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Merry Christmas

~From Cliff and Shela

@ OwyheeStar Weimaraners

We send you greetings from our home to yours. We hope you hear happy sounds, and if not that you make a few yourself. If you need some inspiration here is a little share might be just the ticket.

In Preparation


      ~No Way! Not having it!

Dad was out of town. Mama said let’s get our act together because Christmas is coming. We need some preparation. She was others wearing the Antlers. I had a lesson to teach her about this ridiculous idea. Hover over the photo’s bottom edge, and you will see my thoughts.

Playing Stackhouse Santa 

     ~It’s my Gig!

As you can see, I make a good Santa. One question though– is there some practice cookies? The good ones; not the junkie cheap things. I eat them too, but when I work, it requires a bit more. What about a dollop of whipped cream on top? Just saying… “Woof!”


Weimar Games

~ by Shela Nielsen (12, 22. 2017) Copyright


The tree has been decked.

The packages wrapped

The ribbons have been nibbled or snatched for the track.

I am rethinking Christmas and all that comes with

Maybe next year the tree from the ceiling is it.

I ponder the ribbons and wrap.

Metal boxes and trunks will fill the bill.

Boots instead of stockings

with edibles set outside to chill.

The car trunk makes for safe keeping.

While pondering the changes,

Along came a clatter.

From the kitchen, the pie plate left the counter.

Flecks of pumpkin amidst his lips.

Back to the drawing board –I guess it is.


Meanwhile, the Weimar plots and plans.

How about a game of toss the snowball?






It’s All Good

Watching for Santa

img_2566Naughty or nice, it’s all good with a Weim. Merry Christmas and the best new year!

Nancy, Tony & Gracie

OwyheeStar Christmas Week 2016

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

g-geese-departing_0070Typically, we don’t have many visitors. Nonetheless, this week was anything but the norm. We had more than a thousand Canadian Geese take up residence in the east hay field. For about three days they settled in getting more and more comfortable. They would come each morning a few at a time and by the afternoon the entire field was being utilized. Behind the multiple flocks of Canadians along the sanctuary we spotted a herd of deer–8 in all. We know there are deer but we have never seen that many at once. We were having fun watching them. Thursday morning, the geese were unsettled when a band of sheep and the sheepherders arrived. We hope the geese will return after the sheep depart. Who can guess? There will be less warm bedding and no hay on which to nibble.

The White Christmas seems to be a reality. Cliff measured the condensed snow this morning and it came up more than 2 foot deep. There is a frozen barrier beneath the new snow.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  Making music, mischief, and magic were a thing this week. For those concerned–Bruno has found an extraordinary family placement. 

Sunday—  December 18 — Blue Fluff Birthdays

Monday — December 19 — Making Music

Tuesday — December 20 — Making Mischief

Wednesday —December 21 — Bruno

Thursday  —December 22 — Something

Friday  —December 23 — Making Magic

On a very personal note

Cliff has been busy. The hot water had an issue. I am glad he could fix it and that we didn’t need a new water heater. Suzie stacker is down again. We work her too hard. (OMG–I hope I don’t have to live without her.)

I am still coughing and I just cannot shake the Bronchitis. (OMG) It makes getting rest very difficult. There is too much to be done today to worry about these smaller issues. We are going to our son’s home for our Christmas Eve gathering. I am not sure what the future brings. As long as we are together, all is good. We send you wishes for the best of Christmas scenarios. May you have enough and know what is most valuable.

Thanks to You

There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are in need of a few stories to get through the December blogging. Several of you have promised; however, we understand how busy you might be–nevertheless if you can send along something we would greatly appreciate it.

Christmas Puppy

What’s Up?

What’s a sugar plum?  Can I eat it or play with it?

Iimg_4059t was a cold and winter-white afternoon. Lunch being made we were whisked to a safe place today. I and like others found myself crated out of the way. There was the hustle and bustle as Mom had enlisted some extra muscle.

Boxes and crates were being taken down. Treasures unpacked all around. Cinnamon and spice and everything nice filled my senses and caused me to yearn. Groceries came earlier I was to learn. There was pumpkin, apples, and mincemeat pies. Turkey was roasting –no great surprise. Our moans were hushed with a treat meant to suffice. The unpacking, baking and general melee went on into the night.

Along the way, we had our run. We ate our supper, but of turkey there was none. We dreamed of raiding the trash cans someday. Opportunity certainly was not on its way.

From our vantage all good things out of reach. We awaited our moment, an opportunity to streak. Big red balls on the tree were strung. Then came the paper, the ribbons, the candy, but dog treats there were none. (What?)

Soon the release and we dash for the tree. We can knock it over and strip it with glee. I’ll take the angel you get a ribbon. We will run through the house racetrack on the chase. What a holiday game they have prepared.

Oh now look they are making things more fun. What is this a paper fest? Look at the packages, bags, and ribbons. What joy we will have stripping them clean. We will get this place in order soon but what of the tree? The tree is a bit large to drag–but oh what a great pee-post it will make. I’m not into clothes you see, however, the tree skirt would make a perfect cape for me.


Wendy, Roo, and

Just when we thought it could get no better–out came the gingerbread village. Yum and woof woof. Our tummies are rolling the juices are flowing. We can’t believe it– such a great day is being planned all for our fun.

Woof did you say we were having ham tomorrow??? Oh, how we love Christmas!

Smoke Stack


15025523_10207746673048127_4673714632523623857_oDuties include the neverending list of things such as lap warming. My latest achievement is making sure I spread Christmas Cheer.

Christmas Magic

Helping MaMa

     ~Jorga’s perfect helping mode

img_1187“Shhh, Papa doesn’t know Mommy put me in his chair while she packs Christmas boxes.  Last night it was so cluttered I had to nap in my kennel?!”

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Christmas came and went

Snow and Hoar Frost SignWe hope your Christmas was memorable-in the best possible way. Seventeen of us gathered on Christmas to celebrate as a family. It was a great time. We didn’t know we could all be together until the eleventh hour; that made it especially sweet. It is time to take down the decorations, and plan for the New Year.

The Bitter Cold is still with us…

The bitter cold has stayed around far too long for a December cold-snap. The good news is that it left the Western Treasure Valley with frozen snow coverage, hoar-frost trees, and a beautiful Christmas landscape. The roads are clear; you must always be on the lookout for ice, but the snow is gone from the asphalt.

Here are some morning snapshots

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Here are the links for this week’s blogs….

Today’s Saturday …..

Shela will make an attempt to remove the Christmas ornaments, take down the nativity, and remove some of the lights. Regardless, Cliff and Shela hope to hang on to the spirit of Christmas throughout the year. This is a magical time of the year. People seem to be either at their best, or worst. We eat too much, party, and laugh a lot. We take a moment to share with folks, whether we have the time or not. That, in and of itself, is magic don’t you agree? The holiday can either bring us together (as it did our family), or it can make a person feel isolated. Sometimes people choose isolation because it is easier than dealing with humans. (Lol) Regardless, the Weimaraner reaches out to everyone. It meets them where they are, and accepts them that way too. There are very few exceptions. Honestly, if our Weims don’t like you, we are suspicious of you as well. 🙂


Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!

Merry Christmas

Thank You for being a part of our lives……

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We hope you enjoy the photos, they are only a small segment of those shared with us over the last twenty years. ~Shela and Cliff