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At Six

The Amazing Dodger

LaPrelle's Dodger_4703
I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing dog, hunter and companion Dodger has been over the years. As he approaches 6 years I could not be happier to have him as a pet.

Our First Solo Hunt

        ~When it takes a bit for the human to catch onLaPrelle's Dodger at 6

On our first solo hunt together for pheasants, I learned something. Before then, I never knew how good Dodger was because all the other dogs were just a little bit more on track during past hunts. This time, when it was only him and me when his first bird jumped early (as most wild birds do now) I took two shots. I grounded the pheasant but it took off running. So, we began our search. I kept Dodger close to me as we walked in circles back and forth in the direction I thought the bird went. Dodger kept wanting to go back behind us but I was sure the bird could not have circled back. I finally gave in and all of a sudden Dodger put one leg up, nose to ground and tail as straight as an arrow. I looked at him with a puzzled look on my face mostly of frustration as the grass was short and I could see nothing, I stood next to him trying to get him to move–to do anything but point at the ground. He kept looking at me as if I’m the one who needs to do something, It finally clicked. It was my job to flush the bird it’s his to point and retrieve. I took two steps forward and the rest is history.

Breeder Comment

Cliff nor I will ever correct one of our hunters who is insisting their Weimaraner needs to flush the birds. Nonetheless, it should be noted that the Weimaraner is a Versatile Hunting Dog that points. This story and a perfect example of what you want the Weimaraner to do in the field. Thank you, for sharing this and updating us on Dodger.

He Knows

To the Park

     ~with Reznor


FullSizeRender 2We reported how excellent he travels. We don’t have to be driving to California–the park will do. IMG_8299He gets in the truck to wait for us. His excitement brimming with enthusiasm.

Of course, we do not keep him waiting too long. Then it is off to one of his favorite places– 😉


In Action

Breeder Comment

We can see Reznor enjoys this park–a lot! Thank you, for being such wonderful Weim parents. We especially appreciate the update.


Waiting At the Bus Stop

     ~and Whatnot

image-10-03-18-09-04Just a quick update on Remy. She is doing so great! She has a very sweet personality, and she sure is smart. She enjoys getting out for little walks and is getting much better at walking on the leash. Every day she waits with me at the bus stop for the kids to get home and she now starts her excited tail wagging as soon as the bus rounds the corner. She has so easily fit into our family.
image-10-03-18-09-05She is still doing great with potty training and being in the crate. She has also learned to sit, stay, come and even shake. We haven’t worked with her much yet but she picks up the commands quickly. She is getting better with the biting, a few times we have used a little spray bottle to spray a bit of water in her face to stop her, but she usually can be redirected with a chew toy. I cannot believe how much she has already grown! She has a big appetite.😀 She is a joy and such a beautiful dog. We are so happy she has joined our family.
I hope you are all well and we’ll stay in touch!

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Haley, for remembering us with this update. We realize how busy you are with the new puppy and the young family. It means a lot to us. It seems like you are doing well–even with the puppy biting thing. Keep up the consistent training and the relationship building process. You’ve got this!




I just want to thank you both again for bringing this little boy (“Bear”) into my life. He had a rough time in his first few weeks of life, and it was questionable if he would pull through. But he is a survivor and is definitely making up for lost time.
We are having a great time bonding and getting to know each other. He is super smart and has already learned to retrieve to my hand (amazing!). He is such a fast learner. I’m impressed. We have many more things to learn together. MVIMG_20180224_190018
You both do a great job and I am thankful for your gift.

I included some cute pics of Bear for you 😍

Breeder Comment

This pup is the little boy who gave us so much concern. A round of antibiotics and he bounced back with no sign of an issue. He has such a great personality. Not every pup gets off to the perfect start. No Breeder wants to talk about mortality rates. Places like AKC publish those statistics. We secretly are thankful our numbers are below average. Nonetheless, no one can avoid every problem. It is impossible.

We are happy that you folks wanted ‘Bear’ even knowing full well about his early challenges. We are blessed indeed to meet some of the planet’s best humans. Thank you, for loving this boy so much.

Life Changing


         ~ 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

Little Blue

And It Begins

It was GREAT to meet you again too and little Blue and I got home safely. It was still snowing here in Bend when we got here.

The drive was as smooth as can be and he’s adjusted fantastically.

He is simply the best addition to our family. Oh….and we’ve found it he loves socks😆

Hope you enjoy this video and the pictures of his drive and first day here!

Thank you SO MUCH!!!  ~Brooke

Breeder Comment

Dear Brooke, it was great to meet you face-to-face once again. It was a long time ago when you took home ‘Sterling.’ Now, you begin a new journey with ‘Blue”. How exciting. We can only hope he brings you the same type of joy you experienced with your first OwyheeStar. Of course, no one can guess how many years we will get. I think we all can agree each moment (while some can test us beyond our limit) is precious.

