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Dave’s Premium Canned Food

Dave's Premium Dog FoodOwyheeStar Disclaimer–We are reviewing this product in conjunction with our relationship with Chewy.com. They give us the great honor of being one of their influencers. What it means–is they (Chewy. com) sends us a product each month, and we review it with our Weimaraners.

We could never recommend a product and especially a company that didn’t excel in providing service. We have many stories (which we will forego here) about how they take care of their clients–OwyheeStar included. If you give them a try, we feel you will find their service is excellent and the price is always reasonable. Your order may have never shipped faster or arrived at your doorstep this quickly.

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Canned dog food is always a favorite. None of our Weims have ever turned their nose up to any brand offered. Some look better when you open the can; however, there are factors you cannot judge by smelling or looking at the food. It is a shocking study if you check our canned food–some is made from ingredients you do not want to think about.

We like to check with the Dog Food Advisor. You can learn a lot there about various foods. Click Here to read about Dave’s Premium Canned Dog Food. There are many reasons this brand of canned food gets such a high rating from the Dog Food Advisor–the quality ingredients plus more. Honestly, a few other canned seemed more tempting–looking like a good stew with big chunks of meat. Nevertheless, the ingredients are not premium. We like Dave’s Premium, and so does Zula Blue!

2017 33rd Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

 ~August 26, 2017

We dropped by the local farm stand and picked up fresh corn, potatoes, a peach, an apple, a few tomatoes, and a watermelon. We buy just what we need for a couple of days. Last time I picked up green beans. We were not able to plant a garden this year. We will see what next year brings. Even when we cannot plant for our needs, living in the Treasure Valley we are surrounded by fresh produce.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort! Thus far, we have been getting enough to keep us in business. (Happy Look from Shela!)

Sunday—August 13 — Have Wheels

Monday —August 14 — Total Eclipse

Tuesday — August 15 — River

Wednesday —August 16 — Winchester

Thursday  —August 24 — Stopping By to Say Thanks

Friday  —August 25 — Water Weims

 

On a very personal note

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The Cyclamen watch still is a thing. On the afternoon of the Eclipse, the funniest thing happened. The bud turned a vibrant, and robust pink–nearly the same color as the original posted here. Then mid-afternoon Wednesday, August 23rd, it suddenly bloomed.

The first has arrived, and the stage is set for a full bouquet soon. The buds are tucked in and slowly making their way to follow the first. There are easily seven buds on their way up, but at the base of the plant, there are a plethora of buds planning to join the show. I sincerely hope to see something similar to the former status before summer ends.

Cyclamen-3Cliff has rebuilt a piece of the puppy yard fencing. It is a vast improvement. We need a few other things out there, but one thing at a time. He has been mowing–the growth happens so quickly this time of year. We are overrun with mosquitos and cutting the grass shorter will help I think.

Water Weims

Webbed Toes

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The Weimaraner is a powerful swimmer once they get going. The trick is getting to take the first step. Their toes are webbed making them better equipped to paddle.

There is no one way to get them to swim; however, we find having a love of the retrieve ingrained goes a long way towards accomplishing this discipline. (Sorry to some of you!) For the non-hunter, many times the retrieve is not an important thing. They allow their Weimaraner to abscond and run around the yard with the toy or the bumper. Yes, this is a hoot–although it is just one more Weim antic, this is one we suggest you not allow to take root.

The Recall

You want the Weimaraner coming when called. The Recall is a safety issue and the underpinning of compliance. Two areas where compromise cannot be allowed (in our opinion). Depending upon your approach to training there are various ways to get this done–we will forgo the discussion on methodology. Let’s just say get this done!

Early On

When you first bring your puppy home, there is so much going on, and the atmosphere is ethereal. It is hard to stay focused or to decide what is most important. Housebreaking and crate training is at the top of the list; however, a little retrieving work is a smart investment.

Cliff suggests you find a place to do this exercise. One place that works well is a hallway. Close all the adjoining doors (so they cannot take off with the bumper of the toy). Make this a special event and stop before they tire–while they are still begging for more. He also suggests you use a dedicated toy or bumper you save for this activity only. Depending on your pup’s attention and skill level keep the number of reps down–at first maybe as few as three. Bear in mind; the idea is to make this celebratory and fun. You want them having the desire. This activity will serve you well on so many levels and enhance your training outcome positively.

Water Exposure

Weather Permitting the OwyheeStar puppy will see the water before they depart. Nevertheless, this is not going to ensure they will swim. It will still require time, effort, and patience to get your Weimaraner to swim most of the time. A few suddenly jump in but don’t expect it to happen that way.

