Category Archives: Callie X Zee

Blast From the Past

Garden Raiders

Mousse Ginger Gilligan Cindee and Vidalia at Pumpkin Vine_0085

Mousse, Cindee, Vidalia, Hollee, and Ginger–the pumpkin and tomato nibblers

Weaving DNA is tricky. Very often, you rely on experience, information gathered, and your best hunch. At OwyheeStar, we have kept the DNA pools fairly consistent. The way in which we did this was a bit too complicated to explain. Overall, the result has been similar–looks, personality, and general temperament. Even so, there are differences. At one point in time, we were desperately trying to get a particular mating to achieve a specific goal. There were many failed attempts–matings that didn’t produce a litter. Nonetheless, we kept trying and eventually, we had four females born to a litter of four pups (Cindee, Ginger, Vidalia, and Mousse). Some of these you will recognize. The parents of the four were Callie and Zee–in case you are interested.

Vidalia never produced a litter–not even a single pup. She probably was the finest-looking if you want to nitpick. Cindee and Ginger produced a few small litters of very lovely and well-received pups. Mousse was the one who has produced multiple litters and a couple of title-earning Weims–Juniper and Molly. Juniper has a show title and the NAVHDA Natural Ability; Molly has the latter as well.

Hollee (also pictured) was nearly the same DNA pool (missing one-leg in her pedigree if you want to compare to the other girls). She was a single pup born to Deli in a litter sired by Zee. Honestly, when Cliff said we would keep them all, I shuttered. It is expensive and a lot of extra work–impossible to give everyone the attention you would like too! Nonetheless, over time Cliff’s decision proved correct.

The fenced garden sat alongside our backyard. The pumpkin you see escaped the garden fence to the driveway. I pulled it along the fencing to make sure it was out of the way. For the photo, I turned this golden gem around. The nibblers were able to get their teeth and tongue through the fence to help themselves to the super healthy snack. Not only did they enjoy this but many of the prized heirloom specimen tomatoes turned out to be hollow at picking. It is amazing how they got their tongues through the fence and emptied the red gems. Therefore, you might say a fence is a fence, but it might not stop the Weimaraner from finding a way to get what they deem theirs for the taking.

Hemi, Magnum, and Zoey

From Camino Island

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It is quieter than usual. The fur babies are resting after a long cold day. Magnum and Zoey are the best of friends. They love each other–just as we hoped.

Hemi

I am happy to report that Hemi is still with us too. She is on Rimadyl and one pan-pill at night but is doing pretty good. She is a bit lumpy, but she still likes to go for two walks a day and is still eating well. She was getting pretty irritable with the younger dogs so figured she was not feeling all that well. She is better now and not so grumpy. I know it is only a matter of time, but we take one day at a time with her. We have had the talk with the vet about coming to the house when the time comes. But we are enjoying each day we are blessed to have her.

Facing the Loss

We have a cat-loving neighbor. They had five cats up until a few months ago. One of their cats was lost due to heart problems–she was 15 years old. Then they found out one of their other cats has eye cancer and is affecting the one side of the face. They have never had to deal with the loss of a pet until now. It has hit them hard. We have talked a lot on the subject of when is the right time to put a beloved family member to sleep. The best I could tell her was “when your pet has more bad days than good days, it might be time.”  It also is different I feel with each person and pet. You just got to enjoy them while you have them,😊 because they are each a special gift from God. They make our lives more special because they are in them.
                                          We Think of you guys often and hope all is well with you guys. Happy New Year! ~ Monica and Mike

Breeder’s Note

We know first hand the dangers that Rimadyl (an anti-inflammatory drug) holds for this breed; therefore, it is our recommendation to avoid using it if possible. We have Deli (Hemi’s grandma) on Meloxicam (the generic to Metacam). It is a trail to see how it works for her; but yes, Deli is still with us and her birthday is Friday. Other than this drug we firmly believe in the Duralactin Joint Plus Chews. They are not inexpensive; however, the kids love, and it seems to make a real difference. We only have Ms Deli on that right night. Until a few weeks ago it (the Duralactin) appeared to be holding back the inevitable. We want her to have the most comfortable best quality life possible. Nonetheless, we also wish to avoid the risk of seizure or having the Rimadyl build up in the internal organs and take her before her time. We are sure you understand. No, we do not know much about the Meloxicam, but instead of using the Rimadyl It seemed like a good idea. In the last twenty years, we have known of three Weimaraners who died within a short while after having the Rimadyl–each it was due to uncontrollable seizures. Personally, we lost a very young Stud Dog in a flash. It is always smart to avoid drugs when possible–stay holistic for your Weimaraner’s best health prognosis. Every person has to make a decision about what is right for them and their fur family members.