Category Archives: Information and Education
~Never Miss an Opportunity
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day according to the experts. Well, it is all the better when you have a Breakfast Buddy, don’t you agree?
~Titer Test @ 16 Weeks
You might remember that Dr. John Calhoun’s Idaho Veterinary Hospital (IVH) agreed to start offering the VacciCheck Titer Testing. OwyheeStar’s Henri was the first to be tested using this system–and the fabulous Rebecca A Balls (Certified Veterinary Technician) handled all the laboratory details. We cannot thank IVH and their competent staff for their professionalism and making this possible.
The results are returned a little different than with the traditional titer test–but by all reports it is reliable. Henri’s results showed her having protective antibodies sufficient enough to provide immunity to
CDV — Canine Distemper Virus
ICH — Infectious Canine Hepatitis–Adenovirus
CPV — Canine Parvo Virus
This less expensive titer test is relatively new so most Veterinary practices may not yet offer this option. Please click here to read about the titer test, and ask your Vet if they can make this available to you–it is affordable, accurate, and helps you avoid vaccine reactions that are common in our breed.
Heidi goes almost everywhere with us, and is in great health, with the exception of some residual trouble with her right rear knee after TPLO surgery. She still runs like a maniac after the squirrels, but sometimes pays for it later. We’ve kept her on the probiotics and NuVet vitamins since day one, and we seem to have avoided any trouble with sensitivity to different foods or other issues. Thanks again for our beautiful girl!
We Would Love to Hear News
We would love to see other photos of Heidi’s siblings, and know how they are doing. As you might guess, we were delighted to read about Penny, a littermate of Heidi.
I posted a comment on the article about Penny, Heidi’s sister. Maybe if you read this and happen to have a photo or story you will Email it to Shela for the blog. ~ Val
Thank you, Val for commenting on Heidi’s sister Penny. It is nice that two are living the life–one in Idaho, and the other in British Columbia on a ranch. Maybe someone will read the blog and send along a story, some photos, or some tidbit of information about another littermate. We cannot guess what will happen. Life is busy–sometimes people forget about us until they suffer the unthinkable–a loss. We are always sad with them, and at the same time so happy for all the years they had together.
~ Here’s Our Update
She’s doing great and getting bigger every day. She’s really smart too. She was ringing a bell to go outside and go potty after 3 days of getting her home which was a big surprise. We aren’t accident free by any means but being proactive we’ve stayed pretty close to it. She is definitely a lot more energetic than her testing video let on. She loves to run around the back yard and sit in the sunshine. Much more energetic than our last weimy and a bit of a spaz lol. We’re always trying to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself as she gallops everywhere while still clumsy. She’s been nervous when we try and take her for walks so we don’t usually get far, which makes draining her energy a bit of a challenge. We also had that large snow storm come through which also didn’t help. However we’ve been focusing on small bouts of obedience training everyday to help challenge her mentally and she is doing relatively well at picking things up. I feel like we are just starting to see signs of her relaxing slightly as she’s adjusted to her new life, routines and her new boundaries.
The latest things she’s learned are to sit, go up and now down our staircase. She will come most times when we call for her, she’s about 50/50 on fetching. I can tell she is very smart, and will definitely need to be challenged.
I don’t think we ever mentioned it but we have been using your recommended Nuvet supplements since bringing her home and she seems to really like them. We’ve also been following your recommended vaccination schedule etc. As you mentioned may happen, our vet had slightly different ideas on it but was happy to follow the recommendations you set forth as we requested.
Our vet believes she does a hernia not one that will be closing on it’s on. We’ll be addressing it when we get her spayed, but I know you mentioned not having them before in your litters so wanted to keep you up to date for your records. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes of course.
I think that’s it at this point. Oh, we’ve registered her microchip as well as her w the AKC. We really appreciate all the time and effort you put in to caring for Luna, it definitely shows.
All the best,
Aaron (& Teresa)
Thanks ever so much for the update. In our experience these smaller hernias typically will close–but if not then repairing during a spay is the best approach. Thanks too–for taking care of all the business like completing the registration as well as registering the microchip. The latter is essential. Without registering that microchip, it is of little use. Completing the registration online moves the ownership (in the eyes of AKC) from us to you. It helps with the official record-keeping. We truly appreciate you finishing the process.