With the solid retrieve, you can begin working along the edges of a pond and very slowly ease them into the water beyond their comfort. It might take a few tries, a few days, or a few weeks. It takes as long as it takes, but if you follow this protocol, you will achieve the goal. Like anything with the concrete thinking Weimaraner, you want to make this part of the early life training. Then it becomes the norm.

Imagine the possibilities!

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2017 31st Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

         ~August 12, 2017

 

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort! Thus far, we have been getting enough to keep us in business.

Sunday—August 6 — 2017 30th Recap

Monday —August 7 — Shelli Reports

Tuesday — August 8 — Willow (Jan at the UKC Dog Show in Tigard)

Wednesday —August 9 — Cyclamen

Thursday  —August 10 — Former Dog Atheist

Friday  —August 11 — Puppies

 

On a very personal note

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The Cyclamen watch continues–I still think those buds look suspiciously white. I tried to get a closeup with the iPhone, and it is not perfect, but you can see what I mean. I see that the first Bud’s stem is rising in what seems hopeful. Like it is preparing to open –I look so forward to the first blossom. Then the mystery of the color will be manifest. There are many more tiny buds in the works too! How exciting! In my warped mind, I hear, “this Bud’s for you!”

While Cliff slaved away, I had a fun week. Of course, we both celebrated the 48th Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday; but Thursday was my birthday. It has never been sweeter. After the long health-crisis, to be well enough to go out with one of my best friends was indeed welcome.Toes_6576

 

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First, we drove out to our oldest Granddaughter’s place. She and her helpers (Evangeline and River) gave us an expert pedicure. From there we went to lunch at Wingers in Ontario–I had the Blue Strawberry Salad. I love it and especially love the fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette, but the Blue Cheese Crumbles, the candied pecans, mixed greens, strawberry slices, and grilled chicken are not shabby. We made a couple of stops for things I needed and called it a day. I think it is official that I overdid, but I have bounced back.

While I was gone, Cliff removed the toilet and grouted behind it. There is still plenty to be done in there, but I am happy for his recent effort. There have been other attention grabbers such as his battle with the little red tractor. He has had it apart more than once. He has narrowed down the issue and trying to problem solve the design flaw. He is amazing. In the meantime, he moved the wheel line, and the chain broke–then he misplaced it and bought a new one. I think that it turned out to be serendipitous in nature. The new chain wasn’t all that expensive. The wheel line moves much easier–which is fantastic.

2017 26th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

           ~July 8, 2017

Mesquite Litter Outing July 6 2017-26The first week of July has been nothing short of eventful. Of course, we celebrated American Independence. There was a lot of hoopla across the board–many reported their Weims were shaken and quaked for days. Of course, for many, it is not only the fur-family members who suffer. Inconsiderate neighbors who continue to party into the wee hours can grate on your nerves. Thankfully, we live in the country, and our closest neighbors were not a problem.

We know this is a busy time for most. After so many waited for school to be out it is. Then as summer unfolds, there are the camping trips, the vacations, family reunions, baseball, and general summer fun. While we swelter under the heat of solar oppression, this will pass all too quickly. Soon it will be back to football, and all that fall brings. Honestly, fall is my personal favorite–but I don’t want to wish away a moment of this summer. Produce is coming on, and the Treasure Valley has a bounty of crops in the works. Gardens–both flower and vegetable are a sight to behold.

While Spring 2017 was fickle–maybe due to the extreme winter, summer shows sign of promise. We expect two summer litters–I can hear the sigh of relief from some of you who follow our blog. Of course, we cannot make predictions, but the girls are filling out as I type.

 

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  Of course, we finished on Friday with a quick update featuring Willow.  This list of titles is impressive. Nonetheless, we are equally impressed with Stella Blue, Olli, and the lovely Maizie. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for these updates. We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort!

Sunday—July 2 Stackhouse

Monday —July 03 Getting the Hang of It (Stella Swims)

Tuesday —July 4 — Safe 4th of July

Wednesday — July 5 — #2 Distillery Dog

Thursday  — July 6 — Maizie Speaks

Friday  — July 7 — Willow (Her Winning Ways Continue!)

Product Endorsement

There is no one product that works for every situation. Trainers each have their preferences. Certain Weimaraners will respond more to a particular approach. Regardless, we have known countless people who have struggled to get loose leash compliance succeed using this type of collar. Understanding how it works and getting the desired outcome takes a bit of knack, but when used correctly, this tool can be your best friend. We cannot emphasize how important achieving the loose leash compliance is on so many levels. Relying on head halters, front-hooking leashes, and pinch collars can seem like a Godsend; however, they can actually fuel the desire to pull. When used correctly, this collar can lead to compliance on a regular flat collar which is the ideal outcome. The folks at Chewy asked us to review this collar for them, and we were happy to do. We hope someone out there finds this helpful.

