But Do We Really?
~Can We Comprehend the work she does? Probably not!
Jan and Willow we know them. Willow’s official Name: 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!
When Jan isn’t showing Willow, she can be found out and about the community where she works for Des Moines Police Department as an Animal Control Officer. In her spare time, she teaches obedience classes, visits her mother at a care facility, and volunteers. We are honored to know her and to call her a good friend. Our Weim business has factored into our relationship. We have joint-ventured on a couple of things. All of this might be of interest to you, but did you know she is a local town hero? I am sure she would blush at that description–forgive us Jan. The only bigger hero here is Rex, the German Shepherd. What a heartwarming story. Thank you, Jan, for your service. We are all blessed indeed to share the love of the Weimaraner with you.
Q13Fox News Reports
Hero dog Rex reunited with officer who saved his life
SEATTLE — Rex, the German Shepherd who was beaten and shot three times while defending his teen owner, was honored Tuesday at a ceremony in Seattle.
PETA presented Rex with a Heroic Dog Award and a get-well care package, “for going above and beyond — at great personal risk — to protect his family from armed robbers.”
“In risking his life to protect his young guardian, this brave dog demonstrated how intelligent and sensitive animals are,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA encourages anyone with the time and resources to care for an animal to adopt one from a shelter and reminds everyone to treat dogs like the loving family members they are.”
Rex was reunited with Des Moines Police Department Animal Control Officer Jan Magnuson, who saved Rex’s life by rushing the critically injured dog to a veterinary clinic.
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Jan at the UKC Dog Show
~ Tigard, OR
Beautiful Willow won two Altered Reserve Best-In-Show awards at the UKC dog shows in Tigard, OR this weekend, Yay Willow! Thank You to NW Silken Windhound Society for putting on the wonderful shows, and a special big Thanks to Julie Lechuga who is the hardest working dog club member anywhere! 🙂
Here are a few pics of Willow and me in the ring last weekend, Thanks to photographer Lexi Darienzo !
Many thanks to Jan Magnuson for all she does including the competitions. Anyone who has competed realizes the cost on every level. Anyone living within driving distance of Des Moines, WA would be well-served to use her Sunstar All Breed Training Services.
We will be talking more about Jan, Willow, and her achievement as the weeks go on. This photo speaks to our heart. It says, “So, what did you expect?” At thirteen months she is amazing. We are so very proud of Jan and Willow.
Willow is only one competition win (“major”) away from her UKC CH, so she will get that in time. She is a silly, wiggly puppy and I love that about her, she makes me laugh repeatedly on a daily basis! She will settle into herself, mentally and physically, within the next year, so I am confident she will get her UKC CH in 2013.
I just started a breed ring handling class with her this week, it runs for two months, so she and I will both get good ring practice there; we have a Wheaton Terrier, a Shiba, an Akita, a Cavalier, and my friend Kathy the instructor has Belgian Shepherds, so it is a good mix. Willow stacks herself nicely, we just need more work on holding her stand-stay (I don’t want to be too firm with her as I want her to enjoy showing) and her gaiting, as she gets overly excited when we trot, she wants to “boing” through the air, LOL! She is such a character!
! My doctor told me last week that a doctor friend of hers lost her old Weimar recently and wants to get another but is not ready yet- I told her all about Willow and to contact me when she is ready so I can send her your way!
Breeder’s Note: OwyheeStar thanks Jan for keeping us updated on Willow’s progress. A puppy grows so quickly that is hard to believe this was Willow last January. She was still at OwyheeStar. The photo to the left was her at three weeks. The second photo was taken at five weeks. Finally, we thank Jan, for her referrals. A lot of our placements are to repeat clients, and referrals. Our success has grown due to a lot of hard work, but also because of our fan base. Thank you, each and everyone!
~Shela and Cliff