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From Jacie

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Hello Ms. Shela and Mr. Cliff,

Fairchild E3A2274C-89F1-4DD0-8F1B-34FADA1F91EFI was able to get mom to send you a note on my behalf.  I’m still not able to figure out this typing thing 😉.  All is well here in Georgia.  Mom and Dad are still spoiling me rotten.  I have a new sister (as you can see in the background).  I wasn’t thrilled at first but I guess she can stay.  Lol.  I will get mom to make more pics as I think the camera likes me or maybe I like the camera.  Lol.  Signing off for now.  #sendingWeimkisses 🐶🐶🐶😘😘Fairchild FF2B7FA4-4C5C-437E-B2A9-982A7FC3BDA3
Shela and Cliff, thanks again for breeding such a wonderful Weim!  She has brought so much joy to our home. Jacie is doing well.
Kisha – Atlanta
Breeder Comment
We do so appreciate hearing from you. It is fantastic news that Jacie is thriving. Give her a hug from us.

Debbie’s

Bella

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This is All I Have To Say, says Bella… “zilch because my app won’t work here for you.”

Debbie Writes

She is getting so big and she’s so good she doesn’t bark all the time only when necessary which I like. She’s just wonderful.

I’m glad you have your process it shows as a breeder that you are concerned about the pet and where it is going not a lot of people do that they’re just in it for the buck Bella is the best thing that could have happened to me and Levi although sometimes Levi might not agree with that lol it was definitely worth the wait.

This, of Course.

Bella is a bad influence on the 10yr old Levi the lab who never used to do stuff like looking out the window like this LOL I’m glad she’s doing it though now I have two spies on the neighborhood

Breeder Comment

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Ah–Debbie has created a series of talking Weim videos. You might find some on Bella on the Weim Crime Page. I don’t frequent there. Other things require my time and attention; however, I know many of our readers spend considerable time on that Page. I tried, without success, to repost them here. Cliff and I laughed so hard. Bella’s voice, describing her life is beyond funny. We love those of you who enjoy your OwyheeStar family, and then you take the time to share with us –and sometimes I can post it for our audience at large.

 

 

Life Changing

Remi

         ~ February 28, 2018

Pearson's Remy ArrivesJust had to send you a quick update on how our girl is doing. She is so wonderful! Of course, the puppy stage is extra busy but she is doing so well with house training (only one accident!) and getting used to her crate. Last night she actually slept all night in her crate next to our bed without any whining and woke up so happy.
She certainly has a big personality and she has bonded very well with us so far. She follows me around all day and I just love it (velcro dog :)). It was really cute on the long drive home because she just wanted to be in the back of the car with the kids. They absolutely adore her! I think I told you that my oldest son cried tears of joy for about an hour after we picked her up. He said he just loves her so much already and it is a dream come true. I remember getting our Weimaraner as a kid when I was six and the instant love that I felt for her.
Anyway, thank you again for a fabulous experience and all your work in getting her prepared for the transition. It’s clear that she had an introduction to house training and being in the crate and you’ve made our job easier!
Thanks, Haley

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Haley, for sharing your news. It is more than welcome. We did prepare the pups for their arrival. I cannot claim they are housebroken or crate-trained. We do prepare them to succeed–even then, the transition can be precarious. It is fabulous you are doing so well.
The Weimaraner is home. Memories are being made. How can anyone who has not experienced a childhood Weimaraner understand what you mean? I think it would be impossible.
Click here to read about Cliff’s first Weimaraner. Technology makes it so much easier for us to capture countless photos. We count ourselves lucky to have a couple of photos of Cliff and Doc. Thank you, for being a part of the OwyheeStar family.

Skye and Haze

You might remember reading about Skye and Haze a few days ago–Part One of the Three Part Series. Then Part Two featured Skye. Here is the final segment featuring the lovely Haze. It is good news that there are not two dominant (run-the-show) girls.

About Nancy’s Haze

        ~ Part Three

IMG_8148 (1)Haze is very submissive and larger.  She weighs about 70 pounds.  Hazey loves to hunt… her instincts are incredible.  She will track the smallest feather on the ground.  She stalks and catches birds… woodpeckers on our decks, turkeys in the yard. It’s too bad we aren’t people that hunt with dogs!!

 

Haze competes in Rally as well and also is working on completing her Excellent title by this summer.

We keep the girls in weekly classes at our dog training club to keep them socialized, and to give them something for their minds to work on. We are delighted with our pups and can’t imagine life without them!  Blessings to you!   ~ Jean & Nancy

News of the Best Kind

Hello from Bremerton, Washington!