On a very personal note

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Well, last week I wrote about the Cyclamen. Sadly, the bud that had formed didn’t flower. It dropped off, but it had been such a surprise to see it in the first place–there was not enough foliage to support it. So we are a long way from the burst of blossoms that I so often have enjoyed. We await the first of what I hope are many to come. In life, there is a lot of waiting required–patience is an attribute that serves a person well. Not the type we want to develop though. The farmhouse remodel requires a large-sized dose of patience.

The Farmhouse Remodel

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Cliff finally cut his dreaded tile. He set it in place without the spaces and found it to be a perfect cut. (Deep breath!) So, he has to grout the last section and then begin with the trim work–there is a lot. Well, there are others things too! We won’t mention those at this time. The tricky cut is being celebrated–it is enough for the moment. 

I want to get the Utility Bath done before too long. I am not sure what is possible. We cannot put a concerted effort towards it. Nevertheless, my heart is warmed when I look at what we (well 99% Cliff) has accomplished. In light of everything going on in our life, I feel he walks on water if you understand.

Other than the constant focus on my health, I am working on organization. I am trying to make things work for now–shelving and arranging is a constant and ongoing process. I try not to think about the fact that much of what I do will have to be changed once we get to that section of the remodel. (Tee Hee)

2017 24th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

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On Tuesday about a mile and a quarter from our farmhouse, we encountered this biker. It was unclear as we approached what kind of phenomena was ahead. I had Christina snap a couple of quick snapshots. We are not sure exactly what this was about; however, we are getting close to America’s 4th of July (Independence Celebration).

IMG_5973The alfalfa was cut a bit ago–the second, 2017 cutting. Yesterday it was raked. Today we see the big rectangle bales in the field. Soon they will be stacked at the end of the field, near the Union Pacific Railroad train tracks. We love every stage of the process.

The wheat fields are headed out in their glory and starting turn toward the golden harvest color. The corn is growing fast with this summer heat. Other crops that have been behind due to the tragically harsh winter are coming along well. It looks like summer in the Treasure Valley everywhere we look–as it should because we celebrated the Summer Solstice on Wednesday. It appears summer is going to bring the scorching heat.

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This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you–especially those folks that dropped us a little something. (Whew, (again) it really helped!) It was so great to get these unique updates and to be able to share them. We know everyone agrees.

Sunday—June 18 — Puppy Fix (Just a little fun group of photos)

Monday —June 19 The End of an Era (Blue’s career is near an end)

Tuesday —June 20 — When You Can’t Sleep (Lucy’s Mom writes)

Wednesday — June 21 — Lucy (Young water-loving Weimar)

Thursday  — June 22 — Dutch (the all around versatile hunter/companion Weim)

Friday  — June 23 — Elio (information on the Weimaraner Vaccine Protocol)

 

On a very personal note

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Cliff has been busy marking things off his ‘to do list, ‘ and it makes him smile. The front puppy yard was a sight. Those three (Bubbles X Tugman) girls we kept for the future did a number on that yard. Every litter destroys the yard with their little puppy feet. It is shocking to see how tough they are on those yards, but it is what it is. The three girls used the yard longer and added some special effects–the kind we like to avoid (holes). So, Cliff leveled and filled, and he is ready to plant some grass seed. We don’t need the yard anytime soon; therefore, we will plant rather than using sod.

The End of an Era

First, it Was Dusty,

           ~Then it Was Blue

Acquiring the Blue Stud at OwyheeStar spoke to the future of our breeding program. Not just any Blue Weim would do. Thank you, Blue for the extraordinary performance.

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It is hard to believe that Blue is nearing the end of his Stud Dog career. We may get a few more pups with him, but nothing is for certain. He is nine years old, and the era doesn’t go on forever. So many of you have a pup from a litter sired by him. He brought a lot to the mix. His body structure is perfectly balanced. His temperament is mild and manageable. He wasn’t the outstanding hunter that we have in Stackhouse; however, he could hunt well. If you have a Blue-sired pup, you will appreciate him in the limelight.

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Mama’s Girl

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We are coming up on a year with our girl and she has finally decided she likes my husband…sort of. More of a love don’t love cause mama is here, ok love again , type of thing. Attached is a clip of her talking to Seth in hopes of getting some attention.

