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From Jan Magnuson

We all need to give our dogs interesting, enriched lives and keep their minds and bodies in shape. We like to say “a tired dog is a good dog”, so lots of daily exercise, in addition to training of course, is very important. Providing entertainment like toys is fun for them too, and there are many types of quality dog toys that we can get for our doggies. Folks sometimes say to me “my dog has SO many toys but seems bored with them”, so here is a simple way to make them fun again: rotate! I have a “jillion” toys for my dogs (no surprise ��) so I give them a few each day or two, then put those away and give them a few different ones…it makes me laugh how those toys now seem brand new and novel to my dogs, try it and you will see! Here is Willow with her “new” favorite today, the squeaky pink flamingo!

Jan Magnuson~SUNSTARAll-Breed Dog Traininghttp://sunstardogtraining.com
P.O. Box 98072Des Moines, WA 98198206 241 2908

Breeder Comment

Thanks Jan, for passing along some pointers. We appreciate it. And, we always love hearing about Willow.

Tips for having Fun in the Sun with our Doggies

Note: This article first appeared in the Waterland Blog on Jul 29, 2020 | –used with permission.

Jan’s dog ‘Willow’ keeping cool!

By Jan Magnuson

We all enjoy playing with our pups and taking them for walks and hikes during this sunny time of year! Just like we take into account the potential effects of the direct sunlight, warm temperatures, and humidity on ourselves, we also should consider how our “furry family members” will fare! I adore my three girls “Willow,” “Daisy,” and “Violet,” and want to always make sure they are safe, healthy, and happy!

Before beginning a summer exercise routine with our dogs, it is a great idea to have them examined by our veterinarian to make sure they are able to safely participate. We should ask if our dogs have any health considerations or special needs that should be addressed before we take them out and about with us in the summertime weather.

We need to consider our dogs’ individual challenges to the warm weather like how much coat they have, if they are overweight and out of shape, or if they have a “pug face” (“brachycephalic”, like my Japanese Chin “Violet”) in addition to any specific health issues they may have like prior injuries, strains or arthritis, skin inflammation, etc.

When we are ready to go out with them, it is a good idea to have a small basic first-aid kit, our cell phone (with our vet’s and emergency vet’s phone numbers), and of course fresh water for them and for us. If we are going to take a longer hike, having snacks may be appropriate as well.

Because I am so active with my dogs, I have many different locations I take them for playtime, walks and hikes. So, on days that are hotter than others, I take them to a trail I know has more shade and is cooler and is possibly even near water. I also tend to do “laps” instead of going straight up and then back, as that way if it gets really hot, we can stop anytime mid-lap instead of having to go a long distance back to our truck.

Another consideration is if the walking surface – pavement, concrete, gravel – on a trail or roadway could be too hot. I place my hand flat on the surface and if it feels too hot for me, it is too hot for my dogs’ pads! So, using a trail that is grass and has lots of shade is a better option, or I can walk on the paved trail but make sure my dogs walk on the grass.

Stopping often in the shade to allow our dogs to lie down and relax and get a drink of water is helpful too.

Always watching our dogs to make sure they do not overheat is imperative – dogs can get too hot very quickly, so we should always keep an eye on them to make certain they are not showing any symptoms of heat exhaustion, as that can quickly become an emergency.

More info here: https://www.petmd.com/dog/emergency/common-emergencies/e_dg_heat_stroke

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Jan–there are no adequate words to cover all you have done for us and with Willow.

Willow has been a superstar her entire life!  She has attained many titles and awards (see above) for Conformation, Obedience and Rally Obedience, Agility, Tricks, and Good Citizen, and include 5 UKC Altered Best-In-Show and 14 Altered Reserve Best-In-Show awards!

Willow Says–

~Meet My Family

We don’t all look the same, but aren’t we a classy looking group?

Willow the Ambassador

~ Wearing her OwyheeStar Cap

Breeder Comment

Willow, we love you are wearing the OwyheeStar cap –you are so adorable, as always. You are a rockstar!

All Too Familiar

–Willow on Lookout

I can’t believe Willow is almost 8 years of age, she is still very healthy and strong and smart.  We do lots of fun activities together every day, especially now that I am retired from 30 years in Law Enforcement.  She has so many show titles I have almost lost count (…not really, LOL!) and best of all, she is a wonderful family pet and certified Therapy Dog, where we do therapeutic visits and she makes everyone smile.


