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The Beloved Mesquite

~Ten Candles

I just want to send you a note celebrating The Beloved Mesquites 10th birthday. She has lived in her forever home with us here in Washington for just a little over three years now. She has been a great joy for us.

I was a little hesitant at first, because I had always owned Vizsla’s, I really knew nothing about Weimaraner’s, in the past three years I have changed my mind. The Weim is the most well mannered, intelligent dog I have been around. She wants to be a people rather than a dog.She loves going places in the car. When we first got her she would get sick riding in the car, not anymore. I think she was just nervous. Now when the car starts up she wants to go. She doesn’t bother a thing.

During the hot weather and the smoke from wild fires burning in the area now, I have been letting her stay inside as much as possible. She has decided she wants to sleep in bed with us. We started out with her on her mat, but she didn’t want any part of that, she wanted to be in the bed with us. Now I fix her a spot at the foot of the bed and she stays there all night. I figured that was safer than having a 70 lb. dog land on you, unexpectedly. If she needs to go outside, she gives you the famous ear flap. No doubt what she wants.We are both so glad that you and Cliff chose us for Mesquites forever home. She is greatly appreciated and loved.

Thank you, Lyle and Annette. I hope Porsche’s owner sees this, because Porsche is one of Mesquites offspring, I believe?

Breeder Comment

Hello Lyle and Annette–thanks for thinking of us. It is hard to believe that Mesquite is ten years old. What a fabulous Golden Year Placement she got when you found us. Yes, Porsche is a Mesquite X Stackhouse pup.

Gretchen

~ Not Your Stereotype Weimar at All

We live in Fontana, CA.  She’s now a fat happy girl with gas that can clear the room since her lunch of a cheeseburger and fries with thousand island is not part of he normal diet.  But we have a few extra days.

 

Her gas is normally none unless Grandpa sneaks her human food or salmon based food.   She eats Blue Buffalo and loves that the best.  Luckily her lunch yesterday of didn’t too much damage to her tummy.  Thanks you guys for the best pup I could have ever asked for.  I’m not ready for another weim because I would be trying to replace something that could never be replaced.  She is the best tempered, loving, lazy weim a girl could have asked for.  

In her adult days the choice between a walk and a couch cuddle was a 50/50-she was awesome and never had that high energy.  She was just super mellow her entire life sans puppy stage where she tore stuff up (couch-my fault I thought I could trust her outside the crate while I was at work, sunglasses and shoes-again my fault I went away for the weekend and she was mad, undergarments to this day she will eat them if they are on the floor) or get a moment of the zoomies and launch off the couch doing 180s and speed through the living room.  Thank you again as she was always heathy, always funny, and had her own personality that was just awesome.  When people would make remarks about the stereotypes of a weim I just laughed and was like nope my dog is none of those things. Mine loves laying in the sun, playing in the pool, and being a cuddle bug and bed hog. 

Are you planning on having any weim pups, no blues since Gretchen is not replaceable and I don’t want to compare since the pedestal for her is really high and no pup could take away from that.  I think I may be ready for a new family member but not right now right now-a few months away. 

Breeder Comment

Well, for sure, we cannot replace Gretchen. We get people asking for a Weimaraner with this temperament all the time–they are rare even for OwyheeStar. (Haha) My suggestion is typically to plan for the worst and hope for the best–that way, you are ready for whatever comes.
Thank you for your photos and the information you shared with us–and for giving her the best possible life. Storm and Dusty passed over the rainbow bridge about five or six years ago. They live on through their offspring–and some of our girls carry one or both of their DNA.

To get something out of those lines takes planning, and it requires a person to be ready to go when the pups come along—Winnie shares both Dusty and Storm as her paternal grandparents. As time passes, it becomes harder and harder to get back to that same bloodlines, as we have added fresh blood, and we continue to mix the DNA pool with it. So, you might get fortunate even if the new kid doesn’t share that exact lineage.

We look forward to working with you again. A goodly number of our OwyheeStar pups are placed with repeat clients–as you might guess.

Sophia

~ A Little Story For the Blog

You brought Sophia to live with us on Tuesday.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were quiet days in our yard.  Saturday afternoon, the two pre-teen girls next door were out in their backyard and when they were talking loud, Sophia barked and ran a few feet towards their yard, stopped and barked again and then ran a few more feet and then stopped and looked at their yard for less than a minute and promptly resumed play.  

Azura and Sophie

I told you the story of Azura, as a puppy, running and barking towards the perceived threat, so I thought you’d appreciate this one about Sophia.  When Azura barks, Sophia promptly sits, alert, and watches where Azura goes and then runs after her to see what’s going on.  This little girl is such a sweetheart, so smart, so alert and learns so quickly.  Well, except for the biting thing!  

Breeder Comment

Oh, Sophia is a smart one–and again, a shark-toothed girl, too. (Haha) Thanks for the cute story. Secretly I was deeply concerned about the expectations–what we were looking for in Sophia. Who can guess what will happen, but this story was unusual–and yet, here we go. She did the same kind of confident thing. (Hurrah!)

For anyone raising the Weimaraner, click here to read about the puppy biting thing. I highly recommend this read.

Sky

~ From the Tri-Cities

And Shela Needs to see me because?

I wanted you to see our Sky–and to thank you, for a great Weim. ~ Guy

Breeder Comment

We appreciate knowing that Sky is doing well, and that she is much-loved. Thanks for the photo–tell Sky I am sorry she had to endure having her photo taken. (Haha)

Remy Blue

~ part two

Trips to the “holistic” vet have been fine. No issues with the titer testing, in fact, our vet was quite pleased with your protocol. Remy Blue did fine. Next big milestone is spaying sometime this summer.

