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House Rules

~Regarding–the Furniture

We try to have strict rules so all the furniture doesn’t get taken over by the dogs since both Jim and I are allergic to big loads of dog dander.

Our compromise is this:  One ancient sofa near the front hall is all theirs.  Sucia and Patos know that they can wrestle, scratch, jump on, chew toys and rough-house all they want on “their” old couch. The rule for the rest of the furniture is off-limits.  The one exception is this gray couch, and by invitation only,  in this picture is that it is off-limits, UNLESS it is covered with one of their fleece blankets.  they can only be on it when it is covered with one of these fleece blankets, usually when one of us is on the couch and want a pup to snuggle next to us.   Clearly, this was an afternoon that Sucia and Patos discovered that the fleece blankets were left on unattended…….😊

Breeder Comment

Every household has rules–spoken or unspoken. Sometimes we humans fail to keep our end of the bargain, and it is either confusing or allows bending the rules a bit. (Haha) Weims have a way of working things to their liking. We all know that. Don’t we adore them for their shrewdness — for the challenge they present? I think we can agree, we do.

Thank you, Megan, for this fabulous update. We truly appreciate it!

Lucy and Toby

Has been a while since I shared anything. Toby and Lucy are doing great!
The two shed pics are Lucy’s last week and a pretty funny one of Toby’s very first she’d find!  It’s a beauty. Had a good laugh in the forest at that one!  Do t worry, you’ll catch up to Lucy someday!


The picture of the rock behind them. That was about 15’ high and straight up and down and I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it myself; Toby ran straight up it like a billy goat and then Lucy followed and I had to run and catch her when she fell back.  The look on to Toby’s face was right after that. Tell me a dog doesn’t have a personality!


Who doesn’t like car rides and sometimes we get to share the front seat!

Love the first snowfall of the season. 


We even get to help dad with the firewood. 

Out of the two, Lucy has the best nose and Toby’s the most athletic. He must put 25% more miles. Sure is wonderful having two energetic and cuddly furries again!
Have a Merry Christmas!

Breeder Comment

We are so happy to hear news of Toby and Lucy. They look fabulous–like they are enjoying life. What a great share. It gives people a feel for what it can be like. There is nothing we can say other than seeing the Weims involved in the family activities brings us joy. Thank You–Merry Christmas to you and the Weim kids.

PS: We love your smiling Weimar photo–Toby you are adorable.

Our Milly

At 6.5 Months

Just wanted to send you a quick update on Milly (Bernie and Boone 18 litter).  She is 6.5 months old now, wow where did time go? She is such a joy and we fall more in love with her every day.  She is in level 4 (out of 4) in obedience training on her way to getting her canine good citizenship certificate.  She does so well in class and we are working hard to enforce all her commands into everyday life.  She is still growing like a weed and I believe is now around 45lbs.  We love this spunky, smart, cuddly girl so much!  Here are some recent photos!
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(Milly and her Weim “cousin” Sky are best of friends)
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(She is learning to enjoy playing in the rain, she’s a Seattle girl after all! This has taken much coercion but she’s getting used to it)
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(Sometimes she thinks she is a cat! Notice her blanket which is spread out that she chose to ignore)
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(She has daddy wrapped around her finger)
Thanks again for a wonderful pup!
Deanna

Breeder’s Comment

Thank you, for your investment in Milly–the work, the training, and all that has gone into her ongoing development. Anyone who has raised the Weimaraner knows the joy and the challenges. Like Milly–there is no dropping the ball. (Haha)
It was great to see you connected with Luna’s family on Facebook. We were happy to hear you plan to get Milly on birds too. All the obedience work will pay dividends in the field–and forward on every level. Again, we appreciate you Emailing us this update.

The Stackhouse Sisters

Sucia and Patos

     ~Part Two

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Sucia initially had nothing but disdain for Patos, but Patos eventually won her over and the two of them are best friends now.  Patos adores her big sister and the two of them play together very well.  Even when they are sleeping in their side by side beds, Patos will often have a paw or leg or head leaning up against Sucia.
Their favorite game is “who has the Thing?”  Although they have a basket of toys, each day there seems to magically be a different toy that is deemed “the Thing of the Day”, even if there are two identical toys.  The next few hours are then spent with Sucia grabbing the Thing and playing with it, or prancing by Patos with it, almost teasing her.  Then Patos will steal it from Sucia.  Then Sucia steals it back.  Then they play-wrestle over it, then run circles around the house and start the whole sequence over.

