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Our Beloved Zeus

     ~ Celebrating Six Years (December 10th)

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6 years ago yesterday we brought Zeus home! I just want to let you know how thankful we are to you and Cliff. He is such a wonderful dog! We love him so much! He has a personality like no other dog we have ever had.
 
my baby boyFrom the moment I saw him, I fell in love with him, and my bond with him grows even stronger every day. He’s such a silly boy… always keeping us entertained. He is also a perfect companion for me and enjoys doing things with me. Hiking and swimming are his favorite things!
 
I have him enrolled in a class now called “Obstacle Course.” He loves being in school again! In it, he learns to go over and through all sorts of obstacles. He has to learn to go through it slowly… ha-ha that’s funny! Zeus go slow?? He thinks it’s an agility course and buzzes right through it!
 
In the last class, we had he learned to stop in between each obstacle and stand and wait before he moved on. He was such a good boy! Another challenge for him is to wait his turn while the other dogs have their turn. He loves it so much he doesn’t want to wait. I bring lots of stuff to keep him entertained while he waits and that seems to work well. The teacher has been very impressed with him!
 
Thank you again for 6 years of happiness… I am looking forward to lots more!
 
Have a very Merry Christmas also!
 
Jeanne & Zeus

Breeder Comment

Dear Friend and Weimlover–we are thrilled to hear from you. We remember the day you picked up Zeus (as well as Gibson). Gib need a ride north because of issues that with his families travel from Canada south. It was so gracious of you to help out another family.

We have enjoyed the many updates on Zeus life, and your Facebook snaps too! It warms our hearts to know he has brought you so much joy and is so loved. Of course, we hope he lives a long life–so we wish you many more birthdays to celebrate. Thank you, for all you do with and for him. We are indeed blessed to know you!

Big Ears

Happy December!

IMG_4582We’ve had a busy month. Toby is doing well. He has the biggest ears! Every time he drinks, they get dipped in the water and a drippy trail is left in his wake.

 

He’s so very cuddly, which we love!! We get a lot of good cuddle time in around here, as you can see. Max, Lucy and Toby can often be found snuggling together and Lucy and Toby are a crazy whirlwind of play when they aren’t snuggling and Max is very happy to be left out of the chaos!

Toby has retrieved the ball naturally without instruction inside, but outside he chases and then leaves it for other more “sniffable” things.
Lucy is definitely the bossy older sister! She has issues with sharing toys and attention. We’re trying to teach her that everyone gets a turn playing fetch and getting hugs and kisses. She absolutely adores Toby and is constantly sharing all of her habits, good and bad haha. She plays a bit hard with Toby. Nevertheless, Lucy is the first to check on him, clean him up. He is hers. Always down for a game of tug-of-war, chase or property line inspection (weims are really Velociraptor in Jurassic Park. “Always testing the fence,” both literally and otherwise).

As always, thanks for providing such amazing family members!!

Breeder Comment

Our hearts are filled with news of Toby doing well. Sliding into a family with a resident female and the Old Man Max (a rescue you graciously acquired) could have been challenging. Nevertheless, you and Toby, are thriving. It is so grand to hear. We feel you did the right thing moving from the female to a male. Sometimes two females can struggle to take control of the environment. Most people work it out; however, this scenario tends to be smoother sailing.

Our relationship spans two-decades. We so appreciate your loyalty. I believe Toby is the fourth OwyheeStar. There might have been another one or two connected to you–possibly someone closely related. Over time, it becomes hard to remember all the details.

Our applicants come from nearly everywhere. Repeats or referrals from OwyheeStar loyals comprise a significant percentage. We are blessed.

The retrieving indoor and outdoor will prove vital. This skill becomes even more critical as you move forward. Some Weims who can retrieve but choose to do otherwise. They will let another dog do the work. They will just ignore the ball–or whatever. They would rather play keep-away. Absconding with the toy seems fun and most humans just laugh at the antics. We suggest that despite the fun, you make every effort to get them bringing the find to your hand. It is worth the trouble. Sometimes it requires a check cord attached to the Weim, and you reel them in and praise them for the retrieve as if they came on their own. Other times, an enticing reward or praise will do the trick. Whatever it takes, our recommendation is to ingrain the love of the retrieve. It is useful on so many levels–getting them in the water, hunting, and much more. A tool (skill) every Weim should sport.

The Human Element

Behind the Scenes

     ~ Luna and Me (Nancy)

The backdrop–we wanted to add another Weimaraner. I admit contacting Shela many times wanting to get our next puppy; however, behind the scenes I had some apprehension. As Shela knows, I shared with her my reluctance regarding the addition of a second weim. Of course, I kept that to myself until Tikka was safely in our home. But as the day approached and then it became a reality I worried. One significant concern I had was about the household relationships. Luna is bonded to me, and Bill wanted the next (as I did) to bond with him. Now, we faced our plight to influence who the new pup’s “person” would be.

Then There Was Tikka

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We’ve had Tikka in our home for almost a month and a half. As I stated, I had two major concerns about adding Tikka to our pack. First and foremost Luna. I didn’t want to compromise or change her status or our relationship. Secondly, I wondered if and how we could we actually “make her” Bill’s dog.

