~ 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!!!
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.
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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.
~ From the Tri-Cities
I wanted you to see our Sky–and to thank you, for a great Weim. ~ Guy
We appreciate knowing that Sky is doing well, and that she is much-loved. Thanks for the photo–tell Sky I am sorry she had to endure having her photo taken. (Haha)
~ At 7.5 Years
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
Willow has been a superstar her entire life! She has attained many titles and awards (see above) for Conformation, Obedience and Rally Obedience, Agility, Tricks, and Good Citizen, and include 5 UKC Altered Best-In-Show and 14 Altered Reserve Best-In-Show awards!
Willow is very active as a certified Therapy Dog, and we do visits at retirement, assisted living, and memory care facilities, schools and daycares, and community events. I have served 30 years as a Law Enforcement Officer, and Willow has accompanied me on duty as a Therapy dog on calls and out in the community, and at the police department. Now that I have retired (as of two weeks ago!), we continue to do those same type of activities, just not in uniform!
She is always so gentle and sweet, and allows (and enjoys) folks to pet and fawn over her, making them smile and laugh!
In addition, she is a beloved “furry family member”, and goes with me almost everywhere I go. She loves riding in our truck, going for walks and hikes, running errands, visiting with friends and family, and just hanging out at home with me and her two “little sisters”, a Papillon and a Japanese Chin.
Willow is now 7-1/2 years old, and continues to be energetic, healthy, sound, and happy! I look forward to many more years with my dear girl, who always brings a smile to everyone she meets! Jan~
Jan MagnusonSUNSTARAll-Breed Dog Training
P.O. Box 98072Des Moines, WA 98198206 241 2908
Okay–Willow is one in a million, but without Jan Magnuson none of this would have been possible. They have had a fabulous run together–and it continues. Typically we do not post names and contact information; however, as you will notice, Jan is a dog trainer. We wanted those who live near her to be able to quickly set up training.
Thank you, Jan for everything you have done with Willow and to help us. We appreciate this lovely update.
Stone is stealing hearts left and right when we go on walks or to the park.
My next goal is to get him in the water. It’s warming up now so I’ll do that soon. I’ll send pics when I do.
I am grateful for him every single day. He is a very special little guy.
I hope you are well!!
We are ever so happy to hear about Stone and his business around town–so to speak. I am glad he loves people.
~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,
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.
~All things Aroma Focused
Well, yesterday, we heard from Asher about his exploits and challenges to earn Nose Work titles. It is pretty much a mystery to us–you have to get into the discipline to understand the nuances as well as the process. All of this has twists and turns that to the outsider seem confusing.
Michelle explained it like this- “Nose work is not an easy topic…people have spreadsheets to sort out their titles and levels.”
I have been wondering about this discipline as I know many of you have too. We know at least six OwyheeStar Weims who are engaged in Nosework at various levels. If I missed someone, please let us know. We would love an update with information and pictures to share.
Michelle was kind enough to fill in a few blanks. So far, she and Asher have competed in the Nose Work or scenting events hosted by four groups. Yes–there are four different options in which Michelle and Asher took part.–there are a few more she has not yet encountered.
- NACSW — National Association of Canine Scent Work
- USCSW –United States Canine Scent Work
- UKC –United Kennel Club UKC Scent Work Event Calendar
- AKC –American Kennel Club AKC Scent Work News
Each club has their way of doing things–so, keep that in mind. Michelle’s weekend AKC trial event had more than 50 dogs competing at various levels. The NACSW event where Julia and Shiny netted a second place she faced a total of 38 competitors. Both gals and their OwyheeStar wonder Weims did outstanding. We are so proud!
Michelle Explains Asher’s Titles
NW1, DDI, AKC TKN, UKC NC, UKC NV, UKC NE
NACSW NW1 is novice level
USCSS DDI is detection dog intermediate which is one level up from novice.
