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At One Week
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Griffey is doing absolutely fantastic and fitting into our family perfectly.

Commands: He is very good with the “sit”, “fetch”, and the “here” commands. We were pleasantly surprised with how easy these were to him. A couple 10-15 minutes sessions the first week did the trick. We are still working on “drop it” and “stay” but I am sure he will get it as we are more consistent with him. He loves his bird toys and tennis ball.

Eating: He eats like a champ. We make him sit before we allow him to his bowl and he is now used to that and eating in one sitting (generally 2-5 minutes).
Potty training: He is a dream when it comes to potty training. Because I work from home I am able to keep him consistent and he has only had 3 accidents in the house (all of them being my fault). We never punish him for this as it’s not his fault at all. When we do take him out he immediately eliminates. I generally kennel him a few hours a day while working and we always use the backyard afterwards.
His brother Nordy (the cat): They still are warming up to each other but Nordy has made huge progress. Nordy will lay in the middle of the living room while we love on Griffey. He sits up on top of the couch and watches Griffey. Nordy is patient with Griffey when he paws at and nips at Nordy. I am optimistic they will be great friends very soon.
Crate training: The first few nights were rough, but that is to be expected. The last couple nights have been great where he sleeps from 9:30ish – 5:00 or 6:00 when we normally get up. We have slowly moved his crate back to the far corner of our room (where he will remain).
Leash: He is getting more comfortable on the leash. We leave his lead on a couple times a day to get him use to the tension and we walk him around the house and yard when he eliminates so he is used to that as well.
 
Quirks: A couple of the funnier things that he does are…
  • He loves to put bark in his mouth (our backyard has bark in it), which we obviously disallow and don’t want him swallowing.
  • When he sleeps hard he rolls over on his back with all four paws extended out and sometimes snores which we think is adorable.
  • He likes to play hide and seek under the bed (which we tried to keep him from but the cat goes under there and I think he wants to play).
Griffey truly has stolen our hearts and we cannot wait to give more time and love to him to make him the best dog we can. Thank you very much for breeding amazing family members and all the hard work that goes into delivering amazing dogs to your clients.

                                                                        Alex & Morgan

P.S. I will be going down to Roseburg next week for work and plan on bringing a couple of my sheds home so he can start smelling and touching them in hopes we can get him out (after shots) to find more for us.

Breeder Comment

We couldn’t be more thrilled to hear of your quick success. Getting off to the right start is vital. Thanks for the additional follow up. Everyone will love to ready about your Griffey.

Our First Day

With Griffey

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The Name Change

Thank you again for all of the hard work and love you put into these pups. (We re-named “Otis” to now call him “Griffey, and he is already taking commands/ recognizing his new name.)

A Learning Experience

I think yesterday and today have been as much of us learning how to take care of a pup as it was for the pup learning how to adapt to his new environment. With out a doubt Griffey had stolen our hearts from the moment we met him.
Griffey is such a loving, sweet, INTELLIGENT pup.

The Trip Home and Nordy 

He did fantastic on the ride home! When he got to the house he was calm/relaxed. (The cat Nordy currently has his own opinions about Griffey 😂) He has been used to being an only child.

How It Went

Griffey has only had one accident in the house, but other than that he already knows what “go potty” means and essentially eliminates on command.
Yesterday we played so much that today has been very lazy. Not to mention the fact that we were up at five to potty, eat, play a bit, then nap.
The first night of crate training seemed like a long one (although he only cried for about 15 min initially and then woke up and needed to eliminate around 3 am then cried for about 15 min to go back to sleep again. We will be consistent with the crate training and see how long it takes for him to adapt.
Thank you two again for everything! We are so blessed to have this pup and your Support.

Breeder Comment

It is a joy to do this for a family such as yours. We look forward to hearing about your future adventures. May he live long and we hope the journey is life-changing in a good way.

OwyheeStar’s Gabriel

Congratulations!

~ The Russian First Blue Weimaraner

   International Show Champion Title

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Here are some photos of Gabriel taken in Russia–some when she was younger and the others are recent outdoor snapshots.

Breeder Comment

Gabriel’s owner sent a courier to bring her to Russia. We get quite a few International requests, but very few receive much consideration. There is a myriad of reasons we don’t seek these type of arrangements.

