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             ~ Always the same question; rarely a definite answer.

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Our Mailbox

We receive many inquiries regarding the Weimaraner puppies. Of course, people want us to answer a simple question. Sometimes they say, “when in your next litter.” Even if we know, which we most likely do not, we might not have a puppy available for placement from the litter. The vast majority of our pups are promised before the arrive. More often than not, people are willing to wait regardless of how long it takes.

The Waiting Game

We are waiting for the girls to come into season. It is like watching a pot boil. You understand though; we have less control over this process than a kettle on the stove. We know the heat cycle will happen. When it does, there are many factors to consider. It is far too complicated to put into a few short sentences. For example, some matings will only produce Longhair pups. If we are not looking for a litter (or partial litter) of Longhairs, then we need to wait for a different female.

We Thank You!

We appreciate the interest and the inquiry. We are particularly grateful for the return clients and the referrals. Then there are those that hold tight on the Wait List awaiting the arrival of a puppy. There again it is complicated. You might be high on the list, but if we don’t have the puppy born that correlates to your specific needs, then the waiting continues. Your patience and understanding are much appreciated. The trust our Weim folks bestow on us is not taken lightly. We know everyone is anxious when their timeframe arrives, but it might not always happen as planned.

Please enjoy the puppy photos taken from our archives. Have a beautiful day.

Just Saying

Dear Potential OwyheeStar Applicants

Here is an open letter from us explaining our situation. It is hard to put into words. Last year, Shela had breast cancer. She finished treatment in January. We count ourselves very fortunate. Nonetheless, there are changes necessary. To continue to do what we do–raise the Weimaraner, we must adjust and adapt. The limitation doesn’t mean the pup-raising will be any different. Even through our time of treatment, the pups have gotten the same intense care. The outcome has been as always. Regardless, we have to cut back. That means changes are in the making.

  1. We are remodeling the smaller farmhouse and moving there. The moving is like many rehab situations. It is more involved than we planned. It is taking a lot longer. We need to move in before winter, but we will be moving into an unfinished home. That is a bit scary because it has taken us so long for each step of the remodel. It also means we will be in continued disarray longer than we first expected. In the end, it is going to be for the benefit of everyone. A smaller, single-level home is ideal.
  2. We are packing to get moved. We have lived in the house where we reside for 45+ years. It saw a lot in its day. More than 500 at-risk teens went through the doors, and sometimes the windows. We raised our two kids, and we have spent family time here on holidays and whatnot. There are more than memories in this house. There is a lot of stuff to go through and get rid of, but each thing has to be handled. It is not something we can delegate to someone else. Our kids will be glad when we depart this earth that this was done now–oh, to leave so much to them would be unthinkable.
  3. Shela was fortunate with the cancer treatment. She did not have to do the Chemotherapy. We realize (looking back) the lack of Chemo probably saved her life. She doesn’t tolerate drugs. In fact, the hormone-suppressing drugs make her deathly ill so she cannot take them. The radiation was not kind to her body either, not to mention the loss of the 21 lymph nodes.
  4. Post cancer issues are something we face every day. There are on-going appointments to keep Shela tuned-up. These include physical therapy and special massages to alleviate the build up of the lymph fluids. We purchased our compression pump (at the physical therapist’s recommendation), so she doesn’t have to go to as many appointments. It takes an hour a day to manage the issue. Beyond all the appointments and whatnot, Shela must be careful about the amount of typing she does. She also has to limit the amount of work the arm sees in general. She is of little to no help with the remodel as you might guess. The other bugaboo has been the heat. Eighty degrees is way too hot for the arm. It swells and can double in size–this is a huge problem to get back under control.
  5. We still have the usual Weim things that have to be done. The chores are a given no matter what.
  6. Email, messages, Facebook Posts, and Blog Comments all have to have attention. New applicants want answers. Some seem to be put-off when Shela cannot type an answer to each question they might pose. Most of these issues are addressed on the blog or website–it does require looking for the links. We publish this blog every day. At the top of the blog are numerous page links that provide a lot of information. ( https://owyheestarweimaranersnews.com/faqs/)
  7. Despite all that is going on, the family is important. We cannot make more time or acquire more energy per say. Some of that must go toward our family. They cannot be left in the background–we have a grandson playing football. We need to make as many games as we can. We are expecting our second great-grandchild. These things are paramount in our estimation!

Last night on Facebook, Shela admitted she is running hugely behind on the application replies. This morning there were two comments from previous clients waiting to encourage her efforts. Here is what they wrote.

VirginiaOwyheestar is the BEST, Best breeders, best puppies, the best of the best, I know, I have two and I want one more, I need to fill out another application, but I want a blue male short hair, I have the other two, you know Shela, and by the way, I pray for you daily, because your the best and I love your posts.

