Category Archives: Information and Education
~Not Welcome Here
I recently had to make a quick trip to my mother’s home in Arizona. Because my purpose for going was to take her car, and bring it back to Oregon, I had to fly down and could not take the dogs. I boarded them in a kennel that I have used for 21 years with no problem. I picked up the dogs on Sunday, and both Push and Zoo have kennel cough. Both dogs have been vaccinated against Bordetella but as you know that is only one of many types of kennel cough. Zoo coughed so hard that she ruptured a small blood vein in her throat. Push has a cough and massive amounts of snot (sorry about the colloquialism) coming out of his nose. Kennel cough is airborne and extremely contagious. Dr. Welch gave me a cough suppressant to give them but said no antibiotics since most strains are viral. He also said to keep the dogs quiet which at this point has not been difficult as neither one of them seems to feel very well.
I thought you might want to share some information about kennel cough in your blog since you reach so many Weimaraner owners.
We are so dreadfully sorry to hear the news. Kennel Cough is like the human cold–easily shared and not welcome. Click here to read how your pet can contract Kennel Cough –or other upper respiratory infections. When there is an outbreak, it is wise to limit exposure–but not always possible. Get well soon!
~Running with Haley and Jeff
Just a quick update on Remy. Both Jeff and I are runners and we’ve been gradually working Remy up to longer runs with us, she just loves it. She’s up to 20+ miles a week and is a great running buddy. She sees the running leash and starts spinning circles, it’s created a new bond for us.
I have mentioned she has had issues with aggression, but she does well on runs when we pass other dogs. We’ve had some successful socialization with her and other dogs too, going slowly but she seems to be building up more confidence around other dogs and is a little less reactive. We have a lot more work to do, but it seems she is moving in the right direction.
Hope you and Cliff are well!
Spinning circles is something we have seen a lot of over the years. Deli was the ultimate spinner. Currently, Miss Winnie is the biggest spinner of the group. This spinning is a fun activity, –, we always think it is a fun thing. Well, until something goes flying when they bump it in the moment of excitement. (Haha)
~We’re Going Public
The weather is finally cooling off in south Texas! I saw someone do this for their dog on the internet and I wondered if my boyz would like it…success! It just took a few minutes of positive reinforcement and they trusted the contraption. 😹
Sending love and weim kisses! ~Melinda
This gadget is fabulous. I have a little face and ear massage that is kind of similar. Thank you for sharing this with us.
You may or may not know about the Salem, Oregon Playdate hosted by Bill and Nancy Garin. This event happens every month –here are a few photos from one of the recent gatherings.
-I need the ball
Stackhouse loves the Boise State Broncos–only because he gets to play the game of toss and catch the football in the living room every time they score. So, he wags and says, “Woof, Score More!”
But he has a colossal complaint–late-night games cut into his beauty rest schedule. So, it was a nap during the halftime.
~ Again–the Quick Snapshots
All We Can say
I am so happy to report that the pups are doing well. We are short on blog material, and I thought most of you would not mind seeing puppy faces today. No one seems to complain. (Haha) It is good-Mojo!
Sage is still doing fine. She isn’t always impressed with things such as me not being able to find her regular dish–and her having to eat out of a Cool whip container. This happened because I couldn’t find the dog dishes so I grabbed that for her to give her breakfast. At first she just looked at it like she wasn’t sure what to do with it but, being a Weim, she figured out there was food in it so she went ahead and ate out of it. It was funny to watch her.
In the photo at the top here she is laying on a blanket. She was being goofy and kept barking at Copper like she was daring him to try to take it away from her. She does that with her bone sometimes in her crate too. It was pretty funny.
When we had the VBS Emma and Naomi and her mom stayed at our place in their camper and Naomi found a hanky in my room and she went and covered Sage with it. It was so cute–Sage is just so extra special with little kids that’s what was really funny
Had to Happen
The dogs all three got baths because the septic backed up and the good news is that it didn’t back up into the house. Anyhow John Paul had hit one of the vent pipes with the high Grass mower and they did a temporary fix by simply putting an inverted bucket on top. (It would have been okay, but you know.) Well I noticed the dogs drinking water from around the bucket and with closer observation realized there was toilet paper in the water so the guys made quick work to get the septic fixed. I had to give three dogs baths with the boys help. They sure look funny dripping wet.
Emma (my goddaughter) who I have over quite often sits here with her buddies Roxy and Copper. Roxy and Copper like to watch out the window for the chipmunks and wild rabbits and then of course they bark and go completely insane. Of course, then they want to go outside. I know it’s kind of goofy but anyway we’ve had to really watch cuz Copper all of a sudden decided he wanted to get a good sniff. He started sneaking out the back door–something he’s never done before.
We are glad that Sage and Roxy (and your non-Weimar Black Cur–Copper) are all doing well. You have a very busy and exciting life. Thanks for all you do. We are especially thankful that you adopted Sage and Roxy–not a young puppy. You have given them the best possible situation. Thanks, again.
~ Just Because We can
Once again, I am running short on blog material. I have at least one option to get worked up–but, short on content. I didn’t think you would mind having this puppy fix in lieu of me writing something. I hope that is the truth.
These are the Hattee X Boone Week One Update Photos. They were taken last Friday on day six. Of the four pups–there is only one gray. There is also one with the undocked tail. They appear to be thriving–there is a considerable size difference. There are two larger pups and two smaller pups. We will see how that turns out once we arrive at the exit–one never knows if they will catch up, or if this is something woven in the DNA–meaning they got the genes for a smaller size. Isn’t it interesting, though?
~You Know What We Mean!
Stackhouse is beyond exhausted. The coming and going of the cousins and more recently our longtime friend Collin (along with his wife Lisa) had its ups and downs. He loved their attention–took them, but then they left. (Haha) Things are back to the boring norm—which is how we all need it to be, right?
~Blue is not an OwyheeStar but–
Thought you might find this interesting. Blue is going to Hydrotherapy for his hind leg stiffness. It’s expensive and I was skeptical but it REALLY works!
You might remember Stone, who joined Victoria and her resident Weimaraner (Blue). Well, the aging has been tough on him. Being the excellent Weimaraner Mama, Victoria would do anything to prolong their time together–and to improve the quality of life.
Many Weimaraners like other large breed dogs, suffer stiffness and problems with mobility as they age. We have been asked before if there is anything that can be done? We do recommend the supplements as well as Duralactin–it does help, but here is something else that is promising. We wanted to share this so you would know this option exists.