Category Archives: Dangers

Cyclamen

It’s On The List

IMG_3128Yes, I own the Cyclamen that my friend Ellen gave me in June of 2012 when I had major surgery–one of two during the last few years. I love this plant, but I thought since I keep mentioning it I also should say it is toxic to dogs.

Cyclamen (Sowbread) | Scientific Names: Cyclamen spp | Family: Primulaceae

Before we moved into the Farmhouse, I kept the cyclamen in a big bay window not easily accessed by the Weimaraner. Sure if they jumped up on the counter and walked behind my kitchen sink they could have gotten to it. Here I have no such place, so it resides on our kitchen table. If I thought it was going to be a problem, I would need to make a hanger for it and get it up away from their reach. The Cyclamen is one of many plants toxic to the Weimaraner. We often forget the danger.

Click Here to check out the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List

Find out if your houseplants are toxic and if so, take the necessary precautions. Also remember that a lot of common flowers, shrubs, and garden plants are also toxic. I love the above link because it also lists the Non-toxic plants. For example, the African Violet is an excellent choice.

African Violet (Cape Marigold) | Scientific Names: Saintpaulia spp. | Family: Gesneriaceae

Possibly the best way to select a new houseplant is to choose from the Non-toxic plant list. No one wants to see their beloved Weimaraner sick from eating a toxic plant.

Safe 4th Of July

graphics-fireworks-399589Happy Birthday, America!

 

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As birthday celebrations go, American’s Independence Day is spectacular. It tends to begin early and drag on for days afterward. This scenario is to many a person and their pet’s chagrin. Even the rock-solid gun dog may well shake and quiver at the barrage of blasts coming from seemingly ever direction. It is no secret that every year shelters are filled to overflowing, and workers are scrambling to reunite pets with their families. We trust everyone has their pet’s microchip on file with AKC Reunite–this can get them back to you quickly should the unthinkable happen.

Separation is not the only untoward situation stemming from this holiday. Fireworks poisoning is a thing–click here to get the details. If it isn’t enough that so many pets are traumatized by the blasts, there are other ways to get into trouble. We don’t want to think about those things on a day like to today, but ingested fireworks can lead to an emergency situation. For the pet that isn’t afraid of anything, they might chase and capture the pod–they might swallow poison or get burned. Then too, while you have your eyes on the sparklers or whatever, who would see the Weimaraner’s stealthy action at the food table or in the garbage. Cooked bones (in particular poultry) can be deadly. Long after the plate is cleaned (or the trash raided) the reality can surface. It is hard to be vigilant 24 X 7 on a day such as today. The Weimaraner is paw-ty smart and manipulative by nature.

Thank you, for including your Weimaraner in the family activities. Only you know what is appropriate. We mention these potential dangers because it is impossible to think of everything in the midst of all we are doing to make the day special. We don’t want your holiday ruined due to one moment you let down your guard. Here’s to hoping everyone comes through without a hitch. Have a fabulous 4th of July!

PS: This photo at the top is of Lily–from her Daycare this week where they celebrated the holiday early.

It Begins

Kaboom!

graphics-fireworks-769931Yes, folks, we are at the juncture of the two-week nerve-racking celebration of our Independence. All too many Weimaraners shake and hide during the hoopla. Most Weim parents do the exact opposite of what will help prevent this horrid situation. It is good to keep in mind that the most natural response is typically the wrong one. Here are some suggestions for survival and if your Weimaraner is not afraid of noise–to prevent ingraining a fear of loud sounds.

Thundershirt

Rupert Requires the Thundershirt

 

Fireworks are a Thing

  • Even if you hate them, stay calm and unfazed by the fireworks. Your Weimaraner takes their cue from you, and they are a reader of their human’s deepest thoughts.
  • Work on desensitizing them to the noise. You might even try some small explosions –staged with you doing something fun. Possibly, you sit on the sofa, and you have a neighbor light off a smaller explosion. Hopefully, your Weim will not take notice. As with preparing the Weimaraner to accept gunfire, a gradual increase is the best approach.
  • If they are staying in you might consider very thunderous music and putting them in a small inner location (crated). For example, move a crate to the laundry and set up a radio that blasts music (rather than calming music consider something like Rock with ups and downs to cover the outdoor blasts.)
  • Some of you might want to plan a trip to the mountains (or the beach) away from the city.
  • Others might opt for a daycare situation that has this covered. That would not be something we would suggest unless your pet uses the daycare on a regular basis.
  • The Thundershirt, worn by Rupert (Topper X Dusty) is always a good option. Many folks, report it helps a lot. You still have time to get one shipped if you act today. Chewy is amazingly fast–click here to order one!
  • Make sure your pet’s microchip is registered with AKC Reunite. Every 4th of July Holiday, the shelters see an influx of lost pets. Should the unthinkable happen, be sure you will receive the phone call that retrieves them quickly back to you.
  • Finally, you may want to consider anti-anxiety medication for this particular situation. Discuss this with your Veterinarian.

