Category Archives: Dixie X Boone
~Trying out Nosework
As summer approaches, it has become time to find a new activity to keep Push’s brain engaged. Due to an ongoing problem with a knee injury (mine) we are not able to do agility this summer so we are starting a class in scent work. When we are outside, his nose is always to the ground following the scent of some kritter or another. We have deer, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, quail, and have even spotted a juvenile cougar passing through the property.
Luckily he has left the skunks alone unlike Zula who had to learn the hard way that skunks are not black and white cats. Push did find some black bear scat in the oak grove but it was not fresh. Luckily he is not a Weim that has developed the trait of rolling in animal “exhaust”, again unlike Zula who finds rotting deer poo almost to hard to resist.
I also want to let you know that after following your blog, and reading about Dusty and the duralactin, I ordered some for Trixie. Trixie is my 12 year old pit mix that has arthritis in her shoulder. The duralactin seems to have helped her pain as she does not limp as badly as she did before starting it and she is more active. So, thank you for the information.
We are so happy to hear that you discovered the Duralactin (anti-inflammatory) for Trixie. Also that you are engaged with the Nosework, this discipline seems like a realistic activity for both of you.
~Loki and Erica
Boy did we have a busy winter! Things have finally slowed down enough to email you with an update. Loki had a fantastic ski season– we worked really hard training for avalanche rescue. Though we weren’t quite ready to test for certification at the end of the season, we were very close– and I’m happy with that for an 18 month old Weimaraner 🙂 we will work hard and hopefully be ready to test near the beginning of the next ski season. I will be happy to feel a little more solid on the obedience side– we’re working towards full compliance off the leash, and we’re getting close, but there are just so many interesting distractions sometimes!
Maybe in my next update I’ll send you some footage of our obedience work. Right now, we’re debating how to spend our summer months– I would like to cross-train him on another discipline so we have something to keep us busy during the summer. The key is to find something that won’t confuse the work we do with avalanche rescue. Some avalanche dogs do water work in the summer months, so that’s one option we’re considering. In the meantime, I’m enjoying looking through our pictures from this winter. It was hard to pick just a few… so I sent quite a few… you may have to pick and choose 😉
Here’s a day in the life of an avalanche dog:
First thing in the morning, it’s important to check all your ropes and boundaries. Loki wants to be sure no one gets lost.
Safe travel skills are important! Here, Loki is practicing with one of the other patrollers, in case one of them ever needs to handle him.
Here, Loki rides with me on the chairlift. This is the main reason for the load-rated harness he wears while working.
(to be continued…) –Erica
We are very happy to receive this update from you and Loki–and especially proud of the two of you. Thanks for all this hard work, you are doing great!
~Weimlover at Heart
Dear Reader, you might remember this family–they have three OwyheeStars–Taun, Bacchus, and Bella. Grace is the daughter who flew into Boise to pick up the latest addition (Bella) not so long ago. Now, she is moving out and needs her own Weimaraner. I am hoping we can work something out. Well, read on…
I hope you’re doing well! All of our furry friends are doing fantastic here, they are quite the pack and Bella is growing like a weed! (We think she might end up being bigger than Bacchus haha). I’ve attached a couple pictures of the trio for you.
I’m actually reaching out because I’m going to be pursuing a PhD at the University of Tennessee starting this fall and I’ll be moving to Knoxville in August. For the first time since I was maybe 8 years old I will be dog-less… I know at this point in my life I don’t have quite enough time to manage a puppy but once I have moved to TN, I would really like to provide a home for an adult dog in need. There are certainly plenty of rescues down south but there is always some uncertainty with a rescue of unknown background… because of this, I wanted to reach out to you and Cliff before making any decisions. I know you find yourselves with dogs in need of a new forever home from time to time and I would love to be considered the next time you have a dog in need. The house I’m moving to is a two-story, three bedroom home, which I am sharing with two other people, one of which has a very friendly, mixed-breed, dog named Maya. The house has a large wood fenced backyard with a dog door. It’s in a sweet little neighborhood very conducive to long walks and there are many great hiking locations in the area which I plan to take full advantage of. The landlord has already approved another dog in the house and I think it would be a great home for him or her. I look forward to hearing from you soon and if you have any questions or information I can provide, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you for all you do in breeding and homing these wonderful Weims, I know our family wouldn’t be the same without them!
All the best,
~Her First Swim
Cliff has had her to the pond a couple of times–and retrieved in chest-deep water before. The key to the quick success was her love of the retrieve. This water work is one of the many benefits of having your Weim crazy for the retrieve.
Please note that there was a couple of bumpers left from a trip out with another Weimaraner earlier–and Cliff tossed a rock to try to get Henri to retrieve the additional bumper. Hurrah–for-Henri she did several water-retrieves, and there was no hesitation at entering the water. And, she picked up that extra bumper too!
~Mud and This
I know when spring has returned as the moles or gophers, as the case may be, have returned.
Pushkin is on the trail of the offending varmits that leave piles of dirt everywhere. I am not sure what he will do if he ever catches one!
What can we say? It is a battle of the yard–who will win? We are surprised he has not yet caught one. He will we are sure, then you will know the answer to your question.
~Liberty Belle has moved
Hope you guys are doing well! I wanted to give you a quick update and share a few pics of our beautiful, sweet Libbie.
Sorry that it’s been so long since our last update, things have been super busy over the last several months. We recently moved from Las Vegas to TN and absolutely love being back in the country! Libbie is finally getting to be a dog with lots of freedom outside of city life, and has been having the time of her life!She is one special puppy and the love of our lives, we are so grateful and simply put – we cannot imagine life without her 💕!
We’ll check in again soon with more details and highlights over the past year, it certainly has been a great one!Take care!
Sincerely, Scott & Julia
We are so happy to hear from you — and to learn about Libbie. That was quite the move –we hope you will continue to stay in touch.
~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.
~We recommend the Titer Test
You might wonder if we follow our own recommendation–we do. Henri is coming up on her sixteen-week birthday. She is slated to have the titer test done at the Idaho Veterinary Hospital in Nampa thanks to Dr. Calhoun.
Click Here to learn more about this inexpensive Titer Test option. This particular test is a relatively new option. I think Henri will be the first client to give it a try. We are very excited.
Here are some random (unedited) photos Christina and I managed to capture yesterday. After this, she will not fit into the cabinet. (OMG) Weimaraner pups grow so fast. As you can see she is not thrilled with her Prom Dress.
~ Makes Two
Mylo is growing as time is flying by. It’s hard to believe he’s been with us for 2 months already. He’s such a smart, loveable boy! As you can see, he loves his big brother Koda and also his humans! I hope you are both doing well and wanted to thank you again for sharing these adorable boys with our family.
It is excellent to hear that Mylo is much-loved and doing well. Thanks for these adorable photos of your two OwyheeStars.