Dash had his 12-Week Vet Visit and the Parvo Shot today. He is 24 pounds and has the best disposition. He is just a gorgeous boy!
Dave, we are happy to learn you and Dasher are off to a great start. It is also a blessing to know that you are delighted with your new family addition. We know how important that is and never more so when someone has had a less than ideal experience before coming to OwyheeStar.
The importance of looks–while often a top consideration, pales in comparison to temperament and health. A beautiful unhealthy Weimaraner is heartbreaking. We realize that living creatures have issues–some more than others. Regardless, getting off to a fantastic start with a thriving pup is something we wish for every OwyheeStar client. Of course, we give tips that can help maintain these goals–follow the OwyheeStar Weimaraner Vaccine protocol, keep guard against parasites (they are everywhere), and get the basics done. Each of these things is foundational. There may be hiccups and rabbit trails along the journey, but nothing is more imperative than getting off to a good start.
Parasites are something not discussed much on the blog. Nonetheless, a goodly percentage of pups become infected–OwyheeStar and other than OwyheeStar. Possibly the biggest culprits are Giardia and Coccidia–one-celled parasites that are found in the environment. To some degree cleaning practices can help avoid these issues; however, puddle-drinkers and paw-lickers can ingest these opportunistic predators. When they do, they can take off like a wildfire in the gut. This scenario is best avoided–it can undo housebreaking at its best. A simple fecal check can help prevent this unraveling adventure no one wants to visit. Of course, keeping the young pup wormed is essential too.
Loose stools can be caused by stress but should you see them it is best to keep an eye on things. The cost of the fecal exam can put your mind at ease. Many times these issues resolve without medication–that is optimal. Pumpkin or squash are helpful. Bloody or mucous filled stools (a bigger concern) should be checked. If you see them, don’t think the worst–so far, no OwyheeStar pup has been lost to the Parvovirus. (I hold my breath as I type that statement, but following our recommendations helps keep your new family member safe). There are a number of things that can bring on such an event (terrible diarrhea)–the parasite infestation, and irritated gut, etc. Some Weims have a very sensitive stomach. The same ones may not leave the woodpile alone or stay out of the trashcan. (oops) It is imperative that you are proactive and find a solution–not only can ingesting these garbage-can-finds be upsetting, but it can also be life-threatening.
We are Happy to have Blu in our Lives
I am a huge dog-lover. As a kid, I grew up with Labs. As an adult (and as a father) I had to take a back seat to what dogs my kids liked. Needless to say, it has been a long time coming for me to have “My Dog”. The kids are grown, that is except for our four-year-old. She is not yet old enough to select her dog of choice. This time around it is my turn. I love the fact that they are friendly and feel part of the family. Have looked into this breed for years.
Blu is making his way into our home and hearts
Plenty of room for Blu to run around. My youngest Daughter is in love with Blu, and he likewise with her.
DUCKY is fabulous soaking up the sun – living the California beach life. He’s 6 months and 3 days now. We will plan for him to get his rabies shot in the next few days. I also need to start thinking about neutering him.
He went in yesterday (it was either then or Friday for our vet)
No reaction here, not even stiffness at the injection site. He has a very minor ear infection so we had his little ears cleaned out deeper by the vet and got some ear drops to clear it up. I love our new vet, when I told her I didn’t want lepto or corona in the DPPV she said she doesn’t use those any way! And she’s made it clear she likes to keep treatment simple and holistic when possible.
I had a fecal exam done too, just to be safe because he had some soft stool that day any way, and just to be safe, it came back this morning negative. So, we are off to a great start.
At the Barn
Today was his first trip to the barn and he was magnificent. He has such a winning personality, cautious but not nervous, and he adapts to new people and places so quickly! He’s already begun to calm for non sleep/night time crate time pretty well.
He’s going to be such a wonderful man!
Breeder’s Note: For more information on how to keep the Weimaraner puppy safe, check out our blog ‘Holistic for the Weimaraner.’
Ducky had his 12 week booster yesterday and weighed in at 18.6lbs. He’s so big it’ll be a challenge to pick him up in the near future. Training around the house is going well although he hates the ‘Gentle Leader.’ :)))
Charming and Handsome
In the meantime, I wanted to share these photos. Everyone marvels at how gorgeous he is!
