~ in the works!
Willow just discovered the joys of water! She was apprehensive at first, but we lured her into the baby pool with a floating rubber ducky. The trick was acting as if we didn’t notice her.Naturally, she thought she was getting away with something 🙂 It was so much fun watching her splash around and discover it on her own.Later, she tried jumping in the hot tub, so we know she’s ready to take to the lake this weekend! We are overjoyed that she may love the beach as soon as her boosters are done!Much love – Renee & Tony
We (along with the world) have been watching Willow’s adventures. Thank you, Renee. I love that you have not forgotten Roxy–I see those posts honoring her life. We met so very long ago. Who knew we would be able to stay connected over the years?
Cliff and I are ever so thankful for your loyalty and friendship. We don’t take it lightly. We know Willow will have every advantage available. We sincerely hope she continues to delight your heart. I am positive Roxy is watching over everything–possibly shaking her head and patting her paw to give direction.
~Healthy and Smart
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
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?
~ Makes us a Two-Weim Family, Again!
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)
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.
Celebrating Two Candles!
~The All-Around Versatile Weimaraner
Greetings from San Jose, California! Maverick celebrates his 2nd Birthday today and I wanted to give you an update. He is very energetic and non-stop, like the Energizer Bunny! A little 5-10 minute rest and he is ready for another round. Funny thing… about 8pm at night, he is ready for his snuggles with me on my bed. Once he has about 30 minutes of that, I tell him “it’s time to go to bed” and he jumps down and heads right to his crate.
He has been crate trained since he was a puppy and sleeps in it every night and spends a few hours a day on it as well. Our 13-year-old Weim, Sawyer, has learned when it’s cold it is better to tolerate Maverick and let him cuddle for body heat.
He LOVES going nuts from inside as he sees squirrels and birds out in our yard and does his “cry” to let him out for the chase. Bill, my husband, takes him pheasant hunting and reports that he had the natural instinct the first time he went out in the field last year and this year did an even better job of pointing, flushing and retrieving the birds. He is a fantastic family and hunting companion. Maverick is exactly what we wanted in a Weim and you delivered!
We are thrilled Maverick is as advertised (so to speak). I think you folks know we take this process seriously. It is not our first placement with you. Of course, along the way to here and now, you have had a couple of Rescue Weims, too.
We realize that it is a significant risk to trust us to do what is best. Thank you, for your loyalty and this update on Maverick.
Troy and Macy
~(March 9, 2018)
Here’s a photo of Troy and Macy today!
I just wanted to see how you guys were doing since I haven’t spoken to you for so long. I also wanted to let you know how much we love Troy! When we first got him from the guy in LA in 2009 I was sure it wasn’t going to work. But after keeping to Cliff’s advice of letting him learn from the other two dogs – he melted right in with our home, and into our hearts! Just wanted to touch base with you. God bless!
It is nice to hear from longtime OwyheeStar Weimlovers! Brad has been a faithful fan for more years than we can remember. Troy was his third OwyheeStar. He took the risk to pick him up when things went sideways with his original family. Typically, we don’t do that kind of thing–ask for help. Nonetheless, everyone needs a bit of help from time to time. This rehome situation seemed like something that might be a win-win situation. We are so happy to hear our assessment was accurate. It is outstanding to get this photo and to learn they are doing well. Thank you!
~ Luke is Well
I 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.
Luke, 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,
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.
A Dream Come True
We 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.
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.
✨ Messages from Beyond ✨
This is so beautiful – Tony was out looking at carpet swatches today, and was drawn to the grey one in the middle. He was blown away to see that the color palette is named after dog breeds & dog names. That one in particular is the color of the Weimaraner breed, but instead they named it Roxy!! 💕💗
We have SO MANY signs from her lately. It takes my breath away.
Can I say these guys are life-changing? She had an incredible life on this side thanks to you folks. Roxy–I hope you like this post. :O)
Dash had his 12-Week Vet Visit and the Parvo Shot today. He is 24 pounds and has the best disposition. He is just a gorgeous boy!
Dave, we are happy to learn you and Dasher are off to a great start. It is also a blessing to know that you are delighted with your new family addition. We know how important that is and never more so when someone has had a less than ideal experience before coming to OwyheeStar.
The importance of looks–while often a top consideration, pales in comparison to temperament and health. A beautiful unhealthy Weimaraner is heartbreaking. We realize that living creatures have issues–some more than others. Regardless, getting off to a fantastic start with a thriving pup is something we wish for every OwyheeStar client. Of course, we give tips that can help maintain these goals–follow the OwyheeStar Weimaraner Vaccine protocol, keep guard against parasites (they are everywhere), and get the basics done. Each of these things is foundational. There may be hiccups and rabbit trails along the journey, but nothing is more imperative than getting off to a good start.
Parasites are something not discussed much on the blog. Nonetheless, a goodly percentage of pups become infected–OwyheeStar and other than OwyheeStar. Possibly the biggest culprits are Giardia and Coccidia–one-celled parasites that are found in the environment. To some degree cleaning practices can help avoid these issues; however, puddle-drinkers and paw-lickers can ingest these opportunistic predators. When they do, they can take off like a wildfire in the gut. This scenario is best avoided–it can undo housebreaking at its best. A simple fecal check can help prevent this unraveling adventure no one wants to visit. Of course, keeping the young pup wormed is essential too.
Loose stools can be caused by stress but should you see them it is best to keep an eye on things. The cost of the fecal exam can put your mind at ease. Many times these issues resolve without medication–that is optimal. Pumpkin or squash are helpful. Bloody or mucous filled stools (a bigger concern) should be checked. If you see them, don’t think the worst–so far, no OwyheeStar pup has been lost to the Parvovirus. (I hold my breath as I type that statement, but following our recommendations helps keep your new family member safe). There are a number of things that can bring on such an event (terrible diarrhea)–the parasite infestation, and irritated gut, etc. Some Weims have a very sensitive stomach. The same ones may not leave the woodpile alone or stay out of the trashcan. (oops) It is imperative that you are proactive and find a solution–not only can ingesting these garbage-can-finds be upsetting, but it can also be life-threatening.