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Filling the Void

We are waiting for pups here just like you folks on our Wait List. I am out of easy posts for the blog, and I needed one this morning. I thought you might enjoy these photos pulled from the archives. A puppy fix never hurt anyone.

Pile on the Blankets

No Rush to Rise


Arliss under the covers

The Pacific Northwest weather has been nothing short of wet. Far Eastern Oregon (home of OwyheeStar) has moved to window-scraping weather in a blink of any eye. Hoses must be winterized with predictions of a twenty-degree low last night. That kind of cold means it takes some time to awaken and warm. This slower to warm up and move attitude is true of the earth as well as the critters that reside herein.

Arliss loves being snuggled in the warm bed. He sees no reason to hurry toward the inevitable. He is not alone. Snow in the mountains. We see it above Boise. The ski resorts will soon be opening. The snowmobiles are getting a tuneup in anticipation. By the way, some Weims have snowsuits.

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Yesterday was this crazy pup’s birthday. She finally made it to a year old (I had my doubts). I can not believe that it was a year ago we got a call from OwyheeStar Weimaraners (Shela and Cliff Nielsen), and we started the process of bringing Lexi home with us. Who knew she would become as important to us as some people’s kids are? ( lol) We could not have asked for a better pal than Lexi. We love this crazy little dog and we are excited to look forward to many more adventures together!!!
Therefore, we did what any good parents would do and threw her a birthday party, with a cake and treats for all her doggy friends!!!

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Breeder’s Comment We are happy to hear Lexi has celebrated her birthday in style. There is no way to understand just how life changing the Weimaraner experience is until you take the journey. Thank you for remembering us and for loving Miss Lexi so much. We sincerely hope she brings you years of joy. 

Fellig’s Progress

Just a few lines abut Fellig’s progress; now it’s coming up to a month of having him around.

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As you can see from his FB posts he has settled in well, is enjoying all kinds of adventures and is trying all kinds of foods and winning all kinds of friends on his journey!
There are two bad things about Fellig – one, his biting. My arms and hands are full of welts, and it is extremely difficult to break him of the habit. I’ve noticed that the biting occurs (mostly) when he is tired. Two, his screaming when he has to go in the lair. But both these things are surmountable and nothing compared to how great he is in other departments.
He hasn’t once had an accident in the house – it’s quite amazing! He takes himself outside and is now starting to save poops until our morning walk rather than in the garden.
He is learning really quickly. He knows his name, know his whistle and comes to it also 80% of the time will come when asked, and he sits. He is learning ‘off’ because he is ripping holes in pants and shorts from jumping and grabbing.
He loves travelling in the car and has found his favourite niche (the passenger seat floor) where I provide a bowl of ice (it’s still hot here). And he likes to watch out of all the windows.
He is free feeding now. I have shifted him to two new kibbles since we can’t find the one you use here, a large breed puppy grain free and a limited ingredient grain free adult kibble. I top this with a little raw lamb, and he has sampled salmon (he likes it cooked) and many vegetables and fruits and these are included in his bowl. He likes chick peas as well. He LOVES green beans, and I have discovered him helping himself to them straight out of the garden!!
He is pretty fearless – the only thing that phases him are sirens and motorbikes – he doesn’t mind storms and is very friendly with all dogs, and people. I take him everywhere – art openings, shopping, etc. and everywhere we go people want to say hello and make a fuss and he certainly accepts all that attention with grace.
We hike and go on various walks quite a few times a day and also he loves the dog park. He is off leash a lot of the time, sticks close and comes when called.
He sleeps with me on the bed – sometimes he gets up in the night and asks to go out, but more and more is lasting all night. He gets very fractious when he is tired and bites, but then flops down beside me and snuggles up.
He is a very, very smart little wilful creature and is going to be a great little dog.
I’ll keep you posted and feel free to guide people to his FB page!
best, Jill


A No Empty Nest

When my kids asked me what I was going to do when they moved out, I said I would get a puppy.

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What a puppy we got!  

Koda is so smart, loving, devoted, conniving, demanding, naughty, talkative, intuitive, protective, beautiful, I could go on, but let’s just say he is the best dog ever!  He has brought more joy, fun, love (and challenge) to our lives than we ever could have hoped for.

