Category Archives: Francee X Zee
The Blossoming Friendship
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
Wet fall weather has arrived. Along with that pumpkin carving and pumpkin season. We bake them, carve them and feed them to our Weimaraner. If you don’t know, this (plain pumpkin from a can or fresh) is a good thing to feed your fur family member. If they have loose stool (not formed or even diarrhea), pumpkin is considered a natural cure. It makes a great snack. Roast a pumpkin shell and carve into slices and freeze. Most Weims love this!
This Week on the Blog
This week (again) had so many great posts. If you missed them or want to revisit the posts, here are the links.
Sunday— October 25— First Snow
Monday — October 26 — Adventures with Tripp
Tuesday — October 27– Luna Quirks
Wednesday — October 28 — Bennett
Thursday — October 29— Olli
Friday — October 30— Maggie
On a very personal note
The focus is still on the packing and sorting of forty-five plus years of accumulation. Cliff is working on the remodel and making significant progress. It takes ever second he can carve out of our schedule. We were hoping to be move ready by the first of November, but the date keeps getting pushed back. It would be hard to believe we would not be in by December no matter the status.
I saw the Lymphedema, massage specialist. He understands I am working harder than I am supposed to; however, I am doing well. There is an accumulation of fluid from the wrist to the elbow. He worked on it and it loosened, but it is an ongoing battle. I try to limit the time spent on the keyboard and doing heavy work. Both of those are difficult to avoid. The encouraging news is that I am doing better than most of the other clients with a similar problem. We are trying a bit different approach due to the demands of my lifestyle. It seems to be working. He and a nurse are keeping notes I think. They both know the compliance factor has been lower than I would like to give. Nevertheless, I am doing what is possible. No one can ask more. I am indeed fortunate.
(Note–this is another repeat, but a special thanks to all you who read it and came through for us.) I still have some material left unused. I will make every attempt to use all of them, and before long I know we will run out. :O) That is what always happens.
There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. That being said, we are especially grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. It is tough to write the script for photos. Other times it is only a note and no pictures. If we can quickly find some photos, this is not a huge problem. If there is any way possible, it is most helpful to get both–at least three sentences along with the photos. Being stretched thin on every side means we are in desperate to keep enough material available to create the daily blog with minimal effort. Sometimes having to write the whole blog (with all the OwyheeStar Weim interruptions) can mean working it more than two hours–so as you see what you send is so important. Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming–we need the updates.
Of Course, Zeus is Blessed!
Wearing a Tummy Saver Vest
There are various bits of clothing a person might see a Weimaraner wearing; however, the tummy saver vest is more than a fashion statement. Many of these vests sport fluorescent orange or yellow to make them visible. For the hunting companion, this might be life saving. The gray Weimaraner might appear to be a small deer–someone might think they are larger by mistake. Distance can be hard to gauge.
We would all hope that a hunter would notice the difference, but it begs the question, “Why take a chance?” Nevertheless, if you are beating the brush so to speak, the Weim’s visibility is important. The tummy protection also keeps them from getting scratched or cut. Anytime visibility is important you should consider using the fluorescent vest or collar. Late evening runners might take this suggestion a step further. There lights to add to the collar as well as reflective tape. Being safe is more important than making a fashion statement. In certain circles, this getup is a fashion statement of the best kind.
How the Weimaraner keeps you in shape…
Or how Zeus keeps Jeanne in shape :O)
Note: Age appropriate exercise for the Weimaraner is important. It has been said many times that a tired Weimaraner is a good Weimaraner. We are very biased in our opinion–we don’t think there is such a thing as a bad Weimaraner; however, an exhausted Weim doesn’t have as much interest in getting into trouble.
For some there is a great deal of fanfare
Breeder’s Note: Many people who live with the Weimaraner go to extreme measures to celebrate every year. In our way of thinking, this is a good thing. A person doesn’t know the number of days, or years they might share. Each one is precious. These wonderful creatures make us better humans. Why not celebrate? This included a special canine swim pass, toy, hat, and cake. Zeus is much-loved.
I think he is cute!
I know you have probably already seen these pictures of Zeus on facebook but I thought his big smile might bring a big smile to your face too! 😀 He is coming up on his 3rd birthday this Friday! Boy how time flies! It just seems like yesterday that I got the email telling me that he had been born. I remember exactly how excited I was! I couldn’t wait to run in the other room to tell Mike!
