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Retriever At Work

 

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Funny Thing–Roxy decided to get in Sage’s Crate, and Sage joined her.

Roxy a returned OwyheeStar who has found her second-chance family is thriving. She and Sage (the recently retired OwyheeStar girl) move to the Spokane area. They are two very different personalities, and each brings their own style to the family. Roxy is the dominant one–the front-and-center; look at me first gal.

 

Mama Lara has been faithful to keep us posted on the girls and all that happens. There is a lot always. She has a big heart and embraces the antics as they come. We are thankful to have made this incredible Weim-loving connection.

Roxy likes to bring you something. It appears her favorite thing is a shoe. Maybe she is a shoe-diva or just a finder. At least, she is not a finder’s keeper type.

And There are Two

Luna and Tikka

   ~Our Story

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Well, Mama, we don’t need that little shadow after all. 

Luna has been our world for almost three years, the decision to add another weim did not come easy. You see I am not one who buys into “one weim amazing, two, three, four … the more the better!” Luna and I have a very unique relationship and I didn’t want that to change at ALL. We foster weims from time to time so she has lived with other dogs, but she does act a little different (many of our old games were put on hold until the foster left) and is usually glad to see them go. Her general response was to pretty much ignore the new dog.

 Luna loves both of us, but if she had to make a choice between me and my husband she wouldn’t think twice about choosing me; my husband want’s that with his own weim. I started thinking about it a couple years back and said (more than once 🙂 “I’m not ready to share Luna” About a year ago I got serious about thinking about adding another, I told my husband that it would take a lot of work on his part and even with a lot of work there will be no guarantee that our new puppy would be “his dog” because of course Luna will be #1 in the puppy’s eyes and Luna will tell the puppy how amazing I am & I will be around the dogs the most; so the odds are already against New puppy deciding that Bill is her person,
“OK Shela, pup us on the list”
About a year later we are home with our new puppy Tikka. As exciting as it was to finally have our new puppy, my heart was very heavy “Have I made a mistake?”IMG_2855.JPG
The day we (Luna & I) picked Tikka up Luna totally ignored her (except if the puppy got too close she would have to run!), this is what I expected likely for a few weeks or more.
To my surprise (and delight 🙂 the second day Luna started taking an interest in Tikka! it’s only been five days and the girls are already doing very well, playing & cuddling. The adjustment for Luna was amazing, I think she sensed that this one wasn’t temporary, I’m not sure how but that’s what it seems like.
I’ll have to get back to you on whether or not we can influence who the puppy “prefers”. Bill is doing a good job spending as much time as he can & taking care of all her needs when he is here.  It is common for Luna and me to go one way and Tikka & Bill to go another. I will follow up on that in a few months!
Tikka: She is doing great! Like all of the other reports, she is super smart, healthy & fitting in perfectly! She is very good about house training (only one accident, but we were not paying attention!), not afraid of anything (except Luna’s bark, must be serious if Luna is concerned!), we are working on a small remodel project and she’s not even scared of any of the power tools! Beautiful little girl!
Luna: She is doing better than I had hoped, still very connected with me & not pouting at all (I totally expected some pout!), she plays a little rough but I can see her already toning it down. One unexpected benefit that has happened is that I find Luna in my lap a little more! She’s not really a cuddle dog especially during the day, but if I sit down she’s right there and I kind of love that!

Living In

22104601_10213772673094341_6204209545560945999_oWillow’s Shadow

Cypress, Willow‘s new Weimar sister, is learning the ropes from her big sister.  Jan expects that she will follow in the very large paw-prints Willow has left in the sand. There big plans in store for little Miss Cypress with the long ears and big toes. She is already busy winning friends and influences others.

First Vet Visit

     ~Jan reports

22136876_10213786131310788_46916378947920942_oI just wanted to let you know that Cypress had her vet appointment today, Dr. Onorati loves her temperament and health!  She is 100% healthy, negative stool sample, had her DAPPv and got treats and hugs from vet staff.