Marcous'a Freyja 435Freyja here just checking in. My big brother Odin has a toy I want that he won’t share so I’m up on the couch with mom pouting…lol.
Human speaking now: Freyja is such a joy! She’s adjusted to our little family rather quickly, she has great energy and is very smart & sweet-natured.
Marcoux's Freyja Early 2018-2Odin gets along very well with Freyja, he’s happy he has a friend! He is her playmate and protector always wants to be near her. He is almost kind of taken a parent roll, making sure we are doing our job!. He goes outside with her and shows her where to go potty, even though she is on a long leash if he feels she is going in the wrong direction he just gently guides her with his paw where he thinks she needs to go…lol.
Freyja has really bonded to both Odin and me. Our little family feels complete with her here. Of course, we are running on fumes sometimes as Freyja is quite busy doing her puppy things. She is teething so she bites everything. I keep a toy with me always for a distraction as well as protection…lol. Feeding time is a challenge as she wants to eat out of her brother’s food bowl instead of her own..lol. Today she gets to go see the puppy doctor to get her next round of shots. Big brother gets to go too, he’s just gonna love that!…lol. killing two birds with one stone works for us though. Anyway, I could go on and on…thank you, Shela & Cliff, for all of your help and support and of course for our Freyja!! You guys have helped make this such a positive experience and we sincerely appreciate all that you do! Have a wonderful day! Jeremy, Jessica, Odin & Freyja💗💗
PS: Just got back from the vets, she now weighs 18.2 pounds. The doctor and staff are in agreement with the shot protocol. She fell asleep during the exam she was so calm!!

Liberty Belle

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Last week we shared about Libbie’s (Liberty Belle) trip home on the airplane, as well as her extraordinary initial adjustment.  It was nothing short of phenomenal, but a lot had to do with how she began her journey. She learned to settle in the carryon bag–yes, I did work with her before she left OwyheeStar. Regardless, there is something to be said about the pup that settles–they can learn nearly anything. The carryon bag is like an extreme crate-training session–only you must succeed to be able to fly with them in the bag. Here are some photos of Libbie on her day of travel.

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Finally, a calm follow through makes a lot of difference. So, there were two huge factors contributing to the excellent start. 1. There is the settling in the carryon bag. 2. There is the human factor where they stayed calm and followed through. Honestly, it is not all that easy, but it is effective. All the human emotion and excitement can be the unraveling the transition. (OMG)

Day One with Libbie

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We got up this morning and started the daily routine. I took off work to help her transition to her work days with Scott, and get familiar with how it’s all going to work. As I’m typing this, she is sleeping and figuring it out.
She has really done phenomenally so far with everything, I, we are truly amazed at her learning things and remembering them. It’s almost scary as to how smart she is, are we going to be able to keep up with her staying interested and busy learning more 🙂 ?!
What an incredible gift you have given us! We are more grateful than you can possibly know!  As I mentioned earlier, our family is complete again, and we owe it all to you. Thank you!!!!
Thank you for all of the suggestions! I’m definitely going to check out the AKC Good Citizen Title program, sounds fun and will help me keep Libbie learning and interested and obedient :)! Also, I’m going to start the standing process as well, what a great idea, makes total sense!

Breeder Comment

Watch for the next segment in this story. We hope you enjoy the explanations shared her and marvel at Libbie’s quick adjustment. Make sure you don’t compare yourself to this experience. Everyone is unique. Let’s face it–we are not all wired exactly the same. We humans have to grow and learn and some of us struggle a lot more. Also, once a mistake is made it can take a lot of effort to make an adjustment. It is wise not to let frustration take hold if such an event occurs–the Weimaraner takes their cue from you. If you are concerned, worried, or frazzled they will know. Even when you wear a smile and the outward upbeat attitude, the Weim knows what you feel. It is hard to hide our true feelings from the Weimaraner. (oops)
I do believe there are some useful lessons here. Cliff and I appreciate Libbie’s family for sharing in elegant detail their experience. It is a gift to everyone who reads this blog. Oh, and if you are wondering what we were discussing regarding the standing, it a  process where you stand your Weimaraner on a short table and more or less pat them down all over. It is more detailed than explained here. Nevertheless, in essence, you get them to love being touched and make sure the Weim accepts the touching of their face, tail, ears, etc.

At the Beach

With Bella and Company

 

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Bella spends more time traveling than most and she loves every moment.

 

There are times when I long to escape life and one of the best places to accomplish that for me in the Oregon Coast. We have made many trips over the years–but it is never enough. The only thing that is possibly better is to be at the beach with the Weimaraner. I think you might agree. Debbie has Bella and her Levi, too. You might remember them for a while back, but they also sent a couple of fun videos, don’t you agree?

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Breeder Comment

Thank you, Debbie, for the great videos and sharing your experience. We truly appreciate. We hope you are doing something equally fun on the fine January Sunday.

 

Liberty Belle

Is Home!

     ~ Boise to Las Vegas Flight

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We met Julia at the Boise Airport (on Tuesday) where to was ready with her carryon to transport Liberty Belle (Libbie) home to Las Vegas. Yes, some airlines allow you to carry a puppy on the plane–not all. The federal law requires the pup be eight-weeks-old. Most airlines require a health certificate.
Julia has been kind enough to provide us with a glimpse of the experience. We will have segments featuring Libbie and her family introduction. We hope you enjoy the journey.

