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Cooper

    ~at Three Months

Meeder's Cooper_1733Both boys (Luke (wearing the sunglasses, and Cooper) just love the pool. Cooper at 3 months is running circles around Luke who is now six years old.

They are getting along swimmingly,

Cooper likes to jump on Lukes back from the side, they are so hilarious.
Thanks again for all the love and kindness you and Cliff put to rearing these guys – they are both so trusting which makes it so much more pleasurable to train them.
~Thanks — Cal

 

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Not So Long Ago

PS: And the exercise in the pool is so much easier on their paw pads than the desert floor. Cooper is up to 3 cups of food a day and still not packin’ any belly fat – looks like we have a big boy on the way …

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Cal, for the update. We love seeing Cooper (Bernie X Boone 2018) taking to the water. You are correct about the pool being a lot easier on the paw pads; however, it is ideal for joints and overall health. We encourage everyone to work on getting the water-retrieve–the benefits are multifaceted. The young Weimaraner needs to limit the pounding of the pavement–until the growth plates close. What’s a person to do with all that excess energy–well, swimming is the ideal solution.

It is so great to see Luke having adjusted to Cooper’s arrival. At first, the interloper was not to his liking; however, now he has a brother/friend–a special companion.

A bit delayed

Bayou

~ At the Office

I know it has been a long time but I’ve been meaning to email you for a while!
Bayou is doing fantastically! I now work in an office at a design firm and she comes in with me all the time and absolutely loves it (and so does everyone else). She loves doing just about anything as long as she is around her people. When she has to be alone, spends her days napping and sunbathing. 

She’s honestly the best and I can’t imagine my life without her. Thanks so much for making it possible to have this wonderful dog in my life.

Breeder Comment

What fun to hear from you! We are delighted to see and hear the news that Bayou is well-socialized and a fantastic family member. Of course, this is exactly what everyone dreams will happen. The Weimaraner can be challenging–isn’t it worth it?!?
Thank you, for thinking of us as well as being a great Weim-loving family.

Dasher

Happy

     ~Healthy and Smart

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We wanted to give you a Dasher update. He is just shy of 11 months and he is one happy, healthy, smart pup!  He’s not too hard on the eyes either. We have had two other Weims and Dobermans before Dash, but I can’t remember any of them being this intuitive. He figures things out faster than any other dog I have ever had, sometimes he’s too smart for his own good! 

He is also super obedient. When out in the woods, he stays close to us on walks and when I let him run free he always comes back immediately on the first call, even if he’s playing with other dogs. Of course, this took some training but he picked it up at light speed. I can’t emphasize this enough. A couple of months ago I had put up sections of fencing to keep him out of certain areas of our backyard. One day I accidentally threw a toy in one of these areas only 3 ft from me, and this toy was visible on the other side of the fence. Dasher went to the fence and within a few seconds realized that he couldn’t get to it, even though it was right in front of him. He then paused, looked around, and then ran to the opposite corner of the yard where there was a missing panel I had just removed earlier that morning while gardening. He ran around the yard navigating through the fenced off areas to get to the toy, and this was no easy feat. He then retrieved it to show it to me. I was stunned. He was proud of himself for figuring it out. Seriously what dog does that? None that I have ever had in 50 years of dog ownership.

 Thank you again for all of your love, effort, and hard work at OwyheeStar!   Dasher is a special boy and proof that you are special breeders!!!

Dave & Audrey 

Breeder Comment

Dave and Audrey–we so appreciate you thinking of us with this update. This week we got an inquiry from a less than cordial person. They picked apart what we do–I sent them packing asking they not write me back. Life is too short. Even though we know what we have going, their words were hurtful–but absurd. I am glad they will be someone else’s problem. And then along comes your update. Wow! Thank you, for that endorsement.

We know it is impossible to avoid every issue. I don’t care how much health testing you do–something is going to catch up with you. Anyone who breeds long enough will find out this truth. There is no escaping it. Regardless, having the same DNA pool for generations (in my way of thinking) is a huge advantage.

We are thrilled to hear how delighted you are with Dasher on every level. May he live long and bring you joy for all those years. Did I say that we meet the most incredible people through our Weims?

 

Cooper

With Luke

~ Makes us a Two-Weim Family, Again!