I also took her to DMPD for a quick visit, of course, everyone adored her! It was an exhausting day for the newest superstar.

Breeder Comment

We are happy that you two are off to a great start. Getting in the 100 hundred touches in a hundred days–all in low-risk locations. We know how important it is to avoid the places that people unknowingly frequent with their infected pups–leaving behind the dreaded Parvovirus. At the same time, we need to continue the socialization process. Where Cypress is going to be working with the public, it is even more vital. We are sure she is going to take to all the attention.

Crazy For

Garden Fresh Carrots

20247911_10100293471947178_6621653713752737520_oThe Weimaraner loves their veggies. The fresher the better. Grandma Terri captured this photo of Maverick (a young Blue Longhair Weimaraner) Crazy for her Garden Fresh Carrots. His big sister (Goldee) is a fan too!20273121_10100293477501048_1441024680_o

 

Holly Says

They can’t get enough of their carrots!! My moms have even planted each of them their own veggie half barrels. They can’t wait for things to start sprouting!

Breeder Comment

Many of you who live in Western Oregon know and love Terri Jacobson. She is Grandma extraordinaire and Holly’s Mama too! Beyond those two fabulous roles in her life, she is known to many for her pet and critter photography. She captured these photos last year during a visit to Grandma’s garden.

Rogue & Rebel

From Jamie & Shawn

I thought I’d send you a couple of pics and a brief update on Rogue and Rebel.
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Rebel just turned two years old.  He acts older, in that he’s more laid back and shy around strangers.  Some of our guests described him as  ‘aloof.’  He is still very much a puppy though.  He loves to play and antagonize Rogue who turned three back in February.  The pair of them get along so well and are very good for each other.
Shawn takes them out for a morning walk of 3-6 miles a day.  In the heat of the day, they are happy to stay out of the sun and will laze around underfoot in the shade or cool temps of the house.
Kerr's Two..47Rogue loves to swing on the hammock.  With me, or with guests, it makes no difference.  He can almost manage to get up into the hammock on his own, but for now, he needs a little boost.  Both enjoy being around the pool but both hate to get in.  We imagine they call the pool “The Big Wet” secretly to themselves and are curious about why the people seem to want to be in it.
Rebel has finally grown out of his ‘chew-on-everything’ phase.  We’ve been working on a bit of home improvement to correct some of the marking and chewing he did as a puppy.  We’re just about finished with new flooring and are looking forward to moving back in.  We’ve been feeling a little cramped all piled into one room.
We see a lot of Don and Maria who are former customers of yours too.
Have a great summer!!    Jamie & Shawn

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Jamie and Shawn. We appreciate your loyalty and the fact that despite your busy life that you remember us. We are glad that boys are a good fit for each other. That is very important as you well know. Have a beautiful summer and enjoy getting moved back in.

Dutch

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Dutch and Molly (my Grandmother’s OwyheeStar Weimar)

This is our Dutch dog. From the very beginning, you could tell he was going to be a great hunter. But to tell you the truth he’s always going to be my kid. When he was just a babe I started him out young training him with pheasant wings and of course ‘the ball.’ Dutch wouldn’t stop..and in his training he became great.
I decided about three years ago to teach him how to swim. ( Oh, he was 2 years old when he first swam.  ) Mind you he always liked the water. Short hairs usually don’t like the water but he’s a mix* because his Dad is a Longhair. I’d thought I’d risk it. We live on some pretty big water in Boring, Oregon along the Sandy River. The day was hot and water just right. I started him off slow throwing him a stick a little farther each time. After a few trial by error and gulps of water Dutch learned to raise his head and use that long whipping tail as a rudder. By that rate I couldn’t stop him from taking the plunge, jumping in and swimming against the strong currents. Dutch is unstoppable. Thank you, soo much for the joy you’ve brought into our lives. He’s really such a great dog!  😘 ~ Bonney