Jenny  Agreeing with all that Virginia said below with the exception of having my application in for a second puppy. I think people tend to not plan ahead and that is where the problem is, not with how fast you are able to turn around an application. I started thinking about an additional weim this spring and knew I wanted paperwork in by end of summer. This gives “us” a lot of time to get the right puppy. The plan is for a puppy in the spring of 2016.

People say why not just make phone calls? Honestly, this takes even more time. It is not as succinct–meaning we might miss some essential point. There is no record to refer to if something comes up later. Writing things out is important. Phone calls take an hour and sometimes more time. A dialogue is something of value, but not always the best use of our time. We do make calls and spend time with our clients. We get an insane number of requests for a phone call. Then too; we get a lot of people just tire-kicking ( looking around the Internet) to see if they like us, or if we have what they want right now. We understand all of this; however, our clients are willing to work with our limitations. They are willing to wait. We believe our reputation speaks for itself.

It seemed important to write this out so others might understand some of what we are facing. There are a lot of endorsements and posts to read on the blog and our Facebook page. We cannot thank our OwyheeStar clients enough. If you feel, we are your breeder of choice we appreciate you. We have our protocol that you must follow. You have to trust us to do what is right when you cannot monitor us. We do not take this lightly. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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OwyheeStar Summer Puppies

Mousse and her babies…

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We wanted to have a litter of summer pups. One can never guarantee these plans will come to fruition. There were folks waiting for a puppy, and we hope to help them fulfill their dream; however, it might take some time. We have the one litter this summer, and it is a doozy. Over the years, we have had so many small litters; this is not a small litter. Mousse’s litter has ten puppies. They are shown above nursing in the puppy yard. This photo was taken by Deven, our helper this summer. He is excellent with the puppies.

A mixed Litter

Our stud dog “Blue” was the sire of this litter; Mousse X Blue Wk4 Bonus_3therefore, we have some blue pups. You should easily be able to distinguish which pups are blue, and which are a shade of gray. There is something else in the mix. Did you notice? One of the blue females has the undocked tail–this is by request.

We had ten days of rain. I joked, we should bail the puppy yard, along with the hay. Pictured here you can see this little blue girl in the jungle, before we were able to mow it. She didn’t seem to mind the blade-forest. You will also notice she is the one with the undocked-tail. For those wondering, this is by request only. Mousse X Blue Wk4 Bonus_4The arrangements must be made in advance of the litter’s arrival. We require a larger puppy deposit. The reasons are many, and we won’t go into them at this time. We get several serious requests every year from folks wanting to forego the tail-docking. This (docking of the tail) is done within days of their birth. We might also note here, that Longhairs are never docked. We are willing to do the full-length tail (on the traditional smooth-coat), because in other-than-American Weimaraner Standards, they occur. In some countries tail-docking is illegal.

Sporting Breed Tail Docking

The sporting breed that sees field action is prone to tail injuries. This is the reason for the docking. It is cosmetic, and a safety factor. Tails, and ears that get nicked bleed profusely. They are difficult to heal. The reality is that fewer dogs see actual field action than in previous years. Many hunt clubs (Versatile Hunting Dog Federation, as well as the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) have mentoring programs. Whether you believe in hunting, or not–it is a deep American tradition. It helped establish this country, and fed our ancestors. Yes, they had gardens, but that would not have sustained life. More often than not, pioneers ate what they could get in a stew, or a dried jerky-pocket-meal. We should not forget this, in our day of supermarket shopping. More and more, folks are returning to natural foods.

The OwyheeStar Protocol

A lot of folks come to OwyheeStar wanting to investigate us. We understand this mentality. It is tough to trust people you don’t know with one of the biggest decisions you are going to make. Nonetheless, we must stick to our protocol, and way of doing things. It is the only way we can accomplish all the things we need to do. For those who have gotten and OwyheeStar puppy, we believe almost without exception they understand what we mean. The new person making a query, might consider us a bit too eccentric. We are always open to inquiries; however, even the initial inquiry is screened. It doesn’t require a lengthy email to net the application invite. In fact, a simple note stating a bit about yourself will do. You can save the lengthy description of who you are, and what you want for the application process.

Getting the details in the application is important to us. It allows us to focus on you, and to respond to everything is a systematic manner. Nothing gets forgotten, and everyone is scrutinized with the same measuring stick. The application reply, is where we look for information. During the process, and especially during the placement segment, we refer to this on many occasions. We like to ensure that we have the correct contact information, as well as all the specifics regarding the Weimaraner puppy you hope to bring home in this one location. Shela, normally spends at least an hour working up our application reply. We do not take this process lightly, nor are we less than grateful for your trust. It is in our heart to do what is in the best interest of the puppy, as well as for you.

Folks wanting to engage us, must be willing to do things in this manner. We believe our outcome speaks for itself. Thank you everyone for your vote of confidence, and willingness to work with our protocol.