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November 27, 2017 — Cypress and Willow

 

 

~Veterinary Visit News

(November 14, 2017) — I weighed Cypress at the vet today, she weighs 31 pounds!!!  OhMyGoodness!!!  And there is not a speck of fat on her…

 

(December 1, 2017) — Cypress had her sixteen-week titer and it came back fabulous so she won’t need another DAP right now.  We did her rabies vaccine, so she is set for a while.  I plan to do the two-vaccine Lepto in a bit, as we do have Lepto in this area, it is not a combo vaccine (I did that with Willow too).  Cypress is very healthy, no signs of parasites and she is gaining weight. Her condition and coat are beautiful.  She is very clumsy, she is like a foal or a fawn, she trips over her own feet and legs sometimes!  She is around 35 pounds now at four months.

~At Class With Jan

I took her to obedience class this week, she is just learning her basics and I was able to use her for demos.  I am happy now that Cypress’s immunity is in full swing, she can meet more (safe) dogs.  She is kinda shy and reserved at first with people and new situations, she is more that way than Willow was, but she is coming around.  With that type of temperament comes the very positive aspects where she stays close to me and doesn’t wander off, checks for my approval constantly, and is VERY bonded with me.  She is VERY biddable.

~Cypress and Willow (with Daisy)

24172987_10214230882749296_630886405484584027_oCypress and Willow and Daisy adore each other, they all play and play, and they all have similar gentle play styles.  I chuckle that at first Daisy was unimpressed with a new puppy in our family, but within a very short time, they became fast friends!  Willow is the best big sister ever, she is so gentle and patient with Cypress, I am so happy.  I always make sure to give each dog their separate, special time with me, while I leave the other two outside or whatever- I feel that is one of the reasons I have always had multiple dogs that get along.

Talk to you soon, Hugs, Jan  

PS: I am always happy to be a reference as you know!  

Jan Magnuson
SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog Training

P.O. Box 98072, Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 241-2908
-Home of “Willow”- UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial
Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, CGC, TKN, URO1, UAG1, TDI

 

I love her so much ❤️    Jan

Breeder Comment

We are beyond blessed. Thank you, for all your help over the years–support, encouragement, referrals, endorsements, and what you do with your OwyheeStar Weims. It means more than words on a page can express. We wish you continued success in your journey. We are ecstatic about the titles and the joy you find in all you do with the girls.

Willow

Jan at the UKC Dog Show

                ~ Tigard, OR

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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! 🙂

Lexi’s Photo’s

Here are a few pics of Willow and me in the ring last weekend, Thanks to photographer Lexi Darienzo !

Breeder Comment

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.

Willow and Jan

Winning Again

        ~ Jan writes

Jan & Willow UKC BIS June 2017AWillow is amazing!!! She won TWO Altered Best-In-Show awards yesterday (Saturday June 3rd) at the UKC shows in Chehalis, we are all so excited! Big Thanks to judges Judy and Jim Jones for the wins and the nice comments, to Julie Lechuga for putting on the wonderful shows, and to Hillary Tregillus for the fabulous pro photos! Jan & Willow UKC BIS June 2017B
Willow is such a gorgeous, sound girl, and is so sweet- she enjoys visiting with everyone at ringside, getting petting and giving kisses to little kids!

Breeder Comments

Congratulations to Jan and Willow. They continue to net ribbons and titles as well as to make friends wherever they journey. This is most certainly not the last of their adventure. They have competitions slated for this summer.

Willow and Jan

How Willow Spent her Weekend
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Jan Reports–Willow with her two Altered Reserve Best-In-Show ribbons from the UKC dog shows at Argus Ranch today (October 10, 2015)– Thanks to NWSWS and PSK9’s for the great job on the shows (as always), so much fun!

Willow is a regular on the OwyheeStar Blog. She is very accomplished and busy about the business of life. What doesn’t she do? Regardless, we love to share the OwyheeStar news–big and seemingly insignificant. The everyday routine of a Weimaraner is anything but the canine norm. If your pup’s antics would seem pale in comparison, don’t hesitate to send us something we can share. We need two or three good length sentences to have enough to share. Otherwise, we are grasping to find content. A photo is lovely; however, we need more than a picture to make the blog. Yes, we need at least one snapshot for any blog. If you love reading about everyone else’s Weimaraner, imagine how much they would enjoy hearing of yours and seeing a picture.