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The boys are doing very well.
Cooper is sleeping through the night in his kennel and has only had 3 pee learning experiences in the house in 10 days.

I think we are on our way, thanks to your great pre-training. They get along pretty well. Now for the 8-hour drive to the desert on vacation, figure it will be best to stop along outbid the way stops for potty breaks as the rest stops and main exits see 1000’s of visiting dogs which could pose a problem until the pups received his final Parvo shot.
I’ll keep you posted – thanks again.

~Cal — (17+ Years and we are Still Talking about the Weims)

Breeder Comment

Thanks for being such a loyal client. It looks good to see Luke tolerating the new upstart. It sounds like things are going well. Enjoy the vacation–it should be an excellent time of bonding.

Friendliest

Zelda is the Greatest

   ~California Weimar Girl

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Two years ago we received a beautiful blue female Weimaraner from you folks. We met Cliff in Burns Oregon, we are from California. Zelda is what we named her. Stackhouse was there when we picked her up. Her docked tail has a very notable flip to it. Everyone loves it, as she trots, most friendliest to everyone, except cats and raccoons.
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Eye on the Sky

We live in a pretty normal Weimaraner home.  Zelda has been very vocal these days, I can only guess what all the bumbling is about, urban raccoons and skunks.

Dog Park Star

Star of the dog park is Ms. Zelda. As most know, when puppies run into the park the other dogs come over to check her out, sniff, she runs over to the dog’s parent who seems to bother her the most, and plants herself between their legs, they become taken by her and protects Zelda.  LOL LOL!  Zelda leans into pet parents, they think she loves them. She is very sociable there, everyone knows her by name.

She is a Standout

We have come across two other young Weimaraners.  What separates her from the other weims is temperament and physical appearance, her tail flips up as she moves around, she is outstanding.

The Beach; the Ocean and Miss Zelda

This is Zelda doing one of her favorite outings. Carmel by the Sea is where this video was taken. Her parents are Stackhouse and Livee, she was born July 12, 2016.

Love sharing
Yvonne

Breeder Comment

We are delighted to hear from you. The videos are fun and the photos delightful. It is good to know Zelda is doing well–that she is living a perfect Weimar life. Thank you, for thinking of us, as well as for all you do for your OwyheeStar girl.

Beyond the Pool

The urban retrieve!

When Luke is not swimming in the pool in the desert he doubles as a backyard urban retriever in between runs in the park.

Well Deserved Rest

    ~toy corraled between his legs

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He has proven to be one of the most adaptable dogs we’ve had … Cal

Dasher

A Dream Come True

FullSizeRenderWe wanted to let you know how well our Dasher is doing. He continues to be all that we could have ever wanted. We just returned from a weekend in Truckee, his first snow experience, and he just loved it.

It got down to 18 degrees so we put a jacket on him and he was off grabbing every stick and pinecone that he could find. He noticed some grass weeds growing out from the snow and decided that he wanted to get to the roots. He buried his head under the snow and looked like an ostrich.  He came out of it covered in white and went back for more.

FullSizeRender[1]FullSizeRender[2]He is one of the smartest pups I have ever had. He has taken to obedience training extremely well. He has all the basics down, including coming to us (off leash) when called. Well most of the time…. Unless he has a pine cone in his mouth then its a 50/50 proposition, he does come, but reluctantly!  Shela, I remember you telling me that his mom ( Bernie) has the best temperament. Dasher is so balanced. He cuddles and plays gently until I kick it up a notch and get him going, then he settles right down and chills out. He has the BEST temperament. He and Dobby are best buds, and Dasher is just so beautiful to look at. We get compliments just about every time we go on a walk. He is built like a thoroughbred horse and is super healthy. Needless to say, we are beyond happy and are forever grateful for our Dasher.
Again thank you, Shela & Cliff, for all that you two do!
~ Sincerely — Dave and Audrey.

Breeder Comment

Thank you ever so much, Dave and Audrey, for this fantastic update. I think I remember telling you that Boone has such an excellent temperament. He is unflappable and very engaging. Bernie is Bernie–she is a great girl, who is sweet but she also is one who wants to be on the go–out chasing birds and hunting. She sometimes forgets to pay attention to the human when she sees something she wants to investigate. That being said, she is pretty impressive, too! We were confident that the two would be an excellent match. Best Bernie Nov 2016A-118
For those reading this update, you might not realize that Bernie is a Gray Longhair. Yes, she is the mother of Dasher. We love this photo for the silly look on her face–she smiles.

