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IMG_1387Dusty is an old man. He requires things to be a certain way. For example, if his morning food must be sprinkled with the NuVet with the Duralactin sitting atop or he will give me the look. Oh, better yet, he won’t eat a nibble. The trifecta –Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice, the NuVet (powder), and the Duralactin. They keep him mobile and more than comfortable.

Our Adults eat the Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice including Dusty. On occasion, we use a higher calorie food that is very similar–for those needing a bit more than the typical fare. The Duralactin is an all-natural anti-inflammatory supplement–it takes about two weeks to see dramatic results. It helps to diminish the need for prescription medication that is sometimes needed to manage inflammation.

We seriously believe the NuVet combined with a quality basic food (such as the Diamond Naturals) is an excellent diet. Dusty also enjoys steams squash, steamed pumpkin, various other veggies, and whatever morsel he can garner along with his basic diet.

IMG_1388Dusty has a crate (or maybe we ought to call it a hideout) that is located in our utility bath. When the door is open, he can put his eye on me working at my desk. I think he likes that arrangement. You can see his food hangs on the door.

We have had a lot of questions about food lately. Please be aware that your food company may switch the ingredients without warning. A person who was using another food had severe skin and coat issues–hair loss and sores. After spending some serious coin at the Vet Office, they contacted Cliff. It was then that we suggested they check their food for change–sure enough, there had been. They switched over to the Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice (ordering it from, and her coat began improving within a few days. We suggest you be aware of the food as well as snacks–keeping in mind companies can make these changes that may well raise havoc with the Weimaraner’s coat, or tummy. We can all agree that this situation is best avoided.

Product Review

Breeder Comment

Dear Weimlovers and OwyheeStar Fans!

You know us well, I think. We don’t make a habit of endorsing products unless it is something we believe in and want to recommend. You might remember we are reviewing products for We cannot recommend them (the company) enough. Rather than discussing all the reasons, can I suggest you try them? If you have, I believe you will come to the same conclusion we did. They have excellent prices, customer service as well a wide array of products.

Natural Flea and Tick Towelettes

IMG_1812Pet Naturals (of Vermont) makes the Flea +Tick 60 Pre-Moistened towelettes we are reviewing. Honestly, Cliff opened them and used them for the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association Hunt Test (last weekend). Ticks are an issue along the rivers and lakes–reports are that they are a lot worse this year. He wiped down Winnie before she got out at the test site. Cliff said he loves the convenience as well as the fact that it is so pleasant smelling.

Christina has started to use them on the pups that are out in the yard. We sincerely hope they will help deter gnats. Some puppies end up with little gnat bites because their tummies are rubbing the lawn. We don’t use chemicals on our yards. These wipes repel fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and flies so it seems reasonable that they should work for gnats, too. Yes, they are safe for puppies and kittens. You do have to reapply every 2-3 days though. Nonetheless, being holistic and natural appeals to us when we are talking about our sensitive Weimaraner. Like anything, we suggest you try them on one area before jumping in wholeheartedly and discovering your Weimaraner is allergic–we don’t believe that should be an issue; however, caution is the smart approach.

Our Review

Dave’s Premium Canned Food

Dave's Premium Dog FoodOwyheeStar Disclaimer–We are reviewing this product in conjunction with our relationship with They give us the great honor of being one of their influencers. What it means–is they (Chewy. com) sends us a product each month, and we review it with our Weimaraners.

We could never recommend a product and especially a company that didn’t excel in providing service. We have many stories (which we will forego here) about how they take care of their clients–OwyheeStar included. If you give them a try, we feel you will find their service is excellent and the price is always reasonable. Your order may have never shipped faster or arrived at your doorstep this quickly.

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Canned dog food is always a favorite. None of our Weims have ever turned their nose up to any brand offered. Some look better when you open the can; however, there are factors you cannot judge by smelling or looking at the food. It is a shocking study if you check our canned food–some is made from ingredients you do not want to think about.

We like to check with the Dog Food Advisor. You can learn a lot there about various foods. Click Here to read about Dave’s Premium Canned Dog Food. There are many reasons this brand of canned food gets such a high rating from the Dog Food Advisor–the quality ingredients plus more. Honestly, a few other canned seemed more tempting–looking like a good stew with big chunks of meat. Nevertheless, the ingredients are not premium. We like Dave’s Premium, and so does Zula Blue!

