Apollo joined our family September 30th. What an adventure it has been! Apollo comes to our family after many, many, many years of research, discussion, and patience. Our 12-year-old son, Simione has been the most patient and has had dreams and big plans for our Mr. Apollo. And now, the adventure begins. Apollo’s arrival comes just three days before Simione’s birthday, so there has been much to celebrate!Anthony (dad) went to Pendleton to pick up our beloved boy Apollo (Blue Weim) while mom was helping with a lab fair event for our local community and Simione was getting ready for another football game on a bright, sunny Saturday. Simione was anticipating Apollo’s arrival but knew that more than likely he would not be home until well after his football game was over. To his surprise, Apollo showed up at halftime and only moments later did Apollo catch the watchful eye of Simione after he came running off the football field and to the sidelines with the rest of his team. I am not sure I have ever seen a boy have that big of a smile on his face! Once the game finished, it was time for an eager boy to finally meet his dog Apollo. The moment is one our family will never forget.
The TransitionApollo has done an amazing with the transition to our home and becoming such an important part of our family. He lets us know when he needs to go potty and is keeping our kids very active. Simione spends every second of his time playing and even snuggling Apollo and often begs to bring him to school pick-ups and drop-offs just to get those extra few minutes with him each day. Apollo will start being introduced to some fresh sheds we found earlier this spring in hopes to get him started early on shed hunt training. We have a pretty busy lifestyle between community events, sports, school activities, hunting, etc. but Apollo is a champ and has been with us participating and getting lots of attention in the process from friends and strangers. Apollo is one loved puppy!
The Vet VisitApollo had his first veterinary appointment on Wednesday, Oct. 4th – he was confident and content and rocked his vaccination! More love and affection must have contributed to this because our local vet staff already adore him. Apparently, we only have a couple of other weims in our area, so they did mention that it is very rare they get to see such a beautiful boy!
Overall, it’s safe to say that we are head over heels for Apollo and so grateful that he is a part of our family.
This pup is one of the Bernie X Boone 2017 Litter–a littermate to Cypress. We are excited to hear he is doing well. We hope everyone will stay in touch as the process unfolds. I think all the readers will agree that it is fun to join in the fun–and sometimes the not so lovely antics.
At One Week
Griffey is doing absolutely fantastic and fitting into our family perfectly.
Commands: He is very good with the “sit”, “fetch”, and the “here” commands. We were pleasantly surprised with how easy these were to him. A couple 10-15 minutes sessions the first week did the trick. We are still working on “drop it” and “stay” but I am sure he will get it as we are more consistent with him. He loves his bird toys and tennis ball.Eating: He eats like a champ. We make him sit before we allow him to his bowl and he is now used to that and eating in one sitting (generally 2-5 minutes).Potty training: He is a dream when it comes to potty training. Because I work from home I am able to keep him consistent and he has only had 3 accidents in the house (all of them being my fault). We never punish him for this as it’s not his fault at all. When we do take him out he immediately eliminates. I generally kennel him a few hours a day while working and we always use the backyard afterwards.His brother Nordy (the cat): They still are warming up to each other but Nordy has made huge progress. Nordy will lay in the middle of the living room while we love on Griffey. He sits up on top of the couch and watches Griffey. Nordy is patient with Griffey when he paws at and nips at Nordy. I am optimistic they will be great friends very soon.Crate training: The first few nights were rough, but that is to be expected. The last couple nights have been great where he sleeps from 9:30ish – 5:00 or 6:00 when we normally get up. We have slowly moved his crate back to the far corner of our room (where he will remain).Leash: He is getting more comfortable on the leash. We leave his lead on a couple times a day to get him use to the tension and we walk him around the house and yard when he eliminates so he is used to that as well.Quirks: A couple of the funnier things that he does are…
- He loves to put bark in his mouth (our backyard has bark in it), which we obviously disallow and don’t want him swallowing.
- When he sleeps hard he rolls over on his back with all four paws extended out and sometimes snores which we think is adorable.
- He likes to play hide and seek under the bed (which we tried to keep him from but the cat goes under there and I think he wants to play).Griffey truly has stolen our hearts and we cannot wait to give more time and love to him to make him the best dog we can. Thank you very much for breeding amazing family members and all the hard work that goes into delivering amazing dogs to your clients.