It is a lot of work to prepare for the International Transport of a pup. There are legal requirements that have to be met.
We will not export where the pup is traveling to a location that requires quarantine.
There are a lot of things that could go sideways; they are across the ocean from us.

  1. A health issue could arise–no one can guarantee a living creature will not develop one. Of course, it is our goal, but after so many years, we know it is impossible.
  2. The prized Weimaraner might not produce offspring.
  3. Anything could happen when this DNA pool is joined with their current DNA pool.
  4. The distance for the pup to travel and the obstacles are many. Even with a courier they arrive disillusioned and stressed.
  5. We live near Boise, ID–the west coast is a long way from most locations. Being near Boise complicates things. There are fewer direct flights, out of Boise. That means additional plane changes are required to get anywhere.
  6. The paperwork we acquired for the International flight is time sensitive. If anything stalled, it might have to be replaced.
  7. The cost is considerable. The workload for Cliff is an added burden.

We are very selective about to whom we share International breeding rights with for the above reasons plus others. We have limited time and resources. We are not Show Breeders. Igor wanted to bring the first Blue Weimaraner to Russia. That meant whatever happened it was going to draw attention. Dog politics are a thing. Over time, this has proven out well for Igor and those who have gotten Gabriel’s offspring; however, imagine if she would have failed to produce a litter? What if, she didn’t work out with his existing Stud Dog? Worse yet, if she failed to make a good showing, it would have been a lot of time and effort (and well as a huge chunk of change spent) for nothing. It is risky. We didn’t charge Igor more for Gabriel (even if we probably should have), but he had to pay all the expenses associated with getting ready to leave. They were substantial. He had to hire a courier because we would not ship using an International Broker Service. There are so many ways this could have gone badly, but it didn’t Gabriel (Livee X Blue) has made us proud. Thank you, Igor, for being a person of your word and doing great things with this Blue girl. We know it was not an easy task. It gets more complicated when you add the travel and the distance. owyheestars-gabriel-5

Featured Weimaraner — Arnie

Arnie and Gil duck hunting near Moses Lake, Washington-November 2012

Our Arnie’s first duck hunt happened this past weekend  He is a natural duck hunting dog. I am now going to get him on Pheasants as well as soon as possible.

Since things went so well, I thought I would send you a couple of pictures of our Arnie on his first duck hunt. I was not able to take him hunting last year. However, my son Mark and I were able to go duck hunting this weekend. We went to the Moses Lake, Washington area; and we took Arnie with us. He was great for his first time and retrieved several ducks for us.

Arnie is a Blue Weimaraner

Arnie is our first Blue; he is a BIG boy weighing 90 lbs. I would agree with you that he is a “typical” Weimie except for his coat color. He is one of the most gentle Weims we have ever had in our 40 years of having Weims. He never growls at other dogs and we exercise both he and Stella about 4 times a week where they can run off leash and also come into contact with other dogs. Both he and Stella never initiate aggressive postures against other dogs. We have had just a few other dogs initiate aggressive behavior but fortunately nothing that became a big dog fight.

Loveseat Weims

Stella and Arnie get along really well and thanks for your recommendation to get a boy weim when our Leela (our beloved Weimaraner that lived to be sixteen years and three months) passed.

Stella watches a tiny Arnie

It has worked out great. Both our OwyheeStar Weims are doing well–Stella stayed home on this trip.

Breeder’s Note: Gil and Fran are experienced with the breed, but even then this breed can be challenging to get raised. They have done a great job with these two wonderful Weims. As they alluded to, the Weimaraner can be territorial and almost aggressive. A person has to be able to work them through these potential pitfalls. Placing too much emphasis on these behaviors can be counterproductive. The person who is matter-of-fact rather than reactive is going to have the best results. It is important to think of these actions in the right way–Cliff says these behaviors are more possessive than aggressive by nature. Therefore, labeling or looking at the behavior as aggression (and overreacting) can ingrain the behavior rather than get them past it. Finally, respect is earned, and the smart handler/trainer learns to elicit in the right manner. Severe correction can only be used in extreme situations. The Weimaraner has a very tender nature. Good leadership skills will take you in the right direction, whereas the heavy-handed approach can damage your relationship.