Beorn the Wonder Dog
Happy Autumn to you and all there at Owyheestar!
Remember he got Giardia
Beorn is thankfully giardia free! We recently got his six week check back all clean. We started giving him the fast track microbial powder daily and have noticed a significant difference. He has had no digestion issues since we started this regimen. I’m glad we tried this before switching his food. Beorn still likes to eat grass occasionally, but nothing like before.
Breeder’s Note: Giardia is common in the Pacific Northwest, and some Weimaraners seem to be more prone to getting it than others. It has other names, including Beaver Fever. Like all parasites, it is opportunistic. Even a bird can track this one-celled protozoa in a puddle of water, and under the right conditions it can multiply quickly. We all know that any self-respecting Weimaraner prefers puddle water to filtered or fresh water. A cyst can be picked up on a foot and ingested, and take off like a wildfire in the Weim’s gut. The havoc of this parasite’s visit is soon evident–loose stools are the first. Not every loose elimination is a cause for concern. Blood, mucous, and (or) extremely watery stools, are indicators that you should take a fecal sample to be checked.
Beorn Celebrated his first birthday!
We recently celebrated his first birthday in August. He is still growing, almost up to 75 lbs now! We noticed a lot reflecting on how he has changed our family over the last year. Our house is cleaner (mostly to avoid any incidents with Beorn ingesting /eating things he shouldn’t). We are all buying more socks and underwear and learning to pick them up and put them where he can’t reach them. They’re his favorite. We have learned to be better communicators and coordinators. As a family, we are healthier. We take more walks and do more active things than last year.
He is so many things to us…
He’s a great companion, nurse, friend, and co-pilot. He is quirky, goofy, and clumsy. Most of our friends think he’s a spaz because he is excitable in new situations or with new people, but he’s getting better at this with time. He would be a great hunter, if we did that. He is keen on squirrels, chipmunks, and neighborhood cats. He will tree a squirrel and wag his body, all proud 🙂
Anyway, we love our Beorn. Glad we found each other. We are hopeful for many years to come with great health.
Best wishes to you and yours there at Owyheestar.
Posted on October 7, 2013, in Previous Pup Update, Topper X Blue and tagged Family Companion Weimaraner, Giardia, OwyheeStar Weim in Oregon, Western Oregon Weimaraner. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.