~Spunk and Snuggles
We just love Kenai more and more each day. He’s a little adventurer, and a great combination of spunk and snuggle. Casey has been working on his beginning hunting training – introducing him to birds and gunshots. He’s been doing fantastic!
His vet cleared him to start exploring more, and to go camping! So last week we headed up to Olympic National Park, and then down the coast, stopping in Astoria for a night before heading home. He wasn’t able to go everywhere in the national park, of course, but there were a few dog-friendly areas to explore, and meet new people. He loved it! Here’s a few shots taken on our trip.
Kaylen and Casey
Cliff and I are so delighted to receive your report. What a fun adventure. Thanks for the hard work–keep it up. You are off to a fabulous beginning.
~It is time to think about another OwyheeStar
My name is Karen. My husband and I live in La Grande with Abi. We got her from you in 2007. Even thought she is getting older, this girl still runs and plays. She is incredibly healthy. I think that is her birth year, time flies.
I got remarried 10 years ago and Abi has totally become my husband’s girl. Of course, it helps that he’s retired and with her all the time. My ex-husband and wife have their own weim and we babysit for each other whenever we’re away from home. So Abi is truly loved!
We think it’s time to start thinking about a new puppy. Abi is my third Weimaraner and I’ve had success with “overlapping” them. The puppy is a good companion for the older dog, the older dog has so much to teach a young one. And it’s easier on our hearts, which will be broken when it comes time to say goodbye.
We’d like a female. No hunting or showing. Just a loving part of our family. We have grandchildren, toddlers, so good with kids. And we only want a puppy from you because we want a dog as healthy and amazing as our Abi. Would you consider us for one of your babies? No urgency. Just finally ready to admit that it’s getting time for another girl to join us.
Our girl loves to go to the cabin in Sumpter. Her special skill is to cover herself up with a blanket. She pulls it up and tucks it around. And when she’s left in the cabin or the house she will often grab a piece of our clothing or a shoe to sleep with. Not chew, just snuggle. She is a counter surfer and garbage hound, have to keep things put up and away. She also has a white mark in the center of her forehead that appeared a few years ago. We don’t remember an accident but it’s there, along with a couple of smaller ones.
Thank you, Karen, for the update on Abi. We are happy to hear from you–and appreciate your kind words. Your loyalty is heartwarming. One never knows how long a puppy might live. Of course, we want every OwyheeStar pup to live long and to do well.
Nevertheless, life is not always kind to us. We cannot guarantee anything –other than to make the best possible decisions. To imagine what I mean, look a large family of children. They have the same parents and yet so many variations–and different types of issues. Perfect is not possible–that is a reality.
~ The Adventure Begins
–From Larry July 23, 2019
And the adventure starts. No more sleeping in —- up at 4:30 or 5:00 in the AM. I have to go to bed at 9 or 10 at the latest. You and Cliff sure know how to pick a dog for me. This guy just wants to be with me and that is want I wanted. Brady was great on the way home. I think that he will be easy to house break, I just have watch him like a hawk. I went out with him at 4:30 am, he went pee and came right back into the house. But he would not lay down to go back to sleep. So We went out again, he did a # 2 this time, back in to the house, went to sleep this time. I just have to think like a pup and give him more time. He will tell me what he wants, I just have to pick up on his clues.
We have made it through a couple of day and nights. Brady is working overtime on our training. Ila is having a time with Brady. He has attacked her shoes and bit her on the arm, the blood was flowing.
I know everyone tells you how smart their weim is – its true I think that all of the OwyheeStar weims or very smart. The only thing left is to train the owners so they are as smart as their weim. ( Are you smarter than as eight week old weim ? ).
Ila and I want to thank you for all that you do to provide these great pups.
You might remember Reno (a long time OwyheeStar Blog favorite). Unfortunately, Larry lost Reno–it was a devastating and swift loss of the worst kind. It was a rare bone cancer–took him quick. The grief is unthinkable, but no one (human or critter) is immune. For a goodly number of years, no OwyheeStar ever died of cancer–I wish it were still so.
