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Hydrotherapy

~Blue is not an OwyheeStar but–

Thought you might find this interesting. Blue is going to Hydrotherapy for his hind leg stiffness. It’s expensive and I was skeptical but it REALLY works!

Breeder Comment

You might remember Stone, who joined Victoria and her resident Weimaraner (Blue). Well, the aging has been tough on him. Being the excellent Weimaraner Mama, Victoria would do anything to prolong their time together–and to improve the quality of life.

Many Weimaraners like other large breed dogs, suffer stiffness and problems with mobility as they age. We have been asked before if there is anything that can be done? We do recommend the supplements as well as Duralactin–it does help, but here is something else that is promising. We wanted to share this so you would know this option exists.

Lyle

~And Mesquite

Well Mesquite has been living in Prosser for two years today. She is celebrating by getting a bath! She doesn’t like it but she lets you do it. She sure likes to prance after she gets out of the tub. She wants you to know how nice she looks.

She is doing well! Can’t wait for her morning walks, especially if she can find a cat or Quail.

I am taking her to Montana hunting in October. I am sure she will go for that. She has become a darn good bird dog. What I like about her she isn’t ramie, she doesn’t chase the birds off before you get there.

She has her annual check up next Wednesday.

~Lyle

Breeder Comment

We are beyond happy to hear that Mesquite is doing well. You did great to teach he to hunt–she comes from a good hunting lineage, but we could not guarantee anything. And, thank you for giving her an excellent Golden Year Placement.

Ashe

~ Bernie X Boone 2019

~Just wanted to update you on our not so little anymore Ashe!


We just back from the vet earlier this week and weigh in was just at 30lbs!


She is certainly growing into her own and has no lack of personality. 
She’s not the most graceful pup, she tends to barrel through just about anything and falls down constantly but she has no fear and we love that about her!


She loves her brother Chase (Australian Sheppard) so much, and he is finally warming up to her and playing with her. 
Hope all is well over at OwyheeStar!


We are loving Ashe more and more every day, even when she won’t leave one of us alone ☺️. 


Much Love,Jett and Chauntel

Breeder Comment

People like you make what we do a joy! We truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to share these photos and some insight into your life with Ashe.

NAVHDA Natural Ability Prize One

~ Our Score 112

Hi guys just wanted to drop a quick note. Me and Luna were first alternate and luckily got into the NA test yesterday. 

We surprisingly got a prize 1 – 112 score! Wow. I’m still shocked but she did it all and we trained hard. Now just getting ready for hunting season. 

Mike and Michelle

Information

–The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA)

NAVHDA chapters sponsor four kinds of tests:

The Natural Ability Test is designed to evaluate the inherent natural abilities of young dogs and gain insight into their possible usefulness as versatile gun dogs. It rates seven important inherited abilities: nose, search, tracking, pointing, water, desire and cooperation. Dogs are eligible for a Natural Ability Test up until, and including, the day they reach 16 months of age. Dogs over 16 months may be run for evaluation only. Dogs over 16 months may only be run if space is available. No prize classification can be awarded the dog run for evaluation.

The Utility Preparatory Test measures the dogs’ development midway through their training toward the Utility Test. No previous testing required.The Utility Test evaluates trained dogs in water and field, before and after the shot, as finished versatile hunting companions as well as many other specific tasks. No previous testing required. The Invitational Test is our highest level of testing. Only those dogs that have achieved a Prize I in Utility are eligible. This limits the entry to exceptional animals who have demonstrated a high level of training and tests their skills in the advanced work.                 

Breeder Comment on Points Earned

The maximum possible score for a dog running in the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test is 112 Points. You must earn a minimum of 99 points to net a Prize One. Luna got a perfect score–we cannot tell you how difficult it is to achieve this goal. Honestly, it is even more remarkable with the Weimaraner–who can potential flake out at the wrong moment.

To Learn More about competing your Weimaraner with NAVHDA click here!

Meet Ashe

~ We Love Her

I wanted to give you an update on Ashe. 
She adjusted very quickly to the car, Chauntel (my girlfriend) drove so I could be in the back with her on our almost 5 hour journey home. 

Once we got home we had the first meet and greet with our Australian Sheppard ‘Chase’

I asked for personality and boy did we get that, she has no fear, except the loud bark on occasion!
Her favorite hobbies are naps, exploring (under very close supervision) and causing a little terror between those naps. 
Thank you so much for everything you and Cliff have done and continue to do. We love the new addition to our family very much even when she’s a complete handful!

Breeder Comment

When you met Ashe, will be a moment in time I will not forget. The way she took to –and all that happened in those first few moments. Wow! It was precious. As you know–she has been a little stressed with her littermates departing pretty much all at once nearly an hour earlier. (Haha) All was forgiven–you were there. How precious.

Thanks ever so much for this lovely update. I know we all appreciate hearing the news.

Agility Title

~ Willow 2017

I read that you need blog articles.  This photo was from two years ago this weekend, however I wanted to send it again as it was one of my proudest moments of Willow.  


