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~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.
~ My Lap-ador
While socially distancing, I have been ruminating. I remembered seeing a documentary from England that found in Labrador guide dog puppies success correlated with which way the whorls of hair on the puppy’s back went. I cannot remember whether it was clockwise or counter clockwise that indicated success.
I took a look at Porsche. Her whorls go every which way. That explains a lot. Then she reminded me she is not a Labrador. She is a “Lap”-ador.
Best regards to all, JuneAnn
All we can say is that you learn something new every day–thank you!
Porsche is a task master. Mornings after dogs are fed, our little terrier gets on Barry’s bed for a sleep-in. I tried to get Porsche to let me have a few extra winks. When I noticed she had not followed me to the bedroom, I went looking for her. I found her sitting next to the exit door we take for our morning walks. I said, “Come on let’s go back to bed.” She refused to budge. As I had not used her formal recall command, technically she had not disobeyed me. After I stopped laughing, we went walking.
We love how you describe the whole interaction. Thanks, JuneAnn. It is a great photo, and a cute story.
~Prefers Warm Water
Porsche likes warm pool water over the McKenzie River. She doesn’t need a life jacket to keep afloat. She wears it so Scott of K9 Aquatics can direct her. She and our Norwich share an hour lesson, then peace and quiet reign for a while.
We always love hearing about Porsche–and her interesting life. Thanks ever so much for all you do for and with her.
It has been so long since we have reached out. Alex and I just wanted to update you on Griffey and as always say “Thank you” for such a special member of our family.
We recently welcomed 2 new baby girls into our lives and Griffey is still adjusting as the older brother but starting to understand that there IS enough love to go around between all three of them (he is very much still a puppy himself). Griffey is the best running partner (Alex and I are training for a half marathon) and as we have learned over the past few years… he either gets a long run to start the morning or a solid 30-60 minutes of retrieving at the dog park and he is set for a “less” mischievous day…hah. Griffey is an amazingly loyal companion, always Sticking to our side when we are out hiking and scouting. He cuddles from 5pm at night and sleeps in longer than anyone else in the morning… he will even sneak into the guest room if someone is visiting and just to cuddle and nap a little longer. We Are blessed to have him.
Congratulations on the twin baby girls–what an event. I love that Griffey is doing well with all the changes. Most of all–thank you for updating us on Griffey. We are delighted, along with our readers. Thank you!
~ Between Duchess and Diesel
Here is my great nephew enjoying the kids, Duchess got up since I reached for my phone. I told Christopher that he was a ‘Christopher’ sandwich with Weim bread, as a very loving 9 year old, he giggled and said “send a picture to my mom.”
Foster wasn’t too happy his best buddy was enjoying the company of another human but sleep in and this happens!
Well–I can understand your son (Foster) finding his cousin sandwiched thinking someone was being disloyal. (Haha) These two typically sandwich him–even though Duchess is your baby girl.