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Hello From Kula and Pilikia

unknown-2Is your life crazier than usual? Do you wonder how you will get it all done–even when you love everything about the Holiday Season? Kula and Pilikia send greetings and talk about their many roles in the household. They have many things they see as the norm.

  • Their dad (Brent) goes away and sails all over the world. They have to wait at home with Mom in the home port for his return. They keep Mama safe.
  • Their Mama goes to work and sometimes they just have to watch the property. That can be a big job with nosy neighbors and whatnot.
  • There is staying in good shape mode in their household too! It involves hiking, running, biking, exploring, and whatever else the folks add to the agenda.
  • Finally, there is the sofa warmer responsibility.
  • We are the come with duo–we love taking the time to get away to our retreat at Downy. “Woof!”

~Mahalo

PS: Dad wanted to make sure you knew we were keeping up our end of the deal here in California.

 

Adventures with Tripp

My Friend

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Tripp is an amazing and truly wonderful dog. (LOL) Although I sometimes, (most of the time) I think he thinks he’s a person. I’m sure this is partially my fault. I treat him like he’s a little person. Tripp has been so good for me in many ways. He’s allowed me to learn how to be alone and to still do the things I really enjoy. We’ve enjoyed taking many trips–just the two of us– me and Tripp.

The Oregon Coast

We’ve been to the coast many times–several have been in the last few months. We also went to the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Area. It seems like you are on top of the world, (lol) Well, maybe not the top of the world, but you find yourself at the top  of a mountain. Travels also include Bolan Mountain and the Steens Mountain.  I can honestly say that without Tripp, I never would have been able to to take these getaways. With him (my Weimaraner, Tripp)  I’m never alone. It is so amazing all the things that we explore together.

Together 

I love that while are just hanging out at home, he’s totally a goofball. Have you heard of the game of Twister? Tripp makes a habit of twisting himself into the weirdest position ever. He does this so he can squeeze in next to me on the chair. When it’s time for breakfast or dinner he’s so excited he tap dances and goes in circles. He truly has a unique and loving personality. Oh, when I take him into a store, he’s a complete ham. This Weimaraner really know’s how to put on a show. Together we make a great pair and I couldn’t imagine my life without him 🙂

Breeder’s Comment: Tripp is one of those Weimaraners who got a second chance placement. The problem (of needing a new home) was not his doing. Here is a previous update if you care to read it tooclick here.

Simian

Who Doesn’t Love Peanut Butter?

11027948_10207489631225986_3315836909104963246_nIt would be complex to answer to the above-posed question in detail; however, here are a couple of significant comments. People who are violently allergic to peanut butter would need to avoid the use of peanut butter. Such a person cannot keep the product in the household. To interact with Simian after his peanut butter eating feast, would not be a good thing for them. Nevertheless, countless Weimlovers share the peanut butter with the fur family member. There are some Weims who do not like peanut butter. I know–that is a shocking bit of information. Cream cheese is another option if peanut butter is out of the question.

Cruising

In Style

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April and Pilikia going cruising in the M3

We are a Loyal Lot

Weim-Lovers 

They are loyal to the breed. Many hook up with each to share the ups and downs of raising (and living with) the Weimaraner. You are either a Weimaraner person or not. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground. There are many reasons this is true. Their dogged ways–forgive the pun might top the list. When they get an idea it can impossible to change their mind; therefore, you want to be sure they get the right ideas up front. They are prone to separation anxiety. Sprouting bouts of absurd and crazy behavior due to feeling abandoned (such as eating the sheetrock, barking incessantly, and destroying furniture) that can drive the less understanding person to distraction. They are not in many cases a leave in the yard dog. They are high maintenance and require a special kind of person to bring out their best behavior. Nonetheless, the breed is very addictive.

Speaking of Loyalty

The kids

The kids

Many of our OwyheeStar clients seem to achieve great things. For example, Jaime won the 2015 Road Race this year. Click Here to see more on his Facebook Page. We share this little snapshot that Jaime posted (on Facebook) to thank all their supporters. We are so proud of Jaime’s achievement–this is only one of many!

Mary Needs Our Vote

Mary has a beautiful heart wrapped in model-quality looks. If you read about her, you will see she works with some of the most special cancer victims–the youngest of all. Her profession and her focus show her true heart. Nonetheless, she, like us, shares the love of the Weimaraner. I am hoping you will take a moment and vote for her. She has steadily remained seventh in the competition, but it is winding down. She must reach the fifth position to go on to the next segment of the competition. Click Here to find the link to vote for her for Miss Jet Set!

Ulmo6714_oShe shares a love of the breed. She lives with two–one is an OwyheeStar.
Weimaraners are certainly a joy and challenge to raise. They are regal, fiercely loyal, majestic and can be quite stubborn when they want to be. If you want a dog who will want to be by your side every chance they get (yes, even when you want to go to the bathroom!), a Weim would be perfect. 🙂 They have quite the personalities and bring such joy to their owner’s lives and those around them.

We had our male Weim, Connor, for about 3.5 years before we decided to get a second. We were able to take home our second Weim, Ayla, in January of 2012. Shela was sure to go out of her way to answer any questions and provide lovely updates as Midge was progressing with her labor and then after she had her pups. Ayla is quite different than Connor in that she is more stubborn, calm, and more mischievous.