Also, just an FYI – the states of California and NY do not allow ‘complimentary pet insurance’ in the case of the AKC 60-Day Trial included in your packet. We ended up going with TruPanion as we found that to be the most popular pet insurance here.
Breeder’s Comment: Thank you Mindy for the wonderful update. Everyone (us included) hopes to read about some their pup’s litter-mates. Some folks are frequent contributors; others mean to get me an update, but they forget. Life is eventful. We suspect that sending us a note about the pup is a pretty low priority for a lot of folks; reasons will vary–not good on the computer, working hard with the pup, obligations, other interests, etc.
Pet Insurance: A few years back we didn’t think pet insurance was a must. Recently, it is more clear that a lot of pets have been put down due to lack of funds. The Weimaraner might not see that happen, but when a person is facing $ 4,000 plus, and there is no guarantee–anything can happen. DNA weaves through. Despite efforts to eliminate or eradicate problems, it is impossible to avoid all problems. The Weimaraner is prone to bloat, and athletic. The first could lead to an emergency situation. We have not seen many of the OwyheeStar pups lost to bloat, nor have we lot one of our Weims. Nevertheless, it is always a risk. Secondly, the athletic Weimaraner can easily tear an ACL, injure a limb, or do serious structural damage in one of their antics. Yes, we did say antics–those living with these wonderful creatures may well know what we mean. Therefore, we recommend carrying some kind of insurance. The down-side of having insurance is the vet may recommend too many chemicals, shots, etc. for the Weim if you don’t hold the line. They mean well, but the Weimaraner is not tolerant of anything other than a holistic approach. Problems are best avoided when possible.
Our Vet recommends Pets Best Insurance–click here to learn more. It is good to compare policies. The AKC insurance is another option, and of course in your puppy packet comes a trial version. This is meant to get you to keep their insurance, and we are positive they make a little kick-back. Supporting AKC is not necessarily a bad thing. Regardless, we recommend you compare the policies, and talk to someone at your vet office. Certainly, a major medical type policy would be good to have if something untoward knocks on the door. We have seen reports that show where the first year the cost of the insurance is a wash–there are a lot of factors, and expenses in the first twelve-months. Some of these probably are not covered, but many are, and a lot of policies help with the spay/neuter expense.
We are having a great time with Blu, she loves to have open area to run. She has her stubborn side, she will come to you when she wants ( working on that ).
Breeder’s Comment: Remember when not so long ago she was in your arms? It doesn’t take long to go to adult-looking yet puppy acting. Expect the Weimaraner to retain some of their puppy behavior for life. Then too, you will face challenges as to whom is sailing the ship. This is all normal. Keep up the great work!
Whatever a person does…
It is important not to get discouraged, and to keep your special relationship. This relationship needs to be respectful, and it is important to develop the Weimaraner’s desire to want to please you.
leadership discourage gain gently holding your leadership Mouthing, with forward you balance.
Here are a couple of former posts featuring Blu..
An Update; Healing Thoughts….
Bliss and I wish you the best and hope the “cone-head” days of healing are soon behind you.
The cone-head photo was taken in Bliss’ first year. She has had to wear it again on numerous occasions in the last three years, but Thank God nothing too serious. She needed stitches after catching a wild turkey that fought back, a run-in with barbed wire, and numerous encounters of poison oak.
While she doesn’t care for the cone, it doesn’t get her down and she uses it to her advantage like a battering ram. Male groins beware!
Thank you so much for all that you do, we would be bereft without our Bliss! She has given us so much joy and plenty of stories of her adventures and antics. I have many pages to write and share another day.
Wishing you cone free days ahead soon,
Katherine and Bliss — (Maggie x Zee 2011)
Brent Reported: I just took Kula and Pilikia to the vet for their annual shots, and the Vet said that Pilikia was about as perfect of a dog she has ever seen!!!!
Breeder’s Note: We meet the most interesting folks via the Weims. Kula and Pilikia reside with a couple who put a lot of effort into everything they do. It is not surprising the Kula was featured in the Whole Dog Journal, and accomplished so much more. Then Pilikia joined the family, and it was a good fit all the way around. This athletic family could be spotted in any number of locations–running, biking, or sailing. Brent recently described himself as a professional dog-walker who sails now and then;-) Brent has been sailing professionally for 23 years. We loved these photos he shared with us of boats he sailed on (in various capacities). Honestly, we don’t think the Weims made any of these trips.