~about his eye
Smokey had his first annual left eye check-up exam today. The doctor (an amazing local eye specialist) said his pressures were stable and he didn’t show any signs of inflammation. Unfortunately, he has developed new scarring on his cornea and cataracts ☹️😔. She did say, however, as long as it doesn’t become inflamed he should be fine until his next check-up next year.Worst case scenario; he needs surgery to remove the left eye. So thankfully his right eye is perfectly working. He definitely is more guarded and startled when it comes to that eye since his vision is blurred. Otherwise, we don’t even notice and love him unconditionally. We knew going into it (taking him home and becoming part of our furever family) that he had a cloudiness in that eye.
He Won Our Hearts
Shela and Cliff were appreciate that you were very informative about the situation. We still chose to go forward with taking him. He won our hearts then and still does now. He gets pampered every night and probably babied a little more now. Next edition of our Smokey Saga will be the grooming process. Never in a million years would I thought of having a higher maintenance weim after my first (shorthair) weim.
More From Shela and Cliff
~at Three Months
They are getting along swimmingly,
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 …
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.
~ 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.
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.
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.
OR TWO FIT NICELY….
Emma and Alice are good girls
Breeder’s Note: We cannot say this enough. All too many female Weims end up in rescue; more often than not, it is because two female Weims cannot co-exist in the same household. They will both vie for top position. This can end up in a fur-flying situation; that unnerves the entire household. The Weim breeder must be able to access the situation to ensure placement outcome. It also requires a bit more skill that the average Weim placement, to bring home the second female. That is not saying there are not success stories. Nevertheless, if you speak with folks working in rescue, you will soon learn sad stories that are best avoided. In this breed, the female tends to want to rule the roost. They are not of a mind to share space, humans, or their territory; the worst possible decision is to add another dog. Even when they get along well with others, some females will not share their space with another dominant female. Emma and Alice are exceptions.
Almost without exception, a male is a better choice, (when adding a second pup to your family). They will often be content to let the female rule the roost. Keep in mind, the worst possible scenario is to rescue a second female. Most rescue organizations are not going to allow this to happen; however, some people shake the newspaper (and Craig’s list) in search of a Weim in need. This could prove detrimental to all concerned. The idea is noble; the outcome is most likely, anything but that.
Sgt. Blue Gunderson…or Blue……or Bue
I just wanted to send a little note to thank you so much for our boy Blue. He has been such a joy to us the past few days. As you can see from the pictures, the kids just adore him. My youngest, Ella woke up this morning asking, “Wher bue? Wher Bue?”
Who says you cannot buy love?
He is a very loved pup and is adjusting nicely, only yelping today when he needed to go outside. I think it is going to be easier house training him than potty training my 2 year old! We are very excited for each new adventure that comes with our boy Blue. Our entire family is excited to have him around.
Turkey Feathers for training
My oldest daughter went searching for turkey feathers at my parent’s lake house up north to make a training tool in order to build his scenting abilities and desire to point. It is fun to see my dad get excited about hunting again. He is very much looking forward to helping Aaron work the dog this winter.
Thank you so very much again for our Blue.
Breeder’s Note: This wonderful family wrote us the most wonderful introductory note. Here is a portion of that email.
My husband and I are looking to adopt a Weim puppy to add to our family. We are looking for a hunting dog, rather than a show dog. Your name came highly recommended. 🙂 (There were names listed, but we deleted them. We are very careful not to share people’s names, as well as their other personal information).We have three children: an 8 year old son, 6 year old daughter, and 2 year old daughter. We live across the street from a two acre lake that is ideal for training. We are very excited to bring a new puppy into our family that my husband and son can work together. My dad is also excited to help with the training. 🙂 He is a former President of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Club of America. I have many fond memories growing up with quail in our backyard, exploring during field trials, and “helping” my dad train our dogs. I am looking forward to passing down these memories to my children.
Dreams come true…
Many people who grow up with the Weimaraner, remain taken with them for life. We get a lot of inquiries from people who have wanted to get another Weimaraner for a long time. Often, they cite their first being the one they had when growing up. We cannot help but imagine the impact this pup is going to have on these three children. Thank you Kimberly for sharing the news, and your excitement.
We truly appreciate it.
~ Shela and Cliff