AKC Reunite Reports that One in three pets will go missing in its lifetime — and it can happen in an instant.
We admit those numbers seem high to us. Most OwyheeStar puppy folks never lose track of their Weimaraner. That is not to say it doesn’t happen. All our OwyheeStar pups leave with the AKC Reunite Microchip–but each family must register their chip. Beyond the microchip, you should consider other identification–such as a tag securely attached to their collar or harness.
Should you include your dog’s name on their collar? Including your pet’s name on their collar is a common practice, but is it a good idea? Cliff suggests it is better to exclude the pet’s name. Instead, provide your name, location, and a couple of phone numbers where you can be reached..
Providing your pup’s name on the collar can make it easier for someone else to appear to be the owner–because they are calling them by their name. Anyhow, it is food for thought.
While the microchip registered to you ensures you are listed as the owner, veterinarians, and other pet professionals do not scan every dog they encounter. Suspicious behavior might alert them to the need, but possibly they are pressed for time and feeling they are overreacting–even a new dog client may not be scanned. And keep in mind that merely recording an ID in their folder is not going to alert anyone. You see where we are going with this–two things. 1. Be sure to register your microchip. 2. Be sure to have identification on your pet’s collar. No one wants to become a statistic.
Should you happen to get separated, with your pet’s microchip registered through AKC Reunite, getting back together is more likely.
~ Colby Checks it Out
Hi! I hope this finds you doing well! I thought you might like a photo for the blog.
My husband and I celebrated our 13 year anniversary and Colby couldn’t be more excited about “daddy’s” gift. I told him you that “I love you, deer! May I have a nibble, now?” is not something you should say when having your first encounter with a new friend. He disagreed.
Blessings to you!
I sure Colby could not believe his good fortune–and indeed, he wanted a nibble. His new chewy –but …
~ The Adult-Looking Nine-Month Old Weimaraner
36 weeks (from AKC)
At 9 months, you’re probably starting to wonder when your puppy will be fully grown. Expect your adolescent puppy to continue to grow and develop emotionally for a little while longer, and keep up on your puppy’s training. Take a moment during training to reflect on what you might be doing to encourage some of your puppy’s bad habits and make a commitment to change your behavior.
These comments are meant for puppies in general; however, they apply even more so for the Weimaraner puppy. Letting your 12-week old pup jump up is not a good idea. If you do, by the time they are 9-months-old, you have a bigger problem. Letting them bite your fingers–as a young pup, may well lead to mouthing issues as the Weimaraner matures. Some do this mouthing-thing for their entire life–and for their owner, it might not seem like a problem until they put their mouth on someone else–those teeth can easily tear a hole in a thin-skinned older adult, or alarm someone.
~ We Are At Your Service
In Oregon, Pushkin and Zula Blue have been eating their share of blueberries. And most of us spotted Dink with the strawberry. What more do we say?
It is not the first trip to the berries or the garden–in fact, Zula and Pushkin were featured with the blueberries before.
~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners
August 1, 2020
The garden coming into its own a bit later than I had hoped. We have not seen much from our former Gardening Girls–so I am guessing they won’t be asking us for produce. I am sure they pick it up from friends here and there. Stopping by to see us weekly is going to be a lot.
Our hay got baled and added to the stack–75 bales. That was the second cutting for 2020–typically, we would be looking at a third cutting, but the first was very late. Even then, the rains made it difficult to get baled. This time we got a shower on the freshly cut hay, but it was dry very quickly. (Hurrah)
The Treasure Valley North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association group has canceled the summer training–COVID, etc. So, any training Cliff gets done will be here on the farm.
Otherwise, there are always things to be done with the puppies. Two are a good-sized armload for Christina. When we speak of things–photos, nail trimming, worming, and socialization come to mind.
This Week On the Blog…
As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. This week we find our supply of material running low again. If you can help, send me a note.
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— July 26 — Puppy Faces
Monday–- July 27 — Weim Privilege Denied
Tuesday – July 28— Luna
Wednesday — July 29 — Enzo
Thursday –- July 30 — I was Confused
Friday — July 31 — Keeping Your Weim Safe in the Heat
On a very personal note
Bradley is still playing basketball–this weekend, it is right here in the Treasure Valley. He is playing with the best of the best–hurrah. He started last night’s game and excelled. Sadly, it was not live-streamed so that we could watch the game.
Cliff has been to the doctor again this week, too. Pneumonia has come back on him a third time. So, it is around round of antibiotics–each time a different one trying to get this under control. I sincerely hope this eradicates it. The good news is that it was only in one lobe of one lung–before it had been in both lungs.
I have ordered quite a few things recently–this box from Chewy was smashed, but fortunately, the expensive bottle of ear treatment came through untouched. Another box sits in the trash next to my desk equally damaged, but once again, nothing was hurt. It made me happy because who needs the trouble of making a claim?
We wear our masks when we must–social distance, etc. There are substantial COVID numbers for the county of Malheur. No one can speak precisely to why these numbers are so high, but we take every precaution. I love this mask that Nancy Garin made for me–I mean, if I must wear a mask, you understand. I don’t like it, and I have to be very careful about wearing one because my lungs suffer.