These pictures were taken by Mike a couple days ago when he took Zeus out to the fields to hunt Pheasants. They didn’t see any but of course Zeus had a great time and met some other dogs. I was looking online tonight for an orange hunting vest for Zeus. I feel he will be safer wearing it and of course he will look very handsome in it! 😉 He loves wearing his clothes! Haha!
Dead things, and live ones I don’t appreciate…
My friend Barb and I take her dog “Louie”and Zeus hiking around 6 miles a day still. That is 6 miles for us… I’m sure it’s quite a bit more for them! He loves finding dead things and rolling around in who knows what! Ugh! He’s washable though and he has fun. I have to be careful because he can get worms. I even found a tick on him the other day! It was so gross!
October 13, 2014 — Zeus was a very good boy at the nursing home today. It was his first visit there and he met lots of nice people! Some people enjoyed petting him and commented on how nice his fur felt and some people just enjoyed looking at him! A lot of people wanted to know what kind of dog he was because they had never seen or heard of a Weimaraner before. All in all he had a great time! Hopefully he will be a little calmer the next time we go… everything was all new to him and very exciting! I’d really like to take him to a children’s hospital someday. He just adores children and I know they would like him because he is so full of energy! He was so tired when he was done… it was quite an adventure for him!
Note: We will be posting an update in the next few days. He is a versatile guy–hunting, running, and visiting the nursing home. Go Zeus!
Is your Weimaraner at risk?
Bing Dictionary Defines Giardia–
As a single-celled protozoan, some forms of which live as parasites in the gut of humans and other vertebrates, causing an infection giardiasis.
A genus of protozoa that infect the gastrointestinal tract of some animals, including humans. Giardia have a large sucking disk which permits them to adhere to the intestinal lining. The species that infects humans (and causes diarrhea) is Giardia lamblia.
It’s been a while since I have emailed you… but I really enjoy your facebook posts!
2 days ago I took Zeus in for his checkup and fecal exam. The vet said he looks great except he is a few pounds overweight (he is 80lbs.) It’s hard to believe since I hike about 6 miles a day with him so I know he is doing more because he runs laps around us at times! LOL!
The doctor called us with the results from the fecal exam and said that he has Giardia. Although he has no other symptoms they said it should be treated and that he probably got it from drinking water in streams or whatever. We are always out in the woods with him and he has just gotten over a bad case of Tape and Round worms! (He finds dead animals and likes to carry them around no matter how hard I try to get them away from him fast!).
My question for you is have you ever had any of your dogs come down with Giardia and if so how often do you take a fecal sample in to be tested? I know your dogs do a lot of field work and they swim so I imagine that may be a main concern of yours? It is highly contagious and my friend took a sample to her vet also because a lot of times they have shared a water dish. Today we started using separate bowls and I sterilized all his dishes at home. He also started on his medication today. I am glad we caught it early.
Well that is about it. Just wanted to get your view on this subject. The doctor said it is pretty common in this area. Also otherwise he is super healthy! I just enjoy him so much…. he has become an awesome hiking companion and a reason to get up and get out in the morning! We just love him so much too… he’s a handful at times and other times he is an angel! I can’t help but adore him!
Thank you so much for such a wonderful pup and a loveable family member! I’m sorry I don’t have any new pictures of him to send you. I know you’ve seen them all on Facebook already! Haha!
Have a wonderful evening! 😀 Jeanne & Zeus
What you Need to Know…
Giardia can be nasty stuff. It can be difficult to get rid of, and to avoid. If it is in the environment, and the conditions are right, it can spread like a wildfire. Bring you own water when you go hiking, and insist they drink it. Clean their feet, so they don’t ingest the cysts. Sanitize your yard with a garden sprayer containing bleach and water (10% solution). Bleach-water at this strength is not going to harm your plantings (in our experience). We recommend trying it, before using it. Getting rid of Giardia is important enough to give the sanitation serious thought.
It is important to know about this one-celled parasite. It is very opportunistic, and it is especially a problem for the young pups. It can present as if they have Parvo. It is scary. Of course, it is not as deadly as Parvo, but dehydration could be life-threatening. If you are concerned, get a fecal check done. A very loose stool, can be associated with this (or other) parasites. Treatment can turn the situation around very quickly, and early detection is important. Please check out these links: