Overall we are doing Well
I set up the crate – left the door open and Pushkin went right in – kennel arrives on Tuesday. So far only one accident in the house.
Oh, and outdoors we have a little challenge. It is pouring rain here, and the ground is saturated and muddy. Yes, we have grass, but it is that wet. Do you have a recommendation as to something that can be put down as a ground cover?Wishing you well.Marie
Kudos to you for keeping accidents to a minimum. Getting the housebreaking done right early on is vital. You know that! So, that is fabulous.
It doesn’t matter when you get your puppy; there is always some challenge. Wow! That is a lot of rain, but then we are talking Oregon–and not our side of the state either. I suggest you try some sand. It should be OK except for tracking it into the house. Nevertheless, it will help with that mud situation. I wish we could buy two truckloads here, but the rain and mud will soon be history. Afterall, it is far Eastern Oregon–the high desert that is typically arid.
Sand should not be a problem. Removal should be relatively easy once you no longer need it. Scoop up the excess and put it wherever. Wash the remainder into the ground. The cool, wet weather is also ideal for one-celled organisms such as Giardia and Coccidia. Birds and other critters can bring this into your yard, and it can thrive in a wet environment. Therefore, getting a fecal check at the 9-week puppy visit and possibly again at the 12-week visit would be a wise investment. A garden sprayer loaded with 10% bleach solution used in between visits –or even once a day might help eradicate this issue. (No, the bleach will not hurt your lawn.) Sure picking up after the Weimaraner will make a difference; however, there are plenty of ways they can ingest a cyst. Everything goes in the mouth–including their paws.
When a pup leaves OwyheeStar they are parasite free; however, this can change in a blink of an eye. These opportunistic one-celled parasites are in our environment. We talk a lot about avoiding Paravirus infected locations, but most of those high-traffic areas are infected with the one-celled organisms too. The reality seems to be that some Weimaraners are more prone to picking up this type of infection. It is a nasty affair, and it can set back the housebreaking progress. Here’s to hoping everyone escapes this mishap.
The Wire Crate
Marie has purchased the Life Stages Wire Kennel or Crate for Indoor Use. This crate features a divider that allows you to adjust the size. We just wanted to point out the divider and how it works. Excellent job Marie.
Happy Autumn to you and all there at Owyheestar!
Remember he got Giardia
Beorn is thankfully giardia free! We recently got his six week check back all clean. We started giving him the fast track microbial powder daily and have noticed a significant difference. He has had no digestion issues since we started this regimen. I’m glad we tried this before switching his food. Beorn still likes to eat grass occasionally, but nothing like before.
Breeder’s Note: Giardia is common in the Pacific Northwest, and some Weimaraners seem to be more prone to getting it than others. It has other names, including Beaver Fever. Like all parasites, it is opportunistic. Even a bird can track this one-celled protozoa in a puddle of water, and under the right conditions it can multiply quickly. We all know that any self-respecting Weimaraner prefers puddle water to filtered or fresh water. A cyst can be picked up on a foot and ingested, and take off like a wildfire in the Weim’s gut. The havoc of this parasite’s visit is soon evident–loose stools are the first. Not every loose elimination is a cause for concern. Blood, mucous, and (or) extremely watery stools, are indicators that you should take a fecal sample to be checked.
Beorn Celebrated his first birthday!
We recently celebrated his first birthday in August. He is still growing, almost up to 75 lbs now! We noticed a lot reflecting on how he has changed our family over the last year. Our house is cleaner (mostly to avoid any incidents with Beorn ingesting /eating things he shouldn’t). We are all buying more socks and underwear and learning to pick them up and put them where he can’t reach them. They’re his favorite. We have learned to be better communicators and coordinators. As a family, we are healthier. We take more walks and do more active things than last year.
He is so many things to us…
He’s a great companion, nurse, friend, and co-pilot. He is quirky, goofy, and clumsy. Most of our friends think he’s a spaz because he is excitable in new situations or with new people, but he’s getting better at this with time. He would be a great hunter, if we did that. He is keen on squirrels, chipmunks, and neighborhood cats. He will tree a squirrel and wag his body, all proud 🙂
Anyway, we love our Beorn. Glad we found each other. We are hopeful for many years to come with great health.