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Salty is Better

Salty canoe

I have been meaning to write for a while now.  I know that you are a great resource for information and I wanted to share some things that have been working for us.  About two years ago we started salty on a prescription diet and it has really made a difference.  My vet recommended a new product called Derm Defense from Science Diet.  Since she had never used it (it was brand new) we were a bit of a ‘test’ (we were both a bit skeptical).  Since he has been on it his allergies have been better and he has not had to go on medication or had any skin infections!  We were sold on it!

The second product we tried is called Solliquin it is made by Nutramax.  It is a ‘behavioral supplement’, meaning it is a more ‘natural’ way to curb anxiety.  While the results are not ultra-dramatic, they are real.  I know you like to research things before recommending them but I thought I would let you know about these two products that have been surprisingly great.  Hope you guys are well and staying cool!

~Sarah

 

Breeder Comment

True Confession–We have never been a big fan of Science Diet, but they make food that targets specific health issues. No one food is ideal for everyone. There are other foods people have mentioned that have worked well. We have had very good luck with the Diamond Naturals–note we say the Naturals. Diamond makes lower quality foods too!

Anyhow, I wanted to pass this information — you never know what will work. Sarah asked me to share this information. Maybe it will help someone.

Cool Treat

From Gib’s Mom

      ~Lisa Spoils Gibson

Watermelon Gibs


Tell Me Again Why I Need To Wait While You Take a Snapshot

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I froze about 10 of these.

I put them on a cutting board and froze them that way… but of course, they then freeze to the cutting board. They were not easy to get off… a slim knife works to shimmy them off. watermellon

He loves fresh watermelon too!

I wanted to make some bite sized ones in the shape of little hearts… but I couldn’t find my heart cooking cutter.

I like to have bite sized treats along with bigger ones. Anything that can’t be devoured in one bite… Gibson chooses to take over to his special spot on the carpet to eat. Funny.

Breeder Comment

Lisa and I were talking that a Silicone Mat on top of the cutting board or a cookie sheet might work better. Our Weims always wait for a piece of watermelon, but we have never made the custom cut out frozen treat like Lisa. What a great idea.

The Weimaraner enjoys a refreshing treat on a hot day as much as you do. Of course, you would not have to make fancy style treats–the Weimar would relish the ragged and odd shaped piece just as much. This bone shaped treat is so much more aesthetically pleasing and if it makes Gibs happy and feeds your soul at the same time, what could be better?

Pup Cakes Anyone?

Gibson’s In!

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Breeder Comment

Thank you, Lisa, for the recipe too! Click Here! And here is something else to check out ( Doggy Dessert Chef )that we think you will like too!

Gibson clearly is excited to sample the pupcakes. I think he would be more than OK with the raw batter. Unlike bread dough, it would be safer–the yeasty bread expands in the gut and can cause severe gut issues. Just remember, it is equally inviting to the Weimaraner. They think anything within reach (even if they have to jump six feet) is meant for them.

Thanksgiving 2016

Celebrate

       ~ Please Keep In Mind

10703995_10203865392493285_2238146014813983610_n (1)We send you the warmest of greetings. Thank you for your faithful friendship. We value our relationship. It is the season to give thanks and to remember all we have to celebrate.

  1. We are thankful for our family.
  2. We are thankful for the life we can lead–thank you to those who made this possible. (veterans, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice–including their families).
  3. We are thankful to our God for his provision
  4. We are thankful for our friends, and clients–many times they are one in the same.

Today–it will find many of you traveling, or scurrying to make-ready. We, likewise, have things associated with the Thanksgiving holiday to prepare for as well as our usual daily hoopla. We cannot omit the fact that we are thankful for the Weimaraner. This fact goes without saying. It speaks to the heart of our life; these wonderful fur family members are those who bring a smile to so many people every day.

 Preventing the Unthinkable

The last thing any of us want is a trip to the emergency room (albeit for a human, or the Weimaraner). This scenario is never truer than in the midst of a holiday. Unfortunately, this is a time when we can become distracted for a moment, or miss what is happening. It is hard to keep an eye on all the well-meaning guests who want to sneak a tidbit to the Weim, or the plates left unattended. Here are some things to keep forefront in your mind during our celebration.

  1. Counter-surfing — it takes a moment, and they have snatched it.
  2. Trash-raiding — make sure it is Weimaraner safe. Ingested cooked turkey bones, foil, string, and a myriad of other items can lead to emergency surgery.
  3. Skip the bones entirely — you might want to treat them, but things can go awry.
  4. Table scraps need to be carefully monitored. With guests sneaking them a bit here and there, it can easily get out of control. These rich additions can upset their tummy, or trigger a more severe condition. For example, the turkey skin might seem harmless, but the fatty morsel (or too much human food in general) could trigger a pancreatic attack. Weims tend to have a sensitive tummy; however, the important thing is to remember a dog cannot handle all this fatty and calorie-laden holiday food (or the trimmings). The best approach would be to set a dish of allowed scraps and tell people they must not have any more than what is on the plate. This strategy may not prevent the well-meaning guest from giving them the forbidden.
  5. Ingested rising bread or roll dough stories abound on the Internet. Yes, it does pose a danger. Cake, and yeasty bread batter when ingested, expands rapidly in the dog’s gut.
  6. The dangers are not limited to what we plan to eat. Remember the risk includes candles, cut flowers, alcohol, potpourri, etc.
  7. Finally, do not forget about things like sugarless gum, candy, etc. The Weimaraner is opportunistic, and they can find a jelly bean at the bottom of someone’s handbag.

