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Sunday Night

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Goldee loves Mom’s house, there are chickens living on three of the four fence lines. She goes from one side to the next to the next and around again. Every once in a while she’ll come over to our chairs to say hello and just as quick she is off to hunt the birds at the feeders. Mav and Autzen are down the fetch business from the minute we arrive and the minute we leash them up to leave. They LOVE their Grammy’s acre.

Earlier in the day, Goldee awakes to find out today is going to be excellent. 

Waking Up Sunday

     ~ To hear you are going to Grammy’s Acre

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Breeder Comment 

Like all grandchildren, Goldee, Maverick, and Autzen love Grammy’s place. Today, it is back to work and life as normal. They await the weekend like their humans.

Chloe

Sandbar Escapade

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Here are some photos from an outing to the sandbar in Hood River. The sand bar is technically a launching point for windsurfers and kiteboarders but in the colder winter/spring months, it goes to the dogs. Chloe loves romping around in the water, running back and forth between Don and me.
We haven’t had much opportunity to work on getting Chloe to swim yet but we’re hopeful that with the warmer weather we can go in the water as well and she’ll follow us in. Chloe has no reservations about trudging through creeks, ponds, and puddles, so we’re anticipating that once she’s more comfortable we can expand our retrieving exercises to the water.
Hope all is well, take care!
Brittany, Don, and Chloe

Breeder Comment

It is so much fun to see her having this much fun with you. As for getting her to swim. The key is the steady retrieve–if you ingrain the love of the retrieve you can get her to swim. It might take patience– work her in the shallows, and in time just a step beyond her reach should ease her into the water.

What About Cats?

Who Can Say What Will Happen?

IMG_0636Cliff and I rescued two farm cats a couple of years ago. They have lived in the house with all the usual hoopla (and more because we have the Weimaraner). We have been reticent to turn them free thinking they would not be OK. We have quite a few farm cats. They roam the place and find shelter here and there. They mouse, but we also feed them.

Our two rescues (‘Paws’ and ‘Sylvie’) are littermates. Nevertheless, they couldn’t look more different. “Paws’ has the markings of the Siamese, and ‘Sylvia’ is a gorgeous silver-gray tiger stripe. There are other differences too! Paws had always been the more clingy and friendly of the two with Sylvia being fiercely independent.

We procrastinated when it came to moving the cats outside. We feared the worst. A Weimaraner might chase and catch them–it could be a swift end to their life. They two are not farm savvy and instead of avoiding the Weims they were totally intrigued by them. Nonetheless, with Shela’s recent prolonged health situation, the cats seemed to make her worse. That forced the issue and Cliff began making a provision for them in the equipment room allowing for an outside exit. Once they moved Cliff watched closely. ‘Paws’ disappeared and we feared the worst. ‘Sylvie’ refused to leave the equipment room initially. Then, ‘Paws’ made his appearance and began hanging out near out back entrance. Over time ‘Sylvie’ has joined him roaming the backyard. It has been amazing to watch this process unfold.

Cats and the Weimaraner

More than half of the OwyheeStar folks also have cats–some indoor cats and others live outside roaming the field or yard. The Weimaraner that joins a family with the resident cat (typically) views this as the norm. They tend to take charge of the cat as if it is their property. Nevertheless, it is wise to error on the side of caution. This idea of being careful is especially true when bringing home a rescue. Also, keep in mind that a feral cat might not make out the same as a resident cat. The Weimaraner may give chase, and it could end badly for the pursued.

 

JuneAnn

And Her Porsche

You were right.  You breed wonderful dogs.  Your blog is always

enlightening.  Now that Porsche’s owner/handler is mostly straightened
out, she is fulfilling her potential.  She is embracing her work with
enthusiasm and sports her wardrobe with aplomb.
For short hikes, especially over uneven ground or hills, and stairs she
dons her harness.  Longer hikes and shopping call for her pack.
Everyday wear is a simple vest.  Pictures attached.
With wishes for your good health and less snow.
~JuneAnn

2017 9th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

     ~ very little snow remains

Puppy Yard SnowThe weather is pleasant. The sunshine arrived yesterday. Doesn’t that put a smile on your face? The high was a surprising 65 degrees, and today it is supposed to be close to the same. The snow that has been a topic of late is disappearing. We have a tiny spot in the puppy yard where once it nearly covered the table and chair. The large dirty piles in town are slowly leaving as well. The pristine white snow is so refreshing when it is new; however, the removal process gathers muck and debris as well as the unwanted snow. Parking lots and city streets are cleared. These piles are the last remaining evidence (other than the filling reservoirs and bank escaping rivers). Winter is breathing its last breath, and we can sincerely hope the last blizzard is but a memory and Mr. Winter has played his cards. We are so ready for spring and all it brings.

Puppies

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The First Born 2017 Longhair

To many, the spring puppy is the ideal one. We won’t argue the pros and cons of timing here. We can only say there are many things beyond our control. Not too long ago we wrote two on the topic of availability. If you have not read the posts or want to give them a review, click on these links. ( Part One) (Part Two) Almost daily, if not several times a day, we are asked the same question or questions. Who have you mated? When do you expect pups? Can I get one from the next litter? You get the drift. We appreciate the enthusiasm. Nevertheless, these questions are impossible to answer.

The Spring Longhair Litter arrived. To the chagrin of many, there were only two smooth coat pups in the litter. The litter only produced six pups. Others are so excited that the (Sadie X Stackhouse) litter has arrived–speaking to those waiting for a Longhair puppy. Others, like us, wait for smooth coats–breath abated.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  This week marked eight years for the OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog. Without you readers, it would not be possible. What more can we say? 