We worked SO hard to prepare for this Agility title- daily training with the equipment, lots of variables, and much off-leash distraction proofing (her temperament and biddability are exquisite!)And, on top of all that, Willow strained her shoulder (not her fault- she slipped on the dirt in the practice arena as the jumps were placed too close together), so we needed time to heal and recuperate to get her 100% healthy and ready.  On this show weekend, not only did she qualify in all three trials, she attained PERFECT scores on each run and attained her UKC Agility I title!  I was, and am, SO proud of her!!! 


Jan~   

Breeder Comment

It was never our intent to become that breeder who produces Show Weims–but this is not the only OwyheeStar success story. Of course, some of the others earned International Show titles because they sported a blue coat–and the Weimaraner Club of America doesn’t allow the blues to compete in Show–they can compete in every other discipline–such as Agility.

Jan has participated with both AKC and WCA (the American Kennel Club –Weimaraner Club of America), but she prefers the United Kennel Club (UKC) experience. Not that Willow could not have done equally well in the other circle of influence, but rather because the UKC is Owner-Handler only and less political. If you are not on the inside of the competition, it might be hard to understand. We get it.

Jan and Willow have earned a lot of titles–we could not be more thrilled or appreciate their efforts anymore. It is no small thing. Consider all these accomplishments–UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Novice Trick Dog, UKC Rally Obedience I, UKC Agility I, Therapy Dog International certified. What more can we say? Jan says this moment of earning the Agility Title along with the perfect scores is one of her fondest achievements. Congratulations once again for all the two of you have done together, Jan.

Keep This in Mind

Jan Magnuson

SUNSTARAll-Breed Dog Training
http://sunstardogtraining.com

You can find Jan and her Dog Training on Facebook–with more than 45 years experience with the Weimaraner we recommend you check her out. By all means if possible–plan to train with her.

Piper

~My Running Partner

Now that Piper is fully grown we can run long distances. The vet told me not to run her more than 3 miles at a time while she was still growing (for the fist two years) because it could damage her growth plates. She is three years old now (time flies!) and she has become the best running partner. She trains with me for all of my races and when dogs are allowed, she races right along with me. People often ask me how far she can run and my answer is always, “farther than I can”. She runs all of the miles that I do and I know she would keep going if I did.


I asked for a runner and you picked the perfect puppy for me. Piper was a lot to handle being such an energetic pup, but we survived it with a lot of exercise and training. I used to joke that she never got tired; just a 10 minute power nap and she was back at it. I suppose that means she has always had endurance and it shows on the trails. We have a lot of fun running and there isn’t anyone I would rather be out there with. Piper is my favorite “person” 🙂


Thank you for bringing us together,
Lina

Breeder Comment

A much Younger Piper

Thank you, Lina–for being a smart Weim parent. I always worry that someone will not heed the advice of letting the growth plates close. Honestly, you want to get as many miles as possible–and longevity for those hips and joints. No one can say for sure how long they will hold out (human or Weimar running partner). They have hip, knee, and elbow replacements for dogs, too. We hope it never comes to that. Yes, it appears you have an endurance runner for sure. Thanks for the update. We truly appreciate it.

Jorga

~At Seven

As you know, a lot has happened since we returned to the Pacific Northwest, from Belgium. Frisbee- I love it, She plays it in the house too.

I’m unpacking and finding things…Jorja will be 7 in March, the picture of her and the little lady is who she named after. 🇷🇴 Romanian spelling, Pronounce “Georgia” /Jorja. 

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Eileen. We think Jorga and her name spelling is pretty cool, too!

Stone

~Making Friends–Stealing the Show!

I think of you all the time, how could I not. Stone is so perfect – even his naughtiness is a joy. EVERYONE who meets him falls in love. I’m thinking when he is two, he may need a little OwyheeStar brother. 
He has brought me so much joy – at a time that isn’t easy otherwise. If only teenagers could learn from puppies (mine especially). 

We have abandoned the crate and leave Stone alone with Blue during the day for no more than four hours at a time – he is perfect – no destruction, no accidents – what a change from our first Weim! 

Stone steals the show at Puppy Elementary Class – hmmm but they haven’t seen him on a walk! 

The only challenge is the wake up call at 4 am. I’m thinking I need to make dinner later – maybe that will help him to sleep past 4 am??? Even though an early breakfast is a pain, his after snuggle under the covers almost makes it worth it. 

Love, love, love my Stone. 
Victoria

Breeder Comment

We cannot thank you enough for keeping us updated on Stone. We are ever so happy that you love him so much. Thanks again!

Emmy

~Weim in a Wig

I Love her. Love the variation from the norm. She definitely gets comments when we are out and about – especially now the she looks like a “Weim in a wig” – Weim snout framed by curly ears.  

Yesterday (May 26th) Emmy spent the afternoon playing with a French Bulldog and today we went to my parents. Here she is with Bentley – a  3-year-old standard poodle.

Breeder’s Comment

Thank you, Jill, for sharing the photo and the video of Emmy playing with your parent’s Standard Poodle. It fun to see her in action.