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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.

Labor Day 2018

Mousse

     ~ Nursing Her Babies

Some of you have been following the current litter. Updates have been posted every week. We thought an excellent way to celebrate Labor Day might be to honor Mousse’s effort at raising this litter. What can we say? It is no small thing.

They love being out in the puppy yard. Mousse doesn’t like being with them so much now–she wants to see them, and then the sharp teeth cause he to rethink that desire. Nonetheless, she does nurse. What a good Mama. They are eating kibble, drinking from the waterer, and growing every day.

A mother’s labor of love is something to be celebrated, too! Happy Labor Day!

Mother’s

They Cope 

    ~They Manage the Situation

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Happy Mother’s Day!

On a Positive Note

Puppy Faces

     ~Happy New Year’s Eve

Whatever you experienced in 2017, puppy faces should be a positive way to end our year. It was hard for us to choose just a few, but here the flavor of the year I guess.

2017 34th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~September 2, 2017

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This morning while we played with puppies, the roar of the stack wagon picking up the bales of hay caused us to take notice. The pups were unfazed by the ruckus. It took little to no time to get a load, and I captured this photo as the driver went to set it in the stack. Harvest is in the works and will continue for several weeks. Some crops like the sugar beet crop hold off until October.

The Hay got whipped around during the recent windstorm; however, our hay guy managed to clean it up nicely. We do so appreciate the quality of work and our relationship with this family. Cliff says there are 154 bales in the stack and it looks like we will get another cutting before Mr. Winter arrives.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  

What a variety we have this week! We began with two fun updates (Sunday and Monday) and then moved to Mesquite’s Golden Year Placement. (BTW) We will hear more from Mesquite soon–the daily reports have been pouring in. We so appreciate her family’s knack to incorporate her and the continual updates. Finally, we moved to the stories of impending loss, grief and our thoughts of preventing the untimely or accidental loss. We have Part Two of Extending Our Time in the works. You will see that soon!

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 27 — Working From Home

Monday — August 28 — G2 (best ever all-around companion)

Tuesday — August 29 — Golden Year Placement (Mesquite)

Wednesday — August 30 — When You Know (Roxy is failing and doesn’t have long)

Thursday  — August 31 — The Depth of it All (Olli becomes the only fur baby)

Friday  — September 1 — Extending Our Time (Insight in preventing loss-Part One)

 

On a very personal note

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I am still obsessed with the  Cyclamen. We have what I am calling in my mind the Trinity. There are three gorgeous blossoms. You would think I should be satisfied but I am holding out for the return to the Angelic Host of blossoms like this pre-accidental decapitation photo.

We were at our oldest *Granddaughter’s home for Grandpa’s haircut the other day. She had the 2018 Farmer’s Almanac sitting on the table. I picked it up to take a quick gander and found an article about the Cyclamen. In that one, it said you can expect them to bloom several months a year. My unending blossom maker is more amazing than I imagined. I found a different Farmer’s Almanac article talking about the Cyclamen– I think they must like this little house plant.  If it interests you click here to read more. Weimlovers–remember this plant is toxic to our beloved fur family members.

Cliff has the tractor running. He spent some time mowing at the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary today. He came in with a smile on his face but the sweat and the heat of doing this midday lead to exhaustion. He needed the break and some fluids. Beyond the tractor, he finished the Utility Bath floor tile. He still has trim work to complete.

To Cliff’s chagrin, I still have several coughing spells every day. Regardless, I slowly improve which is promising. With the cold and flu season pressing in it is vital that I get my lungs clear before I catch something else. This current health crisis started the beginning of September 2016. For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health–these are the promises we made and kept. It wasn’t always easy and most certainly in many ways, this ordeal has been worse for Cliff albeit true I wondered if I was going to live to see my 2017 birthday.

*Those of you who follow us might remember our oldest granddaughter helped us with our puppies several years back. Now she has her own family with two sweet girls. Our current helper is our second oldest grandchild. Christina, like Ashley, is doing a fabulous job helping us. We rue the day when she moves on.