Here she is doing one of her favorite activities- watching the birds and squirrels on the bird feeders!  She likes to stare for the longest time, and when she is outside, she will stand and often point, her patience amazes me!  


She is the best girl EVER!     


Jan MagnusonSUNSTARAll-Breed Dog Training
http://sunstardogtraining.com

Breeder Comment

There is little we can say other than together you have written a fantastic story–what a journey. May she live on, and continue to thrive.

Human Onboard

~ Charlotte and Moxie

 Moxie is doing well and has adjusted to having a little human in the house.  I think she looks at the new addition as part of the pack and a little man cub.  🙂

We recently went to Tahoe and still manage to find time for some swimming and hiking.  It won’t be long before our little girl (Charlotte Avery) will be trotting and swiping along side Moxie.  


Moxie’s nickname is Moose.  I included a picture of my favorite PJ’s for Charlotte.  It’s amazing how dogs know that she is a little baby and immediately go into protective mode.  


Thanks for all of the blogs.  I especially like the farm and garden updates.  How do you have the time?  You have inspired my husband to make his own ketchup.  We will see how it goes.
Love from California.  


-Chrissy, Brian, Charlotte & Moxie Blue

Breeder Comment

We are so happy that Charlotte arrived safely–and that her and Moxie Blue tag-team you already. How sweet they are together. I sincerely hope the homemade ketchup turns out well –we like ours.

Willow’s Wall

~A picture is worth a thousand words!

UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Novice Trick Dog, UKC Rally Obedience I, UKC Agility I, Therapy Dog International certified

Breeder Comment

Although it was never our goal to raise or sell the Show Dog–Jan Magnuson has done more than we could have ever imagined with her Willow. What an extraordinary career she has had on every level. Even with Jan’s retirement, she and Willow are out in the community doing service work. We cannot thank Jan enough–and this wall attests to all they have achieved together. (The above photo is not the most recent, but it is Jan and my favorite moment in her career–well, one of the favorite moments.)

~As Jan puts it…

Willow has been a superstar her entire life!  She has attained many titles and awards (see above) for Conformation, Obedience and Rally Obedience, Agility, Tricks, and Good Citizen, and include 5 UKC Altered Best-In-Show and 14 Altered Reserve Best-In-Show awards!

Willow is very active as a certified Therapy Dog, and we do visits at retirement, assisted living, and memory care facilities, schools and daycares, and community events.  I have served 30 years as a Law Enforcement Officer, and Willow has accompanied me on duty as a Therapy dog on calls and out in the community, and at the police department. 

Looking for a Find

~Willow in Search

UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-TrialChampion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, CGC, TKN, URO1, UAG1, TDI 

Digging out in the wild or on the beach is a fun activity. Digging in our garden or the yard is not desirable. Digging–its a thing.

Comfort First

While Waiting For Santa

Here I am–just kicking back, waiting for Xmas.  My Mommie doesn’t like it when I lay like this, she says I have no shame.  But I love sleeping like this.  All I can think about is treats for Xmas.  

I’m so looking forward to Santa’s Xmas cookies, cause I’m taking them before the fat guy gets here.  Merry Christmas to you and Cliff

Breeder Comment

We are happy that you are well –and that you and your Mama were able to escape ahead of the Paradise area fires. The fact that your home survived is a miracle; however, we are happier to know that your Mama and you two OwyheeStar Weimar kids got to safety.

Costume, anyone?

Moxie’s In!

~ Cheerleader Sounds About Right

IMG_7097Every Halloween my mom throws a big Halloween costume party and of course, my dogs get to go too.  Moxie was a granny one year and our Cocker Spaniel was Little Red Riding Hood.  Last year Moxie joined my sister’s group costume as a circus clown.  She is in hot demand as she could care less what she is dressed as, as long as she has a ball.  We take advantage of that ball drive and always add a spooky twist with her ball and attach it to the hand of a severed arm every year.  She will drop the entire arm at someone’s feet to throw and she will fetch that darn thing all night!  

This year the dog’s will be dressed in a tribute to the T.V. Show Glee.  Our bossy little Cocker Spaniel will be Sue Sylvester (dressed in a red tracksuit with a whistle around her neck) and of course, Miss Moxie will be a cheerleader (all 80lbs of her).  I even picked up a brand new severed arm to affix a ball too.  Should be a blast!
 
Happy Halloween! 

Chrissy 

Breeder Comment

Everyone enjoys seeing Moxie and her entourage. (Haha) We know this year will fabulous with Miss Moxie as a Cheerleader.