Speaking of Willow

She and Jan have brought home three Best-In-Show Ribbons over her short career. The United Kennel Club (UKC) now allows her to continue winning even though she has been altered. Jan Magnuson has thirty-five plus years experience with the Weimaraner. She is an accomplished all breed dog trainer. You can follow Jan as SunStar All-Breed Dog Training on Facebook. We highly recommend (if you live near Jan) you take advantage of her classes. This training opportunity is unprecedented chance to train with an accomplished Weimaraner advocate. We sincerely hope you would capitalize on this opportunity. Finally, we thank Jan and Willow for all they do to promote the breed in a positive manner.

Bath Time

Willow Sings a Tune

11221629_10207398910114250_2040596050662741774_oI have to brag on what a good girl Willow is- when it is time for her bath, I point to the bathroom and say “go kennel” and she walks in and gets into the bathtub all on her own! While I bathe her, she talks to me, I tell her that she is “singing in the bathtub”! Such a wonderful Weimar!

The finished product…beautiful Willow! 12017609_10207398911434283_6360924067134620583_o

Lyra comes of Age

Hello from Lyra’s Family

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Best Friend

2 and a half years ago, I received my best friend from you. I named her Lyra from a book series I love. Anyway, Lyra is from Lacee X Dusty 2012. Here are some photos for you to share; and as you can see she’s grown into a lovely girl. She is so beautiful and such an amazing dog/companion.

Another Blue Please

I’m ready for my second Blue. I want a large, strong male this time. Also Blue, and with similar characteristics as Lyra. I’d like him to be playful and curious, very intelligent and confident, and strong, athletic, and agile. A while ago, there was a police officer that had a female from you. She was a canine good citizen. Square face, strong legs, etc. I would like our boy to be a runner and hiker and adventurer, like that, like me and Lyra.

The ideal timeline for us will be late February or early March if it’s possible. Thanks so much, and I look forward to working with you both again.

Breeder’s Comment

Referrals and return clients are our bread and butter so to speak. We value our relationship with each of you and hope you will stay in touch with us on a regular basis. We hope you share the good as well as bad things that happen along the way. We certainly hope the OwyheeStar pup bring you joy and more positive than negative experiences. That being said, we try to set up each puppy for success. We are not raising these magnificent creatures to meet an unfortunate outcome. We realize that all our work can be undone in very short order; however, we believe when a person follows our recommendations things can go extraordinarily well. Much of what the OwyheeStar becomes depends upon your follow through and a bit of knack. Each pup is unique. We keep saying this is a journey and recommend that you let it unfold. With the unfolding, you must stay on track and grasp the breeds tendency toward separation anxiety and its concrete-thinking mentality. Understanding those two traits along with you being in a right relationship (based on respect) make all the difference. Honestly, each person has a different level of leadership skills. You have to work with your skill set too! We are so proud of Lyra’s achievements, and we are equally thrilled she delights her family.

Florian speaks of “Willow” who has been featured many times on the blog. Champion Willow and Jan Magnuson have achieved some pretty amazing things together. Yes, they earned the Canine Good Citizen Award early on. Since then, they have earned Best of Show, a Therapy Dog Certificate, and more. Click here to read about Willow’s success. Lacee (Willow and Lyra’s mother) is coming near to the end of her first career; when she retires it cannot be said what she will be doing.

May 31, 2015 –UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, CGC, UROI, TDI

May 31, 2015 –UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, CGC, UROI, TDI

Back to School with Willow

…… at Steven J. Underwood Park

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We wish Jan and Willow had come to our elementary school or school events. Jan and Willow are regulars in and around their community. We cannot thank Jan for all she is doing and has done with Miss Willow. The titles are beyond wonderful; however, the work they do with the public may well be the most important facet of their achievements. The rest is pretty fabulous window dressing.

 Willow Links

The Color of Dirt

Shades of Gray

The idea of the coat color being an actual gray tone could be misleading. People write us all the time saying the Northwest Weims they see are brownish rather than what they would call gray. We write back that Weimaraner Gray is other than the gray you will find on your paint pallet. This yesterday Facebook post (the photo and comment) by Jan Magnuson is a much better description than most.

Where's Willow?

Where’s Willow?

 Smooth coated and the color of dirt, we love our Weimars! :)

Color is Subjective

We would label Willow as a Silver Gray Weimaraner. The traditional Gray Ghost dogs come in various hues, and shades of Weimar-Gray. In truth, this gray is more a taupe in the lighter colors, and could be called Mouse gray when there is more depth of color. Regardless, of the expression of color the Weimaraner never fails to be stunning, and elegant.

Many breeders label all their pups Silver Gray. Pups tend to be lighter. When they lose their puppy coat, the hair comes back a bit darker. It usually comes in with more slightly intensity along the backbone. With age, the top of the head can become distinctively lighter. Of course, as with humans, they can get quite a bit of light hair here and there–usually on the face. Keep in mind that the puppy color is lighter than the adult color.

