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Mousse Ginger Gilligan Cindee and Vidalia at Pumpkin Vine_0085

Mousse, Cindee, Vidalia, Hollee, and Ginger–the pumpkin and tomato nibblers

Weaving DNA is tricky. Very often, you rely on experience, information gathered, and your best hunch. At OwyheeStar, we have kept the DNA pools fairly consistent. The way in which we did this was a bit too complicated to explain. Overall, the result has been similar–looks, personality, and general temperament. Even so, there are differences. At one point in time, we were desperately trying to get a particular mating to achieve a specific goal. There were many failed attempts–matings that didn’t produce a litter. Nonetheless, we kept trying and eventually, we had four females born to a litter of four pups (Cindee, Ginger, Vidalia, and Mousse). Some of these you will recognize. The parents of the four were Callie and Zee–in case you are interested.

Vidalia never produced a litter–not even a single pup. She probably was the finest-looking if you want to nitpick. Cindee and Ginger produced a few small litters of very lovely and well-received pups. Mousse was the one who has produced multiple litters and a couple of title-earning Weims–Juniper and Molly. Juniper has a show title and the NAVHDA Natural Ability; Molly has the latter as well.

Hollee (also pictured) was nearly the same DNA pool (missing one-leg in her pedigree if you want to compare to the other girls). She was a single pup born to Deli in a litter sired by Zee. Honestly, when Cliff said we would keep them all, I shuttered. It is expensive and a lot of extra work–impossible to give everyone the attention you would like too! Nonetheless, over time Cliff’s decision proved correct.

The fenced garden sat alongside our backyard. The pumpkin you see escaped the garden fence to the driveway. I pulled it along the fencing to make sure it was out of the way. For the photo, I turned this golden gem around. The nibblers were able to get their teeth and tongue through the fence to help themselves to the super healthy snack. Not only did they enjoy this but many of the prized heirloom specimen tomatoes turned out to be hollow at picking. It is amazing how they got their tongues through the fence and emptied the red gems. Therefore, you might say a fence is a fence, but it might not stop the Weimaraner from finding a way to get what they deem theirs for the taking.

Dash

Happy Together

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Dash had his 12-Week Vet Visit and the Parvo Shot today. He is 24 pounds and has the best disposition. He is just a gorgeous boy!

Breeder Comment

Dave, we are happy to learn you and Dasher are off to a great start. It is also a blessing to know that you are delighted with your new family addition. We know how important that is and never more so when someone has had a less than ideal experience before coming to OwyheeStar.

The importance of looks–while often a top consideration, pales in comparison to temperament and health. A beautiful unhealthy Weimaraner is heartbreaking. We realize that living creatures have issues–some more than others. Regardless, getting off to a fantastic start with a thriving pup is something we wish for every OwyheeStar client. Of course, we give tips that can help maintain these goals–follow the OwyheeStar Weimaraner Vaccine protocol, keep guard against parasites (they are everywhere), and get the basics done. Each of these things is foundational. There may be hiccups and rabbit trails along the journey, but nothing is more imperative than getting off to a good start.

Parasites are something not discussed much on the blog. Nonetheless, a goodly percentage of pups become infected–OwyheeStar and other than OwyheeStar. Possibly the biggest culprits are Giardia and Coccidia–one-celled parasites that are found in the environment. To some degree cleaning practices can help avoid these issues; however, puddle-drinkers and paw-lickers can ingest these opportunistic predators. When they do, they can take off like a wildfire in the gut. This scenario is best avoided–it can undo housebreaking at its best. A simple fecal check can help prevent this unraveling adventure no one wants to visit. Of course, keeping the young pup wormed is essential too.

Loose stools can be caused by stress but should you see them it is best to keep an eye on things. The cost of the fecal exam can put your mind at ease. Many times these issues resolve without medication–that is optimal. Pumpkin or squash are helpful. Bloody or mucous filled stools (a bigger concern) should be checked. If you see them, don’t think the worst–so far, no OwyheeStar pup has been lost to the Parvovirus. (I hold my breath as I type that statement, but following our recommendations helps keep your new family member safe). There are a number of things that can bring on such an event (terrible diarrhea)–the parasite infestation, and irritated gut, etc. Some Weims have a very sensitive stomach. The same ones may not leave the woodpile alone or stay out of the trashcan. (oops) It is imperative that you are proactive and find a solution–not only can ingesting these garbage-can-finds be upsetting, but it can also be life-threatening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parker

Our Dear Little Boy

Can’t believe it was just a week ago that we met you and we brought our dear little Parker home…so many things for all of us to learn!
goudes-parker1He’s doing very well and his limp only seems to show up when he gets tired. He’s eating well but he’s still a tiny little guy. House training is coming along…although crate training is very slow. He really seemed to need time to get to know us and trust us before we started much training. Hopefully, it’ll go better this weekend. He’s using the potty bells and knows sit and come, so we’ve made progress there, and we’ve gotten some sleep with only one potty break in the nights. We’ve developed a pretty good routine and it’s wonderful to have him with us.
We thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to have this little guy in our lives!
Hope you both are well and seeing some signs of spring.
Take care,
Patty and Dave

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to hear Parker is adjusting well and a good match for you during this time in your life. It seems like a win-win situation. Thanks ever so much for keeping us abreast of what is going on with this special gem.

