Category Archives: Sadie X Stackhouse

Elio

At 16 Weeks

Lorenzen's Elio June 23 2017Elio continues to be an absolute joy and an incredible addition to my little fur family! ¬†He’s a calm, well-mannered puppy who picks up on things incredibly fast! We’re going into week 3 of puppy classes and he’s doing great! ūüôā

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Vaccine Crossroad

A Reminder to Proceed with Caution

The Sadie X Stackhouse Litter will celebrate their sixteen-week birthday on this coming Sunday (June 25th). That brings everyone to a crossroad. By now a lot has happened, and everyone will have found themselves insanely busy raising their Weimaraner. The Weimaraner’s¬†(and the OwyheeStar) Vaccine Protocol can have been forgotten.

Your Veterinary office will have a different (broad-based) vaccine protocol. Even if they agree to follow the recommendations, it will fall on the pup’s owner to remember these details. We suggest putting the dates on your calendar and ignoring the Veterinary office alerts. Otherwise, it gets very confusing. If you have forgotten the protocol read on1

 

  • 6-Week¬†NEOPAR¬ģ Puppy Shot(given at OwyheeStar)
  • 9-Week *Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPv
  • 12- Week¬†*Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPv
  • Other vaccines such as Lepto and Kennel Cough (Bordatella) should be given¬†as needed–and avoided when possible. We recommend not combining these shots with any other vaccine–, especially¬†rabies. Vaccine challenges the immune system to build antibodies; therefore, we strongly encourage you to space Lepto, Bordetella, and Rabies vaccination at least two weeks apart. We realize that many veterinary practices give multiple vaccinations at a single visit; however, this approach is easier on the immune system. If a reaction does occur, then you know what caused it and plan to avoid it in the future. Yes, we understand this is a more costly approach–avoiding the risk is worth it!
  • 16-Week Crossroad <== Opt for the Vaccine Titer Test instead of automatically getting another puppy shot.¬†Your Vet is going to recommend just doing the shot because that is typical for the all-breed approach; however, a percentage of Weims are vaccine sensitive. Although your pup probably never had a reaction before, please do not ignore this warning. Even a mild vaccine reaction can trigger immune system issues–some of these lead to on-going health problems and in certain instances death. It is not worth the risk! The vaccine titer test runs more than double the cost of the typical puppy shot, but it might save you thousands over time as well as the potential heartache. Almost without exception, our protocol has been producing immunity by week sixteen, which means your puppy doesn’t need any more essential vaccine. If you need the optional vaccines (Bordetella or Lepto) these can be done; however, please space them at least two weeks apart from the Rabies.
  • Vaccine Blog Post¬†¬†¬†For the OwyheeStar Client Only¬†click here! (requires password)

PUPPY VACCINE CLARIFICATION (Lepto)

There is a significant push by the Veterinary community (due to the recent rise of Lepto) to include Lepto in the puppy shot. The Weimaraner Club of America (as well as others who study this breed) recommend you wait to give the Lepto, etc. until the puppy shots are completed. The puppy shot should not include Lepto or Corona. No other vaccine should be combined with the puppy shot. Waiting for the Lepto, Bordetella, and another vaccine until the pup is a little older is less risky. It takes more effort and costs a bit more to space the vaccine, but is worth it.

What is the DAPPv?

Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 1 (Hepatitis), Adenovirus Type 2 (Respiratory Disease), Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus (Click Here to read more about the vaccine we use. Remember the Puppy Shot should not contain the Lepto or Corona.

OwyheeStar Disclaimer

The Weimaraner Club of America (WCA) Vaccine Protocol

We are neither Licensed Veterinarians nor Licensed Veterinary Techs. Our recommendations are based on twenty-plus years breeding the Weimaraner (exclusively) as well as the breed recommendation (from the Weimaraner Club of America). Ultimately, you have to decide what is the best approach. This protocol is considered a more Holistic and safer approach. That being said, our advice cannot replace that of your Veterinary of choice. 

Exhausted in Oregon

Sunday Night

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Goldee loves Mom’s house, there are chickens living on three of the four fence lines. She goes from one side to the next to the next and around again. Every once in a while she’ll come over to our chairs to say hello and just as quick she is off to hunt the birds at the feeders. Mav and Autzen are down the fetch business from the minute we arrive and the minute we leash them up to leave. They LOVE their Grammy’s acre.

Earlier in the day, Goldee awakes to find out today is going to be excellent. 

Waking Up Sunday

¬† ¬† ¬†~ To hear you are going to Grammy’s Acre

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Like all grandchildren, Goldee, Maverick, and Autzen love Grammy’s place. Today, it is back to work and life as normal. They await the weekend like their humans.

