~ How About This?!?
Here’s a way to exercise your Weimaraner and to have a ton of fun too–unless you end up on the ground.
These two are amazing.
~ Or How Lisa added years to Azura’s Life
Breeder Note: When we met Lisa, she didn’t know how much longer her Service Dog (Azura) would be with her. So, she was seeking a Weimaraner to train to fill the very large Azura Paw Prints.
You all know that I don’t write about anything except the OwyheeStar Weimaraner. I ask you not to post other dog information, etc., but this seems like the exception. Someone might be able to use this information to prolong or save their Weimaraner’s life. So read on–as Lisa tells you her story.
A few years ago I met someone by chance, she was admiring Azura, my Blue Doberman, we got to talking and she shared stories about how a Dog Crockpot Stew had helped her rescue dogs with their their various coat, allergy and general health issues. I asked her for the recipe, and she emailed it to me. I liked the idea and was going to try it when I had some free time.
Fast forward to the end of July 2019 when Azura, then 7 1/2 years old, was diagnosed with serious heart issues. I asked the vet cardiologist how long he thought we had and he said, “Maybe a year.” To say the news was devastating would be a huge understatement. What I also learned from the vet is that the FDA had been doing studies on grain-free diets and heart disease and had found that the combination of grain-free and sweet potatoes and peas in the first 10 ingredients seemed to be the connection to heart disease.
My regular vet recommended that we start Azura on some heart supplements in addition to the supplements and meds that the cardiologist had prescribed, and also suggested that I start feeding Azura beef heart.
Years before, my vet had recommended staying away from chicken and lamb, so I’ve been feeding Azura beef, fish or fowl kibble. Now I was looking for non-grain-free beef, fish or fowl kibble and was finding almost nothing. That’s when I remembered the Canine Crockpot Stew. I bought all the ingredients and made my first crockpot stew. I also managed to find a suitable kibble in the Wildology brand of kibble.
We returned to the cardiologist in November for Azura’s 3-month checkup. They ran all the tests and the results were that she had improved around 80-85%. He said the meds usually produced a 5% improvement. I knew she had improved because her energy level and stamina had greatly improved, and I was so grateful that the tests proved it. When I reminded the vet what he had said in July about “maybe a year” and asked how long he thought we had, he said, “Oh, years! She’s doing great!” I told him I had made a deposit for a puppy and he said, “Oh, puppies are great! It will be great for Azura and great for the puppy!” When I read his report later, his words were “Azura looks phenomenal today.”
We went back for Azura’s checkup in February and her test results showed mild improvement and the best news was that we could now go six months until the next follow-up. If her results at that time are static or improved, the vet will likely start weaning her off her meds and we’ll continue with the supplements.
On February 18, Sophia, 2-month old Blue Weimaraner, was delivered by Shela and Cliff. It’s been a little over a month, and I can safely tell the vet that he was right, this puppy is great for Azura and Azura is great for the puppy! Azura is now getting the exercise that only a puppy can give her, which is so much more than chasing, fetching and retrieving a ball! They’re both thriving.
Sophia had been here for three days when she realized that what she was eating was different than what Azura was eating. When Azura finished her stew, Sophia was right there ready to lick the bowl. I started adding a little water to the left-over stew at the bottom of the jar and I poured it on top of Sophia’s kibble. She now licks her own bowl clean. I’ve slowly been adding a bit more stew and a bit more water to Sophia’s meals and she now sits by her kibble until I add the good stuff. Smart girl!
I feed Azura the stew morning and night. She has free-fed all of her life, always had a full bowl of kibble available, and since she’s not used to eating only a mealtime, I open her kibble container early afternoon and let her snack. Now, with Sophia having three meals a day, I put a half a scoop of kibble in Azura’s dish when I give Sophia her afternoon kibble, and that seems to be working well.
~Or Chester has Style
Just because we are all cooped up in the house doesn’t mean we can’t do it with style.
Well, Chester–the photos are what we needed–your cute face for a Monday morning. Oh, and a little education on how to look fabulous in any situation.
~News From The “McPack”
(March 21) So last weekend, in a snowstorm, my husband was exercising Lu (7 yrs. Old) with her usual running, retrieving, hide-and-go-seek- for- the- ball routine. She was out searching and beyond view when suddenly a stampede of deer (at least 25) came racing across our property – chased NOT by Lu, but by an unknown black lab. Steve called Lu back to the garage and put her on a stay. Then it all happened in reverse, the deer racing the other way, right in front of our garage! Steve was able to get the dog’s attention and order him “home.”
When I was helping clean Lu’s feet after she got inside, I was shocked to see a large “gouge-like” wound on her left rear knee along with some scrapes. It wasn’t bleeding much, no muscles were showing, but the skin had been peeled back, etc . Then we discovered an identical injury on her other rear leg. Cleaned it up, medicated, and bandaged as much as we can, but realized she was going to need professional help. Hence, the next morning he took her to our vet in Redmond first thing. After a day of surgery, she was picked up at the vet’s…..stitched, stapled, and with the cone, which she will be wearing for 2 weeks.
We still have no idea exactly how it happened – we are guessing that she either misjudged a leap across the concrete berm on one side of our property or slipped on snow. It’s not in a place that she would have gotten a deer kick unless she was lying on her back (doubtful), plus the even spacing of the wounds would argue against a kick. But we’ll never know.
YIKES – life can change in an instant. She’s not happy with no running but has adapted to the cone amazingly. Also, Lu is figuring out which way to turn when she reaches a wall, even going upstairs (with supervision) to be with Steve. She’s getting lots of love and attention – and pain pills and antibiotics.
