From Cliff and Shela
Wishing You All The Best
We want to take this Thanksgiving holiday to send a note of appreciation to you–our clients, our readers, our followers, our friends, and our family. The OwyheeStar community would not be possible without you. It doesn’t matter that we put our heart and soul into the process — it would be for nothing were it not for you.
We are honored to share something special. Our lives are joined by this sharing. For many, it has been a decade or two we have stayed in touch. Some of you have had several OwyheeStar Weimaraners join your family–each time having a unique idea of what we should provide in your new addition. Everyone has a preference–sometimes this is a mixture of coat colors, sexes, and even coat lengths. We do our best to accommodate you as it is possible.
Finally, we are each made better by the Weimaraners who come through our heart and home. Some are easier than others–well, we are talking about the Weimaraner, right? This isn’t about them being easy. This is about something that is difficult to explain in a few words. Some folks who can be found looking in will never get the whole Weimar-thing. That is okay. We don’t care. For us, and those who are like-minded, we share this addiction. Yes, we share the craziness. Sometimes we encourage it–when possibly we should not. They make us feel alive. They accept us and seem to understand us in a way many of our humans cannot. They make us better in some many ways, too.
This relationship thing is what I am talking about. Cliff and I are thankful and honored to share something beyond words with more than a few of you. Thank you, for being a part of our lives.
At the Nielsen Farm
Maybe you know about Boone–several of you have a Boone-sired pup. He is a gorgeous Blue Stud. We love him loads. A couple of days ago we took him and Deja Vu out for a little run–or a walk around the farm. We wanted to capture their journey. We got several snippets and stitched them together.
You might remember seeing a previous blog that featured Boone–here is the link if you want to review it or in case you missed it altogether–click here.
~The Innocent or maybe not so much
This turd turned 1 September 26! He loves going for walks, camping, playing in the water, chasing the kids around the yard and sleeping on the couch.
It took quite a while for our other dogs to stop being grumpy with Duke, but for probably the last 6 months, they’ve stopped growling at him and they often play together.Duke is a talker, he doesn’t bark excessively, but he definitely likes to voice his opinion! You can tell when he’s trying to get Laverne or Shirley to play with him, it’s a whiny bark.We got him fixed at about 10 months and he did really well. I tried to keep him rested and not let him run around too much, but he really wasn’t having any of that! He loves to be outside!
Deja Vu produced three tiny pups. Last time we mated her we ended up with one, so we are thrilled to get the three babies. These were taken the next morning after they arrived–day one. We just had to capture a few photos of the moment.
We all can attest to how quickly a pup grows. By four months, they are looking adult-like. They are powerful and fast as lightning. Yes, the young pup can look deceptively quiet, calm, and lazy. There are only two speeds–any Weimlover knows that is the truth. There is on–which is also known as full speed ahead. Then there is off–it might be a lazy stroll, a snuggle, or more than likely a flop. I’m done.
For now, they have one focus–nursing and staying warm. It is enough.
Water and Your Weimaraner
Most of you know that we try to swim puppies–time and weather permitting. Above is a GoPro Video of a litter swim taken a couple of years ago. It gives you a different perspective. Some pups are excellent swimmers; others struggle a little. Nonetheless, we have never had a puppy fail to be able to swim. Does this mean they will naturally take to the water? No! If you expect them to jump and take off, you may be disappointed. It will most likely require work to get them into the water and swimming. This effort is work we hope you invest. We deem this an essential part of the puppy raising process.
The Why and the How
Over the years we have written extensively on how to achieve the swim. More and more of our clients have managed to do this. Sometimes to their own surprise. It is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the Weimaraner.
To expend energy. The growing Weimaraner has boundless energy; however, they cannot be beating the pavement to run off this energy. Until the growth plates close, you need to limit high impact exercise. Many experts agree that about three miles is the limit. Imagine how quickly the Weimaraner puts in the three miles. Seriously, about a mile into your run they have probably gone this far. Using the swim is the ideal way to exercise without causing damage to the growing joints. We would go so far as to suggest it probably helps your Weimaraner get more years and miles from their body. That is something that serves everyone’s best interest. We think you can agree.
Hunter or not you need to master the recall. You say what do you mean by the recall? That is coming when called. Getting the retrieve to hand is also a part of the recall. The rock solid come when you call or give a command–verbal or otherwise. The bringing of a bumper or toy back to you. Keep away it funny and laughable; however, we don’t feel this is ever in the best interest of the Weimaraner or you.
Cliff and I suggest you find an area where there is no escape route. For example–a hallway (closing all the adjoining doors) will work for this exercise. You want to make this an exciting event. Something that they look forward to doing with you. Sit down in that hallway and work on the retrieve at least every day. You want to ingrain the love of the retrieve as well as getting them to bring the dedicated item it to hand. This discipline will serve you well and help you achieve the swim.
The hallway exercise should begin as soon as they arrive. Make it an event–the same person, the same bumper or toy, and somewhat a routine. Five-Seven throws blocking the exit with your body. Toss and retoss keeping the excitement going. This activity should be fun, short-lived, and you want to stop while they are still excited. Once you have the rock solid recall—then you can move to the yard. You may need to use a check cord in the larger venue. If you don’t know what that is, ask us. It is a long line that attaches to their collar and allows you to reel them back to you. Always giving them praise like it was all their idea.