~ Here is how that worked out

 

Garin_3154Luna and Tikka are awesome together! I still spend a lot of time with Luna and our relationship hasn’t changed much, she is and always will be my #1 dog and seems to know that. Tikka is learning some things just from watching Luna. This second Weimaraner learning from the first makes a lot of things easier. But we also want Tikka to be her own dog, (or person) so we ensure sure that Tikka gets to do her “own things.”

Luna is obsessed with her chuck it balls no other dogs get to play with or retrieve her balls, so every few throws Luna is put in a sit stay, and Tikka is allowed to retrieve the ball, good for both dogs! One of the first “cute tricks” we teach our dogs for treats is a sit stay. Tikka who isn’t even four months yet has a pretty decent sit stay already; I am currently working on having them sit together and releasing them individually.

Tikka and Bill are doing pretty well, things that are a habit for me (like every time I go anywhere Luna goes with me), Bill has to be reminded, but he’s learning too! He has realized how much work and patience go into raising a well-balanced puppy.

Tikka loves us both (as does Luna). Last night both dogs were asleep (On the couch!!), and Bill went outside for something; Luna didn’t bat an eye, but Tikka got up and went to the door wanting to go with her dad! It may not be a monumental sign, but I think we are all heading in the right direction 🙂 ~ Nancy

Watch for More on Bill and Tikka and how they are bonding.

Reporting

My Life

 

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Don’t you love my  visibility coat ?

 

Hey you guys!  I just want to let you know how things are going on the other side of the world …
Having a best with my new family.  They have some weird rules like … “out of the kitchen Taun.”  I don’t get that one ‘cause that’s where all the good food is.
Anyway, we’ve settled into a consistent routine with lots of fun stuff mixed in.  It’s Fall now and it is really pretty.
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I go out on walks every day, lots of times out in the woods. I have to wear this really LOUD coat now since it’s hunting season but that’s OK since it’s nice and warm.
2-Country road[1]
One thing we never had out West … ticks !!   lots of ticks.   Dad is always looking for them on me.
3-Squirrels
My family has cats … I didn’t grow up with cats and personally, they look a lot like squirrels to me but they are part of our family so Mom and Dad say I need to get used to them.   Speaking of squirrels, there are a lot of them out here.   Dad says I lose my mind when I see one.

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I get to help do chores.

5-Tough Life I like my life out here !

Best to all out West,  Taun and Family.

Luna

Happy In Seattle

 

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On the Way Home

 

 

She is super happy in her new home.

She was shy Sunday & Monday – but happy & confident now.

Love this photo.

Friedland's Luna_2016Luna Puppy fell asleep in my chair and kitty decided to join the snuggle. Look closely.

We Love Bedtime

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled that she is happy and that you folks love her so much too. She is off to a great start. Thank you, for sharing with us.

Priorities

At Home With Three

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Well…you can tell who’s a priority in this household! Lol #weimlove

Previously in Liberty Lake, WA

    ~October 28, 2017

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We made it home safely (humans exhausted, dogs ready to play). It was an uneventful trip. Toby slept most of the way in Jeff’s arms. Lucy is just beside herself that we would get her a real, live puppy! She can’t wait until Toby can play at her level. Max…he’s indifferent and glad to let the youngins do the playing and let him rest.
As usual, we’re in love with another OwyheeStar puppy!!! Thank you for all the love and hard work that went into making Toby!
Love Melissa and Jeff

Breeder Comment

It is so great that your Old Man Max (the rescue) has adjusted first to Lucy, and now to Toby. Seeing him there with the new kid on the sofa speaks volumes. It takes a bit of knack to incorporate three Weims into the household. Of course, nothing but the furniture and prime location for the celebrated family members in this house.

Thank you, for being a part of the OwyheeStar extended family. We appreciate your loyalty and ongoing friendship.

Young Addy

Hello Owyheestar!

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Just wanted to check in and say that our lil Addy (13wks) is doing wonderfully!
She keeps us on our toes (this morning got a hold of my daughter’s placemat, mid-bite of her French toast….. and took the entire breakfast to the floor…. ha!) and is doing very good work with our trainer (she loves her fruits and veggies) :)! We are adding more and more distractions to her training, to test her but it isn’t taking long, she’s a smarty-pants. At least until she decides to stop cooperating, ha!

She has just fit right into our family and is quite a social butterfly already. I think we have the 100 touches down because the school was nice enough to let me bring her in when I pick up the kids 🙂
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Thank you again, we couldn’t have gotten a better fit! We adore her!!

(And don’t worry, the about the garden photo…. she loves to run through my garden but isn’t eating anything toxic 😉 except bark…. but that is getting much better!

 

~ Addy’s Family (Oct. 16, 2017)

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to know that Addy is doing well and is much-loved. Thank you, for taking the time to update us. The photos are great too!

Lu

We so enjoy the morning blog! Thank you again.

  ~ Our Lu (Yours Truly x Thunder Duster)–6 yrs. 9 months old (born 1/21/2011

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Taken during the late afternoon run, watching her main man for a ball toss!