Sunday—March 5 — Day of Rest

Monday —March 6 — Our Lily

Tuesday —March 7 — Anniversary

Wednesday —March 8 — Recycling Made Easy

Thursday  —March 9 — Parker

Friday  — March 10 — Bella the Beautiful

On a very personal note

Yesterday was the best day I have had in months. I am holding my breath (not really), but you get the idea. I hope it is not a fluke or the fact that I didn’t do too much. I did plenty, but I did not push myself (as is typical) to keep up with the demand. My goal-oriented nature gets me into trouble. They say our strength is also our undoing. I fear it is so.

Gray Water_5197Cliff faces various challenges on every side. Just when he is trying to get the new floor going for the utility bath, the septic hiccuped. (OMG) That is not a topic anyone wants to contemplate. City dwellers give little thought to flushing their toilet or doing multiple loads of laundry. When you are hooked to a septic system, its health is paramount. the old farmhouse had seen moderate to any use. It is probably in shock with the daily dishwasher, the multiple laundry loads, as well as the general gray water activity.

We knew some changes were needed; however, we hoped to forego the process. It was not going to work out the way we hoped. Cliff had to dig up the timeworn gray water lines and attach them. That way our gray water is not flooding our septic. We hope this will cure the problem, but most assuredly it is a smart move. We have several options available. Nevertheless, all of them require Cliff’s time and energy–and he has the expertise thank goodness. They also take a chunk of change. He got the lines hooked up yesterday and I managed to do several loads of laundry.

Thanks to You

There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are in need of a few stories to get through the December blogging. Several of you have promised; however, we understand how busy you might be–nevertheless if you can send along something we would greatly appreciate it. Without you, this would be impossible.

Seriously

Yesterday

Treasure Valley Tuesday

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(Nampa, Idaho) Even Charlie Mae and Murphy are wondering WHY are we getting more of this snow!!

Meanwhile at OwyheeStar

~ Western Treasure Valley–Oregon

Virgil

Joins Skeeter Valentine 

          ~ At the Pool

 

January 23, 2017–Kaliece wrote 

          Hi! Wow, time flies.

heermans-virgilSo Virgil is doing great and I just can’t be more pleased with my Skeeter girl. She has accepted him so well and for the most part is really helpful in his training…except when she’s not haha. They are going to be best friends forever. So I have been doing loose leash training with Virgil and it is soooo beneficial to start from the get-go. He totally gets it, now the human needs to continue to follow through haha.Skeeter is really helpful in this area as she stays by me for the most part. So, super excited about this…

I booked Virgil’s swim assessment at Paw’s aquatic on February 2nd. I’m trying to make it so Skeeter can swim at the same time.

We captured this you tube video so we could let you know how it went. We’re excited to see him swim–thought he did great for his first time. 

Breeder Comment

It is great to hear from you and to see Virgil doing so well with training. We are glad you were able to have them swim in tandem. It is going to be great fun for all concerned. Thank you, for keeping us in the loop.

Atticus Update, Part One

Hello, everyone!

A lot has happened since the last update. Atticus just celebrated his 4th birthday, and overall, things are great. (First and second update https://owyheestarweimaranersnews.com/2013/02/11/featured-weimaraner-atticus/)

If you’ve seen the other two updates, you know that Atticus is the baby of the fur family. In February 2012, he joined Squiggle and 3 cats. Atticus and Squiggle quickly became constant companions. In June 2015, Atticus and I said a tearful goodbye to Squiggle. She was just shy of her 15th birthday.

 

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Squiggle and Atticus in Washington 2013  

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Squiggle and Atticus in Texas 2015

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Breeder Comment

It was a happy event to hear from Marika as well as to catch up with her and to learn more about their adventures. We keep up with some of it on Facebook. That is the greatest part of the social media–being able to connect with other folks. We know more about the OwyheeStar pups and their adventures.

This is part one of five that will bring us up to date with the New Zealand experience. We truly appreciate that Marika included the previous link in for us.

 

 

 

 

And There Are Two

~When Adding the Second Goes Extraordinarily Well

Meet Virgil

15723413_360085207691577_8613742871574615879_o(Dec 30, 2016)–This is Virgil our new pup. I’m crazy apparently. But hoping it will be a good thing for Skeeter in the long run.

 

(Dec 28, 2016) They made it home. Virgil is going to be a great addition. He seems very happy, is playing with Skeeter and dosn’t seem at all stressed. Skeeter seems to like him too, it will be nice for her to have a friend again. I will look into getting the titer in lieu of his 16 wks vaccine. If this boy brings us 1/2 the joy Skeeter has we will be pleased, and somehow I know he will. Thanks much and we’ll keep you posted on his progress

(Dec 29, 2016)–What a sweet boy! He is totally driven by pleasing me and not by food. That will be a first for me even . Skeeter likes her training snacks but it seems he could care less about that. He’s scoffing some when I crate him but it’s only day 1.

Breeder Comment

For those who are wondering–Virgil (formerly known as Bandit–is Bruno‘s brother.) Bruno has a new name and home as well. His call name is Zeus. I am sure before too long we will have an update on how he is doing with his multi-pet family.

Weim Crimes

Is A Thing

haffeys-goldee-prima-donnaThe Modeling Mogul Prima Donna (Goldee) has her moments. She loves the camera for the most part. Unless it were to interrupt a search for vermin that might gross out some who adore her. She has been known to nab a mouse or gopher. Recently, the turkey leg search was captured on video. Seriously, poultry is dangerous once it is cooked. They can eat the entire live bird with no ill effect. Cooked bones are another matter. Thank goodness this was more a search than a find.

 

We are honestly not sure what this says about the humans who love their Weimaraner. haffeys-goldee