It looks like he settled into the little bed you created. It worked well with you making the trip alone. I am sure everyone at home waited breath-abated for your safe arrival. It is great that he has adjusted so quickly. We look forward to hearing about Blue’s life on occasion. Thank you, Brooke, for the update!

Skye & Haze

The Blue’s Sisters

      ~ Part One

Skye & Haze will be 5 years old this year!  Time has flown by with them,.. it seems like yesterday we were doing the puppy thing. They are spending most of their winter days lounging around the house… on the furniture of course! We take them out for a good run every day, even if they have to plow through the snow…. they look forward to their outdoor play time, and can’t wait for spring!

Competing and Winning Ribbons

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Skye loves to compete in AKC Rally competitions and also AKC Nosework competitions. Haze competes in Rally as well and also is working on completing her Excellent title (like Skye) by this summer. Watch for more on Skye and Haze–coming soon to the blog.

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


Breeder Comment

Cliff and I are so very proud of all you two (or maybe we should say four) have achieved. It is no small thing. We know what a huge challenge this breed can bring. As you once explained to me Jean–AKC Rally is like Agility on Steriods. What more do we need to say?

Please watch for the two segments — one featuring Skye and the other Haze. Although they are rarely out of each other’s shadow, for a brief moment they will be a star on our blog. We think you will be interested to learn more about them.


From SanFrancisco

     ~ Luke is Well

IMG_2090.jpgI hope you are still cancer free and you, Cliff and the family are doing well. I switched jobs after Clyde passed at 13 YO and miss receiving your blog but my flatmate Jim keeps me informed.

img_0307.jpgLuke, now  at 6 YO weathered Clyde’s passing well and has of course appropriately taken charge. He has grown up to be every bit as special as Clyde and is such a wonderful companion for us. We recently purchased a rental home in the desert and much to our surprise this hound that is not fond of the ocean doesn’t think twice about jumping into the deep end to get the ball. He is even happy to put his head under water to retrieve something on the steps of the shallow end!! HE LOVES TO SWIM….and so do I –just sayin’…


Anyway, we are all fine and I finally hit 60… winding down over the next couple of years and am interested in expanding the family in the near future so wanted to make sure to do this before you 2 retire. Will your family continue with your business? We are so impressed with the detail and care that you have exhibited in your raising and placement of your pups. I go on and on to friends about you 2 frequently.


I think we’ll likely go for the Blue male again, maybe a Blue longhair.


Thanks, Love and Light,


Breeder Comment

Thank you, for the kind words and the endorsement. We are happy to learn that Luke is doing so well. Of course, we will never forget Clyde’s run. Thank you as well for all the updates over the years. It means a lot to us.

I will send you what we need to get the process of getting another OwyheeStar started. Speaking to retirement–we have no plans to retire; however, there is no guarantee. Life is a day to day experience. We will continue to raise the Weimaraner and share them as long as it is possible. Again, thank you for your concern.



Your Weim’s Age 

      ~ in human years



Dusty at 12.5 Years still looking cute

We’ve all see the charts that convert the canine companion’s age to the equivalent in human years. Recently, the last couple of days, I received one in my Email from the Farmer’s Almanac. You would think they would have it right; however, I knew it could not be accurate because they lump all dogs into the same chart. The AKC has a chart that breaks out the age according to the breed size–anything over 50 Lbs is considered Large Breed. Without a doubt, the Farmer’s Almanac is based on a small-sized dog. Here is the chart showing how to convert your dog’s age to human years compliments of the American Kennel Club (AKC).





Dusty and his littermates–Cesar’s Mom shared this with us.

Time flies by so quickly. It is hard to realize they will only be with us for a decade or more if things go well. (OMG) A few Weimaraner live to see sixteen years. I believe this is due to the luck of the draw and extraordinary care. Nonetheless, sometimes things don’t go as planned. We just learned that Dusty’s brother (Cesar) passed on in 2013 due to an issue with his spleen. I have heard of this happening in other breeds (mostly with the German Shorthair Pointer), but it could happen to any dog. I am going, to be honest, I am glad I didn’t know about this before now, for I might have worried way too much. That is a silly thing to do because all the pups in a litter are unique.


We all hope for sixteen years. It is not realistic. A few will get the extraordinary gift of sharing their lives for more than 14 years. What can we say? It is hard to talk about this topic and to realize that to love eventually means to let them go when the time comes. It is beyond painful for the reasons you understand. I am hoping Dusty will be around for a while longer.

I also learned that Cesar’s Mom was able to get a female (that they call Daisy) from Dusty’s lineage from a Midwest breeder that we have worked with over the last decade. Sometimes life is kind even when things don’t go as expected.