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This Fall Marks Two Years

     ~ Here is that first Christmas photo for Cliff and Shela

Meet Up Beginning

Here is the photo captured for Cliff and Shela

Two years ago this fall Holly (unknowingly) arranged an event that would lead to our monthly play dates. Holly & her Mother (who is a professional pet photographer) set out to get as many Owyheestar Weims together to take a Christmas photo for Shela and Cliff.

It was amazing and those of us who came had to have more, to see that many Weims in one place! I would never have dreamed it would grow to what it is now, we had 24 Weims at one of our events!
Some of talked about getting together again, a few months later Holly invited someone to her mother’s house to play. I not only invited myself to go but offered to host as well as arrange a meal to share; thus the monthly play date was born!
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One Crazy December

From that day forward we’ve only missed one month (December, due to crazy schedules!). Some times we do Saturday, sometimes Sunday, we always share food and there are several friendships that have formed that extend well beyond the play dates.

Support, Sharing, and So Much More

We’ve lost some dogs, seen several humans go through surgeries or illness, used each other as sounding boards and support. The family that we have formed through the Weimaraner breed is priceless. Our family very open and welcoming, we all come from very different beliefs and backgrounds but we all have Weims in common and that has been enough to support our family!

Play Date turned Camp Out!

         ~August 26 – 27th

If anyone is too far out of the Salem area, you are always welcome to crash at our house.
This month we are trying something different, we are hosting a camp out–Saturday, August 26  to Sunday the 27th. We will be BBQ-ing, roasting marshmallows & hopefully, someone will bring a guitar & will lead us in song! Bill will make his famous waffles for breakfast!

You are Invited to Join in the Fun

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If you wish to join in the fun, contact me via text, email, or on Facebook to get the details. We are very excited about the upcoming camp out. ~ Nancy

Nancy Garin, Owner
Garin Maintenance LLC

(503) 930-6226

WWW.GarinMaintenance.com
nancy@garinmaintenance.com 

Breeder Comment

What can we say? We cherish the photo–all but one of those Weims originated from OwyheeStar. We have been privy to other photos and stories. There have been connections made and Weimlovers helping Weimlovers. Isn’t that grand? Thank you, every one who has graciously remembered us in any way. We truly appreciate the recommendations, referrals, and your endorsements.

We are happy so many of you can participate. Nancy and Bill are gracious hosts. Thank you, every one who has graciously remembered us in any way. We truly appreciate the recommendations, referrals, and your endorsements.

 

Adventures

With Tripp

Companion Weims are the best! We can agree on that can we not?

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Rachel says, Tripp is amazing, I am so thankful to have him in my life! As you can see, he shares life with me on every level.

Tripp is such a great travel companion and water buddy. Lol as soon as I put my paddle board in the water Tripp jumps right on and is ready to go! Once we’re out in the water he feels so comfortable he gets up walks around, hangs out on the back of the board for awhile and then comes back up to the front and lays down! He’s amazing and I’m very lucky to have e him!

Thank you for Tripp! He truly is an amazing dog, he has so much personality and has adapted to my lifestyle for sure! He loves the outdoors and I’m so happy he loves the water as much as I do!

(lol) I still remember you (Shela) laughing at me through an email that I bought him a life jacket! You were absolutely right, he’s an amazing swimmer! (Lol, again) he swims better than I do and faster too!

I wish you could see him on the paddle board, he’s so good and I don’t even have to encourage him to get on the board, as soon as I put the paddle board in the water he runs over and jumps on, ready to go!

Breeder Comment

Tripp was rehomed with Rachel when his original family suffered a brutal loss during the last economic downturn. They lost their home and were struggling on every level. It was heartbreaking, but they felt finding him another family was in his best interest. We could not have gotten more fortunate for him.

Tripp is a companion Weimaraner sharing life on every level with his Mama. He is the best kind of friend–one who keeps all the secrets, keeps up with you, and celebrates everything you do together.

One Year

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Good morning! We have now had Leo a whole year! He is a wild boy, loving and thinks he’s one of our kids! I thought you’d enjoy this silly photo of him I took yesterday, he was loving rolling around in these morning glory vines in the heat. We sure love this goofy baby!

