As you know, a lot has happened since we returned to the Pacific Northwest, from Belgium. Frisbee- I love it, She plays it in the house too.
I’m unpacking and finding things…Jorja will be 7 in March, the picture of her and the little lady is who she named after. 🇷🇴 Romanian spelling, Pronounce “Georgia” /Jorja.
Thank you, Eileen. We think Jorga and her name spelling is pretty cool, too!
~Andi’s Formal Training Begins Soon
Andi has her Forever Family right where she wants them–close at heart. We received the results from the titer test (done by Dr. Calhoun’s Idaho Veterinary Hospital–Nampa, Idaho)–Andi is safe to go out in public. Hurrah!
She doesn’t bark but sometimes she squeeks with good cheer. Millie used to do that, Weimie squeaks, there’s nothing cuter.
What a wonderful dog she is. I set up her crate which she immediately got into and sat telling me, “I got this.” She adores my 5 yo grandson. No indoor messes. She prances behind me everywhere I go. She loves her toys keeping them all in a pile, her pile. She is not destructive in any way, tho I did move all my house plants up and gave a few away. She is absolutely the best! She’s a people dog. Does she know how to bark?? Thunder outside right now, she is not bothered at all, calm and happy.
She is so well adjusted. Thank you for all you and Cliff did to socialize her. She is a very fast learner, she is so willing to please.
Thank’s for the info. We’ll get her paperwork taken care of soon.
Bluebell has had her shot, all is well so far, back on schedule, thank’s again for helping with that, I so needed it. She’s gone out on her own to potty twice today, she’s figured out our doggie screen door (long story but it works), slept all night, in her crate at 8pm and awakening at 7 this morning!
Of course she’s snoozing within sight of Bell and I go early when she does and watch movies, seems to be all working out. This morning both dogs had a lovely moment, Bell’s unwilling to warm quickly as Bluebell likes to jump up and outright bite her, but in less than a week, they already are much closer. Being 14 August 29, Bell is very sweet with all that’s going on and adjusting well.
There’s a first week update…our family is doing well with the new addition of Bluebell #8…Thank’s again for all your hard work. Debbie
Thank you, Debbie, for the beautiful update. So happy that things are going reasonably well–I mean a tiny pup and the aged girl, it is challenging. But you have this managed.
Here she is a few days before she left OwyheeStar. That face says a lot.
~ Winston and his Family
I wanted to send along a quick update on Winston. Mr. is 9 now, going on 10. We moved into a proper house rather than an apartment which is a big change for him as he’s been an apartment dog his whole life. Barking at the mailman is his new favorite passion! He immediately identified the most comfortable chair in the house and claimed it for himself (see picture). We moved next to a giant park which is perfect for him (a small part of the park is in the picture attached). On rainy days, we can wander through the park with him and on drier days, ball chases are still his specialty. We also have some walks that take us along a lovely canal. The only thing we’re really missing in Ireland is doggie friends. Many dogs are not well socialized in Dublin and their owners are not on top of their dogs. We’ve had enough near bites and bites that I just don’t trust most dogs around Winston anymore. Luckily, he’s never been that interested in other dogs – he’s more human and ball focused – so I don’t think he’s missing much.
We’re expecting our first human child any day now so we contemplated getting another dog while I am off for 6 months on maternity leave, but honestly, finding a breeder we like as much as you has been an impossible challenge so we’ve put that plan on pause for now. I must admit, I think Winston prefers it that way – he likes being the center of our world. With the baby coming, that will change a little, but I’m confident he will love having a new human to sneak food off of, get cuddles from and follow around.
We started to notice some stiffness in Winston after park trips and that his “gallop” changed a bit and became more of a bunny hop in his back legs rather than moving them independently. After a visit to the vet, they found his hips have slight incongruity (aka hips are slightly the wrong shape for the socket they fit into) and mild degenerative joint disease. We went through a course of Cartrophen and I must say, we’ve noticed a great improvement already. Hopefully, that treatment will suffice for quite a while to keep him spry.
I still can’t believe that I’ve had Winston for almost 10 years. I can’t imagine my life without him – he’s my constant companion and I’m so grateful for him. Can’t wait to see the bond that he forms with baby!