Julia Speaks of Boise, etc.

 

Libbie did perfect the whole day! Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how well she did!! I took her potty right after you guys left then we hung out in an empty area for a while to play, bond and work off some energy. I put her in the carrier, and that’s where she stayed until we got home. She didn’t put up a fuss, she was relaxed and slept most of the day and flight home, even thru rough turbulence.

Las Vegas Arrival

Scott picked us up at the airport, and she was continued napping for the 15-minute ride home. Once we got home, we went straight to the backyard to potty, ringing the potty bells as we went out the door. She instantly went potty as soon as she got off the patio, both pee and poop. She was praised and given treats, and then we went in for some food, water and family bonding time. Scott is in love with her too! There was no doubt that, our family is complete again :)!

Busy Day; Fun Evening!

We had lots of playtime and several potty breaks, each time she rang the bell to go out! I can’t believe it! At first, we thought it was coincidental because it could be a great play toy, but she went potty every time, except once, when I think she just wanted to go outside to play.  Did you by chance train her with the potty bells? If not, we have one super intelligent puppy :)! I seriously cannot believe how fast she took to that!!

Our First Night

We did our usual bedtime routine and put her in the crate in our bedroom. She pitched a little fit for about 5 minutes and then went to sleep.  She woke up around 2:30 and again around 3,  whined a couple of minutes then she went back to sleep. I had made my decision before bed that if she woke up after 3:30 I would take her our potty. She woke up at 4, I went to the bathroom and then took her out of the crate, rang the potty bells and as soon as her feet touched the ground, she went potty.  We went back to bed, she whined for less than a minute and went back to sleep. It couldn’t have been a better 1st night!!!

Breeder Comment (part two)

Julia, you and Scott, did everything right. Libbie is a lucky girl. No, she was not trained to the potty bells nor even to the door. It would not matter if she were because it was all new territory. We have countless stories (from past experiences) where we had pups housebroken and crate-trained only to hear that their new family was disappointed. Well, there is a trick to doing things, and while it involves follow through, it also takes a bit of knack. It requires the humans to go about business unfazed and matter-of-fact. The moment we humans hesitate the pup reads our hesitation and follows suit.

Libbie is a super smart girl–like her Mama. Ringing the bells upon arrival set the stage. For those that wonder–, you don’t want to ring them like a wild person and make it a scary thing. You want to entice them to want to use them. It is a fun thing. Shortly, it might be abandoned because the pup learns to ring them all too well. (ha!) Who can say? It facilitates the housebreaking process –that is the goal.

Libbie can hold potty for a while. As you saw on your trip home, she didn’t potty the travel bag. When she woke up, she needed to relieve herself. All too many folks are too quick to take their pup out in the middle of the night. Soon, the puppy wants to go every hour or two all night long. For some folks, this pattern continues for months. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner who gets the idea that they go out at night can make life tough for the exhausted puppy family. Habits form readily–good ones and unfortunately, bad ones too!

Getting off to a good start and avoiding the unwanted behaviors is the best approach. We talk a lot about getting the basics done. It cannot be overstated. We hope all of Libbie’s littermates are excelling.

 

 

 

Dejah Thoris

Happy New Year!

~No More tiny Girl!

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Well our little girl, Dejah Thoris, has grown BIG. Are you sure she isn’t a Great Dane?  She started out as the smallest dog in the litter! She now outweighs her big sister!  We think she stays inside and eats all the food while Ayla goes out hunting and running around in the backyard. They love to snuggle by the fire!
I think I remember Kaiser being the big boy of the litter!  I joke about the Great Dane because I have had three in my past life…wanted another one but my husband said absolutely not. My daughter joked that Dejah is disguising as a Great Dane!
We absolutely love her! She rules the house!  She is still learning the difference between her toys and other good things to chew up (like my husband’s wallet and credit cards!)  we can never be mad at her too long because she is so cute!!!!

Breeder Comment

Thank you, for remembering us. The two make a striking couple of co-conspirators looking innocent fireside.

We are often asked to predict the adult size of the Weimaraner. We can make an educated guess, but as you well see, things don’t always go the way they seem. :O)

Maggie

Celebrating Four Years

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Santa Maggie.

Hard to believe Maggie turned 4 in December!  Thought we would send some photos of her so you could see how adorable she is.

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Maggie found Elfie!

We are still amazed by her awesome personality and spunky spirit.  She keeps us young–but she has truly been one of the best dogs we have ever had!  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

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Maggie snuggling with her BFF-our Russian Blue cat(she’s 16).

 

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Bird watching in the summer.

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Playing ball-her favorite thing.

Regards,

Phil and Gretchen —  Rathdrum, ID

Breeder Comment

Dear Phil and Gretchen–we appreciate you folks thinking about us. It looks like Maggie is enjoying life and that she helped make Christmas a lot of fun. Yes, we love her photos. We always enjoy hearing about Maggie and seeing her photos–as do others.