Maddy

A Little Water Work

18556240_10211763771143146_4384134802596772599_nSadly not able to make the Weimie Play date¬†on last Sunday. So Maddy settled for an hour at Hill’s Creek. ūüźĺūüíē

 

I got it!

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Look what I brought you Ma!! ūü§ó

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Maybe Not

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Motoring on the lake! ‚ÄĒ at Hills Creek Reservoir

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Breeder Comment

Thank you, for sharing the fun with Maddie at the reservoir. It looks lovely and she is quite the water retriever. That is excellent!

The Unfolding Saga

Coffee Run 

Hartung's Koda_1098I took a couple of pictures on our daily trip to Dutch Bros for coffee this morning.  It’s about a 5-minute drive but poor Koda was pooped.  LOL!  Gabriel wanted his time in the camera too.Hartung's Gabriel_1096

We are sure loving this little guy!  He’s already grown in the 2.5 weeks since joining our family! :O) ~ Chris

 

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It is a process to figure out how you can make things work. There is no simple solution. Possibly it is best to embrace each obstacle and look at it as a bonding experience. What we love the most about this update is how you incorporate the Weim kids into your schedule. Coffee anyone; everyone?

Yesterday, we read about Koda’s crate-training experience.

Crate Training Journal

One Family’s Journey

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Chris Reports

May 3, 2017

Hi All!¬† Koda slept through the night on Saturday.¬† I woke him up at 2:00 to go out then he woke us up around 5:30-6:00 to go out.¬† The last couple of nights it‚Äôs been more of what I expected.¬† He wants out every 2.5 ‚Äď 3 hours.¬† During the night he does great in the crate.¬† It‚Äôs rougher during the day for sure.¬† Patience is the key along with staying on the plan but wow, does this boy have a set of lungs! LOL.¬† He‚Äôs been doing so good for the most part.¬† When we go out to potty he does his thing then goes and sits in front of the door to let you know he‚Äôs done and ready to go back in.¬† We‚Äôve been setting him down then standing off to the side of the dogs ‚Äúbathroom‚ÄĚ and he sniffs around then goes.¬† We have a separate yard that we‚Äôve rocked for the dogs to use as a bathroom.¬† He did have a couple of accidents this morning but I‚Äôm pretty sure he was stressed a bit.¬† We had a tough morning with my son.¬† Most days he wakes up great but occasionally he is a total bear.¬† Argues, is mean, etc.¬† Today was that day.¬† After everybody settled down so did Koda.¬† We all got puppy kisses and he fell asleep on the couch with his blanket and a stuffy. J¬† He‚Äôs asleep right now under my desk, between my feet.¬† He is so smart, cute and loveable!!!¬† Thank you so very much for helping bring him into our family!!!

May 4, 2017

Hartung's Koda_0993I got 6 hours of sleep last night!!!!!!!   I was feeling reeeaaalllyyy tired, to the point I was just running on auto pilot.  Koda and I fell asleep between 10 and 10:30, he was in his kennel which I moved closer to my side of the bed.  I woke up about 4:30, amazed that it was that late and wondering if I should wake him up.  He must have felt that I was awake, he gave a couple small scratches at the gate to let me know and off we went to the bathroom.  Of course he didn’t want to stay there when we came back in so we snuggled on the floor in front of the kennel. I know he fell back asleep and I must have because my wife’s alarm woke me up about 6:15.  He is such a good snuggler.

May 5, 2017

I wish I could say that sleep was my friend last night but Mr. Koda had other plans.¬†¬†He didn’t want to settle into his kennel at first.¬†¬†Finally around 11:00 or so he did.¬†¬†Woke up at 2:30 wanting out then really didn’t want to be in the kennel.¬†¬†Took about 30 minutes and me laying in front of it for him to sleep.¬†¬†Up at 5:30… no way was I going to fight that fight so snuggled him for 30 minutes until it was time for us to get up.¬†¬†I need coffee ūüôā
May 6, 2017
Koda threw a fit for a long time last night. Julie thinks it was almost 2 hours. My wife and the kids were sleeping upstairs and I was with Koda downstairs. After about 45 minutes I fell asleep. LOL!  I was tired and I have some good ear buds.  Tough love it is. Thanks again!!!
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May 8, 2017
Great night last night!!!  Slept from 10:30 to 6:25 this morning!!!