2017 26th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

           ~July 8, 2017

Mesquite Litter Outing July 6 2017-26The first week of July has been nothing short of eventful. Of course, we celebrated American Independence. There was a lot of hoopla across the board–many reported their Weims were shaken and quaked for days. Of course, for many, it is not only the fur-family members who suffer. Inconsiderate neighbors who continue to party into the wee hours can grate on your nerves. Thankfully, we live in the country, and our closest neighbors were not a problem.

We know this is a busy time for most. After so many waited for school to be out it is. Then as summer unfolds, there are the camping trips, the vacations, family reunions, baseball, and general summer fun. While we swelter under the heat of solar oppression, this will pass all too quickly. Soon it will be back to football, and all that fall brings. Honestly, fall is my personal favorite–but I don’t want to wish away a moment of this summer. Produce is coming on, and the Treasure Valley has a bounty of crops in the works. Gardens–both flower and vegetable are a sight to behold.

While Spring 2017 was fickle–maybe due to the extreme winter, summer shows sign of promise. We expect two summer litters–I can hear the sigh of relief from some of you who follow our blog. Of course, we cannot make predictions, but the girls are filling out as I type.


This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  Of course, we finished on Friday with a quick update featuring Willow.  This list of titles is impressive. Nonetheless, we are equally impressed with Stella Blue, Olli, and the lovely Maizie. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for these updates. We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort!

Sunday—July 2 Stackhouse

Monday —July 03 Getting the Hang of It (Stella Swims)

Tuesday —July 4 — Safe 4th of July

Wednesday — July 5 — #2 Distillery Dog

Thursday  — July 6 — Maizie Speaks

Friday  — July 7 — Willow (Her Winning Ways Continue!)

Product Endorsement

There is no one product that works for every situation. Trainers each have their preferences. Certain Weimaraners will respond more to a particular approach. Regardless, we have known countless people who have struggled to get loose leash compliance succeed using this type of collar. Understanding how it works and getting the desired outcome takes a bit of knack, but when used correctly, this tool can be your best friend. We cannot emphasize how important achieving the loose leash compliance is on so many levels. Relying on head halters, front-hooking leashes, and pinch collars can seem like a Godsend; however, they can actually fuel the desire to pull. When used correctly, this collar can lead to compliance on a regular flat collar which is the ideal outcome. The folks at Chewy asked us to review this collar for them, and we were happy to do. We hope someone out there finds this helpful.

On a very personal note


Well, last week I wrote about the Cyclamen. Sadly, the bud that had formed didn’t flower. It dropped off, but it had been such a surprise to see it in the first place–there was not enough foliage to support it. So we are a long way from the burst of blossoms that I so often have enjoyed. We await the first of what I hope are many to come. In life, there is a lot of waiting required–patience is an attribute that serves a person well. Not the type we want to develop though. The farmhouse remodel requires a large-sized dose of patience.

The Farmhouse Remodel

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With Spacers it is Perfect!

Cliff finally cut his dreaded tile. He set it in place without the spaces and found it to be a perfect cut. (Deep breath!) So, he has to grout the last section and then begin with the trim work–there is a lot. Well, there are others things too! We won’t mention those at this time. The tricky cut is being celebrated–it is enough for the moment. 

I want to get the Utility Bath done before too long. I am not sure what is possible. We cannot put a concerted effort towards it. Nevertheless, my heart is warmed when I look at what we (well 99% Cliff) has accomplished. In light of everything going on in our life, I feel he walks on water if you understand.

Other than the constant focus on my health, I am working on organization. I am trying to make things work for now–shelving and arranging is a constant and ongoing process. I try not to think about the fact that much of what I do will have to be changed once we get to that section of the remodel. (Tee Hee)

2017 25th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

           ~July 1st, 2017 

Early summer and all that comes with demands celebration. We kind of get started with a bang! It is fortunate that Independence Day is the 4th of July. The BBQ, watersports, camping, etc. is combined with fireworks. The only hesitation we have is the safety and well-being of our beloved Weimaraners. We sincerely hope to learn that everyone and their pets made it through this holiday without incident.

As The Saying Goes

IMG_6050The expectation is to find Treasure Valley crops almost visibly growing from day to day during the longer, heat-filled perfect growing conditions. Old timers used to say regarding their corn crops that they would be ‘Head high by the 4th of July.’ We stopped along the road yesterday and took a couple of snapshots to show you how things look only days before. The wheat is turning golden and pushing towards harvest ready. Some of the fields were even dryer than this one. Oh, and this is where I should mention our alfalfa is happily growing back almost as we watch out our window. It is the most amazing thing.