From Bonney’s Mom–Jane

Dutch has been the best of all the Weimaraners that we have owned.  Some of that may be due to our own growth in how to train a hunting dog, but most of it has to do with his personality.
He plays alone with a stick ball or blanket…throwing it up into the air and pouncing on it, tossing it and chasing it on his own while he spins, jumps and prances.
He plays well with other dogs, too and will lower himself to their level if they are small breeds.
Of course, we treat him like a human member of our family, but he has his own dog bed and toys.  Bonney has assisted greatly in his training to hold or stay.  He will allow Sam to walk around the area while he is on point (hold) and Dutch loves to dive into the brush to retrieve.  He does not like to come back empty handed.  He has also been swimming in the Colorado River and loves the water.
Mom’s dog, Molly, was born about 12 days after Dutch.  Mom and Bonney keep me up to date!

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to get news for both Molly and Dutch. It is so great that they are doing well. Bonney, we thank you for the lovely video of Dutch swimming. 
*Bonney says he is a Mix–she means that Mama (Cindee) was a traditional Silver Gray smooth coat Weimaraner, whereas the litter was sired by Stackhouse who is a Longhair Weimaraner. Although a great percentage of the OwyheeStar pups learn to love the water, Stackhouse most certainly is a strong swimmer. Nevertheless, most Weims swim because a few things happen in the right way. One thing that really helps is getting the strong recall and the love of the retrieve ingrained. This strategy can work in your favor. Some folks who do not want a bird dog allow their Weimaraner too much freedom–they get the idea they can play keep away. They do not retrieve to hand. Achieving these two necessary skills opens additional doors of opportunity for the hunter and the non-hunter. It is important. Believing it is possible also is key. Getting the Weimaraner to swim is doable! Even in the most reluctant of swimmers, it can be achieved, but exposing them to water early on is best. 
Our puppies swim before leaving here when the weather permits. See the first swim of 2017 below.

At OwyheeStar Earlier This Year

The Sadie X Stackhouse Litter

Not Expected

Longhair’s Tail Fluff

        ~ Weim Tales

 

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Skeeter Valentine and her Longhair brother Virgil

Virgil got a sticky fly trap thingy stuck on the last 1/5th of his beautiful, gorgeous, lovely tail!!!! What the Whaaaat. He was wagging the thing so much that it swung around where it had no business being and bam! Fly strip on the tail. First I have to say it’s not easy trying to get a weim to stay put. 

First I have to say it’s not easy trying to get a Weim to stay put when something like that happens, however, I did and was able to remove said fly strip. Washed tail to no avail. Had to trim some. The question is will it fill back in? I feel like I should know this but I do not.

Breeder Comment

Yes, Kaliece, the tail will grow back entirely. It might take months but the Weimaraner sheds hair (even the smooth coat), and new hair comes in from the follicle. During the first couple of years, the feathering fills in and for those that love the look–the tail becomes a beautiful flag.

We knew a person who used to shave their Longhair Weimaraners during the summer. Their coat came back full and lush, but they were cooler during the heat of the summer. We often clip the tail a bit (on the underside) before they whelp. This trimming process saves a lot of mess because there is a considerable amount of blood and ewe during the whelp. You don’t want this flipped all over the walls etc. It always grows back. So, for all you who are concerned about losing a little fluff–now you know. It will grow back. Some folks also groom the toe hair during the muddy season. They just have a groomer remove it. The toe tassels always come back. If you ever are worried, just clip a spot that is not noticeable and document it with a photo. Look at it over time.

As difficult as it might be to accomplish, rubbing peanut butter in something sticky like gum will dissolve it. This tip that might save needing to cut chunks of hair.