So (like most everyone, we are all sheltering in place now. And if we can all keep our equilibrium !!) will hopefully emerge healed, healthy, and still getting along with each other!
Hugs to you all,
The “McPack” – Sharyl, Steve and Lu (TOO MUCH FUN !)
Hand-woven and Knitted Wearable Art. –Sisters, OR
I know by now everything is back to normal. But–it took us entirely too long to post this entertaining story. Oh, Lu — so many stitches.
~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners
April 4, 2020
The first week of April has made a statement–someone else said tornados, earthquakes, snow, COVID-19–and a few other things. Most certainly early 2020 will be remembered–no school, social distancing, and the loss of life.
Meanwhile, the local farmers are busy raising crops. The kids are home from school–excellent, and they are here just when an extra hand around the farm could be used. Typically, farmer’s kids don’t mind helping. Cliff grew up working on this farm.
We are busy with Spring puppies. The three Cliff’s sanctuary saw us and pups quite a few times this week. The trees and bushes are budding out.
This Week On the Blog…
As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. (Haha) We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. We hope everyone noticed the post regarding vaccine. We hate to keep bringing up this topic, but it is a Weimaraner thing.
If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner).
Sunday— March 29 — Needy
Monday–-March 30— Baby’s First Week
Tuesday – March 31 — Lucee Relocates
Wednesday April 1 — Social Distancing
Thursday –- April 2 — Taking Shelter
Friday — April 3 — Social Distancing Sucks
On a very personal note
We are doing what we can to limit the chance of exposure–staying home when possible. I purchased the groceries at Albertsons and Walmart with their online ordering and picked them up park-and drive-style. It was surprisingly simple. I did all the things to keep us safe–leaving some in the car, and bringing in others to our utility sink and cleaning them before putting them away.
Cliff has been doing a lot of tractor work–just like I reported last Saturday. Farmers have been social distancing forever–haha. Well, you know they call it farming.
We have not been making meals to help Ashley–their household has had the COVID-19. Her husband is no longer on quarantine. The business is getting back to work, but her and the little ones are still quarantined. She says they are doing fine–the kids have no symptoms. I don’t know when we will see them again–this virus is a crazy thing.
~Looking Out My Window
Mom hasn’t taken me to play with my friends in a while. I miss them all so much. Dad has been working from home and it’s the best. I get to spend so much time with him, he takes me for runs but it’s not nearly as fun as going to the park. I wonder when things will go back to normal.
We appreciate this update–it speaks to our situation. We feel your frustration.
Sucia and Patos are taking shelter in place rules to heart…..in this case, on the same Kong bed. May all of us 2-leggeds stay patient and safe and healthy and enjoy the comfort that our OwyheeStar Weimaraners can provide.
We are happy to two these two sweet girls are keeping each other company. I am sure they don’t mind the rules too much–stay safe.
~On the Oregon Coast
Bart practicing social distancing on the Oregon coast, he’s not a big fan of not seeing his friends. He spends his day on the couch, playing on the beach, lying the deck (he looks like Stackhouse) or getting wet/dirty. Everything is very slow here. We live in a tourist town and it’s deserted. Hope this finds You, Cliff and the Weims safe and sound.
Stay Healthy–Dan, Polly & Bart
It is excellent to see Bart in the fresh air and enjoy the coastal area. I should say, mountain tourist locations here find it very difficult–people have escaped the city and flooded those areas. So, it is a very different situation.
At the beginning of 2019 we moved from the PNW to Southern California, Los Angeles. Lucee now 12 yrs old has gone on many journeys over the years with me and now the family, there hasn’t been one like this! We are all now settled into a new home, new surroundings, and all new adventures.
Lucee has been actively playing with the kids, swimming in the pool, going on hikes through poppy fields, and even running on the infamous sandy beaches (very much different than those of the Puget Sound). Pics below are of the fam. Jack (4), Taylor (2), and of course Lucee (12).
Thank you for this update–and the cute photos of Lucee’s life. We are looking forward to working with you again.
Oh babies! LOL They are the cutest thing in the world and a reminder that everything has to be explored and possibly tasted. I clearly had forgotten this stage: we are making 20 trips outside a day, praising every outside potty, and the only accidents have been me not getting her downstairs fast enough in the morning and twice in her kennel when i was at work. Can’t take my eyes off her in the house. Oops, move that cord. Oh, better put those books up higher. What’s in your mouth? She loves the bark chips that surround her new kingdom, it is loaded with baby size sticks.
She has met her first new friend, played chase, found toys to last a lifetime (some new, some hand-me-downs), gone on a couple short walks, and loves just surveying the yard. Her Whistle device that tracks her movements and also has full GPS tracking should she ever get loose (not likely by any stretch!) is now on a smaller collar and her little walking harness should last several months. She is about 17 lbs of almost pure love – i think a couple of those pounds are razor blade crocodile teeth!!
We are following Cliff’s suggestions to the tee and she is eating three times a day. She loves the puppy food. NuVet supplements, check. She is starting to respond to her name, but not consistently. She likes going upstairs, but I have yet to entice her to come down on her own. I have some friends nearby with an aging dog and a one year old that might take Franny one day a week while I am at work – one of the adults in the house is retired and home all day.
So – the updates from our first few days are great. I will probably be exhausted before we leave potty training stage, but it goes by fast enough, i will miss this little snuggle face as she gets bigger. 🙂
If you want to use for the blog – feel free – edit as you like. I mostly wanted to let you know all is well out here in Hillsboro!! I am thinking about the whole naming thing now. Not sure yet what I want her to be “officially”.
I hope you are well. K Marie and Franny
We are happy that you could bring her home–we had the Longhairs that were not yet promised. She is a lovely girl–but a baby as you say. Thanks for the update.