idaho (Charlie Blue). Gabriel was the first blue to arrive in Russia. She traveled via courier and arrived safely. Of course, there was a huge adjustment period after the relocation. Nevertheless, she came through and shines bright. The judges like her beauty and conformation. Two participations and two positive outcomes. You can read more on Igor’s website (click here )!
We look forward to hearing more about Gabriel and her successful offspring– The Blue Girl O’Hara which netted the BJB (Best of Junior Breed).
CW – Class Winner
CAC ( National Dog Show Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat. Your dog will need 1-6 CAC certificates to become a National Champion. The number depends on the country of issue.
CACIB ( International Dog Show) Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat International de Beaute. Your dog will need 2-3 CACIB certificates which are highly compatible in order to become and International CH.
BOB – Best of Breed
BIS – Best in Show
This Story is For Real!
Ginger, Ilsa, and Indi up the Tree
Just when you thought you didn’t have anything new to worry about along comes tree climbing Weims. We suspect they got the idea from the Internet. After all, it is the Information Age. They suggested a trip to Morroco; however, the Oregon Coast provided ample opportunity to practice their skill. Check out the tree-climbing goats. They are an Internet sensation.
Ilsa and Indi
They are a dynamic duo — sisters. One was a rescue that joined the family later, but both are cemented firmly into the Western Oregon family life. They have been featured many times on the OwyheeStar News Blog. You won’t want to check out these cute photos of the girls doing their thing.
Yesterday was this crazy pup’s birthday. She finally made it to a year old (I had my doubts). I can not believe that it was a year ago we got a call from OwyheeStar Weimaraners (Shela and Cliff Nielsen), and we started the process of bringing Lexi home with us. Who knew she would become as important to us as some people’s kids are? ( lol) We could not have asked for a better pal than Lexi. We love this crazy little dog and we are excited to look forward to many more adventures together!!!
Therefore, we did what any good parents would do and threw her a birthday party, with a cake and treats for all her doggy friends!!!
Breeder’s Comment — We are happy to hear Lexi has celebrated her birthday in style. There is no way to understand just how life changing the Weimaraner experience is until you take the journey. Thank you for remembering us and for loving Miss Lexi so much. We sincerely hope she brings you years of joy.
A Toddler and the Weimar Pup
When we got Luna, my grandson was ten months old. I was a little apprehensive to let them play because Luna was (is) a puppy. She plays a little rough and kisses with her teeth 🙂 she and Elijah have been besties since the day they met! Elijah makes sure she has enough to eat. Luna has never hurt him with her teeth. she’s so careful with him. They rest together, and they are constantly switching toys. In the picture Eli wanted the blue bone so he gave her the duck & took the bone …. Luna also wanted the bone, so she took it back, but still gentle enough to not cause a stir, I love their relationship 😍
There have been several folks who have had this same experience; however, there has been a call from a woman who stuck her face into her pup’s face, and she got bit. Did it mean anything? No–nonetheless, it is best to avoid those situations. Proceed with caution. Many times the Weimaraner pup will not trouble the baby whereas they young children get tagged. Their energy fuels a game, and it gets too rough. The pup visualized them as their littermates. They exchanged bites and knocked each other over too! We love this report. Thank you, Nancy!