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Can You Believe It?

    ~Last Saturday, she celebrated 11 Candles

Winberry_1850Yesterday was Siena’s 11th birthday. Hard to believe. She shows little sign of slowing down except for a bit of arthritis at the base of her tail. We take great hope that we’ll have her around for a few more years because both of her parents, Storm, and Dusty, lived past their 13th birthday and Dusty is still around.
Siena’s life changed three years ago when we left Whidbey and moved back to Seattle to be closer to our kids and health care providers.  We were concerned about the change on Siena but she adjusted with hardly the blink of an eye.  We still manage to walk at least 5 miles a day, around the neighborhood or at Green Lake or Woodland Park. As a result, Siena has become more social, well-known by many of the people along our walking treks.
Siena’s adult weight, 55 pounds, has varied little and she is still getting yogurt and a probiotic as part of her morning meal. Her favorite treat is the pumpkin cookies that Connie bakes for her.
Thanks for letting our beautiful girl become a part of our life. We wish we could have her for 11 more years but will cherish every single day that we have with her.

Breeder Comment

IMG_1387Dear Phil and Connie–thank you for the Emailed update with the photo. It means so very much. Yes, Dusty is still with us, and in a few months, he would celebrate 14 years. We, like you, count every moment a blessing. He likes to hide away in his special spot–where he can see my workstation from the crate. Here is a recent blog featuring Dusty–click here!
Manfred @ 16 Weeks-12We are happy to hear she is doing well. Have you tried the Duralactin — we get ours from Chewy.com. It makes a huge difference. Have you seen our new Longhair Stud Dog–Manfred? Like Dusty, he made a recent appearance on The OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog–Click Here.
Thank you, for your love and care for the sweet Longhair girl. We appreciate you keeping in touch over the years too! Here’s to hoping for quite a few more years.

Tiga and Lotte

Their Companionship

     ~ and So Much More

40768612_10216859279859502_4020557931333287936_oThe neighbors, hogs, deer and especially the neighborhood foxes will be thankful the dogs are headed back to Seattle (me not so much). Thanking two dogs for their friendship over the last few months might sound odd to some, but until you learn the love of not only one, but two Weimaraners you just can’t comprehend their healing nature despite the high energy approach. Have fun with the kids Tiga and Lotte and GO HAWKS!

Breeder Comment

Dear Mike, we thank you for your service and the sacrifices made. We are glad that Tiga and Lotte are much loved. We understand what you mean about the healing nature of such a relationship–so happy that you can benefit from all they have to offer.

For those reading this update–Tiga and Lotte have been residing in Germany with Mike, but they will be returning to the Pacific NW again soon. He will sorely miss them, but the demands of life require them to go home to Mama and the kids.

Celebrating

One Year

     ~Today–August 28, 2018

Mesquite shot-shell reloader_0475Mesquite has lived in Prosser for a year today.

She has recovered nicely from the dog food debacle. Her coat is nice and full and has that slick look again. I see she is growing some longer fur around her pads, probably starting her winter coat. I hope that isn’t the sign of a cold winter to come.

She likes the Diamond Naturals dog food. She is always looking for her pan at dinner time. She has always been a good eater. My last Vizsla ate like a bird and was very picky. Everything had to be just right.

Mesquite likes to play with her stuffed animals. She is always packing one of them around in the house.

I can’t wait to get back on birds this fall. The rabbits are getting old. She enjoys her daily morning walks. She is always ready to go each morning. She just loves going in the car and doesn’t get sick anymore.

Mesquite is a real doll! Thanks again for getting her together with us! She has filled a real hole in our lives. ~ Lyle

Breeder Comment

We cannot thank you enough for loving Mesquite and giving her an excellent Golden Year Home.

Events

Asher

    ~ AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN)

38916168_10214499102225659_5811977962882334720_nYou might have seen the Facebook announcement that Asher has another title. He is on a roll, don’t you agree? His previous Nosework and now this Trick Dog title. Congratulations to the both of you–Asher and his human!