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You may or may not remember Leo’s previous posts. Here is a couple if you wish to look back.

Crazy For

Garden Fresh Carrots

20247911_10100293471947178_6621653713752737520_oThe Weimaraner loves their veggies. The fresher the better. Grandma Terri captured this photo of Maverick (a young Blue Longhair Weimaraner) Crazy for her Garden Fresh Carrots. His big sister (Goldee) is a fan too!20273121_10100293477501048_1441024680_o

 

Holly Says

They can’t get enough of their carrots!! My moms have even planted each of them their own veggie half barrels. They can’t wait for things to start sprouting!

Breeder Comment

Many of you who live in Western Oregon know and love Terri Jacobson. She is Grandma extraordinaire and Holly’s Mama too! Beyond those two fabulous roles in her life, she is known to many for her pet and critter photography. She captured these photos last year during a visit to Grandma’s garden.

Not so long ago

River Joined Our Family

     ~ So Tiny that there was room for two!

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She Loves the Drive Thru

      ~ She has Grown but not outgrown Dutch Bros.

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On the close up we were in the drive through for Dutch Bros, we’ve been taking her to the same location since we got her as part of her socialization and now she gets all excited and happy whenever she sees that we are pulling up into their drive through. She is one of the most popular pups there and everyone is always so glad to see her, it probably helps that she gets a nice dog treat from them every time.
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Thank you, for letting us know that River is doing well. It is great to hear she is so popular too!

Rogue & Rebel

From Jamie & Shawn

I thought I’d send you a couple of pics and a brief update on Rogue and Rebel.
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Rebel just turned two years old.  He acts older, in that he’s more laid back and shy around strangers.  Some of our guests described him as  ‘aloof.’  He is still very much a puppy though.  He loves to play and antagonize Rogue who turned three back in February.  The pair of them get along so well and are very good for each other.
Shawn takes them out for a morning walk of 3-6 miles a day.  In the heat of the day, they are happy to stay out of the sun and will laze around underfoot in the shade or cool temps of the house.
Kerr's Two..47Rogue loves to swing on the hammock.  With me, or with guests, it makes no difference.  He can almost manage to get up into the hammock on his own, but for now, he needs a little boost.  Both enjoy being around the pool but both hate to get in.  We imagine they call the pool “The Big Wet” secretly to themselves and are curious about why the people seem to want to be in it.
Rebel has finally grown out of his ‘chew-on-everything’ phase.  We’ve been working on a bit of home improvement to correct some of the marking and chewing he did as a puppy.  We’re just about finished with new flooring and are looking forward to moving back in.  We’ve been feeling a little cramped all piled into one room.
We see a lot of Don and Maria who are former customers of yours too.
Have a great summer!!    Jamie & Shawn

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Jamie and Shawn. We appreciate your loyalty and the fact that despite your busy life that you remember us. We are glad that boys are a good fit for each other. That is very important as you well know. Have a beautiful summer and enjoy getting moved back in.

Maizie Knows

Anticipation

    ~ Watch Maize by clicking on this adorable video!

Perfect weather as you can see by the sky.  She usually knows exactly where we are going and starts whining with anticipated excitement.  Today, however, we were driving in an unfamiliar location–and you can almost see her trying to assess and figure it out!
Linda❤️
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Maizie is a frequent contributor. We enjoy her adventures. Thank you, Linda, for making this possible. She is also a celebrated Facebook Star. Here are a few of her many posts.

Watch for her five-year update–coming next week. I know you cannot wait to read more about her life.

Not Expected

Longhair’s Tail Fluff

        ~ Weim Tales

 

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Skeeter Valentine and her Longhair brother Virgil

Virgil got a sticky fly trap thingy stuck on the last 1/5th of his beautiful, gorgeous, lovely tail!!!! What the Whaaaat. He was wagging the thing so much that it swung around where it had no business being and bam! Fly strip on the tail. First I have to say it’s not easy trying to get a weim to stay put. 

First I have to say it’s not easy trying to get a Weim to stay put when something like that happens, however, I did and was able to remove said fly strip. Washed tail to no avail. Had to trim some. The question is will it fill back in? I feel like I should know this but I do not.