I am sure you and Ila will get this pup raised–but there is the stuff of raising pups for sure. The shark-biting baby (and older skin is the worst). I am sure you got the tips I sent to you along with everyone else that has a Bernie X Boone pup–on puppy biting. Thank you, Larry–for your loyalty and the fabulous update (with photos). As always –your photos are great.
~With Lu–ears flapping
In the video below our grand-daughter is tubing on July 4 and Lu is playing “spotter” – wondering why in the world she’s not in there too!
Lu loves to ride and alternates between going to the front of the boat and sitting on the cushioned bench (gets major scents up there) and sitting or standing right by dad, the pilot.
First couple of times she was uncertain about the noise and vibration, but quickly became accustomed to riding on water and loves watching the scenery, birds, and just getting to “be with” (you know how that is!).
Fireworks — No Problem
BTW, she has never reacted at all one way or another to the loud firecrackers on the 4th, or thunder, or anything else that we as humans might consider as disturbing. Not sure if you pre-conditioned them to loud noises, but we also have a gun range that we walk by regularly on our way to running on the dunes. same thing, no reaction. But let someone walk or ride a bike past the front gate she’s on full protection mode!
This video not only entertained us–it was so much fun to watch Lu with her ears flapping. Thank you, Sharyl, for thinking of us. I am sure all our readers will enjoy this, too.
We do condition the pups to sound–all bets are off when they leave here. (Haha) They have to adjust to a new family, the new environment, and their humans may unwittingly do things that ingrain a fear. It happens. Kudos to you for keeping Lu well-balanced.
~We Are Figuring Things Out
(July 14, 2019)–We were so excited to pick up our puppy (who we have decided to call “Frida”) that I didn’t get to really tell you how thankful we are for you guys!
Frida initially was not a fan of the car or her crate, but after some quick cuddles on Chase’s lap, she settled right in and spent the rest of the ride in comfort.
Our first night went ok – she did great with potty training until I was too slow getting up this morning and found a sad, poopy puppy. Luckily, she loves baths!
We’re quite in love, the kids are all “taking turns” walking her around our yard and seeing which toys she favors.
We are so happy to have found you guys and are so thankful for this whole process.
I hope you are recovering from yesterday and get at least a little break!
Thank you again, Lauren, Chase, Henry, Emelia, Charlotte, and Frida
(July 14, 2019–after we responded)–Thank you for the advice! We’re open to any and all help!
Yes- and I totally agree! We need to condense her space in the kennel and one of us needs to be better about letting her out. She is in our living room, not bedroom, so she was vocal ALL night about being alone. Therefore making it sort of hard to tell the difference between sadness and needing a bathroom…We’ll keep working on it. She’s had no accidents otherwise.
We’re going to put something in the crate tonight to see if it helps. Otherwise, we’ll get something different and smaller for the time being.
I also may sleep in the room with her tonight to help.
Finally, we were in the car most of the day yesterday. (We got home at 7:30pm) So, hopefully, after a busy day today, she is much more tired!
(July 15, 2019)–A much better night! No accidents, quieter, and we found a blanket she loves so she’s happy staying in the crate. We also added a divider to make the crate smaller.
Thank you, Lauren, for graciously allowing us to post your experience. Something here could help another person who is struggling. We were so happy to learn you turned a corner–and had the much improved night. We think you are doing great–love to you and Frida.
~ Growing Like a Weed
Little update on our big girl!
She’s growing like a weed and finished all her puppy school with flying colors. Her favorite things include going to the dog park to play with all her friends, going on family adventures and of course her tennis balls.
We took her paddle boarding recently and she jumped right off the dock. She loved it. We love our sweet girl and could’ve have asked for a more well mannered babe to join our family.
Thanks so much, Angel & Jakob
We love receiving the updates (especially those that include photos). It is essential to find out how the OwyheeStar pups from every mating work out–and it helps us ever so much with having material for our blog. Thanks for all you are doing for and with Pepper.