Willow

18527371_10212518698785767_6299104762758563064_oYou may well remember that Jan’s Willow also added the AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN) to the lengthy list of her achievements some time back (click here to check out the original post).

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Breeder Comment

For those wanting to get involved, there are options. You might consider beginning with the Canine Good Citizen; however, others have dabbled in Agility, Rally, Nosework, etc. Of course, the competition doesn’t appeal to everyone. Nonetheless, there are events for those who want to see what they can achieve. We are so very proud these Champions–as well as the others of you who have also invested in this type of adventure. Keep up the great work.

 

ABOUT TRICK DOG

 

From the 1920’s and 1940’s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, trick dog training has become one of the most exciting new areas in dog training today.

 

TRICK DOG TITLE INFO:

AKC Trick Dog titles are official AKC titles listed on the dog’s title record.

The processing fee for each title is $20. Multiple titles for the same dog can be sent in together, each one will be processed in succession after each previous title has been added and printed.

Dogs must have an AKC, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number to earn a title.

All dogs can get a number including purebreds and mixed breeds.

 

4 TRICK DOG TITLES –  

  • NOVICE TRICK DOG (TKN)

The dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title.

  • INTERMEDIATE TRICK DOG (TKI)

The dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks.

  • ADVANCED TRICK DOG (TKA)

The dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 5 tricks from the Advanced list.

  • TRICK DOG PERFORMER (TKP)

I n this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks previously learned.

 

THERE ARE TWO WAYS YOU CAN EARN AKC TRICK DOG TITLES:

1) Perform the tricks (from the check list in the Title Application) in the presence of an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator. The Title Application will need to accompany the check list for the particular title you are applying for.

2) AKC will recognize Do More With Your Dog!™(DMWYD) titles at Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The Title Application will need to accompany proof of the DMWYD title being earned, such as a copy of the actual title.

****GRANDFATHER NOTICE****

DMWYD Titles Grandfathered Until End of 2017

If you have a DMWYD title that is above Novice, (i.e. Intermediate, Advanced, Expert) until December 31, 2017, you may send proof of the title (copy of DMWYD certificate) and pay only the $20 title fee for the highest level title for which you are applying to earn the equivalent AKC Trick Dog title.

Examples:

If you have a DMWYD Intermediate certificate, send the AKC Intermediate Trick Dog application with the $20 title fee and AKC will issue your AKC Intermediate Trick Dog title.

If you have a DMWYD Advanced Trick Dog title, send the AKC Advanced Trick Dog Application with the $20 title fee and AKC will issue your AKC Advanced Trick Dog title.

If you would like to earn the AKC Trick Dog Performer title, send a copy of your DMWYD Expert Trick Dog or Champion Trick Dog certificate, along with the $20 title fee, the AKC Trick Dog Application for the Performer level, and, YOU MUST INCLUDE A VIDEO.

 

For more information about the Trick Dog Program check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Friends

Jeanne Writes!

   ~ at the beach with the Weims

Adria and I were thinking of you today while we walked on the beach. I think it’s wonderful how friendships can develop with the help of our dogs! What a coincidence that Adria and I met in a field with Zeus and Gatsby and found out that they both had come from you! Now we walk together quite often.
 
Gatsby & ZeusToday we took them to a beach close to Adria’s house. It was the first time there for Zeus. They had so much fun running on the sand and through the shallow water. Zeus has also developed a taste for starfish, unfortunately.
 
We thought you may enjoy a picture of them romping together and having fun. I’m certain it makes you happy to see them living a good life after they leave you. They are both such good and lovable boys!
 
Thank you for such a wonderful dog and for the friendship that became of it because of the fantastic work that you do! 🙂
 
I hope that you are doing well and think of you often! 
 
Love,
 
Jeanne & Zeus

Breeder Comment

Thank you, ladies, for thinking of us. It is fun to see them having such a great romp on the beach. It is heartwarming to know that they are much-loved, too! We appreciate this update. It could not have come at a better time.