Best, Rebecca Armistead
Thank you, Rebecca, for remembering us. We are so happy that your move has found you well adjusted. Winston has had the best of everything–with you accommodating his needs despite any obstacle you faced along the way. Thank you, again for giving him a great life. You are a testament to what can happen even when someone doesn’t live in an ideal setting–with acreage and whatnot. But now–he has it all in Ireland.
It is not uncommon for older dogs to become stiff–to have problems, but of course, we had to see it happening to any OwyheeStar offspring. To me—he seems a bit young to have that much tightness in the hips. (Eke) Dusty (his father) passed at 14+ years. The last few months he was very shaky in the back end. He had OFA certified Good hips and a good family history of good to excellent hips. He has lumps and bumps we left alone–because we thought it for the best. Penny (his Mama) lived to 12+ for sure–I cannot remember exactly when she passed. Of course, the average life for a Weimaraner has been reported to be 11 years and 2 months. The expectation is somewhere between 9 and 15 years–with a few exceptional cases living to be around 16 years. We all want the 16 years.
I believe the Cartrophen is the same as Carprofen –a Generic form of Rimadyl (click here—to read more about this drug. ) What I like to suggest is Duralactin — I don’t know if you can buy this in Europe or not. Amazon also has it for sale. The Duralactin can be used any time for a slight injury or when inflammation might be a problem. It helped Dusty remain mobile and seemingly pain-free. We love this option, as things like Rimadyl affect their vital organs–and in some cases, there is a life-threatening reaction.
Finally, thank you, for all the kind words about us. I do so hope when you are ready for another Weimaraner you find the perfect breeder. I am sure you will. Sooner or later something unwanted comes knocking on our door.
~Liberty Belle has moved
Hope you guys are doing well! I wanted to give you a quick update and share a few pics of our beautiful, sweet Libbie.
Sorry that it’s been so long since our last update, things have been super busy over the last several months. We recently moved from Las Vegas to TN and absolutely love being back in the country! Libbie is finally getting to be a dog with lots of freedom outside of city life, and has been having the time of her life!She is one special puppy and the love of our lives, we are so grateful and simply put – we cannot imagine life without her 💕!
We’ll check in again soon with more details and highlights over the past year, it certainly has been a great one!Take care!
Sincerely, Scott & Julia
We are so happy to hear from you — and to learn about Libbie. That was quite the move –we hope you will continue to stay in touch.
~ With Chester
Recently Brandon, Chester and I went down to have some family pictures taken so we can make Christmas cards. We had so much fun and Chester was so well behaved. After anxiously waiting we got our pictures back and they turned out so great I thought I should share a couple.
Seasons greetings from Brandon, Whitney and Chester.
Dear Whitney and Brandon–thank you for your inclusion and the celebration of Chester. No matter what happens–children, life changes, etc. I hope he will always be included. He believes the universe surrounds him. (Haha) Thanks for everything–and for always for thinking of us too!
~ Don’t You Agree
Berkley here, “I can’t keep my eyes open, can you?”
The time change is tough on human and the Weimar. There have been a lot of cute posts about us Weims not cooperating with the change in schedule, but seriously, what do you expect? We manage a lot of details within the household. Being on time is essential–when it comes to eating, going certain places, the arrival of the humans, and never more than at our bedtime. So, what’s up with this time thing?
Me and Some of My Fav’s
Thanks to Berkley and her family. They always send us great videos and photos. We truly appreciate them. There were other family photos, but this one–don’t you agree? She lives the life that means she is a part of the family–whatever they are doing you see Berkley is involved. We love that!
Here is Zeus enjoying his first Puppacinno at Starbucks on his 7th birthday on October 17th!