        ~ Swimming is Exhausting

We love him so much. Such a sweet boy. He is now LOVING to go swimming and he loves running with me. He is training up very well for that, he runs by my side nicely. He is fearless and very protective of me so I’ve really had to work on him relaxing on that aspect. I love knowing he’s watching out for me and he’s learning to watch my cues for leave it and quiet and learning to trust me and where I put him as much as I’m learning to trust his judgment as well. I don know if you know but he is my first male dog ever. So, Thank you for sending me such a nice boy. Just he needs to hush when asked and that is progressing very well. Thanks again for another great OwhyheeStar companion.

 Breeder Comment

This breed is different from other breeds in many ways. Many people who decide to get their first Weimaraner end up with a male. They might have wanted a female, but possibly there were none available. It is then they discover the truth–the boys are very sweet. Oh, they can be headstrong. The females can be tough to manage too! Regardless, they have a quality that catches a lot of folks off guard. It is not something you can put into words; however, in many cases, the way they bond to you wins you over. After being forced to get a first-time male dog, many end up having the male Weimaraner preference.

We have talked a lot about the difference between the male and female. Of course, there are exceptions. Regardless, in many cases, the female Weimaraner tends to be less engaged in their owner’s agenda and to value less the desire to please. (They can be such a prima donna). While all Weims can be manipulative, the female takes it to a new level. This trait can manifest in many different ways, and much of what happens depends upon their human and the relationship. Yes, it depends on the type of leadership role and your ability to evoke the desire to please you. How this expresses itself can vary. Each time it is a bit unique, and at the same time, it always sports a lot of the similar expression.

Just for Reference

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Some Weimaraner tails are fuller than others. Here is a photo of Max (at five) showing his beautiful plumage. Max Summer 2014-6

Blue

Just Like That

                      We went to Two!

 

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Things Happen For A Reason! If you would’ve asked me one month ago if I wanted another puppy, I would’ve told you-you were crazy and on drugs, but then we met blue. He had been returned to the breeder for reasons that make no sense to me how could you ever give back a baby!!! ALL puppies are work–Weimers a lot of work. But at the end of the day, they have turned into my favorite dogs! Gunner is so happy to have his new friend!! We love Blue!!! I’m so grateful to have the chance to be in the Weimer family with amazing people and great dogs!! Thank you, Nancy, for bringing this loving baby to me!! ~ Beth

Breeder Comment

OwyheeStar received word that the puppy (known as Blue) was not working out. Nancy (Weimlover extraordinaire and NW Playdate host) has experience at doing Weimaraner foster care. We contacted her for assistance in picking up Blue, and she also agreed to keep him until we found a second-chance home. Well, as good fortune would have it there was more than one OwyheeStar vetted applicant. Thanks to Nancy’s intervention and transitional work, Blue has made an excellent adjustment to his new family. Thank you, Beth, for bringing him home too! We are happy that he is a fit.

Gunner loves his new brother. If you want to read about young Gunner–click here! Yes, Gunner is a Blue Longhair.

The Unfolding Saga

Coffee Run 

Hartung's Koda_1098I took a couple of pictures on our daily trip to Dutch Bros for coffee this morning.  It’s about a 5-minute drive but poor Koda was pooped.  LOL!  Gabriel wanted his time in the camera too.Hartung's Gabriel_1096

We are sure loving this little guy!  He’s already grown in the 2.5 weeks since joining our family! :O) ~ Chris

 

Breeder Comment

It is a process to figure out how you can make things work. There is no simple solution. Possibly it is best to embrace each obstacle and look at it as a bonding experience. What we love the most about this update is how you incorporate the Weim kids into your schedule. Coffee anyone; everyone?

Yesterday, we read about Koda’s crate-training experience.

Family Affair

Haze and Skye

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This is a trip to Glacier we took last fall. We rented a cabin and the girls liked cabin camping! They love the water and hiking. We take them for rides in the car all the time and they especially like when we go to the coffee hut because they all have treats and Haze and Skye know that we are really there just so they get a treat, and coffee has nothing to do with it-remember always let the Weim think they know who is in charge at least that is what they think well most of the time they are-lol!!