Alex & Morgan
P.S. I will be going down to Roseburg next week for work and plan on bringing a couple of my sheds home so he can start smelling and touching them in hopes we can get him out (after shots) to find more for us.
Who’s in my spot?
The Name Change
A Learning Experience
The Trip Home and Nordy
How It Went
At 16 Weeks
Elio 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! 🙂
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® 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.
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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.
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.
Busy Enjoying Central Oregon
We sure love our girl! She’s been enjoying a lot of central Oregon things. She’s been on hikes, in rivers, dog parks, and breweries. She’s great on bike rides and trail adventures. We are keeping her mileage around 3.5 miles since she’s so little, but she can go and go and go. Here are some photos of her relaxing and adventuring! 👍🏼
We’ve been trying to get her to stop jumping on everyone she meets, but it hasn’t happened yet. It’s a good thing she’s cute….🤔😜 We’d love a tip for helping with this if you have one handy. Thank you for our four-legged family member. ❤️I must mention as I type this I can hear her snoring. Stella might be a dainty girl, but she can snore like a bear! It’s quite hilarious.Enjoy the day!Jill, Timothy and Stella
Dharma was a bit antsy in the car on the way home at first but soon settled right in.When we got home we went right out for a walk with big brother Simian. Then in the house to check out the new digs.At first, big brother was a bit stand-offish, but soon he let me cuddle by he and Papa on the couch.I knew right from the start the little bowls are my bowls, but now I like to drink from the big dogs bowls. It only took me a week to figure out, I just need to stand on my hind legs to reach.After only two meals I quickly learned my food is in the tall cabinet, so I sit by the cabinet when I’m hungry.A few other things I am good at… I always go to the door when I have to potty, and it only took me 4 days at work with Papa to figure out the stairs. Next goal, I want to be able to get on the couch by myself*. I could get this soon because I practice as much as possible.Had my first vet apt. today, and was a very good girl, now I’m napping.More later X🐾X🐾🙂 KariPS: *This happened (one day later)! She made it on the couch today. She is determined!
Off To A Good Start
Waylon’s lineage is pretty amazing. It includes maternal Grandma Deli, Grandpa Zee as well as the infamous Stormy and Dusty on the paternal side. Dusty is the only living grandparent, but all the aforementioned Weims had more than decent longevity. Hollee was a late in life offspring for Miss Deli–a single pup litter (after many attempts in the hope of getting her. Almost every OwyheeStar pup is related to one or more of these foundational Weimaraners.
We sincerely hope Waylon lives long and continues to thrive. Again, we sincerely thank you, for this update. We know others appreciate reading it too!
Lucy is doing very well. She knows how to sit and wait for her food (most of the time). She gets to go for short walks in the woods every day with Max and absolutely LOVES antlers and bully sticks to chew on.Her stools are normal (I think maybe the soft ones were from stress for the first few days) and she eats calmly and often will walk away and come back to finish. We’re so glad she doesn’t “hoarf” it down!!Best of all is that she’s ringing the “potty bell” at the door and Max is pretty okay with her! 80)Lovin every minute of it!Melissa and Jeff (02/22/2017)
How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world. ~Anne Frank
PS: We have been watching the recent posts. We LOVED seeing the blog and responses from Lucy’s siblings’ new families!
We are off to a Good StartWe wanted you to know that we love our new baby girl! ❤ She has adjusted well to our family in her first week. She only cried two nights in her crate at night. The third night she cried once and the last few have been silent from 9:30pm to about 6am when Tim wakes her up.She’s very sweet and super smart. We can tell by his quick she’s picking things up. She’s pretty good at going near the door when she wants to go outside for her business.We weighed her this morning and she was 14.4 pounds at 10.5 weeks. Hopefully, that’s a good weight. 😬 She’s been eating terrific; we’re happy to say she doesn’t seem to be a ‘scarfer.’ Just eats some and comes back later. We discovered she loves Greek yogurt, but not a fan of apples. Maybe later.We finally had a clear day and we took her out to a remote trail for a little adventure and we are pretty sure it was her best day ever! I will attach some pictures so you can see her adorable little face. I must say I used to be a Labrador person, but I’m convinced that Weimaraner’s are now my favorite.Jill, Timothy, Libby and Stella Blue
It is a huge plus that she doesn’t gulp her food.😬 That is something to celebrate.