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and his Tiny Hyoomans
Its been awhile since I sent an update. So I thought I’d share a couple of tidbits with you.
Colby decided that there was juuuuust enough space to squeeze into my chair with me for some lovins. Then, the tiny humans decided that there was room for them, too. So we took a few photos. You can see his enthusiasm as the photo shoot progressed. He still refused to budge from his perch, though! He’s a very patient big brother. As soon as the tiny humans left, he got comfy again and stayed a while longer. He got up for a potty break, but as I am sitting here writing this, he has found his place back on my lap for another morning siesta. What a ham!
Here is a video of him eating an ice cream cone. This is something I have never done. But after a series of events that led us to the vet’s office, I decided to help him unload his stress by hiding his first dose of meds in an unexpected treat. He had no complaints. Feel free to share on your blog if you’d like!Colby is a little lonely since our lab passed away and we have been looking into finding him a new companion. We are considering another weim and would like to look into possibly getting on the waiting list for another pup when I get home from my deployment in January.
On Roy’s Birthday
~ We Got Engaged!
Roy is two this weekend and Nicholas and I are ENGAGED!
More news about Roy soon; however, we stop to celebrate this fantastic event. Congratulations to a fabulous couple. Thank you, for keeping us apprised on Roy and all his antics. We truly appreciate it. Dear Readers–watch for the update. It is coming soon!
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~MAY 19, 2018
The weather has cooled off to spring-like. We noticed the hay was down across the road–cut when the rain came. We were extremely thankful our hay has not been cut yet. Yes, the first cutting of hay is in the works.
We had a couple of downpours. The first netted us a half an inch of rain in no time; the second was closer to a quarter inch. That is sizable for the Treasure Valley. Our metal roof always gives us storm music. I love that roof roaring noise.
Grandpa Cliff continued training for the NAVHDA event–he left early this morning with Winnie. Wish them luck. She is not wanting to point, and she went through a phase when she was fickle in nearly every discipline. (Haha) Poor Cliff. She is a lovely girl but she is making him dig deep. Of course, he is juggling everything else. He has to drive to Vale to purchase grain for the birds. They seem to think they need to eat. he is focusing on the Bob White Quail. The incubator is busy–new batches emerging every couple of weeks. He uses these for training and sells a few to help cover his expenses.
We have the business of puppies converging. It is either a drought or avalanche it seems. So, we find ourselves scrambling. It is a good thing. For those on the Longhair Wait List, the wait seems unbearable. This video reflects your hope and we intend to make it happen.
This Week on the Blog
We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. We began and finished the week with a Longhair. We loved Olli playing with the balloon. Chloe’s is such a lovely fun-loving Longhair girl, too. We got a couple of water (swimming) related updates. That is especially fun after we had our recent discussion on the Swimming Weimaraner. Finally, on Monday, we shared Jake’s photo and a bit about his life. What fun to reconnect with his family.
Sunday— May 13 — Mother’s (Bernie)
Monday–May 14 — Laughing (Olli)
Tuesday — May 15 — Connecting Again (Jake)
Wednesday — May 16 — Talking About (Stackhouse and Luke)
Thursday – May 17 — Water Again (Jaeger)
Friday — May 18 — Our Longhair (Chloe)
On a very personal note
Cliff has made the time to help us with the garden. There is more yet; however, only so much one person can do. He has promised one longer raised bed at the end of the garden. This one is designated for our cutting flowers and at least one Pink Hibiscus for me. I am anxious to get those planted. We can work only so fast.
You might notice the taller posts in each garden bed–this is so we can raise the bed higher. I hope it can happen next year. It would make the gardening easier for everyone.
Lindsi, the gal next door, took a few plants we had that were extra. She said the Bok Choy is doing the best of everything. It is the same for us. It won’t be long to harvest. The Zucchini is blooming so they should set on as well. There are cucumber blooms. I should look more closely, but so far that is what I remember. Yum, fresh veggies from the garden. Is there anything better? Sliced bread pales in comparison, I think. Finally, I returned from the garden with one strawberry in my tummy and another in my hand. We don’t have all that many plants. We have an offer of free plants, but we have to dig them. We hope to do that on Monday. Only time will tell.
Chloe will be 2 in September and has been doing so well lately with obedience- the key seems to be exercise and planning for variety in her routines. She definitely is prone to the concrete thinking so we make sure to mix it up.Photos: Chloe trudges through any river, puddle or lakeshore she encounters- but does not freely swim. She can swim and will if we are also in the water but she seems to mostly prefer wading in up to her chest. And at the Oregon coast-Chloe’s happiest place on earth. She will run for hours chasing birds on the beach and especially enjoys climbing rocks.We’d really love to add a puppy before Chloe gets too much older and too set in her ways.
It took about 6 tosses and Ruger going in before he’d go beyond chest deep.
He’s been introduced to and been in the water all spring, just nothing swimmable until today…. Annnnnd here are a couple more just goofy Weimie pics.
Jaeger is about four months old. We feel this is exceptional. He didn’t swim at OwyheeStar before leaving–it was too cold. Jaeger was born in mid-October of 2017. Cliff is dually impressed that he is swimming and water retrieving. We appreciate the video capture of the moment as well as these great photos. Thank you!
