Category Archives: Mesquite X Stackhouse

Griffey

At One Week
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Griffey is doing absolutely fantastic and fitting into our family perfectly.

Commands: He is very good with the “sit”, “fetch”, and the “here” commands. We were pleasantly surprised with how easy these were to him. A couple 10-15 minutes sessions the first week did the trick. We are still working on “drop it” and “stay” but I am sure he will get it as we are more consistent with him. He loves his bird toys and tennis ball.

Eating: He eats like a champ. We make him sit before we allow him to his bowl and he is now used to that and eating in one sitting (generally 2-5 minutes).
Potty training: He is a dream when it comes to potty training. Because I work from home I am able to keep him consistent and he has only had 3 accidents in the house (all of them being my fault). We never punish him for this as it’s not his fault at all. When we do take him out he immediately eliminates. I generally kennel him a few hours a day while working and we always use the backyard afterwards.
His brother Nordy (the cat): They still are warming up to each other but Nordy has made huge progress. Nordy will lay in the middle of the living room while we love on Griffey. He sits up on top of the couch and watches Griffey. Nordy is patient with Griffey when he paws at and nips at Nordy. I am optimistic they will be great friends very soon.
Crate training: The first few nights were rough, but that is to be expected. The last couple nights have been great where he sleeps from 9:30ish – 5:00 or 6:00 when we normally get up. We have slowly moved his crate back to the far corner of our room (where he will remain).
Leash: He is getting more comfortable on the leash. We leave his lead on a couple times a day to get him use to the tension and we walk him around the house and yard when he eliminates so he is used to that as well.
 
Quirks: A couple of the funnier things that he does are…
  • He loves to put bark in his mouth (our backyard has bark in it), which we obviously disallow and don’t want him swallowing.
  • When he sleeps hard he rolls over on his back with all four paws extended out and sometimes snores which we think is adorable.
  • He likes to play hide and seek under the bed (which we tried to keep him from but the cat goes under there and I think he wants to play).
Griffey truly has stolen our hearts and we cannot wait to give more time and love to him to make him the best dog we can. Thank you very much for breeding amazing family members and all the hard work that goes into delivering amazing dogs to your clients.

                                                                        Alex & Morgan

P.S. I will be going down to Roseburg next week for work and plan on bringing a couple of my sheds home so he can start smelling and touching them in hopes we can get him out (after shots) to find more for us.

Breeder Comment

We couldn’t be more thrilled to hear of your quick success. Getting off to the right start is vital. Thanks for the additional follow up. Everyone will love to ready about your Griffey.

At Lake Michigan

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Heerman's Ringo Summer 2017 dRingo loves Lake Michigan this summer (and Oakie still does too)!

Abbey Comments on Ringo’s Tail

We love it, and it’s never been an issue or gotten in the way. He gives us great big wags every time we get home. Oakie has a short tail, and it startles us every time we visit.

Breeder Comment

 

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Oakie

Swimming is an excellent summer activity. It is cooling but also great exercise as well as being easy on the joints. You might notice that Ringo sports the undocked tail. Nick and Abbey requested the undocked tail. Oakley is Nick’s parent’s Weimaraner, and he has the traditional docked tail. They didn’t get him from us, so that is about all I know about him.

For those just took home a Mesquite X Stackhouse puppy, Ringo is from a previous litter born to the same parents. The undocked tail preference upsets a lot of people. Others feel you should be allowed to have a tail undocked by choice. In many countries, tail docking and ear-cropping are either illegal or discouraged. Personal preferences run deep.

 

 

Lily

A Little Blue Longhair Girl

Lily-2-26-17Just wanted to drop a note to let you know Lily’s doing well. We had our initial vet visit this past Tuesday & she weighed 13.5 pounds. She plays and plays and plays & can’t figure out why Sis’s 14-year-old Daisy doesn’t want to play. Daisy is so patient with Lily’s nipping at her haunches and trying to grab the scruff of her neck…there’s only been a couple of big ‘woofs’…..and they have played, but Daisy’s arthritis makes it hard for her.

Lily finally sat still enough for Sis to get a decent picture, although the angle makes her looks HUGE…..she’s not the big (yet) Lol

Anneliese

Breeder Comment

Lily looks happy and like she is loving her new life. She is fortunate to have a very patient big sister in Daisy.

Dejah is Home

Who’s in my spot?  

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Ayla (Vizsla) is really quite thrilled with the new toy we brought home for her!  Dejah Thoris is doing great and has her first vet appointment on Friday.

Breeder Comment

Who can say how the introduction of the new Weimaraner will go? Sometimes it works surprisingly well, and other times it can be met with a damper. Regardless, here is a situation that by all appearances where things are working well, except Ayla is wondering why this pup has stolen her seat.

Our First Day

With Griffey

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The Name Change

Thank you again for all of the hard work and love you put into these pups. (We re-named “Otis” to now call him “Griffey, and he is already taking commands/ recognizing his new name.)

A Learning Experience

I think yesterday and today have been as much of us learning how to take care of a pup as it was for the pup learning how to adapt to his new environment. With out a doubt Griffey had stolen our hearts from the moment we met him.
Griffey is such a loving, sweet, INTELLIGENT pup.

The Trip Home and Nordy 

He did fantastic on the ride home! When he got to the house he was calm/relaxed. (The cat Nordy currently has his own opinions about Griffey 😂) He has been used to being an only child.

How It Went

Griffey has only had one accident in the house, but other than that he already knows what “go potty” means and essentially eliminates on command.
Yesterday we played so much that today has been very lazy. Not to mention the fact that we were up at five to potty, eat, play a bit, then nap.
The first night of crate training seemed like a long one (although he only cried for about 15 min initially and then woke up and needed to eliminate around 3 am then cried for about 15 min to go back to sleep again. We will be consistent with the crate training and see how long it takes for him to adapt.
Thank you two again for everything! We are so blessed to have this pup and your Support.