Why the Retrieve
The Weimaraner that is in loves the retrieve then can be worked along the water–at first shallow water. A pond or something similar is ideal. Slopping sides even better. That way they can play at the water’s edge and retrieve. Eventually, you can edge them out a bit, and they will take off and swim a couple of strokes. This process takes patience. You might wonder how long. Can we say it takes as long as it takes? Typically, Cliff gets the water-retrieve in two weeks or less. The rewards are almost endless. You can do this! Believe in the process. Stay optimistic. Keep it fun. Stay at it until you achieve success.
For the long distance runner, this is the best way to set the Weimaraner up as your running companion. The growth plates typically close around 15 months. By then you should have them swimming. The waterwork can keep your running companion in the tip-top shape you need as well as help them develop muscles which may help prevent injury.
To Burn Off Energy
For those less inclined or find themselves challenged to keep up with the Weimaraner, this is an excellent way to burn off the excess energy. The Weimaraner will still be able to join you on walks, etc. But tiring the Weimaraner out is challenging. The waterwork helps and does it without injury. Of course, there are other pros to having the water-friendly Weimaraner.
Imprinting the Idea
We swim the pups with the idea that it imprints this experience. If you wonder, the Weimaraner has webbed toes. There are hundreds of updates on our blog that feature OwyheeStar pups and adults enjoying the water–swimming, retrieving, and playing in it. We hope you will achieve the swim.
Here is Stackhouse — a strong swimmer
Arliss and Jorga
~ Weimar Cousins
After sending Jorja’s Papa off to Montana, Arliss asked to take a vacation from his little brother and go to the beach with cousin Jorja. Of course, both mommy’s said sure. Tomorrow and Thursday we get to go on the beach walk with Jorja’s mommy and other dogs.
Then on Friday meet a new friend Butters. ( Auntie. Eileen will try to send more pictures. ) Our friend’s mommy, Jeannie from Shasta, who visited me at Auntie Arleen’s when I was a puppy. I hope I remember her too. I go back home to mommy on Tuesday when Auntie goes on her first cruise.
Hugging my blanket after a long walk on the beach 🏖
~ With Thunder
From the first day, we picked Thunder up until today, is one of the best decisions we ever made. Owyheestar has made a positive change in our lives. We love our boy ~ Saby
We are delighted to see how Thunder is an integral part of the family as well as a Versatile Hunting Companion. Thanks for thinking of us.
Slater is Incredible
~We are Considering adding a Longhair
I purchased a puppy from you many years ago–he is getting up there in age. Slater has been a wonderful blessing in our home he was born 12/27/07 from Gracie….boy does he love our kids. He is the love of our life! We hope you enjoy the photos we included.
Oh, we think we are going to need to get another OwyheeStar pup from you folks. This time we were considering a Longhaired boy. How soon would we need to fill out an application in order to purchase another puppy? We think our timeline would be sometime next year might be a good time to add a puppy to our family.
It has been quite a while since we last heard from you. What a pleasant surprise to receive your note. The last update you sent you shared a lot of photos of him with the kids and talked about him being a Versatile all-around Weimaraner, too.
To answer your questions —
- How Soon Do We Need to Fill out the Application? There is no simple answer. The application is considered good for about a year. Information can time out–things change within the household, your life, and sometimes even where you live. So, then I need to ask for an updated application. This process also refreshes things in my mind and heart–oh, and my memory. Balance that with the fact that names go on the list in the order we receive a Wait List Deposit after the Application has been reviewed/or reproved. In your situation, the application is more of a formality, but nevertheless essential. There are other facts — none of which we can ever predict.
- We Think our Timeline would be sometime next year — The Longhairs often take us a bit more time to get. This may well change in the future because we acquired a new Longhair Stud –Manfred (but he is not old enough to use just yet). We have folks waiting for a Longhair. We are trying to get a litter of Longhairs. We have to wait until we have the right female in season. It would be complicated to try to explain all the ins-and-outs of the making of a litter. It is even more so with our Longhairs. We do not breed back to the same lineage. There is a lot of careful planning required, and then, as I said, we have to have a female ‘in heat’ to be able to do the mating. Every mating doesn’t result in a litter–when it does, we cannot predict the number of pups born, their sex, the coat color, and sometimes the coat length. We frequently send off for expedited DNA testing on the mixed litter to ensure we are accurate in saying how many Longhairs are within the litter.
We look forward to working with you again. We cannot be happier to know that Slater is well and much-loved. Thanks ever so much!
~ We’re done here!
Like you (who have added a second to the mix), we need Stackhouse to embrace the new upstart. Does he want to move over and make some room? I think not! Isn’t it adorable? Cliff just brought Manfred in on the lead to join us in the living room. Stackhouse wasn’t sure we needed him–but, he was polite and tolerant. Nonetheless, he was growing weary of the need to pose for us. Manfred was plotting his escape; however, there was one problem. Cliff brought him in on the lead. Life with the Weimar is complicated. It is unique. We are sure there will be many adventures with the two. Stackhouse doesn’t mind him–he just doesn’t see the need. (Haha)