At Her New Home
Many of you remember that Mesquite was fortunate to find a fabulous golden-year-placement. She is soaking up the experience inside and out. There are the walks as well as field work where she loves pointing rabbits. She is a bit reluctant to leave sight of Lyle in search of the elusive pheasant, but she does love birds as well.
This year she sits Christmas Tree poised as asked while Lyle snaps a photo. What a good girl. As you can tell, she is much loved and well cared for too! Her eyes speak volumes. OK—I wear the scarf and sit by the tree. Now, can we do something else–snuggle, go for a run, or play a game?
We cannot thank Mesquite’s family enough for all they have done and are doing for this delightful retired OwyheeStar girl. It means the world to us. I guess this is what you call a win-win situation. She went to work at her new position–filling a big hole left in a Washington family’s heart. Good job Mesquite!
~ Cute Faces
Cypress weighs 40 pounds now, she is growing like a weed! She and Willow and Daisy play and play, they get along great. I have been taking Cypress to my dog obedience classes and she is already doing well as a demo dog! I will take her to puppy classes in January at my friend Kathy’s dog training center, as I will enjoy being a “student” and socializing Cypress. She is very healthy and beautiful, I get tons of comments on her. She is still quite shy but we are working on that, and I socialize her daily, I think she will come around as she gets older. She is very bonded with me and doesn’t wander at all, she likes to stay near me which is great.
I hope you are having a wonderful week, take care, Jan~
SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog TrainingP.O. Box 98072, Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 241-2908-Home of “Willow”- UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-TrialChampion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, CGC, TKN, URO1, UAG1, TDI
Luna is awesome. She is smart, sweet and confident but not aggressive at all! We just love her personality. At 3 months, she is potty trained, comes when called and has learned to sit. Most of this she learned from our 7-year-old Weim, Scout! She has stolen our hearts! What a great dog.
Dear Weimlovers, you are the kind that makes what we do so worth it. Not just your success, but your heart and approach. We value it! Maybe you did have it easier with one training the other. Possibly Luna was extremely trainable, too! Who can guess? Regardless, you are off to a fabulous start. Thank you, for thinking of us. We so appreciate the photos and the news. It means more than you can know!
Our Beloved Zeus
~ Celebrating Six Years (December 10th)
6 years ago yesterday we brought Zeus home! I just want to let you know how thankful we are to you and Cliff. He is such a wonderful dog! We love him so much! He has a personality like no other dog we have ever had.From the moment I saw him, I fell in love with him, and my bond with him grows even stronger every day. He’s such a silly boy… always keeping us entertained. He is also a perfect companion for me and enjoys doing things with me. Hiking and swimming are his favorite things!I have him enrolled in a class now called “Obstacle Course.” He loves being in school again! In it, he learns to go over and through all sorts of obstacles. He has to learn to go through it slowly… ha-ha that’s funny! Zeus go slow?? He thinks it’s an agility course and buzzes right through it!In the last class, we had he learned to stop in between each obstacle and stand and wait before he moved on. He was such a good boy! Another challenge for him is to wait his turn while the other dogs have their turn. He loves it so much he doesn’t want to wait. I bring lots of stuff to keep him entertained while he waits and that seems to work well. The teacher has been very impressed with him!Thank you again for 6 years of happiness… I am looking forward to lots more!Have a very Merry Christmas also!Jeanne & Zeus
Dear Friend and Weimlover–we are thrilled to hear from you. We remember the day you picked up Zeus (as well as Gibson). Gib need a ride north because of issues that with his families travel from Canada south. It was so gracious of you to help out another family.
We have enjoyed the many updates on Zeus life, and your Facebook snaps too! It warms our hearts to know he has brought you so much joy and is so loved. Of course, we hope he lives a long life–so we wish you many more birthdays to celebrate. Thank you, for all you do with and for him. We are indeed blessed to know you!
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.
Older Girl Learning New Tricks
Here are a few pictures of Mesquite out in the field today, south of Prosser in the Horse Heaven Hills. I have been waiting to be sure the snakes are in for the winter.
She is having a good time. She loves to get out.
Everything is going well. She eats good. Just to be sure, she reminds me when it is time to eat! We both love her dearly and are very happy with her. She has adjustedvery well. I think she has trained us.I still don’t have her dialed in on hunting pheasants yet, butshe is comingalong. I have been using pheasant wings, which I hide in the tall grass andweeds. She has no trouble finding them at all. I hide them and tell her tofind the pheasant, and that light the burner and she is off. I can’t figureout how to get her to range out from me farther. She has trouble with arunning bird when she gets the scent she thinks the bird is right there,but of course, the bird has moved on. She has trouble telling fresh scent from an oldscent. That may be a drawback of using old wings. She will figure it outone of these days. Mesquite loves to go hunting. I get a kick out of her,when I go somewhere and don’t take her when I get home, she goes around andsmells the tires on my Tahoe. I guess she is checking to be sure I haven’tbeen out hunting. She is sharp as a tac. She will click one of these days.A big problem is there aren’t enough birds around.~Lyle
Cliff says to keep working on it. You’ll get it. It is amazing how well you are doing in a very short period of time. Her lineage is well known for their ability to hunt. Thanks for loving her so much!
Mom says I am going to the pumpkin patch today.What’s that? The garage door opened and away we go!She thought I would do better in a harness.I wasn’t having that, so I chewed it in half.Mom reminded me of my name, ASHER for some reason.We arrive at the pumpkin patch and mom keeps reminding me to relax.Oh my gosh, oh my gosh there is a ball! Oh my gosh, oh my gosh there is another ball.Everywhere I turn there are orange balls….breath, Asher breath!“Asher, down and relax!”Oh mom, really?
Oh this is killing me…..does this still count as down?Everything looks, so strange from this position.Hey what’s that?
Oh my gosh it’s a bird….ugh mom told me to sit.Oh man it’s more birds…oh yeah mom told me to sit.
OH MAN I JUST CAN’T STAND ITMom, MOm, MOM—look at all the birds!!!…..(Head whips)What in the world….???BIG SIGH
…what is that?Hakuna MatataHakunaIt means no worriesFor the rest of your days.
Roy boy is doing well!
~He is pure muscle and sass.
He has a few aggressive tendencies, on a leash and when anyone enters our house without a proper introduction he will go after someone. Off leash he is totally fine and friendly. I am unsure of why he’s decided to be so naughty on leash and over the house as we socialized so much! Parks and camping and family gatherings all the time!He is so sweet and loving to us, like putty in our hands he is and to everyone else he knows and loves. We wouldn’t trade him for the work he is such a character!Although his brother, on the other hand, would gladly trade him 😉 Zeus is old and can’t keep up with Roy for too long!