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Luey and Shiny

~ Colorado Mountain Walk

Every couple of months, my folks get cabin fever and must get out of the valley. (Not so much during the last year, though! They have gone to pick up their motor home from it’s winter storage.)
When this happens, I get to have 2 Weimaraners!! 💕
Hello from Luey and Shiny on our morning walk!
Thinking of you both! Julia van de Ven

Breeder Comment

I bet the kids enjoy having each other, too. They are looking loving –thanks for all you do, my friend.

Shiny Writes

~Wyoming Vacation Trip

My Mom and Dad took me to Wyoming for vacation and property searching. I had so much fun! I smelled wild horses, deer, elk, antelope, and so many squirrels!! I got to sleep in a tent by a river, and by a reservoir. But my favorite place was a fire lookout tower at 10,00 feet!

I was allowed to chew my Qwizzle on the bed! And then when we came home, we went out looking for grouse. I got all birdie and pointed those guys! My mom started teaching me to use buttons. I can use the button to order her to take me outside, or get me some water, or stuff my Qwizzle with treats. I don’t know why I need a button, though, I used to just stare at her. I hope you and Cliff are well and enjoying the fall!

Love, Shiny

Breed Comment

For those who don’t remember you, Shiny (how could they forget you, though)–I am leaving this Click Here link so you can read more. And Shiny–we know how busy you and your (Vet Tech) Mama are–so taking the time to write means so much. Your adventures and stories, as well as the achievements, are celebrated. Thanks for sharing this with us. 

Meanwhile In Colorado

~Family Means There Are Four Fur Kids

My brother’s family is visiting, and so we have the whole family together here in the Colorado Rockies.

Many hikes have happened to the delight of all 4 dogs.

Above is Luey and Shiny afield–and then
Shiny enjoying the cool tile.

We took all 4 dogs to the dog park.
Hope you are all staying safe and well!💕
Julia van de Ven & Shiny

Breeder Comment

What a great time being together as a family –and all four dogs were enjoying the adventure with you. Shiny seems like a happy camper. Thanks, Julia


Edgar will be 4 next month. We moved to Colorado last fall and everyone is starting to get used to the change. Doug is still Edgar’s favorite person but he loves all of the kids and worries when they get too far away. My youngest loves to play with him like he’s her brother. She runs with him, gets him up onto the play equipment and tries to make him go down the slide. She also likes to dress him up on occasion.

He tolerates this but clearly doesn’t like to wear cat ears.

Breeder Comment

What a life Edgar has. I am glad he tolerates the cat ears–we know it must not be a fun thing for him. (Haha) Otherwise he has quite the life–and we love his inclusion. It speaks volumes.

Reviewing the Numbers

~ Shiny and Julia in Colorado Snow

As you know, Shiny gets a minimum of 1 hour of “Mommy Time” per day, & now that the snow is here in the Rockies, our various hikes are looking (and feeling) totally new! One thing I have noticed is that Shiny definitely gets more excited about the forest hikes over the high desert hikes. I wonder if that is because the breed was developed in the forests of Germany?

Reviewing the Numbers

The first pic is of Shiny reviewing the numbers – as Chief Negotiator of Treat Distribution, he is not pleased with the direction the trend has taken. 😂
Have a great holiday season!

Love, Julia & Shiny

Breeder Comment

You can tell you live in the mountains–it a a beautiful setting. Thanks for sharing photos from one of excursions. We all remember that Shiny has excelled at Nose Work (click here to see a previous post). We have had several posts regarding Shiny’s title earning nose work, but possibly this was the cutest post ever–click here.

Two Blue

~Colorado Boys

Shiny and Luey

Hello and Good Morning from Colorado!

Here are the two fabulous OwyheeStar blues that I live and work with–meaning we compete from time to time. We got Luey first, and later I decided on the Blue Longhair. If anyone ever wondered– here they are side by side.

Shiny with his ribbons

Luey NACSW Nosework

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Julia, for thinking of us—and for everything you do with your OwyheeStar Weims. You are one of our licensed Vet Tech’s who has the Weimaraner from us. We know how demanding the job it, yet–you manage to Title, walk, and dote and the fur kids. You rock!

NACSW Nosework

~ Big News from Leadville, CO

This weekend we competed in NACSW nosework in Leadville, CO at 10,151 feet. It was an interior specialty trial – our first one. It consisted of 4 interior searches in the Leadville elementary school. Luey excelled and titled – he searched beautifully!!

Shiny participated as exhibition only, and also did great! Owyheestar was represented in the best possible light!!

Hope all is well! Julia

Breeder Comment

Julia you are the best–to work at getting the titles as well as to send us your updates. We appreciate it as we know our readers do as well. Congratulations to you and Luey.


~NACSW Nosework Trialing Level 3

I wanted to share Shiny’s recent accomplishments with you and Cliff. He is at Level 3 in NACSW Nose work trialing. A couple weekends ago we had the best trialing ever! He got 3 placements and 2 titles!! He won second overall in trial!! 

He is a wonderful worker, best friend and representative of the breed – thank you so much for my Shiny!!

