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~A Little New About our Trip
Life is good on the Oregon Coast. After helping Mom get down the bank and over the rocks, I was free to play with my Vizsla friend, Wiki. Of course, I didn’t forget my job to help Mom back across the rocks and up the bank. Then is was nap time on the ride home.
Porsche–thanks for writing to tell us about your trip to the Oregon Coast. We are so happy that you are an excellent and reliable Service Dog.
Porsche is doing fine and never ceases to amaze me. With help from the Lucky Dog TV program and its host, Brandon McMillan, She now picks up anything we drop. The first time it was my shoe that she had stolen while I was taking it off. So-o-o, the skill has the unfortunate
command of “gimme”. LOL
Well, the two of you continue to amaze us. We are so happy to see what you have achieved together.
Mom and I took a “road trip” to California to visit her nephew. I guess that makes him my cousin. We took long walks everywhere with lots of new smells and sights. We never did see the lizards I was promised. We lounged on the deck at his lake front house; went to restaurants, and met lots of nice people. He is a youth soccer coach in non-covid times, and a San Jose Earth Quakes fan. Take a look at the scarf he gave me. I think it’s suppose to make my human sister, a Seattle Sounders fan, jealous.
Love to all, Porsche
I am happy to hear that you took your Mom to see her Nephew. What, no lizards to chase or point? Sounds like the trip was excellent.
~ Diesel (the Blue Boy)
Duchess kicked Diesel out of his bed last night, so he came and snuggled in up by my pillows. Here is Duchess, the Queen of mischief, and more.
Of course, we love her so much.
We love hearing about Duchess and Diesel–and of course, Foster (their human sibling). Thank you!
~ I Celebrated Five Candles
My fifth birthday was last Saturday, October 3rd. Sometimes, I worry when Mom oohs and aahs over the puppy pictures you post. Then, I remind her of all the things I do for her including: picking up things she has dropped; notifying her of the phone and alarms; helping her get up off the ground; being quiet and polite at book club, and snuggling. After that, she makes big over me, and we are both happy and content.
Dear Porsche, you have not a thing to worry about, my adorable, sweet girl. Your Mama has not contacted me about another Weimaraner. She is living vicariously through those photos–remembering the time she brought you home. You are a marvelous Longhair OwyheeStar Ambassador–thank you for that, and Happy Birthday.
~Reducing exposure to TSP (total suspended particulates)
Hello from the smoky Willamette Valley boasting the worst air quality in the world. To help reduce Porsche’s exposure to TSP (total suspended particulates), this simple fix should work. Take a six inch coffee filter cone (a vacuum cleaner HEPA filter would be even better); cut enough off folded edge to miss eyes; open large part; stuff it inside a well ventilated muzzle; voila, you have a doggie mask. Porsche is not thrilled with it, but it allows her a bit more outside time. We are blessed with the ability to let dogs out right into the kennel for business. If someone has to walk their dog, this might help. This is a home remedy, not a scientifically tested filter system.
I worked 15 years with the American Lung Association dealing with air quality issues, and feel this will help.
God Bless you all; stay safe.
Thank you, JuneAnn, for this information.
~ Fire, Smoke, Ash–Covid, riots, Antifa what’s next?
On Thursday JuneAnn wrote--We are about 5 miles from the fire burning 37,000 acres to the East of us. Still, we are getting our share of ash and smoke. One thing nice about a gray dog, you don’t see the ash on her coat. You can feel it. Porsche seemed to especially enjoy a good grooming. JuneAnn, et.al.
From Cliff and Shela
Many OwyheeStar Friends are directly affected by the Oregon fires, driving some people from homes and burning our beautiful forests. A lot of you are doing what you can to intervene and help those who need assistance. Who is tired of the 2020 Woes–COVID 19, Social Unrest, Antifa, Riots, and now it is as if entire areas are being consumed by fire. Let’s pray and do what we can to help each other.
~And JuneAnn A Few Tips
For those of us with devilish smart Weims like Porsche, who tend to lose the tags city dwellers are asked wear, here is a variation on Cliff’s collar.
Attach tags to center ring leaving “D” ring for leash, then slide a cover over all that “jewelry.” Put “ICE” on the cover. The cover can be made out of most any material. I use leather because I have it. All first responders, and hospitality workers know “ICE” stands for “in case of emergency.” I know it works, because my phone fell out of my pocket in Boston; a hotel manager got it, and called my daughter in Seattle. My phone and I were soon re-united. I hope the only call any dog owner gets is like one we got several years ago, when a man called to let us know he had the collar our dog had slipped on that morning’s run.
More when I learn how to get photos off my phone.
Thanks for sharing this information with us and the OwyheeStar Community, JuneAnn
~Porsche took to water like a Duck
This is a shout out to Cliff, and the wonderful job he does introducing puppies to water. Porsche took to water like a Duck (a little University of Oregon humor). She swims the McKenzie river, lakes, and at the local dog swim center. She plays in the sprinkler, and loves supervising the filling of her play pool.
On the other hand, she also loves to explore a local slough along our walks. When she emerges, grinning like the Cheshire Cat, tail wagging furiously, she is festooned with sticky weeds, burrs, blackberry brambles, and a few wild flowers. Now, that is a picture best left to the imagination.
Best to all, JuneAnn
We appreciate the humor–and so will many of our Weim-loving fans who look forward to the OwyheeStar Blog. Porsche is extraordinary in and out of the water. Sadly we can so readily imagine the slough experience. Thank you, JuneAnn–you are the best.
Just had to share this with you. The picture was not taken in a mirror.
Last Tuesday morning (May 4th), I fell cutting my left arm. The local ER stitched me up. On our evening walk, I realized that I needed Porsche to walk on my right side to prevent possible re-injury. She has always heeled on my left. We thought of a new command word, Fall-in. Within five minutes and an undisclosed number of cookies, she was coming around to my right side when I said Fall-in. The next morning, she did fine until we started walking. I am sure she thought I was crazy not to do it as we always had. With lots of praise and more cookies, we accomplished a short walk with her on the right. That evening, there was still some confusion, but she complied. This morning we covered our entire walk route with her happily on the right. Praise and some repetition of the Fall-in command helped plus a few cookies. The crowning glory was when we got home. I re-introduced the Heel command. She happily moved to my left side. When I said Fall-in, she went back to the right side. It brought tears to my eyes. It amazed me how quickly she seemed to realize the need to do this.
Some of us not only love our dogs to pieces, we also depend upon them. To have such a cooperative intelligent dog is certainly the cherry on top a delicious sundae.
Thank you for letting me have Porsche.
Dear JuneAnn–we are happy to know you are more than okay, and that Porsche has been so amazingly adaptable. We love this account of her Service Dog work with you. Thank you for sharing that with us.