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~Not Welcome Here
I recently had to make a quick trip to my mother’s home in Arizona. Because my purpose for going was to take her car, and bring it back to Oregon, I had to fly down and could not take the dogs. I boarded them in a kennel that I have used for 21 years with no problem. I picked up the dogs on Sunday, and both Push and Zoo have kennel cough. Both dogs have been vaccinated against Bordetella but as you know that is only one of many types of kennel cough. Zoo coughed so hard that she ruptured a small blood vein in her throat. Push has a cough and massive amounts of snot (sorry about the colloquialism) coming out of his nose. Kennel cough is airborne and extremely contagious. Dr. Welch gave me a cough suppressant to give them but said no antibiotics since most strains are viral. He also said to keep the dogs quiet which at this point has not been difficult as neither one of them seems to feel very well.
I thought you might want to share some information about kennel cough in your blog since you reach so many Weimaraner owners.
We are so dreadfully sorry to hear the news. Kennel Cough is like the human cold–easily shared and not welcome. Click here to read how your pet can contract Kennel Cough –or other upper respiratory infections. When there is an outbreak, it is wise to limit exposure–but not always possible. Get well soon!
~ The Ups and Downs
It has been a while since I have sent an update. Both dogs are doing well. Zula continues to be her normal feisty self. Her muzzle is turning white but she still has the energy of a much younger dog.When she sees me putting a jacket on she is immediately by my side wiggling not just her tail but her entire body. She knows a jacket means that we are going outside or perhaps even for a ride in the car.
Pushkin continues to be a puppy, even though he is almost 2 years old. He is a sweet boy but is continually pushing my limits. This morning he came in from outside with tremendously muddy feet. Upon inspection of the yard, I found a large hole where the recently planted grass used to be. He had discovered a gopher mound and apparently decided to see if he could catch it’s inhabitant. I scolded him but no real punishment as he is only doing what Weims are bred to do……hunt.
We continue with the nose work. It is a game to Push. I have been taking him to Home Depot where I will go in and hide several containers of a scent in different places and then take him in to find them. The folks at Home Depot are great. I would like to take him through the truffle hunting training the next time it comes to Oregon.
I took both Push and Zula to Terri Jacobson‘s to have their picture taken with Santa. Push was not very co-operative so we shall see how the pictures turn out. Both Terri and Santa are blessed with a tremendous amount of patience.
I hope that you and Cliff are doing well.
Zula and Pushkin are extraordinarily lucky–and that includes their Santa photos with Terri Jacobson.
As you told me almost a year ago, Zula loves to ride in the car. Now that the weather has been glorious in the Willamette Valley, I have taken the MG out to drive. I was taking the old dead battery out to install a new one when ZooBoo (as I nicknamed her) decided to help me. When I opened one of the car doors, in she went. She has turned out to be a wonderful addition to my family of canines. Thank you so much for two wonderful dogs.
What more can we say? Thank you for giving Zula Blue (Zoo Boo) a marvelous Golden Years Placement.
Pushkin and Zula Blue
~Zula Claimed the fireside bed
Rain has finally come to the Willamette Valley. The temperatures in the morning are cooler and daylight takes its time in arriving. Each of the dogs got a new pillow and miss Zula immediately claimed the one right in front of the fireplace. I do enjoy seeing pictures of her pups on your blog.
~ Bed is a Bed is a Bed
Pushkin and I are almost done with the advanced obedience class. We will be working on sharpening his skills over the holidays and hopefully will take the CGC test after the holidays. He is a natural at agility. The only problem we have at this point is getting him to slow down enough for me to keep up with him. He is fearless when it comes to trying something new.Marie
We think it is extraordinary that Pushkin is fearless with new things. I think it is fair to say, that many a Weim person wishes their friend was open to new things. (Haha)
We look forward to hearing more about the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and the agility work. Thank you, for your tireless training efforts–and for the fabulous Golden Year Home for Miss Zula. We are happy to see her warming her bones.
Taunting the Weim
~or Nector Seeking
I thought you might enjoy the picture of Pushkin. The hummingbirds sit in the large rose bush at the end of the patio and Push can see them through the sliding glass door. He seems to think that he could catch them if I would only let him out.
I have to clean the door daily with all the dog prints on it.
We started advanced obedience class this week. Part of the class is also agility. Push loves the tunnels, the table, and the plank. Next week we shall see if he will jump through the hoop. Great dog.
BTW ZooBoo is doing well
Thank you, Marie, for the fun update on the two Weims. We are happy with all you are doing. Keep up the effort–it pays huge dividends.
This sad looking “stinky” Weim learned a valid lesson this morning. If you roll in aged deer poo you get a bath. No luxury of warm water as she was not allowed in the house so bath was cold water from the hose. We shall see if she remembers the lesson😊
I guess your Mama doesn’t appreciate ‘Deer Pooh Perfume.’ We are so happy for you Zula Blue (now known more affectionately as ‘ZooBoo’. What a good life you have my pretty girl.
And, Short Messages
Seriously, it takes about a paragraph to make a fabulous blog. Sometimes I get multiple Emails, and I have to find a way to pull things together into a succinct storyline. Other times there is a one-liner. Despite the challenges, each sentiment is much appreciated.
Thought I would pass on a picture of Colt and Winnie to you. Both Weimaraners were bought from you. Beautiful dogs… ~ Rod
I appreciate you. Desi has been a blessing to us daily. Can’t imagine the number of people who feel thankful and blessed by the hard work of you and Cliff.
We figured Kula must be old enough to drive now, so we got him and Pilikia a van to drive around….. Brent
This is not the first Weim Crime pair at the wheel. You might remember Ilsa and Indi the two Blue sisters who borrowed the camper while Mom and Dad went on vacation. Pilikia and Kula Bleu’s ride is pretty upscale, but the idea has not changed. Thanks for the fabulous share!
You Might have seen this Look
The Weimaraner likes routine. Even better, they like to be in control. Ilsa’s family remembered her bed but where is the dinner. Seriously, a late meal is never a popular event. Who can put on the miffed look better than a Weim?
They had to learn how to be adaptable. If not, there are a lot of these looks. They don’t like their crate moved; their schedule changed, etc. It is as if they say, “you humans don’t get it.”
We do suggest that despite the put-off pouting experience, it is important that they learn how to adapt to change. If not, then worse things than the evil-eye glare are sure to happen. We are not speaking of the typical Weim mischief. Nor the freak-out (separation anxiety induced) you forgot me acting out behavior. We are talking more about the I am going to make-you-pay-thing. Oh, yes it happens. Some of you know exactly of what we speak. Dusty says, “Woof.”