Breeder Comment

–Drumroll Please!

We are thrilled to hear of Shiny and your success, Julia. That is outstanding! We have never had the opportunity to visit a Nose Work Trial, but a lot of our clients are getting interested in this venue. What great news!

For those wanting to learn more–please click the Facebook Link above or go to the NACSW Website–click here!

Click Here to learn more about NACSW Titles and Awards.

Julia and Shiny have participated in previous competitions–here are three links featuring Shiny and Julia.

Title Earned



Colorado OwyheeStar

~Office Help

All is well.  All systems are working and we have had only one accident (my fault), otherwise, she’s going outside regularly. She does well at the office and actually asked to go out!

P.S. please put me down for a blue female with the tail.  Let me know when I need to send a deposit.

Breeder Comment

First, we want to thank Steve for being such a fantastic Weimlover. Now, some of you might wonder he what he means when he says, “with a tail.” Don’t all Weims have a tail? Yes, they do.

Steve means he wants an undocked tail on his next pup–which is what this one has by request. We have a particular protocol we follow for this type of request. For one thing, the deposit is sizeable–because if the person happens to walk away, then finding another home for the pup is an arduous task. It can be done, but it requires a lot of extra work. Therefore, we need more to get on the Wait List for the undocked tail, as well as to reserve such a puppy. Once the decision has been made, as about one-week, then docking the tail also becomes more involved.

This Week at OwyheeStar

Greetings From OwyheeStar

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Vale Hot Shots –the guys are putting their lives on the line to save all we love!

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The Entrance to Crater Lake

A September to remember. Not everything is something that is easy to understand. How did the Northwest go up in flames? We can only guess that everyone will be doing their share of finger-pointing. Who wants to own the blame? Nothing will bring back the lost lives, the burned forest, the ravaged rangeland, or personal possessions. We hope we learn a lesson from this tragedy.

The battle is still raging. Firefighters are in danger–including those pictured above. How much more can we afford to lose? Cliff and I say nothing, but the firestorm continues. We are nestled in the middle of farmland. The advantage of which is evident; a time when we are fortunate not to be living where our land borders the BLM holdings. There were a few sprinkles of rain on the deck this morning. We can hope more fell where it was needed the most.
We want to draw your attention to these three young men who lined up for a photo before taking off to fight one of the big ones. They are closely tied to our community. They are the best of the best! Brady DeYoung, Max Maeda, and Andrew Maeda of the Vale Hotshots–the last two are one of my classmate’s sons. We are hoping and praying for protection for those putting their lives on the line to make a difference in the midst of overwhelming odds. They will get the fires contained; however, we pray for their safety and soon return. We thank them for their service!

This Week on the Blog

Holly, Goldee, and Autzen

Holly, Goldee, and Autzen

Shiny A Blue Longhair

Shiny A Blue Longhair

We are once again thankful for the updates that make this possible! We are still a bit thin on the material we need to work with, but there was enough. We have a couple more things in the works. We are forever thankful for those that right those wordy notes with news of their pup. We use everything we possibly can. Thank You!

We needed a couple of positive photos to balance the fire news. I think you can agree! Thank you again, Terri Jacobson, for the great photos!

Sunday— August 30 — Beauty Rest Required

Monday — August 31 — Ellie

Tuesday — September 1 – Olli on the Big Bird

Wednesday — September 2— Are You Familiar?

Thursday  — September 3—Cookie Time

Friday  — September 4—Home in New Mexico

On a very personal note

It has been yet another busy week–no surprise at all. Cliff was at the NAVHDA Hunt Test with Emma. She opted not to point. Yes, the conditions were not perfect; however, her work was less than stellar. Cliff had hoped despite his lack of time to prepare her for the hunt test it would go better. Her search was top notch. So, he came home with that positive bit of news. Today, he is off on another bit of outside business. He, our son, and the two grandsons (Brad and Nick) are at the Oregon Hunter Safety Class in Baker City, Oregon. It will be a fun thing for the four of them! Granpa worked with the boys on three pretty long days to complete the online classes so they could earn their certificate. Today’s class covers the field portion of the exam. 

The remodel is making slow progress. Bits and pieces are getting completed–this happens between the must do items. The office storage closet is finished with the exception of the shelving. Cliff will get that in soon. Then I can put alway our supplies. They are boxed and in the way of another area we are working on at present–the whelping room. Deven is trying to finish the hardwood in the master bedroom. He probably won’t get it down today, but he will get a bit more laid. I am busy sorting through the less used supplies. They can go into the whelping storage that is in place once I get them organized.

The health issues are much the same. The arm is no worse. It may be a bit better. I still have to use caution. It is a tough thing to do. Overall, I feel better which is a huge plus. Thank you ever so much for your patience and understanding. Those of you who have had to wait for me to get back to you have been super great! Finally, I should mention that we were blessed with other photos beyond those Terri sent. Maddie blessed us with a couple of photos for our personal use. DSC_0134edit

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming–as I said above, I am running low on material. I need them for inspiration, and they brighten our day. Yes, and allow us to have something to share.