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ReHomed–Part One

Thanks to Kirsten

~And the Entire Family

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Mickey (left) and Rocky (front right) in Boise

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.

Rock-solid Placement

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.

Baker City_1377.jpegThe 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.

Boyd's RockyThen 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!




Big Into Birds

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I wanted to give you an update on Gobbo.

He is about 7 1/2 months old, and I am amazed at his progress. (Gobbo is a lean 78#.)

Saturday–I had him work quail and work with giving me the birds. Once he has them in his mouth, he likes to keep them. He made some great retrieves and a few points. My training collar works wonders on getting him to turn over the birds.

Yesterday–I had him out for more training on Live birds. We put out 6 Chukars.

Gobbo found 5 of the 6. Flushed 1 and pointed 4. Held point on command on three of the birds and moved in on command on all three.  I am amazed at his progress. He is working like a very experienced dog. The command to hold point has come natural for him as I have only worked a short time using that command.

He turned over every bird to me. Not with out a buzz on his collar but he was very good. I had him retrieving in the water until it turned cold.

Now I think he is ready for his testing ~ Tom (Monday, November 16, 2015)

Breeder’s Comment

We are happy to hear about the positive results. Time, energy, commitment and follow-through have a lot to do with Gobbo’s success. Live birds are an important component as well. 

Be consistent and keep this type of work up and you will have a top-notch versatile hunting companion. Once they get an idea, it becomes their own. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner, who loves the idea of the hunt, is going to be excited to join you on these adventures. The bottom line is it is all about your relationship–desire, respect as well as having hunt-potential play into the equation. Gobbo wants to please you, and he is excited to perform. Thank you for the excellent report. We truly appreciate it!


……and Puppy Frenzy Fever

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Just Say Puppies, and Smile

Who can say a puppy is not cute? All puppies and babies are precious. Their lives are held gently by those caregivers who take the risk to bring them in the world. The reason for doing so needs to be defined. Dog breeders should be the kind that approaches the process with a purposeful reason of the best sort. Our breeding philosophy doesn’t embrace those wanting to raise a litter so the kids can experience the joy of it; nor does it include making vacation money. The person who writes they want to raise a single litter doesn’t understand the implications. They are far-reaching, and only those that clean up the mess have some idea of what happens to these pups.

Our Goal the Forever-Home Placement

We are not raising pups to set up other breeders. That seems shocking to some folks. We raise our pups with the intention of weaving the DNA to create a certain outcome. This takes a lot of time, energy, cash, and experience. It is our passion. We enjoy doing it, and meeting all the folks that get a pup from us. Knowing we change their world forever is something special. Ultimately, our goals are to work toward making certain improvements. We are interested in health, temperament, and the whole outcome. Some of our pups have several OwyheeStar generations and lineages woven into their DNA. It is exciting, and challenging. It requires a support network which includes the right vet, other breeders, and professionals. All of this is done to breed for the future, and to find forever-placements for the other pups.

The Philosophy and Landscape of Dog Breeding

Cliff and I are not new to breeding. Raising puppies has changed over the last sixty years. Both of us grew up with dogs. Shela’s parents used to raise a few pups. Cliff grew up with livestock, and was used to raising critters of all sorts. Nevertheless, the Patti Page song of the Fifties (How Much is that Doggie in Window) describes the prevalent atmosphere. People shopped for a pup, and bought their pup of choice no questions asked. We do business in a different mode. Over the years, the philosophy of breeding has changed, and today’s conscientious breeder goes to great length to make a good puppy placement. Their methods might involve any number of things; however, without exception, it should involve a screening process Nonetheless, there are countless pups available via the Intenet, newspaper, and parking lots that are sold with no questions asked.

Society and Trends

Many a person has embraced the cause of the local shelter, and pound pups. We are happy for the light being shed on this need. Accidental breedings are the largest contributor to this problem. In our way of thinking, no puppy should come into this world without a plan. Yes, we realize accidents can happen, even for those being careful. Nevertheless, many of these litters are born to happen-chance encounters of the worst kind. An intact male could literally produce thousands of pups in a lifetime of running free. Despite this fact, breeders are often the target of criticism.  Current trends have made even the most conscientious breeders take a hit for raising puppies. Some clients have been verbally trashed for getting a puppy rather than adopting a needy pet from the local shelter. We heard this called reverse snobbery. That pretty much sums it up.

The Purebred Weimaraner

Purebreds have taken generations to develop. It takes more than a few dogs to keep the gene-pool viable, and to continue to work on improving the breed. To propose that only pound puppies are an option is to say that purebreds are no longer wanted. The pendulum has swung in favor of adopting a rescue first. That being said, we believe it is vitally important for breeders to continue to produce quality purebred pups.

