A Spokane Family
~and their Weims–Part One
Hello OwyheeStar family!!We’ve been having an eventful spring…well not so much for Max. He’s just chills out.
Lucy got spayed. She had some stitches come loose because she can’t not run, but all is well now.
She still loves to snuggle. Especially in Dad’s chair!
We added to our furry and feathered friends with some baby chickens. Lucy is sooooo curious, but I think it’s because she sees them as a snack. She’s become a bit of a hunter (see below)
So far, she jumps up and grabs birds out of the air, comes home with marmots, finds rabbits on hikes and most recently, a porcupine!!! 😞 (see below) that little lesson cost $300 at the pet emergency! Silly Lucy!
~Jeff Melissa Max Lucy and Toby
(watch for part two)
“Ouch” porcupines are not fair game Miss Lucy. It is just horrid to see you suffer this indignity. Please be careful in the future. (OMG)
Dear Friends — we cannot thank you enough. The years we have shared, the stories, and your continued loyalty we do not take lightly. What else can we say?
Hi guys! Toby here!I’m sorry it’s been a long time since I checked in, but I’ve been having so much fun, I lost track of the time!
Don’t worry about my big ears, they never get in my way when I’m having fun!Did you know we can smell deer tracks through the snow!!!I get to hang out in the shop sometimes…if I’m a good boy and don’t chew on the “good wood”…whatever that means, it’s all good to me! Max just hangs out. He’s boring.You don’t have to worry, I always have someone to snuggle with. Lucy takes good care of me. She loves to lick my ears and belly!I’m up to 38lbs now. Mom says that means I’m a big boy!!Not as big as Max, though. He used to be 85lb but since he’s boring now, he’s only 79lb. He still loves the snow though!We had a great Christmas! Santa brought us toys and treats for being good pups!Santa doesn’t know about some of the mischievous things we do, so don’t tell him!There are lots of deer here. Lucy loves to chase them but I’d rather stay close to mom. We watch them out the window a lot.And when we go on hikes, Lucy finds their trails and brings home good things to chew on!I’m very easy going. I love my tummy to be rubbed or licked by Lucy. She’s always “mothering” me.We hope you guys are well and will have good litters of pups this year.Until next time…Love,Toby (and Lucy, Max, Jeff , and Melissa)
We’ve had a busy month. Toby is doing well. He has the biggest ears! Every time he drinks, they get dipped in the water and a drippy trail is left in his wake.
He’s so very cuddly, which we love!! We get a lot of good cuddle time in around here, as you can see. Max, Lucy and Toby can often be found snuggling together and Lucy and Toby are a crazy whirlwind of play when they aren’t snuggling and Max is very happy to be left out of the chaos!
Toby has retrieved the ball naturally without instruction inside, but outside he chases and then leaves it for other more “sniffable” things.
Lucy is definitely the bossy older sister! She has issues with sharing toys and attention. We’re trying to teach her that everyone gets a turn playing fetch and getting hugs and kisses. She absolutely adores Toby and is constantly sharing all of her habits, good and bad haha. She plays a bit hard with Toby. Nevertheless, Lucy is the first to check on him, clean him up. He is hers. Always down for a game of tug-of-war, chase or property line inspection (weims are really Velociraptor in Jurassic Park. “Always testing the fence,” both literally and otherwise).
As always, thanks for providing such amazing family members!!
Our hearts are filled with news of Toby doing well. Sliding into a family with a resident female and the Old Man Max (a rescue you graciously acquired) could have been challenging. Nevertheless, you and Toby, are thriving. It is so grand to hear. We feel you did the right thing moving from the female to a male. Sometimes two females can struggle to take control of the environment. Most people work it out; however, this scenario tends to be smoother sailing.
Our relationship spans two-decades. We so appreciate your loyalty. I believe Toby is the fourth OwyheeStar. There might have been another one or two connected to you–possibly someone closely related. Over time, it becomes hard to remember all the details.
Our applicants come from nearly everywhere. Repeats or referrals from OwyheeStar loyals comprise a significant percentage. We are blessed.
The retrieving indoor and outdoor will prove vital. This skill becomes even more critical as you move forward. Some Weims who can retrieve but choose to do otherwise. They will let another dog do the work. They will just ignore the ball–or whatever. They would rather play keep-away. Absconding with the toy seems fun and most humans just laugh at the antics. We suggest that despite the fun, you make every effort to get them bringing the find to your hand. It is worth the trouble. Sometimes it requires a check cord attached to the Weim, and you reel them in and praise them for the retrieve as if they came on their own. Other times, an enticing reward or praise will do the trick. Whatever it takes, our recommendation is to ingrain the love of the retrieve. It is useful on so many levels–getting them in the water, hunting, and much more. A tool (skill) every Weim should sport.
At Home With Three
Well…you can tell who’s a priority in this household! Lol #weimlove
Previously in Liberty Lake, WA
~October 28, 2017
We made it home safely (humans exhausted, dogs ready to play). It was an uneventful trip. Toby slept most of the way in Jeff’s arms. Lucy is just beside herself that we would get her a real, live puppy! She can’t wait until Toby can play at her level. Max…he’s indifferent and glad to let the youngins do the playing and let him rest.As usual, we’re in love with another OwyheeStar puppy!!! Thank you for all the love and hard work that went into making Toby!Love Melissa and Jeff
It is so great that your Old Man Max (the rescue) has adjusted first to Lucy, and now to Toby. Seeing him there with the new kid on the sofa speaks volumes. It takes a bit of knack to incorporate three Weims into the household. Of course, nothing but the furniture and prime location for the celebrated family members in this house.