This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  Of course, we had two on the topic of fireworks and preventing issues with our beloved Weimaraners. I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has sent and update recently. We know how busy summer can be. We absolutely appreciate you taking the time and effort!Lite Snackers_1145

Sunday—June 25 Jorga

Monday —June 26 It Begins

Tuesday —June 27 — Fireworks Sensitivity

Wednesday — June 28 — Spock

Thursday  — June 29 — Sadie

Friday  — June 30 — Maizie Knows

Dusty Endorses Chewy and Suggests This Healthier Snack<== Dusty Speaks!

Coming Soon! Watch for the next product review featuring Sadie. 

On a very personal note

IMG_3128We took me to the Holistic Care Provider yesterday. I have yet another supplement to take, and we will see what it does for me. Friday was the best day I have had in months. Regaining my strength and getting into a full recovery state appears to be a longer trip than I would hope. Regardless, I am encouraged. Cliff went along with me today. I am so very blessed to have a supportive, loving husband. You know, having a wife that ill for months is not easy.

Cliff got the end puppy yard rototilled and planted. He has been working on the future lawn located on the east side of the farmhouse. We wanted to taper the dirt gradually so that any runoff would run away from the foundation. This last winter we wished that it had been like that with all the snow piled high along the eaves. Oh, and he has the Utility Bath tile up except for the last piece. Then he has a section to grout and the trim to put up. Don’t worry; there is more to be done before we can call the Utility Bath remodel finished. Nonetheless, we are getting there.


Cyclamen Lessons

If you follow me on Facebook or the blog, you know about the cyclamen that my friend (Ellen) gave me May 2012. She brought it to me at the hospital when I had a major surgery–what I jokingly refer to as one of hospital spa visits. You might remember that I never replanted the cyclamen and yet it produced a constant abundance of flowers year round. In fact, it had at least one blossom all but for a two-week period about a year-and-a-half ago when I thought maybe it was done giving me the joy. What could I expect from one plant that never got fertilizer or repotted?

About two weeks ago, I decided I had to do something about my treasure. So, I tried to remove it from the small glass square container (which had no drainage). I decided to use the same outer ceramic pot (which has drainage) and to put a couple of big rocks in the bottom with some fresh potting soil. I probably should have broken the glass container but being me, I tried to extract the plant and to keep the glass vase intact. I did; however, in the process, the beautiful cyclamen foliage broke off entirely, and I was left with a wad of leaves, etc. and the separated root mass. I poked it all into the flower pot. It was clear I might have killed my baby.


The original leaf –can you see the bud to the right?


A few days later, I had a single leaf which gave me hope. I looked closer and discovered what looked like some potential stem development. Sure enough, yesterday I counted ten green shoots–one carries a bud. I am watching it entirely too close. I suppose it is a bit like watching boiled water, but I cannot help myself. When I consider the neglect–it causes me to shake my head. I cannot help but marvel. I wonder how many plants are killed each year with the best of intentions. To me, this plant speaks–it has a lot to say. It whispers truth about friendship, endurance, hope, and never giving up. Even when something appears to be dead, sometimes new life emerges. It is God’s law of the universe. We do not create life. We can kill something but not always. I found myself in cautious anticipation wondering what would happen. Contemplating if I replaced this plant with another cyclamen if I could have such good fortune.

IMG_6062I cannot speak as to why the plant more than overcomes and blossoms despite minimal care. If you want to consider bits of tea as fertilizer, I did empty the occasional leftover various tea bits in the mix. Regardless, there is no accounting for the thousands of blossoms smiling at me over the years. Sometimes adversity creates more than the ideal conditions. This phenomenon is true in our personal lives. When we are forced to dig deep and make the most of what we have, and at the same time we are compelled to appreciate each moment allotted our perspective changes. We bloom if you will. I am not sure I could ever perform like my cyclamen, but I sincerely hope the challenges have produced growth and something beautiful. Nonetheless, in my human frailty, I openly admit I would prefer to reside in the ideal conditions without all the challenges.





It Begins


graphics-fireworks-769931Yes, folks, we are at the juncture of the two-week nerve-racking celebration of our Independence. All too many Weimaraners shake and hide during the hoopla. Most Weim parents do the exact opposite of what will help prevent this horrid situation. It is good to keep in mind that the most natural response is typically the wrong one. Here are some suggestions for survival and if your Weimaraner is not afraid of noise–to prevent ingraining a fear of loud sounds.


