~ Willow 2017
I read that you need blog articles. This photo was from two years ago this weekend, however I wanted to send it again as it was one of my proudest moments of Willow.
We worked SO hard to prepare for this Agility title- daily training with the equipment, lots of variables, and much off-leash distraction proofing (her temperament and biddability are exquisite!)And, on top of all that, Willow strained her shoulder (not her fault- she slipped on the dirt in the practice arena as the jumps were placed too close together), so we needed time to heal and recuperate to get her 100% healthy and ready. On this show weekend, not only did she qualify in all three trials, she attained PERFECT scores on each run and attained her UKC Agility I title! I was, and am, SO proud of her!!!
It was never our intent to become that breeder who produces Show Weims–but this is not the only OwyheeStar success story. Of course, some of the others earned International Show titles because they sported a blue coat–and the Weimaraner Club of America doesn’t allow the blues to compete in Show–they can compete in every other discipline–such as Agility.
Jan has participated with both AKC and WCA (the American Kennel Club –Weimaraner Club of America), but she prefers the United Kennel Club (UKC) experience. Not that Willow could not have done equally well in the other circle of influence, but rather because the UKC is Owner-Handler only and less political. If you are not on the inside of the competition, it might be hard to understand. We get it.
Jan and Willow have earned a lot of titles–we could not be more thrilled or appreciate their efforts anymore. It is no small thing. Consider all these accomplishments–UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Novice Trick Dog, UKC Rally Obedience I, UKC Agility I, Therapy Dog International certified. What more can we say? Jan says this moment of earning the Agility Title along with the perfect scores is one of her fondest achievements. Congratulations once again for all the two of you have done together, Jan.
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You can find Jan and her Dog Training on Facebook–with more than 45 years experience with the Weimaraner we recommend you check her out. By all means if possible–plan to train with her.
I highly recommend OwyheeStar, as Cliff and Shela do a fabulous job and my girl Willow is everything I could have asked for in a Weimar. Eventually when I am ready for another Weimar I will definitely return to them. Not only do they have great dogs but they are there for support the entire way and long after the puppy has come into your home. If you read their blog you will see folks who have had one of their dogs for many years adding comments, etc. I have had this breed for 37 years and Willow is by far the healthiest and best-temperamented of any Weimar I have had. Five Stars!!!
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Breeder’s comment—Thank you Jan! This was a forwarded reply to a query Jan received about OwyheeStar. No breeder can unequivocally guarantee that nothing will go awry. They cannot guarantee longevity. All they can do is try to do the best possible job breeding, screening, and preparing pups for the future. That being done, there are variables.
Everyone hopes for the Weim that lives sixteen years (without health issues). Everyone wants the nice looks, and great temperament–and more. All breeders want to produce this pup every time. To do so would require cloning, and while that might sound like a good idea, there are flaws in that plan too! The uniqueness of each living creature is more than special. As the DNA weaves through a living creature, they are stamped with a pattern. Things pull through that we want, and sometimes that which we don’t want. These variants can come from generations before. Thank goodness the unwanted ones are rare occurrences, but to deny they can happen is dishonest.
Every breed has their issues. The Weimaraner is no exception. They are sensitive to drugs, and can suffer reactions to their environment. Some are allergic to grain, certain grasses, and other things. These are factors no one can totally avoid. The best approach to raising the healthiest Weimaraner, is the more holistic approach. Guarding your approach to vaccinating the young Weimaraner will also go a long way toward avoiding vaccine reactions, which can lead to severe issues (and possibly death). We recommend turning to the titre test instead of doing puppy shots at the sixteen-week mark. In our experience, our protocol is producing adequate protection, and in some cases double what is necessary.