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.
So It Begins!
Dasher is doing extremely well. No issues with housebreaking so far, he lets us know when he wants to go outside and we take him. And he has been sleeping all night. Dasher plays–then he first eats and then he sleeps. Not a cry baby.
Maybe the smartest puppy that we have ever had. Went to the Vet today for his 9-week puppy shot, following your vaccine protocol!
Dasher loves biting our other dogs fluffy tail. It has been hilarious to watch them interact. The video I sent you was from earlier in the week. They are almost friends now… Almost. They will be in another week.
Thank you two for our new family member!! ~ Dave
We are happy to have connected with you Dave (and Audrey). Thank you, for keeping us abreast of what is happening in your lives. The transition looks to be going well.
One day at a time. The journey has just begun!
Good news to report on our Agent .. 11 years / 4 months
So Agent is now 11.4 years of age. Took him to see Dr. Sara Rice , who has seen him since he was 20lbs. She loves him so. Full check up including all blood work. She was amazed at how well he was doing. Agent’s physique and the way he carried himself certainly caught Dr. Rice’s eye. She commented on the muscles in his back and stated “Agent came from excellent Genes and Bloodline”. Dr. Rice also mentioned that if she did not know his birth date, she would guess his age to be around 8. Such great news. Agent gave her his Shake and they parted as good friends as always. I would like to say that Agent Is doing very well as is Lilly. I would like to thank both of you for excellent dogs that are so part of our family. Owyheestar Weimaraners is the Best! David and Sherri H.
Breeder’s Comment: Thank you David and Sherri for staying in touch for all these years, and for this recent update. Agent is awesome. Lily is not too bad. You have done great with them. No one can say how long a living creature will be with us. We all want the longest possible scenario–certainly everyday must be grand. Nevertheless, when a Weim reaches eleven they have beaten the odds; some do not make it this far. As with humans, every year a few depart this world for various reasons. Of course, some are lost to an accident, but a few succumb to a medical issue. We are thankful these two are doing well, and that they bring you joy. Thanks ever so much for the referrals, and for staying in touch.
Two Sisters for Cheryl and Dave
Alice is really really smart I was working on the down-command. She saw Emma do it, and then she did it. Alice follows that command now easily, like her sister Emma. She also loves retrieving tennis balls. Alice is socializing well; she has a curious but cautious nature about her. She is never still, except for when she sleeps. Her addition to our home, has benefited Emma’s health. Emma is in better physical condition. She has slimmed down from participating in joint ventures with Alice.
Note: In general, it is rarely a good idea to bring home a second female Weimaraner. Traditional wisdom tells us that a neutered male, and a spayed female has the best chance of avoiding fur-flying situations. It is a well-documented fact that two female Weimaraners will (more often than not) vie for top position. The art of vying to be the alpha female Weimaraner, can take on an ugly-look, even when you have a nice couple of Weimaraner girls.
A breeder has to be the gatekeeper. It is important to determine if a placement has an excellent chance of working. There are always going to be ups-and-downs with the raising the Weimaraner. There are many factors to consider when puppy placements are made. Those who work with the Weimaraner know there is any number of ways things can go sideways in a heartbeat. The folks that work with Weim rescue need us to do a good job. They should not need to run after us cleaning up bad decisions we make. :O)
Is this what they mean by a versatile dog? 😉
Blue is Great All-Around
Blue is becoming such a wonderful family dog as well. Tyler and Aaron are taking him to obedience classes. Blue is the eager to please, coming home after each class having mastered the desired skill. The instructor understands the different expectations of working dogs so everything has been easily transferable to working on developing his scent and skills that will be used in the field.
Breeder’s Note: This is the perfect example of a versatile Weimaraner’s life. They take part in every aspect of the family’s life. Versatile refers to the hunting dog who hunts upland game, as well as water fowl. They are both a dry-land companion, and a water dog.
Blue attracts a lot of attention..
It is also amazing how much attention Blue gets from around the neighborhood. Aaron and Tyler took him for his first big walk around the lake and to the park the other day. Blue’s senses were on overdrive as he was walking past quail, geese, and many other wildlife. They walked to the park where many kids were playing on the play structure, and a few volleyball games were ending. Aaron said that they were stopped multiple times by many different adults and kids asking about what type of dog he was and commenting how beautiful he is. Blue was a picture-perfect dog the entire time; sitting next to Aaron on-command when people would approach, letting then pet and admire him. On the way home (from the park) Tyler looks up to Aaron and says, “Oh I get it. You wanted to take Blue to the park to walk past the girls.” We just could not stop giggling. Already, Tyler sees how Blue can attract “cute” attention.
Blue impresses my father too!
As you remember, my father was the president of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Club of America. It means a lot that he loves him too! He babysat Blue a few weeks ago and commented what a well behaved dog and highly intelligent he is. He said he has a very good temperament and is very birdie. It pleases me to hear such wonderful compliments from him. 🙂