Category Archives: Lacee X Dusty
Jan at the UKC Dog Show
~ Tigard, OR
Beautiful Willow won two Altered Reserve Best-In-Show awards at the UKC dog shows in Tigard, OR this weekend, Yay Willow! Thank You to NW Silken Windhound Society for putting on the wonderful shows, and a special big Thanks to Julie Lechuga who is the hardest working dog club member anywhere! 🙂
Here are a few pics of Willow and me in the ring last weekend, Thanks to photographer Lexi Darienzo !
Many thanks to Jan Magnuson for all she does including the competitions. Anyone who has competed realizes the cost on every level. Anyone living within driving distance of Des Moines, WA would be well-served to use her Sunstar All Breed Training Services.
Jan Reports on Willow
I have multiple water pans around my place for the dogs which I keep filled daily with fresh, clean water. However, Willow’s favorite place to drink is from the watering can on the porch, LOL! Funny Girl!
Haze and Sky Offer Help
“We got you covered Willow!”
We have water pans outside for the pups, but if there is a puddle, they would prefer it. Sadly, puddle water is risky. A bird can track a one-celled parasite in that water, and it will take off like wildfire. That is never a good thing.
Other options for drinking are many. Outdoors is always a good idea when it is seasonally possible. Many the Weimaraner who has holes in their lips–if you get my drift.
Atticus in New Zealand
How did Atticus deal with the loss of Squiggle?…
It was a weird time for us, which probably helped him out. At that time I was doing small animal weekend and relief work in Texas, so I had a lot of free time I was spending with them at home. I knew the time was getting close. Squiggle had major muscle atrophy in her hind ends and was having trouble getting up or going for extending walks. She had a couple of accidents while sleeping. She also had several large masses of her spleen and several other health problems. I spent a couple days with them doing their favorite things, and let her eat a lot of people food. I set up an appointment early in the morning on my day off and I decided to take Atticus with me. Atticus and I were in a room with her and a vet tech. Atticus just laid down while I did everything with her. He licked his paws the whole time but didn’t get visually or vocally upset otherwise. We spent about a half hour in the room with her and then we left. He didn’t seem very interested in her; didn’t go over to her to smell or nudge her or anything.Afterward, I took him to the dog park, had lunch with a friend and then just chilled at home. At this time, when I wasn’t home I was taking them to a dog daycare/boarding place every day I was working. So he had no time to be at the house alone. He was either with me or with the staff and other dogs at the daycare center. He never searched for her or seemed otherwise upset.I’m not sure if this is a normal response, or just him, or what. Hopefully, that helps.Marika
I wonder if Atticus didn’t take his cue from you. Maybe you had resolved this, and while you were sad, you knew it was inevitable. Plus you work with this kind of thing (being a Vet) and help others deal with the loss. Each situation is unique. He was busy with his normal life. You were sad to say goodbye to Squiggle. Nonetheless, you knew there was no turning back. It is beyond sad to lose an old friend.
Willow Does It Again!
~Willow attained her AKC Trick Novice title today, what a good girl!
She is now—
UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Trick Novice, UKC Rally Obedience I, Therapy Dog International certified!
From the 1920’s and 1940’s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, trick dog training has become one of the most exciting new areas in dog training today.
TRICK DOG TITLE INFO:
AKC Trick Dog titles are official AKC titles listed on the dog’s title record.
The processing fee for each title is $20. Multiple titles for the same dog can be sent in together, each one will be processed in succession after each previous title has been added and printed.
Dogs must have an AKC, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number to earn a title.
All dogs can get a number including purebreds and mixed breeds.
4 TRICK DOG TITLES –
NOVICE TRICK DOG (TKN)
The dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title.
INTERMEDIATE TRICK DOG (TKI)
The dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks.
ADVANCED TRICK DOG (TKA)
The dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 5 tricks from the Advanced list.
TRICK DOG PERFORMER (TKP)
I n this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks previously learned.
THERE ARE TWO WAYS YOU CAN EARN AKC TRICK DOG TITLES:
1) Perform the tricks (from the check list in the Title Application) in the presence of an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator. The Title Application will need to accompany the check list for the particular title you are applying for.