Weimaraners are the perfect companion for our family and we are glad we chose this breed.

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A Dream Come True

We are Happy to have Blu in our Lives

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I am a huge dog-lover. As a kid, I grew up with Labs. As an adult (and as a father) I had to take a back seat to what dogs my kids liked. Needless to say, it has been a long time coming for me to have “My Dog”. The kids are grown, that is except for our four-year-old. She is not yet old enough to select her dog of choice. This time around it is my turn. I love the fact that they are friendly and feel part of the family. Have looked into this breed for years.

Blu is making his way into our home and hearts

Plenty of room for Blu to run around.   My youngest Daughter is in love with Blu, and he likewise with her.

Gibson

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I live in the hot zone. I prefer most anything frozen on a warm day. Thank You!

Clyde Takes an Eternal Nap

Saying Goodbye is Never Easy

As you know, we said goodbye to our beloved Clyde a few days ago. I wanted you to have photos for the blog. Here are a few fun shots of Clyde, many of which you probably have already.

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Clyde was One of a Kind

He had the best of dispositions. He was always so patient and accepting of whatever he was handed, truly a trooper. He had a great and wonderfully full life and brought us so much joy and laughter. Clyde was instrumental in the rearing of several other neighborhood pets too.

Many Thanks for this Opportunity!

Thank you and Cliff for all your diligence in placing him so appropriately with us as our loyal pet.

Luke to Fill Big Paw Prints Left Behind

Luke has been a bit quiet this week but can easily be stirred up by one of us playing Clyde’s role. We have many fond memories, and the vet returned to us his Neuticles!  Now that is service!

Peace and love, Cal, Clyde and Luke (our Blue OwyheeStar Boy).

Breeder’s Comment

We value our relationship with this family. It spans more than a decade and will go into the future. We have shared something special. Our hearts are saddened by Clyde’s departure; however, we know one day we will see him again. We thank you for all you have done for and with Clyde and look forward to hearing how things unfold with Luke. We are so happy you have Luke to continue the paw-print OwyheeStar Weimaraner Story.

No Ordinary Girl

Roxy

Doesn’t this bring a smile to your heart? You might remember Roxy from a blog post (April 2314). Click here to read more about her. More recently, she had surgery. This movie was taken after she came home from the hospital. What an awesome family to do something like this for her.

Not a French Poodle

Dear Shela and Cliff

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Dear Cliff and Shela– I share the bed with Rod and use it whenever I want. “Woof!”

I love hearing about other people’s Weims; it is no surprise that someone finds the challenge more than they expected–even shocking. Well, this ain’t no French poodle! Ha ha.

I certainly can’t say anything you haven’t heard before. They’re an amazing challenge.  That being said, the difficulties faced are worth the doing. Most anything in life worth doing comes with a challenge and price tag.

Letting the Weim Run Things

Sometimes I just have to shake my head when people tell me they don’t cut their dog’s nails because their dogs don’t like it. Therefore, they take them to the groomer for everything.  Sunny gets his nails trimmed, teeth brushed, bathed, and ears cleaned, and no he doesn’t like some of it. Tough luck!.  I sweet talk him like crazy, and then the games are over, and he knows that protesting won’t change the outcome.

Training is On-going

There’s been a lot of training happening in my house.  Mostly Sunny has been training me to do the things he likes, like putting the turkey breast on his kibble. He pouts and refuses to eat if I fail to comply with his wishes. Then he ends up making me the human chew toy holder.
Sunny Knows When I Mean Business
Nevertheless, Sunny knows when I’m serious, and what’s expected of him in the important situations.  There’s just a low tone of my voice that he understands.  I think it’s a matter of deciding what are going to be the non-negotiables. For example, no mouthing, or jumping on people, no pulling on the leash, no running off, and not coming when called.  They’re basic things, but if a Weim is going to be out in public enjoying life, they just have to behave responsibly.

Battles are Few; Our Bond is Tight

Our battles of will are few and far between now.  Sunny got a lot of attention in the beginning, and this made all the difference in how the process unfolded.  I’m certainly not the best dog trainer, but I put in the time.  I think the biggest mistake people make is underestimating the time it takes in the beginning.  But once the time is invested, they become quite easy companions.  Sunny helped me through some very low times in my life, and that has helped form a bond that is beyond words. ~ Rod

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Breeder’s Comment

Rod we remember all too well when you first contacted us. You wanted another Weimaraner; however, you were worried about raising one without someone else to help you. Being single certainly puts a different spin on the process. Nonetheless, in some ways it might be easier. At least, there are not mixed messages. We problems solved on the phone because your lifestyle was unique. You came and got Sunny and began the journey. We know it was no piece of cake, but we also realize the dividends were mind boggling. What these guys bring to us (when you get through the initial training and adjustment period) cannot be addressed in a few sentences. The experience is different for each of our OwyheeStar clients. In general, dogs make us better humans. The Weimaraner is life-changing on nearly every level. Above are photos from our archives reflecting your journey with Sunny. I think they speak volumes. Cliff and I thank you for everything you do for and with Sunny.
  • Click Here to connect with Rod on Facebook
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  • Sail with Rod and request Sunny to come along