Breeder Comment

We have found the most important aspect of crate training is the human element. By that, we mean that if you feel sorry for the pup, they will play on that until they get the upper paw and you let them out. The slightest waver or questioning of your methodology is something the intuitive Weimaraner can work with–use to manipulate you. Oh, you might think it impossible for them to start that process at 8-weeks-old. Do not be deceived. The moment they come to you the dance begins. You wrap them in your arms, and they find a way into your heart. It is not all bad; however, winning the small battles is important. Good job Chris–one down and others to do.

Meet Elio

Lorenzen's Elio-2Elio is settling in well to city life and has started to make friends with his older brother, my cat Etienne. ¬†ūüôā He is such a sweet, even tempered puppy, I cannot express how happy I am with him!
We made it home without incident. Little Elio slept in my lap most of the way and is seeming to have no trouble adapting to his new home! He is currently sleeping after having eaten and played for a while. Lorenzen's Elio
I am already head over heels for the little guy and couldn’t be happier with my OwyheeStar experience! We will be visiting the vet tomorrow and I will be working from home for the first part of the week to ensure he gets fully settled in.
Thank you again for everything, I will be sure to keep you posted periodically as our life together unfolds! ¬†ūüôā
Best regards,
Erik and Elio

 Thank you again!

The Eleventh Hour Scenario

Happy May Day!

We are saying goodbye to the April Showers and the fickle weather, right? Most of us are hoping we have seen the last of the snow and some relief from the pounding rain. Who can guess? In reality, as we move through life we learn there are many unknowns. There is no way to plan for every unfortunate situation.

IMG_0553OwyheeStar received notice that Puppy #5’s family has such a situation and they cannot bring him home. It was an eleventh-hour notice. That is never a good thing for us or the pup. So we say May Day-May Day-May Day. Is there anyone who contacted us before about a Longhair or that has been secretly hoping for one that is ready? Cliff is meeting two families with their pups on this coming Friday in Burns, OR.

Of course, he is an awesome little pup. He has a very good nose–would do well for the shed hunter, etc. Here is his first swim!

We are sending out a little May Day distress signal to you all. It would be ideal (for the puppy and our situation) if he found a home where he could join his family at the same time the other pups are leaving. Thank you, for your consideration.

 

May Day–May Day–May Day

It derives from the French ‘venez m’aider’, meaning ‘come help me’.

It is repeated 3 times ‘Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.’

“A Mayday situation is one in which a vessel, aircraft, vehicle, or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Examples of “grave and imminent danger” in which a Mayday call would be appropriate include fire, explosion or sinking.

Mayday calls can be made on any frequency, and when a Mayday call is made no other radio traffic is permitted except to assist in the emergency. A Mayday call may only be made when life or craft is in imminent danger of death or destruction.”
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In aviation, in addition to fire, a ‘Mayday’ distress call could be used for engine failure, electrical failure, fuel starvation, disorientation, control failure, or any condition where the safety of the flight is in question.

Swimming Pups

The First Swim

I posted this video on Facebook yesterday. I never gave it much thought, but it deserves an explanation. There are six puppies; four are Longhairs. Of the six, five have the natural European-style tail–full length. This tail length is typical around the world for the Longhairs–and it is the Breed Standard. You may have noticed that the one Blue Ghost puppy has a full-length tail too. It was by request.

B-Sadie X Stackhouse 2017 Week Five Adventure-4.jpgThe traditional undocked puppy requires advance notice. We have a very specific protocol for this situation. I will forego the details here, other than to say we require a larger deposit for the obvious reasons. The number of inquiries regarding the undocked tail continues to increase each year.

Introducing Something New

The pups had never seen more than their water dish. Cliff set them in the water as gentle as possible. They all swam. The Weimaraner has webbed toes, and it should be noted that they are often excellent swimmers. When introducing them to water, it is important to be sure they don’t get spooked. Cliff uses lots of patience when he is working an older pup or an adult into the water. Obviously, you cannot carry them out into the water and then set them gently as Cliff did with the pups.

It is important not to spook them. The best technique is to engrain the love of the retrieve from and early age. This obsession with the retrieve works in your favor to get them into the water. A pond with sloping sides is ideal. First, get them retrieving along the water’s edge. Gradually you will ease them out where they must go beyond the bottom. This process could take a couple of days or weeks. With patience, any Weimaraner can learn to swim.

