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Pushkin

One Year Celebrated

     ~Picture This

For his 1 year birthday, Pushkin graduated from the advanced obedience course. I was not sure it was going to happen. He was fussing while other people and their dogs were going through their paces so I decided to take him outside for a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, just before we got to the door his training collar came loose. That would not have been too bad if someone had not dropped a pork roll on the floor. He spied that, ran over and got it and took off like a bat out of Hades. He was all over the facility and would not respond to a recall as he knew he was in trouble.

I finally got him to sit and did a return and grabbed him by the scruff. Jennifer (the trainer) came over and held him while I got his collar back on. We waited until all of the other dogs finished and then went through the commands. He behaved quite well.
Go figure! Everyone in the class clapped for him when we finished. Ya gotta love the Wiley Weims!

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.
Marie

PS: These two flowers apparently do not realize that it is November

Breeder Comment

What to say? We feel your pain–especially Cliff, who had something like this happen to him as well. (OMG) Congratulations on earning the Advanced Obedience. We could not be prouder of the two of you! Oh, and lucky you to have the late season blossoms.

This Happened

A Dream Came True

     ~ Skye –need we say more?

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Remember, how I told you we waited for 11 years. Our daughter, Jazlyn CRIED so hard.
We are all in love. We are over the moon! Our daughter still gets teary-eyed holding her. She is so in love and happy.

And Other News

Very impressive puppy packet. I love my sweet artwork from EG. It really made me smile. We will be getting another pup from you. We need a baby boy blue…..NEED HAHA
~Stephanie

Breeder Comment

Your story touched our hearts–we are glad this little girl could join your family. We can only imagine the journey on which you embark. The stories, the confidences, the adventures you share are yours alone. Well, let’s be honest. People are more apt to tell a Weimlover they think our obsession is silly. (Haha)
Clearly–you are infected already and speaking of a second one. We look forward to your updates –the stories and the photos. We look forward to one day down the road a bit helping you with another Weimaraner. Then, you can join the Two-Weimaraner family group. There are a lot of folks that have two or more. I am not saying that it is for everyone, but alas it is a bit like potato chips. (OMG)
Oh, thanks for loving Evangeline’s artwork. Silly me–I didn’t get it when she said she loved drawing on my puppy papers the most. We are glad you liked your information packet; and that you are a part of the OwyheeStar community. Thanks in advance for your loyalty–it means the world to us.

Five Years

~ With Thunder

I wanted to share these moments of Thunder over the last five years

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From the first day, we picked Thunder up until today, is one of the best decisions we ever made. Owyheestar has made a positive change in our lives. We love our boy ~ Saby

Breeder Comment

We are delighted to see how Thunder is an integral part of the family as well as a Versatile Hunting Companion. Thanks for thinking of us.

In Tennesee 

Our Macey

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Not a person goes by that doesn’t say she is the best looking dog they ever saw.

Macey and our son are best friends it could not have worked out better. Thanks for your hard work. ~ Don

Breeder Comment

Don, we appreciate your loyalty. After your first OwyheeStar Versatile Hunting Weimaraner passed, you could have gone anywhere. The long distance and the logistics of making this all come together make this all the more amazing. We look forward to hearing about her antics as well as her success in the field.

Ohren

Growing Like A Weed

 

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Our Two Share a Bed and Blanket Situation

Ohren is beautiful and a little troublemaker.

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Does This Look Like Trouble?

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I do my fair share and even Prewash the Dishes.

 

We love her so much and are so thankful to you for providing us with this little monster.

She’s growing like a weed! I hope others like seeing our new addition. I love seeing everyone’s furbabies!!!!

Breeder Comment

We are delighted to learn how things are going. It means a lot to us to have this update. Thank you! We know our readers will also enjoy it. One can only bring home so many Weimaraner puppies in a lifetime. Living vicariously through other’s experience is fun.

Jaeger

Just Napping

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The above snapshot is taken with my wife’s dog Caoimhe (pronounced Keeva). She has taken to him very nicely… They play a lot.
Gardner's Ruger and JaegerHere he is with Ruger, who actually curled up there when Jaeger was already there. Ruger is progressing slower; he has never been one to play a lot with other dogs.
Jaeger is still gaining like a horse, 16.9lbs today. He doesn’t like crate training, but we are slowly making progress.

Breeder Comment

It appears you are off to a good start incorporating the new OwyheeStar Weim into your family. It is a plus that Caoimhe likes to play with him. The most significant thing where he is going to hunt is to get him following in Ruger’s paw prints in the field. We know you have this as a goal. There are so many things when you bring home the Weimaraner–the crate-training you mentioned, housebreaking, the recall, and other essential disciplines that it takes focus. You, having been down this path before understand all too well for what we speak. We look forward to hearing news from time to time of Jaeger and his exploits.

Duke

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Duke is 9 weeks, 3 days now and adjusting well with us. We are working on the puppy biting, potty training, fetching and walking on a leash. He loves running with the other dogs in the backyard and learning which cats he can and can’t mess with! 😉 He especially loves our cat Tiger who tolerates being tackled by Duke daily! He also loves our walks down to the bus stop to pick up his human siblings. We are really enjoying him, he’s got so much personality and sass already!

 

Breeder Comment

Thanks for staying in touch and giving us this update on Duke. We know how much it is to manage the household, a small business, and everything else associated with the family. You are doing great!

If you are reading this and live in the Treasure Valley Sandy has a cake business. You can connect with her on Facebook–Cake Creations by Sandy! You’ll be glad you looked her up.

 

Blast From the Past

Garden Raiders

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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.