This Week at OwyheeStar

 Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

It is officially cold. For you shivering at fifty or sixty degrees we do not possess empathy. It was in the low twenties here this morning. The good news is it a bright day bringing the much-needed warmth of sunshine. We can happily forego fog and heavy dampness for the time being. Missing those two things is a welcome occurrence. In truth, what can we expect for the first week of November? I suppose some of us (like me) continue to hope for Indian Summer until Thanksgiving–this thwarted pipe dream is but a fleeting wish.

2_Mesquite X Stackhouse WK 5-5Earlier I stepped outside and watched a few leaves topple to the ground. There are a lot of leaves remaining in the deciduous foliage. As much as I dislike the tree disrobing and the green foliage turning to a shade of brown, it is a necessity. The four seasons help us learn to appreciate each one for its diversity. Without winter, the mountains would not become snow packed. The snow will provide the much-need irrigation water. We are hoping for an abundance of snow in the mountains.

5_Mesquite X Stackhouse WK 5-15Last night I posted some of the puppy photos on Facebook. We know how much you enjoy getting a puppy fix. Warming from the inside out (with puppy faces) seemed idea as we find ourselves chilled due to the freezing temperatures. Everyone enjoys the photos except for the pups. These are five-weeks-old pups, and they were not so amused with us expecting them to pose. Our goal is to try to get them to hold still long enough to capture a photo without assistance. The camera captures photos in rapid succession, so we are often successful; however, it is never all that simple. Normally we have anywhere from 600-1200 photos to process after a very short photo shoot.

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This Week on the Blog

This week (again) had so many great posts. If you missed them or want to revisit the posts, here are the links.

Sunday— November 1 — Weimaraner Markings

Monday — November 2 — Texts that Haunt you

Tuesday — November 3 — Jaeger

Wednesday — November 4 — Time Change Woes

Thursday  — November 5 — Graydon

Friday  — November 6 — Opus & Winchester

On a very personal note

The week brought more of the same. The farmhouse remodel appears to be endless. It will most certainly be longer than we hoped–we have far exceeded our deadline. Nonetheless, we are doing what we are able each day. Shela is packing–that which is not a must to have available. We have been virtually camping out for some time.

The post-cancer issues are manageable. It still takes physical therapy, special massages, etc. The most important thing is a positive attitude. Healing is a body, soul, and spirit thing. A negative attitude or allowing discouragement to wrap you in a feeling of hopelessness will lead to nothing good. We hang onto our positive outlook and believe we are in a good place in our personal lives. Yes, I suppose it is a kind of firestorm; however, we will come through not even smelling of smoke. We are not in this fire alone. It is all a comforting thought. We believe in a God that is bigger than anything that comes against us. We feel His love as well as yours. Thank you for your love and support. It means more than words can express.

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As Always

(Note–thank you to all of you who made sure I had enough material to make some fascinating updates this week. I have exhausted the supply; however, several of you said you would send something along shortly. I have a few thoughts to work on as well. )

There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are especially grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. There is no end in sight of our farmhouse remodel. We are doing it ourselves, and it is the installment plan–we are not borrowing to do this. We buy something and install it. Therefore, having the updates is even more appreciated than usual–it is always a blessing! DSC_0134edit

This Week at OwyheeStar

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Murray at 3 Weeks-3We are in the thick of summer. With the way, this is unfolding it makes you think the Dog Days of Summer will arrive earlier than usual. The heat was oppressive, but recently it is hanging around the eighty-degree mark. That is a lot easier to handle. Our second cutting of hay suffered some loss when the rain got it. We are; however, extremely fortunate we didn’t get a heavier downpour. A few times we got some rain, but only a couple of miles down the road water was standing in their corrogates.

We have the cute summer pups. We had thought this litter would elude us, but its appearance is making some folks smile. Deven is here working with the pups, and our youngest grandsons also had a chance to handle them. How great is that?

It is a mixed litter–one that has more variance than our average array of pups. We have two silver gray Longhairs, a blue longhair, some blue smooth-coats, and silver-gray smooth-coats. The boy with the Longhair is our youngest grandson–Nick. He prefers the longhairs, but he loves the pups.

This Week on the Blog

We think you can agree that the updates were great this week. Thank you to the various contributors. Starting on Monday, we had a sticky note at the top all week in honor of Deli’s 14.5 Birthday. Anyhow, the topics were varied rather than the same theme. It is as it works out for the most part. I cannot manipulate what folks send along. It is all good. The only thing I can control is my choices, and the posts I write from scratch. (Big Smile) We hope you find them educational, interesting, and most of all entertaining. What we love is that they are real from the heart posts. Thank you for taking the time to read and to comment.

