Category Archives: Mesquite X Stackhouse

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.

Snow Place I’d Rather Be

Snow day in Battleground WA! 

Roy is doing great! He weighs around 60 lbs and goes in tomorrow 1/12 to get his neuter. He’s such a cuddle bug, his favorite thing is running. Well, that is other than cuddling in bed. We go to the dog park pretty regularly and he loves all the friends! 

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Ringo

     ~ Part Two

Click Here to Read Part One

 

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Ringo loves the snow we got in early December, unusual for us here in mid-Michigan (usually we don’t get big storms until January). he follows my walking path around the yard, tearing around at full speed, just for the fun of it. He eats ice off our patio and gets grumpy when he can’t find the snowballs we throw him. He does pull the classic “never mind” in the evening – scratching to go out then refusing when the cold air hits him. All our snow melted over Christmas and now he’s back to boring activities like picking up sticks and jumping into the garden.

heermans-ringo-on-couchAt the end of the day, no matter what trouble he finds, Ringo curls up on the couch with me with a big sigh to tell me he’s done for the night. He is very sweet and affectionate. I sometimes half expect him to start purring when he flops down on my lap! Having a weim has seriously changed our lives, but the joy of full-butt wags at the door when we get home and nighttime snuggles when we both want the same pillow make the counter-surfing, door jumping, and general teen defiance worth enduring. Ringo is a big sweetie who loves his pack and we love having him in it.

One final note: Ringo learned a new trick this week – opening doors in the house! I came home and found the bedroom open and a warm spot on my pillow! Since discovering this superpower, he’s let himself into the bedroom, the bathroom, and my closet, which opens outward! We’re not sure how he managed that one. Fortunately, the outside doors all have knobs instead of handles, but now it’s just a matter of time until he realizes all the doors in the house are openable. I’m thinking a trip to the hardware store is in our future. Maybe he was just reminding us he’s a Weim.

Thank you for giving us such a sweet, adorable, ridiculous pup,

Abbey, Nick, and Ringo

And Then There Was

Ringo

     ~ Part One

 

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Bounding over soybeans

It’s been a big year for Ringo – we moved from an apartment to an acre of land outside of town this summer. It took some time to get used to the new sounds and Nick’s much busier and ever changing schedule, but he loves frolicking in his yard and finding good smells to roll in. Still, his favorite place in the world is visiting his human grandparents on “the farm,” 300 acres of corn and soybeans not far from Lake Michigan.

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Short and long tails – Ringo following Oakie around his fields

The farm includes family who adore him just like a human grandbaby, his favorite canine elders Oakie (11 years old, also a Weim) and Buddy (a 10-year-old cockapoo), and mowed paths around the fields closest to the house – perfect for running at breakneck speed. The only part of the farm he isn’t keen on is the horse. He snuck into her pasture once and barked up a storm right to her nose. Lucky for Ringo, Cindy is 37 and has seen his kind many times, and couldn’t care less.heermans-ringo-and-oakie

(Oakie looms over his “nephew.” Not pictured: Ringo’s tail thumping on the floor in delight at the barking)

Breeder Comment

Ringo was requested as undocked. We do accommodate clients wanting the smooth coat undocked (European Style). There is a very specific protocol. It takes planning, and you have to jump through all the hoops to get one from us.

Part Two of Ringo’s post coming soon!

The Best of Maggie

Happy New Year

img_1332Hope all is well in your neck of the OwyheeStar world!  Just wanted to touch base as I try to do every year around Maggie’s birthday.   Love the fall photo of her playing in the leaves (at the top here).

img_1294Things got a bit hectic during that time, so now I will take some time to send some of our “Best of Maggie” photos from 2016.  Maggie and our cat Smokie are now the best of buds.  They even cuddle up together to sleep-and Smokie even crawls into Maggie’s crate with her.

She loves playing catch with anything you toss her way-including snowballs.  Finally, Maggie loves her Christmas sweater.  She even goes so far as to bring it to you when she wants to wear it!  She continues to fill our lives with so much love and laughter.

Love, From The Family of Maggie

Breeder Comment

Thank you, for making it a priority to get us news regarding Maggie. It would be impossible to say what made us smile more. We love all the photos; however, possibly the one of her and Smokie is our favorite. You captured her smiling–that is adorable.

Fireside

Roy Boy the Weim

I thought this might brighten your day! 

roy-firesideRoy fireside! He is doing awesome, he went to puppy boot camp. His recall is nearly perfect. Down and sit are perfect. Whenever he sits though he wants to shake hands 🙂 not a problem for me though very adorable. 

Breeder Comment

This Weimaraner is one in the same as –> click here!