Hope you are well,
Alissa

Breeder Comment

Francee is one of our OwyheeStar retired females that found a Golden Years placement. And what a placement it is too! She has gone to work with her Mama and done all kind of wonderful things with the family. Nonetheless, she has been slow to warm up to Daddy.

We cannot thank this family enough for all they have done for and with Francee!

2017 19th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

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The hay is cut and awaiting the chopper. Yes, it is being chopped and sold. There will be no big baled cubes of alfalfa. The market is soft, and this is the best route to go. We are thankful. If you are buying hay, it is always too pricey. If you are selling, well it requires a good price for the labor and expense. Once the cutting is gone, then Cliff has to corrugate and clean ditches. Winter was brutal on everything.

As you view this mown hay field, just imagine a female turkey running and jumping in bursts. She patrols and plays. She takes the fun to the road but sticks to her field. It is quite amusing.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you–especially those folks that dropped us a little something. (Whew, (again) it really helped!)

Sunday— May 14 — Happy Mother’s Day

Monday — May 15 — Coturnix Quail

Tuesday —May 16 — Agility

Wednesday —May 17 — Angelic  (puppy faces)

Thursday  —May 18  — CrateTraining Journal

Friday  —May 19 — The Unfolding Saga

On a very personal note

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The uphill battle to improved health continues. It is a steep climb. Many would scoff at the idea of the healing power of prayer or acupuncture. I embrace both. Medicine and medical treatment is something we value; however, on occasion it fails a person. In my case, I believe the treatment caused the issues. Maybe I should clarify it did cause –the original illnesses. The radiation compromised by slightly asthmatic lung thing. Bronchitis set in and reeked havoc in the upper respiratory. The medications prescribed triggered a serious issue in my gut which in turn caused severe acid reflux which got into the lungs. It burned my throat. It took me a while to realize the doctor was wrong–this wasn’t just a virus. The chain reaction set off something that has been difficult to manage–let alone to rid from my body.

I believe the acupuncture stimulates something that helps my body fight or turn back the attack. I tried to get a photo. There were several needles in my right hand and arm. The doctor didn’t realize I was trying to take a lefthanded snapshot using the phone. I got one off just before he got the last needle removed. The targeted areas were very tender, and as I like to say, the needles talked to me. A little needle-chat and some improvement–it is all good in my journal.

Cliff is pulled thin with the farm, the farmhouse update, and the typical Weim stuff. Then too, he has to deal with my health issue. There is no way around it. I wake him up with my coughing. He watches me struggle to try to get better. It is frustrating, to say the least.

2017 18th Saturday Recap

Moving Forward

       ~ The Malheur Enterprise photo 

Onions and the storage destroyed when the building collapsed

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The weather has been a constant social media topic, and for a good reason. It has been a bit crazy–even more than usual. The winter’s snow took down a lot of structures despite gallant efforts to remove the snow load from roofs. The cleanup is still going on, and while facing sizeable economic losses, the government has let Malheur County know they will not receive Federal dollars for storm recovery according to the Malheur Enterprise.

Life Abounds

May 13 2017-8The durable farmers are out planting for another season. As recent as this week we saw beans going in, and that seems late, but the weather kept everyone behind schedule. Nonetheless, the fields surrounding OwyheeStar are greening up. It is eye-candy of the best kind who live the Treasure Valley. The weeds come on full force ahead of the crops. Our neighbors have corn planted under their pivot, and our hay seems to be doing well.  Then there are Cliff’s Coturnix Quail that are beginning to hatch. We will share more in a blog this week, but here is a quick peek.

We moved the eggs to the hatching tray about three days ago. Our little quail have emerged from the shell. Now we have to get a place for them to move.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you–especially those folks that dropped us a little something. (Whew, it really helped!)

Sunday— May 7 — Lotte

Monday — May 8 — Chloe

Tuesday —May 9 — Stella Blue

Wednesday —May 10 — Puppy Faces

Thursday  —May 11  — Waiting

Friday  —May 12 — Family Affair (Haze & Skye)

On a very personal note

 

There is not much to report. We spent the week trying to recoup and at the same time to keep up. I have been trying to do some cleaning because I have gotten behind for a lot of reasons. I wanted to get right on the painting, but I was coughing too much to consider it. Nevertheless, I am hoping to get to it in the next few days.

I had to change my diet because the medication I had been given reeked havoc on my gut and it is so tender that healing is an issue. Nevertheless, I believe I am getting better. Eight months is a long time to be ill, but then I am reminded many live with something until the end. I as well as Cliff hope I win this particular battle soon. I’ve gone back to the more Holistic approach to dealing with this health crisis because traditional medicine has failed me. We are not all the same.