Shades of Gray

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Layna is a Blue Weimaraner

The popularity of shades of the gray topic has left us Weimlovers stunned. We have known about this phenomenon for a long time. It a topic of discussion. It is a mystery for those that do not understand how the DNA pool can create these types of variations.

Of course, we are discussing an entirely different topic–our beloved Weimaraner. Those that know and love the breed are well aware that there are these color variations in the breed; they are also aware of that some have the darker blue coat.

Seriously Overrated

10592931_10206363200539896_5256921841001409179_nWe understand everyone has their preference; however, the Weimaraner coat color is often over emphasized. There are so many things which are more important–temperament, health, trainability, confidence, etc. Getting the perfect color is less important in our opinion than almost anything else. Regardless some folks dogged look to try to build the absolute perfect Weim. We often wonder if the effort put into this endeavor would not be best devoted to other things.

Charlie Blue (pictured here in the swimming pool) is slightly darker than Willow. She is an amazing Weimaraner on so many levels. Despite being brutally attacked (not all that long ago), she has continued to be an excellent family member. A lot of this is due to her caregiver’s attention to detail, and the fact that they didn’t ingrain fear when the worst of things happened. Beyond that, she is stunning.

Final Gray Thoughts

Every shade of gray has merit, and can be enjoyed. Without exception, the deeper colors rival the light shades. As a breeder weaving DNA, we see it as more important to get a good broad-based outcome. No one can avoid every issue. Nevertheless, the big picture is what we must focus upon. Let the Show Breeders micro-mange their program; they often will stick with the same lineages to enhance a feature. In our way of thinking (breeding back to the close family members with any type of frequency)  increases the risk of developing problems best avoided.

Willow earned her TDI

Hi Shela and Cliff- I just posted on FB that Willow passed her TDI Therapy Dog certification test today, I am SO proud of her!!!  She and Daisy will do Therapy Dog visits with me at the assisted living facility where my mom lives (she has Alzheimers); not only do the folks there enjoy the dogs, it helps my mom to make more friends because they connect with the dogs too.  Because Arbor Village allows dogs anyway, we have already been there and visited, but now they are official!  11254435_10206421035067985_7324187248966758461_o

 
Willow was a gem today, they had a girl scout troop of excited little girls as part of the test, it was quite challenging but because Willow is so used to so much at work, it didn’t phase her a bit.  And because my sister is in a wheelchair, Willow is used to that too.  She did great on every part of the test, she is such an amazing dog.  Thank You again, talk to you soon, Jan~  
Note: Before this achievement, this was Willow’s official name; her and Jan have achieved so much together.  

Willow- UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, Canine Good Citizen, United Rally Obedience 1

OwyheeStar Fan Club

Good Morning

Jan and Willow July 2012

Jan and Willow July 2012

Cliff and I did not start out to make a name for ourselves. We actually just loved the breed, and quietly kept doing what we do. We had a plan, and in all honesty, we didn’t expect it to get this involved. Sometimes things take on a life of their own. They pull you through to the unexpected. Here we are many years later penning a note to you this morning.

There are many things that prompt this heartfelt note. Recent inquires are among them, but old friendships rekindled plan a huge part. Faithful fans who drop us a note, photos, and send others to us build a platform for us to operate. Jan and Willow have caused a stir in their corner of the world, and they have sent us many referrals. Thank You Jan! There are many others who also constantly write that they tell everyone about us. Our hearts are overwhelmed with gratitude. Here is a short note we received (without a photo). Like Willow, Leo is engaged with dog-training clients. These are certainly not the only two with an OwyheeStar Weim they use in this manner, but today we mention them. Here is what Susan from Bainbridge Island, WA wrote us…..

Prince Leo, what a man!  He has become my daughter’s teaching dog in her new career as a dog trainer with the
Brooklyn Dog Trainer here on Bainbridge.  It’s pretty cool for Leo to  work and to provide distraction
for her many clients.    There is a mighty thirst here for dog training and she is well paid!  Her opera career has become secondary.
Leo is in a house with 3 generations, someone always around to throw a ball or train.  He loves it
Thank you for being who you are and for caring so much about the Weimie.
Washington State is a hot-spot for us. Beyond Jan and Susan’s Daughter, we have Jean and Nancy–near Spokane–in the Idaho Panhandle. The afore mentioned two (Leo and Willow) are Silver Gray Ghost Weims); however, the pair near Spokane sport the blue coat. They have a very cool set of names too — Skye and Haze. They have various nicknames. We don’t have the time to go down that rabbit trail today. Here they are as babies. Skye and Hazey
We are truly grateful we found you all.    Susan, Bainbridge Island