Reunions

It’s Amazing

     ~Jorja Remembered

Jorja is loving up on her “interim” Mom, Emma.  Arleen and Emma took care of her until she could make the journey to Belgium.  She hasn’t seen Emma since she was 16 weeks old, but she remembered her.  Jorja was a trouper, she made the 8 hrs flight from Brussels to Chicago, hopping into her crate with ease. Through customs in Chicago, back into her crate after a drink and potty break for the 6 hr. flight to Portland, OR.  She was happy to see cousins Arliss (Arleen’s Blue), Auto and Izzy.  She seems to have a crush on Arliss.

At Home

Jorja is happy and loving her new home 🏡. Her new favorite word is beach.  She and I have started walking with a ladies walking group. She loves to run, greet people as well as other dogs. One lady calls her the new LB greeter. Not to forget the birds–she still loves them too.
I am thrilled with her approach to the water. She also hasn’t been in the water since at Arleen’s when a puppy, but she is in it now! It is going well. We are home near family, she has adjusted. We are doing well.
~Eileen
PS: Here are our some of our very special friends

Breeder Comment

We were so happy to hear that Jorga was safely stateside; however, the picture you paint is beyond amazing. What an excellent traveler.
It sounds like she slipped into her new life. She loves the beach. She loves the people. She loves everything about her life. Isn’t that fabulous? Thank you, Eileen, for the share. If you live near Long Beach you might meet Jorga, she will be glad to make your acquaintance.

Luna

Joined her family 

    ~ a few days ago

 

Dapp's Luna3Thank you guys for the followup emails as we get going with the new pup.

This is all great.  I got her chip registered this AM and she’s on the DN puppy food you recommend — the online Chewy.com shipping option looks nice for future reference. So thank you.
We also have a Vet appt next week and we’re so thankful for the clearly outlined vaccination protocol you recommend.  We’ll work with the vet to get this completed without the unnecessary workups.
She’s been a blast so far and kennel training has been a breeze.  What a joy to have around!
Thank again and we’ll be in touch.  -Michael and Michelle

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Michael and Michelle, for the lovely update. We appreciate the photos and your comments. We are glad this could work out for your summer schedule. Who knew? We didn’t until it just happened. (Haha). We cannot be more delighted that you love her and that you are enjoying the experience.

Freyja

Taking to the Water

Thought you’d like to see a short video. Freyja really loves the water. She’s on the right trying to take the stick away from Odin…lol. She’s a love!! Have a great day😊

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Jeremy with Freya and Odin

Happy Fourth

Ribbons

     ~ Willow Wins Again!

Magnuson's Willow_1464She took an altered Reserve Best-In-Show today!  At 6-1/2 years of age!  ❤️❤️❤️. Jan

At 7 they are considered a “veteran”, they can certainly still show and win, however, most really top-winning dogs are under five years of age.

She was still limping (from her shoulder injury) yesterday so I pulled her, she was good this morning so we went in the ring for both shows and she did great.
I love Willow so much!
Hugs, Jan

Breeder Comment

We are ever so thankful for Willow’s continued success. Thank you, Jan! we know you have the special photos coming soon. We look forward to it.

At Eleven

My butterfly Arliss.

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Arliss at 11 is doing great. I do see some age on him though.
Auto his little Terrier brother has added some Gray on his muzzle. He still enjoys going to the monthly weim meetups at Bill & Nancy’s when I can go. This July his cousin Jorga is moving to Washington State from Belgium. Will be a busy summer for all of us.
IMG_20180605_152751152_HDR.jpgI’m still fighting my fight with this cancer.
Doing chemo once a month and keeping it at Bay.
Stay healthy and enjoy your summer.
Arleen, Arliss and Auto

Breeder Comment

I think we can all agree to say a prayer for you–Arleen. It breaks our heart to know you are struggling; however, we know you are putting up the best possible fight.
We are glad Eileen (and Jorga) will be moving to the Pacific NW next month. Having her closer will be excellent. We send a healing wish as well as our support your way.