Rupert Requires the Thundershirt


Fireworks are a Thing

  • Even if you hate them, stay calm and unfazed by the fireworks. Your Weimaraner takes their cue from you, and they are a reader of their human’s deepest thoughts.
  • Work on desensitizing them to the noise. You might even try some small explosions –staged with you doing something fun. Possibly, you sit on the sofa, and you have a neighbor light off a smaller explosion. Hopefully, your Weim will not take notice. As with preparing the Weimaraner to accept gunfire, a gradual increase is the best approach.
  • If they are staying in you might consider very thunderous music and putting them in a small inner location (crated). For example, move a crate to the laundry and set up a radio that blasts music (rather than calming music consider something like Rock with ups and downs to cover the outdoor blasts.)
  • Some of you might want to plan a trip to the mountains (or the beach) away from the city.
  • Others might opt for a daycare situation that has this covered. That would not be something we would suggest unless your pet uses the daycare on a regular basis.
  • The Thundershirt, worn by Rupert (Topper X Dusty) is always a good option. Many folks, report it helps a lot. You still have time to get one shipped if you act today. Chewy is amazingly fast–click here to order one!
  • Make sure your pet’s microchip is registered with AKC Reunite. Every 4th of July Holiday, the shelters see an influx of lost pets. Should the unthinkable happen, be sure you will receive the phone call that retrieves them quickly back to you.
  • Finally, you may want to consider anti-anxiety medication for this particular situation. Discuss this with your Veterinarian.

There are countless posts that address helping your pet cope with this holiday–for a good reason. It is a tough one. Even some gundogs do not like the fireworks, while they are unfazed by working in the field. No matter how you feel about any of this, one thing you can do is to remain calm. You may want to escape with your pet or pets. Try to find a place that fireworks are not allowed. Be safe and enjoy the festivities. Thank you, for thinking of your Weimaraner’s best interest.

2017 23rd Saturday Recap

5-Hollee X Benton_4942Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

A couple of nights ago we took Winnie for her first Gator ride. Sorry–we didn’t capture any photos of her in the Gator. At first, she was a little unsure of what was happening but very quickly she took to the idea. Of course, she was delighted when we stopped at the sanctuary and let her explore. It was not a training mission. This trip was just for the humans to chill a bit and Winnie (Next Generation OwyheeStar) got to join us. We have to spread the opportunities around. There is never enough time and opportunities to do all we would like to with the Weims.

Look at how much she has grown in the last 90 days. For those getting a puppy, consider this–the growth rate is staggering.


Lite Snackers_1149Cliff has been busy managing weeds. One day soon, we hope to have the Three Cliff’s sanctuary planted with grass. I am not sure the exact type of grass we will use, but something appropriate for this area. In the meantime, Cliff has mowed the natural weed-mix we have going. We don’t want the cheat grass to dry out and throw it’s barbed into our beloved Weims. Sadly, we went from a very green lush fauna to this dry floor covering. Nevertheless, it is better than what would be if Cliff had not gotten it mown. We will be using this area a lot in the next few weeks.

Dusty Endorses Chewy and Suggests This Healthier Snack <== Dusty Speaks!

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you–especially those folks that dropped us a little something. (Whew, (again) it really helped!)

Sunday—June 11 — Juniper 2017

Monday —June 12 Exhausted in Oregon

Tuesday —June 13Mourning

Wednesday — June 14 — Maybe you Remember

Thursday  — June 15 — Snacking

Friday  — June 16 — Laughing Again


On a very personal note

IMG_5822Cliff has been extremely busy around the Farmhouse and the farm in general. It is an overwhelming amount of things that need his attention. He constantly reminds himself that although the list is endless and demanding, he has accomplished an unbelievable amount of the project in two years. (Hurrah!) We are just not youngsters anymore. Anyone our age wants to function as they did at 30, and feel no consequences. (OMG) This week’s accomplishments might seem meager to some; however, to us we celebrate them. They include a paver walkway laid to the parking area, parking barriers, the utility bath got the last of the tile that we had installed, the lawns were mowed, fencing problems resolved, and other logistical issues were managed.


