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For Thanksgiving

          ~What We Don’t Want

Where's the Turkey

OK–I see you, now where is the good stuff?

The emergency Vet Vist probably tops our list. It is the quickest way to spoil our celebration. Nonetheless, is there a time when our attention is more divided? The snatch and grab Weimaraner could abscond with some spectacular finds. They are everywhere–the counter, the dining table, the plates, and possibly on the floor. One thing you might overlook–the rising bread dough or rolls. Bread Dough Toxicosis can prove life-threatening. Maybe a toddler is waving a turkey leg. Is that an invite? The opportunist Weimaraner will make the most of this food-driven holiday gathering.

The humans at your table–they are a significant threat to the Weimaraner. Who doesn’t want to sneak the pup a treat? But too many sneaks and the gut can become overloaded even with acceptable food. The sensitive Weim might have a bout of pancreatitis from too much fatty food. Then there are the cooked poultry bones–be sure if you throw them out it is where the Weimaraner cannot steal them.

You Might Consider

What if you made a plate for the Weimaraner that everyone could help share? This plating idea might work. Here are some excellent choices.

  • Turkey — no bones
  • Green beans (plain)
  • Squash or Pumpkin (plain)
  • Apple slices (without the seeds)

Avoid These

      ~ to mention a few

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Nuts (pecans and Macadamia)
  • Grapes and Raisins

You can bake a Weim cookie or a Weim pie that forgoes the seasonings. Eggs and pumpkin and a tiny bit of milk will bake up nicely. You could make the crust using treats. Possibly make them in a silicone cupcake pan or cupcake papers. We are not saying it cannot be a lot of fun for the Weimar too. However, no one wants the unthinkable to spoil all the fun.

It’s That Time of Year

Pumpkin

     ~ Or Banana Squash

I was at the farm stand and saw the humongous banana squash. I was a hmmm moment. Why not go with it instead of the pumpkin. The yield is smaller for the pumpkin, and it requires more work prep. We came home with the squash–sliced it in half both ways–giving us four long quarters. I baked them and then cut them into good-sized chunks, and froze them. Well, we had to have a sample all around–the kids really enjoyed them.

IMG_8047I got three one-gallon bags of pumpkin-chunks. That is probably not enough for us, but my guess is it would be more than enough for you. Slices can be made whatever shape or size you want. I did what was the least work for me.

The same benefits apply to the banana squash as to the pumpkin. By now you might have read about canned pumpkin often being squash–it is nearly impossible to tell them apart once it is processed. What we care about here is the ease of processing.

 

Our Review

Dave’s Premium Canned Food

Dave's Premium Dog FoodOwyheeStar Disclaimer–We are reviewing this product in conjunction with our relationship with Chewy.com. They give us the great honor of being one of their influencers. What it means–is they (Chewy. com) sends us a product each month, and we review it with our Weimaraners.

We could never recommend a product and especially a company that didn’t excel in providing service. We have many stories (which we will forego here) about how they take care of their clients–OwyheeStar included. If you give them a try, we feel you will find their service is excellent and the price is always reasonable. Your order may have never shipped faster or arrived at your doorstep this quickly.

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Canned dog food is always a favorite. None of our Weims have ever turned their nose up to any brand offered. Some look better when you open the can; however, there are factors you cannot judge by smelling or looking at the food. It is a shocking study if you check our canned food–some is made from ingredients you do not want to think about.

We like to check with the Dog Food Advisor. You can learn a lot there about various foods. Click Here to read about Dave’s Premium Canned Dog Food. There are many reasons this brand of canned food gets such a high rating from the Dog Food Advisor–the quality ingredients plus more. Honestly, a few other canned seemed more tempting–looking like a good stew with big chunks of meat. Nevertheless, the ingredients are not premium. We like Dave’s Premium, and so does Zula Blue!

Just Information

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?