2) AKC will recognize Do More With Your Dog!™(DMWYD) titles at Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The Title Application will need to accompany proof of the DMWYD title being earned, such as a copy of the actual title.
DMWYD Titles Grandfathered Until End of 2017
If you have a DMWYD title that is above Novice, (i.e. Intermediate, Advanced, Expert) until December 31, 2017, you may send proof of the title (copy of DMWYD certificate) and pay only the $20 title fee for the highest level title for which you are applying to earn the equivalent AKC Trick Dog title.
If you have a DMWYD Intermediate certificate, send the AKC Intermediate Trick Dog application with the $20 title fee and AKC will issue your AKC Intermediate Trick Dog title.
If you have a DMWYD Advanced Trick Dog title, send the AKC Advanced Trick Dog Application with the $20 title fee and AKC will issue your AKC Advanced Trick Dog title.
If you would like to earn the AKC Trick Dog Performer title, send a copy of your DMWYD Expert Trick Dog or Champion Trick Dog certificate, along with the $20 title fee, the AKC Trick Dog Application for the Performer level, and, YOU MUST INCLUDE A VIDEO.
For more information about the Trick Dog Program check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
Congratulations Willow and Jan!
~ Time for Agility!
Jan and Willow (UKC Best-In-Show and High-in-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, UKC Rally Obedience I, Therapy Dog International certified ) are well-known. They have earned a basket of titles. The achievements together are many. They spend a lot of time doing public service events.
- Champion Willow
- Dressed in Purple
- Willow and Jan
- Back to School
- Champion Willow
- TDI (Therapy Dog Certificate)
We thank Jan and Willow. We sincerely hope her career finds longevity. What these two have earned speaks to Jan’s ability as well as Willow’s skills set. Very few OwyheeStar’s earn titles. We are not (per say) raising show dogs. Some do win hunt titles as well as various event titles. Most are companion dogs who share in their families activities.
Chance of a Lifetime
Note: This blog is the second in a series to update us about Atticus. If you missed the first update click here to catch up.
In August 2015, I had the chance of a lifetime to move from Texas to New Zealand. We (Atticus, the three cats, myself and the luggage) road tripped from Texas to Florida. Atticus and the cats stayed in Florida with my family, while I got situated in New Zealand and arranged to move them across the world!
Pierre and Atticus road tripping
There was a ton of planning, vet visits, tests, paperwork and nervous anticipation. Atticus and the three cats flew from Orlando, Florida to Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand. Thankfully, they arrived without incident and only had to spend 10 days in quarantine.
At Home in New Zealand
They arrived in April 2016, and have been settling in nicely. Not sure it’s possible to make him more comfortable.
Backyard Intruder and our neighbors
Atticus has met the local hedgehogs (see the photo of him meeting our late night intruder) and some of the neighboring livestock (our neighbors).
We met Marika when she was studying Veterinary Medicine in the State of Washington. She, like several other students over the years, was searching for a Weimaraner. She was not new to the breed. Squiggle was already her precious beloved girl. Adding a second Weimaraner means different things to different people. There were many considerations but eventually, we moved forward. Anyhow, their adventure began not so far from where most of our readers live. Watch for part three of their story–coming soon to the OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog.
Atticus is a Blue Longhair. Squiggle was the traditional gray ghost.
A lot has happened since the last update. Atticus just celebrated his 4th birthday, and overall, things are great. (First and second update https://owyheestarweimaranersnews.com/2013/02/11/featured-weimaraner-atticus/)
If you’ve seen the other two updates, you know that Atticus is the baby of the fur family. In February 2012, he joined Squiggle and 3 cats. Atticus and Squiggle quickly became constant companions. In June 2015, Atticus and I said a tearful goodbye to Squiggle. She was just shy of her 15th birthday.
Squiggle and Atticus in Washington 2013
Squiggle and Atticus in Texas 2015
Squiggle in field of Texas wildflowers 2015
It was a happy event to hear from Marika as well as to catch up with her and to learn more about their adventures. We keep up with some of it on Facebook. That is the greatest part of the social media–being able to connect with other folks. We know more about the OwyheeStar pups and their adventures.
This is part one of five that will bring us up to date with the New Zealand experience. We truly appreciate that Marika included the previous link in for us.