The Other Weimaraner
Zula Blue’s Five Longhairs — Week Five
Most folks have never seen a Longhair Weimaraner. Above are Zula Blue’s five Longhair pups–she birthed a total of eight pups. Three are traditional smooth coats. Below you will find the same five pups four weeks earlier.
Zula Blue’s Five Longhairs — Week One
To learn a bit more about the Longhairs, you can visit our Website–click here! They are becoming more popular (for good or bad). There is always pros and cons when a dog breed gets attention. Nonetheless, it was not long ago you could scarcely find one in America–now, they are out there. Even some shady types have picked them up it seems. In all honesty, they will never overtake the traditional gray ghosties. (Haha) Still, they are essential to the breed. They have always been in the lineage–from the earliest of times.
A Spokane Family
~and their Weims–Part One
Hello OwyheeStar family!!We’ve been having an eventful spring…well not so much for Max. He’s just chills out.
Lucy got spayed. She had some stitches come loose because she can’t not run, but all is well now.
She still loves to snuggle. Especially in Dad’s chair!
We added to our furry and feathered friends with some baby chickens. Lucy is sooooo curious, but I think it’s because she sees them as a snack. She’s become a bit of a hunter (see below)
So far, she jumps up and grabs birds out of the air, comes home with marmots, finds rabbits on hikes and most recently, a porcupine!!! 😞 (see below) that little lesson cost $300 at the pet emergency! Silly Lucy!
~Jeff Melissa Max Lucy and Toby
(watch for part two)
“Ouch” porcupines are not fair game Miss Lucy. It is just horrid to see you suffer this indignity. Please be careful in the future. (OMG)
Dear Friends — we cannot thank you enough. The years we have shared, the stories, and your continued loyalty we do not take lightly. What else can we say?
Kaizer experienced his first snow this last week, he had to stop almost every 20 feet on walks to stop and take a bite of it. it was very comical to watch him wipe out repeatedly when he would try to chase his ball outside.
Christmas With the Gray Ghost
Surprisingly he didn’t destroy the tree or eat any ornaments and only once did I catch him proudly walking around with one of the wrapped gifts in his mouth. when it came time to open his little gift he attacked with such ferocity that all the camera could catch was a blur. Hope you all had a very merry Christmas and a Happy new year!-Pete and Kaiser — Idaho
Isn’t it interesting he has his gift? You did well to capture a blurred photo. Thanks! There were several Facebook Posts where the Weimaraner got their present–didn’t touch the others. Then too–there were rumors of those who pilfered without preference at the tree. Some liking to unwrap the gifts more than anything. Others left the tree alone but not by choice.
We have not heard of any Weims eating Christmas Tree Limbs or goodies that sent them to the Emergency. For that, we are exceedingly glad. The fact the young Kaiser is doing so well speaks volumes about your work with him. Keep it up! We look forward to reading about his birding experience. Thanks for thinking of us!
Are You Shopping?
Did you make a return?
A question for you? Why not avoid the crowds and stay home? We can play a little game of Ice Frisbee and hang out. Then you avoid the crazy person who is suffering from after Christmas Crazy Syndrome. Have you seen what happens out there?
The driving. The crowds. The lines–at the checkout and the return counter are all best avoided according to the Weimar. Sometimes they know best, and if you ask them, it would be almost always. Winter Games Weims Play is nothing short of clever. Don’t you agree–manipulation and mind games might be a part. (hmmm)
~ by Shela Nielsen (12, 22. 2017) Copyright
The tree has been decked.
The packages wrapped
The ribbons have been nibbled or snatched for the track.
I am rethinking Christmas and all that comes with
Maybe next year the tree from the ceiling is it.
I ponder the ribbons and wrap.
Metal boxes and trunks will fill the bill.
Boots instead of stockings
with edibles set outside to chill.
The car trunk makes for safe keeping.
While pondering the changes,
Along came a clatter.
From the kitchen, the pie plate left the counter.
Flecks of pumpkin amidst his lips.
Back to the drawing board –I guess it is.
Meanwhile, the Weimar plots and plans.
How about a game of toss the snowball?
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~December 8, 2017
It is 29-degrees. That is warmer than we expected. The prediction is for a high of 32. (OMG) The outdoor potty area is made so we can wash away the pooh and whatnot. Isn’t that a grand topic for this Saturday morning? Well, unless it gets warmer, and I hope it does–I will not be able to do the thing with the hose. It means chipping away and carting off rather than the washing. Ah, Winter has its challenges.
The farmers are tuning up their snowmobiles and thinking of escaping to the mountains. We live on a farm. I call it a hobby farm and some of you would wonder why. I am not sure how many acres it takes to make a living. It used to be around 300. It has to be a lot more than that, and we have what we call a short-forty. That means a few acres less. We won’t be escaping to the mountains anytime soon. The Weims would not appreciate our absence, and we don’t have anyone to cover for us.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. Special thanks to all of you have remembered us with great updates. Sunday opened the week with Charlie Mae’s annual wrapping of the Christmas lights. To her dismay, we enjoy this holiday event. She is a good girl and allows it to happen.
Friday and Wednesday’s blogs are connected. In case you didn’t know Lucy and Toby were adopted by the same extraordinary family. One interesting thing about this that might also be confusing. On Facebook (who has its own protocol) the one photo of Toby was selected represent Lucy. If you see the gray pup photo–it is not Lucy. She is the stunning Blue sister. Toby is wearing the scarf. Finally, we heard from Wellie’s family. It has been awhile since we had an update. He is quite the Companion on every level–netting birds in tough terrain. Special thanks to Tyler for the update. It is great to see Wellie is still at work and doing fantastic.
