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Tango

~The Ladies’ Man — Part Two

Tango’s “girlfriend” moved into the house across the street at the end of March. She’s three quarters Border Collie, one quarter Miniature Australian Shepherd. Her “dad” and I enjoy cracking a cold one in the field down the street, so if the weather is cool enough, one of us will text the other: “Field?”

Lily has a definite speed advantage on Tango, and a tight turning radius on her little legs. Because they met when Tango was around her size, he perceives her as equal in size, rather than less than half of his. She’s a sweetheart, but she’s good at keeping him in check when he gets a little too eager.

You realize Tango is very social this is his friend Abby–she’s half chocolate lab, half silver lab.


What a big adventure we embarked upon together just six short months ago, never expecting that fate would offer us so much more bonding time during these early months. He’s quite the little playboy. And not a day goes by without some stranger informing us how gorgeous he is.

Breeder Comment

Well first spoke to you six months ago and helped you plot a plan to raise the Weimaraner. You have excelled –for this, we are exceedingly happy. The Weimaraner is not the breed for everyone. As you well know, there are challenges. There are other breeds less challenging to get raised, but Tango is doing well. (Hurrah!) Of course, a Weimaraner is a puppy for three years. What can I say, and then they act puppy-like even longer. Some act puppyish for their entire life. They are full of life and energy, but this scenario helps to keep us young and active. Then there is that thing where they burrow deep into our heart and soul. What else can I say?

Sunny

~Update from Captain Rod


A smart trainer/breeder once told me that the best life insurance you can give your dog is to train him well so all of your friends and relatives will love him and want him if something happens to his owner. If something ever happened to me, my friends would fight over who gets Sunny.


One of the many things I love most about my OwyheeStar blue Weimaraner is he absolutely loves everybody from little kids to adults.  He’s not just attached to me, he’s happy to be on a new lap from a new friend.


Around Christmas every year we go up to Lake Tahoe to visit friends and enjoy the snow. My two friends also have two labradors that Sunny has fun wrestling with.   When he’s bounding through the deep snow in the forest, he’s truly in his element.    On the way home, we visited two more friends that have 2 very sweet and high drive hunting dogs that he met.  The rules were a bit more flexible in this household, and the dogs and humans dined together.  Sunny gets along with other dogs very well, but if he’s mounted, he will object with some growling and barking.  Can’t blame him there.


Sunny and I have come to some agreements a long time ago, and he’s flexible in various situations.  He will stay on his bed if necessary and behave quietly, or if the rules are loose, he’ll party with other dogs as crazy as ever.  He’ll happily ride in the backseat on long trips for as long as necessary.  He heels off leash, and runs free on walks when it’s safe.  His training of me is almost complete I’ve been told.

Breeder Comment

You may or may not remember Sunny’s earliest beginning on the catamaran with Rod–click here. I have often dreamed of sailing with Sunny–and I suppose it is possible (www.sailfuncat.com ), but we are pretty much tied to OwyheeStar for now. It makes is very happy to know Sunny continues to delight others and is a great companion for Rod. Happy New Year to you, Sunny, and your humans, too.

Cabela

~Part Two (not alone)

I just heard from a friend that her dog Bruno, Cabela’s buddy from puppyhood passed last week as well. Gives me some comfort that she had a buddy for her journey home. They were our neighbors for a number of years…we built our houses together while our pups frolicked around! Cabela was known to steal breakfast right off their coffee table if they left their door open and she would often make her way to their house (with us chasing her) and eat Bruno’s food out of his bowl! 😆

Breeder Comment

I am sure everyone will enjoy this memory along with the news that Cabela has her old friend with her for the journey over the Rainbow Bridge.

Dusty

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 Chewy.com), 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.

Two

Hello Owyheestar!  

 

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My two beautiful Weims

We’re coming up on a year since we acquired our Virgil from you. Skeeter is now going on 3 1/2 yrs old. I love these two so much. 

 

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The lovely Longhair-Virgil

Virgil is such a beautiful dog and I’m so glad to have him as a member of our family.

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Skeeter Valentine

He and Skeeter get along well. They run with me, swim at the pool, and visit the dog park. Virgil gets along with all dogs. He’s like this huge mediator…if things start to get weird, he will run at top speed with that fancy tail flying, getting everyone running around once more. 

No one can catch him or Skeeter, they’re soooo fast. People always comment on how nice they are and how beautiful they are. I always say it’s the Owyheestar breeding! Happy Holidays to you and thanks again, for my lovely friends.

Breeder Comment

We appreciate the news and the update. It is always good to hear that the OwyheeStar Weimaraners are thriving and much-loved. Virgil was a spur of the moment addition (because he became available) and we are so very delighted to know you love your Longhair. Getting your endorsement means, even more, when it comes from a person like you–a licensed, practicing Vet Tech.

We wish you continued health and wellness. It is a great comfort to know Virgil and Skeeter have so much going for them. Below are the links for the two from their previous pool work posts. Maybe one day there will be the opportunity to update us on their progress further.

Featured Weimaraner — Dutch

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Dutch is a LOT of dog!

I thought I would write a quick hello and send you a couple pictures of Dutch.  He is a LOT of dog, 91 pounds at last check, but he can curl right up into a small ball when needed to fit in just the right spot on the couch!

Dutch is Fun and Friendly…

He loves all his family and greets each family member every morning with the greatest excitement.  He knows the routine of the girls’ bedtime and always beats us to their bed when it time to tuck in for the night.

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Right now his favorite spot is anywhere his humans are but especially when we are in front of the fire.  The pictures I took last night were too funny not to share.

We enjoy reading about other Weims

Thank you for the daily blog updates, we always look forward to reading them.  We love our Dutch!  As I type this, I realize we are almost at his one year birthday!

Breeder’s Note: Thank you for the lovely update, and the nice comments. We are glad you like the OwyheeStar Weimaraner’s News (Blog). Honestly, it is rare to see a 91 Lb OwyheeStar puppy. Having Stackhouse in the stable, we may see more very good natured, larger, and hunt-potential Weims. It depends upon the lineage we select. Dutch’s father is about 90 Lbs, but more often than not, his pups do not mimic his size. Dutch’s mother is much smaller around 55-60 Lbs.

Last year's bunny is this years 90 Lb lap dog.

Last year’s bunny is this years 90 Lb lap dog.


Dutch doesn’t appear to be fat. For those wondering, it is very important to grow the puppy slow. Slow growth is vital to proper bone and joint development–to avoid hip dysplasia and other ailments. Regardless, some pups are going to grow faster. This is true even when their family uses the large breed puppy chow and is careful not to overfeed.