The NuVet is a fabulous product–yes, they love it. I use the powdered form. A lot of times they will lick their chops when they watch me measuring it to sprinkle on top of their food. I never overuse it–meaning I stick to the recommended amount for the adults and I do use half the amount for young Weims. That is a lengthy discussion–but the human-grade supplements are excellent.
~ Most Everyone is Ready for Spring
She adores racing around before the retrieving starts – making endless circles, just enjoying herself.
But then it gets serious – she actually drives into the snow banks, finds the ball, comes out snorting snow – which of course makes her drop the ball and the whole process starts again.
March 6, 2019 –Here is the video Steve took this morning (snowing again!) of Lu searching for her ball in the snow. The snow has melted some, but you get the idea….
Reward at the end is napping on the heat vent. She’s perfected it!
personal note – snow has been lovely, but thanks, am done with winter right now!
Well, Lu is making the most of her snow experience. There is no lack of it in Sisters, Oregon this winter. You are not alone–many Pacific Northwest Locations have more snow than typical, and many folks are beyond ready for Spring’s arrival. Thank you, Sharyl, for this lovely post.
~Celebrating Maizie’s Birthday
Name That Tune
Maizie has always been a teaser! Here she is “talking” to us and trying to get our attention to play with her!🤣
The second video is the reaction to this video by my sister’s dogs in Texas as they watched/listened on her iPad!
~In The Snow
In case you think a service dog’s life is all work and no play, here a couple of pictures of Porsche in the snow.
Our Willamette Valley snow is so wet Porsche looked like she was gathering ammo for a snowball fight. Her feet gave a whole new meaning to “snow” shoes.
Best regards, JuneAnn
We are so happy to hear that the amazing Porsche (your Service Dog) continues to do well–even in the snow. Thanks ever so much, JuneAnn!
We try to have strict rules so all the furniture doesn’t get taken over by the dogs since both Jim and I are allergic to big loads of dog dander.
Our compromise is this: One ancient sofa near the front hall is all theirs. Sucia and Patos know that they can wrestle, scratch, jump on, chew toys and rough-house all they want on “their” old couch. The rule for the rest of the furniture is off-limits. The one exception is this gray couch, and by invitation only, in this picture is that it is off-limits, UNLESS it is covered with one of their fleece blankets. they can only be on it when it is covered with one of these fleece blankets, usually when one of us is on the couch and want a pup to snuggle next to us. Clearly, this was an afternoon that Sucia and Patos discovered that the fleece blankets were left on unattended…….😊
Every household has rules–spoken or unspoken. Sometimes we humans fail to keep our end of the bargain, and it is either confusing or allows bending the rules a bit. (Haha) Weims have a way of working things to their liking. We all know that. Don’t we adore them for their shrewdness — for the challenge they present? I think we can agree, we do.
Thank you, Megan, for this fabulous update. We truly appreciate it!
~For the new puppy (Ace!)
For the past couple of years, we have been talking as a family about getting a 3rd Owyheestar puppy for our family (primarily for Elle our Daughter). The thought of a 3rd dog is a little daunting, but early this last summer, Elle started to try and sell this hard to Jill and I. Her final proposal went something like this… “So, I’m likely going to college in about 5 years, so if we are thinking of getting me my own dog, if we wait too long, I won’t have as much time with him. Also, I will pay for as much of him as I can working small jobs and babysitting over this summer.”
With that. we were sold and we told her the target amount we wanted her to provide (20%) and she agreed. We sent our deposit with our puppy desires to our friends at Owyheestar and got onto the waiting list!
On Dec 9th, 2018 we saw that Winnie had delivered and we saw that there were a couple pups that met our hopes and sure enough Sheila gave us the news that one of those would go to us. The excitement for the arrival of “Ace” began.
Every Sunday it was a family event to look at the updates (pictures) from Shela on the TV and ohhhhh and ahhhh on how cute Ace (and the rest of the pups) were.
Well –the 3rd Owyheestar furry baby is home —already Facebook famous!
This photo was taken early Sunday morning. Jill is a good sport and has a great morning looking–her and the puppy. It seems all that preparation paid off–good job Elle. We look forward to receiving your forthcoming updates.
~ Roxy Loves it –Sage is a No Go!
Sage hates the cold wet snow. She poops and pees 4 feet from the bottom of the steps then stands at the door and barks! At least she doesn’t pee on the deck. We’ve had dogs do that when there is snow!
Roxy and Cooper
Cooper is our other than Weim rescue–Roxy’s playmate.