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The Blue’s Sisters
~ Part One
Skye & Haze will be 5 years old this year! Time has flown by with them,.. it seems like yesterday we were doing the puppy thing. They are spending most of their winter days lounging around the house… on the furniture of course! We take them out for a good run every day, even if they have to plow through the snow…. they look forward to their outdoor play time, and can’t wait for spring!
Competing and Winning Ribbons
Skye loves to compete in AKC Rally competitions and also AKC Nosework competitions. Haze competes in Rally as well and also is working on completing her Excellent title (like Skye) by this summer. Watch for more on Skye and Haze–coming soon to the blog.
We keep the girls in weekly classes at our dog training club to keep them socialized, and to give them something for their minds to work on. We are delighted with our pups and can’t imagine life without them! Blessings to you! ~ Jean & Nancy
Cliff and I are so very proud of all you two (or maybe we should say four) have achieved. It is no small thing. We know what a huge challenge this breed can bring. As you once explained to me Jean–AKC Rally is like Agility on Steriods. What more do we need to say?
Please watch for the two segments — one featuring Skye and the other Haze. Although they are rarely out of each other’s shadow, for a brief moment they will be a star on our blog. We think you will be interested to learn more about them.
~A fabulous Traveler
Aaron and I have taken Henry pretty much everywhere with us. We usually drive and he’s remarkably good in the car, no car sickness. Henry is generally a fairly relaxed Weim, no issues with separation anxiety and has been crate trained since being a puppy. He even will just hang out in his ‘ house’ for a nap or downtime.
Flying –A New Adventure
We finally decided to fly with him. Henry went shopping for his new igloo style–airline approved crate. Also, got a warm and comfy sheepskin pad for inside, and of course, his stylish and cozy vest to keep him warm. Before the trip we had him try out his new crate to make sure he was just as happy and comfortable in the new one. Yeah! Happy dance!!.. No issues surfaced with the new crate. Next, we called the vet about medication. The medication is the one thing we were completely conflicted about. We consulted EVERYONE! His vet, Cliff and Shela, my sister the pharmacy tech, and the people whom normally board Henry ( they just got their 4th Weim!). Thankfully, all were full of information so we could make the best choice for Henry.
This first flight was a short one, only about an hour and a half from putting him through to the plane until we picked him up at oversize baggage. Two things. We didn’t want, a sick dog from side effects or a dopey dog from too high of a dose. After many emails, phone calls, and deliberations we decided to test out a smaller dose of the prescription. Since the flight was short, we tried out 1/3 of the pill which was an anti-anxiety medication, Trazodone, one evening and monitored him. It made him a bit ‘ chilled-out,’ but he wasn’t overly sleepy or dazed, and there were no tummy problems! Whewwww! We didn’t kill our dog!
The original prescription was for 1 pill every 8 hours, up to 3 pills per day. Logically, the medication lasts 8 hours, and this is why we decided to give him a partial dose as the flight was short. Here we are the day of the flight, after our test, we noted that Henry would probably need a bit more and increased to 2/3 of the pill. Success!
At the Airport
Still fairly normal Henry, sniffing around the airport making friends/ flirting with all the nice Westjet girls but definitely very calm. ( And we all know that calm and Weim DO NOT usually go in the same sentence.) The airline we flew with ( Westjet) was wonderful. They were quite considerate of Henry. We waited with him until about 1 hour before the flight; we tapped the top of his crate, which he knows is his command to get inside and gave him his favorite treats. No noises, nothing, just our happy Henry getting first class service as his ‘valet’ wheeled him away personally! Before the plane departed, one of the flight attendants gave us this slip of paper that confirmed Henry was on board! (Let out a sigh of relief here!)
Once we arrived, Henry was actually delivered before our luggage! Again, no noises, a bit of panting from being jostled about, but he was all in one piece! (Another sign of relief and time for a glass of wine! I think mom should have taken some of those anti-anxiety meds.) Overall, we were lucky that things went as smoothly as they did. Our advice, get your pet ready a few days before and make sure they are comfortable. Give yourself extra time at the airport and ASK! Whether it’s the airline, vet, etc. Everyone was more than willing to ensure the safety and well-being of Henry. WHERE did Henry go, you may be wondering? Well to visit grandmaw and grandpaw of course!
-Patti (aka Henry’s mom)
We are happy to hear the experience was a positive one. Of course, Henry is not the first OwyheeStar Weimaraner to fly; however, it is great to get the personalized report. We also want to caution that each Weimaraner is a bit different. It is always smart to be careful with medication. Some airlines will not allow you board with a dog who has been given a sedative.