Alder

First Oregon

     ~Now he’s a California Boy

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Alder here just letting you know I am Award Winning Weimar!

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Our perfect shy little puppy is anything but shy any longer! Alder will approach almost anyone or anything for some play time. After living in Oregon for the first few months, we moved to Southern California! Alder quickly adjusted. Let’s just say we can’t keep him out of the ocean, and if he is out, then he is rolling in the sand which is wonderful for our home and cars.

Being a household dog means he never ceases to entertain us. He has two chihuahua siblings and frankly, our 85 lb monster thinks he’s the same size as his little buddies. He makes this clear while trying to sit on our laps in the car, or by sleeping on their tiny beds. All in all, we wouldn’t trade our perfect pup for anything!

IMG_4647I just thought we should email you to let you how happy my family and I are to have found you guys. It was our good fortune because we got our beautiful and the most perfect dog from you–Alder. I included some pictures in case you guys wanted to see how much he’s grown! He loves to cuddle, play at the beach, and fetch pretty much anything. We could not be happier.

Breeder Comment

We are ever so happy to receive news of Alder. We are also especially delighted to hear your lap Weim experience. It sounds like Alder enjoying his essential role within the family. How excellent that he is a perfect fit for your family. Thanks for remembering us.

 

Sometime

You Need Puppy Love

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There are those times when nothing else will do. Isn’t this precious?

Nevertheless, getting a puppy is not something to rush into without careful consideration. It is east to get caught in this trap. Passing the Walmart parking lot where you spot a puppy and it captures your heart, give the thought some consideration before you rescue them.

Parking Lot Puppies

(In our way of thinking) this is not the place to be selling puppies, nor the place to be choosing one. Some of you will react to that statement. You got one of the best dogs ever at a parking lot. That can be true; however, so many of these pups end up in a bad situation. Many die of Parvo because they were not vaccinated or if they were it was not in time or the right vaccine. All too often, the idea ends badly because the pup is more work (or more costly) that the person assumed. It doesn’t work out. The shelters have a constant supply.

The Decision

The decision to get a puppy has many considerations. They involve more than the issue of the heart–money is not the only consideration. There is time and energy. The commitment level is great at the beginning; however, this is a lifetime requirement. If you are going to take them home and burn up their puppyhood only to forget them until it is convenient, that is not fair.

Follow Through

Some who read this blog undoubtedly will have strong feelings about this topic. Others have a memory that haunts them. However you feel about today’s blog, remember if you acquire a puppy and you are not a dedicated breeder, this puppy needs to be altered in a timely manner. The parking lot phenomena is all too often followed by the unplanned litter with a neighborhood pooch. The mating can happen in a flash.

Keep In Mind

If we do our part, then there will be less to regret. Alter your family companion in a timely manner. Until this happens, remember they (female and males) can reproduce well before their first birthday. Supervision and being certain they don’t get loose are a given expectation. Nonetheless, all too many good folks have thought they were in control only to experience their pet charging off unexpectedly. Hormonal urges can do this type of thing. They might come home, but sometimes they don’t make it. One doesn’t always think clearly when the titilating scent triggers the synapses into action.

Final Thought

If each of us does their part, there will be fewer pets who fall through the cracks. Take your decision to bring home a puppy serious. Consider the timing and your circumstances. Figure out how you will pay for the unplanned puppy expenses as well as the spaying or neuter. Consider your lifestyle. Does it accommodate or include the fur family member, or is this a passing fancy?  Consider donating your time to a rescue or the local shelter before you dive into the situation. This big-hearted action may help you find your new friend. More importantly, it may help you discover the truth about whether you are ready for the commitment.

Featured Weimaraner — Bayou

IMG_3107Her name is Bayou. 🙂

It was Mardi Gras yesterday and I was born in Louisiana so it seemed to fit. Oh, and of course the song “Blue Bayou”.

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She’s here! 🙂 looks even more beautiful in person

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Stopped for a little break on the way home. 

She met my family and they all loved each other. She also met my family’s Weim and they got on great.

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She passed out and is snoring. 🙂