Willow takes Best of Show

Willow takes Best of Show


What is the Solution?

Responsible pet ownership is at the core of curing the shelter issue. Unless a dog or cat is used for breeding purposes, it should be altered (spayed or neutered) in a timely manner. Some people fail to alter their pet due to not being able to afford to pay for the services. In certain locations, there are clinics that offer reduced prices. There are a few programs that aid those in need of help. There are other-than-money reasons for not getting the pet altered in a timely manner. This often leads to a shoulder shrugging comment to the neighbor about the Doxie and Dobie litter that is on the way. It makes us shudder. The pups may well be cute, and find homes, but this does nothing to solve the problem of the over-crowded shelters. The sad truth is many times a person doesn’t get around to getting their pet altered, or they secretly believe it is cruel. Men (sorry about this) hurt when they think of their intact male being altered.



We need to see the trend turn toward making sure our pets, and those in our neighborhood are altered. Talk to any ordinance officer and they will share that the vast majority of their calls involved intact-dogs–usually males. Wouldn’t it be great to see more programs to help the elderly, poor, and needy have a pet? They need them too, and the cost to have one is expensive. Seniors have been known to go without food to feed their pet, how on earth could they afford the cost to alter their pet? For those of us who want a puppy it is important to remember we need to get them altered in a timely manner. Our contract asks people to agree to these terms. That is another way in which breeders can be a part of the solution.


Neutering Happens……

………….a change for the best!

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Opus last Wednesday–Jun 16, 2014

Altering (Spaying/Neutering) your Weimaraner

Remember When????

                 Opus and Winchester last Christmas.Rosario Family with two OwyheeStar Weims

Insights from Jan

Breeder’s Note: Jan is an animal ordinance officer. Recently, we were discussing the spay and neuter policies (as well as all the different views on the issue). We are posting her comments to balance what others might be saying. There are a lot of folks that want to leave their dog intact. Others are confused as to the timing of the spay and neuter. Here are two links to previous informational blogs on this topic–Jan’s comments follow.

Jan and Willow July 2012_cropResponsible Pet Ownership

We promote spay/neuter at 6 months as part of our RPO (Responsible Pet Ownership) program at work- you and I both know that for almost everyone in the pet owning public, spay/neuter is the best idea for their pet.

Intact Males Bite Are More Likely to Bite


Young Willow enthralled with a chicken

I also tell people that statistically, 19 out of 20 of MY dog bite cases I do at work involve an intact male dog, I think that speaks volumes.  In addition, almost every dog I deal with running at large has not been spayed/neutered…that is often why they are running loose.  I don’t encourage waiting later than 6 months to alter- males especially can get feisty at the 7, 8, 9, 10 month age and statistically the highest amounts of reported dog bites occur when dogs are 7-18 months of age.

Willow is a pointer

Willow was just out pointing at my bird feeder where the birds and squirrels come to feed; she will stand out there for hours at a time, I guess it is like watching TV for her, hahaha!

Breeder’s Comment: Jan also agrees that a male is not a problem when altered in a timely manner. The intact male who is aggressively biting is more often than not fueled by hormones. (Or the habits began when they hit puberty, and something went awry.) There are other serious issues with intact pets, and again, especially the males are prone to these issues.

The intact Weimaraner is more likely to get run over. This is because they have an acute sense of smell. They will seek out any intact (in-season) female in their area. This can result in unwanted litters, spreading disease, and damaged properties. Fences, kennels, or other barriers will not stop a crazed male from getting to a ‘hot’ female. Property and relationships are often destroyed. Shelters and Animal Control Officers spend a good deal of their time trying to mend fences, and deal with out of control dogs. Beyond chasing intact females, both the male and female are driven by motion. Adding hormones to this formula is all too often a fatal combination. The intact Weimaraner is more apt to dart out into traffic because they caught sight or scent of something, and they want to give chase. You cannot call them off by offering them a cookie, because the treat they want is whatever they are pursuing.

Females also can become snappy, and unpredictable. This is often fueled by hormonal surges. They can be equally challenging, and some follow suit with the male counterpart–running at-large, seeking a mate, and being out-of-control. Many times, the well managed (and altered) male can be a lot easier than the female Weimaraner. The problems are more manageable (and sometimes avoided entirely) with altered pets. The Weimaraner owner must gain their pet’s cooperation (and respect). Altering your pet will not cure every ailment, or human-failure to follow through. This breed can be more challenging than the typical Labrador, but when altered, and trained, it can be a delightful good citizen.