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~ Who Knew?
Here is my tomato plant fencing…SOMEBODY snitches my cherry tomatoes once they begin ripening if I don’t put up a barrier!
We are very active and generally walk at least three miles, six days a week, and we also do training in obedience, agility, rally, retrieving, and tricks. It is also very important to rest and recharge- Daisy, Willow, Violet and I are having a nice, quiet, relaxing Sunday 🙂
SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog Training
Des Moines, WA 98198
Jan, we appreciate you thinking of us and sharing about your weekly routine. Everyone loves Willow! And thank you for this very easy to post update, too. It makes my life easier–and people never tire of Willow–or your advice.
UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion/Altered Grand Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Novice Trick Dog, UKC Rally Obedience I, UKC Agility I, Therapy Dog International certified
~Nine years ago
She quickly learned- rather than chasing the hens- it is much more productive to follow them around until they lay an egg, then she snatches it and runs off to enjoy her yummy treat, LOL!
Willow has always been super smart–this is a great memory.
~ Walking with Violet and Daisy
We are SO HAPPY that Springtime is here! I usually walk my girls six days a week, around three miles each time, and although we walk year ’round (even in the rainy weather), we really appreciate when Spring arrives~ Pretty soon we will ditch the coats and the girls will walk “naked”, Hahaha! Willow is nine years old now and is very healthy, her daily exercise and training help her stay that way. Violet, Daisy, Willow, and I wish you all a wonderful day!
Willow and her two sisters are so adorable in their walking attire.
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
Thanks Jan, for passing along some pointers. We appreciate it. And, we always love hearing about Willow.
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.
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!
~Meet My Family
We don’t all look the same, but aren’t we a classy looking group?
~ Wearing her OwyheeStar Cap
Willow, we love you are wearing the OwyheeStar cap –you are so adorable, as always. You are a rockstar!
–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
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.
~ 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
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.