Thank you, for being a part of the OwyheeStar extended family. We appreciate your loyalty and ongoing friendship.
Choose Your Alternate
Pacific Northwest Friends tend to favor the Seattle Seahawks. They have been amazing. Despite obstacles they gave it a good run; however, they were not found to be Superbowl bound.
Hoping for a Miracle
Game day at Mike and Monica’s on Camino Island
before the Atlanta loss
The above photo was taken a few weeks ago before the Seahawks lost the battle. Hemi, of course, is in front. She is 13.5 and pretty lumpy but doing pretty good. Zoey is in the blue shirt and Magnum is wearing the other. Love your blog. Michael and I read it every day. Thanks again for our wonderful fur babies.
This week has been a tough one. All the talk of loss. The grief and the concern that one day our beloved Weimaraner will leave us. It is not something to dwell on. I think you can agree. Americans are spending today concerned about one of three or four things. Here are three big ones for today.
- The Inauguration — they are feeling one of three things. Pro, Con or they could care less.
- The Football season — It is coming to an end. Some of us in the Northwest have had to lick our wounds. Others are looking forward to the Super Bowl.
- The Weather — It is always a hot topic. No one expected so much snow to arrive in the Treasure Valley.
- A myriad of other choices could be listed here. A personal trial you or your loved ones are facing. A distraction–such as Basketball.
Personally, we choose to dodge the naysayers and doom spell being spewed around. Life if short. We can either make the best of what it brings, or we can be caught up in a storm. So, after a rough week on the blog, we come to Trump’s Inauguration. We sincerely wish for the best.
Something We Can Agree Upon
We have this lovely news from our friends on Camino Island. It arrived yesterday. Three positive things in their life.
Game day at the Waite’s. This was taken a few weeks ago before the Seahawks lost the battle. Hemi (of course) is in front. She is 13.5 and pretty lumpy but doing pretty good. Zoey is in the blue shirt, and Magnum is wearing the other. Love your blog. Michael and I read it every day. Thanks again for our wonderful fur babies.
~Mike and Monica
Magnum is doing great!
(Michael wrote) At the last vet check she (Melissa Albert) said, Magnum is going to be bigger than Hemi. Hemi and Sophie are also doing great. Hemi has taken on the mission to be a mother to Magnum and she’s doing a excellent job. Sophie tolerates him while in the house. But, likes him as a hunting buddy when outside…
Magnum has been perfect for us!
(Monica wrote) Magnum loves Michael so much and is happy to meet people. He loves to play and is very birdy or a very nosey dog. Always sniffing out things. He likes to take a bath and overall just loves to get into everything. I told Michael that is name was nono, ha.
Magnum is normal and gets into the usual Weimar trouble!
We will getting a new couch in about 18 months, too. He loves my ear plugs and Michael always asks me if I want them back after he finds them in Magnums poo. No thank you.! He loves to be outside and finding things like my chickens and of course is new thing chasing leaves all around.
We want to thank you for a great dog.
I would have said little guy, but he is getting bigger and bigger. Sophie is the only one that has an issue with him. She just does not know what to do with him, so she yipes at him when he gets near her. At the end of the day you can find her on the couch with him laying next to her or with his head near her butt both sleeping on the couch, she has given up at that point. He just like to be near her. Hemi makes him mind is p’s and Q’s. But she plays with him too. Other than he still has loose stools for part of the day, he is a growing and fun loving little guy.
Breeder’s Note: Try adding some plain pumpkin to his diet everyday. It will most likely clear up a slight digestive imbalance. It is also a healthy snack. You can use canned pumpkin, or if you find regular pumpkins, you can bake and freeze them. You can also try sweet potatoes baked and given as a snack.
The heartache of loss
The recent passing of Turbo left a gap in Michael (and Monica’s) hearts. Turbo was their first OwyheeStar. Those of us that lived the journey will never forget him. He had a winning personality, that lead to earning firehouse hot dogs all too often. He was irresistible. We will never forget his pilfering, and how he found a castoff artificial tree branch covered in delicious tasting leftovers, and ingested it. His life was filled with fun, joy, antics, and a few accidents. He will live on in our hearts. He could not be replaced. Nonetheless, Michael needed a new sidekick, and they added Magnum. He is their fourth OwyheeStar Weimaraner.
Before Magnum there were three
Mike and Monica fell in love with Turbo, and they wanted a female to add to their family. They brought home Hemi. Yes, Turbo and Hemi (cute names), filled their lives with so much joy that they wanted to open their home to another Weimaraner in need. Sophie was returned after a relationship change happened where she was no longer wanted. They opened their hearts(and home) to Sophie. They tried to change her name to Shadow, but she would not accept the name change. There were ups and downs in the working through of Hemi and Sophie getting along. Two females both wanting to run the show didn’t make it easy on Mike and Monica, and Turbo either. Nonetheless, they kept their commitment to Sophie, and she is much loved. We thank them for that!