Be sure to get all the facts before planning a trip. Different airlines have different protocols. Preparation is equally important. Of course, having the Weimaraner crate friendly is a huge plus. Henry’s parents went to a lot of trouble to ensure he would be safe and comfortable. Some of the choices were hard to make–you just don’t know how something will work out. Nevertheless, Henry had his first flight, and I am sure everyone enjoyed his visit.
Edgar Celebrates One
It’s Edgar’s first birthday 🎉
Happy ONE, Ed We love you!
He and the kids are so close, it’s really neat to see how he treats each of the three a little differently. Thanks, Shela and Cliff! He’s a cool dog.
This makes us happy. The impact of these relationships will change the future. Isn’t it awesome?
Fellig Updates Us
~He is on Facebook Too!
It’s quickly coming up to the two-year anniversary of meeting The Mummy at Boise airport and knowing she was all MINE! She has given me all kinds of loving nicknames – Monster, Fidgety Fee, The Terrorist, Worse Dog EVER, and in exchange I have shown my appreciation by biting, body slams, practicing my ‘downward dog’ on her thighs when she least expects it, ripping out the screen door, and reworking the garden’s landscaping. I know she’s just joking when she says she’s going to send me back to The Grandma or put me to sleep.
But a few months ago she took me to a big warehouse in the eastern reaches of the Coachella Valley and introduced me to a life-changing activity. Now, I must admit that despite everything, I have the best The Mummy. She has spent thousands of those dollar thingies sending me to an amazing day camp facility, gives me the BEST dead animal parts, and puts up with me hogging the bed, but this is beyond anything she has done and has quickly made me want to give up my less desirable habits.
The warehouse is full of this amazing equipment – tires to jump through, planks to walk along, tables to sit on, A frames to launch over, and a curious device called a teeter-totter. While the other dogs shied away from using the equipment, I embraced it – show me how it works, The Mummy, and I will conquer the concept on the second go! Don’t bother about baiting me with treats – I’ll do it for FREE!
I cannot WAIT for each Sunday! Last week we brought home two certificates that prove I am the BOMB! And guess what? Last week The Mummy took me to my first ‘scent’ class! A bunch boxes and puzzles strew around the warehouse where the trainer thinks she is hiding treats from me. Pah! Doesn’t she know I can smell a drop of blood in five gallons of water?! I’m going to LOVE this!
Wow! Another Agility Weimar report. This time a Blue Boy! And now you are moving into the nose work–excellent stuff. A lot better than the garden bulldozer status you were excelling at. Every Weimaraner needs a job, and it can vary according to the lifestyle and temperament of the Weim and their human. Thank you, Fellig for taking the time to write with your busy schedule.
Jan Reports on Willow
I have multiple water pans around my place for the dogs which I keep filled daily with fresh, clean water. However, Willow’s favorite place to drink is from the watering can on the porch, LOL! Funny Girl!
Haze and Sky Offer Help
“We got you covered Willow!”
We have water pans outside for the pups, but if there is a puddle, they would prefer it. Sadly, puddle water is risky. A bird can track a one-celled parasite in that water, and it will take off like wildfire. That is never a good thing.
Other options for drinking are many. Outdoors is always a good idea when it is seasonally possible. Many the Weimaraner who has holes in their lips–if you get my drift.
Haze and Skye
We try to take our girls everywhere with us.
This is a trip to Glacier we took last fall. We rented a cabin and the girls liked cabin camping! They love the water and hiking. We take them for rides in the car all the time and they especially like when we go to the coffee hut because they all have treats and Haze and Skye know that we are really there just so they get a treat, and coffee has nothing to do with it-remember always let the Weim think they know who is in charge at least that is what they think well most of the time they are-lol!!
Day of Rest
We have to get our beauty rest. We share our bed with our humans. It is vitally important that we have a good bed and plenty of room to stretch out.
Later (Emma and Alice)
A little sunshine and more comfort. Sometimes it is musical chairs we play.
Clearly, the weather is beautiful in this photo too! Cheryl reports these two girls are the best of friends and sisters. What more could we ask?
Sherlock In Southern California
We are buried in snow and ice; however, Sherlock waits for the rain to stop. He wants to go outside and play.
Mystic’s Mom updated us and let us know they were going to become a Two-Weim Family? Click here to read that blog.
January 4, 2017
Here are a few pictures of our two pups. Mystic is still not convinced that a second dog in the house is a good idea. It turns out she prefers them if they do not live with us. Sage loves everything and everyone. Mystic was easier in every way. Sage is loving and excited and endearing. This has definitely earned him a spot in all of our hearts.
Mystic Runs The Show
Mystic actually does a great job, she brings him toys and raw hides except if it is the one she wants. She sometimes knows when he needs to go to the bathroom or needs to eat. She is also teaching him boundaries and personal space. So it goes…
We are finally settling into life after second Weimaraner addition. Thank you. We love them. (*The humans in the pictures are some of the human children.)