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Gio’s Story

~AKA Captain Cadaver

IMG_5649Breeder Comment: Our contract states that if a person cannot keep their Weimaraner, they need to return them to us. That being said–sometimes unfortunate circumstances engulfs a person. It would be unkind to point the blame at someone who fell on hard times. In this situation, this OwyheeStar Weimar found the ultimate placement. We appreciate hearing from the family and what they have done for the OwyheeStar offspring. Read on to learn more. And heartfelt thanks to this family–we appreciate you!

The Beginning 

We adopted Gio back in 2011/ son of Blue from your breeding program. He’s now 7/ 8 as of 10/10/18.

The first year was a bit rough, he was a bull-headed pup who wasn’t sure how anyone could be considered more important than him-Be they dog or human. Every year with this boy has been a gentle ease into being an extremely loving family dog! He’s an amazing athlete- loves running with us while we mountain bike or ATV. His most comical trait has been earning the title Captain Cadaver! He finds bones & body parts wherever we ride or walk. He must have an excellent nose. I feel guilty for not getting him into search & rescue.

Via Oregon Weimaraner Rescue

He came to us via Oregon Weimaraner Rescue. His owners lost their home & livelihood back in the crash of 2008. We were volunteers for a Weim rescue waiting for our big blue to come in, it took three years before the right guy came along. All that said- we wanted to get in touch with you to let you know how great and beautifully your blue boy is doing and how loved he is, two to make sure that when there is a need in our small pack we know where to find another one similar to him.

He was never a true rescue situation in that there was no pressure to hurry and place him, they wanted verification that he was going to a qualified loving family before letting him go. The couple, from what I understand, lost their employment and home. They were trying to make it work keeping him and living with their parents and their parents 5 Pomeranians, but it was chaos.

Our Gio

     ~ Our Story

To this day Gio/Yeager gravitates to those small fluffy dogs like- let’s be friends- they look at him & his 93-pound body like is he out of his mind. I just wanted to contact you to let you know a positive story of one of your pups and what a full and wonderful life he is leading. We live on a 5-acre farm in South Salem, he loves joining us for feeding the chickens, ducks, sheep, and goats. He is amazing a following us on mountain bikes, running, or riding or swimming next to paddle boards.

The thought of not having him in our life is depressing. Our close friends just lost their two big boys to cancer last weekend and it makes you scared to imagine life without such a great friend by your side. Hence, here I am establishing contact with you and making sure there is a chance to find a boy similar to him someday again. As of now, he’s healthy and by my side, most of the day and that’s the way we like it :O)

Side Notes

**The couple who gave him up were friends with one of the staff of Weim rescue and she vetted us extensively. She knew we were athletes, I worked at home, had Weim experience, and knew what we were getting into and that he was a prize of a rescue dog. I contacted the woman who volunteered for Weim Rescue to get his info to contact you. She mentioned that he was a son of Blue.

**Having a papered dog is not really important to us.  During our time with rescue, we helped place and transported close to 20 dogs in just a few years. I know that’s not epic, but it gives you an idea of us looking for a good fit for our family while trying to fit people with the right Weims for their families. BTW I loved your note on explaining how some people are Weim people and some just aren’t- it was comically honest yet beautifully written!

Puppy Faces

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.

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

March ….

Hello look, the weather's great lets go before the next blizzard arrives...

Hello look, the weather’s great lets go before the next blizzard arrives…

Next week, we say good-bye to March, and hello to April. Some have described March as being Bi-polar in nature. (If not), then it is certainly a fickle trickster. March madness is another term we love; it applies to more than a basketball tournament.

April in the Treasure Valley is normally a bit more reliable, but there is still the flirting with summer-like temps, and then frosty mornings. The peas I planted have not made an appearance yet, nor has the grass Cliff planted. We await their arrival with anticipation. Soon (very soon) Cliff will need to turn on the irrigation water, and begin watering our crops. We are fortunate to have ground water, whereas many of the local farmers rely on the Owyhee Reservoir which is at less than 20% last time I heard. They are not expecting an influx from a spring melt either.

Winter-weather doesn’t stop us from going out. In fact, many of the Weims delight in the snow; they frolic in it like it is some kind of heavenly fluff. The rain can be a bit more challenging; however, many who live where there is rain learn to more than tolerate it. A few even love it.

Here are the links for this week’s blogs….

Around OwyheeStar……

Cliff and the New Lawn MowerCliff has been busy around the farm, and on some much-needed landscaping revision. It will be as a simple affair. It is more of a cleanup, and clear our situation, than a fancy landscape. Not that we would not love to go full blown into terracing the area, etc. We have too many other projects calling us. Cliff has dropped two trees. We loved them, but they were very close to the house, and power-line. In addition, the pine tree appeared to be dying. The last thing we need is for a big wind to drop it on our house. That won’t be happening, because we brought down the pine yesterday. Cliff already had the crab apple tree on the ground. We look a little bare on the west side, but it should end up being easier to manage. Cliff will plant some grass and mow it. Thank God his father bought the new lawn mower. He thought Cliff needed it since he now must mow both yards.


Outdoors we have not seen anything green except for the winter wheat, weeds, and people’s lawns. The grass is getting greener. Inside, I have started my tomatoes, peppers, and some flowers. I love the heirlooms; however, I am open to other tomatoes. I have my usual Brandywine and Pear Totmato Heirlooms. They need me to trim back the extra stalks. I planted some Shasta daisies from seed. That is something I have not done before. Normally, I try to buy some started daisies. The last few years I have not had good luck with these; therefore, I thought I would see what I can do with starting them myself.

Puppies and People…

 1_6634Elsa_5827We are also busy with spring puppies; and the people that come along for the ride. I have been working on some photos for days. I am doing what I said I would not do–editing them. It takes a great deal of time and patience. It is all good. 🙂  So, we are busy with the walks, interaction, and caring it takes. We have toted the pups to the timber patch, as well as the hay field. They love the experience. 

Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!

Hunting Doves in California

It’s hunting season again, and we hunted for dove out in Blythe California this past weekend.

sneaking up on the girlsTemperatures were hot but he did great! We always hunt next to or very close to a canal so he can stay nice and wet and cooled off. He did great finding and retrieving our downed birds. Sorry, we didn’t get any video or action photos. the retrieve

Here (on the left) is a photo of G2 on a retrieve with the girls and my dad John Nicols Sr. Kinda fuzzy sorry about that.Blythe Ca dove hunting

Some would say the family that hunts together stays together. For sure, this is a fun experience that affords a special bonding experience.

Breeder’s Note: We are thrilled to receive word that G2 continues to be a great family member, and awesome hunting companion. Recently John, John Sr., and the kids all went out to hunt doves. Here are some photos from their trip.