Sunday— December 3 — Draping Lights (Charlie Mae Christmas Tradition)
Monday — December 4 — Duke
Tuesday — December 5 — Wellie (Undaunted and Effective)
Wednesday — December 6 — Big Ears (Toby)
Thursday —December 7 — Cypress (All Muscle)
Friday — December 8 — Happy Birthday (Lucy)
On a very personal note
We have scurried around this week because we have a litter exit today. We also were at Brad’s basketball games too! A Freshman wearing size 18 eighteen shoes and standing at least 6′ 2″. He is taller than the other listed teammates that are the same height. BTW-he is #42.
As for us, we are doing well. Nothing new to report.
Until Proved Otherwise
It is said we are believed innocent until proven guilty. The Weimaraner knows how to play the role of innocence. Looks are everything, right?
And when all else fails, and you are caught in the act, what do you do? Then there is denial I suppose. It was the neighbor dog, the cat, the kids, or dad. Well, the fuss on my lip was from me cleaning up you know. Don’t you appreciate my effort?
Didn’t I say it was someone else? I am just the innocent bystander I tell you. Now, where is that Puppuccino?
When do you expect your next litter?
A simple answer it would make things oh so much easier. The complexities of answering what others imagine as absolute, it anything but the case. No one knows this more than people who have waited for a lengthy season to get an OwyheeStar puppy. (Thank you, to everyone who stuck it out and stayed loyal. To those whose trust was implicit.)
The inexplicable craziness associated with raising the Weimaraner cannot be precisely defined. Nonetheless, we would like to shed some light on things from our side of the fence. We understand that many folks who come to us in search of the Weimaraner have waited until the eleventh hour and now they are in the hope of finding a pup sooner rather than later. On a rare occasion, we might see ourselves with an available pup upon your inquiry. This scenario could happen if the folks on the wait list are not ready (have a different timeline). There are the other factors too–the sex, the coat color, and the coat length to mention the three biggies. Also, for example, some folks want to hunt upland game, truffles, or sheds. We are looking for the Weims with the most hunt-potential for those engaged in hunting. During our Discovery and Placement Test process, we ascertain whether the pup is more inclined towards scent, and other cues. That doesn’t mean the less hunt-potential pup could not be a suitable hunting companion; however, we hope to place those pups with the Companion Weim folks. Other than the Weim-seeker’s preferences, availability and litters are affected by factors we often have little to no control over.
The female’s heat cycle might not be entirely consistent. Certain age-appropriate females will come into season every six months–others not so much. We figure on average any female might cycle about every seven months; however, there are times when our best guess is off. Last winter, for example, all the girls came into heat way behind schedule despite the chagrin of many. The lateness caused the arrival we got to be later and for some people, this time change was not going to work.
The complexity of mating cannot be understated. There is a reason we have more than one sire–we don’t keep breeding back to the same lineage. The right sire choice is essential. In some situations, we have had the luxury to use multiple sires; however, many times we have but one option. Or, where we have mixed in the Longhairs, we might have one option if we don’t want any Longhair pups in a litter. For example, Boone doesn’t carry the Longhair DNA marker–whereas, Stackhouse is a Longhair. Any female that carries the Longhair marker and is mated to Stackhouse would produce some Longhair pups. All this planning doesn’t always end up producing a litter.
When You Get Nothing
There are times when a mating happens, and it doesn’t produce pups. We suspect this happens a lot more than anyone talks about because we get inquiries from folks who have waited elsewhere and after two matings they never got a puppy. We also know, as we talked about with the four (from the Callie X Zee litter), not every female is a good producer. Vidalia never produced a single pup despite many efforts. Ginger and Cindee inconsistently produced small litters. Only Mousse produced the average-sized litter consistently. Who would have guessed? The lack of litters from a mating thing is not the end of the challenges.
To list a few other things–some females do not carry the litter to term. You watch their tummy grow, and they miscarry. Yes, it happens to the Weimaraner just as it does to some women. Or the litter might only produce one or two pups. All that time spent hoping, and you have not much to show for it. Those folks waiting for a puppy can become disillusioned. We can experience these feelings too! We have to shake off anything negative quickly. After waiting, and the pups arrive new information is available. Sometimes it is not as we hoped.
What a Year
2017 was such a year. Our litters leaned toward producing more males than females. Who can guess why? The opposite has happened in the past. When there are only one or two females to six males, soon the Wait List becomes prevalently female oriented. It would be easy to sigh and grow frustrated. Instead, we opt to rejoice in each pup as they arrive.
Our Wait List
We hope you can better understand how difficult the earlier question is to answer. When is our next litter expected? Those simple words imply more than a matter of who is pregnant. Reading between the lines, we believe the real question to be–when could I expect an OwyheeStar puppy? It is complicated. It is impossible to reply with any measure of accuracy. For some, they might turn in an application and find the option to move forward coming swiftly. Others, while vetted for some time must continue to wait. Know one thing–we are waiting and hoping with you. Nonetheless, we can only raise pups for which we know we have a quality home. That means, although we might hope for seven females, we cannot mate three additional litters to meet a quota.
We leave 2017 with the shortest Wait List in a decade. Therefore, we assume that the wait will be less. Nevertheless, keep in mind, we have to wait for the girls to be in heat to mate. Then is nine long weeks of waiting until the whelp (or if you prefer–the delivery). It is then we learn the outcome of the former mating. Typically, we mention it is between four and six months on average. Sometimes longer depends upon what is born and who is on the Wait List. People imagine if they could look at all the details they could figure out what is going to happen. Can I say that is laughable? Cliff and I have been raising pups for forty years. We continue to be surprised. The juggling act and the unknows require us to breathe and to (patiently) wait to see what happens.