~ Roxy Loves it –Sage is a No Go!
Sage hates the cold wet snow. She poops and pees 4 feet from the bottom of the steps then stands at the door and barks! At least she doesn’t pee on the deck. We’ve had dogs do that when there is snow!
Roxy and Cooper
Cooper is our other than Weim rescue–Roxy’s playmate.
Thanks to Kirsten
~And the Entire Family
Finding A Home
You probably have been following the rehoming of Rocky and Mickey–two Blue OwyheeStar Females who needed to relocate. Their family situation took a turn that meant there was no one left home for them. That is never a good thing–especially when the Weimaraner is used to a different scenario. We all know this situation can unfold. So, Ned contacted me for help. Of course, we were glad to be able to assist in the finding of another home, but that being said, there are two. We needed a certain kind of home to ensure a good transition.
We had a whirlwind of inquiries. Mark and Robin had desperately wanted to bring them to their Southern Oregon home. It looked like it might work; however, upon pondering the situation, it seemed a bit too much for their very senior ‘Jet.’ Barbara (from Texas) was willing to come to get them, also. There again, she and her husband are longtime Weimaraner folks with experience at rehoming the Weimaraner. In the end, Kirsten was interested, and since the other placements didn’t come together, she and her family agreed to incorporate them into their home. They have an OwyheeStar (Desi). As the others mentioned they have rescued and had the breed for a very long time–they understand the work involved as well as the implications.
When getting the Weimaraner (or two Weims) the second family, it is essential to find a rock-solid situation. Multiple moves never work well. We are confident that Rocky and Mickey have found a fabulous home. I know everyone rejoices with us.
The Hand Off
We met Kirsten a little over a week ago in Baker City. The two had traveled first from Boise to our home, where they spent the night. Everything went better than we could have hoped. They parked themselves with the Weim-porch group. They did as the others did acting as if this was all the norm. It was not. Nevertheless, they adapted which is impressive.
Then they must have wondered when we loaded up again. Mickey settled in the back and Rocky clung next to us kissing us and nudging our ear–taking turns between Cliff and I. So, it is not surprising that the same situation began as Kirsten loaded and headed back to the Portland area. Rocky like to kiss a lot. Mickey is equally loving but not as driven.
None of this is news to those of you following the rehoming situation. Of course, we know Kirsten has three Weims all vying for time and attention. Well, I must admit when you have a demanding job this is the best kind of therapy. I know you understand what I mean.
Note: Thanks to Ned for trusting us to do right by his beloved girls.
Watch for Part Two–Coming Soon!
~AKA Captain Cadaver
Breeder Comment: Our contract states that if a person cannot keep their Weimaraner, they need to return them to us. That being said–sometimes unfortunate circumstances engulfs a person. It would be unkind to point the blame at someone who fell on hard times. In this situation, this OwyheeStar Weimar found the ultimate placement. We appreciate hearing from the family and what they have done for the OwyheeStar offspring. Read on to learn more. And heartfelt thanks to this family–we appreciate you!
We adopted Gio back in 2011/ son of Blue from your breeding program. He’s now 7/ 8 as of 10/10/18.
The first year was a bit rough, he was a bull-headed pup who wasn’t sure how anyone could be considered more important than him-Be they dog or human. Every year with this boy has been a gentle ease into being an extremely loving family dog! He’s an amazing athlete- loves running with us while we mountain bike or ATV. His most comical trait has been earning the title Captain Cadaver! He finds bones & body parts wherever we ride or walk. He must have an excellent nose. I feel guilty for not getting him into search & rescue.
Via Oregon Weimaraner Rescue
He came to us via Oregon Weimaraner Rescue. His owners lost their home & livelihood back in the crash of 2008. We were volunteers for a Weim rescue waiting for our big blue to come in, it took three years before the right guy came along. All that said- we wanted to get in touch with you to let you know how great and beautifully your blue boy is doing and how loved he is, two to make sure that when there is a need in our small pack we know where to find another one similar to him.
He was never a true rescue situation in that there was no pressure to hurry and place him, they wanted verification that he was going to a qualified loving family before letting him go. The couple, from what I understand, lost their employment and home. They were trying to make it work keeping him and living with their parents and their parents 5 Pomeranians, but it was chaos.