~She’s Getting Bigger
She is our little girl and we love her with all our hearts. She loves the back yard and caught her first frisbee midair she loves playing ball , jumping into the hammock with mom. Her favorite thing in the yard is the fountain it is three tier and she likes the bottom she will drink water out of it and let all the water run down her face we now call it the dog wash.
It sounds like Miss Astra is doing well. The fountain thing is a hoot. Thanks for the share–we all enjoyed it.
~Trying out Nosework
As summer approaches, it has become time to find a new activity to keep Push’s brain engaged. Due to an ongoing problem with a knee injury (mine) we are not able to do agility this summer so we are starting a class in scent work. When we are outside, his nose is always to the ground following the scent of some kritter or another. We have deer, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, quail, and have even spotted a juvenile cougar passing through the property.
Luckily he has left the skunks alone unlike Zula who had to learn the hard way that skunks are not black and white cats. Push did find some black bear scat in the oak grove but it was not fresh. Luckily he is not a Weim that has developed the trait of rolling in animal “exhaust”, again unlike Zula who finds rotting deer poo almost to hard to resist.
I also want to let you know that after following your blog, and reading about Dusty and the duralactin, I ordered some for Trixie. Trixie is my 12 year old pit mix that has arthritis in her shoulder. The duralactin seems to have helped her pain as she does not limp as badly as she did before starting it and she is more active. So, thank you for the information.
We are so happy to hear that you discovered the Duralactin (anti-inflammatory) for Trixie. Also that you are engaged with the Nosework, this discipline seems like a realistic activity for both of you.
~ Part Two
What a fun first week we’ve all had introducing Bluebell to all the wonders of a yard complete with a ball. Once we got bells on her collar (even though a bit BIG) and could hear her moves, it all went much easier, especially since I forgot the draw of them getting behind the sofa!
Bluebell spent time retrieving and did quite well at it while old girl Bell kept watch as she remembers that ball well but at close to 14 years old seems happy to watch. I get it! Our weather’s been rainy and it doesn’t faze Bluebell one bit, she’s becoming aware of more in her new environment each day and has had her nose to the ground seeking good things…all good Weime traits my husband who grew up with them looks for, his parents took all rescues locally for years, they had Weimaraner’s 3 and 4 at a time. Can’t imagine that many!
My worries about two dogs at once are gone, it’s all going well, Bluebell seems to of been handled more than I’d imagined or she’s simply very smart, which does happen, Bell is very smart, caring and now we know patient, she’s not got cranky about having a small leaping biting new kid wanting her attention.
The information packet you filled with great information was truly filled with solid reminders on things I’d forgotten, I touch her toes, stretch her legs, ears, working on command for ‘open’ for her mouth, touch her while she’s chewing her Pig’s Ear, thank you ever so much for including a Pig’s Ear, it was all very helpful. I did her AKC Paperwork and the Microchip activation as you suggested separately with each company, so that should be coming with her new ID tags. Making it easy for me I’ll never forget because I needed it all to be easy, thank’s to your and Cliff’s hard work it happened, thank you both. It shows that you both have been at this a few years. We wore her out this weekend happily frolicking to and fro, all good, thank’s again, Debbie
You might remember Bluebell from Monday’s Blog–click here! We are very fortunate to have another note from Bluebell’s Mama. I don’t know what else to say except, thank you–Debbie.
~ Her Birthday and Life
Maelee has brought much joy to our family. She loves to run, play, fetch and go on hiking adventures with the whole family. Not much time in the water, yet (still a little chilly on the coast).
Yes, she still tries to test us now and then (normal for puppy stage), mostly when it comes to leash walking. She prefers the running free with voice commands option like at the farm.
So many adventures already made and more to come, not much down time in this activity family and she loves it!
Thank you for all you do! ~ Keaty
We are excited to have this fabulous update. It is always good news to learn that one of the pups is bringing joy to someone. I am sure everyone else is delighted to see her adventures, too. Thank you–thank you, for remembering us, and for allowing us to share this news on the blog.