Breeder Comment

It is a joy to do this for a family such as yours. We look forward to hearing about your future adventures. May he live long and we hope the journey is life-changing in a good way.

Puppy Fix

With Mesquite

Stackhouse-4964-2 11.08.45 AMYou know we have been working on our Utility Bath. It is spacious for an old farmhouse. We had room for a large wire crate at the end–this is where Mesquite is enjoying solitude with her babies. She is never far from us, but she doesn’t want Stackhouse examining her babies.

He is interested, and he is the sire of the litter. There are two Longhair Pups in this litter. Here is one of the two at Three Weeks.

Duke

Having Fun In Idaho

Schell's Duke 2017We are loving our boy, Duke! He loves to play with other doggies, go on bike rides and run, and is a big snuggle bug!Schell's Duke 2017-3

He does tend to chew anything he can get his paws on! ;)Thank you again for breeding such wonderful dogs and taking such great care of them!

Was wondering if you have any recommendations for flea medication? How long you normally use this for (or should we have him on one continuously? We are going to be taking him to a daycare/boarding and they require being on flea control. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.

Breeder Comment

     ~There are so many factors to consider

We always suggest you approach medications with caution. Avoid Rimadyl as well as the generic form of this anti-inflammatory drug. There are other choices. In our experience, we have known of four Weims who developed seizures so severe that the unthinkable happened–they crossed over the rainbow bridge.

Any vaccine as well as medication–take pause and ask yourself if you are Holistic in your approach. More is not better. Vaccine reactions can trigger on-going immune system issues. The protocol for the Weimaraner is based on their best interest. Once there has been a severe reaction you cannot undo it. Flea medication seems innocuous. It is also very confusing. There is always some new treatment touted by even the most beloved Vet. Do your research.

A lot of people use a monthly heartworm treatment that protects against fleas and ticks too! There is a new one that causes us concern because of the reports. Even if other breeds or some Weimaraners are using it without a problem, we take pause in reading some of the online reports. Trifexis is one (the other we have read about is Comfortis) of the newer ones and we suggest you click here and read this report. Thank you, for taking the time. The old standby (Heartguard) would be a better choice in our opinion. Whatever choice you make, watch closely and discontinue if your Weimaraner doesn’t seem to respond well.

If you are thinking more of treating or managing fleas only here are some links:

There is no simple answer to the treatment option. Just keep in mind your Veterinary means to do no harm. Nevertheless, their practice is broad-based, and you have to be prepared. Most do not see that many Weims. Ask yourself if only about 10% (of all the Weimaraners) have a violent or life-threatening reaction what are the odds of your Vet having seen this a problem? We think the likelihood to be slim to none. We always suggest you take the less risky option for the beloved Weimaraner. Thank You!

Share With Us

Nicole, we appreciate you reaching out for our advice. We hope something here helps you and others make an informed decision. If anyone is reading this and you have information to share about your experience we encourage you to post a comment. It would be greatly appreciated by the OwyheeStar community. 

Sunday Noted

Porsche’s Diary Sunday

      ~March 19, 2017

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The Sun shone today, a rare and welcome occurrence in the Willamette Valley.  I started the day with a hardy breakfast, then Mom and I were off to a play date with my Vizsla friend.  When we came, home Mom found lots of things to do outside while I romped in the kennel.  I helped with the backyard lawn mowing by putting my fetch toy down in the tall grass in front of the mower.  Mom stopped and threw it for me every time.  After dinner, I sprawled on the couch; put my paw on Papa’s arm, and said enough fun for one day. (~from JuneAnn)

Breeder Comment

It is good to know Porche keeps great note of her activity filled life. Senior flexibility exercise accomplished (by helping her causing the frequent dismount of the lawn mower). There is no end to the way the Weimaraner improves our physical and emotional fitness. Thank you, JuneAnn for the short updates featuring you and Porche’s life.

JuneAnn

And Her Porsche

You were right.  You breed wonderful dogs.  Your blog is always

enlightening.  Now that Porsche’s owner/handler is mostly straightened
out, she is fulfilling her potential.  She is embracing her work with
enthusiasm and sports her wardrobe with aplomb.
For short hikes, especially over uneven ground or hills, and stairs she
dons her harness.  Longer hikes and shopping call for her pack.
Everyday wear is a simple vest.  Pictures attached.
With wishes for your good health and less snow.
~JuneAnn

Megan’s Update

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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We couldn’t resist this poster! Roy is doing great after his neuter, everything is healing nicely.
We know about your struggle with cancer, Shela. I just wanted to let you know if you ever need anyone extra to talk to I would love to lend you an ear. I am here for you. I just feel like you’re part of our family in a way now.
Hope you have a great week! ~ Megan

Breeder Comment

Did I ever mention we have the most wonderful Weimaraner folks? Thank you, Megan. I will say that the cancer situation seems to be behind me for now. Who knows what will happen? No one –not even the doctors. I live each day as fully as it is possible.

Longhair Parent In the Mix

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OwyheeStar’s Stackhouse

For those worried that their puppy might become a Longhair because one of the parents is Longhair, here is an example of an adult. Roy (Mesquite X Stackhouse) had a Blue mother who carried the DNA marker for the Longhair and a Father who is Longhair. This litter produced both Longhair and the traditional smooth coat like Roy. Below we see Champion Willow wearing her take. They have a goodly number earned at several shows. She continues to compete and has moved over to agility.

img_0361-2Another example of this might be seen with Jan’s Willow (Lacee X Dusty). Lacee was a Longhair and Dusty a Blue Longhair carrier.