Remy Blue took to initially swimming in our pool. She is much more adept at the water than Riley, our last Weim.

Car rides are fun, but Remy Blue becomes sad when my daughter, Evi exits the car for her activity. The tears of a Weim are so heartfelt. She also likes drinking my coffee; she seems to want me to stop at Starbucks for another.

Beach walks are fun for Remy Blue. She seeks out other dogs and wants to run and catch the water. I thinks she likes being a California Weim.

Breeder Comment

It is so great to see Remy Blue in her element and to hear how well she is doing at the Vet Visits, traveling, and enjoying the beach. Yes–she is a California girl.

Grace & Bella Rae

              “Shela and Cliff — I made it to New Hampshire”

After a flight recovery day(flight went smooth and easy, no issues) everyone tired but now settling into day to day….Grace and Bella Rae are totally bonded❤️

Breeder Comment

You might remember that yesterday’s blog featured Roger and CW–they flew to Salt Lake City. Yes, we get quite a few folks that fly with their Weimaraner puppy. Nonetheless, it is getting more difficult to make these kinds of flights happen. Smaller planes and different carry-on criteria are the reason it is not as easy as it once was. Nonetheless, here are two families who were able to pull it off.

Why fly, you might ask. Well–in many cases, it is the best option. A road trip is not always in the best interest of the puppy. Nor, is it in many cases the best way to start–get the routine going to ensure you are on the right track. The road trip means you have the concern of where to potty your puppy–it is essential to be extremely careful. Parvo has most likely infected every roadside potty area–read up on this dreadful situation, and you will agree. Being very careful is essential. Every year, more pups are lost to this disease than you can imagine. I hold my breath as I write we have never lost an OwyheeStar to Parvo. We want to keep this way.

Another perk with the carry-on experience might not be as evident. People who fly must get their puppy to settle in the travel bag. If you can teach a puppy to settle–you can teach them anything. It is also a great time to bond. There is something about the travel experience of this sort–it sets you up for an extraordinary transition.

Waiting

What’s For Dinner?

     ~I think you’re late~

 

Dear Cliff and Shela,

Mesquite wants to know when she can have dinner. She has plans other than ours–we keep her on a schedule. Otherwise, she gets us up at 5 AM. We adore her and think she is gorgeous. Look at her next to the hose–just lovely!IMG_0571

Breeder’s Comment

Thanks for all the updates. It is great to know she is doing well and very much loved.

You Are Invited

Labor Day Weimie Play Date!!

This is LONG overdue!  I wanted to get a post out about our next Weimie play date, since it’s a holiday weekend Nancy and I are hoping for a big turn out =)  Let me set the scene for anyone on the fence about coming or newcomers.

Imagine this, a peaceful drive through the country with your weim panting in anticipation of what’s to come.  New smells, new sounds, and what’s that two acres of fenced space just waiting for a Weimie romp.  This is just the beginning of what you get when you join in on the monthly Weimie play date co-hosted by Nancy and Holly in Salem, Oregon.  As your Weimie makes their rounds, meeting their new best friends and their chauffeurs(that’s us humans), we get to kick back, grab a glass of fresh ice tea or maybe a brewski and chat with fellow weim lovers.  The conversations usually begin a quick run down of who belongs to who, stories of weim crimes(we can all relate), and mentions of your favorite weim quirks.     

Here’s a brief introduction of the regulars:

Luna, our Hostess with the Mostest

LunaParents: Nancy and Bill

Dog Parents: Blue x Elle, 12/22/14

Fave snack: Morning dollop of whipped cream and mom’s leftover egg yolk

Hidden talent: Stay, even when taunted by her BF Rudy

Jaeger, Disco Man Extraordinaire

JaegerParents: Shannon

Dog Parents: Boomer and Bubbles

Fave Snack: Turkey or Ice Cream

Hidden Talent: Take a Bow

Arliss, the Leader of the A Pack

ArlissParents: Arleen

Dog Parents: Dusty x Megan, 12/01/06

Siblings: Big brother to Auto, the Welsh Terrier

Goldee & Maverick, Fluff Masters

  

Parents: Holly and Joe

Dog Parents: Greta x Stackhouse, 04/19/14 & Sadie x Stackhouse, 12/16/15

Hidden Talent: Mind control over their mom

Weim Crime: “Helping” with the dishes in the sink

Buck, the Big Brother

BuckParents: Beth

Dog Parents: Sadie x Stackhouse, 12/16/15 

Hidden Talent:

Favorite Party Pass Time: Hanging in the sand pit

Kirby, The Snack Sneaker

KirbyParents: Rhonda and Jim

Dog Parents: Greta x Blue (Shela, will you double check these are the correct parents?)

Hidden Talent: Sitting on anyone’s lap

Favorite Treat: Nancy’s Strawberry Cake =)

For more information about the monthly weim play dates reach out to Holly at holly.haffey26@gmail.com or find Holly Haffey and/or Nancy Fortune Garin on Facebook!  

Come for the fun, stay for the exhausted weim!!

Close Your Eyes

Luna’s Find

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!

Garin's Luna the gopher

What do you mean when you say, “leave it?” 

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:)

 

Breeder’s Comment

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.

 

 

 

Summer Fun

SUP — No Problem!

Garin's SUP 2Luna 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!

Quick Learner

Luna went from shaky on the board one morning to jumping on the board on her own by the next. She also started enjoying the water a little more, she would swim on her own with just a little coaxing.

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!