Sunday July 12— Gracie is Surprised

Monday July 13— Deli Celebrates 14.5 Years

Tuesday July 14 – Our New Food Dish

Wednesday July 15— Obi-wan is Doing Great

Thursday  July 16—A Note from Julia

Friday  July 17— Sweet Boy Jager

On a very personal note

Cliff has been working on the farmhouse every spare minute he can carve out of his schedule. Every day something new is done. There is a lot left to do; however, it is encouraging, to say the least, to watch it come together. 

My arm has been an issue of late. I am working hard to rest it for recovery. That means shorter emails and time away from the keyboard. We purchased a compression pump to try to manage the swelling on our own. Possibly, I will be able to keep the swelling under control, despite the heat. 

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming–it keeps things interesting. It makes it easier for me.

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Saturday at Owyheestar

Millee's 2014 Litter Arrival-6October has been kind to us here in the Treasure Valley. I have ripe tomatoes hanging on the vine in the garden. I need to get them picked, but so far we have not seen frost. We have harvested the pumpkins, and there are root vegetables awaiting the shovel. It is the harvest season’s end.

The last few months we have been telling people we should have pups arrive– with a potential departure sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some of you who faithfully troll the blog, and Facebook had been waiting for what seems like forever. We had pups arrive. It is not all that simple, in that some were going to be longhairs. That meant we had to send the DNA samples off for expedited results. The results are back, and there were more longhairs than we expected. This is good for the persons awaiting a longhair pup for the last several months; this was not so welcome for those who want a smooth-coat. Nonetheless, we expect a second litter (all smooth-coats). We must wait to see what we get, before we can be totally definitive to some of the people on the Waiting List. We have been honest all along. We could not predict the number, the color, and in some cases the coat length. That being said, a good number of you who are waiting will get a puppy who meets your criteria. The others will have to wait until early 2015. In the meantime, here is a cute little face to warm your heart.

This Week’s Blog

A special thanks to those that sent me an easy post this week. It helped more than you can know; everyone appreciate the news too!

Sunday October 19  — Well Wishes

Monday October 20 — Skeeter

Tuesday October 21 – The Amazing Lucy

Wednesday October 22 — Goldee Seeks Training

Thursday October 23 — Birthday’s Happen

Friday October 24 — Sleeping Beauty

On a very personal note……

Cliff and I continue to face the breast cancer issue. We feel very upbeat about what is happening–not that we would rather not avoid this scenario entirely. It is a huge inconvenience to say the least. Regardless, I happen to fit into a scenario which qualifies me to participate in a clinical trial. Don’t freak! It is not all that risky by any measure. I get extra diagnostic test. For me, there are no needles–they use the tissue (and tumors) they removed during surgery. Based on the outcome, there is a second portion to the clinical trial. The results will determine whether I will participate or opt to go into another treatment path. I think if I qualify I will move forward with the clinical trial — there are not experimental drugs; it is more about gathering data based on the Geno-testing. This is part of search for answers, and for the cure. I count myself fortunate to be a part of this process.

Those who know me best, realize I stress enough without added stress. The biggest challenge I face right now is taking care of myself, while doing the puppy things. I feel extra sorry for those waiting on me, but I have to take care of myself to get through the process. I also must take care of the puppies. I think it is going to be fine–it is just always stressful for those who are waiting for their new family member. I am positive, (and I know that for fact) that many of these folks are worried that this will change things for them. I assure you that nothing is going to change, other than I might not get something posted in a timely manner. In a pinch, we have a granddaughter who can take the photos, and post them. Of course, she is embroiled in her senior year, and there again, that means waiting for her. It may not even be an issue, but if it happens to unfold in that manner, we will have to flow with the situation.

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. Everyone loves them!

Lauren

Summer was great..

 

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Thank You Lauren for a great summer! 

The pups arrived, and Lauren went to work. It was what some call a win-win situation. Here are a few photo-moments we shared this week………

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Note: The top photo is by Madeline (LaGrande, OR) Click here to visit her website!–a long time friend of our oldest granddaughter (Ashley). This photo is one of Lauren’s senior photos.