Here is Stackhouse

     ~ another Longhair

Keep In Mind

All Weimaraners have the potential to take to the water. It takes a bit of knack and patience. Our puppy imprinting does guarantee success–nor does it hurt the process. The retrieving and water-work sometimes get cast to the side during the flurry of early adjustment. There are so many things pulling at the process it is easy to forget a few. Socialization (a lot of touches in a safe way), exposure to noise, ingraining the love of the retrieve (not playing keep away) as well as engaging the pup with water are equally important. Balancing everything you are trying to accomplish–the basics we keep talking about and a lot more while doing it in the right manner is not a small task. It is important to spook them and create a fear of people, places, or situations. Some pups are more sensitive to stimuli, and others let it roll off their back. Approach the process with caution staying optimistic and upbeat. Small steps to success will get you results. Preconceived ideas should be shelved. See what you can become together.

A New Chapter

Brandi–not forgotten!

When we lost our beloved Weimaraner Brandi at the age of 14 1/2, we were filled with so much grief and sadness in our hearts.¬† Brandi was an awesome dog.¬† She was very much attached to us and tended to herself.¬† She did not go out of her way to really socialize with anyone else or other animals.¬† Don’t get us wrong, she was great with other dogs in her house, at the dog park, and on overnights at the free-range kennels.¬† But she had that Weimaraner “aloofness” that some people may know what we are talking about.

Then, Baili

Hughes_9231And then this happened… we got Baili last year from Owyheestar. ¬†She is the sweetest, funniest, goofiest Weimaraner ever.¬† She has been so good with any and all other dogs, cats, goats, people, and whatever else comes her way. ¬†She simply just loves every person and animal she meets.¬† She has no “aloofness” at all.¬† We had a cat for a while named¬†Whiski¬†and Baili was so sad when he started living at the¬†neighbors¬†house.¬† We couldn’t even say his name out loud or she would start to look for him and cry. ¬†That’s when I knew¬†she needed a baby sister Weim.¬† So I got a hold of Shela and Cliff to get our second Weimaraner from them! I knew we were on to something amazing with the way they breed and love these dogs.¬† Is it something with the long-haired genetics that gives them their causal demeanor and friendliness?

And Along Came Stella Blue

Hughes_9225We now have our new baby girl, Stella Blue!

Baili is so good with her and we couldn’t be more pleased with baby Stella.

Breeder Comment

A tragic loss as yours is all too often the reason we meet. Your previous experience will always be cherished; however, this is a new journey. Many things will be Weim-like. Some will be unique to these new relationships. Each day is a precious gift. Thank you for celebrating and sharing your joy with us and our audience.

Gus

The First Year

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Our first year with Gus has been eventful! He has the funniest personality and fits in perfectly with our little family.

We’ve definitely had our challenges but these boys are worth it! It was a slow go getting Otis to warm up to the idea of not being the only fur baby anymore but now he loves having a little brother (don’t tell him we told you that)! They’ve become so silly together and it’s hysterical how different they are. They really are the ying to each other’s yang.

 Fun Stuff

We’ve camped, we’ve hiked, we’ve snowshoed. We’ve ran at the beach, jumped through the tall grass, slept in tents, ate snow at the mountain and so much more! We keep in touch with some of our litter mates and sometimes we even get together for big play dates!

 Our Goofball Is

Gus is full of energy, curious about everything, and incredibly smart. He is always keeping us on our toes. He is currently 58 pounds of goofball and eats like every meal is his last. He is pretty petite in stature which only adds to the cuteness factor ūüôā We think he’ll be smaller than Otis (who just turned 5 by the way!!) and have no complaints about that!

We couldn’t thank you enough for another amazing weimy. They bring so much love and adventure into our lives.
We hope all is well with you, Cliff and the whole Owyheestar gang!
Much love,
Jason, Kim, Otis and Gus
 Breeder Comment

It is so great to hear from you folks. Incorporating the second Weimaraner into the family is always an adventure into uncharted territory. You cannot afford to assume that they will be like the first because each is unique. Approaching this journey with patience and letting it unfold is always the right approach. It ‘s nice to have two different personalities–especially if one feels they are in charge. You never want two vying for the top position. If one is content to follow the other and to be a co-conspirator, it is a good thing.

Two Weimaraner are a catalyst for the unknown. They can work together to open a gate latch. We used to watch a couple at work. The one would take the top latch and the other the bottom latch. If the gate came open, there was nowhere to go, but it was a game. We marveled at these and other plots over the years. To live with two is to understand the meeting of the Weimaraner intellect.

Two can become companions of the best kind–inseparable. They can burn energy off each other and then snuggle up on the sofa (if allowed). Typically, we recommend waiting for at least nine months to add a second puppy, rather than getting both at once–ideally 1.5 years to 3 years. The (adding of the second Weimaraner) timeline is a lengthy discussion we will save for another blog.