A Dream Come True
We wanted to let you know how well our Dasher is doing. He continues to be all that we could have ever wanted. We just returned from a weekend in Truckee, his first snow experience, and he just loved it.
It got down to 18 degrees so we put a jacket on him and he was off grabbing every stick and pinecone that he could find. He noticed some grass weeds growing out from the snow and decided that he wanted to get to the roots. He buried his head under the snow and looked like an ostrich. He came out of it covered in white and went back for more.
He is one of the smartest pups I have ever had. He has taken to obedience training extremely well. He has all the basics down, including coming to us (off leash) when called. Well most of the time…. Unless he has a pine cone in his mouth then its a 50/50 proposition, he does come, but reluctantly! Shela, I remember you telling me that his mom ( Bernie) has the best temperament. Dasher is so balanced. He cuddles and plays gently until I kick it up a notch and get him going, then he settles right down and chills out. He has the BEST temperament. He and Dobby are best buds, and Dasher is just so beautiful to look at. We get compliments just about every time we go on a walk. He is built like a thoroughbred horse and is super healthy. Needless to say, we are beyond happy and are forever grateful for our Dasher.
Again thank you, Shela & Cliff, for all that you two do!
~ Sincerely — Dave and Audrey.
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.
OR TWO FIT NICELY….
Emma and Alice are good girls
Breeder’s Note: We cannot say this enough. All too many female Weims end up in rescue; more often than not, it is because two female Weims cannot co-exist in the same household. They will both vie for top position. This can end up in a fur-flying situation; that unnerves the entire household. The Weim breeder must be able to access the situation to ensure placement outcome. It also requires a bit more skill that the average Weim placement, to bring home the second female. That is not saying there are not success stories. Nevertheless, if you speak with folks working in rescue, you will soon learn sad stories that are best avoided. In this breed, the female tends to want to rule the roost. They are not of a mind to share space, humans, or their territory; the worst possible decision is to add another dog. Even when they get along well with others, some females will not share their space with another dominant female. Emma and Alice are exceptions.
Almost without exception, a male is a better choice, (when adding a second pup to your family). They will often be content to let the female rule the roost. Keep in mind, the worst possible scenario is to rescue a second female. Most rescue organizations are not going to allow this to happen; however, some people shake the newspaper (and Craig’s list) in search of a Weim in need. This could prove detrimental to all concerned. The idea is noble; the outcome is most likely, anything but that.
Sgt. Blue Gunderson…or Blue……or Bue
I just wanted to send a little note to thank you so much for our boy Blue. He has been such a joy to us the past few days. As you can see from the pictures, the kids just adore him. My youngest, Ella woke up this morning asking, “Wher bue? Wher Bue?”
Who says you cannot buy love?
He is a very loved pup and is adjusting nicely, only yelping today when he needed to go outside. I think it is going to be easier house training him than potty training my 2 year old! We are very excited for each new adventure that comes with our boy Blue. Our entire family is excited to have him around.
Turkey Feathers for training
My oldest daughter went searching for turkey feathers at my parent’s lake house up north to make a training tool in order to build his scenting abilities and desire to point. It is fun to see my dad get excited about hunting again. He is very much looking forward to helping Aaron work the dog this winter.
Thank you so very much again for our Blue.
Breeder’s Note: This wonderful family wrote us the most wonderful introductory note. Here is a portion of that email.
My husband and I are looking to adopt a Weim puppy to add to our family. We are looking for a hunting dog, rather than a show dog. Your name came highly recommended. 🙂 (There were names listed, but we deleted them. We are very careful not to share people’s names, as well as their other personal information).We have three children: an 8 year old son, 6 year old daughter, and 2 year old daughter. We live across the street from a two acre lake that is ideal for training. We are very excited to bring a new puppy into our family that my husband and son can work together. My dad is also excited to help with the training. 🙂 He is a former President of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Club of America. I have many fond memories growing up with quail in our backyard, exploring during field trials, and “helping” my dad train our dogs. I am looking forward to passing down these memories to my children.
Dreams come true…
Many people who grow up with the Weimaraner, remain taken with them for life. We get a lot of inquiries from people who have wanted to get another Weimaraner for a long time. Often, they cite their first being the one they had when growing up. We cannot help but imagine the impact this pup is going to have on these three children. Thank you Kimberly for sharing the news, and your excitement.
We truly appreciate it.
~ Shela and Cliff