Breeder Comment

I believe it true that many a person who added the second soon questioned their decision. Maybe they felt they were going to fail. The situation is very different. Often the new kid focuses on the Weimar instead of the human. For the extreme Weimlover, this can be devastating. We like that clingy connection. If we don’t freak out, it usually will come. It may be different. Nonetheless, they do become dependent upon their human of choice.

I often say that if you can get through the initial phase–the pouting, the acting out, the punishing looks, etc. it gets easier. It can be easier to have two instead of one. The best way to achieve your goal is not to react to the utter disdain. Keep things on an even keel and try to be unfazed by their reaction. You can do this because soon they will be the best of friends–inseparable. They don’t love you any less either.

I do believe that two females (in this breed) are trickier than a male and a female. Typically a male will let the female be the queen bee of the castle, whereas, the first female may not back down. It is essential to get a less dominant pup or possibly the first female will allow the new kid on the block the upper paw. Something has to give. Regardless, if the humans remain calm, consistent, and non-reactive; I believe this will almost always work out without exception with a puppy. Bringing in an adult might not work at all. Certain dynamics make this tricky–sometimes impossible. There are those situations where it has worked, but my suggestion is to proceed with caution. Make sure it is going to work. Good intentions do not always make for a positive outcome. No one wants a fur-flying scenario. (OMG)

I love this example of the two girls. They get along but have a healthy sisterly interaction. They share everything and entertain each other in a way that could never happen otherwise. Sucia went from disdain to love for her sister. You did a lot right, my friend.

The Stackhouse Sisters

Sucia and Patos

     ~Part One

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Time has flown!  Sucia (Cindee x Stackhouse 2013) and Patos (Livee  x Stackhouse 2017) are the best.  They are both the perfect size — at 4 years old, Sucia is hovering at 50 pounds, and Patos is just under 50 pounds.  From paws on floor to shoulder height, Patos is about 22 inches high and gorgeous!
I won’t lie….. it was a bit of a challenge adding baby Patos to our established routine, but well worth it.

Our First Blue

I must admit, I was hesitant to get a blue, after having 4 sequential silver weims in my life.  Now, I am so thankful that Patos is blue so I can tell them apart! They are both so distinctive and beautiful.  It also helps that I have a tiny bell on Patos’s collar so I can tell which dog is wandering through the kitchen or other potentially tempting places.

The Two–Each is Unique

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After raising two separate single Weimaraners, however, I can say that it was a  totally different experience introducing a second weim puppy into a house.  They have very different personalities — Sucia was always sweet and loving and eager to please.  Patos, on the other hand, is an energetic spitfire and took much more consistency and discipline and repetition than Sucia did.
Patos has an exquisite nose, much more developed that Sucia’s.  She loves the water and took to swimming after tennis balls much easier than Sucia did.  In fact, if I am driving by the lake or ocean, and Patos catches a sniff of it, she starts moaning in her kennel in hopeful anticipation.  She also has a funny-willful streak in her.  For example, when we are walking in my gardens, she will look at you with her big innocent face, and then lightning-hop like Tigger and rip off a flower or leaf and prance ahead, and then look back at you with the big innocent face again, as if to say, “oh wow, who did that?”

Breeder Comment

Well, we are not surprised in the least. This compact style Weimaraner tends to be the pocket-rocket type. They also can be super friendly, loving, and whatnot. Nevertheless, managing them can be a challenge.

The idea of having two Weims if fantastic–if you can live through incorporating them into the family. It is an entirely different situation when you add a second Weim–there is no way to explain it, but a person has to stay in the process, as well as remember not to overreact. Eventually, things typically work out if you take a breath and keep after the training thing. We think you did a great job.

For all those wondering–there will be a couple more segments (featuring Sucia and Patos) over the next week or so. Thanks, Meg, we appreciate you taking time from your hectic schedule to drop us this fabulous update. We don’t take it lightly. Tell, Jim we appreciate his work during this process too.