There are countless posts that address helping your pet cope with this holiday–for a good reason. It is a tough one. Even some gundogs do not like the fireworks, while they are unfazed by working in the field. No matter how you feel about any of this, one thing you can do is to remain calm. You may want to escape with your pet or pets. Try to find a place that fireworks are not allowed. Be safe and enjoy the festivities. Thank you, for thinking of your Weimaraner’s best interest.

Jorga

In Belgium

       ~ Beating The Heat

 

In Europe AC is not to be found, Jorja beats the heat in the morning when I open the north to south doors in the late evening and morning.

Breeder Comment

We are indeed thankful for Mr. Carrier’s invention–the air conditioner (A/C). I have to be honest; I am also grateful to live in America where we celebrate coolness in the middle of the hot summer either outside or hiding inside with the A/C going full blast.

Nonetheless, in cooler locations, people cope in the same way Jorga does–using cross-ventilation. Stay cool and be safe — the heat can be quite oppressive.

Don’t Eat the Tulips

Not A Salad!

18119379_10154241739531612_8739486530847479049_nWe all know all too well our beloved Weims can eat almost anything. These photos tell a story. Can we all see the wheels turning? Why would I want my chew stick when there are the beautiful tulips waiting to be picked? 17990739_10154241739566612_1832225702496365279_n

Not every lovely plant is safe for the Weimaraner. Tulips are #6 on the list and follow the daffodil–click here for Web MD’s List. Their list is short if you search you find the number of dangerous plants to your dog is lengthy.

Tazmanian Devil

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Beloved Companion

One Year Old

Hard to believe that Maverick turned 1-year old last week.  He is a little tazmanian devil, always on the go, full of energy!  Right when you think he is tuckered out, he is up and ready to go again!  🙂

Schweitzer's Maverick (1 Yr)

Natural Ability

Maverick has been on at least 4 pheasant trips this past season.  Each time he did better and better.  Bill has high hopes for him in the coming years.  He has such a hunt drive that he likes to stalk insects, butterflies, squirrels, etc.  If it moves, game on!

Fun to Watch

He is so much fun to watch prance around the yard with his toys, tossing them up in the air and then bolting around at lightning speed.  He cracks us up!  He also still loves to knead his favorite pillow and cuddle up with me when he does.
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Sawyer and Maverick

Our old timer Weimaraner, Sawyer, now 12, tolerates him.  Luckily our next door neighbor recently adopted a puppy and he and Maverick get along so well together. They can both  go multiple rounds and wear one another out.
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The Basics and Still Learning

He has been crate trained from the get go and knows several commands, both verbal and hand.  It is lots of fun watching him learn new things.
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Thank you for another wonderful dog from Owyheestar!

Jennifer, Bill, Ethan, Owen, Sayer & Maverick

Breeder Comment

Discovery and Placement Findings

It ‘s nice to know our Discovery and Placement Test results proved accurate. Some Weimaraner pups within a given litter (despite the breeding lineage) will always show more potential than others. Our findings are invaluable whether you are a hunter or not.
We appreciate the update and the great photos that accompany it. Your loyalty is also greatly appreciated. Before Sawyer (your rescue Weimaraner) you had an OwyheeStar. We cannot say what it means that you came back again. Many of our clients are repeats, and others are referrals. Your return means the world to us.

The extreme athlete

The topic of acquiring Major Medical Insurance for the extreme athletic Weimaraner is not new or novel. Just like their human counterpart an injury can occur. It is very costly and a lengthy process to treat a torn ligament. We always hope nothing like that will happen, but we are talking about a high-speed risky behavior type of situation. Eventually, something will happen, and then you will wish you had the insurance. Consider it!
No one can guess what will occur along the path to the end. Eventually, something takes our beloved away from us, and we don’t want it to happen any earlier than it must. When something comes along, we don’t want the pocketbook to be the deciding factor.