~ Our Story
To this day Gio/Yeager gravitates to those small fluffy dogs like- let’s be friends- they look at him & his 93-pound body like is he out of his mind. I just wanted to contact you to let you know a positive story of one of your pups and what a full and wonderful life he is leading. We live on a 5-acre farm in South Salem, he loves joining us for feeding the chickens, ducks, sheep, and goats. He is amazing a following us on mountain bikes, running, or riding or swimming next to paddle boards.
The thought of not having him in our life is depressing. Our close friends just lost their two big boys to cancer last weekend and it makes you scared to imagine life without such a great friend by your side. Hence, here I am establishing contact with you and making sure there is a chance to find a boy similar to him someday again. As of now, he’s healthy and by my side, most of the day and that’s the way we like it :O)
**The couple who gave him up were friends with one of the staff of Weim rescue and she vetted us extensively. She knew we were athletes, I worked at home, had Weim experience, and knew what we were getting into and that he was a prize of a rescue dog. I contacted the woman who volunteered for Weim Rescue to get his info to contact you. She mentioned that he was a son of Blue.
**Having a papered dog is not really important to us. During our time with rescue, we helped place and transported close to 20 dogs in just a few years. I know that’s not epic, but it gives you an idea of us looking for a good fit for our family while trying to fit people with the right Weims for their families. BTW I loved your note on explaining how some people are Weim people and some just aren’t- it was comically honest yet beautifully written!
Whiner or Weimar
~It kind of Goes Together
Recently, a friend who will remain anonymous sent we a list of reasons someone dropped a Weimaraner off at a shelter. It didn’t happen in America, but people are people worldwide, I think. This is not a joke. Here are the reasons for which he was being released.
- He wakes up his masters at 7 in the morning moaning ‘ cause he wants to go out while their other dog never gets out before 9
- The Weim sits moaning while they prepare his bowl while the other dog is silent
- Also, he moans very loudly when he has to wait in front of the baker to the point that passers-by will return (the abandoned Weimar song! )
- He also is moaning (loudly expresses his joy) when we put his leash to get out (I understand that the walk in the neighborhood was the only walk to get off)
- He pulls too much — while madame has tendinitis
- In every way, he moans too often and it doesn’t go well with Monsieur who has high blood pressure.
No reputable breeder wants a pup to end up in rescue. How do we avoid that? We screen applicants. Regardless, things happen. People sometimes say all the right things. As we often share with folks that say they have done their research, “there is no amount of research that will adequately prepare you for what could arise in the process of raising or living with the Weimaraner.” Honestly, this breed either suits you, or it doesn’t. It is demanding of your time and resources. They simply put are not the a-leave-in-the-yard type of dog.
On The Table
This amazing (because they were so posed and still) photo was taken recently of Gracie and our new rescue boy Harley. Gracie on the table (Greta x Blue) is her usual regal self at 3 1/2 years now. She has accepted Harley into the family and loves having someone to play with whenever she wants to play! He came to us in March at about 1 years old with a very sad story for his short life but now has found his forever family. They are quite a handful together but have made our life more joyful every day. Thank you for starting us on the Weimaraner road!!Best to youNancy and Tony
Maybe you noticed the banter on Facebook where an OwyheeStar client’s decision to get a puppy was brought into question. The discussion surfaced when the Weim owner posted their one year celebratory birthday photos. From there the question was raised whether it is OK to breed litters at all, and why anyone would buy a puppy when shelters (and rescues) are overflowing. This was the third time in recent months, that we have found our clients under attack or brought into question for deciding to get a puppy rather than deciding to rescue.
Indeed our society is facing change.
This change includes developing a conscience towards unwanted and castoff pets. It is a travesty at best when we see the plight of these innocents. Nevertheless, we need to look at the underlying cause of these societal ills. For example, it is commonplace for many male dogs to be left intact. The reasons are many, but we personally have known of neighborhood studs that run an entire end of town impregnating every located in-season female. In the life of such a dog, hundreds of pups can be sired. Sadly, many of these folks have the means to alter their pet, but fail to see the importance. Some think it is funny. Others believe it is cool. Many choose to spend their money on things they deem more important. We see the free puppy ads — in yards, on Craig’s list, and in the Walmart parking lot. Too many of these free-puppies (and there is no such thing) end up dumped at the shelter. There are a myriad of reasons this happens, but it all points back to irresponsible humans.