Our long time friend Ellen, who gave me the lovely cyclamen back in 2012, is going through a difficult time. Bob (her husband) has been hanging by a thread for quite some time. He has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and a list of other significant life-threatening diagnoses. He is hanging on–it is challenging for the both of them. We count our blessings and think of others who have it far worse.
Note: This article first appeared in the Waterland Blog on Jul 29, 2020 | –used with permission.
Jan’s dog ‘Willow’ keeping cool!
By Jan Magnuson
We all enjoy playing with our pups and taking them for walks and hikes during this sunny time of year! Just like we take into account the potential effects of the direct sunlight, warm temperatures, and humidity on ourselves, we also should consider how our “furry family members” will fare! I adore my three girls “Willow,” “Daisy,” and “Violet,” and want to always make sure they are safe, healthy, and happy!
Before beginning a summer exercise routine with our dogs, it is a great idea to have them examined by our veterinarian to make sure they are able to safely participate. We should ask if our dogs have any health considerations or special needs that should be addressed before we take them out and about with us in the summertime weather.
We need to consider our dogs’ individual challenges to the warm weather like how much coat they have, if they are overweight and out of shape, or if they have a “pug face” (“brachycephalic”, like my Japanese Chin “Violet”) in addition to any specific health issues they may have like prior injuries, strains or arthritis, skin inflammation, etc.
When we are ready to go out with them, it is a good idea to have a small basic first-aid kit, our cell phone (with our vet’s and emergency vet’s phone numbers), and of course fresh water for them and for us. If we are going to take a longer hike, having snacks may be appropriate as well.
Because I am so active with my dogs, I have many different locations I take them for playtime, walks and hikes. So, on days that are hotter than others, I take them to a trail I know has more shade and is cooler and is possibly even near water. I also tend to do “laps” instead of going straight up and then back, as that way if it gets really hot, we can stop anytime mid-lap instead of having to go a long distance back to our truck.
Another consideration is if the walking surface – pavement, concrete, gravel – on a trail or roadway could be too hot. I place my hand flat on the surface and if it feels too hot for me, it is too hot for my dogs’ pads! So, using a trail that is grass and has lots of shade is a better option, or I can walk on the paved trail but make sure my dogs walk on the grass.
Stopping often in the shade to allow our dogs to lie down and relax and get a drink of water is helpful too.
Always watching our dogs to make sure they do not overheat is imperative – dogs can get too hot very quickly, so we should always keep an eye on them to make certain they are not showing any symptoms of heat exhaustion, as that can quickly become an emergency.
Thank you, Jan–there are no adequate words to cover all you have done for us and with Willow.
Willow has been a superstar her entire life! She has attained many titles and awards (see above) for Conformation, Obedience and Rally Obedience, Agility, Tricks, and Good Citizen, and include 5 UKC Altered Best-In-Show and 14 Altered Reserve Best-In-Show awards!
~ About Who Was Driving or Who Should Be at the Wheel
Tripp has traveled all over the Pacific Northwest, and recently he made a journey that included Yellowstone and other noted locations. Clearly, he would be fine if his mother road in the backseat–but getting his paws on the wheel –no telling where that would lead.
Oh, the life of Tripp–he has had the most exciting adventures. Seen places about which some of us can only dream. Thanks to his ever so faithful Mama.
~In St. George, Utah
This is Ashley! Casey and I are the proud and happy parents of Enzo! We picked him up back on May 2nd! His parents are Boone and Clover and he was born on February 28! I was wondering if you know if any of his siblings are in the Utah area? Las Vegas? We wanted to do a little reunion with his siblings if they are close! We are in St George but driving somewhere for a weekend so he can have some fun with his litter mates would be worth it for us!
He’s turning into a handsome dog! He’s very eager to learn and has a great sniffer on him! Can’t wait to get him trained on tracking/hunting!
He’s a Velcro dog for sure and loves to be involved in everything. We do let him sleep on our bed and he loves to snuggle but knows that breakfast is at 8 AM every morning and will never let us sleep past 8!
He has some adult Weimaraner friends and one of the other owners is getting a puppy weim in a few weeks! He plays hard and sleeps even harder. His favorite treats are pig ears Or cow tendons and he will usually carry them around the house and hide them until he is ready to eat them. He loves sunbathing in the morning after eating breakfast and his evening walks out by the fields where he can chase birds. He found us a deer leg that some coyotes had left – we did not let him pick it up but he pointed and got excited. He’s been the biggest blessing to us since Puppy Kane passed away in April. He sniffs Kane’s collar every once in a while and always seems to know when Kane is on my mind. He will boop my hand or leg or face with his snoot and give me a few kisses. It’s amazing.
Anyway, I’m sorry for rambling on. We would just love to have a litter mate reunion! –Ashley
Hello, Ashley and Casey! It is so excellent to hear from you. As to meeting up with his littermates–they are somewhat scattered through the Pacific Northwest and even in California. Who knows what connection you might be able to make. Possibly one of them would connect with you via this post. Please stay in touch–we love hearing about the adventures of Enzo.
I must admit when people come to us having lost a pup from another breeder; I get nervous. We are thrilled that Enzo is thriving.