It is good to have a helper like Mr. Stackhouse


I managed to get a few things accomplished, but as always I am limited in what I can do. I wonder if the limitations will hold us back for the rest of my life. I don’t know. Regardless, it is not good to dwell on such a thought. With the summer heat pressing in, I have to manage the Lymphedema–so far, so good. Letting my left arm blow up would not be a good thing. It would require physical therapy and a lot of attention to get the swelling under control. Right now I have wrinkles–you might think wrinkles are a bad thing but look at your wrist area. There are wrinkles where you bend your wrist. Also, my veins show too! At one point the physical therapist said I might have to accept my left arm size to be the least it would ever get. I am happy to report (despite the 20 plus lymph node removal) the arm looks nearly the same as my right one. Regardless, I can never lose sight of the fact that the heat can trigger swelling in a moment. The arm actually talks to me, and I need to get out of the situation or pay the price. Right now, I am ever so thankful that it is doing well.

The (seemingly) ever-present wretched cough continues to cling on, but it is less of an issue. Every day I hope not to have the coughing spells. Improvement means more nighttime sleep which is vital to the healing process. It would be easy to grow weary of the process and to become discouraged. Attitude is the most important part of the healing process.

Dusty Speaks


IMG_5390My Mama got me some Tummy Fix from It appears I ate something I should have left alone. (oops) I know, you probably know that I get into trouble because I will eat almost anything–twice a rock. They didn’t set well on my tummy, and one caused a complete obstruction–they took a piece of my intestine. Mama was frantic. Daddy was babysitting when that incident happened, and Mom was out of town. That is ancient history. Regardless, this week I made Mama swoon.

I was real sick and acting like the rock-thing again. See the FortiFlora box–and where Mom removed the sticker, it looks like the kid is throwing up. Yup, that was pretty much how I was for about a day and a half. Then my stomach settled a bit and Mom started giving me Diamond Naturals Canned food, Pumpkin Patch Up, and FortiFlora. In no time, my gut was good and I was frolicking again.




Fortiflora Description (from

For the dietary management of dogs with diarrhea, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets FortiFlora probiotic supplement has been proven to promote intestinal health and balance as well as a healthy immune system. Proven safe and effective, FortiFlora contains guaranteed levels of the probiotic strain Enterococcus faecium SF68 to provide shelf stability and to arrive alive in the intestinal tract.

Key Benefits

  • Helps reduce flatulence (gas) in dogs and contains 100 Million live microorganisms
  • Proven to promote intestinal health & balance with microencapsulated probiotics, which guarantees that they arrive alive in your pet’s digestive tract
  • Contains antioxidant vitamins E, C and beta-carotene which have been shown to support a strong immune system
  • Tastes great, has excellent palatability and may even increase a pet’s desire to eat
  • Easy to feed – just sprinkle on your pet’s food

Pumpkin Patch Up Description (from

Known as The Happy Belly Maker, Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up! is a food supplement for dogs and cats to support digestion. It’s already known that pumpkins have many great health benefits – now it’s time to share those benefits with our beloved furry companions! Available in single-serve pouches, Pumpkin Patch Up! is meant to be fed in conjunction with a complete and balanced meal.

Key Benefits

  • Supports stool quality and healthy gut motility
  • Soluble and insoluble fibers
  • Supports digestive health
  • Pureed for easy mixing
  • BPA and gluten-free


Cliff, Shela, and Dusty recommend Chewy. They have the best service hands down and pricing to go with. The selection is excellent. We know if you try them, you will like them. We do not endorse companies without a good reason.

Dusty says he is well but doesn’t want to have that experience again anytime soon. He also sends Eileen a speak shout out. He said the food tasted especially good out of the bowl she sent him from Poland. We loved it too!

Disclaimer“We received these goodies free of charge from in an exchange for our honest review.”

“Please know that we do a lot of shopping with Chewy–we are honored to provide the product review each month.” ~ Shela and Cliff @ OwyheeStar Weimaraners


Dusty has a Job

dusty-for-chewy-com_0587He has been practicing his product presentation. He was particularly happy with himself when it came to Fortiflora and Zukes Minis

If you have been to the Vet for antibiotics or vaccine now is the time to add some good bacteria to your Weim’s gut. It would even be better to add some just before the vaccine. There are many times when the addition of some bacteria is a good idea. fortifloraYogurt (with live cultures) can be an option; however, it doesn’t come close to offering the same outcome. Keep this on your shelf. Click here to purchase from

  • Helps reduce flatulence (gas) in dogs and contains 100 Million live microorganisms
  • Proven to promote intestinal health & balance with microencapsulated probiotics, which guarantees that they arrive alive in your pet’s digestive tract
  • Contains antioxidant vitamins E, C and beta-carotene which have been shown to support a strong immune system
  • Tastes great, has excellent palatability and may even increase a pet’s desire to eat
  • Easy to feed – just sprinkle on your pet’s food