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National Pet Day

Make Sure You Got This Covered!
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Yesterday, was National Pet Day. I should have posted this then, but it is better late than never. The Importance of registering your microchip cannot be overstated. Halloween saw a Boise man’s dog end up at the shelter. He struggled to get his dog home. Click here to read his story12118694_10207854403023060_2111145103347060670_n. It ended well, but we want to remind all our clients to get their microchip registered.

Today Trigger is an integral part of his family’s life. He goes on most vacations and spends a lot of time hanging out. There are walks with Mom too!

What If???

Your Beloved Weimaraner Went Missing?

Would You Get Them Back?

Dear OwyheeStar Client,

IMG_0077Question–Did you register your pet’s AKC Reunite Microchip with AKC?

Almost two years ago we upgraded to this fabulous program called AKC Reunite. Anytime after spring 2014, your OwyheeStar Weimaraner Puppy came home with the AKC Reunite Microchip installed There was also paperwork in your packet to help you register that microchip.  If you have not registered the AKC Reunite Microchip with the AKC Reunite Organization we urge you to do so.

Cliff is aware of the number of chips registered, but not to whom they were registered. If you have lost your paperwork just have your Vet office scan for the microchip and use the number to get them registered. Having them associated with the AKC Reunite Program might pay off in ways you never dream. Please read on about Trigger’s recent experience.

Trigger Went Missing

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Thank you, thank you thank you for microchipping your pups before they leave your home. Our Trigger is now safe at home. Our daughter accidently left.our gate open and we couldn’t find him. So relieved to get a text saying our pet has been found. What a blessing. I don’t know what we would’ve done. We all cried when we picked him up. They think a female is in heat and that’s why he took off. Time to invest in an invisible fence since the vet suggested waiting to neuter him till he’s a year old. Whew. Crisis averted thanks to Owyheestar!

~Natalie (12/22/2015)

Do You Want to Know More?

I registered him with the AKC reunite with the paperwork you sent home with him. The humane society scanned him and my info came up. He wasn’t in their database, but he is now so if it happens again, they will have him.

The AKC reunite is who sent me a notification that he was found and gave me a number to call. The humane society also called me. So I had two different people  helping him get home. Yes!  Please use our story on the blog so it will help others. ~ Natalie

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Celebrate and Protect Your Weimar–Get Them Listed with AKC Reunite Please!

Two Vital Disciplines

Here You Go!

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We have all been there. You know, where it is either the Weimaraner pulling and lunging on the lead, or we encounter someone facing an out of control dog. It is not enjoyable to walk when you are being pulled or jerked down the road. For this reason, people often resort to the unwarranted off-leash or to using a device that doesn’t allow them to pull or lunge. The head halter, front clipping harness, or the Gentle Leader are popular choices. Others opt for a prong collar.

Not Optional

The underlying danger (when using these devices) is that you do not have a compliant and willingly obedient Weimaraner. You gain control using the device, but your Weimaraner is only deferring because the device (special harness or lead) prevents them from pulling and lunging. This scenario is not ideal and may prove dangerous in the long run. Part of getting the Weimaraner raised is to earn their respect and a desire to want to please you. If you settle for less, you will get less. All too many of you are comfortable with needing the device, but there are times when they are not hooked up. What then?

The Weimaraner (in the moment) knocks down a toddler or a senior citizen, and you think well, I should have had the Gentle Leader on them. Honestly, your goal should be to move to compliance without the need for the device. You cannot unwind the past, once something bad has happened.

Before Off Leash

Obedience on the loose walking lead as well as a reliable recall (them coming when you call) is essential. Both of these skills should be rock solid before you are off leash. Sure it is fun to let them run and play. It is important. Do this early in life and work on it, so it becomes second nature–then you are not in a fight for control for the rest of their life.

All Weims are happiest when they are in control–they love being off leash, and it is nice to be able to have this luxury. Nevertheless, if the Weim is not in absolute leash compliance (on the leash), they are at risk. There is nothing worse than having the Weimaraner that pulls you down the street or lunges at everything as you try to walk them. It is bad manners and ultimately dangerous for you and them. Avoid this scenario. Getting off the tether also requires that achieving the reliable recall. If they only come when they get around to it, it is again a dangerous situation.