AKC TKN is novice trick dog
UKC Novice Exterior, Vehicle, and Containers
Each club/group has their own set of rules and what it takes to earn a title. For an example in UKC, we have novice titles in exterior, vehicle, and containers and compete at the next level in those 3. We missed our interior, so we are novice level in the interior for UKC. Most of the venues are similar, but AKC has buried hides instead of vehicles. NACSW is credited as the founder of the sport. I understand it is a bit confusing–even people involved in the Nose Work keep spreadsheets to be able to remember their titles and levels.
Politics and Whatnot
Well, maybe you have heard about it or not. There is the dog politic thing. Some venues are steeped in it more than others–AKC possibly would be the worst. (Sorry, but it is the truth.) If you are running your Blue or your Longhair Blue, not everyone is going to give you credit due. There is a strong bias within the Weimaraner Club against the blue coats. Nonetheless, people love them and want them.
Michelle says–“I always get compliments on Asher…many comment on what a nice looking dog he is. We have ran into the definition of a “standard weim” several times in our very short time in the world of competition. At times, people have made some comments that have caught me off guard. Such as, “They are not our kind.” At times, I have wanted to strike up a conversation, but let’s just say—body language speaks volumes. Regardless, I am a girl just wanting to have fun with her dog. I am not trying to play in your confirmation ring.”
It is the truth that if you want to compete, you have to have a tough hide. Anything can happen. Competitors come with bias as well as swagger. Some are more gracious than others. Scenting sports are fun. There is for sure, not the same level of issues faced with competing for a Show Title.
~”Woof!” (Sniff, Sniff, too!)
I have this Paw-Awesome report.
Mom and I have been so busy with the smell game. At times it can be confusing because sometimes my mom calls it Nosework and other times its called Scent Work. Got me what the differences are. I just nose’s its all about the bacon. (HA-did you catch my humor?) I love bacon…shhh do not tell mom that I told you this. But ever so often, I see mom eat my dog treats. LOL! She must like bacon too.
Last time, I updated you on our first title with United States Canine Scent Sports (USCSS). Since then we have gained our second title with USCSS called Detection Dog Intermediate. This trial was at a school campground where we found 8 hides and overcame a very tough search in a bunkhouse. The judge told my mom, “Great job in being patient!” I have no idea why the judge would say that –Weim-Zoomies are a normal every day occurrence. Right?
We recently went for the NW2 with the National Association Canine Scent Work (NACSW). We missed 1 hide because we were about two feet from source. So did not gain our title. We learned a lot about that, “No, I am sorry that is not correct!”
Scent Work or Nose Work whatever it may be called is not just about finding the smell, the alert or the bacon. NERD ALERT: It is about a team that works through the problem analyzing the environment and how the conditions of terrain, climate, vegetation and weather play into how the scent molecules are traveling.
REALITY CHECK: Now try and remember all of that when the birds or the bunnies are queued– seriously NOT FAIR, Right? No worries, we just shake it off and learn and grow.
We have since earned our first title in UKC in three of the elements (Containers, Exterior and Vehicles Searches). This last UKC trial we were in shock when we learned we earned a High-In Trial.
This last weekend we tried our luck at our first AKC Trial. The nice thing about AKC and UKC is your YES’s are accumulative and you must pass each element three times to gain a title in that specific element. We learned another trial opens this coming week, so maybe by the end of July we will gain our first titles in AKC elements.
To be continued…now I lay me down to sleep!
Asher Von Owyheestar,
NW1, DDI, AKC TKN, UKC NC, UKC NV, UKC NE
Everyone at OwyheeStar is very impressed, Asher. Thank you for the report and all the hard work. Tomorrow, I will write a bit more about this topic and list what these titles earn mean. I am positive that several readers would like to know more.
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.
Thank you, Eileen. We think Jorga and her name spelling is pretty cool, too!
~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.
We cannot thank you enough for keeping us updated on Stone. We are ever so happy that you love him so much. Thanks again!
~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.
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.