Window Shopping

Not So Much

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Catherine Writes

That bed was on sale. We were at Home Depot. She told me she wanted it. 😉

img_2688She outgrew her first bed we used to take everywhere. So now she has a favorite blanket. And a bigger bed.

Breeder Comment

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We often raise our pups the same when time affords. I use the Sherpa Bag to tote them around and to sleep them by my desk. I move to a larger Softside when they outgrow the tote. This is my favorite style Sherpa (airplane carry on) style of bag. You can put them right on the bed and stick your hand inside the end which also unzips. They can poke their head out the top–often you will see me with a pup settled in the bag and the bag unzipped. If your pup is slated to fly with you on a plane, it gets practice time too!

Rupert’s Mama used a Sherpa when she first took him home. He was a tiny boy. I don’t know how long she used it, but it was a thing for awhile.

Bahahaha –it is great she (Lily) is doing so well.

Maggie

Stylish and as Fast as the Wind

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Thank You! We are glad Maggie has found a great fit into your Two Weim Household. She looks happy and at the same time busy. Thank you for calling her priceless. We hope she continues to do well and proves to be an excellent field dog too!

Pumpkin Decor

Gracie Claims My Quilt

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We got out all the pumpkin decor including the pumpkin quilt. Now it is Gracie’s favorite spot in the afternoon. (Eeeek, a dog on my quilt!! A quilter’s worst nightmare – but it is ok for a Weim lover!)
Best to you and have a wonderful pumpkin season.

~Nancy, Tony & Gracie

Cruising

In Style

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April and Pilikia going cruising in the M3

Two Smiles

 Better Than One

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Jan and Willow

When you smile it makes other people smile–if not on their lips, in their heart. It is a gift. It can change someone’s entire day. Smiles are a powerful thing. Some of us humans (and Weims) have a better smile than others. Whatever you have (smile wise) use it.

Willow and Jan are always busy bringing a bit of sunshine to others. They work the community events; they visit those who need help, and they are a favorite with the kids. Willow outshines Jan at these events. People know Willow’s name even when they forget Jan’s name–or call her police lady. If you look carefully you might capture another Willow smile.

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Cartwheel-turning, handsprings,  and smiles are Friday events. I think the Cartwheel might be a bit much for us, but we have sent you a smile or two!

Bath Time

Willow Sings a Tune

11221629_10207398910114250_2040596050662741774_oI have to brag on what a good girl Willow is- when it is time for her bath, I point to the bathroom and say “go kennel” and she walks in and gets into the bathtub all on her own! While I bathe her, she talks to me, I tell her that she is “singing in the bathtub”! Such a wonderful Weimar!

The finished product…beautiful Willow! 12017609_10207398911434283_6360924067134620583_o

Thank You Again Jan

64151_10200572638061715_1147811218_nI highly recommend OwyheeStar, as Cliff and Shela do a fabulous job and my girl Willow is everything I could have asked for in a Weimar.  Eventually when I am ready for another Weimar I will definitely return to them.  Not only do they have great dogs but they are there for support the entire way and long after the puppy has come into your home.  If you read their blog you will see folks who have had one of their dogs for many years adding comments, etc.  I have had this breed for 37 years and Willow is by far the healthiest and best-temperamented of any Weimar I have had.  Five Stars!!!

Jan~

Jan Magnuson
SUNSTAR “Best-In-Show & Best Friends”
Champion American Bulldogs & Weimaraners
All-Breed Dog Obedience Training
www.SunstarAmericanBulldogs.com
P.O. Box 98072, Des Moines, WA 98198

Breeder’s comment—Thank you Jan! This was a forwarded reply to a query Jan received about OwyheeStar. No breeder can unequivocally guarantee that nothing will go awry. They cannot guarantee longevity. All they can do is try to do the best possible job breeding, screening, and preparing pups for the future. That being done, there are variables.

Everyone hopes for the Weim that lives sixteen years (without health issues). Everyone wants the nice looks, and great temperament–and more. All breeders want to produce this pup every time. To do so would require cloning, and while that might sound like a good idea, there are flaws in that plan too! The uniqueness of each living creature is more than special. As the DNA weaves through a living creature, they are stamped with a pattern. Things pull through that we want, and sometimes that which we don’t want. These variants can come from generations before. Thank goodness the unwanted ones are rare occurrences, but to deny they can happen is dishonest.

Every breed has their issues. The Weimaraner is no exception. They are sensitive to drugs, and can suffer reactions to their environment. Some are allergic to grain, certain grasses, and other things. These are factors no one can totally avoid. The best approach to raising the healthiest Weimaraner, is the more holistic approach. Guarding your approach to vaccinating the young Weimaraner will also go a long way toward avoiding vaccine reactions, which can lead to severe issues (and possibly death). We recommend turning to the titre test instead of doing puppy shots at the sixteen-week mark. In our experience, our protocol is producing adequate protection, and in some cases double what is necessary.