~ and the Weimaraner (photos of Stackhouse)
Recently, we have been discussing the Weimaraner and water. Many of you have succeeded beyond your wildest dreams. Others have doubts that you will ever see such a thing happen. Comments from some naysayers include the struggles with water in any form–the bath, the sprinkler, and for heaven’s sake that stuff that falls from the sky. It is out to get your beloved family member. Nevertheless, there are some that are Okay with a bath, and not with a pond. Some wallow in every puddle they find–the muddy ones are their favorite. Swimming has nothing do with their joyful mud bath.
We have exhorted you to get the Weimaraner water-friendly. Achieving the retrieve and working them into a pond is how we at OwyheeStar approach this process. Nonetheless, Weims may swim for many reasons.
For Example, This!
~Cal’s Luke in the Pool
Cal writes, “he loves – loves – loves the pool – he even jumps without a
Retrieve task just to be with me”.
Jake is 10
~and Much Loved!
This is Lindsay, and we purchased our wonderful dog Jake (Pepper x Blue litter) from you in Fall of 2008. He’s almost 10 now, and we just love him to pieces. We’re considering adding another pup to the family and of course, wanted to come back to you. Our daughters are 6 and 8 this year and they absolutely adore Jake. He’s the best dog we’ve ever had!
I’ve attached a couple of Jake’s agility pictures from last summer too. He seemed to really enjoy it.
Thank you, Lindsay. We look forward to working with you again. We hope the experience is equally rewarding. We are thrilled Jake has been such a great family member. We especially love the agility photos, but all four photos are excellent.
Cliff and I proponents of a more Holistic approach to caring for the beloved Weimaraner. Limitations may exist–possibly a budget issue. Nonetheless, we always recommend you feed a quality grain-free appropriate food. Some folks have gone so far as to opt for a cooked diet or the raw diet. These are very personal choices, and if you choose them rather than the typical kibble menu, you need to do your research.
What does the Holistic approach entail? Most assuredly it begins with the diet. Many ailments and health issues can be avoided with a proper diet. In truth, one type doesn’t fit all. Some Weims like certain humans are allergic to various things–grains, specific proteins, and particular grasses. Removing these from their environment is the right decision. Ultimately, the choices you and your Veterinarian make should be Holistic in their approach–building their immune system and improving the Weimaraner’s health.
Beyond the diet, there are other considerations such as the vaccine protocol and medications. We won’t go into detail here. Nonetheless, we have shared on several occasions about some medications that are best avoided. The vaccine protocol is something we discuss with every puppy client. Immunization is essential, but you need to know and understand the Weimaraner vaccine recommendations. There is a reason that the Weimaraner Club of America makes such recommendations.
Click here to read what Dr. Jeff Feinman has to say, here is an excerpt from one of his articles:
In a Holistic practice we see our patient’s current health status as part of a continuum which begins before birth and ends in death, with each step along the way influencing what happens subsequently. Thus, rather than selectively suppressing or palliating a symptom, the aim is to elevate the health status so that not only are today’s symptoms addressed curatively, but we leave our patient healthier and more resilient for the days to come. If maladies are truly cured early in life, the patient will grow old gracefully and without the common degenerations we have come to call “normal” aging processes. (There is a great difference between “common” and “normal”.)
~and Other Parasites
This topic (of worms) is not one we like to discuss unless we are talking about putting the fishing worm on the hook–even then, to many it is a nauseating thought. Nonetheless, worms and parasites are opportunistic. They find ways to survive inside your pet as well as in extreme environmental conditions. Dog’s Naturally has posted some natural solutions that you might find helpful. Here is their article —click here to find out more.
Signs of Worms
Some worms cause more obvious symptoms than others. I’ve provided more specific symptom information below along with information about the different types of worms (See Types of Worms below) … but here are a few clues your dog may give you that could mean he has worms:
- Intermittent or frequent diarrhea or vomiting can be signs your dog has worms.
- Your dog may have a fever.
- He may scoot and lick his rear (though scooting can mean other things too).
- Your dog may be off his food or be a little lethargic; his coat may look dull.
- You might see stools that are coated in mucus (but otherwise look normal).
- Or you might see squiggly worms or “rice bodies” in his stool.
But some worms can’t be seen with the naked eye, so if your dog’s showing some of these signs, you might want to get a fecal sample analyzed by your vet.
Cliff and I suggest you keep your eye on the pooh–I know it doesn’t sound lovely, but getting a fecal check can help you avoid some of the more unpleasant scenarios. A loose stool doesn’t always mean there is something amiss, but when something like that happens, you want to keep watch. Of course, we love adding the pumpkin (or even banana squash). We are planting Banana Squash in our garden. Right now I only have two hills ready to plant. I would like more, but we have to see if we can make more room. Last year, I baked the banana squash and frozen it in chunks for easy serving. The Weims love it!
Hello Ms. Shela and Mr. Cliff,I was able to get mom to send you a note on my behalf. I’m still not able to figure out this typing thing 😉. All is well here in Georgia. Mom and Dad are still spoiling me rotten. I have a new sister (as you can see in the background). I wasn’t thrilled at first but I guess she can stay. Lol. I will get mom to make more pics as I think the camera likes me or maybe I like the camera. Lol. Signing off for now. #sendingWeimkisses 🐶🐶🐶😘😘
Shela and Cliff, thanks again for breeding such a wonderful Weim! She has brought so much joy to our home. Jacie is doing well.Kisha – Atlanta