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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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So many large leaves–amazing!

 

 

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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With Spacers it is Perfect!

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.

Dusty Endorses Chewy and Suggests This Healthier Snack <== Dusty Speaks!

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

Front Entry Flowers_5885We have one outdoor floor pot blooming at our front door. Front Entry Flowers_5887The zinnias are about to burst into bloom. I cannot remember what color they were or even the variety. It will be a surprise. Thus far, despite the heat, the pansies have continued to thrive.

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.

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This is Where We Sleep

           ~ Right Mama?!?

 

17992317_1301969653186338_5810763892627142803_nDoes your Weimaraner sleep with you or get snuggle time on (or in) the bed? The debate about whether you should allow your dog in your bed is a thing. Ultimately, it is a personal choice. Some reports indicate that nearly 80% of dog owners allow their pet in their bed. Do you?

Here are some links on the topic!

Your Choice

Your opinion matters. We live in the information age. You can find supporting evidence no matter the side you endorse. It is a personal thing. We ought to be aware of any risk and from there decide based on our lifestyle.

The Eleventh Hour Scenario

Happy May Day!

We are saying goodbye to the April Showers and the fickle weather, right? Most of us are hoping we have seen the last of the snow and some relief from the pounding rain. Who can guess? In reality, as we move through life we learn there are many unknowns. There is no way to plan for every unfortunate situation.

IMG_0553OwyheeStar received notice that Puppy #5’s family has such a situation and they cannot bring him home. It was an eleventh-hour notice. That is never a good thing for us or the pup. So we say May Day-May Day-May Day. Is there anyone who contacted us before about a Longhair or that has been secretly hoping for one that is ready? Cliff is meeting two families with their pups on this coming Friday in Burns, OR.

Of course, he is an awesome little pup. He has a very good nose–would do well for the shed hunter, etc. Here is his first swim!

We are sending out a little May Day distress signal to you all. It would be ideal (for the puppy and our situation) if he found a home where he could join his family at the same time the other pups are leaving. Thank you, for your consideration.

 

May Day–May Day–May Day

It derives from the French ‘venez m’aider’, meaning ‘come help me’.

It is repeated 3 times ‘Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.’

“A Mayday situation is one in which a vessel, aircraft, vehicle, or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Examples of “grave and imminent danger” in which a Mayday call would be appropriate include fire, explosion or sinking.

Mayday calls can be made on any frequency, and when a Mayday call is made no other radio traffic is permitted except to assist in the emergency. A Mayday call may only be made when life or craft is in imminent danger of death or destruction.”
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In aviation, in addition to fire, a ‘Mayday’ distress call could be used for engine failure, electrical failure, fuel starvation, disorientation, control failure, or any condition where the safety of the flight is in question.

2017 14th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

     ~ Sleet, Snow, and Whatnot

Frost_5517The fickle spring weather continues. Mr. Winter insists on imposing his will. Yesterday, in the Treasure Valley as well as the Pacific Northwest, the winter-like weather made an appearance. We didn’t get the snow at OwyheeStar. Not far from here it made an appearance, and the moans of many could be heard. The frost was considerable earlier too!

Hay_5520The alfalfa looks good. Before long we will be irrigating and filling the pond for a puppy swim. Spring is such a fun time. Cliff also uses our pond to train for his hunt tests. He is preparing for one coming up the first weekend of May. Our homing pigeons flew the coop this winter. It has been a strange winter, and there is an outright pigeon shortage among those who use them for dog training. Rose (who lives at Emmett) parted with a few to help us get another start. Cliff brought them home this week. They are young, but we still have them locked in. They have to identify with their new location being their home, or they would try to fly back to Emmett. The beautiful thing about the homers is you can use them for training, and then they fly back to the nest.

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!

Sunday— April 9 — LilyBear

Monday — April 10 — Embarrassing

Tuesday — April 11 — Chloe

Wednesday — April 12 — National Pet Day (late)

Thursday  — April 13 — Litter Socialization

Friday  — April 14 — Pup Cakes Anyone?

On a very personal note

Evie Galoushes9086Cliff and I want to wish everyone all the best for Easter. We are more traditional in our approach to the holiday–thinking of it as Resurrection Sunday. Yes, we are aware of the history behind the Goddess of Easter. No, we are not against Easter Egg hunts and baskets. How you celebrate is a personal matter. This year, we bought the two great-granddaughters galoshes. Evangeline Grace (Evie) got the Princess Rain Boots. She has been stomping in every mud puddle she can find. River has the traditional yellow type, but they look perfect on her.
Cliff continues to work on the utility bath. He is doing the floor in sections. Who can say if another will be completed today, or not?!? It is coming together.

I am doing better healthwise. That being said, I still cough way too much, and there is a lot of phlegm. Every day is a bit better. The recovery speed is not fast enough to my liking. I am looking for the miracle where “poof” it is gone instantly. If that comes, I pledge to remember how thankful I am for instant relief. If not, I will continue taking it a day at a time. It is hardest on Cliff–there is nothing he can do. He has to watch and listen and suffer along. Anyhow, it is a lot better. I have a way to go. I am hoping for a full recovery soon.