Smelly Feet?

So, here is a question on behalf of LU, in Sisters Oregon. Haven’t seen this addressed on the blog – but may have missed it.

For the past few years, Lu has developed TERRIBLE smelling feet! She is mostly an indoor dog, but outside for runs about an hour in the morning and 1 1/2 in the afternoon evening – not running continuously, but lots of smelling around on the 2+ acres of our house and neighbors who use their home as a vaca home….we watch over it for them. Plus, Steve spends a lot of time outside with chores etc. As she is 7 1/2 now, she enjoys her naps in the sun wherever she can find it and moves her nap location when upstairs where the skylight’s sunspot moves!

Running surface is typical high desert – dust, gravel/rocks, sage, desert grass, and the green grass we have around our house. When/if it rains, she gets a foot-rinse and is groomed regularly. When we’re over at the coast, she swims regularly in the lake.

She just had a vet check a couple of weeks ago, no issues except cracked tooth which we’ll be attending to soon. Is this a Weim thing? Our Golden traveled the same territory (but not the same speed, of course!), rarely had that problem…

~ Thanks!! Sharyl

 Breeder Comment

Thank you, for raising this question. First, let us say thank you for giving Lu such a great life. We are truly blessed to know she is much-loved.

Honestly, on occasion, I have noticed the smelly feet (or maybe we should call them paws), but then I figure we smell more like a Weimaraner than human too! When it comes to smells, people usually talk about gas. So, this was new. I had not even thought about it. I did some research and learned it is not the only Weimaraner to have smelly feet, nor is it uncommon in dogs.

The most prominent culprit appears to yeast, but a combination of bacteria can also cause foot odor. A simple rinse will not control this issue. I have some thought on what I would consider as a preventative measure.

1. I would mix up a solution of  50% cider vinegar and water and spritz the feet with it or dunk them. I think once you use this the feet need some moisturizer at least once a week.
2. Another thought instead of cider vinegar would be to use the Vetericyn Wound Spray on their feet every few days. Again, this has a drying action so I would suggest a moisturizer.
3. Consider using paw cream or paw wax–once the feet are cleaned and moist. It might even be better to use coconut oil and a tiny bit of essential oil and make yourself some paw cream. There are many paw creams, waxes, etc. that you can purchase. I wish we could try them all and evaluate them.

Here is a link that talks about smelly dog feet–

http://www.dogingtonpost.com/my-dogs-feet-smell-like-corn-chips/

 

 

Winston

In Ireland

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Winston is doing really well, he’s working on his Irish citizenship! My husband and I moved to Ireland about 1.5 years ago and, of course, Mr. Winston made the trip too. He loves it here – lots of big parks to play in and he comes to work with me on Fridays and I WFH 3 days a week.  We’re in Ireland for the next few years so we’re glad that he’s in such ideal conditions – getting to be with his owner(s) 5-6 days a week!
Unknown-1The actual move was stressful and expensive – $3000 to fly him here in an XXL crate. Weims might not weigh that much, but those darn legs really shoot up the crate requirement!
Winston is 8 now and slowing down a little bit – I think he’s at “normal” dog levels now.  We’re contemplating another puppy next year which I’m sure he’ll hate.  8 years of being the sole center of attention is his preferred way of life.
Anyhow, just wanted to shoot you a quick email to let you know Winston is happy, healthy and a little farther away than the PNW these days!  I’ve enclosed a few photos of him being a Weim – first to volunteer to clear up any spilled food.Unknown-2

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Rebecca, for remembering us. Cliff and I remember well when you came to get him. You and your sister in our front yard. I knew you would do well with him. There have been life changes–quite a few. Nonetheless, you have been faithful to keep the promise. We appreciate your commitment and dedication to Winston.

OwyheeStar Global

Well, he is not the first OwyheeStar to move from the Pacific NW overseas. Jorga just moved back from Belgium, and Dakota returned home to the Seattle area after being in Paris for several years. Another Weim (Tiga) returned home from Italy, but I believe he and his new sister are both in Europe again—the father is a Colonel in the military overseeing operations. The new pups it named Lotte. So, I am sure the military pays for all this to happen. A long time ago we had a client who lived in the Seattle area marry a man who was from NZ and they relocated on the South Island. Recently, Atticus and his Mama did the same – she is the Veterinary health director on the South Island. There is the infamous first Blue (Gabriel) we allowed to go to Russia–possibly more headed that direction in the future. We are still trying to work out the details for this transfer. So, I am sure I have missed some of the International Weims, but these stand out to me. Now we have Winston in Ireland. Oh and lest we forget the two Blues to the UK, click here.

Friends

Some Friends You Choose

       ~Others Select You

 

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This darn thing won’t leave me alone!

 

 

 

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Also, it’s cold outside

 

 

 

Breeder Comment

Dear Ellie, I see your kitty is still stalking you—or more aptly getting in your space in your previous report ( click here to see Ellie and her kitty in an earlier OwyheeStar Blog).

It is hard to imagine how life could be more to your liking even though you share your space. The furniture looks comfortable, the blankets cozy. We know the stove will soon be lite to keep you toasty warm. What more could a girl want?