Breeder Comment

Yes, Kaliece, the tail will grow back entirely. It might take months but the Weimaraner sheds hair (even the smooth coat), and new hair comes in from the follicle. During the first couple of years, the feathering fills in and for those that love the look–the tail becomes a beautiful flag.

We knew a person who used to shave their Longhair Weimaraners during the summer. Their coat came back full and lush, but they were cooler during the heat of the summer. We often clip the tail a bit (on the underside) before they whelp. This trimming process saves a lot of mess because there is a considerable amount of blood and ewe during the whelp. You don’t want this flipped all over the walls etc. It always grows back. So, for all you who are concerned about losing a little fluff–now you know. It will grow back. Some folks also groom the toe hair during the muddy season. They just have a groomer remove it. The toe tassels always come back. If you ever are worried, just clip a spot that is not noticeable and document it with a photo. Look at it over time.

As difficult as it might be to accomplish, rubbing peanut butter in something sticky like gum will dissolve it. This tip that might save needing to cut chunks of hair.

        ~ Swimming is Exhausting

We love him so much. Such a sweet boy. He is now LOVING to go swimming and he loves running with me. He is training up very well for that, he runs by my side nicely. He is fearless and very protective of me so I’ve really had to work on him relaxing on that aspect. I love knowing he’s watching out for me and he’s learning to watch my cues for leave it and quiet and learning to trust me and where I put him as much as I’m learning to trust his judgment as well. I don know if you know but he is my first male dog ever. So, Thank you for sending me such a nice boy. Just he needs to hush when asked and that is progressing very well. Thanks again for another great OwhyheeStar companion.

 Breeder Comment

This breed is different from other breeds in many ways. Many people who decide to get their first Weimaraner end up with a male. They might have wanted a female, but possibly there were none available. It is then they discover the truth–the boys are very sweet. Oh, they can be headstrong. The females can be tough to manage too! Regardless, they have a quality that catches a lot of folks off guard. It is not something you can put into words; however, in many cases, the way they bond to you wins you over. After being forced to get a first-time male dog, many end up having the male Weimaraner preference.

We have talked a lot about the difference between the male and female. Of course, there are exceptions. Regardless, in many cases, the female Weimaraner tends to be less engaged in their owner’s agenda and to value less the desire to please. (They can be such a prima donna). While all Weims can be manipulative, the female takes it to a new level. This trait can manifest in many different ways, and much of what happens depends upon their human and the relationship. Yes, it depends on the type of leadership role and your ability to evoke the desire to please you. How this expresses itself can vary. Each time it is a bit unique, and at the same time, it always sports a lot of the similar expression.

Just for Reference

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Some Weimaraner tails are fuller than others. Here is a photo of Max (at five) showing his beautiful plumage. Max Summer 2014-6

Dakota Blue

Newman's Dakota Blue_1863Hard to believe Dakota will be a year old this Wednesday. He is quite the character and at times a handful. But I enjoy every moment, even when he digs up a flower I just planted or attacks my pillow and then looks so innocent. He’s my best friend and I thank you and Cliff for bringing us together.
                                        Connie and Dakota Blue

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Happy Birthday, Dakota Blue. Your brother Benson was featured on the blog yesterday.  I am glad you have an innocent look going for you. We love it too. I notice the dog bed is on the floor ready for your human.

Bring on the Candle

At Wallowa

Hall's BensonWell, Benson is a few days short of one year.  It seemed winter lasted forever.  We have deer that live in the hills behind us.  Benson would love to go after them but has to settle looking at them from the fence. Benson meets a German shorthair pal in the country here and they are so fast running and playing together. They are the same age and size and are great pals. Hope to eventually get him to swim in Wallowa Lake, he does love to retrieve and recently caught a magpie in the yard.  He is growing up and behaves better.  He is stubborn and never gives up but is also a sweetie. I am so happy to have him, thanks ..  Marsha

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Marsha is hoping that others who live with one of Benson’s littermates will send an update. She is anxious to hear news of your adventure–as are we. Keep up the effort to get him to swim because you can get this! The love of the retrieve along with patience (and a dab of extra effort) is the key.