We don’t know how many compact Weims are in OwyheeStar’s future. It is complicated. We have put a lot of planning into weaving the DNA to get the best possible outcome. It remains to be seen if we can keep producing a few smaller Weims, or not.

The Nose Knows

Skye

     ~On the Scent

20181009_130902Our girl Skye is doing great! Vet check and vaccination went really good. She is so social and loving. She makes me giggle when she gets “on the scent” while we are on a walk and she is nose to the ground, tail in the air and those little legs are just beebopping along as if she is dancing on some kind of imaginary line and only her nose knows where she is going. It is the absolute cutest thing. She loves to snuggle and play. And often is found in some strange sleeping positions.

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Couldn’t imagine any other breed for our family. We are so in love.
Stephanie

Breeder Comment

We are so happy to hear that Skye is making your heart happy as well as providing plenty of entertainment. Knowing the story behind the story, we are doubly thrilled to hear how happy you are with the experience. Ah–you are either a Weimar person or not. I think I told you they are somewhat addicting, too. (Haha)
People like you make the work worth doing. Thanks, again!

Reznor

News From Washington State

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Hi Guys, just wanted to give a quick update on Reznor. Everything is going great & we are about to head out on another road trip down to Oregon & California to visit our Family.

Recently we got our Rez a new tactical style harness & collar that allows for patches & we are certainly having fun w/them.

There is a Seahawks 12 man flag, a “cascadia”/Doug fir flag, the 3 state flags act as his passport stamps for all of the states he’s visited & of course there is an OwyheeStar patch & his birthday patch so he can show off where he came from:)
We get plenty of compliments on it & I think he is proud to walk around in it
All of the backwards “И”’s are a nod to my favorite band nine inch nails (NIИ) & artist Trent Reznor whom he is named after.
Hope all is well with you & Cliff. Thanks, Anthony
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Breeder Comment

Thanks, Anthony, for thinking of us. We truly appreciate it. It looks like great fun.

23 Days

Costume Or Not

~Halloween is Coming

 

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What’s your take on the costume thing? Do you insist they put on the garb, trot around, and act silly? Two of the three is a given with this breed, don’t you agree? Do they trick or treat with you?

Are they spooked by the costume attired visitors–if you have them coming to your door. I seriously don’t know what people do in this day and age. There are community events. Some churches host the Trunk or Treat thing–filling the trunk of the cars with goodies to pass out. Some folks turn off the lights, lock the door, and pretend to be gone.

Typically, we only get Trick or Treat callers that we know–last year it was our two Great Granddaughters. We have neighbor kids living less than a mile from here. I suppose it is always a possibility that they might show up. We will be prepared. Maybe Stackhouse needs to dress for the evening. I will have to think about that. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts. Feel free to share photos from previous years. This one of Bella is from 2016. I still love it. I bet you do too!

 

This Happened

A Dream Came True

     ~ Skye –need we say more?

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Remember, how I told you we waited for 11 years. Our daughter, Jazlyn CRIED so hard.
We are all in love. We are over the moon! Our daughter still gets teary-eyed holding her. She is so in love and happy.

And Other News

Very impressive puppy packet. I love my sweet artwork from EG. It really made me smile. We will be getting another pup from you. We need a baby boy blue…..NEED HAHA
~Stephanie

Breeder Comment

Your story touched our hearts–we are glad this little girl could join your family. We can only imagine the journey on which you embark. The stories, the confidences, the adventures you share are yours alone. Well, let’s be honest. People are more apt to tell a Weimlover they think our obsession is silly. (Haha)
Clearly–you are infected already and speaking of a second one. We look forward to your updates –the stories and the photos. We look forward to one day down the road a bit helping you with another Weimaraner. Then, you can join the Two-Weimaraner family group. There are a lot of folks that have two or more. I am not saying that it is for everyone, but alas it is a bit like potato chips. (OMG)
Oh, thanks for loving Evangeline’s artwork. Silly me–I didn’t get it when she said she loved drawing on my puppy papers the most. We are glad you liked your information packet; and that you are a part of the OwyheeStar community. Thanks in advance for your loyalty–it means the world to us.

Siena

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.