Kudos ~ Kudos ~ Kudos
We applaud those who choose to rescue. Nevertheless, we need to ask ourselves if we as a society are we heading where ill-bred (or accidental litters) are the norm? Should responsible breeders stop trying to improve, or guard a breed? Are breeders the cause of endless shelter drop offs? Who is really causing the problem? These questions are complex, but we believe responsible pet owners (breeders and pet owners alike) are not the source of the problem. We also realize there are times when someone cannot legitimately keep a pet– death in the family, chronic illness, loss of job, loss of home, divorce, etc.
What should we expect from a responsible breeder?
- A good breeding plan is one that produces healthy and well-adjusted pups.
- Each and every puppy should not leave until they have a good forever home. This means screening countless applications.
- Each puppy should have a reasonable guarantee, which includes a spay/neuter agreement. The only exception would be when the pup is placed with an established responsible breeder.
- The breeder should provide education, and support.
- Should something go awry, the breeder should require the pup be returned to them–no questions asked. The breeder should provide training, care, and find the second-chance home. This way, they are responsible for the pups they raise.
What makes you a responsible pet owner?
- A life-long investment in this pet (and their needs), regardless of how long they live.
- You spay/neuter your pet in a timely manner.
- You train and do whatever it takes to become good citizens.
- You take the time, spend the money, invest your energy, and wherewithal to help your pet become all they can be with you.
Prevention is the answer…
If people (breeders and pet owners) followed these simple guidelines, rescue and shelters would not see that many pets being dropped off. Failure to alter pet, is irresponsible on so many levels. Anyone who works with animals can tell you that most of the problems come from irresponsible pet owners who failed to alter (spay or neuter) their pets. Intact pets produce unplanned litters; they roam streets in search of a mate. All too often they become aggressive members of society–biting other dogs and people.
OwyheeStar Rescue Weims
We have two OwyheeStar rescues (which could also be called returns), awaiting the perfect placement. Honestly, we don’t advertise these guys, because we would get overrun with applications. We have a male who has had quite a lot of training, but ran into behavior issues that were not manageable for his family. We have a female who was returned, because an in-house rescue viciously attacked the new puppy. After weeks of trying to resolve the situation, the family kept the rescue, and returned the puppy to us. We have had a couple other returned Weims in the last twelve months that we have placed in a second-chance home. The most common reason we get a return is divorce. One example is the blue female pictured here that resides with our good friend Ellen. That look on her face was in response to the muddy footprints on Ellen’s clean floor. She could not resist capturing the look. Personally, I am sure it was the neighbor’s dog–I am with Lucy. She is innocent.
First, we should choose to be responsible with any pet we acquire. As to whether a puppy or a rescue is best for you; that is a personal choice. Many people who have done several rescues, later opt to get a puppy. They have their reasons, and some share those reasons with us. Some folks cannot get another rescue, because they cannot deal with the idea of another loss. For example, a couple came to us that had rescued two Weims, and each lived only a few months. The devastation to their spirit was what lead them to us. Some choose to rescue to help a dog in need, while others do so to avoid puppy-hood. In truth, any new Weim you bring home (old or puppy) must be treated like a puppy. Freedom must be earned. The routine, and the household rules must be learned. Using the crate, or supervising when freedom is given is important for rescues and puppies alike.
There are many different paths
No matter which path you choose, we choose to believe you are better for having a fur family member. When we say that we truly mean a family member, and not a pet thrown in the yard for looks. We believe our Weims make us better people. 🙂 It is also important to consider in-home pets before adding a second dog to the family. There may be an adjustment period, but some older dogs will not accept a rescue. Make sure your decision is a win-win situation. Whomever you are working with should be concerned with the dynamics within your home. 🙂
Thank You for making our corner of the world better!
Finally, we salute those who are responsible pet owners, as well as those who work tirelessly on behalf of the pets other people gave up for adoption. Thank you all for making our world a better place.