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

August is in full bloom

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10575242_860676537285251_8728438392546579601_oThe thing about summer is it seems to be intense, but fleeting. We have seen our third cutting of hay leave the field. There is one more to follow. Lauren and the pups enjoy the top of a hay bale. How fun is that? Thank you Chris (hay guy extraordinaire) for taking such good care of us. Lauren loved the hay bales, and she used them for one of her senior pictures. So, as summer winds down it is time to return to the classroom. Our daughter-in-law (Cara–Lauren’s Mom) is preparing her classroom this week. Maddie (Blackbird Photography of LaGrande, OR) came by to take Lauren’s first Senior Class Photos. It again features the third-cutting of hay. We could say, “Hay There!”

This Week….

Our approach was a bit different. Cliff and I are always looking for the best way to help our clients. We want to keep the blog not only entertaining, but informative. Things aligned in a manner that made it possible to revisit, and go into a bit more depth on a couple of our topics–mouthing and biting, and the opportunistic events that surround the Weimaraner.  No one is totally going to escape these events. It is easy to under estimate the way their lives will be affected. Nonetheless, most everyone lives through it all. These wonderful creatures help us discover our weak spots, shed more than a few tears (actual or emotional ones), and evolve in a way we never imagined possible. Somehow, when the new Weim comes, they put their paw on a previously hidden area in your life. It doesn’t matter how evolved we believe we are in the world of dog-savvy. Everyone can find new areas in which to grow. Have you heard that pride comes before the fall? We want to help you avoid the devastating kind of events–both yours, and the beloved Weimaraners. Thank you Jan and Rod for your excellent comments this week.

On a personal note……

Cliff stops to help us

Cliff stops to help us

Cliff continues with it all. We will forego the description of all here, because he is pulled fourteen-ways come Sunday. I am so blessed to be married to a man with such heart, and ability. Our personal projects have gone untouched. It is not that we want to put off painting the house, or finishing the tile. It is about the fact, that we can only do what we can do. When you look at the folks that came to the new world (whether you agree or disagree) you have to marvel at what they accomplished. The physical demand on them was unending. They were working to survive. Some of the more elite (money-types) had the cash to purchase indentured persons, or acquire slaves. In some of my research, I discovered an ancestor who indentured their self to come to America. I hope the person they served was a good master. 

Any amount of work we find ourselves doing pales in light of history. Today, there are labor camps. There is enslavement. No one wants to think about this while we find ourselves enjoying the American life. Yes, some of us work too many hours. The farm life is a choice–how hard the owner works depends upon how close they are tied to their patch of ground. Then there are those that work to provide services to other farmers. These sorts, often work around the clock. The harvest doesn’t wait. Planting must be done in a timely manner. If the crops are not tended, and watered they will not produce a good yield. They could shrivel up and die. City-dwellers (in some cases) pay little attention to what it is that keeps the American food supply great. They may be fighting a cause, but not understand the full implication of their proposed outcome.

We are less engaged with the Internet, our cell phones, or other media. We try to stay connected, but our lives are not dictated by the ebb-and-flow of the Internet. Regardless, everyone is affected to one degree or other. There is no getting away from the Web. It is amazing that we have a blog, and several websites. Thankfully, we can spend only a small portion of our day tending these elements. This is not true during the periods when we have a litter of puppies. Then, there are the photos, and the photo updates. There is also the necessary dialogue to keep things moving forward, as well as to stay connected with the new families. There you have in a nutshell. Our way of doing things. The puppies, the Weims, the family, and the farm have to be tended first. ❤

Rattlers

This morning we received news that Jeff Funke has been bitten by a baby rattlesnake in Montour, Idaho. He and Keith had spent the night in the campground. If it was possible; it would be something Cliff would also do. Spending the night to avoid the travel-time, means more time to train. The bite occurred early this morning in the campground. He has been rushed to Boise. We don’t know anything else right now, other than it was a baby rattler. We send our prayers and thoughts to Jeff and his wife (Heidi).

Weimlovers ……

Your connection may not be via the farm, or our family. The Weims connect us to so many people who are from a different walk of life. It is amazing!

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. In the weeks ahead we can use them. We appreciate you all!

 

Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!