I’ve been working hard on my Weimaraner art that I thought you may like to see. Of course, I use my favorite Weimaraner, Zeus, as a model! 🙂
I create custom Christmas ornaments from any picture of a pet. It helps if they are clear, close up pictures. The ornaments are transferred onto painted wood, distress and waxed. They also have a rustic looking wire hook for hanging. The ornaments are around 4″ x 4″ depending on the picture. I also make custom wall art that is a little bigger than the ornaments. I am attaching a picture of the ornaments. I sell them for $15.00 each and all you have to do is email me a picture at: email@example.com or text it to me at: (360) 441-0112I also make custom signs. I made the above Weimaraner sign (of course). They are done on painted wood, hand painted, distressed and waxed. I can add a rustic hanging wire on the top or on the back of the sign but they also stand on their own. The color of the background is also up to you! I’ve used Grey for obvious reasons. 😉 All lettering is hand painted. I also painted a Weimaraner head but that is optional. I’ve attached the picture of the sign I made. I sell them for $20 each. So, if anyone is interested, I would love to create something special for their home.Jeanne & Zeus
~ From the Sandbox
Greetings!Colby is 8 years old, now. I was not home to celebrate it this year. But my family took the time to make sure he got some extra lovings. My oldest daughter sang him happy birthday and asked Grandma to make him a cake (she didn’t have any ingredients for a pupcake, or I think she would have actually done it). Daddy got him the biggest rawhide he has ever seen along with a new ball. And we did a video chat. He mostly ignores the phone when I call home, but sometimes when I talk to him, I’ll get a reaction. This time, he wagged his little stump and nervously placed when I told him in my high squeaky voice “Its mine!” as he pranced around with his beloved prize.My, how the time has flown! It seems like yesterday, we brought Colby into our home. The years have not been without their challenges. We had the case of him getting his ear caught in the fence. There were the two ACL tears accompanied with TPLO surgeries… the heartbreak of the passing of our other dog, Sable last summer. Lets also not forget the tunnels he created to the neighboring yards so he and my children could go say hello to the other dogs. There were also the many, many pizzas that seem to have vanished into thin air. The only evidence of their existence a few crumbs and perhaps a little cheese dangling off his nose.
Those challenges are nothing compared to the love and fun we have shared with our beloved weim. He is always there to help clean up the table scraps. To give kisses when someone gets hurt. To take over the bed when it’s time to sleep. To offer himself up for a snuggle and a pet when we are not feeling good. To play a game of keep away or roughhouse when we want to have fun. To announce our arrival of and greet us when we get home from a long day of work. To miss us when we’re gone. And of course, the countless amounts of memories we have made, which I can not even begin to sum up in a simple letter.Although the time has passed by fast, the fact that Colby has entered the later stages in his life are beginning to show. I believe his fur is beginning to change color. He has some new “freckles” on his nose. The evidence of those missing pizzas has begun to appear on his waistline. We do not know how many more years we will be given with him. But we will continue to cherish each and every moment that we are gifted.We continue to enjoy the love and support we get from you, Cliff and the Owyheestar community. I love the new group! Thank you for everything you do!
Dear Jennifer, we appreciate you taking the time to get us the update on Colby. Some of our readers might have read about Colby’s birthday or some of the other Facebook posts where you wrote about him. We appreciate you! Also, let us take this opportunity to thank you for your service. In case, you, dear reader, do not know–Jenn is deployed. She is serving her country while her children, her husband, and Colby are at home in Idaho.
Despite her busy (and often awkwardly challenging circumstances), she has kept us abreast of life and her long-distance interaction with Colby. Isn’t that just precious? Please stay safe.
We look forward to your arrival stateside sometime early next year–and we know this includes the plan to add a Longhair to your household. What fun it will be to work with you folks again.
Costume Or Not
~Halloween is Coming
What’s your take on the costume thing? Do you insist they put on the garb, trot around, and act silly? Two of the three is a given with this breed, don’t you agree? Do they trick or treat with you?
Are they spooked by the costume attired visitors–if you have them coming to your door. I seriously don’t know what people do in this day and age. There are community events. Some churches host the Trunk or Treat thing–filling the trunk of the cars with goodies to pass out. Some folks turn off the lights, lock the door, and pretend to be gone.
Typically, we only get Trick or Treat callers that we know–last year it was our two Great Granddaughters. We have neighbor kids living less than a mile from here. I suppose it is always a possibility that they might show up. We will be prepared. Maybe Stackhouse needs to dress for the evening. I will have to think about that. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts. Feel free to share photos from previous years. This one of Bella is from 2016. I still love it. I bet you do too!