OwyheeStar Week Twenty-Eight 2016
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
We were happy not to receive any disparaging reports from Weim clients about 4th of July incidents–especially those of the worst kind. For some of you, it is beyond good news to have that holiday in the rearview. The explosions are probably waning in number or completely gone. The Table Rock Fire was one Boise family’s devastating firework related loss. Nonetheless, Table Rock is a Boise icon. The community has stepped up to move the restoration forward. The Boise State Football Team as well as the Zoo Boise are part of the recovery process.
The fire hazard is always a reality come July. Farmers have concerns that lightening or a human generated spark could take their grain field. They get tinder dry. These three fields are less than a mile from our home–all have been harvested this week. We are preparing for another hay cutting as well. The neighbor to the west has theirs already in process; however, the weather is threatening to wash it before it gets baled. Maybe we will be fortunate and forego the washing twice.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you review or visit them today! The topics this week included those water-related, follow up on two Weimaraner beginnings, and preparing for the inevitable firework situation.
Monday — July 4 — Red, White, and Blue
Tuesday — July 5 — Routine Happiness
Wednesday — July 6 — Ear-Flapping Joy (with Maizie)
Thursday — July 7 — Puppy Photos
Product Review (We Love These!)
Chewy.com provides us with a product to review for them every month. This month it is the Zuke’s Tiny Naturals. If you have taken home the OwyheeStar packet, inside you found a few tiny treats. These grain-free tidbits are popular at OwyheeStar. First off, remember that each treat is counted as part of the diet. If you have an adult Weimaraner, while you don’t want their backbone showing, you also do not want them overweight.
That extra layer of fat can take one-five years off their life–a sobering fact we wish to ignore. We have used these to get compliance with crate training and for rewards. We don’t rely heavily on treats, but when we use them, it is almost without exception the tiny naturals.
On a very personal note
It has been a trying week. Poor Cliff has had to do a lot of the things I typically handle. I don’t know for sure if it was from a tumble I took and scraped the left arm. Or from mosquito bites–I don’t have any feeling after the surgery in parts of the arm. It might have been a random occurrence. It appears I am prone to Cellulitis. It is an infection that occurs because I don’t have many lymph nodes in my left arm. Those left were damaged by the radiation. So, I may have a few, but they get overwhelmed. You might not realize this, but they do a lot of work to keep you healthy.
The heat is another factor. I can only be out five or ten minutes when it is eighty degrees, or my arm begins swelling. Because unless you have experienced this, you don’t understand, you have to take my word for it when I say you want to avoid this scenario. I spent months in physical therapy trying to keep the swelling under control. The humidity also causes swelling. I kind of feel like I live in a bubble. (Lol) Cliff keeps the house cooler than he would like just for me. I adore him for that!
Some folks are offended that I cannot type lengthy chatty replies. I do what I am able, but I am not able to write like I once did. Every day I draw a line in the sand. Regardless, it takes a considerable amount of arm use to keep up with the photos, web sites, and correspondence. Anyhow I have an ongoing relationship with St. Lukes Walk-in Clinic. I was happy to learn that my blood pressure was 102/50–not bad for a person my age on no medication. Well, I have the antibiotics necessary to save my arm and health. The resting heartbeat was 68/bpm. I always have anxiety when visiting the white coat folks, but maybe I am getting used to them. Last time they took the blood pressure I was concerned. Cliff and I are trying to do our best to stay healthy. Sometimes it is humbling to admit we cannot do what we did. Other times we realize we have learned a lot along the path to here.
(Note–thank you to all of you who continue to send us updates. There is a lot to be learned from other Weimlovers; it puts a smile on our faces too!)
There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are immensely grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. There is no end in sight of our farmhouse remodel. We are doing it ourselves, and it is the installment plan–we are not borrowing to do this. We buy something and install it. Therefore, having the updates is greatly appreciated than usual–it is always a blessing!