Training Happens

He has taught me as much as I have taught him.  He pretty much became a full-time hobby for me.  He does several tricks, including some pretty incredible balancing things on his head acts, but his best trick of all is how he has stolen our hearts.  My grey ghost is my shadow, he’s a leaner, a nudger, a nuzzler, he is as he is named, “friend”.  He helps around the property as well as around the house.  He even brings me my shoes when he wants to go out, which he figured out on his own.  He knew me putting on my shoes meant he might be going outside, so he took it from there.  Thank you for this special boy, who celebrated his 4th birthday today.  He is cherished!

A Weim Fix

Sometimes Words do not Suffice

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Sometimes Words Cloud the Issue–today for your enjoyment a few Weim looks.


AKA Whippersnapper

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Well, we are just past the 10-week mark and boy are we having fun!  Olli, aka Whippersnapper, is keeping us all busy and entertained. He already knows the sit and drop it commands, and we are working on the come.  I should send pictures of our flower pots as Olli is quite the gardener although his pruning skills are questionable….  Still working on house training – but we will get there.  We know when he needs a nap is when his energy level goes through the roof! The little devil turns back into the sweetest puppy once he wakes up and gets out of his crate:). Our older dog is still not thrilled but tolerates him better when outside.  That will take some time.

Breeder’s Comment

It sounds like you are off to a good start. The recall (coming when called) is vital to master. Pruning skills are not a necessity but could come in handy.  The resident Weim being happy about the new arrival will take some time. Regardless, it is hard to move over and share some of the limelight.

An OwyheeStar Labor Day

Dusty Trails (or tails) at the Nielsen Farm

Murray for a Walk with Cliff and Shela-15

There are no puddles despite the sprinkles we have seen. The only real water is the irrigation water; in some places it is sparse. Dust boils up from the dry fields being harvested. Nonetheless, our hay looks lush in comparison.

We had this little longhair out for a walk. Not everyone loves the Longhair Weimaraner (sometimes called the other Weimaraner). Nonetheless, they have a growing fan base. Cliff and Shela adore all things Weimaraner.

This Week at OwyheeStar

10906300_886047904762849_586912771443928812_nSeptember unfolds as we say goodbye to August 2005. The fall temperatures are pressing in, and it seems like football weather. Those in the Northwest are well aware of the Boise State — Washington game that occurred late yesterday. The first half was all Boise State; the second half it looked like Washington was going to overtake them–or at least they would tie Boise’s score. A missed last-minute Washington field goal was Boise’s saving grace.

We mentioned the fall-like weather. It was below fifty degrees when we turned in last evening. It is fifty this morning. A home cooked breakfast is in the works for Cliff. We hope you have something fun planned for Labor Day Weekend. We don’t know for sure what we will be doing. It for sure will include more football.

This Week on the Blog

We are once again thankful for the updates that make this possible!

Sunday— August 30 — Sometimes You Gotta Get Away

Monday — August 31 — The OwyheeStar Blog

Tuesday — September 1 – For Those Off Leash In Idaho

Wednesday — September 2— Bella Blue

Thursday — September 3—Weim Taunting Lizard

Friday — September 4—Besties

On a very personal note

IMG_0826It has been yet another busy week–no surprise at all. We are working on the farmhouse remodel. I believe we will be tying up a lot of loose ends this weekend; however, I am only on board for the trip. The skipper has not laid out a clear voyage on paper for me yet. Sometimes when he is at the helm there are a lot of changes; therefore, it is best to be the ever dutiful deck mate. Sometimes I fail to excel. We are both administrator-types.

My arm is improving. Progress is slow but consistent. I am not wearing the compression sleeve, and it doesn’t get any worse. The lymphedema massage therapist said my arm is doing better than another client’s arm who is experiencing almost identical issues. My arm has gotten better (with limiting compression), and this woman is wearing the compression sleeve constantly and has developed severely pitted edema symptoms. I feel for her.

As Alway

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming–we need the updates. They are vital for inspiration, and they brighten our day. Yes, and allow us to have something to share.

Beauty Rest Required

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  1. Adequate shut eye time.
  2. The right sofa, chair, or bed.
  3. A pillow.

After all, a girl needs what she needs. Right?