Struggling–You Are Not Alone

Many people struggle with these two disciplines.  We recommend getting these disciplines mastered early, so you have a better and safer outcome. It is a plus for you as well as the Weimaraner.

Take a deep breath and stay the course. Achieving this level of proficiency can only be accomplished with patience. You want to get them in compliance early, but don’t set a timeline per say. Doing so can lead to frustration. Don’t compare this dog to any other–yours or someone else’s either. Your journey together is unique to the relationship you share. What you can become will remain to be seen, but getting the basics is nothing short of vital. It will save you and your Weimaraner a lot of problems. Just believe and stay baby steps to get there–if you opt for a device only use it for a tool to get to the loose leash option. You may well find; however, the decision to compromise early is a bigger setback and achieving the goal become more involved. We recommend avoiding these choices or using them only as a last resort.

Exhausting

A Tired Weim is a Good Weim

       ~Thank God, it’s Friday!

 

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“Woof!” I tell you something, being good is exhausting!

 

Seriously, that saying is one that is commonplace. It has merit. With the high-energy young Weimaraner, you may find yourself challenged to find age appropriate exercise ideas.

Consider Caution 

Seriously, that saying (about how exhaustion is directly related to the Weim’s behavior) is one that is commonplace. It has merit. With the high-energy young Weimaraner, you may find yourself challenged to find age appropriate exercise ideas. For the long distance runner, the obvious seems to be to hit the trails. Nevertheless, caution is in order. If you are a serious athlete (who goes the distance), you want to get longevity from your Weim’s hips and joints. Therefore, you need to be careful not to overrun the pup’s development and growth–their growth plates do not close until about 15 months. That is a sobering thought.

Other Considerations

Age-appropriate exercise is up for interpretation–like all things subjective. Nevertheless, the high-impact frisbee, agility-type activity, and distances of more than 3 miles should be limited. The latter is most important if the run is on the pavement; however, even pounding the dirt trail can be damaging to those developing joints. We have always suggested you set the Weimaraner up for the longer distances once they are done growing by making better choices–swimming is a favorite. The high-energy Weimaraner can always benefit from being able to water retrieve. Long after the growth plates have closed they will have plenty of energy. If they love to fetch and swim this will be a plus in so many ways.

Insurance

Insurance for your Weimaraner is a good idea–at least major medical. This is especially true for the serious athlete. A torn ACL is expensive to surgically repair. It is said if a ligament problem develops on the left side, the other side may also suffer the same fate. There are other injuries that are equally expensive to treat. Lurking in the background is the risk of bloat–thank goodness, we have only known of a couple of cases in the OwyheeStar Weims. Nevertheless, it is always a risk with this breed. It is also very costly to treat. Should it strike, it is an emergency situation–which may not end well. No one can guarantee such a fate will not visit your household, but to have it do so would (most assuredly) mean to wish you had gotten the insurance.

The Weimaraner can go the distance once they have finished growing. Your faithful running companion should be by your side for a goodly number of years. Consider that hip replacement and other repairs are an option. You might check the insurance to see what it covers and discuss this with your Veterinary office professionals. The person that does the billing will know which insurance pays best and typically have a recommendation.

Luna– does it all!

13529143_1262289560478659_3909295587421553350_nLuna, pictured above and at the top, has many favored activities on land as well as water. She does it all. She is kid friendly and the hostess with the mostest (if you know what we mean). To say she is popular would be a vast understatement. Her life is indeed exhausting. She has a myriad of responsibilities that is mind-boggling. We thank her for all she does for her family and others.

 

 

 

 

 

On Thin Ice

In The News

 

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Here is some cuteness to go with the heroic saving of one family’s pets

We were saddened to hear about the Elk losing their life due to thin ice at Brownlee Reservoir. Christmas morning, another thin-ice incident had occurred in the Treasure Valley. This time it was a family pet situation. Click here to read how a St. Luke’s nurse saved the two dogs.

 

We remember the sad story where the dogs fell into the hot springs and lost their lives. The owner was tragically burned trying to save their lives. This story had a much better ending. Thank goodness. Winter dangers are many–running off leash, this is one to add to your list of concerns. It is very difficult to rescue a pet that falls through the ice. We are so happy that this ended well–we are sure you agree.