Manners and Your Guests

Respect is a two-way street. Some Weimaraners will jump up, and they do it playfully. They may like to nibble or corn-bite as some call it, or even nip when they get excited. Their toenails could catch grandma’s skin, and cause an unintentional dangerous scratch–looking like an encounter with a knife. They could knock a child or unstable person to the ground. Even the well-mannered dog could be playing, and someone could catch a tooth. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious problems–a trip to the emergency room, reports filed, and people making accusations about your Weimaraner. Another side of the issue is you don’t know what someone is doing to the Weimaraner when you are not looking. Things can go awry in fast order if the family pet becomes challenged, afraid, or territorial. Make every effort to avoid these situations. It is not unthinkable to use a crate–when you cannot be in control of the situation. The saying– it is better safe than sorry is true.

We cannot say what is the best situation for you, and your gathering. We suggest you proceed with caution. The crate-trained Weimaraner might be safer in their den. Putting them out in the yard, while everyone is inside can also cause issues. The Weimaraner is like a child who never grows up. The high energy filled Weimaraner doesn’t stand down. The aroma stimulates and fuels their excitement. Ultimately, we all want them to be a huge part of everything we do. They require supervision. 

The Weimaraner is part of your family. You must plan for them like everyone else. Thank you for remembering that during this holiday season.

 

Berry Picking

~With Maizie

LaBash's Maizie at the Rose GardenWhile the folks picked huckleberries and filled their buckets, I filled my tummy!

Linda writes

Maizie, the Huckleberry picking queen! We didn’t do bad either. 

I have been picking huckleberries at Lost Lake since the 70’s–and this is the best I have ever seen it! We came home with 3 gallons!

Breeder Comment

13501579_562233180628277_6417558351075309623_nMaize is an amazing girl. She goes on many adventures other than berry picking. Here are a few of those adventures; however, life is a daily run. Those feet keep her going. Maybe she needs some Musher’s Secret–a year-round foot conditioner that protects the paws. Give it a try!

Only One

Fast Food For Winchester

Fast Food 4 Winchester

Yay!!! Whataburger!!!

While we don’t recommend a steady diet of fast food or even dog treats; however, we cannot speak for the secrets the Weimar holds tight. This one was captured and reported. The occasional indulgence is important–as long as it is not the forbidden and toxic type such as chocolate.

I think if Opus smells your breath there might be trouble. He probably has his own secrets don’t you think?

Opus Has His Way

Opus hug

Off-Bed

Kind of Like Off Grid

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Why is a frequently asked question at the home of the Weimaraner. What is the point? Why are we doing this? Why should I stay off the counter? Have you seen the finds I make?

These are all valid questions in the eyes of the Weimar. They like to find a way to get their way–if one way doesn’t work another will. Try, try, try again is an overused motto. Nevertheless, it seems to work for them.

Stackhouse, who has never netted a steal, did so last Friday. The hamburger pattie was resting on the paper skillet-ready, tasted delicious. Cliff didn’t know where Stack got the paper until I said more than paper was missing.  (Oops) Off-bed sounds pretty innocent don’t you agree?

Dinner Time

What’s For Dinner?

~ Kirby Makes Out More Than OK

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Do you have rules for the dinner table? Does your family gather around the table and eat supper? If so, what status does the Weimar hold? Are they afforded a chair, a nose on the table, or are they required to lay quietly on the side?

Are nibbles passed –a little sneak here or there? Maybe they nibble the peas one by one you didn’t want to eat? (Just saying.) A little honey on your knife will a fix a few that can be easily tongue lifted. Of course, if they go rolling across the floor your antic is discovered. Maybe it is no problem at all. The other kids call you Mom. (oops)

Exercise Caution 

This table fed Weimaraner is most likely also a counter-surfing Weimar. Kirby is not alone. We heard a rumor that Dexter snarfed an entire box of chocolate covered Macadamia Nuts. That is a two-for–deal. The chocolate as well as the Macadamia Nuts is toxic. Poor Dexter had to get his stomach pumped.

There are other issues beyond the snag the goodie and run behavior. Too much of this fun activity can be hard on the waistline. No–we meant backbone. Carefully maintain the Weim’s weight; a layer of fat on top of it should be slight. The padded spine is not a good thing, and it is said to shorten a dog’s life. I know, I know, the Weimaraner is not a dog. Therefore, we need to take the extra care to keep them from being too much like their humans.

Note: Dexter is OK thanks to his parents being swift and taking action. So we are happy about that outcome!

Naughty Boy?

Caught In The Act

Trigger Comments

I cannot believe those potatoes were not for me. You left them where I could get them so I assumed they were a snack. “Woof!” I guess I am a bit of a Heckle and Jeckle personality type. Maybe there are two of us, and the other one sneaks in when I am not watching. Anything is possible. “Woof!”

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Forgetful Mama

Let Me Help You

Melinda Comments

I never feed them. Or so one would think. Opus brought me both bowls! His and his brother Winchester’s as well.

They are always together. One looks out for the other.

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