~ AKC says this about the current market
As a follow-up to our initial breeder security email, we’ve assembled new resources to help you better protect yourself on AKC Marketplace.
For the past three months, AKC Marketplace has continued to capture record-breaking traffic from active puppy seekers. This surge in visitors has led to an increase in scammers looking to take advantage of both breeders and puppy seekers alike.
To learn more about how scammers gain access to breeder accounts, read the latest Expert Advice article, “Breeders Beware: Puppy Scams on the Rise.”
Well, it is undoubtedly true that we have received more inquiries than ever before. If anyone happens to see an OwyheeStar puppy listed for sale anywhere but directly from us, we know it is a scam. That has happened before–I contacted the listing and notified them, but what a hassle. We would not want to have someone get cheated thinking they were getting a pup from us–when it was as a scam.
While there is a steady stream of inquiries (which takes considerable time and energy to keep up with), a lot of these are not going anywhere. People are in a hurry for a puppy. The reality is we cannot make an endless number of pups. What we do takes time, energy, and costs us on nearly every level. It is our joy, but there are limitations.
~ When Shela runs out of Updates and Words
Dear Friends, I am positive I have a little something tucked here or there, but it alludes me. I will check again to see what I have for the coming week. I hope something. (Haha) Today–I thought you might forgive me for taking the more natural approach–puppy faces are typically welcome.
~ We are ever so Grateful
Dear OwyheeStar Friends, Fans, and Followers,
We want to take this time to send a heartfelt note to everyone who reads our blog. Of course, we are all thankful to those who have contributed a story–I believe we can all agree that we love hearing about the Weimaraner. Especially those related to ours. (Haha)
With Cliff’s recent illness, you folks upheld us with your prayers and positive vibes–Wow, we are ever so thankful for that too. We would be hard-pressed to write a short-list of things for which we are grateful. Our kids, our grandkids, and our great-grandkids would definitely top the list.
We continuously tell anyone that will listen that we have met some of the best folks on planet earth–all because of the Weimaraner. It never ceases to amaze us –you people are the BEST.
Thank you for the trust you share with us–for your loyalty and for sharing so much with us. Our OwyheeStar Community makes us smile every day.
And, let us not forget a little Puppy Fix from this week’s bit of business.
~ Bettee is Due Anytime
We can do nothing but hold our breath until the projected whelp happens–this is the first of two slated for this month. And, more importantly–this is an all Longhair Litter. Of course, we cannot guess what we will get–coat color, sex of the pups, or the number born.
One Too Many Flashes
~Are We Done Yet?
The wiggles, the squiggles, and let’s not forget the squint. Yes, the puppies find the camera too demanding. They try to escape. We squeak a toy, clap our hands, and try to get them to look at the camera. Sometimes we get the look–oh the process is so exhausting.
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~January 5, 2019
Locally winter thus far has not dropped much snow in and around Ontario. We have had a few fleeting snowstorms, but unlike in the surrounding mountains, we do not have snow cover. There is still talk that we could see snow–better snow than bitter cold.
We are all watching and waiting for Marshal’s to move in next to WareMart (by WinCo). Our Ontario shopping experience will have another option. Since Kmart left us, we have Walmart, Maurices, and the farm store for other than men’s clothing. There are a couple other options–but they serve a specialized clientele. Many of us shop online, or we travel towards Boise. The Marshals grand opening should not be too far in the future–they are remodeling the middle slice of the old Kmart building.
This week the last of Dixie’s babies left. Yesterday we met Grace at the airport with Bella Rae. Thursday Cliff met Roger with CW. Both of these families flew in as I alluded to here. Grace from New Jersey and Roger from Salt Lake City–Bella Rae will join her two OwyheeStar Blue brothers (Taun and Bacchus). This is Roger’s second OwyheeStar. Unfortunately, Melvin crossed over the rainbow bridge before CW could arrive home. A few days earlier most of the litter joined their families. Kimber’s parents dropped us the adorable photo and wrote, “Thank you both so much for all the time and effort you put into these pups! “Kimber” is just getting used to things around here!” Honestly, we make friends with the best people on the face of the earth.
This Week On the Blog…
We continue to marvel at your kindness –keeping us apprised on the OwyheeStar happenings in your lives. (Hurrah–we are blessed indeed!)
Sunday— December 30 — Off to a Good Start
Monday–- December 31 — New Year Resolutions
Tuesday — January 1 — From our Home to Yours
Wednesday — January 2 — Second Christmas (Dash)
Thursday –- January 3 — Moxie and Mama (Bird Hunting)
Friday — January 4 — 7 Steps to Success (a repost)
On a very personal note
Cliff and I have found our New Year busier than the typical one. We have had a litter exit as well as a litter arrival. Then too–our delayed family Christmas finally happened Sunday. There was a lot crammed into very little space. That makes for no opportunity to be bored, right? Honestly, I can remotely remember boredom. (Haha) It is not a thing for us.
Cliff did not get the opportunity to hunt elk. The stars would not align–either there was not the time, the conditions were not cooperating, or his hunting partner was desperately ill. He plans to get in some bird hunting. Tomorrow we celebrate his birthday–and all he does for this family. Early next week he checks in with his Oncologist/Hematologist for bloodwork and such. We hope his numbers remain as they have been–Grade One.
I plan to tuck in some socialization–a few friends to catch up with soon. I also plan to enroll at Treasure Valley Community College and join Lynda in making some more pottery. We need to register this week. So, we begin the new year much like the last–making the most of the opportunities, and trying to manage our health issues. I feel as if things are going well for us. Cliff and I sincerely hope it is much the same for you.
~Something to Make You Smile
I am working down the Wait List as Dixie delivered last Tuesday. It is probably the reason we are dragging a bit. She opted to have one of those all-night whelp situations. Sadly, we lost one of the ten pups–OwyheeStar mortality rates are generally low, but it is unrealistic to think you can save every puppy born. We were saddened. We quickly focused on the nine gorgeous, healthy pups. They continue to thrive. Click Here to view the photos we took of the pups on Day One.
Typically, all our pups are promised before they arrive. It is not the case this time for a multitude of reasons–primarily, people want what we didn’t get, or it doesn’t fit into their timeframe. There you have it! We know how little control we have. We rejoice in each arrival despite it not being what we might need for our waiters. What can I say?
At this point we have not promised any pups–but no doubt the two Silver Gray Females will go to someone on the Wait List. We have several families waiting for either a Gray or a Silver Gray Female. Some are hoping for a Gray or Silver Male. It is a process to work through the Wait List and discuss with each person along the way. I will probably be putting out the word that we have Blue pups available, and that we are accepting applications.
I know we will get a lot of requests for a Christmas puppy. Those that know me best, know I rarely think that is a good idea. We won’t go into the reasons, but if you know the breed, then you understand. These pups would be ready to leave on January 1st. I am not sure exactly how the departure will shake out–but probably on that weekend or the weekend after depending upon road conditions and what we can get scheduled. Honestly, I think that is the perfect time to get the Christmas puppy–after the holiday hoopla is over.
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.
~ 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!